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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1969

     

    1899


     

    Enrolment

     

    465

     

    650


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    5 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Boys


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    8 to 18

     

    17


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,100 to $15,000

     

    $37,655


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $63,760 to $70,095


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    26%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    5 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $11,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    39

     

    81


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    40%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    95%

     

    62%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    "...RMS gave me the tools and resources to reach my full potential."
    Zayne Thawer - Alumnus   (Jun 14, 2018)
    I was a student at Rowntree Montessori Schools for almost 10 years, and in that time the biggest fee...
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    "The school leadership and administration do an excellent job to ensure the needs of the students and parents alike are met"
    Melicia Roberts - Parent   (May 24, 2019)
    Rowntree Montessori School (RMS) has become my child's second home. The academic and intellectual de...
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    "...teachers are able to assess the child's development and work towards coaching them in areas where there is a need."
    Salima Gilani - Parent   (Dec 04, 2019)
    My daughter has been in RMS since prep-one. Our experience with the school has been beyond excellent...
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    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    RMS was founded in 1969, placing it within the first cohort of Montessori schools in the country. As with those of its vintage, RMS has a long reputation for providing a quality program, one that has a high fidelity with the core aspects of the method. The school has grown to comprise four campuses, allowing for a nice range of resources while also maintaining a close-knit community environment at each location. RMS has also grown into its own identity, one based in adopting new methods and approaches, as appropriate and when sympathetic to the school’s mandate to educate with an eye to achievement and leadership. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging, active, and social learning environment.

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    The program at St. Andrew’s has long been distinguished by a high rate of success, with the list of notable alumni providing an abbreviated who’s who of Canadian arts, letters, politics, and entrepreneurship. While Dr. Bruce Macdonald left the headmastership in 1935, the culture of the school, even today, remains very much an expression of his vision. This in part due to the fact that in a lot of ways he was well ahead of his time. For example, he was the first boys-school headmaster in Canada to hire a female instructor, something he did in 1905. Macdonald wanted the school to develop “the complete man, the well-rounded citizen”—athletics and arts, in addition to academics, were vigorously promoted. What’s interesting is that, even with those sorts of very progressive ideals, Macdonald was also very keen on tradition, something that he used to give students a sense of being part of something bigger than themselves. While there are a few schools that retain their cadet corps, St. Andrew’s is the one that has retained it entirely intact, with military ranks, pipes and drums, kilts and sporrans all firmly still in place. St. Andrews completed a substantial capital campaign in 2015 which included the creation of athletics facilities as well as the Wirth Theatre. All of that, as well all the development over the century of the school’s life, has created a school that is strikingly modern, while retaining a sense of participation in tradition. It’s a nice mix. The ideal student is one given to making the most of the varied programs on offer.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    • Voted Brampton's Top Private School by the Reader's Choice Award for Nine Consecutive Years
    • Voted Top Private School by the Top Choice Awards for the Past Seven Years
    • Celebrating 50 Years in Brampton in 2019/20

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    • Founded in 1899
    • Excellent university placement record
    • $42M in new facilities & renovations over the past two years
    • 72 rep. teams across 22 sports
    • Strong arts, music, & drama programs
    • Business, leadership, & robotics programs
    • Financial aid & scholarships available

    Description

    Description

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Founded in 1969, RMS has been "Nurturing Tomorrow's Achievers" for over 50 years. Our caring and stimulating small size classes offer an ideal environment to cultivate character, leadership, respect and cultural diversity while developing each child’s 21st century skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Come discover the opportunity and possibilities for your child to love learning and excel. Your visit could be your first step in empowering your child’s journey towards their dreams!

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    SAC offers a rigorous curriculum in an activity-based environment. SAC’s mission to ‘develop the complete man, the well-rounded citizen,’ is complemented by a range of co-curriculars. Boys participate in extensive athletics (72 teams across 22 sports), and in its internationally acclaimed arts, drama, robotics, and music programs. Graduates gain entry to top Canadian, U.S., and international universities, and are known for their strong values, dedication to community, lasting achievements, and lifelong friendships.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Message

    Welcome to Rowntree, the largest and longest-running Montessori School in Brampton.

    Our Montessori-based Kindergarten Montessori (JK-aged students) and Prep-ONE (SK-aged students) combine with our Elementary programme to provide an integrated and seamless Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight experience. Rowntree takes a holistic approach to learning and education, with the primary goal of helping children to develop their maximum potential, not only cognitively, but also physically, emotionally, and socially.

    The goal of Rowntree’s Elementary curriculum is to meet and exceed the expectations set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the school is very proud of its recent initiatives in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Throughout the grades, Rowntree provides a more traditional classroom structure and the pursuit of academic excellence with the nurturing aspects of the Montessori approach. Small class sizes ensure that each child is provided with the attention that he or she needs in order to be successful.

    Our commitment to “Nurturing Tomorrow’s Achievers” goes beyond our classroom walls. Co-curricular activities in the arts and athletics ensure a well-rounded school experience, and charitable fundraising connects our students with those in need within our community and around the world. Our LEGO® robotics club’s recent participation in the Provincial championships demonstrated how a strong academic foundation can lead to exceptional results in the co-curricular realm.

    We appreciate that school choice can be a difficult one for today’s parent, and we encourage you to start planning for your child’s future now. We are accepting applications for our three Preparatory campuses for children entering Montessori Kindergarten (Junior Kindergarten age) to Grade Three and for Rowntree Academy (JK to Grade Eight). Our Academy campus is truly a first-rate private school environment, with the professional staff and facilities needed to provide an exceptional Elementary school experience.

    Every day is an Open House at Rowntree, and we invite you to drop in for a tour any school day between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For those of you who may not be available on weekdays, we also offer several evening and weekend Open Houses throughout the year. For any questions about the school’s admission process, please feel free to contact Admissions at 905-790-3838 or [email protected]

    We look forward to seeing you at Rowntree soon!

    Jonathan Harris

    Parents and students have the luxury of choice in selecting an independent school. As you investigate the options for your son, we believe you will come to view St. Andrew’s College as a truly unique place. With a tradition dating back to 1899, we remain the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. The many defining features of SAC provide a comprehensive and fulfilling educational experience.

    We offer a broad range of academic courses to satisfy the most curious minds. In an all-boys’ academic setting, teaching and learning styles are geared specifically toward how young men learn best. From our Middle School (grades 5-8) through Upper School (grades 9-12), our curriculum challenges each boy to reach his potential. We are proud of our 100% university placement from each graduating class. With more than 6,000 active alumni spanning the globe, SAC graduates benefit from worldwide connections.

    Our athletic, art, and co-curricular programs are among the most varied and comprehensive of any independent school in Canada and inspire our students to discover their passion by tackling new challenges. With a school population of approximately 651 students, comprised of 393 day and 258 boarding students, our boys learn to live in a multi-cultural setting, gaining a global perspective on world issues and viewpoints.

    Our 126-acre campus provides an ideal setting for learning and growth. While our facilities are exceptional, St. Andrew's primary strength is its people. Faculty, staff, and students combine to make SAC a wonderful place to spend one’s formative years preparing for university.

    To learn more about how your son can gain admission to SAC and better understand why our school mission statement is The development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      St. Andrew's College

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Montessori

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Better described as "well-rounded". A progressive academic focus with an emphasis on character, values, and extra-curricular.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Over 100 years of experience teaching boys has shown us that our students benefit when teachers prioritize organization, support active engagement with the topic at hand, and empower boys to work toward authenticity. Teachers at St. Andrew's design their courses to reflect both the Ministry of Education's curriculum and our beliefs that all students need to work in a collaborative environment where critical thinking is expected and a growth mindset is fostered. Our overarching mission statement suggests that being well-rounded is at the heart of the St. Andrew’s classroom experience, and boys are encouraged to seek breadth in their course selection. Advanced Placement courses are offered for those boys who seek to accelerate their learning in a particular field of study. Most importantly, we know that how a boy feels about his teacher has a direct impact on his capacity to learn; the positive rapport between students and teachers is tangible in the hallways, classrooms, and on the playing fields at SAC.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Traditional Math

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Our Mathematics teaching team focuses on developing skills in solving word problems, enhancing performance on test such as GAUSS, CNML (Canadian National Mathematics League), CTBS (Canadian Test of Basic Skills) and Mathematica.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Systematic approach

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Letter formation and associated sounds taught through direct instruction, then application ans practice

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Equal Balance

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        The Science department strives to develop lifelong learners who are interested in understanding the world around them, are capable of generating their own questions, and have the skill set to find their own answers. Our courses are geared toward utilization and application of knowledge vs. acquisition of knowledge. To achieve this we include numerous inquiry-based labs (approximately 350 experiments across nine course offerings and 30 class sections), collaborative problem solving activities, critical thinking exercises, and student driven learning. All of our courses make an effort to contextualize the curriculum to make it relevant and meaningful to the students. We do this purposefully; we want to encourage our students to develop a natural curiosity in the sciences so they themselves strive for greater knowledge rather than having them feel that they just have to meet the basic curricular objectives of the course.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Zoology

      • Social Studies

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Core Knowledge

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Themes explored include life in earlier times, family traditions, communities and mapping - enhanced by frequent outings and field trips.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Heavy integration

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Classrooms are equipped with state-of-art interactive white boards and Chromebooks (i.e. laptops) are available for all classrooms via mobile carts.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      St. Andrew's College

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


      Approach

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Our curriculum is "Montessori inspired", yet teacher guided. Montessori manipulatives are leveraged in the Pre-Kindergarten to Prep-One (SK) programme as learning aids. We also leverage workbooks, teacher instruction (one-on-one) and in small groups, and use practical life materials to teach skills like sorting, folding and setting a table. The curriculum is progressive, academic in nature, and well-rounded.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      St. Andrew's College

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Our academic culture encourages and nurtures all of our students to achieve at their highest potential, with enrichment or remediation as required.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    St. Andrew's College

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Information not available

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Information not available

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    St. Andrew's College

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    • Rowntree Montessori private school in Brampton prides itself on offering various activities throughout the year that enhance your child’s learning experience. Below is a list of clubs and activities: Robotics Club - Students from our grades 5-8 participate in our Robotics club and can compete regionally, provincially and nationally. Guided by teachers, students are tasked with the design and physical construction of robots using Lego to solve real-world problems. This challenges students and encourages them to use their imaginations, critical thinking and team building skills. In this club students learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), as we follow the principals of the FIRST LEGO League. Study Room - The Study Room offers an opportunity for private school students to work on their homework and seek additional help in English and Math as well as enrichment, and guidance with planning for events such as Speech Night. We also offer French Study Room. Math Competiti

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    • SAC's Arts/Co-curricular Plus Program (ACPlus) is an after-school option for Upper School students to pursue their passions.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    95%

     

    62%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 11


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Students who derive the most benefit from the programs at Rowntree are those who are prepared to fully engage in school life. Positive attitude, varied interests, respect for themselves and others, and academic capability are amongst the most important attributes for students and their families to bring to RMS. While the school has a strong focus on “STEM” (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) oriented classes and activities, Rowntree is also well known for its vibrant arts and athletics programs, and community involvement.

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    We look for well-rounded students with solid academics, character, participation in athletics and co-curricular activities, and leadership qualities.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Rowntree Montessori School challenges its students towards Academic Excellence while developing the whole-child.  We welcome all student applications regardless of academic level, learning styles or previous private school attendance.

    We do not administer entrance exams, however, through the Admissions process, each student will be assessed through one or more of the following in order for the school to make an informed Admissions decision:  observation, interview, more formal assessment and report cards, where appropriate.

    Click here to Submit an Application to Rowntree Montessori Schools for your child.  When submitting a new application, click on Create Account and fill in the information for the incoming student (candidate) and the parent who is completing the application. Once the Admissions Office has received the full application you will be notified about next steps. Additional required school forms and a financial contract will be assigned to the parent through the online enrollment system, when appropriate. 

    When submitting your completed application, you will need to provide copies of the following: Proof of Citizenship, Health Card, Immunization records, and report cards from the last two years for students who have previously attended an elementary program elsewhere. We also require your signatures on a financial agreement with the school as well as all the required payments.

    Tuition fees for the 2019-2020 school year range from $7,500 to $13,900 depending on programme selection. We offer sibling discounts and a number of payment plans.

    Tuition fees for the 2018-2019 school year range from $7,100 to $13,200 depending on programme selection. We offer sibling discounts and a number of payment plans.

    Bussing and Extended care are available at additional cost.

    Although we host a number of Open Houses throughout the year, please feel free to drop by ANYTIME for a tour at any of our Brampton campuses. We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the school community of which we are so proud.

    For more information, visit www.RowntreeMontessori.com/admissions 

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    - Complete Online Application ($175 fee, payable online)
    - Register for an SSAT or CAT (Upper School vs. Middle School)
    - Submit Candidate Statement
    - Submit applicable Certificates and Awards
    - Submit applicable English Proficiency Exams (if necessary)
    - Submit two years of school reports (including most recent)
    - Have teacher submit the Confidential School Recommendation Form
    - Book Interview with Admission Officer

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Lawren Harris (1903)
    Pioneering Canadian artist and Group of Seven painter. Companion of the Order of Canada.
    Kiefer Sutherland (1984)
    Emmy award and Golden Globe award winning actor, best know for his role as Jack Bauer on the hit show "24".
    Anthony S. Fell (1958)
    Chairman of RBC Capital Markets. CEO of RBC Dominion Securities Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada
    Rob McEwen (1968)
    Chairman and CEO of McEwen Mining Inc. Chairman of Lexam VG Gold Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc.
    Graham Towers (1915)
    First Governor of the Bank of Canada. Governor for Canada at the IMF. Chairman of the National War Finance Committee. Order of Canada.
    Charles S.L. Hertzberg (1901)
    Major General, Chief Engineer of the First Canadian Army, and commander of the Canadian Engineering Corps during the Second World War. Prominent structural engineer with many works
    H.F.H. Hertzberg (1904)
    Major General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC) during the Second World War. Quartermaster General and Adjutant General. Companion of the Order of Bath.
    John Crosbie (1949)
    12th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal Minister of: Fisheries and Oceans, International Trade, Transport, Justice, and Finance.
    Vincent Massey (1905)
    18th Governor General of Canada
    John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1904)
    20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Canadian aviation pioneer.
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