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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alexander von Humboldt German International School

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1901

     

    1980


     

    Enrolment

     

    560

     

    300


     

    Grades

     

    K to 11

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Boys

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English, French, German


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    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”.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    15 to 20

     

    10 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $20,850 to $26,990

     

    $8,000 to $11,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 11

     

    1 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $5,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    47

     

    19


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades K - 11

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alexander von Humboldt German International School

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

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    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Many schools have changed considerably over their lives, and of course that's particularly true of the older schools. Selwyn House was begun in 1908 by Captain Algernon Lucas, a graduate of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He was just 29 at that time, and he arrived in Canada in the same year that he graduated from Cambridge. He was, frankly, looking for a job. In Montreal, he found one, namely teaching seven boys. To say that the school has come a long way since it was founded is as much an understatement as you could ever hope to find. A visitor to Selwyn House today is impressed in all sorts of ways, and rightly so. The school is home to an exceptional academic program, and despite having begun its life in Lucas' apartment, is now housed in the kind of buildings that Lucas could only have dreamed of. The school participates in the full range of traditions, and has in turn gained notice well beyond the city of Montreal. (It even plays a role in two classics of Canadian literature, Mordecai Richler's Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang and Barney's Version.) The alumni of Selwyn House include, literally, titans of industry, including the Bronfmans and the Molsons, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and the philosopher Charles Taylor, among many other notable Canadians, past and present.

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The program at Alexander von Humboldt is unique in Canada, principally because it admits students for whom either English, French, or German is the language spoken at home. Students need to use those languages not just to interact with the coursework, but also to make themselves understood to their peers, something which creates a particularly rich academic environment. Students arrive speaking different languages, with different life experiences, yet all share the experience of difference, and are faced each day with the social and linguistic challenges of making themselves understood to others. While they learn languages, they also have a more authentic experience of language than students in the more typical immersion programs found in Canada. Likewise, the atmosphere is particularly conducive to the development of social competencies, including empathy and cooperation, as well as an authentic global perspective through which the core curriculum is taught. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, diverse academic and social environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alexander von Humboldt German International School

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    • Small class sizes
    • Commitment to student-school-parent partnership
    • Highly qualified, committed, and talented faculty
    • French immersion and biliteracy program (K to Grade 6)
    • Laptop program
    • Community service program
    • Financial assistance
    • Comprehensive athletic programs
    • Certificate of English Eligibility no longer required

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    • Trilingual Learning environment
    • Choice of completing German Abitur for fast-track to best universities
    • School is situated on vast green space on the banks of the St Lawrence River
    • After school activities such as soccer, karate, programming, 3D-printing, badminton, tennis
    • Schultüte (special grade 1 tradition)
    • Annual Stratford Trip under normal circumstances
    • Annual School Theater Play
    • School Soccer & Volleyball Teams
    • Oktoberfest
    • School Band

    Description

    Description

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Selwyn House School is a CEGEP/university-preparatory school that enables boys to be respectful, resilient and hard-working young men who pursue fulfilled, balanced, and purposeful lives anchored by Selwyn Veritas through a compassionate and supportive environment guided by passionate teachers, and academic and program excellence grounded in both English and French language and culture. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATES NOT REQUIRED. For more information : [email protected] or (514) 931-2775.

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    From pre-K through Grade 12, AvH offers multilingual (German, French and English) private, internationally recognized German general education with special focus on languages, math and sciences. AvH is the only school in Canada to offer the German International Abitur which provides students with the opportunity to fast-track straight from high school to university where they are able to study at Canadian, German or international universities.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alexander von Humboldt German International School

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Message

    At Selwyn House, we pride ourselves on preparing young men to be respectful, resilient and hard working. We want them to pursue fulfilled, balanced and purposeful lives while always being true to themselves, true to others, true to their school and true to the world.

    Nous offrons un programme de formation générale à la fois chargé, sans toutefois être rigide, stimulant et approprié, tout en faisant parallèlement preuve d’une grande souplesse. Nous tentons de constamment maintenir un équilibre entre les études, l’athlétisme, les arts, la croissance sociale, et le développement spirituel et affectif. En même temps, nous voulons que nos étudiants embrassent le patrimoine de Montréal et du Québec, tout en se préparant à s'engager avec le Canada et le monde tout au long de leur vie.

    Our culture is one of excellence in all areas, and this ideal is clearly demonstrated each and every day by our wonderful faculty. They are true professionals, and together with our students and their parents, form a strong and caring community where each student’s strengths are recognized and celebrated.

    A Selwyn House graduate is a young man who cares. He is prepared academically, he is a lifelong learner, and he has developed a true sense of self-awareness.

    Nous croyons que nous pouvons amener votre fils à relever les défis du 21e siècle et à apporter une contribution importante et précieuse à la société.

    I encourage you to visit our school and to discover for yourself the unique qualities of the Selwyn House experience. It remains impressive.

     

    AvH is a member of a network of over 140 German schools abroad. In 2018, we were once again awarded the official “Excellent School Abroad” seal of approval by the German government. We are recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec. Therefore, we can offer two degrees: the internationally respected and globally recognized German International baccalauréat (Abitur), which allows a seamless transition to university studies, as well as the Quebec Secondary School Diploma, which leads to CEGEP. Our school’s academic success is clearly reflected in the fact that our graduates go on to the world’s leading universities.

    Since its founding in 1980, AvH has been educating students of German, Canadian and international origin. Our graduates acquire a wide range of skills and competencies and they master three languages: German, French and English. All this prepares them especially well for the challenges of our global world.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Selwyn House School

    Alexander von Humboldt German International School

    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

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alexander von Humboldt German International School

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    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

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    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

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    • Karate
    • After-school soccer
    • Supervised homework assistance
    • Maker Space 3D printing
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades K - 11

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades K - 8

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    A multilingual education (especially a trilingual education) can be challenging for both students and parents, yet the benefits of that hard work are incalculable. We look for students and parents who are want to accept this challenge and will put in the required work and effort to achieve them.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    The Admissions Office seeks students who will contribute to the school and who will also be able to thrive in our program. The Director of Admissions and the members of the admissions committee who interview the candidate and his parents place equal weight on the candidate’s previous school record, the impression a candidate projects in the interview, and the results of the admissions entrance tests.

    ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Families who are interested will be invited for a tour and an interview with the principal.

    Skype interviews can be arranged for all parents and students who do not live in the area.

    The purpose of the interview is to give a general idea about the school and provide an opportunity to ask questions. It is also important to get to know each other and prevent false expectations.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Jonathan Kay (1986)
    Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus. Regular columnist for The National Post.
    Tiga Sontag (1992)
    Juno-winning electronic dance music DJ
    Michael Meighen (1957)
    Canadian Senator
    David Culver (1942)
    Chairman and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada. Officer of the Order of Quebec.
    Joel Anthony (2000)
    NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Detroit Pistons. Member of the Canadian basketball team.
    John McCallum (1967)
    Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship



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