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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alive Montessori & Private School

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1901

     

    2014


     

    Enrolment

     

    560

     

    45


     

    Grades

     

    K to 11

     

    Preschool to 6


     

    Gender

     

    Boys

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    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."
     
    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

     

    Montessori, Waldorf


     

    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.
     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

     

    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

     

    15 to 20

     

    10 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    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.
     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $20,850 to $26,990

     

    $10,000 to $16,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    10%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 11

     

    JK to 6


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $850

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    47

     

    5


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades K - 11

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alive Montessori & Private School

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    User reviews

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    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    "They make learning fun and cater to what interests him while focusing on the core fundamentals..."
    Emily Flores - Parent   (Mar 02, 2020)
    Before we came to Alive Montessori & Private School, my son disliked school. He dreaded every mornin...
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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.

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Julia Simon founded Alive Montessori in 2001, and she remains very much the head and hands of the school today. She established the school as a means of delivering the Montessori principles, prime among them being the provision of a family-like atmosphere in which to learn. Families who enroll here are drawn to the small size of the school, allowing students to gain a heightened sense of their place within the life of the school. Instruction is personal, with pacing cues taken from the individual students, and a close attention to the talents, perspectives, and interests that they bring with them to the school each day. Students are encouraged to have a voice, and to use it in their daily lives. Numeracy and literacy are important, though passion is, too, something that Simon has rightly built the Alive program around.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alive Montessori & Private School

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE 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

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • Every child is a unique individual deserving of the best education possible.
    • Every child has an innate desire to learn that must be cultivated, not blunted.
    • Every child has his or her natural interests and strengths.
    • Learning occurs at varying rates and every child learns at his or her own optimum pace.
    • The Basics of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic are important as these still form the foundation.
    • The goal of education is to give every child the tools to become self-reliant and successful in life
    • Education does not have to be a dreary and dull activity. Done properly, learning is fun.
    • Our goal is to provide the best possible start to our children through proper education.
    • We aim to create a safe, caring and fun environment.
    • A better education. A better job. A better life.

    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.

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Located one short block north of Eglinton at Bathurst. PRE-SCHOOL TO GRADE 6. Children get off to a very fast start to their education in a safe, family-like environment. Early reading at ages 3, 4 and 5 develops into fluency at a young age with our extremely effective reading program. Very strong emphasis on the Basics of Reading, Writing and Math to give a solid grounding for all other learning. Watch your child's confidence grow as he or she demonstrates competence and ability. FASTER LEARNING – MADE FUN!

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alive Montessori & Private School

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE 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.

     

    At Alive Montessori & Private School our mission is based on the following premises:

    • The word “educate” comes from Latin roots meaning “to lead out”. As such, we believe that it is our duty as educators to bring out the innate skills and talents of the children in our charge.

    • Every child is a unique individual deserving of the best education possible.

    • Every child has an innate desire to learn that must be cultivated, not blunted.

    • Every child has his or her natural interests and strengths.

    • Learning occurs at varying rates and every child learns at his or her own optimum pace.

    • The Basics of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic are vitally important as these still form the foundation for all future learning.

    • The goal of education is to give every child the tools he or she will need to become self-reliant and successful in life.

    • Education does not have to be a dreary and dull activity. Done properly, learning is fun.

    Our goal at Alive Montessori & Private School is to provide the best possible start to our children through proper education, thereby instilling a life-long love of learning in every child. We aim to create a safe, caring and fun environment where every child will learn and will become more and more confident as he or she gains in abilities.

    Julia Simon

    (Principal)

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Alive Montessori & Private School

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Waldorf schools are available from preschool to Grade 12, though they are most popular at the younger ages. Waldorf schools are unmistakably "progressive". Rudolf Steiner, their intellectual forefather, believed the educator's first task should be to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation for life and learning. Sometimes incorrectly conflated with Montessori schools, Waldorf schools focus on developing the "whole child" - emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning, along with the arts and music, which are integrated into other areas of study.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      At Selwyn House School, we are proud of our strong and enriched academic program. We challenge students to learn, to study, and to read, write and think well. We do this in an environment targeted to boys’ education through hands-on and action-oriented activities. We understand boys and how they learn best. As a small school, the opportunities to contribute are great. We have an inclusive atmosphere where students develop positive attitudes to participation, personal performance, teamwork, and fair play. In all grades, students study the French language in addition to another subject in French. The faculty values and encourages learning and experiences in French. At Selwyn House School, students learn to think critically and to express themselves clearly in both languages. They will conduct and analyze experiments, solve math problems, learn to make mathematical conjectures, read contemporary and classic novels, write critical essays, discuss current events, and debate political and social issues. Selwyn House School provides an excellent academic program that is supplemented with exceptional athletic, artistic, and experiential education.

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      The Montessori method provides hands-on learning in a stimulating school environment that enables children to learn more quickly and thoroughly. With far more interesting material than a traditional classroom, children are allowed much more opportunity to explore and develop their own interests and abilities. Learning occurs at their own pace in small classrooms and is geared towards developing competence – and thus, confidence. The mixed age groupings encourage children to cooperate with and help each other, while enabling the older children to learn responsibility and leadership.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Alive Montessori & Private School

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Montessori program uses lots of hands-on material such as counting beads, wooden rods, geometric shapes, and other objects children can handle to make mathematical concepts real and develop the child's understanding. After the concepts are fully understood, drilling and practice are done on the basics to achieve competence.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Montessori materials.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        We expect our students to become very competent in performing math in their heads or on paper before we introduce calculators. This has the added benefits of developing mental discipline and confidence in their own abilities to solve problems.

      • Early Reading

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Alive Montessori & Private School

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Maria Montessori believed that the ideal age to teach children to read is between 4 and 6. Using her materials (sandpaper letters, moveable alphabet, metal templates), we consistently have children reading at age 4 (some as young as 3)


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        No
        For our Kindergarten to Grade 2 French immersion program, we use several recognized evaluation tools to test early literacy skills.

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        The goal is that child will eventually be able to read as easily as to listen to a conversation.

      • Writing

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Alive Montessori & Private School

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Maria Montessori wrote, "Contrary to the usually accepted idea, writing precedes reading." This is because the child must re-create something to be able to understand it. Thus she developed a very strong program for writing, utilizing sandpaper letters, metal templates, and drills to complement her reading program. We develop the child's ability first, to print, and then to be able to do cursive writing.

      • Literature

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Alive Montessori & Private School

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        With a faster start to sure and confident reading, our children naturally gravitate to stories and literature.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Alive Montessori & Private School

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Montessori materials are very well laid out and contain lots of pictures and activities to increase knowledge and understanding.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Alive Montessori & Private School

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        In a multi-cultural society like Canada, it is important to have a broad view of the different cultures, including a world view of history and geography. We also engage the students by examining and participating in different cultural events and holidays to explore music, folklore and art.

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Alive Montessori & Private School

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        We believe strongly that computers should not replace the training and disciplining of the mind required to fully master the basics of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. It is much more important for young children to develop the spatial discernment and fine motor skills required for writing than the ability to punch letters on a keyboard. While this concept may seem quaint or “old-fashioned”, it results in children who can easily and rapidly translate these skills over into using a computer when the time comes.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Alive Montessori & Private School

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Selwyn House School maintains a strong commitment to physical education and athletics as part of the student’s overall educational development. Students may choose to compete inter-scholastically or opt for recreational and instructional programs. Both ensure that our students are physically active and challenged. To accommodate our programs, the school rents 16 outside facilities and benefits from the leadership of 28 full- and part-time staff members. This extraordinary level of adult participation helps students understand that a complete education involves both body and mind. The school’s objectives are ambitious. We strive to foster healthy attitudes toward play and to encourage a robust belief in hard work. Students are taught that athletics involves more than just physical activity. It is an experience that can provide lifelong lessons about effort, teamwork and fairness.

        ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

        We are saddened when we see physical education programs

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Alive Montessori & Private School

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      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.

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Our early French Immersion Kindergarten builds upon the belief that young children acquire a second language with ease and are able to use the language as a means of communicating their ideas, feelings, and opinions in an authentic environment. The program is designed to help students learn about themselves and interact effectively and appropriately with others. It provides a solid preparation for Grade One. Class size is from 12 to 15 students per class. English language activities take place daily. Physical education is taught six times per 10-day cycle (40-minute periods). Children regularly visit the library and computer labs.

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      With devoted teachers, proper Montessori methods, and one-on-one instruction, we consistently teach our students to read at age 4 (many at age 3). Gaining this ability so early does wonders for a child's confidence that spills over into other subjects and activities.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

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      Pace

      Pace

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      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.

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      The Montessori method takes advantage of every child's innate desire to learn. Thus, allowing the child to learn at his or her own pace is not "slow" as some might envision. At times, it can be very fast.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      Culture

      Culture

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      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”.

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Our primary focus in the early grades centres around increasing the abilities of the children to read fluently, to write coherently and well, to be skilled at arithmetic and math, and to demonstrate competence in every activity they undertake. By so doing, they gain confidence that translates into their future learning and careers.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

  • 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:

    Selwyn House School

    Alive Montessori & Private School

    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.
     

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    Additional support

    Additional support

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    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

     

     

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    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

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    We are opposed to drugging our children with psychiatric drugs that have been proven to be dangerous yet are being diagnosed on nothing more than opinion (there are no medical tests of any kind for the conditions listed).


    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

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Our belief is that children are being given labels at an alarming rate, and that most "learning" or "developmental" disabilities stem from causes that have nothing to do with anything being inherently wrong with the child. Previous poor teaching, poor diet, lack of exercise or discipline can cause non-optimum behaviour that can be corrected; we have done so many times.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Selwyn House School

    Alive Montessori & Private 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

     

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    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

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE 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

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • We teach many practical life skills to keep children interested in learning … • Taking care of plants and animals • Music • Art • Cooking & Nutrition
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades K - 11

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3


     

    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

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Students who are willing to challenge themselves and learn and whose parents want them to excel.

    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.

    ALIVE MONTESSORI & PRIVATE SCHOOL

    ACADEMICS: None. We are usually able to turn around a child's failed education within a short time. (Our view is that almost all "Learning Disability" comes from improper teaching and can be corrected.) Reading comprehension and math testing will be done before enrolment to assess the correct starting point. BEHAVIOR: As with academics, our experience is that virtually all "ADHD" and behaviour-type problems are "learned" behaviours (often caused by a poor learning environment itself) and are not signs of deficiencies within the child. We have turned around many students with a little bit of discipline and by creating a stimulating, caring school that makes learning fun.

  • 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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