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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Lowell High School

    LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1901

     

    5


     

    Enrolment

     

    560

     

    100


     

    Grades

     

    K to 11

     

    10 to 12


     

    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."
     

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate


     

    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.
     

     

    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”.
     

     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $20,850 to $26,990

     

    $18,900 to $22,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 11

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    47

     

    33


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades K - 11

     

    Yes: grades 10 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Lowell High School

    LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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    LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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    LOWELL HIGH 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.

    LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Lowell High School

    LOWELL HIGH 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

    LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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    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.

    LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Lowell High School is a co-educational IB World School located in the heart of beautiful Yaletown in downtown Vancouver. The school focuses on preparing each student for personal and academic success in university and beyond. In addition to the BC Dogwood Diploma, we are proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) for grades 11 and 12. We are proud of our reputation for promoting academic excellence and a well-balanced

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Lowell High School

    LOWELL HIGH 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.

     

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  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Lowell High School

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      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.

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      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

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      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.

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Lowell High School

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Play-based

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Lowell High School

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Rigorous

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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”.

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Selwyn House School

    Lowell High 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

    Lowell High School

    LOWELL HIGH 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

    LOWELL HIGH 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

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades K - 11

     

    Yes: grades 10 - 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

     

    Yes: grades 10 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    We are seeking engaged, innovative, and compassionate students who are eager to contribute to the ever-changing world. We encourage our students to become self-confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners.

    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.

    LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Step 1: Complete and Submit an Application Form

    The Application form must be filled out by a parent or legal guardian if the student is under 19. Submit your Application form along with the non-refundable application fee of $300 

    Step 2: Submit supporting documentation

    • Passport
    • Official transcript or report card for last 2 years
    • English Essay (150 words minimum)
    • Digital Passport Size Photo (JPG file)
    • Medical Insurance Policy (if applicable)
    • Custodian Declaration Form (if applicable)
    • Study Permit (if applicable)

    Step 3: Attend an admission interview

    After reviewing your application, our Admissions Office will reach out to you to schedule a student interview.

    Step 4: Welcome Package

    Accepted students will receive a welcome package and their fee schedule for the school year.

    Step 5: Tuition Fee Payment

    The tuition fee must be paid prior to the specified deadline in order to secure your spot in the accepted grade.

    Step 6: Letter of Acceptance

    For International Students, a Letter of Acceptance will be issued for the Study Permit application.

  • 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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