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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1955

     

    2016


     

    Enrolment

     

    145

     

    50


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 2

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed, Boys

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, eSchool


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Reggio Emilia


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    Academic culture

     
    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.
     
    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

     

    1 to 8

     

    6


     

    Special needs support

     

    Developmental

     

    Learning, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,500 to $20,500

     

    $3,600 to $18,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    24

     

    4


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2

     

    JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 2

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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    OAK LEARNERS

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    "love the teachers and the students"
    Jennifer Majer - Parent   (Mar 12, 2018)
    My children love the teachers and the students at SCELS. We have met a lot of great families while ...
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    OAK LEARNERS

    "They work with children in small classes and create individualized plans for each child. I also receive regular updates about my son's strengths and areas that need to be worked on."
    Asha Rampersad - Parent   (Oct 16, 2018)
    My 6 year old thrives at Oak Learners. He loves the staff who are attentive, responsive and makes l...
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    "They have a knack for connecting with children and their challenges ... adjusting both the curriculum and the approach to fit each child's needs"
    Jana Machan - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    Our son loves the varied and fun activities at Oak Learners, which challenge him educationally while...
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    " ... our two kids love Oak Learners"
    Jasmine Bush - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    For different reasons, our two kids love Oak Learners. The staff were very good at identifying skill...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    St. Clement’s was founded in 1955, and has been doing great work with young children ever since. The approach is based in creating a caring community of learners, with small class sizes and a close-knit student body. It’s telling that the school tends to express its size in terms of families; they say that they are able to serve up to 200 families. Indeed, there is a real sense of partnership and involvement with families, as wholes, rather than simply a group of children. It’s that approach that informs the reputation of the school. The facilities nicely reflect St. Clement’s age and pedigree, while the interiors and appointments are at the cutting edge of early childhood instruction.

    OAK LEARNERS

    Oak Learners is the very definition of a community-based, student-centered academic environment. Classes are small, personal, and lessons begin with the talents, interests, challenges and curiosities that the children bring with them into the room. An emphasis on the arts is used as entrée to the curriculum, underscoring a cross-curricular approach to instruction. Classroom spaces are bright, open, and adaptable to large group, small group, and tutorial-style learning. Founder Kelly Ferrell is rightly a draw, bringing a wealth of experience to the offering, as well as a proven track record as an educator, leader and entrepreneur. The faculty she’s attracted shares her enthusiasm for active, hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Still relatively young, Oak Learners has quickly established itself as a key offering within its catchment area.   

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    information not available

    OAK LEARNERS

    • Reggio Inspired Curriculum
    • Art, Music, Dance Enrichment
    • 6:1 Ratio - Small Classes for student-centred learning
    • STEM Enrichment
    • LD Support
    • Outdoor Education Programming

    Description

    Description

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Why is St. Clement's Early Learning School just right for your child? Let us count the ways: a small cohesive staff which is skilled in child development and assessment practices/Individual Programs/an enriched curriculum/our low student:teacher ratio/free extra curricular activities/exciting field trips/Before & After school programs/ Camp programs. Please contact us today to book a tour. (416) 489-0822 or [email protected]

    OAK LEARNERS

    A Reggio-Inspired alternative school for Kindergarten through Grade Eight. Our school provides a supportive learning atmosphere, working with your child’s unique learning style to inspire their strengths and interests. Our classrooms use interdisciplinary teaching methods and inquiry-based programming to create a unique student-driven and teacher-facilitated, enriched learning environment.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    Message

    We value the confidence that the hundreds of families have placed in us over the years. With their assistance, our skilled and dedicated teachers have been able to lay a solid educational foundation beneath more than 2,000 children. Our students graduate to one of the many prestigious private schools, or into one of the fine public schools in the city. Their success is a source of great pride for us.

    Each and every year, from early September until the following June, our primary goal is to understand each child’s individual learning style and then teach them at the appropriate level. Our mission is to have no one “falling between the cracks” at St. Clement’s Early Learning School.

    Though our goals are large at St. Clement’s Early Learning School, our size is not. There is ample opportunity for us to get to know you and your family’s educational needs.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Marsha Hamilton,
    Principal

    Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.

    Kelly is an OCT Certified teacher and has worked in classrooms and alternative learning environments since 1996 and as a certified teacher since 2004, working with students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Kelly has a passion for empowering students to develop confidence through building on their strengths to support their difficulties, particularly those with learning exceptionalities, including Learning Differences, ASD, social emotional needs, and anxiety.  Kelly subscribes to the tenants of Montessori, Reggio-Emilia and Constructivist methods of teaching and is always looking for ways to bring these strategies into the 21st Century through technology and environmental education. 

    Throughout her teaching careers, Kelly has been teaching, leading, and connecting students and staff with a global community of educators leading the way in 21st century personalized learning. In 2014, Kelly was awarded “Project of the Year” at the Water Docs @School Film Festival for her Inquiry-Based Learning project, “Kids Against Road Salt“.  This project has been used to train new teachers on the benefits and processes behind inquiry-based learning. Kelly’s teaching was also featured in Owl Magazine on the “Cool School” page in  2014 for a unique publishing project undertaken by her Grade 7/8 class that year.

    Kelly has also founded Teach Me Social in 2012, a social media marketing agency and training organization which continues to empower entrepreneurs to brand themselves online and share their messages through social media. Her experience in business and educational leadership lends Kelly a unique approach to technology training. She offers business owners a different perspective on technology, gaining participation in her sessions by energizing participants and inspiring them to dive into the Social Media world whilst also providing valuable skills, tips and strategies they can use to construct their online presence at their own pace.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Progressive

      OAK LEARNERS

      Reggio Emilia


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Information not available

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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

      OAK LEARNERS

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      OAK LEARNERS

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      The SCELS curriculum is carefully designed with the understanding that each child is unique. Therefore, every child at SCELS has an individual program plan created through ongoing assessment and observation by the classroom teacher(s). As a result, we provide our students with engaging learning experiences aimed at building and enhancing their skills in all developmental areas. Our goal is to create a total learning environment where all the children of St. Clement’s Early Learning School experience educational success.

      OAK LEARNERS

      Oak Learners offers progressive, interdisciplinary, inquiry-based programming in a student-driven, teacher-facilitated, alternative learning environment. Each learner goes through a cyclical process of identifying their unique strengths, needs, goals, and interests. Each day at Oak Learners brings new learning opportunities through an integrated and immersive approach to elementary education. Ontario Curriculum content and skill achievement guidelines are covered and enriched through a holistic approach to learning in a project-based inquiry model, leading to a much deeper and richer learning experience for the students.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        OAK LEARNERS

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Learning Carpet, a floor grid consisting of 100 squares, promotes kinesthetic learning of many important concepts in mathematics, as well as mapping skills and language activitie. It is used in all five program levels at St. Clement’s Early Learning School. Mathematical learning at St. Clement’s Early Learning School includes games, activities and materials that provide a foundation for understanding mathematical concepts. Math is included in our daily routine, as well as into other school related activities. For example: Attendance Calendar Weather Chart Number Line Creative Activities All teaching staff have a background in teaching math concepts in several different ways. This is important because some children have various strengths and our teaching staff teaches to their strengths. We provide the children with ample opportunities to practice various math concepts throughout their day.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Mathematics instruction at Oak Learners takes a very hands-on approach, using manipulatives as well as leveled workbooks to provide an enriched approach to learning Math.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Other tools used to teach math to the children are time, age, addresses, phone numbers, cooking and measurement. Learning addition, subtraction, counting and shape recognition doesn’t have to be boring at all!

        OAK LEARNERS

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        We do not currently have a calculator policy.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        OAK LEARNERS

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        SCELS offers a multi-sensory approach to Language. This includes Jolly Phonics/Grammar, Handwriting Without Tears and various support programs. Our Language program is based on a Balanced Literary approach. Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar: Our Jolly Phonics program provides a structured learning tool which the children really enjoy. This phonics program introduces 42 main letter sounds, followed up with activity sheets and games for reading and spelling. Each letter is taught with a story and related actions for the children to perform. Jolly Grammar is an extension of the Jolly Phonics program. This program teaches a wide variety of language forms including the parts of speech, plurals, punctuation and the tenses past, present and future. It also teaches various spelling rules, including defining aspects such as short vowels.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Students are immersed in literacy opportunities through our "Integrated Literacy" programming as well as receiving a multi-sensory approach to learning English phonetics as well as leveled reading activities to build confidence and scaffold literacy skills.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

        OAK LEARNERS

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING 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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        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

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Handwriting Without Tears: This unique program’s purpose is to make handwriting an automatic and natural skill for children of all ability levels. Children who can write well, with ease and confidence, enjoy school more and feel more pride in their work. Handwriting Without Tears makes handwriting fun and easy to learn.

        OAK LEARNERS

        At Oak Learners, we approach Literacy through an Integrated approach, which means that Reading and Writing skills are taught within other subject areas, such as Science or Social Studies. Children develop strong literacy habits and communication skills through meaningful experiences with text.

      • Science

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Our science program at SCELS puts a strong emphasis of the scientific method. Students are encouraged to ask questions, explore and engage with material, solve problems and reflect upon their results. Science and social studies lessons are supplemented with a variety of hands-on projects, experiments, field trips and workshops to maximize student involvement and understanding.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Science in the Elementary Years is all about understanding and respecting the world around us. At Oak Learners, we explore our neighbourhood daily and use the students' own questions and observations to form units of study.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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

        OAK LEARNERS

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Geology

        OAK LEARNERS

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        OAK LEARNERS

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        At Oak Learners, we approach Literacy through an Integrated approach, which means that Reading and Writing skills are taught within other subject areas, such as Science or Social Studies. Children develop strong literacy habits and communication skills through meaningful experiences with text.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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

        OAK LEARNERS

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

      • Social Studies

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities

        OAK LEARNERS

        Thematic


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.

        OAK LEARNERS

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Social Studies lessons are supplemented with a variety of hands-on projects, experiments, field trips and workshops to maximize student involvement and understanding.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Social Studies becomes part of everyday conversation at Oak Learners. Students and teachers may discuss community, family or school related topics and through inquiry, students learn about how they see themselves as part of the larger community.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        All of the children at SCELS take part in our French program. Children in half-day programs have French once a week and those in full-day programs have French twice per week. French is taught orally for our Nursery and Kindergarten students. The children are introduced to concepts like colours, numbers, animals, holidays and cultural understanding. In the Primary Program, a written component is included.

        OAK LEARNERS

        We offer enrichment opportunities for students interested in learning new languages through technology and guest-teachers. These decisions are made through consultation with parents and teachers.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        OAK LEARNERS

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        OAK LEARNERS

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Music: Each Thursday, Michael Anderson, a veteran early childhood educator, spends the day providing an enriched musical experience for the children. Mr. Anderson draws on music from around the world and uses a wide variety of instruments such as the Conga, Talking Drum, Koto, Tabla and Tibetan Singing Bowls. Dramatic Arts: Drama is integrated into a variety of subject areas to enhance student learning, enhance presentation skills and spark creativity and self expression. Visual Arts: Students at SCELS are given the opportunity to explore and create with a variety of artistic mediums. Students develop their creativity, spatial awareness and fine motor skills through drawing, painting, collage, sculpting and mixed media. Our visual arts activities often correspond to curriculum areas to help students broaden their understanding of the material and appeal to visual and hands-on learners.

        OAK LEARNERS

        We believe that Arts Education plays a very important role in educating young learners. We make sure to integrate Art, Music, Drama and Dance throughout our days, throughout every subject area. The Arts is what brings learning to life and provides a context for deep emotional and social learning.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        OAK LEARNERS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Light integration

        OAK LEARNERS

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING 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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Children are exposed to the use of computer technology within the classroom throughout the week.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Technology integration is personalized for each learner. We offer a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) option for students and encourage the learning of typing and internet navigation skills as an integral part of our 21st Century Curriculum.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        OAK LEARNERS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        All of our programs include physical education in addition to outdoor and gross motor development. Children take part in gross motor activities daily. Gross motor development will include running, jumping, using objects in different ways, balancing, etc. Physical education takes place one or two times a week, depending on whether a child is registered in the half-day or full-day program. The children are taught specific skills such as ball handling and eye-hand coordination, with a focus team building and healthy living. Specialized coaches are brought in to teach skills and concepts associated with different sports in a fun, supportive and non-competitive environment. Yoga at SCELS is an excellent way to teach the children a universal method to self-regulate and ready their brains and bodies for learning. Yoga is first introduced in the Nursery program and is practiced up to Grade Two.

        OAK LEARNERS

        All students are expected to participate in a minimum of 20 minutes of Daily Physical Activity (DPA). DPA at Oak Learners may take the form of Yoga, Dance, Indoor Games, or Neighbourhood Walks and Outings.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Approach

      OAK LEARNERS

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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

      OAK LEARNERS

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      The SCELS curriculum is carefully designed with the understanding that each child is unique. Therefore, every child at SCELS has an individual program plan created through ongoing assessment and observation by the classroom teacher(s). As a result, we provide our students with engaging learning experiences aimed at building and enhancing their skills in all developmental areas. Our goal is to create a total learning environment where all the children of St. Clement’s Early Learning School experience educational success.

      OAK LEARNERS

      The Oak Learners Kindergarten program lays a strong foundation for an enriching educational journey. Children may attend one, two, or five days per week. Experienced educators spend time exploring literacy, numeracy, science and so much more with children through a natural and inquiry-based program.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Pace

      OAK LEARNERS

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

      OAK LEARNERS

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Information not available

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Culture

      OAK LEARNERS

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      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.

      OAK LEARNERS

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Information not available

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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

      OAK LEARNERS

      "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:

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    Oak Learners

    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.
     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    OAK LEARNERS

    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

     

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    OAK LEARNERS

    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

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Information not available

    OAK LEARNERS

    Information not available


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

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

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    At SCELS we classify each child with a special need as unique. We conduct thorough observations and interviews to determine if the school can meet the child's needs. SCELS has an Early Intervention team that includes a Speech and Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist. Our Early Intervention team will follow the progress of the child and continue to make recommendations and give strategies to the child and family while at the school. The optimal goal at SCELS is to get the child ready for their next learning environment, promote Independence, problem solving and understand of how the child learns.

    OAK LEARNERS

    All learning programs are personalized at Oak Learners. We work in a close proximity with parents when planning for appropriate learning goals and strategies for their children.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    Oak Learners

    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

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING 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

    OAK LEARNERS

    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

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    • We also offer intensive French and Mandarin instruction twice a week.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2

     

    JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 2

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    What the school says

    What the school says

    OAK LEARNERS

    The admission process is personalized, just like most aspects of our programming. Your journey at Oak Learners begins with a personalized tour and meeting with our Director. If it is determined through this interview that Oak Learners may be an appropriate fit for your child, we will then book a trial-day where your child will spend the day as part of our classroom. Following the trial day, there will be a second in-person meeting to determine next steps and registration. 

    The success of every student plays a role in the admission process. Decisions may be made on several factors, including (but not limited to), student-teacher ratio, academic needs, classroom make-up and social needs. 




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