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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1955

     

    1852


     

    Enrolment

     

    145

     

    1000


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 2

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed, Boys

     

    Boys


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    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

     

    Progressive

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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.
     
    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

     
    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.
     
    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

     

    1 to 8

     

    22


     

    Special needs support

     

    Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,500 to $20,500

     

    $21,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    15%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    7 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    24

     

    167


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 03, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 2

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

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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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    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    "He is very laser focused on his future and I credit the school for helping with that thought process."
    Michael Marcon - Alumnus   (Oct 06, 2020)
    As an Alumnus of St. Michael's College School, I can say firsthand that my experience was excellent....
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    "The care and support of every teacher at SMCS has allowed our son to feel comfortable when challenged with difficult tasks."
    Danielle Carroll - Parent   (Oct 06, 2020)
    Our son’s journey at SMCS began at open house where he was immediately taken in by the spirit, cul...
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    "When looking back at their time spent at St Mike's we see that out sons' school success is measured by much more than grades."
    Don Marino - Parent   (Oct 22, 2020)
    We love who our three boys have turned out to be. The teachers give so much of themselves, and the p...
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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.

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    It's one of the oldest schools in Canada, and is steeped in legend, having descended directly from a secret school founded in the mountains of central France during the French Revolution. Today, it's the only independent Catholic boys' school in Ontario, and one of only a few in Canada. A dedication to teaching the core curriculum though a Catholic lens remains, as does a commitment to strong academics across the board. An extensive program of modernization completed in 2002 brought the school firmly into the 21st century. That said, the school is best known in the popular imagination because of its storied athletic program. The school has produced more than 180 professional hockey players, a raft of hall-of-famers among them. The school is large, and the academic program is rigorous. The ideal student is self-directed, able to thrive in a demanding, rigorous, and at times competitive environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    information not available

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1852
    • Leader in Catholic Boys' Education
    • Enriched Catholic Liberal Arts education
    • Experiential 21st Century Pedagogy
    • 18% of student body on bursary assistance
    • A variety of Experiential Learning and Mentorship Opportunities
    • Enhanced Christian and Community Service programmes
    • Tradition of academic, artistic, and athletic excellence
    • Extensive co-curricular programme featuring 60 after-school clubs/activities
    • Alumni network of 11,000 spanning 34 countries

    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]

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Since 1852, St. Michael's College School has been educating and forming young men in goodness, discipline, and knowledge for lives of leadership and service. We are Canada's only Catholic, Basilian, faith-based independent school, educating young men from Grades 7 to 12 in a university-preparatory programme, and forming them with a foundation for life. Under the direction of the Basilian Fathers, our students discover the courage and develop the faith to be a modern man of St. Michael's: one who is free in mind, body, and soul to pursue truth, choose goodness, create beauty, and build a civilization of love and care in service to our community and to the world. Our students unleash their passion for meaning and curiosity by embracing Deep Learning. This inquiry-based learning pedagogy inspires students to explore freely the profound questions of our world and to develop the knowledge and skills for living a meaningful and productive life in the 21st century. In graduating young men who change the world through lives of faith, character, and service, St. Michael's College School brings integrity, unity, and healing to a fractured and uncertain world.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    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

    Successfully preparing young men for the world of tomorrow is something that St. Michael’s College School prides itself in doing. Through an integration of faith, academics, and co-curriculars, SMCS believes it helps develop the Catholic leaders of tomorrow.  In a challenging and often self-centered world, our young men develop an understanding of the dignity of each person and of their own self-worth through a strong contemporary curriculum, moral and ethical discussions, and authentic service initiatives.  It is the belief of the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s College School that we do more than just teach subjects, coach sports, and moderate activities – we teach, coach, and role model for young men.  It is this essence of teaching, instilled in us by our founding Basilian Fathers, that makes a St. Michael’s College School education much sought after and unique.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      St. Michael’s College School provides a modern, Liberal Arts, Catholic education for young men in grades 7-12. The Grade 7-8 Intermediate programme academically prepares students for our university preparatory high school curriculum. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for the young men to transition seamlessly into the high school setting. Grade 7-8 students participate in a 1:1 iPad programme, developing the technological competencies that complement the Intermediate curriculum. Our Grade 9-12 academic programme provides a Liberal Arts education for students bound for university. A pedagogical approach that embraces character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking develops the learning skills that students need for living productive and meaningful lives in the 21st Century. All courses are taught at the Academic level in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Guidelines.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


        Approach


        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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

        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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!

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        We do not currently have a calculator policy.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Students use the TI-84 calculator

      • Early Reading

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        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.


        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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

      • Science

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


        Approach


        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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

      • Fine Arts

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


        Approach


        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Physical Education

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        The philosophy of education at St. Michael's focuses on developing the mind, body and spirit. Our Physical and Health Education programme encourages students to pursue physical fitness as well as teaching them about mental and physical well-being. We expose them to a number of sports and activities and encourage them to be life-long healthy and active people.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


      Approach


      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.


      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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


      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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School provides a modern, Liberal Arts, Catholic education for young men in Grades 7-12. The Grade 7-8 Intermediate programme prepares students for our university preparatory high school curriculum, and provides an opportunity for young men to transition into the high school setting seamlessly. Grade 7-8 students participate in a 1:1 iPad programme that develops 21st century learning and compliments the Intermediate curriculum. Our Grade 9-12 academic programme provides a Liberal Arts education for university bound students. All courses are taught at the Academic or University level in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Guidelines.


      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."

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      While St. Michael’s College School strives to prepare our students for university, we are also fully committed to preparing them to be future Catholic leaders in the world. Guided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we prepare young men to recognize and choose the good, to contribute to society, to be a neighbour, to nurture family, and to seek eternal life in union with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • 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

    St. Michael's College 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.
     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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

     

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Learning Enrichment Centre: Accommodations -development of IEP's -monitoring of student progress and individual assistance with organization, time-management, and workload -alternative location for testing/exams (quiet space) -memory aids, audio books (USB) -use of computers for testing/exams -assistive technology (computer apps, programs, devices for specific learning challenges) -referral of peer support (tutor or note-taking) -referral of psych ed assessments and to CCAC for Occupational Therapists -workshops developed and offered throughout the school year on organization, note-taking, time-management, study skills, exam prep -"Return to Learn" support to help students stay on top of their courses after an illness, concussion, or injury


    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.

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Typically, a student who evidences signs of a possible learning difficulty or exceptionality is referred to our Student Success Team. There is follow up with the student and family to suggest options for further investigation, testing, and referral to community resources. If testing leads to a diagnosis warranting further intervention, a Learning Strategist may develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to note any environmental and/or instructional accommodations the student may require to access the curriculum more successfully. Our Team can provide support and coaching for students with wide-ranging diagnoses. A diagnosis of learning disability should not, in and of itself, discourage a parent from applying, and parents are encouraged to ask questions about the range of supports available.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    St. Michael's College 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

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


    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

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • 56 interscholastic teams across 20 different sports, engaging 800 student-athletes
    • Full service Athletic Therapy Clinic & Strength and Conditioning Centre
    • Intramural offerings include: Bubble Soccer, 3v3 Basketball & Badminton,
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 03, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 2

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9


     

    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

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Our students discover the courage and find the strength to be a St. Michael's Student: one who is free in mind, body, and soul to pursue truth, choose goodness, create beauty, and build a civilization of love and care in service to our community and to the world. Through our rich Liberal Arts programme, which combines different and necessary sources of nourishment for mind, body, and soul, our students unleash their passion for meaning and curiosity by embracing Deep Learning. This inquiry-based learning pedagogy inspires students to explore freely the profound questions of our world and to develop the confidence, knowledge, and skills for living a meaningful and productive life in the 21st century. In graduating young men who change the world through lives of faith, character, and service, St. Michael's College School brings integrity, unity, and healing to a fractured and uncertain world.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Experience St. Michael's College School

    Take our Virtual Tour:  stmichaelscollegeschool.com/tour

     

    St. Michael's College School Application Checklist

    1. Complete Candidate Information Available online: applysmcs.com 

    2. Provide Academic Documents Online Families are required to scan and upload copies of the candidate’s final report cards from 2020 and 2021, as well as a copy of the current school year report cards. Candidates seeking entrance to Grades 11 or 12 must submit an Official Transcript and the Credit Counselling Summary.

    3. A. Complete the Student Reference Online (for applications to Grades 7, 8, or 9) As part of the application process families must provide the student reference to their son’s current teacher through the online application. Families will require the teacher’s name and email address to complete this part of the application. Select Item #5 in the Application Checklist and follow the prompts to send the Reference as an Email.

    3. B. Permission to contact vice-principal (for applications to Grades 10, 11, or 12) Families must email the vice-principal of their son’s high school giving that person permission to communicate with St. Michael’s College School about their son’s academics, attendance, and behaviour. Mr. Fischer should be carbon copied on this email ([email protected]).

    4. Submit Application Fee Payment of a non-refundable $125 application fee. Questions regarding the application fee can be directed to Mrs. Kim Celotti at [email protected] or 416-653-3180 ext. 500.

    5. Family Meeting and Interview Families must schedule a family meeting and interview with Office of Admissions. During this two hour window, families will receive more information about the SMCS model of education, have their questions answered and will participate in a parent and candidate interview. The family meeting can be scheduled by logging into your online application account at applysmcs.com.

    6. Complete the secondary school admissions at home test (SSAT) (Only for candidates seeking Grades 7, 8, or 9 entrance). The SSAT is an aptitude test. Families can register their sons for the SSAT directly at www.ssat.org. Please ensure results are sent directly to St. Michael’s College School.

    7. Complete the Character Skills Snapshot Once a candidate has registered for the SSAT, the Character Skills Snapshot will become available. This 20-30 survey is completed online.  Please ensure results are sent directly to St. Michael's College School.

     

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Robert Joseph Birgeneau (1960)
    Ninth Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Fourteenth President of the University of Toronto.
    David Staines (1964)
    Award-winning literary critic, writer, and professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Awarded the Order of Ontario.
    Robert Deluce (1968)
    President and CEO of Porter Airlines
    Sergio Marchionne (1970)
    Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. Corporate turnaround artist. Credited with saving Fiat (automotive group).
    Eugene Melnyk (1977)
    Founder, chairman, and CEO of Biovail Corporation. Sole-owner and chairman of the Ottawa Senators hockey team.
    Tyler Seguin (2008)
    NHL hockey star currently playing for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
    Jason Spezza (2000)
    NHL hockey player for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
    Luke Gazdic (2005)
    NHL hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers.
    Dominic Moore (1998)
    NHL hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers
    Frank Mahovlich (1956)
    Winner of six Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. Liberal Senator in the Canadian Senate.
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