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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1955

     

    1861


     

    Enrolment

     

    145

     

    249


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 2

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed, Boys

     

    Girls


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Traditional


     

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

     

    Academic culture

     
    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

     

    14 to 18


     

    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

     

    $17,355 to $40,131


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $37,521 to $62,797


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    20%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    7 to 11


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $7,750

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    24

     

    42


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    7%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 2

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

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    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

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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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    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    "Teachers are approachable, candid, and work with families in the best interest of the child."
    Dania Szanajda - Parent   (May 22, 2020)
    The SHS of Montreal has been an incredible experience for my daughter. As parents of a special needs...
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    "...when I started CEGEP, I actually realized that I had an advantage over most of the other students in my classes that went to other schools."
    Natasha Vitale - Alumnus   (Jun 24, 2020)
    Attending Sacred Heart was the best decision I ever made! The teachers were friendly, approachable, ...
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    "I was very happy with the quality of instruction I received because I felt as though it made me well prepared for post-graduation."
    Beatrice Mackie - Alumnus   (Nov 16, 2020)
    My time at Sacred Heart was brief but memorable. Following the closure of my past high school, Sacre...
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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.

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal was founded in 1861, and built around the principles that were at the core of the Society of the Sacred Heart, which was begun by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat in 1800. Among those principles was to educate girls to take part in society beyond the home or the church. Barat sought to encourage girls to take a transformative role in their communities, something that, it perhaps goes without say, was a unique perspective for the time. Sacred Heart continues to follow that ideal, expressing it within modern curricular and extracurricular programing, including the integration of 21st century literacies and online tutoring. An international gaze, too, is used to inform the program, seen specifically in service trips and international exchanges. The school was unique when it was formed, and it remains at the cutting edge of education today.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    information not available

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    • Small class sizes and low student to teacher ratio
    • All girls
    • Caring, family-style learning environment
    • Intensive French program (optional)
    • Accelerated math program (optional)
    • Rich arts curriculum, with drama, music, and visual arts
    • Competitive robotics team with Loyola High School

    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]

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. The school is committed to developing young women of intellect, wisdom, compassion and with a sense of justice. The Sacred Heart School of Montreal is part of a worldwide network of schools that share common goals, mission and values. An all girls grade 12 program, and boarding, are also available.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    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

    We are always so glad to welcome new students to the Sacred Heart family. As our foundress Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat once said she would have founded the Society of the Sacred Heart “for the sake of one child,” so too do we commit ourselves to the education and growth of each and every student. No matter the level of expertise or the range of your interests, you’ll find something creatively and intellectually stimulating here! Sacred Heart offers a variety of challenging intellectual ventures that give students of all levels the opportunity to push themselves and achieve success through progress.

     

    A caring and inclusive environment

     

    Not only do we dedicate ourselves to our students’ academic success, we also center the cultivation of their emotional growth. From administration, faculty, and staff all the way to the student body at large, we at Sacred Heart are dedicated to fostering a caring and nurturing environment in which all are encouraged to express themselves to the fullest. Our school celebrates the diversity of our Sacred Heart family and beyond! Collaboratively, we are always learning more about the communities around us and, in so doing, creating an environment of inclusivity.

     

    Our Mission

     

    These are only some of the ways that we ensure that our learning environment encourages our students’ progress. As a Sacred Heart network school, our mission is to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of all our students; our five goals allow this mission to develop organically into in-school as well as extracurricular activities that push students to get involved in their communities, develop their social awareness, and seek personal and academic growth. All this and more ensures that all students leave Sacred Heart as well-rounded and accomplished young women. 

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

      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.

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      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.

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

      Small class sizes guarantee students individual attention from our dedicated faculty. An accelerated mathematics program leads to Calculus in Secondary V. The school also offers an AP course in European History, Psychology and English. French is offered at four levels to match girls' aptitudes, including Français langue d'enseignement, which is equivalent to what is taught in a French school. Sec I & II have the opportunity to take Social Sciences (History and Geography) in French. The Faculty Scholars program allows motivated students to work on an independent project with an expert in the field. Sacred Heart girls benefit from the balance between academic excellence and rich extracurricular programs. Students compete in team sports such as ice hockey, basketball and soccer, and participate in clubs.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        The overall objective of the Mathematics programme is to produce problem solvers, using mathematical reasoning and communication. At all levels the assessment of Mathematics is based on two competencies, these being Solves a Situational Problem and Mathematical Reasoning. The content of every course is divided into Algebra and Arithmetic, Geometry, and Probability and Statistics. The accelerated programme moves advanced Mathematics students through the secondary school curriculum in four years instead of five, allowing them to complete AP Calculus in Secondary V.


        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!

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        We do not currently have a calculator policy.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        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

        The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        Science plays an integral role in our daily lives, and is constantly changing and expanding. Our science programme grants students the opportunity to reach their full potential. Students are exposed to a range of topics in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. Constructivist and cooperative methods of learning are used in order to provide the best learning environment and to accommodate different learning styles. Students learn the value of rigorous intellectual inquiry, through both laboratory and theoretical work. They become aware of both the positive and negative effects of science on society, and of the relationships between science and other disciplines, with a focus on technology. This awareness will help them to become critical and self-assured thinkers and to make informed decisions on matters involving science.


        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

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        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

      • Literature

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


        Approach


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        The English Language Arts programme promotes the love of learning by encouraging students to deepen their appreciation of literature and their understanding of language encountered in media texts. Students engage in open and respectful discussion of a wide range of ideas, including major ethical and moral dilemmas faced by humankind. The choice of literature and the topics of discussion and debate encourage intellectual development and a habit of reflection.


        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

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

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

      • Foreign Languages

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        The globalization of our modern world has made ease of communication and general cultural awareness increasingly important. A knowledge of languages gives students not only the ability to communicate orally and in writing, but also the opportunity to discover and explore the world’s cultural diversity, whether through literature or the print and electronic media, or through interaction and exchange with individuals in their immediate community and around the world.


        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

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        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

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        The Arts are an integral part of our society and our life experiences and are therefore an essential part of a well-rounded education. They open the door to artistic sensitivity, creativity, and the exploration of a student’s talents and interests. They further develop leadership skills, self-confidence,creative thinking and approaches to problem solving as well as provide the means to explore various mediums of personal and artistic expression. Each discipline combines theoretical understanding with a variety of practical applications in both individual and group settings. Historical, cultural and individual perspectives place the arts within a broader context; and students learn to analyze the role of the arts in the past and present and to recognize their power as both a catalyst for, and a recorder of, social change.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Light 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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        With the introduction of Chromebooks for all students. technology has become fully integrated into our daily curriculum. Indeed, each student starts the day by reading the \'Daily News\' which appears as the homepage when first opening up their Chromebook.\n\nEach class also has a \'Google Classroom\', a virtual classroom, which teachers can use to place learning material, evaluations or otherwise engage with the students in discussion and classwork. A majority of work is now handed out, worked upon and returned to the teacher in a digital format.\n\nUsing the collaborative tools available through the use of the Google for Education program, students can work in groups, share notes and work on the same document even when at home or in different classrooms.\n\nTechnology is used to keep students engaged in various ways.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        St. Clement's Early Learning School

        ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

        The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


        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.

        THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

        In addition to giving students the opportunity to increase their level of physical fitness and raise their awareness of healthy lifestyle choices, the physical education programme fosters values that are an integral part of a Sacred Heart education: teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, respect for themselves and for others, and a spirit of community.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


      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.

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      St. Clement's Early Learning School

      ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

      The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


      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.

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

      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

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

      The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.The curriculum develops aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination.The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching strategies that recognize the individual needs of every student.Members of the school community model and teach ethical and respectful use of all learning resources, both written and electronic.


      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."

      THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

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

  • 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

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

    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

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. CLEMENT'S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    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

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    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

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    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.

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    Sacred Heart has a comprehensive accommodations policy and assessment policy on the evaluation of student learning. The school honours most recommendations made by licensed professionals and provides accommodations for learning and social-emotional challenges.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Clement's Early Learning School

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

    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

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL


    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

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    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.

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    • Competitive and Challenging Athletics Program
    • Model UN, Comic Book Club, Show Choir, Cooking Club, Typing Club
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 2

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    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

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal is for girls seeking an education that combines academic excellence and timeless values. Sacred Heart has more than 157 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. Rich in cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity, Sacred Heart students have the courage and confidence to take their place in an ever-changing world. The goal of a Sacred Heart education is to help each student to develop her intellectual and personal gifts and talents to the fullest.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    We look forward to welcoming you and your daughter to the Sacred Heart community. We accept applications all year long but it is always good to apply early.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Therese Forget Casgrain (1914)
    Suffragist; Senator; first female political party leader in Canada; Officer of the Order of Canada; commemorated with a Canada Post stamp in 1985 and on the $50 bill in 2004.
    Angela Onesi (1985)
    Partner at Fasken Martineau LLP
    Jennifer Finnigan (1996)
    Three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role as Bridget Forrester in the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
    Antonia Maioni (1979)
    Associate Professor Department of Political Science, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University; President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences



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