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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Académie Westboro Academy

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1988

     

    1993


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    165


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, eSchool

     

    Day


     

    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."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    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.
     
    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

     

    Varies

     

    14 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

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

     

    $16,550 to $17,465

     

    $14,440 to $14,985


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    15


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Académie Westboro Academy

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    "The compassionate, respectful, and inspiring atmosphere at AWA encourages children to push their boundaries while simultaneously respecting their needs."
    Julia Albert - Parent   (May 03, 2021)
    We have nothing but incredible things to say about Westboro Academy. The richness of the curriculum,...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    The country school tradition is based in creating learning spaces that are inflected with some rural ideals—quiet, collaborative, community based, and including an interface with nature—that are reflected well within the MCS setting. Families are drawn to the community of the school, one that is small enough to allow students to know each other, and for parents to know each other as well. MCS also faithfully reflects the core of the Montessori tradition, including learning through hands-on manipulation and multi-age classrooms. In all of that, there’s a lot to like, including well-appointed classrooms and outdoor learning spaces.

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    Westboro was established in 1993 by a group of parents who wanted a quality bilingual elementary education for their children. It began with a single Grade 1 class comprised of just 7 students. Needless to say, the school has grown, though—as at the beginning—growth has been an expression of need within the community. Further, the sense of community within the school is rightly encouraged and prized. The focus remains centred on providing an authentic, effective bilingual program within a setting that addresses academic and social development. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, active educational environment. As such, at Westboro those who enroll will join a student body of true peers, one in which social currency is gained through achievement in all levels of student life. For many, that experience alone can be transformational.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Académie Westboro Academy

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    • Académie Westboro Academy, a truly bilingual school, une école parfaitement bilingue.
    • Give your child a lifetime of excellence with Ottawa's most personalized, truly bilingual education.
    • Westboro Academy has a strong academic focus in a rigorous academic environment.
    • Being community-focussed is a key aspect of our school mission.
    • Our founding core values are: Excellence, Integrity and Respect.
    • Our class sizes are small, and there is only one class per grade.
    • We cultivate independence, critical-thinking and character, in preparation for life-long learning.
    • Kindergarten: our students are exposed to French right from the beginning
    • Grades 1-6 are exposed to a bilingual program that uses both Ontario and Quebec curriculums.
    • Grades 7-8 curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, and strong study skills.

    Description

    Description

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    For 38 years, Montessori Country School has provided an enriching academic environment, building a foundation for each child's intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. Our CCMA accredited Montessori curriculum for students 12mo to Gr 6 sparks lifelong learning through exceptional experiences, opportunities and achievements. We offer a virtual integrated classroom for at-home elementary students and our sprawling campuses offer an indoor and outdoor learning experience you just won’t get anywhere else.

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    Westboro Academy is a proud leader in bilingual education for Kindergarten to grade 8. We offer an enriched and rigorous curriculum in both English and French with small class sizes, where every student matters in our tight-knit and nurturing community. We are adaptable and exceptional in our approach. Celebrating nearly 30 years in education, we have moved to a spacious and revitalized location near Alta Vista! Give your child a lifetime of excellence with Ottawa's most personalized, truly bilingual education.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Académie Westboro Academy

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    Message

    With an uncompromising desire for excellence, the Montessori Country School delivers a rounded and complete Montessori education in a relaxed and friendly country setting. We make a lasting difference in the lives of children by building the foundation for the child's intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. Our strength lies in the expertise and dedication of our teachers and staff, in the uniqueness of our learning environment, and a constant desire to be the best.

    Our mission at Westboro Academy is to provide a truly bilingual and exceptional education, in a community-focused and nurturing environment. What makes us special is our approach to educating and developing the whole child in a true partnership with their parents and guardians. At Westboro Academy, every teacher and staff member knows every student and every parent. When people enter our building, they instantly notice the warm and familial feel of our school. Everything we do is geared towards promoting and maintaining our founding core values of Excellence, Integrity and Respect.   Our students love to come to school every day and it is evident in their smiling faces. What makes us unique is our focus on the purest form of bilingualism. Bilingualism is a skill that children in the National Capital Region should be allowed. Our approach towards this is to provide quality instruction half of every day in each of Canada’s official languages. Therefore, when students leave Westboro Academy, they are fully confident in both English and French. Our students have a reputation for having the highest level of bilingualism of any students in Ottawa when they graduate from our program.

    In addition to these, we have small classes, with only one class per grade. With an average of 16 students per class, our students have more opportunities and are given more attention than students receive in a regular classroom. Our students love learning and are challenged academically. At Westboro Academy, it is “cool” to be smart.

    Our teachers are incredibly dedicated and passionate and our positive school climate makes them want to stay. I am happy to say that our teaching staff has an average tenure of eleven years. This speaks volumes about the stability of our school program.

    We simply have so much to show you. Therefore, I would like to encourage Ottawa families and families from the Outaouais region to come to see the school for yourselves and meet our staff and students. I am confident that you will instantly recognize the benefits of a Westboro Academy education for your children.

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Académie Westboro Academy

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

      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

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      With an uncompromising desire for excellence, The Montessori Country School delivers a rounded and complete Montessori education, building the foundation for the child's intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. Our strength lies in the expertise and dedication of our teachers and staff, in the uniqueness of our learning environment, and a constant desire to be the best.

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

      Westboro Academy offers a rigorous academic program built on a truly bilingual model for learning. Achieving personal excellence with a strong work ethic, and reaching your best in a supportive environment are keys to success. Students are expected to be critical thinkers and problem solvers who can collaborate with others and work towards a common goal. We build a strong community that fosters a culture of learning and celebrates differences. By using the Ontario English curriculum, and the French first language curriculum from Québec, we ensure a truly bilingual learning environment. Junior and Senior Kindergarten are full-day programs taught in French only. The program from grades 1-8 places equal emphasis on French and English. Our students are privileged to learn from dedicated and trained specialist teachers in Music, Art, Science, and Health and Physical Education. Our class sizes are small, and there is only one class per grade. With an average of 15 students per class, our students have more opportunities and are given more attention. Our students love learning and are challenged academically.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Académie Westboro Academy

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Discovery Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        We use the Montessori materials to show the processes behind math concepts. When the students understand the process, we move to more abstract concepts.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Académie Westboro Academy

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        We use phonics to introduce children to the beginning stages of reading.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Académie Westboro Academy

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Process approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Children begin the writing process through the use of the sandpaper letter to learn the correct formation of the cursive letters.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Académie Westboro Academy

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY 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.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Science is encouraged through hands-on experiments and research.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Social Studies

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Académie Westboro Academy

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Students explore social studies through the Montessori materials to spark their interests. Then the student explore further through research, based on their individual interests.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Académie Westboro Academy

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Light integration

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY 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.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        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

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Technology is used for research and publishing and presentation skills. Students learn to type using a typing program and are encouraged to produce a final copy of research or an essay through the computer.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Académie Westboro Academy

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Our physical education curriculum is a skills-based program. Students are taught the basics skills of movement, throwing, catching, kicking, etc. before putting it together for a game of soccer or basketball or floor hockey.

        ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

        Through the Physical Education program, Westboro Academy aims to foster and develop a life-long love of sport and healthy and active living. We have a strong inclusionary approach to athletics where all students participate equally, regardless of skill or experience. We do not have try-outs for teams. Students are encouraged to participate to their full capacity and to develop skills. Westboro Academy experiences great success in inter-school althletics and remains highly competitive within the league, within the context of a non-competitively focussed approach.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Académie Westboro Academy

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


      Approach


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

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

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

      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

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      The class ratio is 1:8. Our program assists your child in developing routines, practising good social choices and will provide stimulating, age-appropriate activities designed to help invoke an excitement for learning. This program has 5 main curriculum areas: Practical Life (self-help skills), Sensorial, Language, Math and Culture. The curriculum also includes toilet training. In addition to the Pre-School curriculum, Pre-school children will receive French instruction, as well as, weekly library and gym visits. Music is enhanced through the Kindermusik Program. Outdoor Education and School Visits also enrich their experience.

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

      Our students are exposed to French, right from the beginning. We offer a full day Junior and Senior Kindergarten program although no prior experience with French is necessary. Children develop the base they need for a strong foundation in the bilingual program that starts in grade 1. At Westboro Academy, we encourage the intellectual, emotional and creative capacities of the children while instilling strong values, social skills and a sense of self. We make it a priority to provide an environment for our youngest students that is warm and nurturing, stimulating and engaging, and one where they can grow to meet their full potential.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Académie Westboro Academy

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY 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.

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

      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

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

      The rigorous academic program is built on a truly bilingual model for learning. Achieving personal excellence with a strong work ethic, and reaching your best in a supportive environment are keys to success. Indeed, we believe that it is within a supportive environment that academic rigour can thrive and grow. Academic growth and achievement are key priorities for our school, and our reputation for academic excellence is strongly embedded.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

      ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

      "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:

    The Montessori Country School

    Académie Westboro Academy

    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.
     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Académie Westboro Academy

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    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

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    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

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    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

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    We work with families to accommodate children with learning difficulties. We have a resource teacher on-site who can offer children one-on-one support.

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    Westboro Academy is a enriching learning environment for children and students of various abilities and with a variety of learning styles. The program is rigorous and challenging, yet support and accommodations are regularly made available for those that need it.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Montessori Country School

    Académie Westboro Academy

    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

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Académie Westboro Academy

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY 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

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    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

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    • Académie Westboro Academy has an inclusive approach. We believe childhood is a wonderful time to participate in a wide variety of sports and activities. We don't have try-outs and no one gets "cut". Everyone gets an equal opportunity. With this approach, we have found that our students remain competitive in the inter-school athletics, and our students and teams are very successful in all of their pursuits.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    Westboro Academy seeks to admit students who are eager to learn and who can handle a challenging bilingual academic environment. Students who embody the school pillars of excellence, integrity and respect are a strong fit for the school.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADéMIE WESTBORO ACADEMY

    Apply to Westboro Academy online.

    Application Checklist:

    We do not have entrance exams/tests, but assessment visits.

     




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