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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1988

     

    1979


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    296


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

     

    3 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    eSchool, Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    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.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    12 to 14


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $16,550 to $17,465

     

    $15,600


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    40%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    3 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $7,500

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    30


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    50%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    information not available

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    information not available

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    information not available

    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.

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    “Everybody is like me here.” That’s what one student said when asked why he liked going to Foothills. Indeed, while the academics are exceptional, as is the staff, it’s that relatability that is a draw for families, and which sits at the very core of the school’s success. We all do better in environments that we can relate to, and which in turn can relate to us. For the students that attend, Foothills is precisely that environment. If you have a chance, by all means, speak to a parent of a student, and remember to bring some tissues. The school rightly prides itself in making a difference in the lives of the children that attend, and they have, and they do, often in very moving ways. The students arrive having struggled in other settings, often lagging behind their peers in significant ways. That changes, often from the first day. It’s telling that at least one of the teachers—there may be more—is a graduate of the school. Not only has she achieved things that, perhaps, she at one point she may not have expected of herself, she also translates that experience to the students that she teaches today. In her, and in the school as a whole, students are encouraged to see the possibility within themselves. And, oftentimes, that makes all the difference.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    information not available

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    • A leader in teaching students with Learning Disabilities since 1979
    • Teachers with specialized knowledge of teaching students with Learning Disabilities
    • Small class sizes with Educational Assistants in every classroom
    • We help students Find Understanding, Build Confidence, Maximize Potential
    • Personalized accommodations and supports
    • Extensive use of Assistive Technology to support student learning
    • Social-emotional development of students is a priority
    • A wide variety of extracurricular activities available

    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.

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment that builds on the strengths and unique learning styles of each student while supporting their social and emotional needs. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities, sports and clubs are offered. With a graduation rate of close to 100%, our students successfully go on to post-secondary education and the workplace.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS 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.

    Founded in 1979, Foothills Academy has grown into a leading day school program (grades 3 - 12) for individuals with Learning Disabilities with average to above-average cognitive ability. Despite having faced challenges with learning in the past, we have high expectations of all students. What sets us apart is our focus is upon the whole child. While students strive to reach their academic potential and progress to University, College or the workplace, we ensure their social, emotional, and organizational skills are met too.  We provide students with a safe and caring environment and the individualized teaching and supports they need to feel secure and confident to learn and achieve success in Alberta’s demanding curriculum. To round out their education, the demanding academic schedule is complemented by a wide variety of option classes and sporting activities.  Every individual at Foothills Academy has great potential, and it is our role to realize this in every student and help them to discover the strengths that lie within them. At Foothills Academy, families will find a supportive, close-knit community working together to ensure everyone’s success.

    To further support the whole child, Foothills Academy Society also operates Estelle Siebens Community Services within our centre. Year-round programs and services are available to both the school families and the wider community. They are a crucial resource for families affected by LD/ADHD in Calgary and beyond. These programs and services include Camp Amicus, Amicus Recreation, social skills programs parent and teacher workshops, psychological assessments, counselling, tutoring and research.  Foothills Academy Society is a school and so much more!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Foothills Academy

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Montessori

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FOOTHILLS 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.

      FOOTHILLS 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

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      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.

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment that builds on the strengths and unique learning styles of each student while supporting their social and emotional needs.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Discovery Math

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Traditional 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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        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

        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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We never take for granted pre-rerequisite skills. Our staff constantly review pre-requisites before they move on to new concepts while following all requirements set out by Alberta Education.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Grade 3 - 9 we use Nelson Grade 10 - 12 we use different publishers for each academic stream


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Our goal is to minimize the reliance on a calculator but calculators are provided as an accommodation on an individual basis depending on need.

      • Early Reading

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy


        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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        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

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We use a variety of resources to help students develop phonemic awareness, improve reading fluency and comprehension.


        DIBELS testing

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        No
        We do pre and post-testing throughout the year and standardized assessments.

      • Writing

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Process approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        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.

        FOOTHILLS 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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We provide a balance between structured approaches to narrative and expository writing but recognize the value of prose and encourage creative expression through various forms of media.

      • Science

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        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

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Science is encouraged through hands-on experiments and research.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We approach teaching science in a traditional method because our students benefit from explicit instruction. Extra instructional time provides opportunities for inquiry based activities that reinforce concepts learned and increase a personal connection to the topic.


        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

        FOOTHILLS 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

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        FOOTHILLS 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).

        FOOTHILLS 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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We follow Alberta Education curriculum that is based on Expanding Communities. Also, because of our specific population, we also address issues focused on developing active citizenship and fostering advocacy.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        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

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Students begin French instruction at age 18 months in our Toddler program and continue through to Grade 6.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        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)

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


        Approach


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        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

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Students have both music and fine arts instruction.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We follow the Alberta Education curriculum of studies. Fine arts are seem as an important component of developing the whole child. We emphasize the development of personal strengths and help students recognize their areas of passion. A wide variety of fine arts activities are provided as extracurricular activities in addition to classes.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Light integration

        FOOTHILLS 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.

        FOOTHILLS 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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Technology is embedded throughout the school program. Our school uses Google Apps for Education and every student has access to a personal device (Chromebook, iPad or laptop depending on grade). We have an Assistive Technology Specialist provides support for students' specific needs.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS 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.

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Our physical education program is based on personal levels of success and promoting healthy, active lifestyle choices. We have lots of opportunities for students to get involved in a variety of intramural and extra-curricular activities.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Foothills Academy

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


      Approach

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Foothills Academy

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


      Pace

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Foothills Academy

      FOOTHILLS 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.

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Many students who come to us have experienced feelings of failure and not fitting it in their current schools. We need to make students feel valued for who they are - individual strengths and challenges. When students feel safe and cared for, they are more willing to engage with learning again. All our staff and administration work together for the same goals for our students. Students are surrounded by staff throughout the school who truly care about them. Being a school of under 300 students allows strong relationships to form and students cannot go unnoticed and slip through the cracks.


      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."

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Foothills Academy

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Foothills Academy Society believes in the rights, abilities, and the unique strengths of each individual with Learning Disabilities and associated disorders. Across our School Program, the goal of Self-Determination is at the forefront. The three pillars of Self-Determination theory (relatedness; competence; and autonomy) are interwoven throughout all our efforts and provide direction for our work. It is summed up in our slogan: Find Understanding, Build Confidence, Maximize Potential

  • 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

    Foothills 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

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    FOOTHILLS 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

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    FOOTHILLS 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

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    In addition to the expert teaching staff we have in the classrooms, students have access to extra supports to enhance and maximize their learning potential. Educational Assistants, Assistive Technology and IPPs are available to and benefit all students. For those who require more, specialized support, we have additional Assistive Technology, Psychologists and Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Therapy.


    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.

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    All students are diagnosed with a Learning Disability before they are able to attend Foothills Academy.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Montessori Country School

    Foothills 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

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS 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

    FOOTHILLS 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

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    • Staff recognize that a single club or event can have a marked impact on helping to foster new relationships and identify student strengths and passions that offer future career pursuits. Despite our modest class sizes and school population, we provide a variety of in school and after-school extracurricular programming covering a variety of interests. Another benefit of our students engaging with extracurricular activities is that they provide a deliberate academic break our students need. All the activities offered have originated because of an expressed student interest. If students are interested in starting a club that isn’t already offered, getting it started it is as easy as approaching their homeroom teacher with their idea. They will work together to determine a time that works for the student, assist with spreading the word and locate a staff member who is committed to supervising the activity.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    50%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12


     

    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

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    In order to be considered for admission to the School Program, a child must be diagnosed with a Learning Disability. The child must have average or above average intellectual capacity, have no primary emotional problems, and be functioning below his/her expected grade level in various academic subjects. No child is refused admission based on their families’ financial circumstances due to generous donors and an active fundraising program for bursaries.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Applicants for the school program must complete and submit the Application for Admission form, complete with necessary documentation. A non-refundable processing fee of $50 must accompany the application.

    For your ease and convenience, we have created and included a checklist of items that we require. This information must be supplied before we can proceed with your child’s application. Upon receipt of the documentation and completed application form, and after reviewing the information, we will contact you concerning your child’s application to attend Foothills Academy. If there is any further information you require, please do not hesitate to call. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Application Check List

    Psychological Assessment

    • A psychological assessment completed within 2 years of the present application date.
    • Recent W.I.S.C. IV results including the sub-test scores as well as the Full Scale I.Q., Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed (Full scale IQ must be above 85 for a student to be considered for entrance).
    • Please note: psychological/educational assessments may be completed by contacting Foothills Academy’s team of registered psychologists or if you prefer, through an outside agency.
    • Achievement Assessment - Recent (within the last 6 months) standardized testing in math, reading and spelling. We need the grade level scores from these tests. (Examples of the types of testing are the WIATII, Woodcock-Johnson, Gates MacGinitie or CTBS.)

    Support Documents

    • Copies of most recent report cards, I.P.P.’s, cumulative records and all additional information/assessments which might be useful in determining the type of program required to meet the child’s needs. At some point during the intake process, it is likely that we will wish to speak to the child’s teacher.
    • A vision and hearing test should be administered.

    Application Form

    The completed School Application form and $50.00 non-refundable process fee.

    Consent Forms

    Separate Consent to Release Forms should be sent by you, with a covering request letter, to the School Board, Doctor, Psychologist, etc. that tested your child so they will release their test information to Foothills Academy.




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