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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Hitherfield School

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1988

     

    1991


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    85


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, eSchool

     

    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."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    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

     

    10 to 14


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    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

     

    $13,600 to $16,100


     

    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

     

    7


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    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


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Hitherfield School

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    information not available

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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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.

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    Ann Scott founded Hitherfield in 1991 after a career within the Halton school board, and she remains at the head of the school today, giving a nice continuity to the development of the programs. The intention throughout has been to offer something that wasn’t offered in the public board, principally a more individualized, caring approach to learning. The school is small, and the size is one of its strengths. While it’s not a country school in name, the feel is comparable to schools that situate themselves within that movement—namely a learning environment that very much reflects the community that supports it. Parents are important to the life of the school, and are encouraged to take a role that will express their skills and interests. The ideal student is one looking for something more personal approach, one more attentive to the abilities, experience, and passion that students bring into the classroom.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Hitherfield School

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    information not available

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    • 82 acres: A beautiful landscape in a rural setting, just West of the GTA
    • STEM based curriculum allows students to develop a passion for learning.
    • OCT staff: A dedicated and recognized team of Ontario Certified Teachers
    • Free Bussing in the morning and afternoon for students
    • Values: Bridging the gap between traditional values and modern technological trends.
    • Ethics: Teaching concepts of respect, empathy, co-operation, responsibility, honesty and equality.
    • Cross country skiing
    • Pond studies

    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.

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    Hitherfield is a co-ed, independent school for children in pre-school to grade 8. Hitherfield fosters high expectations of students, that are tempered by dedicated teachers and the individual support they provide. Situated on 82 acres of pristine rolling countryside, 10 minutes from downtown Milton, Hitherfield School offers an array of outdoor activities including cross-country skiing, and space to play. At Hitherfield traditional values go hand in hand with nurturing critical thinking, creativity and discovery.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Hitherfield School

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    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.

    Hitherfield students are happy, eager to learn, and proud of what they are able to accomplish. Our teachers are dedicated, willing to listen, and determined to help your child reach potential. I encourage you to participate in your child’s learning experience by communicating with teachers frequently, helping in the classroom or at special events, and by consistently nurturing a positive attitude toward the learning process and your child’s successes.

    The interaction between parents, staff and students at Hitherfield is very important. Parent help, expertise and interest enable us to provide a broader scope of experiences than would otherwise be possible.
    We are looking forward to the year ahead, to new as well as familiar faces, and to helping the children meet challenges and achieve excellence in whatever they do, according to their individual abilities.

    Thank you for choosing Hitherfield for your children!

    Ann Scott, Principal

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Hitherfield School

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Montessori

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      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.

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      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

      HITHERFIELD 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.

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      We have high academic expectations of our students. Our aim is to prepare all students for high school, and for life. Hitherfield School offers a unique experience where your child can learn inside and outside the classroom. Class sizes average 14 students from JK-Grade 3 and 14 from grades 4-8. Small class sizes allow for more intimate interaction between teacher and student so that more effective learning can occur. Hitherfield is a private school for children in JK through Grade 8. Developing confidence, decision-making, and respect are key components of our school seen throughout daily activities as well as curriculum. Our curriculum is based on the belief that every child has the ability and that given the right environment, each child will achieve his or her potential.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Discovery Math

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Students all learn at different rates, have their own learning styles and come to us with vastly differing experiences and knowledge base. Fundamental to our approach is that all are given the opportunity to succeed, be confident in math and achieve optimum potential. An initial assessment on entry to the school allows us to understand the strengths and needs of each child and to program effectively for him or her. Individualized programing is a major component of math at Hitherfield.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        We use a variety of textbooks as well as computer programs throughout the school


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Students are allowed to use calculators in grades 7/8, for repetitive work where understanding of process is more important than taking time to do lengthy calculations. Students need to be able to calculate mentally, estimate proficiently and truly understand the relationships between decimals, fractions, money, per cent etc.

      • Early Reading

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Children are all very different and will learn to read at different rates. We introduce phonics skills, word families, interest or them-based sentences and small reading books in Junior Kindergarten. Our teachers utilize two reading programs as well as RAZ in our computer lab. We nurture a love of reading through ongoing individual help and encouragement. Many of our SK children are reading fluently before they enter Grade One.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Process approach

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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


        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Our younger children are excited about learning to write! Again, our program is considerably individualized. As spelling is integral to being able to write, our students are introduced to lists of very basic words in SK. These lists, very much individualized, continue up to Grade 8. Students are encouraged to share their work; they are given feedback by their peers and their teachers. They gain in confidence and find satisfaction in expressing themselves in written form. Grammar skills, vocabulary development, and reading quality literature all contribute to their skill in writing poems, stories and a solid 5- paragraph essay by Grade 8.

      • Science

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Science is encouraged through hands-on experiments and research.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        All children are naturally inquisitive and eager to understand the wonders of the world around them. Wherever and whenever possible, a class commences with an experiment, a presentation of something tangible, or a video that is stimulating and raises questions. As our class sizes are small, every student is included and feels included in what is going on; no-one is afraid to offer his/her opinions, to seek further clarity or to challenge something that someone else is saying. All students in Grade 4-8 are required to participate in our Science Fair held in Term 2 of each year.


        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

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        The world is changing rapidly, and with it the type of literature everyone is reading. Literature from the past as well as the present enables us to appreciate and understand the world we live in- to see changing societal values, to understand historical and present day influences and to experience the richness of language in classical literature as well as the imaginative/fantasy ideas of many contemporary works. Each year we consider anew the works to use throughout the school.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge


        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).

        HITHERFIELD 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).


        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        At Hitherfield, we are interested in helping students to learn and providing them an opportunity to be thoughtful inquirers. We focus on effective teaching that brings the principles to life in social sciences subjects. This pedagogy includes an understanding of important social studies concepts or ideas, an awareness of and an understanding of personal identity and its multi-layered nature, skilled use of methods and techniques necessary for the development and expression of an understanding of the social studies, the ability to participate, interact, engage in dialogue and contribute, the disposition to learn, the ability to explore and analyse their own and other people’s values, and commitment to values such as social justice and equity.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Communicative

        HITHERFIELD 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.

        HITHERFIELD 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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Much of our program is focused on students acting out different scenarios so that they feel the language and come to terms with it as a means of expression. Students learn the vocabulary needed for these presentations, they listen to and react to each other, they perform for parents. Additionally, students do have set times for learning how to conjugate verbs, write sentences and short paragraphs, and respond to questions -according to ability.


        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

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        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

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Students have both music and fine arts instruction.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        We believe that all students should have the opportunity to express themselves in as many ways as possible. Building self-confidence is an integral component of our program and encouraging each child to do his/her best, especially in our May Plays, has had significant impact on our student population over the years. The"Plays" are the #1 highlight of our school year, according to a recent parent survey. For Visual Arts, the emphasis is on doing one's best. In Music, students are exposed to theory, history and playing of the instrument. We have two teachers with Art Specialist Qualifications.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Light integration

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Our computer lab is equipped with 16 I-Macs, as well as a mobile cabinet that houses 16 I-Pads. Additionally, we have one Smart Board that can be moved from class-to -class. Teachers use the lab according to their own programs, interests and student initiatives. Our Kindergarten teacher uses the lab for the RAZ reading program and basic numeracy skill development. Our Grade 7/8 teacher uses the lab for individual math programs, research and writing assignments.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Hitherfield School

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


        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.

        HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

        The emphasis is on trying one's best, developing skills, and sportsmanship. We have two teachers in the school with Phys Ed Specialist Qualifications.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Hitherfield School

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


      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.

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      Children learn and are ready to learn at different stages. Our program looks at the individual child- readiness, maturity and happiness in the class environment. When children are ready, they are introduced to math and reading skills. Art, community awareness, circle time, play and social skills are integral components of this class.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Hitherfield School

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


      Pace

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      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.

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      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

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Hitherfield School

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


      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.

      HITHERFIELD 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      We believe that all students have ability and that it is our job to determine how to work with each one so that he/she is able to reach potential. When students are able, we push them beyond grade level expectations; when they need support, we find weaker areas and offer support and individual help. Many of our students have gone on to be accepted at prestigious, private high schools.


      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."

      HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

      "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

    Hitherfield School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Hitherfield School

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    All additional support programs are offered through CCAC.


    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.

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    We often have children with ADHD in the school. For some of these, their difficulties are less pronounced because they are able to receive the attention they require in our small classes. The best way for us to determine if a child will benefit from being in our school is for the parents to bring him/her to the school for a "try-out" day.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Montessori Country School

    Hitherfield School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Hitherfield School

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL


    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

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    • The school boasts its own large pond which is used by students of all ages for exploration, examining tadpoles, catching frogs and understanding life cycles and the inter-dependence of all creatures.
    • The school has its own forest which is used for cross-country skiing during the winter and running in the spring-summer months.
    • We have a full-sized gymnasium with a large stage at one end. The stage is equipped with hidden microphones, and sound and lighting systems that enable us to produce very professional shows.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    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


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    We are looking for students and their parents, who are willing and able to adhere to the school's philosophies regarding respect for self, one's peers, teachers, and belongings; who have high academic expectations and who are determined to promote these, with the help of the teacher, in all ways possible.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    HITHERFIELD SCHOOL

    1) Parents are invited for a tour. Child is welcome to attend as well. Time for questions is given.

    2)Child comes for a try out day(1/2 day for child in pre-school -SK) Parents are allotted time to talk with teacher at end of day.

    3) Deposit is required




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