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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    The York School

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1988

     

    1965


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    730


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

     

    JK to 12


     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    16 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning


     

    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.
     
    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

     

    $30,000 to $33,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    6 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    49


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    20%


     

    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, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 01, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    The York School

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    information not available

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    Every school is unique, and The York School is particularly adept at proving the point. Just in terms of the basics, it’s an IB, coed day school in downtown Toronto, and that constellation of attributes alone makes it stand out. It’s also true that every school has its own culture, its own character, and The York School is a particularly good example of that as well. With the latest developments, the school has truly arrived, and the evidence for that is ample. The leadership brings a unique, fresh take to the entire project of learning. It’s supported by a significant program of care, exemplified by an active, engaged wellness team, one situated in daily view of the students through their work and their placement within the facility. That attention is continued in a university counselling office that is as good or better than we’ve seen anywhere. If schools aren’t yet looking to York as an example of how best to counsel students in their move to post-secondary education, they should. In all, it’s not just about beginning early, and being attentive, it’s also about perspective, and the one evidenced here is, frankly, inspiring.
    Read The Our Kids Review of The York School

    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    information not available

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    " ... a community that shaped me into the person I am today"
    Lani Stern - Alumnus   (Jan 23, 2018)
    The York School is a community that shaped me into the person that I am today. The list of opportuni...
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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.

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    Every school is unique, and The York School is particularly adept at proving the point. Just in terms of the basics, it’s an IB, coed day school in downtown Toronto, and that constellation of attributes alone makes it stand out. It’s also true that every school has its own culture, its own character, and The York School is a particularly good example of that as well. With the latest developments, the school has truly arrived, and the evidence for that is ample. The leadership brings a unique, fresh take to the entire project of learning. It’s supported by a significant program of care, exemplified by an active, engaged wellness team, one situated in daily view of the students through their work and their placement within the facility. That attention is continued in a university counselling office that is as good or better than we’ve seen anywhere. If schools aren’t yet looking to York as an example of how best to counsel students in their move to post-secondary education, they should. In all, it’s not just about beginning early, and being attentive, it’s also about perspective, and the one evidenced here is, frankly, inspiring.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    The York School

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    information not available

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    • International Baccalaureate World School (JK - Grade 12)
    • 100% university placement rate
    • Co-educational learning environment
    • Progressive, contemporary approach
    • International community
    • World-class faculty with extensive international experience
    • Integrated technology at all ages

    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.

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    The York School offers a challenging and progressive independent school experience. Located on Yonge Street in the heart of midtown Toronto, our two campuses feature inspiring, flexible learning spaces and close proximity to the landmarks and institutions of this world-leading city. Our inquiring, knowledgeable and caring students are engaged citizens of the world well before they graduate. We integrate the vigour and richness of the International Baccalaureate curriculum with innovative technology, thinking and practice. We create a real-world, hands-on learning environment. We immerse our JK-12 students in a balanced co-educational setting that emphasizes equality, adaptability and social justice. We are an urban school with a global focus, exploring Toronto’s cultural diversity, offering service learning trips around the world, and through an engaged, international community of families and faculty. We are progressive, contemporary, international, urban & unique.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    The York School

    THE YORK 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.

    The York School is an International Baccalaureate, coeducational, non-denominational school located in midtown Toronto. The International Baccalaureate curriculum, in simple terms, helps guide students in the junior grades to ask lots of questions, in the middle grades to question their understanding of the world, and in the senior grades to challenge themselves to be the very best version of themselves as they look towards the opportunities available at The York School and beyond.

    We work hard to ensure all of our students embody our mission statement which is to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world.”

    Please read more about our fantastic programming and opportunities on our website. I encourage you to make an appointment with our Admissions team to come in and experience The York School's inclusive, international and exceptional community. 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      The York School

      THE YORK SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Montessori

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      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.

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      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.

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      Our curriculum meets both the Ontario Ministry of Education and International Baccalaureate Programme requirements.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Discovery Math

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Discovery Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        THE YORK 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.


        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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        The power of mathematics for describing and analysing the world around us is such that it has become a highly effective tool for solving problems. Students intrinsically appreciate the fascination of mathematics and explore the world through its unique lense. Students often describe themselves as “authors” or “artists”; a school’s programme should also provide students with the opportunity to see themselves as “mathematicians.” In the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), mathematics is viewed as a vehicle to support inquiry, providing a global language through which we make sense of the world around us. It is intended that students become competent users of the language of mathematics, and can begin to use it as a way of thinking, as opposed to seeing it as a series of facts and equations to memorize.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        THE YORK 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.

        THE YORK 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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        The development of language is not only fundamental to communication but also supports and enhances our thinking and understanding. Language permeates the world in which we live. The language learning process in the Junior School involves learning language, learning about language and learning through language. Students are provided authentic learning experiences to support their growth in oral communication, reading, writing and media literacy.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Process approach

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Process approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        THE YORK 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.


        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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK SCHOOL


        Approach

        THE YORK 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.

        THE YORK 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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        THE YORK 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

      • Social Studies

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        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).

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Pragmatism


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Communicative

        THE YORK 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.

        THE YORK 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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        At The York School, there is an emphasis on authentic contexts and fluency.


        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

        THE YORK 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

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Light integration

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Heavy 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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        At The York School, our approach to technology is not about gadgets and gizmos – it is about a progressive approach to education and a school-wide commitment to innovation. We offer a culture of creativity that inspires teachers and students to think differently, explore confidently and adapt skillfully. This approach means that we are constantly searching for technological opportunities that will enhance learning. When exploring options and making choices about technology in the classroom, we focus on ways to enrich the IB inquiry method and to empower students and teachers to access the full potential of their imaginations. Led by our Learning, Technology & Innovation department, the school constantly adapts to technological opportunities that arise and responds with new initiatives and programmes. We regularly assess the needs of our community and participate in a rigorous process of goal setting and reflection each year.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        The York School

        THE YORK 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.

        THE YORK SCHOOL

        Physical education is more than just students participation in sports and games. The focus is on developing transferrable skills that promote physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. One of the main goals of the physical education programme is develop an appreciation and understanding of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      The York School

      THE YORK 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.

      THE YORK 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.

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      The York School offers small class sizes for JK and SK, in a dedicated learning environment promoting experiential learning and collaboration through challenging inquiry based literacy, numeracy and transdisciplinary learning engagements.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      The York School

      THE YORK SCHOOL


      Pace

      THE YORK 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.

      THE YORK 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

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      The York School

      THE YORK 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.

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE YORK SCHOOL

      Information not available


      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."

      THE YORK 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

    The York 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

    The York School

    THE YORK SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE YORK 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

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE YORK 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

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Montessori Country School

    The York 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

    The York School

    THE YORK 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

    THE YORK 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

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    20%


     

    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, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 01, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 11


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    - Demonstrated ability to thrive in an academically rich and challenging environment. - Evidence that the applicant will add value to The York School community and their aspirations and expectations align with The York School’s mission.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    THE YORK SCHOOL

    Prospective families can participate in our virtual tours before applying. Applications are accepted online. Supporting documentation (e.g. report cards, teacher reference, etc.) is required. Applicants complete the Admission essay, and parents will complete a virtual interview with a member from the Admission team.  Shortlisted applicants visit the school with their current grade.  

    A complete list of application requirements can be found on our website here.

    For a quick look at The York School visit prospectus.yorkschool.com.




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