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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Toronto Waldorf School

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1988

     

    1968


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    360


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Waldorf


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    12 to 25


     

    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.
     
    Waldorf
    Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $16,550 to $17,465

     

    $12,470 to $23,400


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    JK to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $4,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    21


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Toronto Waldorf School

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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    TORONTO WALDORF 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.

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

    Not all Waldorf programs are created the same, and the Toronto Waldorf School is a great example of that. As every school, it has a character of its own, a product of the community it serves. It offers a full preschool through Grade 12 program, throughout displaying a commitment to active learning, process over product, and cross-curricular, collaborative learning. Families that enroll typically are also attracted by an overt attention to ethics, environmental stewardship, interpersonal values, and the encouragement of individual expression. While the curriculum is strong, it’s often that values piece that tips the balance. The ideal student is one who will thrive in an interactive learning environment that builds from the students' talents, interests, and curiosities.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Toronto Waldorf School

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

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    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.

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

    Toronto Waldorf School is the leader in holistic education. Our focus on child development ("The right thing at the right time") and our arts-infused curriculum distinguish us from traditional schools. Waldorf students are responsible, confident, life-long learners, who can problem-solve, think creatively, and serve their communities. Take a tour, see the school, feel the difference. Experience Toronto Waldorf School.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Montessori Country School

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Toronto Waldorf School

    TORONTO WALDORF 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.

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  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Toronto Waldorf School

      TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      TORONTO WALDORF 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.

      TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf schools are available from preschool to Grade 12, though they are most popular at the younger ages. Waldorf schools are unmistakably "progressive". Rudolf Steiner, their intellectual forefather, believed the educator's first task should be to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation for life and learning. Sometimes incorrectly conflated with Montessori schools, Waldorf schools focus on developing the "whole child" - emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning, along with the arts and music, which are integrated into other areas of study.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      TORONTO WALDORF 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.

      TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

      The Waldorf curriculum revolves around child development and the key concept of "doing the right thing at the right time." An emphasis on a three-fold approach, integrating "head, heart and hands" is a fundamental component in all classes. Cross-curricular connections are made wherever possible, using arts, movement, music and drama in the learning process, bringing greater engagement and emotional connection to the child's experience.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Toronto Waldorf School

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Discovery Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        TORONTO WALDORF 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.

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        See our Teaching Approach in the Lower School: http://www.torontowaldorfschool.com/lower_school/teaching_methods/index.php#.VtiYJubju4M and in the High School: http://www.torontowaldorfschool.com/high_school/deeper_perspective_on_HS/index.php#.VtiYm-bju4M


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Calculators are not used until later in middle school - sometimes even as late as Grade 8. The focus is instead on mental math, pen and paper math thus ensuring a concept has been deeply cemented before moving to the tool to aid in calculations.

      • Early Reading

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Toronto Waldorf School

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        TORONTO WALDORF 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.

        TORONTO WALDORF 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.

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        See this for details on our teaching approach: http://www.torontowaldorfschool.com/why_waldorf/curriculum_chart/grade1/english.php

      • Writing

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Toronto Waldorf School

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Process approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        TORONTO WALDORF 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.

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Details can be found on our website by looking at teaching writing in different grades: http://www.torontowaldorfschool.com/why_waldorf/curriculum_chart/grade1/english.php

      • Science

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Toronto Waldorf School

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


        Approach


        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.

        TORONTO WALDORF 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.


        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.

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Learn more here: http://www.torontowaldorfschool.com/why_waldorf/curriculum_chart/grade1/science.php


        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

        TORONTO WALDORF 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

        Toronto Waldorf School

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY 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).

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        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.

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Our approach to teaching social studies can be found here: http://www.torontowaldorfschool.com/why_waldorf/curriculum_chart/grade1/social_sciences.php

      • Foreign Languages

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Toronto Waldorf School

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

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

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        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.

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        We offer French from Grade 1 to 12. Here's a closer look at each grade: http://www.torontowaldorfschool.com/why_waldorf/curriculum_chart/grade1/languages.php


        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

        TORONTO WALDORF 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

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Toronto Waldorf School

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Light integration

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Light 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.

        TORONTO WALDORF 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.


        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.

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Waldorf perspective is that computer exposure should not be based on capability but on developmental appropriateness. Computers and digital technology are not part of the early grades curriculum, although mechanical technology and the practical arts are incorporated at all levels. In our school, Grade 7 and above can access to our computer lab and time in the lab is balanced with Cyber Civics- discussions about the role of technology in our lives, social media and how one can trust information on the web. We strive to give our students to tools to understand the history of computing and how to keep the human being at the centre of our relationship to technology.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Montessori Country School

        THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

        Toronto Waldorf School

        TORONTO WALDORF 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.

        TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

        Please refer to our curriculum chart for details: http://www.torontowaldorfschool.com/why_waldorf/curriculum_chart/index.php

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Toronto Waldorf School

      TORONTO WALDORF 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.

      TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

      Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      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.

      TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

      Toronto Waldorf School's early years programs have a play-based approach and learning through experience, art and movement. Healthy rhythm and routine, ample outdoor time as well as time for rest are built into each day. Participation in crafts, painting and chores are some of the daily activities of the preschool and kindergarten child. A rich oral story telling tradition, including puppet shows, help build the young child's language capacities as well as imaginative thinking.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Montessori Country School

      THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

      Toronto Waldorf School

      TORONTO WALDORF 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.

      TORONTO WALDORF 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

      TORONTO WALDORF 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."

      TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • 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

    Toronto Waldorf 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

    Toronto Waldorf School

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    TORONTO WALDORF 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


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MONTESSORI COUNTRY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    TORONTO WALDORF 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

    TORONTO WALDORF 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.

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Montessori Country School

    Toronto Waldorf 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

    Toronto Waldorf School

    TORONTO WALDORF 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

    TORONTO WALDORF 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%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    What the school says

    What the school says

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

    The following documents are required: application form, detailed questionnaire, copy of birth certificate, and copy of most recent report card. 
     

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Martina Sorbara (1997)
    Martina is a singer-songwriter and lead singer of the band Dragonette. The band won the Canadian Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year in 2012.
    Ariel Nasr (1997)
    Ariel wrote The Boxing Girls of Kabul, which won the Canadian Screen Award (The Best Short Documentary). He was nominated for an Oscar (Live Action Short Film) for Buzkashi Boy.
    Anna Purcell (1991)
    Anna Purcell was elected with the most votes as a city councillor in Nelson, BC in November 2014.
    Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (2003)
    Nathaniel was appointed to the #4 chair of London's Philharmonia Orchestra first violin section in 2011. He also won the Concerto Prize at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
    Jessie Cook (1982)
    Professional Guitarist and Juno Award winner. Jesse has recorded seven studio albums since 1995 and has toured in many countries around the world.



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