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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    March Academy

    MARCH ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1874

     

    2003


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    32


     

    Grades

     

    4 to 12

     

    1 to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    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.
     
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    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”.
     
    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

     

    12

     

    6 to 10


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $24,270 to $27,805

     

    $16,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $54,570 to $65,615

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    10%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    4 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    26

     

    4


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    35%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    March Academy

    MARCH ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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    MARCH ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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    MARCH ACADEMY

    " ... the epitome of what schools should be ... "
    Christine Deugo - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    March Academy is the epitome of what schools should be. My son has flourished since he began attend...
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    " ... she is thriving ... she feels she matters"
    Claudia Gongora - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    Our eldest daughter completed JK-trough grade 1 in the public school system and it was painful to se...
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    " ... a small, quaint and loving school"
    lisa o'kane - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    March Academy has completely changed my child and his outlook on school. It is now a place he looks ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    It really is a castle, and the interiors are as striking as the exterior: turrets, arches, wood and stone. The school is also genuinely old, having been founded in 1874, though the building pre-dates the school. Yet, as ever, appearances can be deceiving, or at least can risk being made too much of. Trafalgar administration has, throughout its long history, consistently revised the curriculum and programs with an intention of providing, in a very literal sense, the best the world has to offer. That includes the adoption of the Singapore math and science curricula; Mandarin instruction; and writing instruction based on the program developed at the University of Chicago. A dedication to real-world learning has been built into the curriculum formally through the Beyond the Classroom initiative, which makes use of local resources and expertise, guided by the students' personal curiosities. Trafalgar offers an up-to-date, creative, and intentional program for girls preparing for university.

    MARCH ACADEMY

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  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    March Academy

    MARCH ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1874
    • Diverse Co-Curricular
    • Strong Leadership Programme
    • Pool, Fitness Room and Gymnasium
    • All-School Camping Retreat
    • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • Award-Winning Robotics Team
    • Member of CIS eLearning Consortium
    • Integrative Thinking Programme
    • Health and Wellness Centre

    MARCH ACADEMY

    • Small class sizes with experienced and caring educators
    • Recognizing individual strengths by personalizing education
    • Challenging students to reach their true potential
    • Engaging weekly in yoga, TaeKwonDo, piano, choir, visual arts, nature study and outdoor education

    Description

    Description

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Trafalgar Castle School, an all-girls, independent day and boarding school for grades 4 through 12. Located in Whitby, Ontario, we’ve been educating girls since 1874 within a warm and progressive community that offers exceptional academics and prepares young women to make a difference in the world.

    MARCH ACADEMY

    March Academy is a dynamic learning environment that celebrates individual difference and teaches students to use their strengths to be effective learners. Small class sizes and experienced teachers create an environment that provides support and challenges students to achieve their true potential. Music, arts and daily physical activities are integral to educating the whole child. Through high expectations, recognizing learning styles and emphasizing the positive, we give each student a chance to shine.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    March Academy

    MARCH ACADEMY

    Message

    Welcome from the Head of School

    For a start, there is no other all-girls day and boarding school like us in Canada. We have been at the forefront of girls’ education for almost 150 years. At 240 students from Grade 4 to Grade 12, we are small by design. That means every girl is recognized and honoured for the individual she is. We believe the best entry point to a large and complex world is a warm and personal learning environment with ample opportunities for personal discovery and growth.

    You want your daughter to be known and cared for while she pursues her dream to design a zero-emission engine, work in international medicine, write young adult fiction, or whatever other aspiration she holds in her heart. And because she is an individual with unique talents and passions, you know she will flourish within a small, welcoming community that offers an exceptional education and provides for her personal growth.

    Sometimes we say, “there’s no such thing as a Trafalgar girl,” because so many different girls of diverse backgrounds and interests thrive here. But we also know exactly what a Trafalgar girl is: engaged in her learning, interested in her world and making a difference in her community. Not all girls arrive that way, but our responsive educational environment ensures that she will feel known by her teachers, supported by her classmates and energized with a sense of belonging. Most of all, she will discover the power of her own voice here.

    Trafalgar Castle offers an all-girls education that unites tradition with innovation. We care deeply about how girls learn and offer the experiences they need to build critical thinking, creativity, confidence and leadership. Today’s young women are entering a fast-changing world that demands much of them. The Trafalgar experience prepares them to live with purpose and lead with conviction wherever their future takes them.

    Our graduates are ready for the world. They leave the Castle with the confidence and vision they need to live lives of consequence and courage. And they join a network of talented and generous alumnae around the world who embrace them warmly and guide them wisely.

    Each year, 100% of our students are accepted to their preferred university destinations. They excel in highly competitive programs and succeed in their chosen fields after graduation. No matter where their university journey takes them, they carry the Trafalgar difference in their hearts.

    We would love to meet your daughter.

    Dr. Leanne Foster, Ph.D.

    Head of School

    An underlying tenet at March Academy is that education should provide children with a compass to guide them and support their ability to find their way, rather than a single road map that everyone must follow.

    For 15 years, March Academy has worked to empower elementary aged students by helping them to understand how to find their way in a group learning environment. It challenges them and helps them grow, primarily by teaching them how to learn, while at the same time, helping them to respect and work with their peers.

    March Academy celebrates individual difference, recognizes strengths and teaches students to use their strengths to be effective learners. Through high, reasonable expectations, by incorporating individual learning styles, by emphasizing the positive, and by teaching co-operation, we give each student a chance to shine and express their true potential.

    Our students are excited, engaged, positive students.  They develop qualities that allow them to become life long learners.  We are extremely proud of our graduates, their growth and successes. We look forward to making you and yours part of our March Academy family.   

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      March Academy

      MARCH ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts

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      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      MARCH ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

      MARCH ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      MARCH ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Trafalgar Castle School offers a rigorous university preparatory curriculum from Grades 4 through 12. Our focus is to prepare our young women for post-secondary education through courses that emphasize the development of effective communication and inquiry skills, the ability to access and evaluate information, and develop self-assessment skills. We use information technology to deliver appropriate components of the curriculum and in the process encourage mastery of the technology skills essential for current and future success. Our courses meet and exceed Ontario Ministry of Education requirements and are delivered by a highly competent and dedicated faculty. Current research supports learning in a small-school environment, which enables our teachers to engage their students and support them as they achieve their true potential. Trafalgar Castle School is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education, accredited by the Canadian Educational Standards Institute and a member of the Conference of Independent Schools (Ontario), the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools and an associate member of the National Association of Independent Schools (Associate Member U.S.A.).

      MARCH ACADEMY

      March Academy uses a multifaceted, eclectic approach to build and re-teach core skills or to provide academic challenges to students, where and when necessary. Small class sizes with a low teacher-student ratio allows for more individualized attention and flexibility in curriculum delivery, as well as providing support for social skills development, school anxiety and navigating the underlying hidden school curriculum. Providing the learner with an understanding of their part in the learning process and helping them to become advocates in their own learning is emphasized. Music, art and daily physical education are seen as critical elements of the program to entice and excite all learners.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

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        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        MARCH ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Our Grade 5 through 8 Mathematics program is built around the Singapore Math approach, which by design slows down the learning process to help more thoroughly ground our middle school students in the fundamentals of Math. Our Upper School Mathematics program features the academic level as well as enriched-level courses, which prepare students for Advanced Placement level courses.

        MARCH ACADEMY

        The teaching of math is delivered in multi-aged groupings with similarly skilled students. Lessons are augmented to support individual student needs and skill level, and an altered pace and reteaching in different formats is offered when necessary. Math manipulative materials and various strategies are offered to solidify comprehension of the concepts. Students practice and apply their understanding on a weekly basis with their peers by solving assigned real-life problems with a 'math buddy'.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        An eclectic teaching approach is taken for the teaching of math with the guiding program as Jumpmath. Nelson mathematics and other commercial programs augment the main lessons.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Students are expected to learn math facts and are taught strategies on how to learn and find the facts. How to use calculators is taught as part of some lessons. Calculators may used for some lessons to confirm facts and in different math strands.

      • Early Reading

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE 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.

        MARCH ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        March Academy uses an eclectic approach to language teaching depending upon individual student need. In the primary grades an emphasis on letter sounds and phonetics is given in conjunction with the teaching of comprehension strategies, grammatical structures and vocabulary development. In the junior grades a greater emphasis on comprehension strategies, inferencing and vocabulary and grammatical development dominates the lessons.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal balance

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        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE 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.

        MARCH ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Our students learn to develop effective thesis and supportive ideas based upon the adapted University of Chicago writing program. Through use of selected referencing, students build sound writing with the ultimate goal of refined expository writing.

        MARCH ACADEMY

        The teaching of writing is through a balanced systematic and process approach. Direct teaching of writing skills is taught both in small group lessons and on an individual basis as needed. Students are asked to write for a specific task or assignment to improve grammar and sentence structure, or to practice a specific type of writing. Time is also provided for personal and creative writing to both practice and apply the skills that have been taught and to foster a love of writing for different purposes. Formal lessons in both printing and cursive writing are given on a weekly basis.

      • Science

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE 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.

        MARCH ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Science lessons are based on a school-wide theme each month in the form of Integrated Studies. Topics are taught through both direct lessons about the theme and through inquiry-based, team and partnered assignments. Special emphasis is place on aspects of nature, wildlife and the environment through targeted lessons each week in the form of nature journals.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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

        MARCH ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Physiology

      • Literature

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Traditional

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.

        MARCH ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        At an elementary school level, Literature is explored and appreciated both in terms of how it is written and in what it means to an individual. Students are asked to reflect and relate to text as it impacts them and as it impacts society as a whole.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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

        MARCH ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Thematic

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Thematic


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE 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.

        MARCH ACADEMY

        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

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Social Studies lessons are based on a school-wide theme each month in the form of Integrated Studies. Topics are taught through both direct lessons about the theme and through inquiry-based, team and partnered assignments.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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

        MARCH ACADEMY

        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

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        A core French program is offered at March Academy in multi-aged, family groupings.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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

        MARCH ACADEMY

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        March Academy students engage in music lessons which take the form of an individual piano lesson and a group choir session each week. Visual arts lessons are also provided on a weekly basis. Dance and drama lessons are integrated into physical education language or integrated studies classes dependent on the monthly theme.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

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        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE 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.

        MARCH ACADEMY

        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

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Technology is used to enhance or build upon concepts or themes in the classroom. Time is spent teaching students how to navigate specific programs to be used as tools in learning.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        MARCH ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        March Academy

        MARCH ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MARCH ACADEMY

        A large emphasis is placed on physical education. Classes are held on a daily basis and include both indoor and outdoor traditional games and activities as well as weekly sessions of TaeKwonDo and yoga.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

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      March Academy

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      Pace

      Pace

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      MARCH ACADEMY

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE 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.

      MARCH ACADEMY

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      MARCH ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      March Academy

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      Culture

      Culture

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Rigorous

      MARCH ACADEMY

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE 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”.

      MARCH ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      MARCH ACADEMY

      March Academy celebrates student success in all areas of the program. Without the emphasis on letter or number grades, students are made fully aware of their needs and successes through constant feedback and supported to ensure they are able to achieve their goals to a standard that they are capable of.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      MARCH ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      March Academy

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      Primary

      Primary

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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

      MARCH ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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

      MARCH ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      At Trafalgar, we implement a continuum of programming for students from Grade 4 to 12 that addresses the social, emotional, physical, mental health, and spiritual needs of girls. Student health, wellness, and learning supports are enhanced so that every girl can participate fully and productively in learning and life.

      MARCH ACADEMY

      The goal at March Academy is to encourage the development of the whole person. Students who are confident in themselves and who can advocate for their needs as learners are successful and can offer more to their communities.

  • 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:

    Trafalgar Castle School

    March Academy

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

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    March Academy

    MARCH ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    MARCH ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    MARCH ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Every identified student receives a learning plan. Supports and extension opportunities vary from minimal to moderate. Classroom teachers implement the majority of the accommodations and extension opportunities. Independence and self-advocacy are the primary goals for every identified student.

    MARCH ACADEMY

    March Academy's program is designed to support children who struggle with a learning challenge. Accommodations and modifications are integrated into the program and any remediation is a regular part of the delivery of the content when and where necessary. Time and space can sometimes be accommodated for extra support services engaged by families such as occupational, physiotherapy or speech therapy.


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

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

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Families are supported in seeking professional diagnosis and recommendations a learning difficulty is suspected. From there, the recommendations that work in our environment to best support the student are implemented. We responsibly enrol students with diagnosed learning disabilities.

    MARCH ACADEMY

    Students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability can be accommodated at March Academy.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Trafalgar Castle School

    March Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    March Academy

    MARCH ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE 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

    MARCH ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    • Trafalgar Castle School among the first to launch a Girls Who Code Club in Canada!
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 9

     

    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

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    We are looking for students that wants what Trafalgar Castle School is offering including: • A warm and encouraging environment where every girl is known and embraced; • A diverse and international student body and an inclusive community; • An acclaimed academic program where students reach high and achieve their best; • Social, emotional and academic support structures to promote health and wellness; • Learning experiences outside the classroom on excursions, adventures and exchanges; • An exciting array of clubs, sports teams, music ensembles and leadership opportunities; • A school where 100% of graduates are accepted into a university of her choice; and • A network of talented and successful alumnae from around the world.

    MARCH ACADEMY

    March Academy is suitable for students who, despite best efforts, are not experiencing success at their current school placement. Students may have been formally identified as learning disabled or gifted, be experiencing school anxiety, be 'late bloomers', or be students who enjoy more teacher-student interaction. The smaller setting for learning combined with the supports that that March Academy can provide may also provide a renewed spark for learning in the student.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Trafalgar Castle School operates on a rolling admissions process however spaces fill early. Prospective students are required to submit the following components as part of the application process: 

    • Completed application package;
    • Report cards from the previous two years; 
    • Reference letter;
    • Deposit;  
    • Interview process; and
    • International students are required to provide a language proficiency test (iELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) and SSAT.

    Day students are also encouraged to spend a day with us to experience first-hand the possibilities of a Trafalgar Castle School education. 

    MARCH ACADEMY

    Parents are asked to contact the school for a tour and to meet with the staff regarding the learning needs of their child.  Students are then asked to spend a day or more at the school to join a class and to follow the school day.  Following the visit, school staff and parents will meet to discuss the school-student fit and suitability.  If in agreement, students will be allowed to enrol at March Academy at a mutually decided date.




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