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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1874

     

    2003


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    80


     

    Grades

     

    4 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding, Day

     

    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

     

    Progressive


     

    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

     

    8 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $24,270 to $27,805

     

    $24,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $54,570 to $65,615

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    10%

     

    30%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    4 to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    26

     

    13


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    35%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    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 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

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    THE YMCA ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

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    THE YMCA ACADEMY

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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.

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    The very heart of private education is providing options for parents looking to support their learner, and YMCA Academy sits at the very heart of that concept. It was founded and developed to support learners with needs that may not be adequately met within other settings. Likewise, it comprises an academic environment in which those students aren’t constantly reminded of their exceptionality. Here, they participate in a community that is supportive, sympathetic, and socially oriented around their personal needs. That, in itself—irrespective of the programs or the curriculum—can be transformational. This isn’t a school for others, making a concession for them. Rather, it is a school for them. That’s huge.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA 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

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    • Helping your teen succeed in life
    • Building skills for academic success
    • Individualized Education Plans
    • Special Education support
    • Social & Emotional support
    • Experiential Learning
    • Small, supportive classes
    • Laptops for every student
    • Co-operative Education
    • A broad range of extracurricular opportunities, including clubs, events, and a cross-Canada exchange

    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.

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy is an alternative middle school and high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences. The school's small class sizes, individual education plans, life skills counselling, and experiential learning opportunities support students in their pursuit of college preparation and workplace level courses in a state-of-the-art facility located in the Central YMCA in downtown Toronto.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA 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

    I have spent a quarter of a century working in independent schools in Ontario, having focused my career on curriculum development and research on learning and the adolescent brain. The following judgment, then, must carry some weight: The Academy is a uniquely impressive school, one that profoundly improves the quality of life of its students, and promises to multiply such improvement as they move on successfully to post-secondary studies or meaningful work placements. Of course, these are large claims, but they are supported by the achievements of our graduates. We have taken approved Ontario Ministry of Education courses and incorporated them into unique programs to meet the needs of our student population. Our goal is to give our students the skills to graduate from The Academy with their Ontario Secondary School Diploma in hand, ready to face the challenges of university, college or vocational endeavors.

     

    Our personal, differentiated approach, specialized programs and individualized use of assistive technology are ideally suited to those students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences.  Our students typically have communication exceptionalities such as: learning disabilities, autism, giftedness and/or medical conditions that affect learning such as ADD and ADHD which have impacted their achievements in school settings. At the Academy we support our students from their first day of school with an Individual Education Plan outlining supports and accommodations specific to their needs.

     

    The  Academy team is made up of experienced teaching professionals with accreditation in their professional fields. They bring varied backgrounds and expertise in special education, IT, counseling, mentorship, curriculum development, guidance and career counseling, cooperative education, and many others.

     

    Given its history in education, and its wide-ranging social programs for youth, the YMCA connection enhances The Academy in many ways. We recognize that our students can benefit from the “wrap-around” services our connection to the YMCA of Greater Toronto makes possible. For example, each of our students has year-round access to all Health, Fitness and Recreation centres with the Central Y being the facility for all school-related fitness education. Co-operative education opportunities are readily at hand as well. Our students experience school-wide overnight leadership and outdoor education sessions at camp Wanakita and/or Camp Cedar Glen, and access to Canada Youth Exchanges through the YMCA Student Youth Exchanges program, amongst a large variety of supports.

     

    Finally, The Academy has been, and will continue to be, a school in which all students know that they are part of a supportive, safe and challenging community, dedicated to enrich their present and their future. We pride ourselves in our students’ success!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE YMCA 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.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      THE YMCA 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.).

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      The YMCA Academy offers a full range of compulsory and elective high school courses, imbued with the school's focus on providing accommodations and assistive technologies and offering experiential learning opportunities and wrap-around support.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        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.

        THE YMCA 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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        THE YMCA 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.

        THE YMCA 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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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

        THE YMCA 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

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Traditional

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Social Justice


        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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

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

      • Fine Arts

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        THE YMCA 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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Trafalgar Castle School

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Heavy 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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        We use assistive technologies in our classes to support students who learn differently. These include speech to text, text to speech, mind mapping, word prediction software, and so on.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      THE YMCA 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.

      THE YMCA 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

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Rigorous

      THE YMCA 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”.

      THE YMCA 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

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Trafalgar Castle School

      TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      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."

      THE YMCA 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."

      THE YMCA 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.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      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:

    Trafalgar Castle School

    The YMCA 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.
     

    Trafalgar Castle School

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TRAFALGAR CASTLE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE YMCA 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.


    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.

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    We offer a full suite of accommodations for learning style differences, as well as a dedicated counselor providing social/emotional support to individuals and the learning community. We welcome students with a wide variety of learning style differences.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Trafalgar Castle School

    The YMCA 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

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA 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

    THE YMCA 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%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    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 9 - 12


     

    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

     

    Yes

    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.

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy is a Ministry of Education–inspected, alternative high school in downtown Toronto. Our personal differentiated approach, specialized programs, and individualized use of assistive technology are ideally suited to students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences. The YMCA Academy’s middle school is an alternative grade 7 & 8 program in downtown Toronto. Developed with a focus on building reading, writing and math skills, our personal differentiated approach, specialized programs, and individualized use of assistive technology are ideally suited to students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences.

    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. 

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    For students entering our program at grade 9, we do an assessment of English and Mathematics to determine grade level and appropriate placement in our program




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