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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Kells Academy

    KELLS ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1999

     

    1978


     

    Enrolment

     

    120

     

    470


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

     

    K to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Homestay, Day, Boarding


     

    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."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
     
    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

     

    Varies

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $10,000 to $11,000

     

    $17,300


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $35,800


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    11

     

    36


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    9%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

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


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades K - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Kells Academy

    KELLS ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    KELLS ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    "The teachers there are top-notch."
    Winnie Chan - Parent   (Mar 09, 2021)
    My children spent most of their childhood at Trinity Montessori School. They loved the field trips ...
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    "The academic excellence at Trinity Montessori School surpassed our expectations."
    E Poon - Parent   (Mar 09, 2021)
    Both of our daughters have been going to Trinity Montessori School since they were 18 months old, an...
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    KELLS ACADEMY

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Founded in 1999, TMS has developed a reputation for offering a strong academic program that maintains a high fidelity to the core of the Montessori approach as demonstrated by CCMA accreditation. The program is regularly assessed through certification and EQAO testing, and families are drawn by the keen attention to the development of core numeracy, literacy, and early exposure to French. The size of the school hits a bit of a sweet spot, allowing for a full range of curricular and extracurricular programming, while also maintaining a close, personal, community-oriented feel. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a hands-on, social, challenging yet supportive academic environment.

    KELLS ACADEMY

    Irene Woods began her career as an educator within the public system, and while there noted that often the after-school tutorial sessions were more productive, and more time efficient, than the teaching done in the classroom. The obvious question—at least it was obvious to her—was, why don’t we just teach this way all the time? Which, in time, is exactly what she did, applying the tutorial model—small group, student-led instruction—to the entire curriculum. Kells was founded in 1978, and Woods has been an instructor and director there ever since. Those aspects of the tutorial model—individual attention, and a creative approach to instruction—are what continue to define the program today. The school has grown considerably over the years, including the creation of a boarding program, though the division between the elementary and high school programs helps to keep the focus small-group instruction.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Kells Academy

    KELLS ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    KELLS ACADEMY

    • Small classroom sizes
    • Convenient location
    • Accessible by public transportation
    • Full cafeteria service
    • English or French home stay as well as residence service
    • On-site tutoring
    • ESL and FSL
    • Homework program available
    • Certificate of Eligibility not required

    Description

    Description

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Trinity Montessori School was established in 1999 and is a CCMA accredited school located in Markham. We have an excellent reputation and receive many of our students through direct referral from current and former parents. Our staff members are friendly and nurturing. We strive to instill in children self confidence and a passion for learning through our diverse and enriched educational environment. We offer stimulating intellectual and cultural experiences for children from 1.5 to 12 years old.

    KELLS ACADEMY

    By using a differentiated approach to learning, Kells Academy supports students in reaching their full potential. In three separate campuses Kells offers small classes with a focus on student engagement and high achievement, excellent academic, arts and sports programs, as well as a wide variety of extra curricular activities and clubs. Kells enjoys a close to 100% graduation rate, high acceptance in all disciplines in CEGEP and universities, is co-ed, and students do not need a Certificate of Eligibility to attend.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Kells Academy

    KELLS ACADEMY

    Message

    information not available

    Working as an educator in the public sector, I found that devoting time to after-school tutorials was a most positive and enriching experience for my students. I was consistently impressed at what students were able to learn and accomplish in a few short tutoring sessions, in comparison to the hours spent trying to master the same material in the classroom. This led me to consider a practical application of the tutorial model in a classroom setting, and resulted in the 1978 establishment of a unique tutorial service: the Westmount Learning Centre; and ultimately, to the foundation of Kells Academy.

    To recreate the one-on-one tutorial experience we committed to small classes, in a warm, welcoming environment, and engaging the participation of supportive and enthusiastic teachers. Using this model we were able to make learning more interesting, meaningful, and relevant, and most importantly, teach at the individual pace of each student— attributes we maintain and adhere to, to this very day.

    In 1990, Kells Academy acquired its own building in NDG at the corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard West and Park Row West. Further expansion took place in 2004 with acquisition of the Hydro Quebec building situated on Cavendish Boulevard corner of De Maisonneuve, and now, our thriving elementary campus under the direction of Marla Perlman.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Kells Academy

      KELLS ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Traditional

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Our elementary curriculum is based upon Montessori principles, which guide students to learn about the universe and their place in it. Our dedicated teaching staff follows an interdisciplinary approach to learning, highlighting the importance of the interconnectedness and interdependence of different subjects within the curriculum. We strive to enrich our curriculum with elements from the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring that our students are well prepared when they move on to other schools in grade 7. Through our school's participation in the Montessori Model United Nations held annually in New York, our elementary students gain valuable opportunities to engage in global citizenship and enhanced awareness of international social, economic and humanitarian issues and challenges.

      KELLS ACADEMY

      While Kells Academy adheres to guidelines established by the Quebec Ministry of Education, it delivers programs with significantly greater flexibility, identifying individual student skill levels as the first step in the process. By doing so, we ensure that students work within their range of ability and remain enthused and motivated, yet still challenged. Our approach is a combination of both the traditional and progressive methods.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Discovery Math

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        KELLS 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

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        While Kells Academy adheres to guidelines established by the Quebec Ministry of Education, it delivers mathematics programs with significantly greater flexibility, identifying individual student skill levels as the first step in the process. By doing so, we ensure that students work within their range of ability and remain enthused and motivated, yet still challenged. Each grade level allows students to choose advanced, regular or remedial programs, to progress at their own pace, and where possible, to upgrade their level.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Elementary: Nelson Mathematics, Math Makes Sense (cycle 2) plus complimentary materials Key Math, IXL Secondary: Math 3000, Math Help Services, Adapted Mind, IXL


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Reading skills are developed using both research based teacher directed and online programs which approach reading in a systematic, sequential manner. In addition to phonics, phonemic awareness, word study, shared reading, guided reading, and literature study round out the program.


        DIBELS testing

        KELLS ACADEMY

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        Ongoing assessment, throughout the elementary years, allows us to continually monitor student progress and adjust programs to ensure success.

      • Writing

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI 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.

        KELLS 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

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Our approach to writing features a balance of word study, explicit teaching of grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, as well as, the opportunity to practice writing for a purpose, proofreading and editing in Writer's Workshops. Students learn to express their thoughts in a cohesive, organized manner while exploring various genres of writing. The study of literary techniques, allows students to discover how various literary elements are used to create pieces of writing. Vocabulary study enhances the quality of writing, Students take pride in completed writing pieces that combine sound writing techniques and imaginative, creative and critical thought.

      • Science

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Beginning in the earliest grades, students are exposed to the scientific method with hands on opportunities for observation, experimentation and reflection. As they move forward through the grades, students are expected to question the scientific world, develop hypotheses, research, test and report and discuss findings using scientific vocabulary. Developing research skills and critical thinking through both group and independent projects is incorporated at all levels. Participation in the elementary Tomato Sphere Project, The Monarch Watch, nature trips, museum outings, workshops with professional scientists, environmental awareness activities, Earth Day celebration, and green school initiatives further enrich the program.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        KELLS 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)

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Zoology

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Physiology

      • Literature

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        KELLS 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

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        The English program follows the guidelines of the Quebec Reform: Grades 7-11 COMPETENCIES Uses language to communicate and to learn Reads and listens to texts Produces spoken, written and media texts


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        KELLS ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        A project-based learning approach is taken to the social studies program. Students in Cycle 1, learn about their own place in society and demonstrate knowledge in various ways. In Cycle 2 and 3, students compare and contrast geographical settings, significant people and historical events, to the present day. Flexible methods of demonstrating concept comprehension ensure that individual needs are met.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KELLS ACADEMY

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        In Grade 7 and 8 social sciences and Grade 11 Contemporary World the courses tend to be more pragmatic. In Grades 9 and 10, we lean more towards a perennialist approach due to the requirements of the Quebec Ministry of Education.

      • Fine Arts

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KELLS 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

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Students of all ages are highly involved in our fine arts classes. Our music program allows students to look at various periods in history from a musical perspective while cultivating individual skills in a band ensemble. Performances include an integration of instrumental music, voice, dance and drama.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Light integration

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.

        KELLS 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

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        At the elementary level, iPads and laptop computers are at the disposal of the students and teachers. At the High School iPads are mandatory for students in Grades 7-10 and laptops for Grade 11 students. These devices are used extensively in the classroom for research and productivity. Online programs and various apps are used for language support, mathematics and science. Class response systems allow teachers instant feedback of student results. Using video creation apps, teachers are able to flip their classes, sending home videos of lessons to be watched before attending classes.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Kells Academy

        KELLS ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KELLS ACADEMY

        Kells seeks to ensure that students are active and developing healthy habits regarding physical activity and nutrition. A full array of sports, games, yoga and dance create a balanced program. Various annual special events such as the Terry Fox Run and Jump Rope for Heart encourage an active lifestyle while raising funds for worthy causes.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Kells Academy

      KELLS ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

      KELLS ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      We have four fully-equipped, bright and spacious Montessori Casa classrooms for ages 2.5 – 6 years old. The curriculum follows the Montessori approach, which offers a broad range of materials to help the child grow independently, academically and socially. Through their work, the children develop concentration, motivation, persistence and discipline, which are qualities that will help the child in their future. All Casa students will receive daily French lessons and weekly music and art lessons from specialized teachers.

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Our program is fully rooted in active discovery with multi-sensory experiences fundamental to the development of speaking and listening skills, emergent reading and writing, number sense, social competence, creativity, curiosity and critical thinking. Technology literacy, essential to this age of technological advancement, is achieved with iPads and laptops, via online reading and math programs and apps used for creation and collaboration.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Kells Academy

      KELLS ACADEMY


      Pace

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

      KELLS 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

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Kells Academy

      KELLS ACADEMY


      Culture

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRINITY MONTESSORI 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”.

      KELLS 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

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      In our Casa program, children are encouraged to work to the best of their ability in order to reach their full potential. The Montessori materials foster a love for learning and aid a child to reach for a high level of academic excellence. Our Elementary program follows the Ontario Curriculum and is enriched with the Montessori philosophy. The blend of both curriculums challenge children to a higher level of academics as well as provides hands-on opportunities to learn through enriched field trips, interactive learning and competitive activities.

      KELLS ACADEMY

      At Kells, flexibility is what distinguishes us from other schools. The curriculum provides the structure, yet its implementation is adaptable. We provide an innovative environment that celebrates uniqueness while offering a diversity of learning approaches, ensuring our students a learning experience that is rich, meaningful and challenging. We develop individualized programs, allowing students to work within their comfort zone, which may be above, below, or at grade level.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      KELLS ACADEMY

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Kells Academy

      KELLS ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      KELLS ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      KELLS ACADEMY

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      A balance of both intellect and emotions are criticalin a child's development. Our aim is to foster academically strong and creative individuals, who are confident and capable leaders as well. Ultimately, developing students of character and integrity, who become respected and contributing memebers of society will help prepare our students for the future.

      KELLS ACADEMY

      At Kells, we hope to shape autonomous, motivated, confident, self-directed, life long learners able to take on intellectual challenges. Socially and environmentally responsible, our students are involved in many local and global initiatives. As members of Peaceful Schools International, they are respectful and empathetic citizens. With many opportunities to be physically active in sports, dance and yoga, students learn the importance of healthy living..

  • 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:

    Trinity Montessori School

    Kells 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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    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Kells Academy

    KELLS ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    KELLS 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

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    KELLS 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

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    KELLS ACADEMY

    Information not available


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

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

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    KELLS ACADEMY

    Students with diagnosed learning disabilities enter a supportive, flexible and stimulating learning environment which addresses individual needs. Student progress is monitored closely through ongoing observation and assessment. An individual learning plan is developed to target specific learning goals so students may learn at their own level and pace. Additional support in our resource room is provided by our learning specialist at the elementary level. Engaging and innovative strategic programs are used to develop skills in reading and math, and to assist English language learners.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Trinity Montessori School

    Kells 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

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Kells Academy

    KELLS ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    TRINITY MONTESSORI 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

    KELLS 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

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

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


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades K - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    Yes: grades K - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    KELLS ACADEMY

    At Kells we accept applications from both local and international students with average to above average ability. We also accept students who require additional academic support. They should be respectful, motivated, hard workers with a wide range of interests and talents.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Toddlers (18 months) to Casa (6years):  Interested families are required to come in for a tour with their child.                                     

    Grade 1 to Grade 6:  An assessment is required to ensure the student can cope with the curriculum provided by the school.   

     

     

    KELLS ACADEMY

    Completed Application Form with application fee ($50, non-refundable), report cards from the current academic year and previous school year, photocopy of educational assessment if applicable, school reference letter by teacher or principal, photocopy of birth certificate and immunization records along with a passport size photograph and MEES Achievement Record (Quebec Grades 10 and 11 only). Once the application package is complete and submitted to the school, an appointment for an interview will be arranged by the Admissions coordinator. Placement testing and a class visit will also be scheduled for your child. Tours of the school are given throughout the year, by appointment. Please feel free to call us to arrange a visit. A Certificate of Eligibility is not required.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    KELLS ACADEMY

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Haya Aziz (2010)
    Haya came to Kells in Grade 8 and was one of our Valedictorians (we had two that year). She is now thriving in Medicine at McGill University.
    Jean Pierre Falet (2010)
    After having been at Kells for 5 years, JP was our second Valedictorian of the Class of 2010. He is also studying Medicine at McGill University.
    Nour Khatib (2003)
    MD, CM: Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery McGill University and Resident doctor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Ontario.
    Mandana Moosavi (2002)
    Mandana graduated in Medicine from McGill University. Currently: Endicronology Fellow at Vancouver Coastal Health.
    Fangzhou Bian (2006)
    Associate Lawyer at Couzin Taylor LLP, allied with EY.
    Mo Yu (Lanny) Li (2008)
    Lanny graduated from McGill University in Medecine and is now studying as a resident doctor in General Surgery in Alberta.
    Hani Abdul Baki (2006)
    Hani graduated from McGill University and is now working as an investment banking analyst in New York City.



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