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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1999

     

    1987


     

    Enrolment

     

    120

     

    320


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Boys


     

    Living arrangements

     

    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Progressive


     

    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).
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    16 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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

     

    $32,100


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    7 to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $34,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    11

     

    29


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    35%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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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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    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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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.

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    Boys' schools often state that they know boys, or are boy-friendly, though too often those statements aren't qualified. Sterling, thankfully, defines what they mean: energy, curiosity, and exploration. Certainly, boys from K to 8 typically have those in abundance, and the program at Sterling is intended to focus things a bit, channeling those natural attributes toward higher order growth and understanding. Confidence, resilience, motivation, goals—we think that boys naturally have these, but they don't. That Sterling places those kinds of values out front is telling of the overall instructional approach. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a structured, challenging, collaborative, and close-knit learning environment. Parent involvement in the life the of the school is both welcome and encouraged.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    • Character education program focuses on each boy's strengths
    • Dedicated teachers who are inspiring mentors
    • Focus on developing the whole boy
    • Leadership development starting in JK
    • 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio
    • Singapore math program taught in Grades 1-5
    • Warm and welcoming school culture
    • Founded in 1987

    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.

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    Sterling Hall is where boys belong. We understand that each boy will experience tremendous growth and change from JK-Grade 8. As elementary school specialists, we support boys in developing their interests, character strengths and leadership skills during these formative years. We celebrate boy energy! Our dynamic teachers use proven education strategies designed for boys including internationally acclaimed programs and research-based approaches. Your son will enjoy hands-on active learning and be inspired to develop his compassionate heart and capable mind through our character program. At SHS, we ensure boys have a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. Specialist subjects include drama, music, visual arts, tech, science and French. Daily activity includes Health and Physical Education, recess and team sports geared to age and ability. Boys are free to express themselves through co-curriculars with over 50 clubs and 30 sports options. Our Graduate Placement Director works with Grade 8s to secure top secondary school offers. There are so many reasons to choose Sterling Hall but the one that matters most is your son!

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    Message

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    Dear Families:

    I have been asked with some regularity to describe the “typical” Sterling Hall boy. My answer always remains the same: there is no such thing as a “typical” Sterling Hall boy.

    Boys belong here, whatever their interests, whatever their aptitudes, whatever their learning requirements might be. We have a created an environment where boys have a sense of acceptance and belonging that gives them the confidence and security they need to take risks, try new things, be themselves and reach for their potential in all their endeavours.

    Our approach is unique among schools in Toronto. We focus entirely on boys during their formative years from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 – a period when a boy’s life is filled with energy, curiosity and exploration.

    We inspire our students by using the most successful techniques and approaches for teaching boys.  We treat every one of them as individuals, exposing each of them to a curriculum that is specifically catered to boys’ learning during the key foundational years.

    Our exceptional teachers are actively involved throughout the journey, providing support and encouragement. Parents are part of a warm and open school community that is made up of current and Alumni families, Old Boys, faculty/staff, friends, donors, volunteers and members of our Board.

    We welcome you to visit The Sterling Hall School and thank you for your interest.  We encourage you to get to know us and to see what makes us so proud of our program and our boys.  I believe that you will see a school that knows what makes boys tick and what they need to become caring, confident and empathetic young men who are capable of, and interested in, making a difference in their world.

    Sincerely,

    Rick Parsons
    Principal
    The Sterling Hall School

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      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.


      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      In our inquiry-based learning environment we develop the whole boy, offering opportunities for enrichment in strength areas, and strategies for success when faced with a challenge. Known by every member of the faculty & staff, each boy is supported in all aspects of school life as he develops and discovers his unique interests and love of learning. SHS’ low student to teacher ratio allows academic specialists to facilitate how your son learns best. At SHS boys are taught to collaborate and create partnerships to enhance problem solving abilities, social interactions and group learning, whether working through the steps of a challenging equation, brainstorming structural ideas or working with a teacher in the Guided Reading program. Small groups are proven to be highly effective and many classrooms are arranged in pods to ensure collaborative work is achieved. Assessment is integral to improving the educational experience. We provide boys with clear achievement markers to reach their goals. This enables student self-assessment and goal setting culminating in student-led conferences as boys pursue areas of passion and interest.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Discovery Math


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        We use an innovative approach based on Singapore Math in our Primary and Junior Divisions. Singapore Math is a teaching method based on Singapore’s national math curriculum. It is designed to connect math learning to a great variety of learners and its framework focuses on an in-depth understanding of essential math skills with a special emphasis on problem solving. The program emphasizes mastery of foundational skills on the well-tested assumption that higher levels of math learning require a students’ deeper understanding of math as a basis of success. Singapore’s three step learning model of concrete, followed by visual representation, followed by the more abstract (questioning and solving written equations) has become a finely tuned method for math learning in many educational jurisdictions worldwide.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Guided Reading has become a proven method of helping boys use and develop strategies to read with greater independence and fluency. Each boy in Grades 1 – 3 receives direct support from a reading teacher as he reads and processes texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty. Reading teachers work with small groups of boys ( 6 or 8 boys) reading at a similar ability. Guided reading tends to deliver greater enjoyment of reading over the long term, because it helps boys to construct meaning from what they read and to master an understanding of increasingly complex words and grammatical structures. Interaction with their teacher and reading peers keeps boys' confidence with reading intact and evolving as they learn.


        DIBELS testing

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Our Grade 4 classes are piloting a new approach to the teaching and leaning of written composition. The 6+1 Trait Program is a world-renowned framework for guiding the instruction of writing. It is built around an educator-identified and researched common understanding of what good writing looks like; namely that there is a clarity of ideas, good organization, clear voice, effective word choice, fluent sentences, effective use of grammatical conventions and clear and effective presentation. The program gives teachers and students a common and easily-understood vocabulary for the teaching and assessment of writing in all disciplines. The approach answers the question of what is essential for good written composition, for all audiences and purposes. It is a tested foundational tool that sets up a boy\'s life-long approach to good writing, a skill that is essential to success at all levels of education and beyond.\n

      • Science

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Boys revel in our active, hands-on inquiry - a mainstay of Sterling Hall School science curriculum. Experiences are enhanced by adhering to a scientific method, in which boys become increasingly autonomous through their years at our school. Their experiential learning is deepened through a strong foundation in science concepts and thought. In addition to traditional classroom experiences, our boys enjoy the use of project-based learning challenges, opportunities for group and independent research and learning through experiments. Through innovative academic practices and boy-focussed programming, students are inspired and empowered to engage deeply in the sciences. We know that boys need to have strong relationships with their teachers in order to learn. Old Boys have even come back to SHS in their free time to pursue independent inquiry projects, accessing the resources of beloved teachers and our up-to-date learning environments and tools.\n


        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Guided Reading has become a proven method of helping boys use and develop strategies to read with greater independence and fluency. Each boy in Grades 1 – 3 receives direct support from a reading teacher as he reads and processes texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty. Reading teachers work with small groups of boys ( 6 or 8 boys) reading at a similar ability. Guided reading tends to deliver greater enjoyment of reading over the long term, because it helps boys to construct meaning from what they read and to master an understanding of increasingly complex words and grammatical structures. Interaction with their teacher and reading peers keeps boys\' confidence with reading intact and evolving as they learn.


        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Conceptual understandings learned through the social sciences are universally experienced by students through their years at SHS. Continuity and change, historical significance, ethics, perspective, cause and consequence and factual evidence are lenses through which our students experience and learn about their own communities and those around the globe. Our boys enjoy learning engagements that ignite their curiosity and require them to practice critical and creative thinking in social studies. Sterling Hall boys are ignited by the opportunity to engage in relevant, age-appropriate issues and share learning with authentic audiences. SHS boys are known for their exemplary community citizenship, a key criteria in how and what they learn in social studies. It is not unusual to find boys taking action from their learning and reaching out into their community to help. \n

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Many of Sterling Hall’s best educational practices are prompted by the best educational research. Studies repeatedly show that when subjects are taught in isolation from each other, students are denied an opportunity to connect with knowledge from a variety of angles and their experience with any one subject is limited, as is their retention. In our Grades 6 and 7 program, we have integrated our Social Science and English programs. A boy's examination of fictional works may find the subject matter set in the same period being studied in History. In Grade 8, we have integrated our Science and Social Science program. A mapping unit in Physical Geography may connect directly with an examination of the planet’s hydrosphere in an Earth Science unit. This interconnected approach to learning mimics how the learner’s brain itself is constructed; where knowledge is only retained through multiple connections in a web-like formation.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        We provide engaging second language instruction suitable for the age and stage of each boy. In JK - Grade 5, students benefit from oral repetition in which they participate actively and receive immediate feedback. Using the Accelerated Integrative Method (AIM), students build a foundation through role play, dramatizations, rehearsal of gestures and related vocabulary. This active method of learning a second language that mimics first language development increases risk taking, a skill that leads to greater language acquisition. Boys further develop their thinking and communication in the Grade 6-8 French program. In addition to explicit grammar instructions, they enthusiastically debate, role play, and collaborate on projects and presentations for authentic audiences. Throughout the years of study, SHS students are encouraged to communicate only in French. Technology enhances learning, providing access to the greater French community. Our goal is to develop our students’ love and appreciation for language learning.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Unique to our school, our Visiting Artists Program offers Sterling Hall boys the opportunity to meet, observe and interact with a professional Canadian artist. This interpersonal connection adds life to our curriculum and lets our students observe artistic excellence and achievement first-hand.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Light integration

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Medium 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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Digital literacies enhance teaching and learning and are interwoven throughout the SHS curriculum. In JK- Grade 3, digital skill development and early digital literacy through IT classes are key features of early digital learning. By the time students are in Grade 4, they are well-versed in most of the Google Apps suite, and can navigate our Learning Management System independently. Students throughout the grades can choose to use a digital platform for many in-class tasks. Boys in Grade 6 enjoy opportunities to expand their interests and skills through our extension class. Grade 7 use Photoshop software to explore surrealism in our Visual Arts program. Grade 6-8 may choose a digital-coding elective class. In other curriculum areas, tech literacies enhance their learning experiences. SHS has multiple and varied devices available to our students and chas a Bring Your Own Device practice for Grade 7-8 students. \n


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Trinity Montessori School

        TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Our Athletics Program is specifically designed for boys in their formative years. Boys receive daily physical education as well as many co-curricular athletics opportunities. As a small school, we are able to offer athletics activities for each boy, from the newest player to the competitive athlete, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Boys of all skill levels can try a new sport, strive competitively and enjoy inclusive team play with classmates and friends. The main goals of our athletics program are to help boys develop physically, socially and emotionally, build positive relationships with their teachers and peers, develop a lifelong ability to make healthy lifestyle choices and foster a love for physical activity.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Kindergarten is the beginning of an exciting learning journey for children and their families. We welcome our youngest learners by offering a safe, supportive and stimulating environment in the Kindergarten classrooms. This is a time of discovery, growth and wonder when we foster independence, self-help skills, confidence and a love for learning. The program follows a rigorous curriculum to ensure that students are well-prepared for entry into Grade 1 while also providing opportunities for learning though play-based exploration and inquiry. Students engage in activities that are hands-on and that offer opportunities for differentiated learning.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      Pace

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      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).

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      With our focus on individual attention to accommodate different learning styles, The Sterling Hall School provides every opportunity for students to be successful. Academic Success helps students with varying abilities achieve their academic goals.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      Culture


      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”.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Information not available


      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."

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      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."

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      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."

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Our Core Value of Sterling Character states that we value and develop confidence and resilience, kindness and respect, with the courage to advocate for oneself and for others. Our aim is to instill in each of our graduates a strong moral and performance character that will equip him to be a capable contributor and leader within his communities and an outstanding world citizen.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Trinity Montessori School

    The Sterling Hall School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


    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

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    • One of the ways in which boys may pursue their individual interests, strengths and passions is by joining a club. Clubs are important for boys to expand their knowledge and experience outside of the classroom environment and to participate in activities that are of personal interest to them.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    35%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    We admit students with a wide range of backgrounds, provided that we feel they will have a good chance of achieving success in our program. During the interview process, we get to know you and your son in order to discover whether SHS is a good fit for him.

    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.   

     

     

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    The SHS Admission Process

    The SHS Admission Process is designed to help you learn more about The Sterling Hall School in a fun and relaxed setting. We will learn about your son through group assessments or individual meetings. As well, we will meet with you to discuss the assessment and next steps. The meetings are casual and friendly. 

    We admit students with a wide range of backgrounds, provided we feel they have a good chance of achieving success in our program. During the interview process, we get to know you and your son in order to discover if SHS is a good fit.

    If you are looking for a small school offering single-gender education, a school whose values parallel yours at home, then The Sterling Hall School may be the right choice for your son.

    The SHS Admission Process is a simple, five-step process. To get started, please complete the Application Form online

    We look forward to hearing from you.




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