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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1987

     

    2000


     

    Enrolment

     

    900

     

    90


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    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."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Montessori


     

    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

     

    18 to 24

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    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.
     
    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.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,000 to $15,250

     

    $6,400 to $20,400


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    5%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    1 to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    75

     

    8


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Unionville offers everything you would rightly expect from a Montessori education, including casa classrooms and group arts and music instruction, which provide opportunities for hands-on learning and the development of natural peer and mentor relationships. The program also builds from that foundation, including a significant and enthusiastic adoption of in-class technology. That aspect of the school is integrated nicely within with more traditional aspects of the method, becoming a natural extension of the approach that Maria Montessori described a century ago. The school is larger than we might initially expect of a Montessori program, though the benefits of size include a breadth of curricular and extra-curricular programming. Families that enroll here are those that prize the Montessori approach, though are also looking for something more. Indeed, that’s exactly what they find.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Avalon began in 2000 with a single toddler room and one casa classroom and has happily grown ever since. The program today extends through Grade 8, offering a consistency for children through the primary and elementary grades. Likewise, the breadth allows for a greater interaction between generations than elsewhere, something that is rightly a cornerstone of the Montessori approach. The best Montessori schools are those that retain a fidelity to the core of the method while also meeting the needs of the community it serves, expressing their diversity and their values. Certainly, that’s a great strength of Avalon, and one of the reasons that families consistently turn to it. In the nearly two decades of the school’s life it has earned an impressive reputation for good work, professional development, and a strong delivery of the core curriculum. No doubt, it continues to provide all of that and then some.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    • STEM Technology: We believe in advanced technological resources within all classrooms.
    • Literacy and Language Development: Literacy is at the core of every subject we teach.
    • Integrative Learning: Our teachers work together to design meaningful curriculum.
    • Math: Individual and collaborative work focusses on real-world problem solving.
    • The Arts: Music, Art, and Drama are taught by specialty teachers for all grades.
    • Enrichment: A wide variety of after-school enrichments for suit multiple skills/interests.
    • French: All students from a CASA through to grade 8 are taught by specialty teachers.
    • Athletics: Multiple sports’ teams compete against other SSAF schools throughout the year.
    • Parent Association: An active parent council that meets regularly with parents and administration.
    • Before/After Care: students can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m. and picked up as late as 6 p.m.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    Description

    Description

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Offering an innovative, advanced curriculum, and exciting extra-curricular enrichments, UMS seeks to inspire, guide and challenge its students. We incorporate emerging technologies through our STEM lab, iPad programs, 3D printers, coding and robotics extensions, while integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Along with our music department and comprehensive athletics programs, our dedicated teachers provide safe, welcoming environments for all needs, including those of the gifted and talented.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Within walking distance of the library, boardwalk, parks & TTC, Avalon is an urban school in the heart of the Beach. Striving to provide a dynamic & nurturing environment where learning takes place naturally, we encourage our students to continually challenge themselves. In addition to our rich and engaging curriculum, Avalon offers a unique Learning Support Program (LSP) for students in grades 1 - 8.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Message

    At Unionville Montessori School (UMS), we believe in providing a full and rich learning experience for all of our students. 

    Our Montessori roots are evident in our "Pre-Casa" and "Casa" programmes for students aged two to six years. These younger children are provided with the best of traditional Montessori education, which is proven to foster early academic development. They also experience more modern programmes in technology, such as coding, and other specialist disciplines which complement and support the Montessori base, providing our students with a truly outstanding early educational experience. 

    Our Elementary school programme further nurtures each child's potential by providing students with rigorous academics at a full grade level ahead in core academic subjects. Technology plays a key role in the facilitation of this – SmartBoard technology is available in every classroom. UMS students also participate in a fully supported iPad program, in which applications or apps are used to enhance learning. Students in grades 1 to 5 have access to iPads, and every student in grade 6 to 8 has an individual school-issued iPad that is pre-loaded with educational applications. Extra-curricular activities are also integral to the UMS experience.  Students access our state-of-the-art auditorium for enriched and comprehensive arts education including vocal and instrumental music, visual art and drama. We also support a full athletics program and multiple opportunities for community service. However, the best part of UMS is still undoubtedly our community: a talented and dedicated faculty, supportive and committed parents and, of course, a very enthusiastic student body! 

    We thank you for your interest in UMS and invite you to contact us to arrange a tour and to meet some of the members of our very unique and special family. 

     

    Our doors opened in September 2000 with a toddler room and 1 casa classroom. Through the commitment and dedication of our staff and families, we have grown into a dynamic school that provides a quality education for children in pre-school through to grade 8.

    We are very proud of the work that we do on a daily basis and enjoy a solid reputation in the Beach and surrounding area as well as within the private and Montessori community.

    At Avalon, we are proud of the instruction that is delivered by our outstanding staff.  Over the years, we have built a very strong team. People who are committed to the children and providing the opportunity for an exceptional experience. I was recently speaking to a group of private school educators and it was noted that working at a private school is not a job, it is a lifestyle. That is absolutely correct; our staff have made that choice and we all benefit from it!

    Avalon staff are committed to professional development and collaboration. We have mutual respect and support for each other as professionals. Avalon is an active member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools and is aware of developments in the Ministry of Education. Our school is firmly entrenched in the Montessori philospophy and teachers at the Casa and Elementary levels are Montessori trained.  As we prepare our adolescent students for the transition to secondary school, the program becomes more Ontario curriculum driven. This has been a very successful approach as evidenced by the experience of our graduates.  

    Avalon has created a supportive, nurturing and educational environment that motivates students, builds confidence, teaches independent thought and offers individualized attention.  The needs and learning styles of the child are recognized and supported in our classrooms.  Our goal is to celebrate and embrace the uniqueness of each student. We are concerned with the welfare of the whole child, encouraging a sense of involvement, community and belonging.

    One of the things that I love about Avalon is the sense of community that has been fostered. The school itself is a community made up of parents, teachers and learners. Located on the TTC line, Avalon students access all the city has to offer while enjoying the beauty of the neighourhood called the Beach.  

    With this sense of community comes responsibility and we readily support the students as they explore their social conscience. Students at all ages are involved in a variety of programs including the Hop A Thon for Muscular Dystrophy, the Terry Fox Run, Hero Day for Second Harvest, fundraising activites for Free the Children as well as active involvement in We Schools in Action. 

    Maria Montessori believed that education should sow the seeds of learning and that is one of our guiding principals. All of our student participate in gym and sports activities, music, drama, art and performance.  Our annual school production is the highlight of the year and we just staged an amazing version of Alice in Wonderland. For the sports minded, we currently hold the trophy for the ISAA track and field meet and look forward to defending our title in the next few weeks!

    I encourage you to contact us to learn more about Avalon. The best way to experience one of the only JK to Grade 8 independent schools in Toronto is to come for a visit and spend time with us.

    Sherry VanDerKooi

     

     

     

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Montessori

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      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.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S 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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      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

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Unionville Montessori School offers a challenging academic environment coupled with a balanced, whole-child approach to education for students in grades 1 to 8. Students master curricula that is one year ahead their current grade level, with the support of caring and enthusiastic teachers who cater to individual talents and needs. Coursework and extra-curricular learning is informed by a project-based, hands-on approach. Students explore diverse topics, from international relations, financial literacy, robotics, and 3-D printing to the performance of instrumental jazz at an advanced level. Our iPad program and other cutting-edge technologies are hallmarks of our school, provided in our state-of-the art facility which includes a top-rate, professionally equipped theatre for school performances. Personalized attention, committed teachers and administrative accountability inspires students to strive for excellence. Every parent is heard, and every student at Unionville Montessori School is guaranteed a learning experience that is beyond the Ontario curriculum -- a learning experience unlike any other.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Avalon adheres to the Montessori principles of education at the early childhood and elementary school levels. Students work at their own pace with the support of Montessori trained teachers. Avalon students are encouraged to develop intrinsic motivation and to be active participants in their own education. At the middle school level, we use a progressive approach while respecting the expectations set out in the Ontario curriculum. Our students' interests and their natural curiosity are the driver for instruction. Avalon teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources necessary for students to investigate a topic or issue. Students are then encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers, solutions, and insights. Collaboration and peer learning are key elements at all levels.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        For the past 11 years, UMS students have surpassed achievement expectations for every grade in mathematics, as measured by the CAT-4 Canadian Achievement Test and reported by Psychometrics Canada Ltd. In 2015, our grade 7 and 8 students participated in the Gauss Contest, set by the Centre for Education at the University of Waterloo. Nearly one-quarter of our contest participants earned scores of 89% or higher. For the Canadian National Mathematics League, set by the University of Windsor, our grade 6 and 7 students placed second and third, respectively, nationally. Five of our students earned spots in the top twenty students nationwide. Overall, our grade 6 and 7 students earned second place out of more than 200 schools, and our grade 8 students finished 13th out of 164 participating schools.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Mathematics are an exciting part of the Montessori classroom. In the early grades ( K - grade 3) students use specially designed concrete Montessori materials to explore mathematic concepts. Our older elementary Montessori students ( Grades 4 - 6) begin to move away from the materials to a more abstract study of increasingly complex mathematics, geometry, and algebra. At this point, the JUMP method is introduced as it complements the Montessori approach. Middle school students use the JUMP method and their work is often supplemented with text books at a grade level ahead.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Grade 1 to 7 use My Math/Glencoe Math, an innovative, research-based numeracy program. Our Grade 8's use Nelson Principles of Mathematics, which is an academic Grade 9 textbook in line with our year-ahead program.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Montessori materials are used throughout and JUMP is introduced around Grade 4. Students in grade 4 - 6 use a combination of Montessori materials and JUMP while middle school students use the JUMP method.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Students are encouraged to use mental math until intermediate levels where graphing is necessary.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        A calculator is a mathematical tool and students are encouraged to use this tool appropriately.

      • Early Reading

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        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.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S 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.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        The Unionville Montessori School Elementary program continues the intensive early reading program in which students are immersed in the Casa program. Using dynamic classroom resources and learning tools, our teachers create benchmark reading levels and monitor individual progress. Printable books, or projected interactive books on the Smartboard, are supplemented with worksheets and activity-based lessons, along with a host of interactive resources and develop key reading skills. These resources include Headsprout, Learning A - Z and Raz Kids. Levelled books ensure success in the classroom with developmentally appropriate books at 27 different reading levels. Students as early as grade 1 are encouraged to use iPad apps to supplement the text-based reading programs, and improve learning with the addition of colour, images, graphics and games. The balanced literacy program emphasizes the instruction of grammar and vocabulary in the context of a narrative or text, as well as a phonetic approach.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Language is an integral part of the Montessori Casa classroom and is fostered through encouragement of self-expression, lessons and freedom of conversation.The language materials introduce the phonetic sound of each letter in the alphabet. Using these sounds, the child is able to build words, thus begins the process of reading. Along with preparatory exercises in Practical Life and Sensorial Education, language materials also foster muscle control for printing.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        UMS students write the CAT-4, the Ontario Writing Assessment and Comprehension Attitude Strategies Interests.

      • Writing

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        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.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        The balanced literacy program further extends the Montessori methods so that phonics, vocabulary and constructing meaning is integrated into the creation of writing skills. Our advanced academic program for the early grades is founded upon a personalized approach to learning. Programs are individually placed, and a resource teacher is available to support children who are developing writing skills. Students grade 3 and up study novels and write answers to comprehension questions based on the text. Students in the higher grades study grammar and vocabulary using interactive, online software and workbooks. They are also are instructed in essay writing and speech writing to prepare for our annual Speech Festival. Many students in grade 8 are reading and writing at a level that is suited for an advanced academic course in a high-school setting. All students in need of resource support receive individualized instruction as needed.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Language is an integral part of the Montessori Casa classroom and is fostered through encouragement of self-expression, lessons and freedom of conversation.The language materials introduce the phonetic sound of each letter in the alphabet. Using these sounds, the child is able to build words, thus begins the process of reading. Along with preparatory exercises in Practical Life and Sensorial Education, language materials also foster muscle control for printing. In the Montessori classroom, students learn to write before they read and the process is referred to as word building. At the early elementary level, students are encouraged to write on a daily basis using meaningful activities.

      • Science

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        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.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Science is a vital curriculum area at Unionville Montessori School, where students from grades 1 to 8 have access to a fully-equipped, top-tier science lab. In the lab, and in classes, students in primary, junior and intermediate levels experience science through inquiry-based learning, where they can understand the scientific facts, theories and concepts through hands-on experiments and activities. Students at UMS receive more instruction in math and science than the norm, as part of the school-wide focus on an integrated, cross-curricular STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focus. Students who excel in science develop a strong ability to think critically, and a talent for creative thought and excellent communication and collaborative skills.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        At the elementary level, science is part of our culture curriculum and encompasses physical geography, botany and zoology. Students are encouraged to explore at their own pace with guidelines set out by the teacher. Exploration includes research, experimentation, class discussions and projects. Middle School science is a distinct subject and students have the opportunity to explore concepts that have been introduced by the teacher.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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)

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        UMS pupils work at a grade-ahead level in Language Arts. Students in the primary grades work with concepts such as the elements of narratives, the features of various literary genres such as the "legend," or "fable," and grasp abstract concepts such as the main character or hero. Beginning in grade 3, students complete a novel study, wherein they are encouraged to make inferences and to prove their argument in traditional literary critique form. Senior students work with complex texts from various cultures and time periods, and are encouraged to explore fundamental themes and to apply literary terms. In grades 1 to 8, literary study is founded upon our character education program whereby students are encouraged to reflect upon honesty, self-discipline, integrity and personal responsibility, and to explore their own values and the values and the customs of diverse cultures.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        At a young age, our students are encouraged to read for pleasure. As they move through the Elementary grades, literature is explored through the Junior Great Books program ( grades 4 -6) and through intriguing and compelling novels. Students are encouraged to respond to literature not simply read it, to draw comparisons between different pieces of literature, to make connections not only to their to their own lives and experiences but to both contemporary and historical issues. Discussions are encouraged and form an integral part of the curriculum.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Social Studies for grades 1 to 6 takes a thematic approach and encourages depth and breadth through independent study projects on various topics and themes. Our UMS curriculum highlights Canadian geography and history for grades 1 to 6, but also extends and enriches those topics with a global view and context. Teachers plan tangential learning activities and challenges, and also incorporate the use of SMART Boards, media-based resources and iPads to teach both process and content. Social Studies often leads to research projects and learning that emphasizes higher-order thinking. In addition, students in grades 5 to 8 participate in annual class trips to destinations that reinforce classroom learning, including Niagara Falls, Ottawa and Quebec. UMS also frequently sponsors school trips to destinations in the United States, such as New York City, and in Europe, with a bi-annual trip to Paris, France.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Using the fundamental needs of humankind as our foundation, Elementary students are able to explore different cultures and different time periods. Students make connections and draw parallels based on their understanding that there are certain commonalities between humans. Cosmic education is a key component of the Montessori curriculum, encouraging students to see the interconnectedness between all living things.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

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        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        The UMS approach to grade 7 and 8 history and geography extends and enriches the commonly studied Ontario curriculum with a global view and international context. Teachers plan tangential learning activities and challenges, and also incorporate the use of SMART Boards, media-based resources and iPads to teach both process and content. Social studies often leads to research-based projects and learning that emphasizes higher-order thinking. UMS also frequently sponsors school trips to destinations in the United States, such as New York City, and in Europe, with a bi-annual trip to Paris, France.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Humanities and Social Science courses for our middle school students encourage active exploration of the ways in which people, places, and events have - and continue to - shape our world today. Students develop critical thinking skills as they carry out assignments designed to help them view issues and events, both past and present, in the context of social justice. These assignments combine the "Big Ideas" outlined in the Ontario curriculum with the student-centred approach of Montessori pedagogy. Each year students participate in the Student Vote program by CIVIX Canada, and are always excited to cast their ballot in current Municipal, Provincial, or Federal elections. They are also exposed to national and global current events through the What in the World? resource, which enhances their understanding and encourages interest in issues affecting our world today.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Students are UMS are progressively introduced to French vocabulary beginning as early as age 2, in our Pre-Casa and Casa program. Formal instruction in French begins in grade 1, giving elementary students several years of head start in French. During French lessons, students learn vocabulary and develop conversational skills, using a fun and interactive approach involving stories, props, music, games and activities. The main resource for French instruction is AIM -- Accelerative Integrated Method -- a system which uses hand gestures to represent and mimic sounds and words. This is a popular movement-based approach to learning that is especially helpful for active, high-energy students that enjoy expressing themselves through large-muscle movement (kinaesthetic learning).

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        French is introduced to the students at the early Elementary level.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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)

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Information not available

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Inspired by the value of the arts, it is our goal to not only enhance the artistic abilities of our students but also to develop an awareness and appreciation of various art forms. Visual arts allows students to unleash a wave of talent through different media including drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional formats.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Arts are an integral part of the program at Avalon. Our students engage in music, drama, dance and visual arts classes with an emphasis on exploration and creativity. Passionate and qualified instructors work with the students on a regular basis. Both our Fine Arts and Drama programs enable the students to enhance the depth and breadth of their creative expression and allow for intuitive responses to creating and exploring art. Emphasis and focus is placed on the creative process itself, while engaging the students with blended inquiry-based learning and active hands-on art-making. Drama culminates in an annual production that is staged at The Papermill Theatre.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        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.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        One of the emerging trends has been the introduction of advanced technological resources within the classroom. UMS has embraced this idea and is proactively taking a measured approach towards incorporating innovative methods of learning, changing the face of the classroom environment. Our mandate, “Excellence in Education,” is the driving force behind this initiative. Education must be forward-leaning, recognizing that the “real world” for which students are being prepared is dynamic, with exponential changes especially in technology. Innovation is at the forefront of our priorities, in order to give your child the necessary skills to grow as a lifelong learner.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Technology is an integral part of life in our society and our school reflects that. Computers are used by the students in Grades 4 - 8. Middle school students use digital devices - computers, tablets, phones on a daily basis. They are provided with access to an online study tool called StudySmart, developed by a former Avalon parent, to aid them as they plan and organize their personal tasks and assignments. Students build on their technological skills and understanding as they begin to integrate web and app-based programs into their assignments and presentations. Avalon continues to explore the ways in which technology can support the varied learning needs of all students.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Regular exercise is essential to children’s overall health and positive development. Students participate in formal Physical Education classes with trained teachers, as well as in a wide variety of intramural and competitive sports teams. Our competitive teams compete against other local schools. Physical Education classes follow the Ontario Health and Physical Education Association curriculum. In these classes, not only do the students have the opportunity to be physically active while learning important skills, but they also work on developing their self-esteem, learn about good sportsmanship, and develop positive exercise habits while having a great deal of fun. Our Elementary programme also offers students many sports teams, such as basketball, volleyball, golf, swimming, soccer, cross country, floor hockey, and many more.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Our physical education program is driven by our philosophy which stresses balanced opportunities in skills acquisition, leadership athletics, personal growth and healthy competition. Our goal is for students to develop healthy habits that will remain with them for life. All students are members of the cross country and track and field teams and participate in a variety of sports, onsite and in the community. These include skiing, snowboarding, and tennis. On a competitive level, Avalon is very successful at both cross country and track and field. We currently hold the trophy for the senior track and field event and look forward to defending our title.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

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      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Our Take

      Our Take

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      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.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      The Montessori approach is a student-centered and student-directed teaching method that is offered within a prepared environment, which fosters exploration, experimentation, creativity, and respect. Our Casa programme builds on the foundation of the Montessori Method with extremely popular enhancements and additional learning opportunities for our students in music, science, visual and dramatic arts, and more.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Montessori Casa program provides a prepared environment for children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years. The didactic materials used in the classroom are based on the pedagogy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, and aid the child in the learning process. Spontaneous and self-directed learning is fostered in this non-competitive environment. Children are free to work independently or in collaboration with peers, gaining important social skills. Self-esteem and confidence develop as children explore with the materials and master important developmental skills. Avalon offers half day, full day and 3 full day Kindergarten options.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Our Take

      Our Take

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      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).

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      In our Montessori classrooms students are encouraged to work independently, as well as in small groups. As each child is an individual, they are encouraged to learn at their own pace, following their own personalized programming while being guided and monitored by our specially trained and nurturing teachers.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Flexible pacing allows the students to fully comprehend a concept before being 'forced' to move on. Differentiated instruction allows students to work at their own pace, remaining engaged and challenged.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Our Take

      Our Take

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      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”.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Our belief is that children are very capable and given the right opportunity and environment can excel academically at a very young age. Our Montessori classrooms provide students with the perfect environment to encourage development of essential skills as they develop a strong academic foundation. Students are challenged and encouraged as they progress through the enriched Montessori curriculum, with an emphasis on language and math skills development, before entering our elementary program, which follows the Ontario curriculum at a year-ahead.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Because of our small class sizes and supportive approach, Avalon is often able to enhance the curriculum to include student interests, making classroom experiences more exciting and promoting greater student engagement. Students are intrinsically motivated as they have the chance to explore areas of interest and engage in further learning. Our teachers emphasize the development of organizational skills and explore methods with our students to help them achieve their educational goals.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Character Education is an important cornerstone of our curriculum. While we encourage our students to develop independent thinking and creativity, we also encourage respect and integrity and place emphasis on the value of teamwork, kindness and compassion. All of our students are encouraged to be good citizens, in school, and out in the world.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Avalon fosters the development of the whole child. Our goal is to encourage our students to be actively involved in their own education, to follow their passions, to explore new ideas, to take risks, to collaborate.

  • 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:

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

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

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Information not available

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Commencing September 2017, Avalon will have a specialized program to support students with diagnosed learning disabilities and IEPs. The goal of the program is to support the academic, social, emotional and physical development of the student. Support will be given in a variety of ways, including indirect support, resource assistance, withdrawal assistance and special education within an integrated program, Program specifics are based on the individual needs of the student, in collaboration with the support team and parents/guardians. Space in this program is limited.


    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

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Students in a Montessori classroom learn at their own pace following an individualized programme. This type of environment naturally provides accommodation for students who may have difficulties with some areas of learning as students are able to move at their own pace through the curriculum with the support and guidance of our specially trained teachers. Activities and materials that students can manipulate hands-on before moving to more abstract learning, encourage children to develop a more thorough understanding of what they are learning, encouraging greater success.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    In accordance with the Montessori philosophy, we strive to meet the needs of the child. Accommodations, modifications and extra support are an innate part of our school culture as we strive to embrace the uniqueness of all our students. For those students with clinically diagnosed learning disabilities and ADHD, we offer a unique Learning Support Program (LSP).

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    Avalon Children's Montessori 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

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    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

    AVALON CHILDREN'S 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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    • Our athletic program is one of the top in the region, our teams are always placing top 3 in tournaments and competitions that they attend.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • The diverse co-curricular program is driven by our philosophy which stresses not only academic development, but also balanced opportunities in leadership, the arts, and athletics. This allows for our students to develop skills for personal growth and citizenship. In addition to enriching school life and building a spirit of fun and community, it enables students to explore their passions and discover their own voices in a supportive and nurturing environment. It is this spirit that drives our annual school productions. All elementary students are involved in the staging of vibrant and engaging theatrical productions. Our 2016 production of Alice in Wonderland was another huge success!
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    Yes

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    We are looking for students who place a priority on their education and also understand and demonstrate the value of being a caring, compassionate and kind individual. While competition can be healthy, we want our students to be collaborative and celebrate strengths in their fellow peers. A UMS student should care about their own academic achievement, but also be striving to support others.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    At the Casa and early elementary level, it is important that parents/guardians have an understanding of or a willingness to learn about the Montessori method of education. As older students apply to the school, it is important that families understand the nature and benefits of a small school and are committed to not only the growth and development of their own children but to the Avalon community as a whole. For the adolescent who applies to the Middle School program at Avalon, we are looking for students who are: Independent Creative problem solvers ‡ Tolerant ‡ Leaders or willing to become leaders ‡ Curious and excited about learning ‡ Socially conscious ‡ Able to think outside of the box ‡ Willing to take responsiblity for his/her own learning

    What the school says

    What the school says

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Our $65 fee is an assessment fee for all children applying to our Grade 1-8 elementary program. This assessment is not applicable for children applying to our Casa program (2-5 year olds).

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Interested families are invited to contact the school to set up a visit and classroom observation. A classroom observation is a mandatory part of the application process. Following the observation, interested families will sit down with an Avalon Director to determine if the application process should proceed.

    At the Elementary level, students are invited to spend at day at Avalon, allowing for an informal observation by the teacher and an opportunity for the student to gain experience in the classroom. The elementary application must be accompanied by copies of the 2 most recent report cards.

    Students applying to the Middle School are required to complete a questionnaire in addition to the above.  We believe that the adolescent student must have a strong desire to attend Avalon and be willing to be active participants in their own education.  

     

     

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Aidan Aird (2012)
    In grade 9, Aidan started a non-profit organization, Developing Innovations, which is dedicated to inspiring, celebrating and promoting STEM education. Aidan is recognized for his achievement in science nationally.
    Sarah Wong (2011)
    Sarah was offered a unique 2-year undergraduate educational opportunities that prepare students for direct entry into Queen’s School of Medicine. Ten students are accepted annually Canada-wide.
    Mikaela Preston (2010)
    Mikaela was offered admission into the University of Pennsylvania's highly competitive prestigious Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER).



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