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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Clear Water Academy

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1987

     

    1995


     

    Enrolment

     

    900

     

    420


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    JK to 12


     

    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."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Liberal Arts, 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).
     
    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

     

    18 to 24

     

    16 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     


     

    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.
     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,000 to $15,250

     

    $7,900 to $21,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    10%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    1 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $5,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    75

     

    28


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    75%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Clear Water Academy

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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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.

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    information not available

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Clear Water Academy

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    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.

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    • Integral Formation model with an emphasis on developing a strong moral character
    • Gender-style education that fosters exemplary learning
    • University preparatory program - 100% of our 2020 graduates are accepted into University
    • Leadership Service Opportunities
    • Small class sizes that allow for personalized attention
    • Catholic faith-based environment, including retreats, Mass, prayer, and apostolic service projects
    • Safe and healthy environment

    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.

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    A private Catholic school from JK to Grade 12. A top ranked school in Alberta. Based on the principles of the Catholic faith, our philosophy develops the whole child, emphasizing academic and character development, spiritual growth, and a commitment to service. Athletics, the Arts, service and leadership opportunities enrich our rigorous academic program. We implement gender-style classes in Gr. 4-9 in a co-ed environment. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education and to form Christian leaders.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Clear Water Academy

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    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. 

     

    Dear Parents of Prospective Students,

    Thank you for your interest in Clear Water Academy, A Catholic School - Forming Christian Leaders. Our school is centrally located in Calgary, Alberta and offers programs from Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 12. We are proud that our school is consistently ranked a top school in Alberta by the Fraser Institute.

    Clear Water Academy is a school where students receive a balanced spiritual and educational foundation. We ensure that every child receives a personalized education aimed at forming their character, intellect, faith, and desire to serve others. Today, Clear Water Academy is home to nearly 450 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, and over 75 staff members (role models).  Clear Water Academy teaches, educates, and forms students so that they will become the leaders necessary to change society.  

    Semper Altius - Always Higher is Clear Water Academy's motto. Whether it is helping a classmate with difficult math homework, taking on a leadership role in a school club, or participating in the dozens of athletic teams or service projects that take us into local neighborhoods and around the world, Semper Altius is a way of life.

    I invite you to learn more about our very special school. Please contact our Admissions Director, Val Blahut, to book your personal tour. We'd love to meet your family and introduce to Clear Water Academy!

    God Bless,

    Darren Forrester
    Principal

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Clear Water Academy

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Traditional

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Montessori


      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.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      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.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      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.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      Our goal is to provide the highest quality education with an emphasis on developing authentic Christian leaders. Our university preparatory curriculum sets high, yet attainable, academic expectations. Solid intellectual formation provides students with the ability to think, speak and write clearly, coherently, and persuasively. Our students develop habits essential for ongoing academic success including study skills, critical thinking, perseverance, and a desire to produce high quality work. Our approach provides an excellent education amongst like-minded peers, with a wide range of enrichment activities in a challenging, positive, faith-filled environment. Our dedicated team of educators gives our students the personal attention they need to develop their unique potential and God-given talents. Through leadership and personal development opportunities, we focus on character and spiritual formation, instilling confidence, poise, and maturity. Our graduates are young men and women of integrity and character who have attained a solid foundation in their faith, the humanities and the sciences.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Clear Water Academy

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY


        Approach

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Clear Water Academy

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Balanced Literacy

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        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.


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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

      • Writing

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Clear Water Academy

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY


        Approach

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Clear Water Academy

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY


        Approach

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Zoology

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Clear Water Academy

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY


        Approach

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        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

        Clear Water Academy

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY


        Approach

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Core Knowledge


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Clear Water Academy

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY


        Approach

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        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.

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        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

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        Approach

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        Equal Balance


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        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).

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        Spanish taught from JK to Grade 3. French taught Grade 4 to Grade 9. High school students encouraged to take either French or Spanish. Spanish and French clubs are offered.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

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

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        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)

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        Information not available

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        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

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        Approach

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        Equal Balance


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

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


        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        The fine arts are an integral part of our program from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. In addition to classroom time, our students can participate our musical theatre productions at both the elementary and secondary levels.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

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        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

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        Approach

        Approach

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        Heavy integration

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        Medium 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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Computers and technology are used in our classrooms to enhance the learning environment and allow our students to become competent in the use of technology. We have some options courses that are primarily focused on technology.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

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        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

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        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.

        CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

        Physical education is an integral part of our program. We provide our students with exposure to many sports and outdoor education opportunities. Our goal is to foster healthy attitudes and provide our students with life skills. Athletics and outdoor education provide character formation opportunities. Our youngest students focus on developing gross and fine motor skills with the help of a certified PE instructor. In addition to regular PE classes, our elementary students receive skating and swimming lessons and have a chance to join the Jr. Crusaders. In junior high and high school we field competitive teams in basketball, volleyball, track and field and other sports. Our teams regularly qualify for provincial competitions. Our outdoor education program allows students to experience many activities from skiing, to cycling, to hiking and camping.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

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      Approach


      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.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      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.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      We have taken what we believe to be "best practices" from the Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophies, embedded within those are traditional academic practices coupled with authentic Catholic values. We also offer specialized Spanish, Music, and Phys. Ed programs. Numeracy and literacy skills are introduced and reinforced through play. Our Jr. Kindergarten students are well prepared for entry into Kindergarten and the academic expectations of our Elementary program.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

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      Pace

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      Standard-enriched


      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).

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      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

      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.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      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”.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      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

      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.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      We set high standards for academic performance and personal character development in a caring and supportive learning environment that focuses on the whole child. We recognize that strength lies in virtue as well as in academic performance. Loving, talented teachers give each student the tools needed to learn to the best of their ability. Our program provides structure, academic foundation, study of the Catholic faith, and leadership opportunities. Students are naturally led to intellectual curiosity, the love of learning, and positive character formation. Our students grow in self-control, generosity and respect of others.


      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."

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      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."

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


      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."

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      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      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.

      CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

      Our mission is to provide the highest quality education and foster integrally formed Christian leaders. We focus on four dimensions: intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic. We strive to: teach the mind, in an environment of academic excellence; educate the heart, helping each student to love authentic values and to develop a sense of what is good, right, noble, beautiful; form the character, which serves as the foundation of all virtue and integrity. Our graduates become strong Christian leaders, convinced of the truth, prepared and committed to establish and foster a society where Christian values are put into practice.

  • 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:

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

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    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Information not available

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    Information not available


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

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

    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.

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    Our goal is to meet all students' educational needs while at school. Our intimate and personal environment allows our teachers to journey with our students and identify their learning requirements. While we are not classified as a "special needs school," we will address all academic needs on a case-by-case basis and, in some instances, accommodations may be applied.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

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    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

     

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    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

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    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.

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    • Outdoor education program for Grades 7 through 9
    • Swimming and skating lessons IN CLASS for grades 2 through 6
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    75%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 2 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    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.

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    We are looking for families that will partner with us in the education of their children and that are open to having their children educated within the Catholic faith. Our students are well-rounded with many interests and are open to discovering who God created them to be. Our students are willing to face challenges and stretch themselves to become the best they can be.

    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).

    CLEAR WATER ACADEMY

    All Applicants:

    • Completed application form
    • Copy of most recent report card
    • Recent, small photograph of student (can be digital)
    • Student Information Form
    • Parent Consent Form - Release of Student Records 
    • Student Evaluation Form  (please submit to child’s school; they will forward completed form to CWA)
    • $200 non-refundable Application Fee (cheque or online via Plastiq)

    Canadian Citizens:

    • Copy of student’s Birth Certificate    OR
    • Canadian Citizenship Certificate (both sides)

    Non-Canadian Citizens:

    • Copy of student’s birth certificate AND
    • Copy of parent’s Work Permit   OR
    • Copy of student’s Permanent Resident Card (both sides)

  • 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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