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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Glen Briar Academy

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1987

     

    2014


     

    Enrolment

     

    900

     

    65


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    JK 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."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    5 to 12


     

    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.
     
    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

     

    $10,250 to $19,750


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    75

     

    6


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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 JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Glen Briar Academy

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    GLEN BRIAR 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.

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    information not available

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Glen Briar Academy

    GLEN BRIAR 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.

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    • Customized and individualized curricula .
    • Small class sizes hosting whole group and one on one instruction, differentiated teaching and assessment, allowing every child to succeed.
    • Curriculum that provides children with a balanced environment that is both nurturing and challenging.

    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.

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    Glen Briar Academy offers personalized programs that are complemented by a deep commitment to socio-emotional and character development. Our teaching practice is tailor-made to fit modern children; their varied learning styles, interests and abilities. With individualized learning at the core of its pedagogy, Glen Briar Academy is a place for the whole child to thrive and grow.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Glen Briar Academy

    GLEN BRIAR 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. 

     

    Welcome,

    and congratulations on taking an important first step towards improving your child's journey of learning.  

    At Glen Briar Academy we understand that picking a school can be difficult, which is why we encourage you to come and visit us, and see why GBA is exactly what you have been looking for. Whether you live near or far, Glen Briar Academy is the ideal place for your child to learn, develop and grow. 

    Book a school tour for a chance to visit our classrooms, meet our teachers, and see what a difference Glen Briar Academy could make in your child's academic, creative, social and emotional development.

    We can't wait to meet you.

    Sincerely,

    Konstantina Peristeris & Brenda Kastner

    Director & Director of Studies                      

    Glen Briar Academy

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Glen Briar Academy

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Traditional

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Montessori

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      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.

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      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.

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      Enriched academics become the medium for students to learn to problem-solve, think critically, research, process large amounts of information, and work both individually and in teams. Our curriculum is designed to challenge minds and promote innovative thinking. This ensures that our students not only posses the knowledge they need, but also the skills that will allow them to effectively and confidently share, modify and implement it both in and out of the classroom. ​

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Our Mathematics curriculum provides students with balanced exposure to formal process, open and guided inquiry as well as meaningful hands on practice. Lessons and activities are designed to challenge the mind and apply concepts, thereby creating a continuum of learning that is solid, cohesive and cumulative. At the Intermediate grades, strong focused is placed on seeing math as a language that is a relevant part of every student's life. Geared by a combination of notational work and practical application, students have ample opportunity to explore the purpose of math in the world around them. Group work promotes problem solving and team work skills.


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        A variety of texts and supplementary materials are used. Additionally, all our learning spaces are equipped with purposeful manipulatives, varied resources and engaging technology to support our students in their learning.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        The use of calculators is at the discretion of the teacher.

      • Early Reading

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Balanced Literacy

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Literacy is key to learning, and the primary years at Glen Briar Academy are all about giving the students the tools to access and understand text, whether it be oral, written or media. A daily literacy block with focus on phonemics, comprehension and writing, gives students the tools they need to read, write, infer and retell through a variety of traditional and innovative media.


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

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

      • Writing

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Students are encouraged to develop and reflect on their thinking through writing. A focus on vocabulary and grammar allows students to confidently tackle these tasks, while developing a deep love and understanding of literature, and nurturing a personal voice as an author.

      • Science

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Our Science curriculum puts great emphasis on the benefits of discovery. Through group inquiry, students become key players in the structure and specific content of their scientific study. While tackling subjects of interest and acquiring pertinent skills, students feel engaged and motivated to further expand their knowledge.


        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

        GLEN BRIAR 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

      • Literature

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Our literature program focuses on the in depth analysis and manipulation of text and literary features. Our students are exposed to and are encouraged to study pieces of literature from a wide variety of cultures and time periods. The focus is not placed only on retelling, summarizing, reflecting and inferring the information from the text read, but also on exploring contemporary issues and the ways in which they affect and influence us and the people around us. Additionally, through literature, students are provided with the tools needed to develop an informed view and opinion, to identify biases and influences, and to evaluate the reliability of the information provided.


        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

        GLEN BRIAR 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

        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        Approach


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Through our social studies program, students are exposed to the wider world around them, teaching them to appreciate, compare and relate to the varied cultures that stand past their immediate environments and time. Students are encouraged to reflect on, manipulate and apply their knowledge to create presentations and media works that elaborate on these topics.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        At the Intermediate level, Social Studies includes the exploration of Geography and History. These subjects are taught in a way that promotes student reflection and relevant application of concepts and theories, allowing students to become productive citizens and meaningful participants in the local and global community.

      • Foreign Languages

         

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        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Communicative


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        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).

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Our Foreign Language Program focuses on fostering and developing a love of the both the particular language and culture, as well as an understanding of the way it can fit into our lives as Canadian citizens. Our curriculum focuses on language acquisition, communication, proficiency, and our classes our taught by certified and experienced teachers who provide scaffolded instruction at all stages of the language acquisition process. Our program provides individualized support across the curriculum, allowing student interest and compentency to flourish while developing critical communication skills. This individualized support includes teachers identifying effective learning/teaching approaches for each child, targeting individualized intelligences, and customizing tasks accordingly.


        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

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        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

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

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        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        Approach


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Recognizing that many students better learn, explore and represent their thoughts and ideas through artistic expression, our cross curricular approach allows this discipline to be incorporated into all subject areas, thereby developing skills of interpretation and presentation within a variety of contexts.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

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        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Heavy integration

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        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.

        GLEN BRIAR 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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Digital literacy is an important element of our program, as it is a necessary skill for all students in order to be prepared for the future. The use of computers and technology are seamlessly integrated into our lessons and activities, without being the focus of our lessons. They provide an aid, but not a replacement, in teaching the fundamental skills needed for students to be successful. Furthermore, students are taught the value of the use of technology as well as as understanding of the drawbacks it has on our daily lives.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

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        Glen Briar Academy

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


        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.

        GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

        Our Physical Education program enables students to develop an appreciation of participating in a healthy and active lifestyle. Collaborative and individual tasks promote confidence and participation skills, not only in this subject area, but across the curriculum.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

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      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Glen Briar Academy

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


      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.

      GLEN BRIAR 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.

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      Our Kindergarten program offers a world of wonder and learning through hands on play, discovery and guided experimentation. The Kindergarten curriculum at Glen Briar Academy was created with the specific aim of providing children with a balanced environment that is both nurturing and challenging. Inquiry and play-based learning guides students through units that integrate and explore all curricular areas in a meaningful, relevant and dynamic way .

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

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      Glen Briar Academy

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


      Pace

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      Student-paced


      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).

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Glen Briar Academy

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


      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”.

      GLEN BRIAR 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.

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      Enriched academics become the medium for students to learn to problem-solve, think critically, research, process large amounts of information, and work both individually and in teams. Our small class sizes are set to provide more individualized attention, allowing our teachers to meet the needs of a diverse range of learning styles, including those who might be struggling, as well as students who are exceptional learners and need a greater challenge in the classroom.


      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."

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Glen Briar Academy

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


      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."

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      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."

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

      At the core of our ethos is the student and his/her development as a whole person. We strive to create individuals who are, and will always be: capable learners, confident participants, successful contributors as well as aware and responsible citizens.

  • 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

    Glen Briar Academy

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

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    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Glen Briar Academy

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    GLEN BRIAR 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

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    GLEN BRIAR 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

    GLEN BRIAR 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.

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    Glen Briar Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

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    Glen Briar Academy

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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

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    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.

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    • Our extra curricular program expose children to new opportunities and settings within which to develop untapped hobbies, discover unfound talents, and reinforce critical skills.
    • Club offerings change seasonally.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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 JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades 2 - 8


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    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.

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    We are happy to welcome all new families to our own, and we look forward to changing, growing and developing to accommodate them and their changing needs.

    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).

    GLEN BRIAR ACADEMY

    Glen Briar Academy is devoted to the academic and social development of our youth.  Our school administration and staff work closely with parents/guardians to ensure that their child is immersed in an appropriate and stimulating learning environment.  

    Following the submission of an application package, our admissions department will contact you to set up a suitable time to schedule a visit of our school premises, a tour and an assessment.  These will be completed over the span of a morning or an afternoon, allowing parents and students to enjoy and experience Glen Briar Academy’s learning environment.

    Applications are free of cost, and filed at no commitment for enrollment.

    Junior Kindergarten/Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 applicants will meet with the head of our primary department, receive a tour of the school building, and go through a brief informal assessment, focusing primarily on basic literacy, numeracy and social skills.

    Grade 2 to 8 applicants will meet with the Director of Studies, receive a tour of the school building, and go through a brief formal assessment, focusing primarily on literacy, numeracy and social skills.

    Students will be assessed at their current grade level, with consideration for their applicable enrollment year.  The purpose of the assessment is not to distinguish using capacity or ability levels, but to start creating a student portfolio that will allow Glen Briar Academy’s educational team to tailor the learning environment and program to suit the needs, goals and strengths of each student.

    Applicants will be contacted within 5 business days with notification of enrollment.  At this time, parents will be forwarded further application materials and requirements.

     

  • 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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