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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Hillfield Strathallan College

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1987

     

    1901


     

    Enrolment

     

    900

     

    1270


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Homestay


     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Traditional, 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 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning


     

    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

     

    $16,428 to $28,775


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    10%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    JK to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $4,500

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    75

     

    75


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 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 Nursery/Toddler - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Hillfield Strathallan College

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    "...I never doubted my chances of reaching my full potential."
    Elyse Creamer - Alumnus   (May 22, 2018)
    Throughout my time at HSC, I had the opportunity to make so many special memories that picking one i...
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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.

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    The school began its life in 1901 as the Highfield School for Boys, though it has grown, amalgamated, moved, and changed its name a few times since then. All of that is reflected in the physical plan of the school, one that bears no outward signs of the school’s age. The development path included associations and amalgamations between Highfield, Hillcrest, and Strathallan schools and colleges, their names combining to form the one under which it is known today. The school has earned its strong reputation for all the right reasons, namely providing a basis for success in postsecondary school and beyond. 

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Hillfield Strathallan College

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    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.

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    • Four centers of academic excellence: Montessori, Junior, Middle and Senior. 18 months - Grade 12.
    • Wide-ranging co-curricular opportunities
    • Nutritious dining and snack offerings daily
    • Wellness focus, including RN, RPN, Athletic Therapist and College Counsellor on staff
    • Financial aid, payment plan and scholarship offerings

    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.

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    At Hillfield Strathallan College (HSC), we encourage our students to learn with joy and live with purpose. We know that the best learning happens when students have opportunities to pursue their passions and participate in learning experiences that challenge them. Established in 1901, HSC is a leading co-educational school for students from Toddler to Grade 12. We prepare our students to understand their world, inspire, lead, and make a difference in their own unique ways. Our outstanding academic programs are shaped by student inquiry. Expert faculty then deliver a curriculum that ignites curiosity and encourages students to explore their potential. Students enjoy wide-ranging co-curriculars in the arts, athletics, service and leadership. Our beautiful 50-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities, including seven gyms, a performing arts centre, and playgrounds inspired by nature. We invite you to learn why HSC students can’t wait to come to school!

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Hillfield Strathallan College

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    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 to HSC

    Welcome to Hillfield Strathallan College—a community where children and their learning are at the forefront. Each child is known, challenged to do their best, and supported in that pursuit. We believe the best education of any child is achieved through a partnership between the school and the family, with the shared goal of helping students to achieve their full potential.

    HSC consists of four small schools united by a common commitment to a shared Mission and Ideals. We are committed to ensuring a balance between the development of student independence and guidance from a caring faculty, sensitive to the age and stage of the student. We aim to develop students who ask great questions, are resilient problem-solvers and are connected to the wider world. All students learn differently, and we make every effort to address individual learning needs and styles.

    True learning occurs when curriculum is meaningful and relevant, and we believe learning is not restricted to the classroom. Students who are most successful in university and beyond are those who are engaged fully in a rich program of co-curricular offerings, in addition to a solid academic program. HSC students discover and follow their passions, whether they lie in academics, athletics, fine arts, outdoor education or community service. Through shared experiences, the close-knit HSC community helps students bond with their classmates and teachers for life.

    Please explore our site to learn a bit more about the incredible opportunities available at HSC. However, the true flavour of the HSC experience can only be gained by paying us a visit. You will see engaged and happy learners, students and faculty working together, students pursuing their dreams on the fields, in the gymnasia and in the theatre, or simply enjoying on another's company in the dining hall. I hope you will join us to discover what makes Hillfield Strathallan College such an amazing place.

    Marc Ayotte
    Head of College

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Hillfield Strathallan College

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Traditional


      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.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      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.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      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.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      HSC offers enriched academic, art and athletic programs to students 18 months through Grade 12. We are committed to shifting practices and methodologies from a teacher-directed, content-oriented environment to one that is strongly influenced by student inquiry, creativity and innovation. The role of the teacher becomes even more important in the learning process and changes to greater facilitation, coaching and mentoring. Knowing each student’s interests, talents and skills builds an effective learning partnership that will better enable students to reach their full potential. Students learn in a resource-rich, small class environment and are encouraged to seek academic challenges and to take risks in their learning. Our curriculum is designed to foster a love of learning, and to provide a great beginning for our students as they embark on their educational journey. In a community that celebrates diversity, students share goals and aspirations, learn from each other, seize opportunities and gain different perspectives.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        Approach


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        At HSC, our students will be able to connect mathematics to the world around them and confidently use these skills in their everyday life. In elementary grades focus is put on, developing number sense, developing and understanding patterns, and problem solving. Traditionally, teachers of mathematics have relied solely on direct instruction in which teacher deliver knowledge to the students, show them examples followed by a series of practice opportunities. HSC also provides students with more opportunities to discover the joy of mathematics and to have more exposure to hands-on activities and the use of manipulatives. In the Senior School, students are offered both regular and applied mathematics depending on their mathematical ability and learning styles. As part of HSC's Advanced Placement Program, HSC students may take the AP Calculus in their final year. It is our belief that all students should be exposed to challenging problems, such as mathematics contests.


        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        HSC's Early Reading curriculum consists of learning sequencing skills - top to bottom, left to right progression, recognizing child’s own first name, introducing upper and lower case letters and their sounds, discriminating between upper and lower case letters, developing rhyming skills, and organizing thought process to share ideas and stories. By the end of the program, students will be able to read and write competently and comprehensively, will be exposed to a wide variety of literature (both fiction and non-fiction), na d will be encouraged to develop a love for the written word.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

      • Writing

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        Approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        At HSC, we believe students need to be given opportunities to become better communicators. As a result, we provide activities that allow students to express themselves in a variety of ways, such as formal, creative, and reflective writing, which is then shared as text, orally, or through multi-media presentations. Extension and enrichment takes place both in and outside of the classroom through activities such as the Writer-in–Residence Program, Unfinished Writing Tours, Public Speaking Contests and Writing Contests

      • Science

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        At HSC, units of study in the science curriculum provide authenticity, academic rigour, components of meta-cognition, community involvement, process skills and the appropriate technology in addition to content. In later years of Senior School, students are able to branch in to specific topics in the science curriculum, including biology, chemistry, physics and earth and space science. As part of HSC's Advanced Placement Program, students are offered the opportunity to earn college credits through AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics.


        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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        Approach


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        HSC emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy,communication, and critical and creative thinking skills nec-essary for success in academic and daily life. Students analyzea range of challenging literary texts from various periods,countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informationaland graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts ina variety of forms.


        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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        Students in HSC Social Studies investigate the world from a variety of perspectives. A strong emphasis is placed on understanding our local community through field trips, guest speakers and research of personal history and interests. Students are introduced to a global perspective through investigations of world cultures and the exploration of our planet’s physical forces. A strong emphasis is placed on making connections between historical events and society today, as well as the exploration of current world issues.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        The Humanities and Social Science programs at HSC place a strong emphasis on making connections between historical events and society today, as well as the exploration of current world issues. Students mix traditional skills (mapping, text research, model building and oral presentation) with 21st century skills (collaboration, internet research and interactive presentations) and demonstrate these skills to their peers and the wider community. Ultimately, authentic learning opportunities in social studies lead students to a greater understanding of the world that we depend on and a willingness to contribute positively to our society.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        Approach


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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).

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        Our foreign language programs foster learning of other languages and other cultures; and to develop written and oral communication skills necessary to express ones’ self in real life practical situations.  Our interactive programs develop inquisitiveness, motivation and persistence in learning via specific communication challenges presented to students; it addresses all learning styles and can be adapted to both new language learners and those seeking enrichment opportunities. To further empower our students and to allow them to expand their foreign language skills, we offer language experiences in both Quebec and France. As part of HSC's Advanced Placement Program, students have the opportunity to take AP French.


        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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        In Visual Arts, students create new and original artwork using a variety of media. In Middle School, music students in Grade 5 build on choral skills established in the Junior and Montessori schools prior to learning a musical instrument in Grade 6. Dramatic skills are developed through cross-curricular opportunities and the Drama program in Senior School. At HSC, students are encouraged to expand their artistic interests by taking part in the extensive co-curricular program, ranging from musicals, plays, wind ensemble, jazz, and visual arts clubs. Whether they are performing on stage or having their artwork on display throughout the College, our students form a real sense of pride and self-confidence in their artistic abilities.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        HSC is a BYOD school, allowing students to bring devices that they are comfortable using, and connect to the school’s Wi-Fi networks. Technology use is built into the curriculum through everyday use of software like Firstclass, Google Drive, and the use of Smartboard technology in every classroom. In the Senior School, all grade 9 students are required to take “Exploring Technologies”, where they will be work with a variety of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. If they choose so, they can continue taking courses in HSC’s Technological Education program, including “Communications Technology” (print, web, radio, broadcast media), and “Technological Design” (interior design, architecture, robotics). Starting in grade 10, students can also take “Computer Science”, where, if they continue to progress, will learn programming languages like python, Java, HTML/CSS, and even code their own smartphone application.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Hillfield Strathallan College

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


        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.

        HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

        The HSC Physical Education program offers participants exposure to a variety of physical activities in a co-operative and enjoyable environment. The emphasis is on experiencing fun and fitness through physical activity and on actively participating. Creativity, confidence and general physical fitness are developed through movement exploration and an introduction to basic sports skills. The activities allow practice, repetition, modification, refinement, consolidation and application of physical skills to movement activities. Academic skills are reinforced through the use of games that emphasize active learning. The health units explore healthy active living, growth and development and substance use/abuse with a focus on preparing the students to make informed decisions. In upper years of Senior Schools, students are provided the opportunity to spend a week in Hawaii where they will earn their "personal trainer certification".

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Hillfield Strathallan College

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


      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.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      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.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      We have been providing exceptional early education programs in both our Junior and Montessori Schools, both offering full programming options for children age 18 months to age 9/Grade 4, for decades. Each of the schools curriculum is designed to foster a love of learning, and to provide a great beginning for our youngest students as they embark on their education journey. For more information on our Montessori School please visit: www.hsc.on.ca/montessori For more information on our Junior School please visit: www.hsc.on.ca/junior

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Hillfield Strathallan College

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


      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).

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      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.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Hillfield Strathallan College

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


      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”.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      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.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      HSC provides a rigorous academic learning environment to best prepare our students for post secondary success. This programming is delivered in a supportive and individualized fashion, to ensure that the unique learning needs of each student are met.


      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."

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Hillfield Strathallan College

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


      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."

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      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."

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

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


      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.

      HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

      At Hillfield Strathallan College (HSC), we will encourage your child to learn with joy and live with purpose. In our supportive environment—1 College, 4 Schools—your child’s full potential will be realized at every age and stage of development.

  • 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

    Hillfield Strathallan College

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

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Hillfield Strathallan College

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    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


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    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

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    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.

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    Students with identified learning exceptionalities have an HSC Individual Learning Plan (ILP) created by our Learning Services Specialist in consultation with the school administration, the parents and the student. For further information please contact our Admissions department at [email protected]

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    Hillfield Strathallan College

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Hillfield Strathallan College

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE


    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

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    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.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 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 Nursery/Toddler - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    Yes

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    Through our admissions process, we endeavour to select students who will be active participants in all aspects of College life.

    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).

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    HSC's application process requires you to submit an application form together with an application fee. School reports for the current school year and the final report from the previous two years are also required as supporting documents.

    You can book a one-on-one virtual meeting at HSC here

  • 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).

    HILLFIELD STRATHALLAN COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Steven Paikin (1978)
    Mr. Paikin is a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer and current host of TVO's "The Agenda with Steve Paikin".
    Colin Glassco (1961)
    Colin Glassco’s and his charity, The Glassco Foundation, mandate is to seek out children's issues in Canada and overseas, and to provide financial/organizational assistance as well as onsite support.
    Shelia Singh (1990)
    Sheila Singh is part of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute. During her PhD, Dr. Singh identified a stem cell that may drive the formation of brain tumours.
    Gail Robinson (1960)
    Dr. Gail Robinson, a Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Women’s Mental Health Program, has been awarded the Order of Ontario.
    Ronald Bremner (1967)
    Mr. Ronald S. Bremner serves as President of the Gold Medal Consulting Group Ltd. Past roles include President/CEO of the Calgary Flames, and President/CEO of BCTV, among others.
    Robert Young (1972)
    Robert "Bob" Young is the founder of open source software company, Red Hat Inc., and the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
    Randall Echlin (1969)
    The Honourable Justice Randall Scott Echlin, a judge of the Ontario Superior Court, contributed inordinately to the world of HR law.
    John van Nostrand (1967)
    John van Nostrand is an architect, urban planner, and founding partner of architectsAlliance. He is recognized for his thinking around the issues of homelessness, affordability and transformation of urban spaces.
    Coulter Osborne (1950)
    During his time on the bench, the Honourable Coulter A. Osborne served on the Supreme Court of Ontario, Court of Appeal, and became Ontario’s Associate Chief Justice.
    Robb Webb (1974)
    Robb Webb is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Human-Resources Officer for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and is on the board for the Human Rights Campaign, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, among others.



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