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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1987

     

    1980


     

    Enrolment

     

    900

     

    250


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    1 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Liberal Arts


     

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    18 to 24

     

    10 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,000 to $15,250

     

    $18,100 to $23,500


     

    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

     

    21


     

    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

     

    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 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    "They help the students create, then build work practices that will set them up for success not only for exams but for life moving forward."
    Jonathan Landon - Parent   (Oct 24, 2018)
    In a word, transformational. Going from really disliking school in general to really wanting to go t...
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    "Each teacher has been able to identify and address our child's unique learning style. Not only do they give her the push that she needs to achieve, they have instilled a belief in her own ability..."
    Karen Snowdon-Steacy - Parent   (Oct 24, 2018)
    My child loves WillowWood and feels very safe at the school. She describes the day to day feeling a...
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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.

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    By any measure, there’s a lot to love about WillowWood. The work of the school is dedicated to supporting learners who, for a range of reasons, need something different, and who, for whatever reason, aren’t adequately supported in other academic environments. Their personal needs are assessed, as are their strengths and interests, and instruction begins from that point, seeking to build on their abilities in order to grow engaged learners equipped with the confidence and the skills to establish a place in the community of the school and beyond.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    • Targeted, personal education
    • Consideration for each student's needs, inclinations and strengths
    • Low student to teacher ratio
    • Family style with a warm and caring environment
    • Support for diverse learners (including ESL, LD, Gifted LD, ADHD)
    • First Grade through High School Ontario curriculum
    • Robust Athletics program and Arts opportunities
    • Emphasis on mindfulness and opportunities to participate in our meditation club
    • Emphasis on environmental education and incorporation of climate action into curricula

    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.

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS. WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Message

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

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

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

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

     

    When visitors walk into the building for the first time they often remark on the special feeling the school has.

    That feeling (which I call magical) is a combination of the history and philosophy of the school, the energy of the staff, and the spirit of the students.

    When I founded this school it was based on the belief that learning can and should be fun and that school should be a positive and rewarding experience.

    We know that one size does not fit all and that students flourish when their school embraces their strengths, addresses their needs and respects their dignity. My staff and I have been successfully delivering student-centred, individualized education in a warm and caring environment for over 30 years.

    That's the magic we make at WillowWood.
    If your family is seeking a new style of school with a strong history of inspiring students, come by for a visit. I'd love to meet you.

    - Joy Kurtz, Director

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Unionville Montessori Private Schools

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Traditional

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Montessori

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood was founded on the idea that all students deserve to learn with dignity. We individualize our teaching to meet the needs and talents of each student, so they can find and achieve their potential. WillowWood is a family-style school. Students and teachers enjoy friendly, genuine interactions in and out of classes. Students at WillowWood find a remarkable lack of clique-competition and bullying, as students internalize the family feeling. Conflict is dealt with quickly and fairly, with understanding and through communication whenever possible. Students are given agency and encouraged to set personal goals, to develop self-advocacy and communication skills - all while knowing that help is available for the asking and that assistance provided will respect their dignity. All of this makes WillowWood a great school for a wide variety of students.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Balanced Literacy

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Process 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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Traditional


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        We encourage practice and critical thinking about literature and communication of all forms. We use a mixture of traditional materials and popular and modern works.


        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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Unionville Montessori Private Schools

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

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        Approach

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        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).

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Information not available

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

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        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Heavy integration

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        We encourage teachers to use tech as needed, and to model healthy use of technology (balanced). We use assistive technology everywhere it can be used, and encourage students to find and use any that work for them.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

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        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        We encourage healthy active living, along with team-work, communication and individual goal-setting and personal development.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

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      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Approach

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

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      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Pace

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Culture


      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”.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Our effective teaching strategies, enthusiastic staff members, innovative programs and friendly environment bring out the best in students, build self-confidence and inspire a love of learning.


      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."

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      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."

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Our effective teaching strategies, enthusiastic staff members, innovative programs and friendly environment bring out the best in students, build self-confidence and inspire a love of learning.

  • 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

    WillowWood School

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

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    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    Information not available

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    We accommodate students in collaboration with them, their parents, teachers and our school therapist.


    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.

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    WillowWood is ideal for students with learning disabilities, due to our individualized programming and trained staff. We excel in this area.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Unionville Montessori Private Schools

    WillowWood School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

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    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    UNIONVILLE MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    • Annual Musical: every Spring, we put on a full-school musical production. Students act, manage tech, crew the stage, etc.
    • Music Club: Students are encouraged and guided in creating and performing with bands/acts of all genres.
    • Robotics Club: a new Middle School initiative!
    • Camping: annual camping trip for High School students.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    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.

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    We are looking for students who want to succeed, want a supportive environment, and hope to discover and uncover their full potential in school.

    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).

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    WillowWood admissions involve determining the fit between the student and school. Our process involves several steps:


    Domestic Applications

    1. An information interview with the parent(s) or guardian(s)
    2. In Lower and Middle Schools (gr.1-8), the prospective student usually visits a classroom for a morning. In Upper School, (grade 9-12), the prospective student comes in for an interview with a member of the admissions team, and a tour.
    3. A review of documentation is conducted by the admissions team.
    4. Placement is offered.



    International Applications

    1. A parent, guardian or agent contacts the school and receives a list of necessary information.
    2. The information is assessed by our admissions team.
    3. An interview meeting (in person or via telephone/ Skype) is held with the prospective student's parent(s)/guardian(s)/agent, our admissions team, and the student.
    4. Placement is offered.


    Admissions are welcome all year.To contact WillowWood with regard to enrolling a student, please call 416 444 7644, or email [email protected].

  • 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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