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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Briercrest Christian Academy

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1985

     

    1946


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    135


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 3

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Reggio Emilia

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     
    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.
     
    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

     

    13 to 15

     

    15 to 25


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $12,000

     

    $3,216


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $12,781 to $31,538


     

    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

     

    29

     

    34


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    44%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    96%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2021

     

    Aug 02, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Aug 02, 2021


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Briercrest Christian Academy

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Strong leadership, quality instruction
    Debbie Jensen - Parent   (Jan 20, 2018)
    They thought the teachers were very invested in seeing them succeed both in & out of the classroom. ...
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    " ... many opportunities for students"
    Kyron Hoimyr - Alumnus   (Jan 23, 2018)
    I loved my time at Caronport High School. I came into the school at the start of grade nine and I re...
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    " ... Mr. Bell and his history classes really brought history to life"
    Chiante Guretzki - Alumnus   (Jan 23, 2018)
    My experience at CHS was absolutely wonderful. Everything from the quality of the education to the p...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    information not available

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Caronport was established in 1946, and at a property that was dedicated as the new location of the Briercrest Bible Institute on Canada Day of that year. The school remains in partnership with Briercrest College and Briercrest Seminary, with all contributing to the same foundational goals of offering leadership in Christian education. Throughout the school’s history, the program has remained innovative and forward looking, something which it retains today. The student population is small and close-knit, and the school reaps the benefits of its size, namely a very focused learning environment, a clear sense of belonging and engagement, and a high level of individual attention. The boarding program supports international learners through guidance and ESL. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging yet supportive academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Briercrest Christian Academy

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    • Reduced class sizes
    • Reggio- inspired learning environment
    • Enhanced curriculum allowing students to work at the pace that best suits their needs
    • Programs focused a balanced education through the development of the whole child
    • Inquiry- and experiential- based learning
    • Justice Oriented Education

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    • Founded in 1946
    • Shared Campus with Briercrest College and Seminary
    • Associate School within Prairie South School Division
    • Discipleship Focused
    • Academically Challenging and Supportive
    • English+ International Program
    • Professional, Caring Teachers
    • Rural, Intimate Community
    • On-Campus Dormitory Program
    • Home of Prairie Hockey Academy, member of the CSSHL

    Description

    Description

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    A staple in South Etobicoke for over 30 years, Vincent Massey Academy (VMA) has developed a long-standing reputation in the community for excellence in early education. VMA offers a Reggio-inspired environment where our mission at VMA is to support our students in discovering their individual potential through a balanced education, because we believe that young minds deserve an education that reflects our changing world, where they can develop, achieve, learn and explore fearlessly.

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Briercrest Christian Academy combines a private Christian school experience with the best of public education. As an integral part of Briercrest College and Seminary and an associate school of Prairie South School Division, BCA has fully-accredited teachers and curriculum with pastoral staff and discipleship programs. Our heartbeat is to offer a Christ-centered, Bible-based, and ministry-focused education that prepares students to excel academically, relationally, spiritually, and professionally.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Briercrest Christian Academy

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Message

    Our goal in opening the Day School is to continue to question what it is means to learn as a young student; to truly observe and understand what types of skills and knowledge aid us as we advance through life. Our approach to learning strives to consider how we learn in all avenues of life and replicate that in our classrooms. Education is no longer about the answers; it is about the path and perspectives we take to get there. Now more than ever, we want support our students in communication and collaboration, as we ask real questions about the world around us. To know is one thing, but to build their own understanding allows young minds to apply their knowledge to everyday life.

    In part of this approach, we recognize the importance of collaborative support between teachers and families. With that, we hope to foster an environment that welcomes parent involvement, on-going open-communication and a sense of community. Our teachers and management alike, are a team of passionate educators that truly are in this field to bring out the best in each and every one of our students, and we are excited for the opportunity to work together to support our students in exploring their own paths to success.

    We are looking forward to having all of you apart of the journey with us. Your support and trust in us gives us all the faith in knowing that we will always continue to provide the highest level of education for your children.

    At Briercrest Christian Academy, we are committed to providing students with an educational experience that will develop every aspect of their being to their fullest potential. Jesus teaches us that His greatest commandments are to "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … [and to] love your neighbour as yourself'" (Matthew 22:36, NIV). We believe that God has called us to address the whole person through a program of strong academics, varied extracurricular options, and intentional spiritual nurturing. This is the kind of education that can change you, and then change your world through you.

    As a body of learning, we are part of each student's journey of faith and career preparation – not just a destination point. Briercrest Christian Academy, an important facet of Briercrest College and Seminary, provides a unique learning environment where students enjoy spiritual, academic, and extracurricular activities that enables us more fully to walk this journey with them.

    It is our deepest hope and prayer that this unique school will become a place where you can be called closer to faith and, in turn, draw your world closer to Christ.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Briercrest Christian Academy

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      The development of each student to reach their individual potential is the basis of all programs at Vincent Massey. We believe that a child’s potential is best met by setting a foundation that prepares them for all aspects of life, not just academia. The development of the whole child widens the scope of learning and provides a diverse, well-rounded education in social, physical, and emotional aspects of life. Learning is made approachable and engaging by our teachers who specialize in facilitating learning environments that meet the needs of all our students. Teachers develop lessons based on the interests, needs, and development levels of the students in their classroom, ensuring a well-balanced education for everyone. Our balanced approach to education is facilitated through experiential- and inquiry-based curriculum, cultural and character education, and enrichment programs, to ensure that success is felt throughout all avenues of life.

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      At Briercrest Christian Academy, a Christian perspective is infused in everything we do. We provide a private Christian school experience while offering the best of public education. Since BCA holds associate status with Prairie South School Division our curriculum is held to provincial standards and graduates meet all provincial regulations to receive a Saskatchewan High School Diploma. In addition to the Saskatchewan credit requirements, students take a Christian Ethics class at every grade level. As well, students in our Reach Ahead track have the option of taking Briercrest College courses. While our primary focus is academic, Briercrest Christian Academy places a significant emphasis on co-curricular activities. We offer numerous athletic, fine arts, and service opportunities with the majority of our students involved in one or more co-curricular activity. This is an integral part of what we do at BCA as we support students to grow holistically. We specifically enable students to participate in a wide variety of activities with our unique semester system involving two periods per day and five terms within this academic year.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Briercrest Christian Academy

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        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.

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Our Math Program follows the Ontario Curriculum. VMA tailors each student’s math learning to the individual student. Through observations and assessments, each child is met at their level to ensure they are being challenged daily. We use a mastery approach to math to ensure students completely comprehend a concept before advancing. This approach allows students to advance through these concepts at their own pace, never capping the grade level curricular expectations that they are working at. In small groups and/or individually, teachers are able to work along side students to reach their individual potential.

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students begin math in Grade 9 focusing on basic skills and preparation for further studies. In Grade 10 students choose between Workplace and Apprenticeship, which is highly interactive and uses work related examples as much as a possible, and Foundations and Pre-Calculus, which focuses on building concepts and foundational learning. Grade 11 and 12 students take one of three pathways in Mathematics. Workplace and Apprenticeship is designed for entry into the majority of the trades or directly to the work force. Foundations is designed for entry into post-secondary programs without theoretical calculus. Pre-Calculus is designed for entry into post-secondary with theoretical calculus.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Grade 9 - Pearson’s Math Makes Sense. Grade 10 Math Pre-Calculus - Pearson’s Foundations and Pre-Calculus Math. Workplace and Apprenticeship- students engage with hands-on mathematics content and display their learning through project-based inquiry. Pre-Calculus 11 and 12- McGraw-Hill Ryerson


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        A TI-83 plus Calculator is required for math classes in Grade 12, including Pre-Calculus and Calculus. It is also helpful for Physics in Grade 12 but it is not required.

      • Early Reading

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Briercrest Christian Academy

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Our Literacy Program follows the Ontario Curriculum. VMA tailors each student’s literacy learning to the individual student. Through observations and assessments, each child is met at their level to ensure they are being challenged daily. We use a mastery approach to literacy to ensure students completely comprehend a concept before advancing. This approach allows students to advance through these concepts at their own pace, never capping the grade level curricular expectations that they are working at. In small groups and/or individually, teachers are able to work along side students to reach their individual potential.

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Briercrest Christian Academy

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Reggio-inspired learning puts the interests and inquiries of the children at the heart of the learning that takes place in all our classrooms. Our classrooms frame their learning based on the student's wonders, questions and ideas. We are continuously challenging our students to deepen their thinking by continuing to ask questions and explore concepts through their 100 languages. These languages can include drawing, sculpting, dramatic play, writing, and painting etc. They are used to represent a student’s thinking and theories around a topic or an encounter with a learning experience.

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        At BCA, science is taught with a biblical perspective from a conservative Christian tradition. Our faith is highly integrated to our study and practice of science. Students examine a range of philosophies and disciplines with a focus on giving students sound logical foundation for believing that the Christian viewpoint is compatible with science.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Briercrest Christian Academy

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        As curriculum is planned, the themes for each grade are specifically chosen to be relevant and engaging for that age group. Students in grade 9 learn about unusual characters, friendship, and fairness as they study literature. In Grade 10, the themes of the unknown, challenges, decisions, and the environment are at the forefront. The selection of works in Grade 11 are centered around the themes of recollection and anticipation. Grade 12 students will study literature based on the diverse voices within Canada and around the world. Works will be drawn from both Christian and secular sources in an effort to portray a wide variety of response to the human condition and experience. It is intended that the exploration of various worldviews from a Christian perspective will prepare students for the world beyond the classroom, as well as postsecondary education.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Briercrest Christian Academy

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Our “Equal Balance” approach to Humanities and the Social Sciences at BCA facilitates classroom conversation through the critical analysis of a variety of sources and the world in which students engage. These dialogues are contextualized within a Biblical perspective to help students create transferrable skills between the classroom, the Christian faith and their real-life experiences. By incorporating the Christian viewpoint and drawing on real-world experiences in our program, students learn to think with a biblical worldview, engage critically with written, visual and auditory sources and interact with the world around them in a way that prepares them for postsecondary education and experiences outside of the classroom.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Briercrest Christian Academy

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students at BCA can take the following French as a Second Language courses through our school district’s online learning platform, Prairie South Virtual School: French 90; French 10; French 20; and French 30. Further, grade 12 BCA students with appropriate eligibility are able to take first-year college/university credit courses at Briercrest College in a variety of curricular areas, including languages; offerings vary by academic year.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Briercrest Christian Academy

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Light integration

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        BCA has a full computer lab with student workstations for course work and printing needs. Students also have access to laptop computers for classroom use as needed. Due to our current COVID-19 protocols, we have asked students to come to school with their own personal devices both to support our learning formats and to decrease contact with shared surfaces. BCA also runs a STEAM Club (Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Mathematics.) which encourages students to engage with 3-D printing, CNC carving and laser engraving technologies; building and programming kit robots, kit model engines, as well as the Lego Architecture Series; and a variety of board games and visual arts endeavours.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Briercrest Christian Academy

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        In part of our approach to develop the whole child, we seek to ensure that our students take time to care for themselves throughout the day. Supported with conversations about taking care of our bodies and our minds, our programs include daily physical activity and meditation and/or yoga.

        BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Our Physical Education program supports student achievement of curricular outcomes through inquiring for healthy decision making, balancing the dimensions of wellness and well-being, embracing a comprehensive school community health approach, incorporating service learning, and designing a personal plan for well-being. We construct understanding through inquiry. Inquiry learning provides students with opportunities to build knowledge, abilities, and inquiring habits of mind that lead to deeper understanding of their world and human experience. Students who engage in inquiry construct knowledge and deep understanding rather than passively receiving information, encounter alternative perspectives and differing ideas that transform prior knowledge and experience into deep understandings, are directly involved in the discovery of new knowledge rather than passively receiving information, transfer new knowledge and skills to new circumstances, and take ownership and responsibility for their ongoing learning and master of curriculum content and skills.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Briercrest Christian Academy

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Our balanced approach to education ensures that success is felt throughout all avenues of life. We believe by equipping our students with the tools to succeed not just academically - but emotionally, socially, and physically - we equip students with the skills necessary to navigate all aspects of life. On a daily basis we provide leaders of the future with the opportunity to test and develop critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and innovation skills. We encourage them to ask questions, take risks, and collaborate with peers to help them in building a growth mindset and take agency over their learning.

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Briercrest Christian Academy

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      BCA students are supported towards academic growth in the context of our Attendance Support Program, Learning Support Program, and Academic Accountability Program. We provide resources for students through teacher and support staff tutorials, as well as through private tutoring opportunities. Our programming is differentiated providing both remediation and enrichment.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Briercrest Christian Academy

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      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.

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      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

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      The first few years set the foundation for learning for the rest of a child’s life. VMA provides an inquiry-based, cross- curricular education in which students are presented with the opportunity to explore many different avenues of learning. Vincent Massey promotes confident, curious, resourceful learners who respect and value the individual differences of their peers.

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Our values at BCA are based on Matthew 22:37 which highlights the significance of loving the Lord with the whole of our heart, soul, strength and mind, as well as of loving our neighbours as ourselves. We seek to model and to call students towards a growth mindset in every area of our lives, including academics. Through supportive teachers who equip and engage students towards achieving learning outcomes and supportive structures that promote work ethic accountability, we challenge and encourage our students towards personal success. Our caring, rigorous academic culture provides intentional internal support towards developing competent and successful learners.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Briercrest Christian Academy

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      BCA exist to offer a Christ-centered, Bible-based, and ministry-focused education that prepares students to excel academically, relationally, spiritually, and professionally. Briercrest Christian Academy is a launch pad of holistic growth, personal development, educational encouragement, and discipleship that invites our students to strive for excellence in every area of life.

  • 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:

    Vincent Massey Academy

    Briercrest Christian Academy

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

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Briercrest Christian Academy

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available


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

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

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    BCA students are supported towards academic growth in the context of our Attendance Support Program, Learning Support Program, and Academic Accountability Program. We provide resources for students through teacher and support staff tutorials, as well as through private tutoring opportunities. Our programming is differentiated to provide both remediation and enrichment through the adaptive dimension. Remediation is supported through course adaptations or modifications and through the use of an accompanying record of adaptations and/or a personalized education plan, often in conjunction with psychoeducational assessments.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Vincent Massey Academy

    Briercrest Christian Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Briercrest Christian Academy

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    • Many co-curricular activities at BCA are integrated into the daily class schedule in such a way that students be involved in numerous activities and scheduling conflicts are reduced.
    • A variety of activities at BCA are offered in partnership with Briercrest College which allows students to be mentored and challenged by those at a more advanced level. This leads to immense personal and performance growth in students.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    96%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2021

     

    Aug 02, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Aug 02, 2021


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    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

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    BCA welcomes students who want to excel academically, grow in independence, and live in an engaging community. We are looking for students who are open to learning how to follow Jesus whole-heartedly and want to pursue their interests inside and outside of the classroom for the glory of God.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    • To confirm your placement, we will require a deposit of 100% of your first month’s fees which is non-refundable plus a $300 registration fee
    • Please contact the Admission’s Director ([email protected]) to confirm your placement for 2021-2022 and a Pre-Authorized Debit will be sent to be filled out and scanned back.

    If there are no placements left, you will added to our waitlist based on the date you contacted us and your child’s age

    BRIERCREST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Admissions Requirements

    Briercrest Christian Academy requires applicants to:

    • Have completed his/her previous academic grade/level.
    • Commit to live by biblical standards and according to the rules and guidelines of Briercrest.
    • Possess goals and desires that match the purpose of the school.
    • Show a willingness to grow in relationship with God and pursue Christian character. 

    Application Steps

    • Form A: Online Application
    • Form B: Self-Reference 
    • Form C: Spiritual Reference
    • Form D: Educational Reference
    • Form E: Parent/Guardian Reference
    • Report Card/Transcript
    • ESL Placement Exam (ESL/International Students Only)
    • ESL Interview (ESL/International Students Only)




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