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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1985

     

    2001


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    75


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 3

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    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."
     
    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."

    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

     

    5 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    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.
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $12,000

     

    $15,850


     

    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

     

    29

     

    6


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2021

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    information not available

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    information not available

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    The student body at Little Owl reflects the diversity of the surrounding community, and the school uses that as a foundation to encourage and celebrate a multicultural perspective. Little Owl is small, which is a draw for the families that enroll, as is the program that runs from preschool through the primary and elementary years. There is a close, family feel, with an individual attention to the needs of the students. Likewise, there is an attention to building students’ emotional and social esteem within a values-based environment. The ideal student is one looking for something different, and who will thrive in a hands-on, community based academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    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

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    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.

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Academic grades range from preschool right up to grade 9. Theme based History, Geography, French, Math, Science & Art classes increase student's interest & their understanding of core topics. Small class sizes offer cognitive development through problem-solving & an understanding of how Nature & Science interact with our daily lives. Physical Education, Music & Drama add an important element to their education.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    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 Little Owl Preschool Elementary, we Teach Your Children Well.
    That means we use discovery-based learning methods and universally designed lessons. We also love to celebrate your child, our holidays, and the outside world. We go on fieldtrips, and we invite special guests and performers to engage and delight. A rounded developmental experience full of learning and inquiry is gained. Character development and education are key at Little Owl Preschool Elementary. We foster the development of confident, happy, and loving individuals. Our commitment to your child is reflected in our core values as our SPIRIT.

    Support: With our support your child will develop confidence, self worth, and self-esteem.

    Passion: We are passionate about your child succeeding in all their endeavours, present and future.

    Integrity: Everything at Little Owl Preschool Elementary is done with integrity and honesty, so as to lead by example.

    Respect: We respect your child’s feelings without judgment or criticism.

    Imagination: Innovation and creativity are encouraged in every activity your child undertakes.

    Trust: We assist your child in developing confidence and trust for self and others.

    I thank you for choosing Little Owl Preschool Elementary.

    Natasha Galinskaya
    Principal
    Little Owl Preschool Elementary

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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).

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      We use discovery based learning activities, sensory manipulatives, and developmental centres to fully engage your child in their lessons. We assess your child's understanding and gently challenge them to continue their next developmental phase. We teach traditional academic subjects with an emphasis on supplemental activities and elements such as dance, drama and music to give our children a richer and fuller experience during their education.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Little Owl uses the Ontario curriculum as our main guide to teach mathematics, with in-class activities to emphasize the topics learned.. Younger children learn through more hands-on activities, and as they age, we us a more abstract teaching approach. The Mathematics program focuses on developing our students' numeration, algebra, measurement, geometry, data management and probability skills. We place emphasis on cognitive development through problem-solving, logic, experimental learning, inventive strategies, mental math, technical vocabulary, higher order thinking and applying real life application.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Text books include Nelson Mathematics and Carson Dellosa Weekly Practice.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Calculators are incorporated into our math program beginning in grade 7.

      • Early Reading

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

        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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our students begin with a phonics-intensive program and as they become more comfortable and fluent with the language, they are able to move onto a whole language program. Learning to read is a gradual process and students will always find new words that they learn through both methods. We feel that both phonics-based learning and context clues are equally instrumental in the early reading process.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our students start intially by learning specific grammar rules such as proper sentence structure and punctuation and writing methodologies, and as they become more familiar with writing, they are able to express themselves more personally in writing. Throughout the learning process, students will not only write sentences and stories, but focus on aspects such as word choice to convey mood or a specific idea and the place of writing in mediums beyond paragraph-based stories.

      • Science

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.


        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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students gain foundational Science facts using a balance of inquiry and balanced instruction practices. Students read and learn from a diverse selection of school materials, textbooks, books, videos and inquiry. Besides this, we offer a variety of interesting collaborative learning opportunities through experiments and interesting research projects. Students use hands-on experiments to observe and test science facts in a fun and engaging way. For example, In Living Things, we chart and observe seed to plant growth and in Seasonal and Earth changes, we build and compare animal homes based on the habitat, time of year and other environmental conditions. In activities like these, we integrate the creative and scientific inquiry process.


        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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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)

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Children in English class learn to analyze texts and create their own. Literature is handled primarily as a learning tool for our younger children, but older ones begin to decode the mechanics plot, characterization and themes in basic texts.


        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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students begin their studies by focusing on themselves and their own lives, then by gradually expanding the scope of their studies to their local communities and finally, the globe. They study both local and foreign culture and history through readings and exercises designed to develop in them an appreciation of the complexities of the different people and cultures world and to analyze how they might connect those aspects to their daily lives.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our French program places emphasis on proper pronunciation and the complexities of the language as compared to English. We encourage students to continue their learning outside the classroom to practice their structured learning in a real-world context. We believe that emphasizing proper pronunciation and rules allows students to experience the richness of the language outside the classroom without feeling self-conscious about their inexperience while also allowing them to discover the language at their own pace. Children learn Spanish through music, books and hands-on activities with new themes every week and a weekly "take me home" letter to practice vocabulary with the family at home. We also expose children to Spanish culture through art projects and short performances.


        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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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)

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        We believe that the creative theatrical process is as important as the final result. As such, students are taught not only how to perform but how to create their performance from early brainstorming to script-writing and improvisation. Students learn that elements of theatre can be applied to their lives beyond the classroom and that there is place for both discipline and freedom at the same time. Our objective is to encourage students to explore their artistic potential. Through the fine arts program students are introduced to various mediums, application styles and art history. Our goal is to create non-judgmental environment where students feel confident and comfortable expressing themselves through their art.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Light integration

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Light 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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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.


        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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        We believe that computers are a useful supplementary tool for lessons. The internet allows for access to a vast range of teaching materials and media. That said, the focus of our students' lessons is on the direct teacher-student relationship. When the student and teacher interact, with the ability to communicate with each other immediately, we believe that the teacher is able to gauge and provide the necessary guidance to the student without the need for any technology. The integration of technology in the children's lives happens all around them outside the school. There is still a place for interpersonal interaction in their lives at Little Owl.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        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.

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        We have a recess for every class as well as Yoga, Ballet and Martial Arts programs. Children are encouraged to participate and take part in at least 45 minutes a day of physical activity.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      At Little Owl students are taught English and French. Play is an important aspect in the development of young minds. Our curriculum allows for a balance between focussed academic efforts and the natural need for free expression. In the areas of Math and Science, we focus on cognitive development through problem-solving as well as promoting an understanding of how nature and science interact with our daily lives. Students also develop their creativity and imagination with our Ballet, Drama & Art classes.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Student-paced

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

      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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      We provide structure for children to follow with opportunities for them to explore and instill in them a love of learning. Our students follow the Ontario curriculum as well as the Little Owl curriculum of enriched arts. We support children's love of learning and curiosity about the world. We seek to help guide them along their academic journey both creatively and academically.


      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."

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


      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."

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      We aim to shape our students into well-rounded, healthy individuals with strong problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Children can become de-individualized in certain teaching methods and we aim to support each students individuality and self-expression. It is important for children to have a strong sense of self and by helping them hone their intellectual and emotional selves, we help them become confident and talented people with a drive to succeed and create success for themselves, both personally and in the world outside the classroom.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Vincent Massey Academy

    Little Owl Private 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

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


    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

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2021

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6


     

    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

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    We believe that every child can be smart, enthusiastic and curious and every child is welcome at Little Owl.

    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

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Documents required: proof of date of birth (passport or birth certificate); report card from previous school; application form; admission fee.




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