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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Ontario Online Schools Network

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1985

     

    2019


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    500


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 3

     

    11 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    eSchool


     

    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."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Reggio Emilia

     

    Progressive


     

    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

     

    1 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    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

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    25%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    11 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $350

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    29

     

    250


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2021

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Ontario Online Schools Network

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    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

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    • Full OSSD credit courses
    • OSSD credit course recovery
    • OSSD credit course improvement
    • Full time guidance counsellors to assist with post secondary applications
    • Full time mentoring and career counselling

    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.

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    The OOS is a student centred, teacher paced, asynchronous learning environment that caters to senior students in the college and university pathways. Our teachers are OCT certified, currently practicing educators, who have a passion for empowering students to take ownership of their learning, using an inquiry based approach. Along with the skills from the curriculum, we emphasize the development of 21st century competencies, because we believe that this is the best way to prepare students for future success.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

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    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.

    Welcome, and Thank You for considering Ontario Online Schools (OOS) for your student’s education.

    In an ideal world, all students would be able to get a complete, multifaceted education at their local neighborhood school. As educators and parents, we would love nothing more than to have this be our reality. But it is not our reality. Changes in the education system here in Ontario mean that finding ideal schools able to offer everything a student might need, are now the exception, rather than the rule. More and more, students have to look beyond their local school, to find what they need. This is especially true when it comes to the elective courses that so often make school worthwhile. Ontario Online Schools was built to provide opportunities for students to supplement the education they can get at their local school.

    We know that e-learning is not for everyone, but we believe that we have created an online learning environment that is suited to a wider range of students than the traditional e-learning platforms.

    The Ontario Online Schools are unique because every course was developed using the most up-to-date Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum documents, and then modified by educators with experience as teacher AND students in traditional, blended AND online learning environments. Throughout this process, students with different learning preferences, and pathways were consulted about changes that could be made, in order to make the learning environment and course content relevant and engaging for today’s learners.

    This student centered approach means that we have created a school where the courses are engaging for students, and students are learning with people who know firsthand, the potential pitfalls of e-learning.

    E-learning does have many benefits, including:

    – Preparing students for the independent learning environments of university, college, or the modern workplace
    – Helping students develop the self-regulation, time management, and organizational skills necessary for all post-secondary paths
    – Providing students with the opportunity to take courses that are either not offered at their school, or that they would like to take for timetabling purposes
    – Allowing students to learn at their own pace (if they opt to take asynchronous, student directed courses), and complete courses on timelines that are better suited to their individual needs.

    What is involved?

    Course Material

    The courses are all made up of units, each containing a set of lessons and assignments. At the end of the course, students will complete a culminating project. All materials presented in the course meet the Ministry of Education’s curriculum expectations, and all lessons, units, and assignments are linked to overall and specific ministry expectations.

    Every effort has been made to have all the materials students need to successfully complete their course on the Online Learning Platform (OLP), but occasionally, students may be asked to have access to other texts that cannot be posted on the OLP. In these instances, we have tried to ensure that these extras are readily accessible through their local school, the Ontario InterLibrary Exchange, or the Ontario School Book Exchange.

    Time

    Each course is designed to require 110 hours of online and off line work. Regardless of whether students choose to go the synchronous (the teacher sets the pace of learning for a cohort that starts and ends together) or asynchoronous (the student sets their own pace, covers the material independently, and submits their assignment when they are complete), students have some flexibility with scheduling the time they spend on- and off-line. Generally, the lead-learner will set due dates for assessments. The student is responsible to meet those deadlines, unless arrangements have been made with the teacher beforehand.

    Regular attendance in the course (weekly work) makes the difference between success and failure. We suggest a time commitment of 6 to 9 hours a week, which means that most synchronous courses should take between 12 to 18 weeks to complete; while an asynchronous course can cab completed in as less than 3 weeks! (although we would strongly advise against this, since that

    Parental Role

    As with traditional schooling, parental/guardian involvement is essential for student success. Parents ad guardians of students at the Ontario Online Schools can expect the same levels of interactions with their student’s teacher as they would at a traditional school. All of our educators are reachable by telephone, email, and in most cases, in person.

    Thank you for considering TheOOS for your student's online learning needs. 

    Daniel Maveneka M.Ed

    Director / Principal

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

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      Ontario Online Schools Network

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      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

      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).

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      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      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.

      ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

      The OSS curriculum is based on the latest curriculum documents from the Ontario Ministry of Education.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

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        Ontario Online Schools Network

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        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.

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        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.

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        Traditional, as the name implies, is direct instruction on a particular topic. It is an excellent method for standard math topics, like addition of decimals, converting units, etc Discovery learning involves conscientious and deliberate planning to enable students to 'discover', the 'why' behind the 'what'. For example, a teacher can plan a lesson find out why the formula of the area of a circle is pi X radius squared, using their previously gained knowledge of the area of a rectangle. Discovery method allows students to experience mathematics and see it develop, while traditional methods involve mostly memorization and regurgitation. Both methods have their place in Math class, but ultimately, our goal is for students to understand, not just remember,


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

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        No Text Books are required for any courses at The OOS. in the event that a course requires supplemental material, they will be electronic versions, made available to students as part of their course tuition.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

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        Students can use calculators as necessary.

      • Early Reading

         

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        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.

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        Information not available

      • Science

         

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        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK


        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.

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        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.


        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

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        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

         

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        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        In grade 9, students learn what the words on the line in a text mean. In grade 10, students learn what the lines on the page in a text mean. in grade 11, students learn to read between the lines in a text. In grade 12, students learn to read beyond the lines, and indeed, beyond the text. As a progressive, social justice oriented school, we want our students to be able to use literature studies as an entry point to their bigger role, which is to bring positive change to their world.


        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

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

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        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

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        As a function of our emphasis on making learning accessible and relevant to students, all of our courses are built around a student chosen inquiry activity as the course summative. We believe this is the best way to ensure that students actually learn the material, and can apply it to real world situations.

      • Fine Arts

         

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        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.

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        "I am inclined to use an Equal Balance method because it creates space for multiple entry points and interpretations of various arts discipline. My reference to multiple entry points brings students’ abilities, interest, and talents to the forefront of my teaching practice. Placing students at the centre of a teaching and learning paradigm fosters collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and innovation. Establishing a Receptive and Creative Balance creates learning environments where critical analysis of course content is encouraged to produce new ways for students to see themselves in the world apart from traditional canonized knowledge(s). An Equal Balance method allows differentiated instruction to guide my research in gathering course content and learning objectives which addresses the varied learning needs and learning styles of each student; consequently, using culturally relevant pedagogy will engender an engaging learning environment and learning community."


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

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        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

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        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        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.

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        Digital literacy is one of the 21st century Competencies we emphasize in every course at TheOOS. The others are Critical Thinking, Learning to Learn, Innovation and Creativity, Collaboration, and Progressive Global Citizenship. Graduates of TheOOS learn the skills in the curriculum, and develop the 'soft skills' to make good use of those skills.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

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        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.

        ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

        Through out Health and Physical Education courses, we strive to not just teach students the necessary skills and content, as outlined in the curriculum, but also open up the world of careers in health and physical education. We are able to achieve this because out HPE teaching assistants are former collegiate and professional athletes who have lived that life, and are happy to share their wisdom with the next generation.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

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      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.

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      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      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.

      ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

      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.

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      Information not available


      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."

      ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

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

  • 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:

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

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    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    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


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    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

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    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

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    IEPs are honoured at TheOOS. All our teachers have AQs, and considerable experience in educating students with Special Education Learning Needs. Our small class sizes allow more time with the teacher and teaching assistant. Our goal is to help students to be as successful as possible, and regardless of whether a student has been formally identified as having a learning challenge or not, our staff will meet students where they are, and work hard, with them, to get them where they need to go.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


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    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

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    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

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    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%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2021

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    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

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    We are a school that caters for serious senior students who are on the the university of college pathway. Students who are self motivated, organized, and sure of where they want to go in life, are the type of students who experience the most success at The OOS

    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

    ONTARIO ONLINE SCHOOLS NETWORK

    Typically, students join us for one or two courses at a time. Our automated registration process allows up to forgo extra fees. 




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