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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1985

     

    2003


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    290


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 3

     

    Preschool to 12


     

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

     

    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.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    13 to 15

     

    10 to 18


     

    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

     


     

    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

     

    18


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2021

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    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

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    • Our curriculum exceeds Ontario guidelines as a result of our individualized, accelerated learning.
    • We are ministry inspected and a proud member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.
    • 100% university placement rate
    • French instruction beginning in junior kindergarten.
    • Dedicated faculty that draw upon best practices
    • Extensive co-curricular activities and athletic programs
    • AP courses
    • A semestered, university preparatory curriculum
    • Member of SSAF Sport Organization
    • We provide a hot lunch program.

    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.

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Prestige School offers students an accelerated curriculum, close home-school contact and small class sizes. Younger students benefit from advanced Math and Science programs, French lessons from JK, nutritious hot lunches and extensive before- and after-school care. Older students experience individualized learning and 100% university placement. Admission runs all year and ESL classes are available. With a motto of "wisdom, courage, integrity," students are prepared for success in school and in life.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    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.

    Dear parents,

    The dedication of our staff plays a huge role in the success of our students. Our close-knit community, made possible by small class sizes, ensures that each of our students receives an individualized education. You will never have to wonder how your child is doing; our teachers will tell you because they care.

    Located in the diverse city of Toronto, Prestige School prides itself on a student body that reflects the multicultural city of Toronto. Our school boasts international students from all corners of the world, with some of our students speaking several languages. It is for this reason that Prestige School offers language courses as early as preschool. We want our students to be well equipped to thrive in today’s global economy.

    However, academics are not enough to develop a well-rounded child. That is why we pride ourselves on our community. But what exactly is our school community? Our school community is the taste of every food imaginable during our International Café, the sound of ear-splitting cheers on Sports Day, the sight of our graduates walking proudly across the stage, diplomas in hand. It is the feeling of making a difference.

    Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I urge you to browse our photo gallery. The smiling faces of our students will tell you much more than I am able to in a letter. We invite you to come and see us in action and would be happy to book you an appointment to discuss your own child’s educational needs.

    Happy learning!

    Olga Margold

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Prestige School - Toronto Campus

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      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).

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      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.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      At Prestige School, we offer an enriched and accelerated curriculum with subjects taught one to two grade levels above the standard curriculum. Our academic program provide students with a great opportunity to experience a multitude of courses and various learning styles and strategies. It challenges each student intellectually, artistically and physically through a rigorous and innovative curriculum and an extensive co-curricular program. Our academic curriculum is academically challenging, with students being taught by teachers who specialize in the content knowledge of each subject. Starting in kindergarten, students have specialists in French, computer science, music, art and drama. Starting in grade 4, students further specialize in science, which includes biology, chemistry and physics.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Prestige School elementary students are taught an advanced curriculum in mathematics. They learn at least a year ahead of publicly funded schools. Younger students learn hands on strategies that will assist them in answering various forms of questions; textbook, worksheets, graphs, surveys, etc. Older students are learning very advanced mathematical strategies and equations. Our high school students are taught by skilled mathematics teachers that ensure students are understanding the concepts in order to receive their credits.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        We use various textbooks for elementary and high school. We also use school generated textbooks.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Younger students are not permitted to use calculators. They are learning various strategies that teach them to do the calculations on their own. Older students are permitted to use calculators since they are performing advanced mathematical equations.

      • Early Reading

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Prestige School follows a phonics intensive steps to reading program which includes guided reading, weekend readers, word family books and more.

      • Writing

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Prestige School ensures that students’ grow into confident writers and researchers who can communicate competently using a range of forms and styles. Students will learn to use these forms and styles to suit specific purposes and audience, while correctly applying the conventions of language –grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation. Students learn and build upon the skills necessary to write using all four forms: expository, descriptive, persuasive and narrative.

      • Science

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Our science program (KG- Gr. 8) moves at an accelerated rate covering these 4 strands: life systems, earth and space, structures and mechanisms and matter and energy. Starting in grade 4, students specialize taking separate classes in chemistry, physics and biology.


        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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Our reading program provides students with opportunities to expand their intellectual horizons and to extend and strengthen their literacy skills. As a creative representation of life and experience, at Prestige School, we see literature as raising important questions about the human condition, now and in the past. Our students are exposed to literary works drawn from many genres, historical periods, and cultures, by both female and male writers, that represent a wide range of perspectives and reflect the diversity of Canada and the 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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        Approach

        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Students are exposed to social studies starting from preschool. In primary grades, students learn about the community, Canada, and medieval times. In junior grades, students are exposed to various ancient civilizations and learn how these civilizations have impacted our world today.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        In Grades 7 and 8, students are taught history and geography. In history, students are taught to think critically using primary sources, and are tasked with considering the perspectives of those they learn about. Though the history courses focus primarily on Canadian history, students learn about what was going on in other parts of the world at the same time. In geography, students take part in many inquiry-based tasks, project-based learning, and case studies. The grade 7 course focuses on physical geography, while the grade 8 course is centred around human geography.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Students start French instruction in preschool and kindergarten and is offered every year up until grade 12. Students take French daily starting in grade 1 until grade 9. Students have an option of taking Russian instruction starting in kindergarten. Students have Russian instruction two to three times a week. Russian instruction is also offered as a high school credit.


        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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Students are exposed to computers studies starting in grade 1 until grade 8. Computer studies is also offered as high school credits. Young students learn the very important skill of typing. Once typing is learned, then students are exposed to various computer programs that will be of use throughout their entire life. Older students are exposed to programming.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Our approach aims at helping students develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to healthy development, a sense of personal responsibility for lifelong health, and a respect for their own health in relation to others and the world around them. Our approach focuses on the following three components: active living, movement competence and healthy living. Students actively participate in a wide variety of physical activities while also understanding the responsibility for their safety and safety of others. Student also perform movement skills and learn how to apply movement strategies properly. For the healthy living component, students learn about nutrition and healthy eating.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Prestige School - Toronto Campus

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


      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.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      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.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      Prestige School's enriched kindergarten program incorporates learning opportunities in the subject strands of mathematics, language, science, social studies, music, French, physical health and education, dance and the visual arts. Our kindergarten program helps to foster the development of many important social, emotional and academic skills. Our program provides opportunities for teacher-guided and student-guided learning experiences. In addition, we use a lot of hands-on exploration of concepts to support their understanding of the world around them.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Prestige School - Toronto Campus

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


      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.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      At Prestige School, students are held to a high academic standard. Students are exposed to an advanced curriculum and teachers provide the necessary help a student would need to succeed in their academics.


      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."

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Vincent Massey Academy

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    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

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


    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

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    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

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    • We offer after school extra curricular clubs everyday of the week. Some of the clubs we offer include: tennis, art, computer science, book, Hebrew, soccer, dance, chess, fun science, and french club
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2021

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 2 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    We look for students who possess and can represent our three core values: wisdom, courage and integrity.

    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

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Prestige School offers a unique learning environment designed to meet the child's individual needs and encourage each student to pursue integrity and excellence. We help all perspective students and their parents to become familiar with the school, our programmes, and our educational philosophy.

    Admission Criteria

    1. Academic standing as seen through a candidate’s current report card.
    2. Information gathered during an interview.
    3. Results of the in-house entrance test (applicable only to Grades 2 to 12).

    On receipt of the application form, students applying to our kindergarten programme will be invited for a class visit. Applicants to the kindergarten programme are encouraged to bring a photograph or story book to generate conversation (please no toys), and to assist with verbal skills assessment.  




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