One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2001

     

    1987


     

    Enrolment

     

    8000

     

    150


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    eSchool

     

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

     

    Traditional

     

    Waldorf


     

    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

     

    Varies

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Waldorf
    Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $4,160 to $19,150


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    2%

     

    20%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    9 to 12

     

    JK to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $579

     

    $9,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    2,000

     

    13


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    information not available

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    "A lot of the courses include social components such as discussing assignments..."
    Michael Hicks - Alumnus   (May 22, 2020)
    Virtual High School allows you the flexibility to move and pursue personal and professional aspirati...
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    "...with the free tutoring I can get help with answering my questions with the press of a button."
    Cassidy Moulton - Student   (Mar 18, 2021)
    Virtual High School is a amazing online private school that has all of its class work online right a...
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    "The teachers are very hands-on with their students even though they are not physically there in person."
    Sera Bryce - Student   (May 03, 2021)
    I absolutely love Virtual High School. It is an online school that allows the students to progress a...
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    WALDORF ACADEMY

    " ... a home away from home"
    Caroline Blouin - Parent   (Feb 13, 2018)
    Our daughter has found a home away from home, a place where she is loved, nurtured and appreciated f...
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    "a small town school in the big city"
    Tyler Hague - Parent   (Apr 08, 2018)
    Waldorf Academy has the best elements of a small town school in the big city. Small class sizes, car...
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    "I feel like my son is developing in a way that's true to him and who he is, and yet he is also learning all the things you'd expect..."
    Michael Bernstein - Parent   (May 22, 2020)
    My son feels seen and cared for the way a family member would care for him. His individual needs, c...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    There are many things that online instruction can offer that other schools simply can’t, including distance learning and remediation. Stephen Baker began developing the concept of the Virtual High School in 1995 with that in mind, and VHS gained accreditation—with it the ability to confer the OSSGD—in 2002. Courses can be started at any point, and students are able to work through the material at their own pace. There are many opportunities for interaction and collaboration with other students and instructors. At the end of the day, it’s a unique approach, and it has proven itself with a range of learners with a range of academic purposes.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    We often consider the ideal student for a certain educational setting, though with Waldorf schools, it's important to also consider the ideal parent. Instruction student directed; benchmarks are less important than engagement. Multiple intelligences, multiple-sensory learning, cross-curricular instruction, visual learning—it's perhaps the epitome of what we think of as alternative education: constructivist rather than didactic. Waldorf Academy is one of the first of its kind in Canada, and was created when a group of parents decided to come together to create the kind of school that they wanted for their children. It's grown since then, and the organization and infrastructure has been formalized as well, including the creation of a purpose-built learning environment. Nevertheless, the core concept remains. The successful student is one who thrives in an interactive, transactional, arts-enriched setting. The ideal parent is one who sees the value in a constructivist approach, narrative-based assessment (letter grades are given in Grade 6 and up) and who prizes a considered and careful approach to the use of technology.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    • Register anytime
    • Self-paced, fully online courses
    • 18 months to finish
    • Ontario Certified Teachers
    • Free online tutoring
    • Fast track, upgrade, and repeat options
    • Strong administrative support
    • 65,000+ enrolments
    • Recommended by universities
    • Credits recognized worldwide

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    • International Waldorf curriculum in downtown Toronto
    • Comprehensive enriched academic programme
    • Integrated drama, music, visual arts, woodwork, handwork, and movement
    • Outdoor education
    • Strong middle school athletic programme
    • Encourages creativity, social awareness and moral thinking

    Description

    Description

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Since 2001, Virtual High School has been a trusted leader in online education. VHS students choose when and where to study, when to submit assignments, and when to write their online final exam. We recognize that no two learners are the same. With certified teachers, free tutoring, dedicated student support teams, and an outstanding administrative staff, we stay focused on meeting the needs of each student to deliver the best in online secondary education.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Our 100th Anniversary! Waldorf Academy: the world renowned name in alternative arts enriched education. We offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. We integrate the arts in all academic disciplines for children to enhance and enrich learning. Waldorf Education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Message

    Virtual High School is rooted in the philosophy that education should be flexible and centered on the individual student. Our students choose when and where to study, when to submit assignments, and when to write tests and the final exam. With fully online courses, certified teachers, and a robust administrative staff, we help nearly ten thousand students around the world meet their academic goals every year.

    I hope you enjoy learning about our exceptional school and students.

     

    “I have been asked, “Why did I decide to move to Waldorf Academy?”. The answer is a simple one; Waldorf education is the ‘art of awakening’ that aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. At the core of my educational philosophy is the belief that we must embrace creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, authentic assessments and deep inquiry to awaken a passion for lifelong learning. And through this belief, is the reality that it is no longer about asking students what they want to be when they grow up, but instead, we challenge and ask them what problems they would like to solve.”

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Waldorf schools are available from preschool to Grade 12, though they are most popular at the younger ages. Waldorf schools are unmistakably "progressive". Rudolf Steiner, their intellectual forefather, believed the educator's first task should be to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation for life and learning. Sometimes incorrectly conflated with Montessori schools, Waldorf schools focus on developing the "whole child" - emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning, along with the arts and music, which are integrated into other areas of study.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      We put students in the driver’s seat. Virtual High School students have the freedom to learn at their own pace with fully online courses that accommodate and respond to individual learner needs. Throughout our courses we encourage students to connect their learning to the world around them. Our teaching methods include instruction through structured lessons and activities; differentiated instruction—text, audio, video, and interactive activities—to meet the diverse learning needs of students; scaffolded instruction to foster independence in the learning process; opportunities to collaborate in discussions with VHS students around the world; and personalized assessments. By giving students plenty of opportunities to think critically and creatively, solve complex problems, and practice effective communication, we aim to educate the whole student and foster digital citizenship.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      The essence of Waldorf can be thought of as follows: The use of art and creative play across the spectrum of subject areas brings out a child’s imagination and the joy of learning. Our interdisciplinary approach to mastering subject areas across the academic spectrum encourages children to make connections and deepen learning. Waldorf Academy’s E.Q. approach is designed to enhance a child’s sense of connection to the world and to grow spiritually. We stress hands-on, experiential, inquiry-based learning that carries with it the ability to take risks, reach beyond our comfort zones and test our mettle. We work with a child’s natural tendencies to encourage their curiosity and figure out answers their own way. Sometimes they fail the first time, but then they learn how to get back up and see it through.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        The VHS Math Department aims to reach all learners by responding to their individual needs. Students have opportunities to learn through text, images, diagrams, and interactive activities. We model problem-solving in detailed examples and offer lots of opportunities to practice with structured exercises. Our formative activities allow students to gain valuable feedback from their teacher before completing graded assignments. Our assessments are not limited to traditional rote math problems. We also include opportunities to develop skills that prepare students for success in post-secondary studies and in the workforce. Students also have opportunities to write papers following the APA format, and create presentations that demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of concepts covered in their course.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Making Math More Meaningful - A Waldorf curriculum guide. Middle school math specialist


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        No textbooks or additional materials are required.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Students may use any scientific, non-programmable, non-graphing calculator.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        WALDORF 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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Lower school literacy is supported by the Nelson Literacy program and Waldorf curriculum.

      • Science

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF 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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Similar to traditional classrooms, our science instructors use a range of strategies and approaches. Clear and concise writing, helpful graphics and diagrams, hands-on laboratory activities, and research assignments with direct instruction and coaching form the foundation of our science courses. Additionally, teachers and students have at their disposal numerous tools that are unique to online learning environments. These include electronic simulation activities, discussion boards and email correspondence, assessments with real-time feedback, and interactive activities that engage both the student and instructor.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Science is based on a phenomenological approach.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Students in our English courses develop the skills needed to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of a text. Our courses present literature—poetry, short stories, novels, non-fiction, and plays—from a range of cultures and time periods, as well as videos, songs, and other media texts. We aim to help students become stronger readers, writers, and oral communicators while making connections to the world around them.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        The first Waldorf school that opened in 1919 was based on social justice. Social Justice is embedded in the curriculum and the school structure. It is important to note that we build meaningful relationships with cultures when the children are younger through implicit strategies and then look at it critically in the middle school.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        WALDORF ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Social studies program is based on child development and is matched with historical themes.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Students in our humanities and social science courses are exposed to a variety of disciplinary traditions, including history, geography, politics, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. By analyzing foundational texts, historical artefacts, and social relationships, students develop cultural literacy and an understanding of the human condition. We aim to teach students critical thinking and persuasion skills and, equally importantly, how to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world contexts.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Communicative

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        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

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Our French courses present French language structures in engaging communicative contexts (listening, reading, speaking, and writing). Students have the opportunity to practice these skills and build their confidence in a safe environment, before any formal assessment. Teachers in our French courses support learners by providing timely, detailed, clear feedback based on individual needs.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        French is offered from grade 1 to 8


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        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

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Students in our art courses develop their creative skills as they learn and apply the concepts, styles, and conventions of various forms of fine art. This is accomplished through the appreciation, analysis, and performance of different artistic mediums in a range of creative disciplines, including drama, music, and visual arts. We encourage students to springboard from their interests and personality when approaching coursework and assessments. Our aim is for students to build knowledge and develop creative skills in the arts that reflect and further cultivate their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond school.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        WALDORF 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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Because our courses are completed entirely online, VHS students are constantly developing and practicing the digital skills needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        We offer cyber civics in middle school. We teach the base number system in grade 8 and students build a basic computer using the binary code.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Online physical education gives students the flexibility to not only work through the course in whatever order they prefer, but it also allows them to choose activities for assessments that best fit their individual skills and comfort level. Students demonstrate their understanding and abilities through a variety of assessment opportunities. When it comes to the physical part of online physical education, activity-specific skills and strategies are supported by video instruction. Students see the movements of a skill or activity prior to participation, and then submit a video of themselves performing it for assessment and feedback. Additionally, through the use of case studies and self-reflection, students learn to think creatively and critically about a number of issues related to healthy and active living.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Grades 1-2 Developmental movement and games Grades 1-3 Games and Circus Arts Grades 4-8 physical ed program Grades 6-8 Health curriculum

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Early childhood programs are based on child development and imitation. Science, numeracy and literacy are fostered through real experiences in cooking, nature walks, building and art as well as storytelling, poetry, singing and recitation. Movement and self directed play as well as emotional intelligence are high priorities. There are group activities as well as small group and individual activities. Healthy physical development of the child is a critical prerequisite for proper mathematical and scientific education. Self directed play promotes questioning, problem solving, higher level thinking skills, discovery, self-directed activity and speech.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Our courses are fully online. No textbooks or additional materials are required. All courses include an optional pacing tool for students who wish to set deadlines for themselves, structure their time, and pace their studies and learning accordingly.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      The elementary class teacher travels with one cohort through the grades for many years. This allows the teacher to understand how each child is learning and to ensure their needs are met.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Supportive

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

      WALDORF ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      We think every student should have the opportunity to succeed. Virtual High School students are supported by a team of real people determined to help them meet their academic goals. We work with each student to meet their personal goals and deadlines. With prompt feedback and grading, free online tutoring, and the ongoing support from our administrative and guidance teams, our students enjoy a smooth road to academic success.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

      WALDORF ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      At Virtual High School, we encourage and inspire a culture of responsibility, respect, integrity, and perseverance. These are the pillars of our learning community, the qualities we expect of our students, teachers, and staff alike. Additionally, we champion the importance of mental health, and the need to create healthy and inclusive communities both online and offline.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Information not available

  • 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:

    Virtual High School

    Waldorf Academy

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

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    VHS can implement Individual Education Plans (IEPs). An IEP is a document that outlines a student’s strengths, weaknesses, learning needs, and any accommodations to be made within a course. We implement any accommodations listed in an existing IEP that apply to our learning environment. Accommodations may include a reduced workload, simplified tasks and materials, or more time for learning and completing activities. Exam and test accommodations may include, but are not limited to, extra time to write an exam or test, the ability to scribe answers or read questions, memory aids for exams, breaks during exams, and no marks deducted for spelling. The assistance of other persons and the use of specialized equipment may also be required to accommodate the needs of the student.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    All applicants are considered based upon the capacity of the class as a whole and the capacity of the teacher.


    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

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Whether a student has a clinically diagnosed learning disability or develops learning difficulties while enrolled at VHS, we can accommodate and respond to their individual needs. With self-paced courses, round-the-clock access to course content, and 18 months to finish, VHS students have the freedom to take as much time as they need to review content, take notes, and practice retention. Our courses present content a number of ways (text, audio, images, video, interactive activities) and include a built-in screen reader. When it comes to assessments, students may choose how they present their ideas (e.g. write a paper, give an oral presentation, create a visual). Additionally, we make accommodations for students who use assistive technologies in their learning.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    We assess each child on an individual basis. We do not have EA's the class so we determine a balance in the class and the capacity of the teacher. We can offer two sessions of resource support a week for a limited number of students.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Virtual High School

    Waldorf Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

    WALDORF ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    • Aftercare Program: This program focuses on meaningful social engagement, outdoor and artistic activities, quiet focused time and occasional guest programming/visits. Programming balances rhythm to ensure that children have an opportunity to rest and digest their school day. Outdoor activities include outdoor play and camp skills Indoor activities include chess and board games, reading, instrument practice, painting, woodwork, and crafts.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 8


     

    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

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Anyone can take a course with Virtual High School. Our educational model and student body reflect the complexity and diversity of education in the twenty-first century. VHS students choose when and where to study, when to submit assignments, and when to write tests and the final exam. This requires our students to take personal responsibility for managing their education. Taking courses at VHS fosters independence, maturity, and self-motivation in students—all invaluable skills that prepare students for success in post-secondary studies and employment. As supporters of individuality and acceptance, we celebrate and champion diversity in thought, race, belief, gender identification, sexual orientation, culture, and life experience. We don’t just celebrate and support diversity—we thrive on it. With students in over 120 countries, we are strengthened by the wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our vibrant learning community.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    We want children to feel free to become themselves and we will guide them along the way. We are building intrinsic motivation, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and a love of community.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    There are no admissions requirements, though students will be required to provide proof of their successful completion of a prerequisite course or equivalent, if applicable.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Grade school students must complete a 3 day visit after a family interview.

    Kindergarten requires a family meeting and visit in the morning if senior kindergarten.




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