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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Crescent School

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    1913


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    785


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    3 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Boys


     

    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."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    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.
     
    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

     
    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”.
     
    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

     

    12 to 16

     

    15 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $36,090


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,550

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    20%

     

    5%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    5 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $27,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    33

     

    79


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    25%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 01, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 9


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Crescent School

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    One of the chief benefits of a gender specific school is the provision of opportunities for students to resist the stereotypes that they would encounter in co-ed schools. Crescent, of course, addresses the specific needs of boys around learning and development, though that experiential piece is equally important: to maintain an environment in which boy’s attention and curiosity can be actively engaged, and where they can participate in all curricular areas outside of any need to impress others or gain status across gender lines. Crescent begins, as they say, from the understanding that "when you remove girls from the classroom, some remarkable things can happen." And they’re right to. They also have a long tradition of doing just that. The ideal student is one who is academically curious, has broad potential, and could benefit from increased opportunity to express both their curiosity and their potential.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Crescent School

    User reviews

    User reviews

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    information not available

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    "Life at Crescent is very healthy, fulfilling and meaningful."
    Claire Chen - Parent   (Jun 21, 2018)
    The character education is very unique and useful. There are four pillars— Respect, Responsibility...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Waterloo, perhaps it goes without saying, has truly come into its own, with a proliferation of companies in the tech sector and a wealth of infrastructure servicing it. Waterloo Independent is a sign of that boom, having been established concurrent with it, and happily benefiting from all the resources the city offers, particularly—this also goes without saying—the University of Waterloo, which literally sits next door. Many schools intend to offer students an experience in line with that they’ll have when they move on to post-secondary studies, though WISS is particularly well situated in that regard. The academic program is rigorous, with the international student population adding depth and breadth to the overall student experience.  Course offerings include AP options, and the focus is very much on addressing the needs of university-bound students, granting them all the skills, knowledge, attributes and postures necessary for success in post-secondary life.

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    One of the chief benefits of a gender specific school is the provision of opportunities for students to resist the stereotypes that they would encounter in co-ed schools. Crescent, of course, addresses the specific needs of boys around learning and development, though that experiential piece is equally important: to maintain an environment in which boy’s attention and curiosity can be actively engaged, and where they can participate in all curricular areas outside of any need to impress others or gain status across gender lines. Crescent begins, as they say, from the understanding that "when you remove girls from the classroom, some remarkable things can happen." And they’re right to. They also have a long tradition of doing just that. The ideal student is one who is academically curious, has broad potential, and could benefit from increased opportunity to express both their curiosity and their potential.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Crescent School

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    • University preparation focus
    • Performance-based programs
    • Individual study path planning
    • Personalized guidance
    • Co-curricular programs
    • Laptop school and modern facility

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    • Emphasis on leadership and character education
    • Strong alumni community
    • Generous financial aid
    • Enhanced service & mentoring opportunities
    • World champion robotics team and technology courses
    • Focus on boys' health and wellbeing
    • Open Houses in October

    Description

    Description

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Waterloo Independent SS sits beside the world-renowned University of Waterloo which many of our graduates attend. Our goal is to ensure that students are well-prepared for post-secondary studies. Academics are emphasized and high standards are set. Courses are designed to arouse curiosity in students using projects as a window into the real world. - University preparation focus - Performance-based programs - Individual study path planning - Personalized guidance - Co-curricular programs - Laptop school and modern facility

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Crescent School has been a leader in boys’ education since 1913. Our mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise, drives our core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion. Our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools are committed to mentoring and relational learning which bring out the best in boys. We cultivate excellence in academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics and offer state-of-the-art learning technology, libraries, athletic facilities and a professionally equipped theatre.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Crescent School

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Message

    At Waterloo Independent Secondary School, we understand the challenges that students face, in particular students who are new to Canada. Parents choose to send their children to Waterloo Independent Secondary School with the expectation that they will be admitted to a Canadian university of their choice and that they will graduate successfully. Parents entrust their children to us and place all their hopes in us for their children’s future. Our obligation is to earn the trust of both students and their parents. Our mission is to support students in making decisions that will help them reach their goals.

    We have great expectations for all of our students. We want them to show enthusiasm for learning English well. We work hard to foster a spirit of independence in them because we know how important it is for their success in university and college. We want them to develop in character so that they are well prepared when they leave school and go into the workplace. WISS encourages students to be diligent in their school work, to persevere through difficult times, and to do their best.

    With the guidance of teachers and school administration, our students will reach their port of dreams. It is with great pride that we watch our graduates go off to university. Our confidence in their success comes knowing that they have had excellent teachers and strong guidance along the way.

    Thank you for taking this opportunity to learn about Crescent School. I am pleased you are considering us on your quest to find the ideal school for your son.

    Crescent is proudly a school where boys can learn about who they are, how they can lead and begin to discover the legacy they can leave behind – all so important, when the need for good men in this world has never been greater. 

    As a father myself, I deeply know how important it is for you to send your son to a school with the right culture, values and support he needs to cultivate an ongoing passion for excellence and achieve future success.

    I believe that we are that kind of school.
    For over 100 years, we have maintained an unwavering focus on character development. Our mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise, recognizes that boys with curious minds and open hearts have the potential to develop in a manner that will fit their mission in life, whatever it might be. 

    Our desire is to be a place where boys come to be well. This is what motivates our ambition to nurture their social-emotional and physical wellness in addition to their academic achievement.

    Our actively involved and culturally diverse community of staff, faculty and parents steadfastly supports our efforts and our vision. And because lasting friendships and strong bonds are an inherent part of the Crescent School experience, your son will graduate with an alumni brotherhood that will be with him for life.

    We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our campus and our community.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Crescent School

      CRESCENT SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Progressive

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School challenges students to stretch their minds and go beyond academics to become responsible, independent, and community-oriented. WISS graduates are well-prepared, open-minded, and eager to learn. Our graduates have become community leaders, successful in businesses, and contribute fully in a variety of enterprises. Students are the centre of our attention and our dedicated teachers work continuously to seek out fresh and exciting opportunities for them. Teachers spend time in activities such as extra academic support after school, evaluating the quality or reliability of information, and looking for alternative solutions to a problem. We, at WISS, enhance the Ontario Secondary School Curriculum.

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

      A Crescent education is academically rigorous, exciting, fulfilling, relevant and broad. We exceed the overall and specific expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education and then enrich each subject level to challenge our students. Our curriculum is taught by highly motivated teachers who have the competencies essential for boys to flourish. They understand that establishing a relationship with a boy unlocks the door to his learning and engages him in his character development. We offer an optional Advanced Placement (AP) program for mathematics, sciences, English, French, geography and economics. This allows our Upper School students to earn university credits or placement into a second-year university course. All of our curricular and co-curricular activities reflect "The Crescent Way" - they are closely aligned to our mission, vision and values and are responsive to boys' unique interests, capacities and aspirations.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Crescent School

        CRESCENT SCHOOL


        Approach

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        CRESCENT 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.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        In Grades 3-6, our math curriculum is one grade-level ahead of the Ontario Ministry of Education expectations. It combines daily math drill and problem-solving activities with the Math Makes Sense textbook series and Crescent School-created math curricula. In Grades 9-12, we strive to challenge and support a wide range of aptitudes and abilities. Our program is streamed in Grade 9 into regular and enriched math. Students in the regular stream are given a strong foundation. Extra help is easily and widely available. Most of our students take two of the three Grade 12 math courses. For students in the enriched stream, there is a heavy emphasis on problem solving and math contests, leading to the opportunity to take AP Statistics and AP Calculus.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        Math Makes Sense, MathPower Series, Functions 11 (Nelson), Enriched Functions/Relations (Harcourt), Data Management 12 (McGraw-Hill), Advanced Functions 12 (McGraw-Hill), Calculus & Vectors ((McGraw-Hill Ryerson), Single Variable Calculus (Brooks/Cole)


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        Regular stream: non-graphing scientific calculators are always permitted and a graphic calculator is permitted in certain courses. Enriched stream: TI-83 and 84 are recommended and any calculator allowed on AP exams is permitted in Grade 12 courses.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Crescent School

        CRESCENT SCHOOL


        Approach

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        Crescent School's foreign language curriculum is based on a teaching philosophy known as the "action-oriented approach." Students are given real-life scenarios in which they learn the language through social interaction (rather than focusing primarily on grammar rules and fill-in-the-blank exercises). This approach imparts vocabulary and grammar rules within the context of the scenario. The scenarios are complemented with materials such as newspaper articles or videos. In addition, the language being learned is used as the language of instruction. Our foreign language curriculum also strives to instill an interest in the cultures to which the languages are tied. Students in Grades 8 to 12 prepare for the DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française), an internationally recognized exam that is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Crescent School

        CRESCENT SCHOOL


        Approach

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        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

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        At Crescent, students of all ages are encouraged to take creative risks and explore their artistic abilities. We produce three major drama productions each year in the school's professionally equipped theatre, giving students experience with acting, production and theatre-management roles. In our visual arts program, students are exposed to a broad range of forms, genres and styles. The experience of making art is central to the curriculum. Crescent's music program offers individual and group lessons in a range of musical disciplines. These include senior and junior choirs, chamber choirs, a senior string ensemble, a strings academy, wind bands, a guitar ensemble and chamber groups. Students perform at assemblies, recitals and concerts. Students also perform in music festivals, competitions and performance tours. Crescent also offers a strong media arts/multimedia technology program.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Physical Education

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Crescent School

        CRESCENT SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CRESCENT SCHOOL

        We want our students to appreciate healthy active living, and to understand how living a healthy, active life can enhance all aspects of their lives. We expose them to many different types of athletic activities and exercise, so each student can find something they enjoy doing that they can choose to participate in all their life.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Crescent School

      CRESCENT SCHOOL


      Pace

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Crescent School

      CRESCENT SCHOOL


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      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”.

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

      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

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

      At Crescent, we exceed the overall and specific expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education and then enrich each subject level to challenge our students. Our boys are given ample opportunity to develop as innovative, inquisitive and creative learners. They are celebrated for both their work and their work ethic, and guided academically and emotionally on the journey to becoming a Man of Character.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

      CRESCENT SCHOOL

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

  • 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:

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    Crescent School

    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.
     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Crescent School

    CRESCENT SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    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

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Crescent School welcomes students with exceptional identifications if they can manage the learning expectations with accommodations. Academic support is offered by our learning support specialists in all three divisions of Crescent School, and social-emotional support is offered by our two school social workers.


    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

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Crescent School offers a rigorous academic curriculum. Students with diagnosed exceptionalities have IEPs with accommodations, but the expectation is that all students at Crescent School will manage the learning expectations on the curriculum.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    Crescent School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Crescent School

    CRESCENT SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY 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

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

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


    What the school says

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    • Debate: Grade 9 students Tony W. and Hugo H. placed third among 54 of the top teams in Canada at the Junior National Debating Championship in May 2019. They entered the competition as the top junior debating team in Ontario after a perfect 5-0 win-loss record at the Ontario Student Debating Union event in March 2019.
    • Robotics: Crescent School's Upper School robotics team, Team 610, competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the world level. In 2013, Team 610 won gold at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship. In 2017, Team 610 brought home a silver medal from the World Championship after ranking as the top team in Ontario. In 2019, Team 610 brought the Industrial Design Award home from the FIRST Robotics World Championship and finished in second place in the Tesla Division.
    • Basketball: Crescent School's Senior Basketball team finished in fourth place at the 2019 OSFSAA AA Championships and brought home silver from the CAIS and CISAA championships.
    • Service Learning Trips: More than 50 Upper Scho
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    25%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 01, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 9


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    At WISS, we welcome students who have goals for the post-secondary education and are resilient with their study. We believe students who have goals and never give up, after a lot of help from our teachers and staff, they all have potential to achieve!

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    We welcome boys from diverse backgrounds who are intellectually curious and eager to learn, and who enjoy a variety of activities outside of academics, such as arts, sports and other pursuits.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Application/Registration:
    1. Please fill the application form online: www.waterlooss.ca/apply.
    2. Please send your child’s current school academic information (i.e. credit
    summary or report cards).
    3.Make Payment (Check/Draft/EMT)

    OSR Transfer :
    If you are from an Ontario School, WISS will send you the Ontario Student
    Record (OSR) Transfer Form to sign and will request the transfer of your OSR.

    If you have any questions, please contact our office at [email protected]

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Please see the Crescent School website for complete instructions and the online application.

    Particular application requirements:

    • Applicants to Grades 7-12 must complete the Character Skills Snapshot online assessment.
    • Applicants to Grades 3-11 must complete an online assessment

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    CRESCENT SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Michael Warner (1996)
    Medical Director of Critical Care at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto.
    Jason Beck (1989)
    Grammy-nominated pianist, producer and songwriter who performs as Chilly Gonzales
    Ming Wai Lau (1997)
    Chairman of Chinese Estates Holdings Limited and philanthropist.
    Ted Livingston (2005)
    Founder and CEO of Kik Inc., a mobile communications platform with over 240 million users.
    Neil Lumsden (1971)
    Professional football player in the Canadian Football League
    Christophe Beck (1987)
    Emmy Award-winning composer for film and television
    Nicholas Latifi (2013)
    F1 race driver for the Williams Racing Team .
    Evan Solomon (1987)
    Canadian columnist, political journalist and radio host. He is the current host of CTV's national political news program, Question Period.
    Jesse Wente (1992)
    First Nations Canadian Arts journalist, author of Unreconciled: Family, Truth & Indigenous Resistance, and, Chairperson of the Canada Council of Arts
    Christopher Homer (2001)
    Co-Founder and COO of thredUP, an online thrift and consignment store that went public in May 2021.
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