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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Haven International School

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    2018


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    100


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding, eSchool


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Traditional


     

    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”.
     
    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

     

    12 to 16

     

    10 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $8,500 to $13,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,550

     

    $21,100 to $26,500


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    20%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    33

     

    17


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    50%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Haven International School

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

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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.

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The school makes good use of the location, including competitions and outreach with nearby universities, Waterloo and Laurier. Haven is very much a preparatory college, attracting students who intend to advance to post-secondary studies, particularly within North America. That said, there is a dedication to ensuring that they live well day-to-day, challenging themselves, yes, but also having time in their day to reflect and enjoy the experience. The diversity of the student body adds to the sense of internationalism, though with an annual enrollment of 100, students find themselves in a close-knit community of like-minded, academically inclined peers and mentors. All the services are represented and then some, including counsellors to advise and help students through the visa and student permit application process. A short-term student exchange program—they come for month-long sessions—is unique, and offered to student in Grades Grade 7 through Grade 11.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Haven International School

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL 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

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    • Academic Success - Our students have received individual scholarships of $72000
    • University and College tours to make an informed decision
    • Inter-School Competitions - EUCLID at Uni of Waterloo, Game Design at Laurier Uni
    • Comprehensive Meal Plan for All Students
    • Community Service - in accordance with Ministry of Education
    • Enjoying the Canadian Experience - Visiting attractions in Ontario

    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

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Haven international School is a private school that empowers young minds to reach their fullest potential in education. We deliver Ontario’s Curriculum, but what sets us apart is our ability in delivering this curriculum through individualized learning. At Haven, students are guaranteed a unique educational experience where individual goals and aspirations are valued and met. Haven’s team of teachers are all fully committed and dedicated beyond expectation to offering a one of a kind independent education.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Haven International School

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL 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.

    Welcome to Haven International School, where our standard of excellence provides our international and local students with the foundation for entrance into top ranked Canadian and world universities. This is an exciting stage in your child’s life; they will join us ready to enjoy new experiences and face new challenges. By the time they finish here at Haven International School, they will be equipped to leave with the confidence, knowledge, skills and responsibility essential for them to flourish in university and ultimately become active and contributing members of society.

    Haven’s students and their teachers work together in a caring, vibrant community that promotes personal and academic growth. This high quality ‘student centred’ learning environment supports each student’s unique needs and goals, while building on their strengths and weaknesses. Our blend of local Ontario and international students live, learn and grow in an environment, which emphasizes excellence, responsibility and morality, both inside and outside the classroom. Students are constantly motivated, challenged and stimulated to always strive to be the very best that they can be in everything that they do and at all times.

    Haven’s academic and English as a Second Language programs are based on the curriculum expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education and lead to the awarding of the prestigious Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This diploma is recognised worldwide as meeting the entrance requirement for university.

    Far from being a blank canvas, your students join us with a rich palette of their own colours. We recognise the unique qualities of each of our students and we celebrate their individual talents. Haven students are reflective thinkers, creative problem-solvers, curious learners and energetic performers. Our exceptional co-curricular provision sets us apart: whatever your child’s passion and enthusiasm, there will be an activity just right for them and lots of new things to try.

    An open door and a warm welcome awaits you.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    Haven International 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

    Haven International School

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL 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

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL 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

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    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!

    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]

    HAVEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    To Apply to school

    Canadian students need:

    •     Ontario Student Transcript from current school, or last report from current school
    •     Registration Fees 200 CAD, Non-Refundable.

    International Students need: (Admission Flow Chart)

    1. Complete the application form.

    - Copy of the original school transcript or at least 2 years of report cards.

    - Provide a $200 CAD Registration Fee (non-refundable). Bank money order or draft for registration fee.

    2.  Upon approval of application form and submitted documents, the school will issue an offer of Admission Letter to the applicant.

    3.  Make the tuition payment as directed in Offer of Admission Letter.

    4. Once the tuition fees are received by the school a letter of Acceptance, Receipt for payment and Custodian Document will be issued to the applicant.

    5.  International Applicant applies for travel documents and student visa through the local office of the Canadian High Commission or Embassy.

    6. Once Student Visa is received by the student; a copy of the visa should be sent via e-mail or fax to the school with confirmation or travel arrangement and arrival date.

    7. Upon arrival in Canada, student will need to present all the necessary documents, including valid passport and student visa immigrations to Canadian Immigration.

    8. Academic assessment test(s) at the school.

    9. Commence education at Haven International School

    Applications Deadlines

    For Canadian Students: Wednesday the 30th of September 2020

    International Students can join Haven International School for Semester II on January 11, 2021.

    International Students can join Haven International School on Semester I, September 2021, when they submit their application Not Later than 24th of June 2021, because the process will take some time.

     

    School Year Calendar

    SEMESTER ONE

    September 8     FIRST DAY OF CLASSES, SEMESTER ONE

    October 9     THANKSGIVING SCHOOL CELEBRATION

    October 13     THANKSGIVING DAY – NO CLASSES

    October 29     LAST DAY OF CLASSES, SEMESTER ONE, TERM ONE

    MID-SEMESTER STUDENT ASSESSMENT

    October 30     FIRST DAY OF CLASSES, SEMESTER ONE, TERM TWO

    MID-SEMESTER REPORTS AVAILABLE

    November 11     REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY

    December 15 – 18 FINAL EXAMINATIONS, SEMESTER ONE

    December 18     CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON & CAROL SERVICE

    LAST DAY SEMESTER ONE

    FINAL SEMESTER ONE REPORTS AVAILABLE

    December 22     HAVEN 2020 GRADUATION CEREMONY & PROM

    December 21 -     CHRISTMAS BREAK – NO CLASSES

    SEMESTER TWO

    January 11     FIRST DAY OF CLASSES SEMESTER TWO

    February 14     VALENTINE’S DAY ASSEMBLY

    February 15     FAMILY DAY – NO CLASSES

    March 15 – 19 MARCH BREAK – NO CLASSES

    March 30     INTERNATIONAL DAY

    April 2     GOOD FRIDAY – NO CLASSES

    April 5         EASTER MONDAY – NO CLASSES

    April 13     LAST DAY OF CLASSES – SEMESTER TWO TERM ONE

    MID-SEMESTER STUDENT ASSESSMENT

    April 14     FIRST DAY OF CLASSES, SEMESTER TWO, TERM TWO

    MID-SEMESTER REPORTS AVAILABLE

    April 21     WELCOME SPRING CELEBRATION

    May 19 – 25 FINAL EXAMINATIONS, SEMESTER TWO

    May 24     VICTORIA DAY – NO CLASSES OR EXAMINATIONS

    May 25     LAST DAY OF SEMESTER TWO

    May 31     HAVEN 2021 GRADUATION & PROM

    FINAL SEMESTER TWO REPORTS AVAILABLE




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