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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    J. Addison School

    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    2002


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    500


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    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

     

    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

     

    8 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $16,400 to $23,600


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,550

     

    $40,800


     

    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

     

    31


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    40%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    J. Addison School

    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

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    User reviews

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    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    "What I like about my interactions with the teachers is the fact that they provide materials that cater to your language ability to help you understand the information."
    Natalija Sekulovska - Student   (Mar 09, 2021)
    I am a student from Europe that is currently attending J. Addison School, who never had a study abro...
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    "Personally, I love the atmosphere of the school and the dorm, as it provides a warm and welcoming feeling as a boarding student."
    Zhi Ye Cao - Student   (Mar 09, 2021)
    My student experience at J. Addison School has been wonderful. Personally, I love the atmosphere of ...
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    "The faculty always asks for students' feedback on ways that they can improve or to ensure student understanding."
    Daryn Lai - Student   (Mar 17, 2021)
    Based on my personal experience, I would consider the school like a second home for me. In addition,...
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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.

    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    J. Addison School was founded in 2002 to serve both local and international students. The facilities are modern and extensive, including boarding and support programs designed with the needs of international students specifically in mind. The school is lead by alumni of York University, and the partnership between the institutions has grown over the years, including unique scholarships and internships. That relationship will presumably continue to grow with the completion of the York University-Markham Centre Campus. Lee Vendetti, principal at J. Addison has said, “This partnership offers all the key players in both institutions an opportunity to share expertise and resources that will make the transition to university and the working world a smoother and more meaningful experience.” The ideal student is one who will thrive in a challenging, academically oriented, international environment, and who is intending to continue to post-secondary education in Canada.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    J. Addison School

    J. ADDISON 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

    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    • Grades 7 to 12
    • Entrance assessment for Grade 7 admission
    • Small class size
    • Free tutoring service
    • Advanced Placement (AP) Program
    • International exchange program
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Summer programs
    • Supervised and comfortable boarding facility

    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

    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    J. Addison is a K-12 private day and boarding school with a mission to nurture tomorrow’s thinkers to become responsible and compassionate global citizens. We complement the traditional curriculum with our “Focus For Success™” adaptive program, where students receive personalized academic support and have the opportunities to learn and explore new ideas according to their interests and potential. Most importantly, they are inspired to reach new academic heights and positive character development.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    J. Addison School

    J. ADDISON 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 J.Addison School, home of the Flames! Our school is comprised of committed staff, involved parents, and a group of very enthusiastic students. The rich academic program challenges EVERY student to set and reach ambitious, intellectual and personal goals. J. Addison's extensive extra-curricular activities provide physical and social avenues to match a wide range of student interests. The staff and students of J. Addison are looking forward to all students having a rewarding high school experience. At J. Addison we believe learning occurs in an environment that contains positive interpersonal relationships and interactions, comfort and order, and in which the learner feels appreciated, acknowledged, respected, and appreciated.

    J. Addison School is not just a building. J. Addison School is not just a group of classrooms with students in them. J. Addison School is not just reading, writing and arithmetic. My definition of the name “J. Addison School” is more of a concept. It is the interaction of different people with a common focus..educating students to their highest level of ability. But the term “education” is not just learning content, facts and processes, but how to be successful in life. At J. Addison we continue to grow and we are proud that we ‘educate our students not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts'.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    J. Addison 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

    J. Addison School

    J. ADDISON 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

    J. ADDISON 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

    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    • At J. Addison School, we utilize a multifaceted developmental approach which enables effectiveness and versatility for student learning. As part of our quality education, we offer a variety of activities such as arts, sports, music, leadership and other after-school programs to further enrich student life. We also regularly organize field trips to historical and cultural attractions to allow students to fully experience the Canadian culture and to learn about our world by immersion.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 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

     

    Yes

    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!

    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    The " J. Addison student" is one that has an outstanding academic ability, who demonstrates creative and innovative thought and more importantly, a passion for the pursuit of learning. In addition, the "Addison Advantage" student is one who demonstrates exceptional achievement in extra-curricular activities such as arts and athletics. Moreover, the "J. Addison student" is indeed one who places special emphasis towards community outreach and leadership.

    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]

    J. ADDISON SCHOOL

    Montessori & Elementary Applicant Requirement & Important Information 

    Monday to Friday daily attendance is recommended for the full benefits of the Montessori program.

    All students must wear uniform daily. Uniform fee of $175 is due upon registration. All students, including returning students must purchase a new set of uniform at registration.

    Children must be fully potty trained. If children are not potty trained, an interview with the Montessori teacher is required for admission approval.

    International students (students who obtain a student visa) must comply with the International student fee. International student fee is an annual tuition fee that covers 10 months of school. Students must pay in full before attending school for the purpose of obtaining a student visa.

    Bus transportation to and from school is available.  Please inquire.

    http://addisonschool.com/montessori.aspx

    http://addisonschool.com/canadianstudents.aspx

    Secondary Admissions Applicant Requirement & Important Information

    1. Student submits application form with a copy of their original transcript and a $200 non-refundable application fee.
    2. School evaluates transcript and decides on Ontario equivalency and acceptance status.
    3. School sends pre-admission letter to student upon approval of their application.
    4. Student remits tuition fees as directed in pre-admission letter.
    5. School sends: official Letter of Acceptance; receipt of payment and Welcome Package to student upon receipt of tuition fees.
    6. Student applies for visa from Canadian Consulate and notifies school as soon as visa is approved.
    7. Student purchases airline ticket and notifies school of arrival date; school will coordinate airport pick up and accommodations if requested.
    8. Student provides school with documentation to support proof of birth and visa.
    9. Assessment testing is conducted by J. Addison School and the Student begins their program.

    http://addisonschool.com/canadianstudents.aspx

     




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