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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    2013


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    45


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Homestay


     

    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."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    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.
     
    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.

     

    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

     

    2 to 10


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $13,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,550

     


     

    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

     

    11


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    information not available

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    "The environment is very friendly and supportive. The classes are dynamic, with hands-on activities, creating a more inviting experience for the students."
    IVANI MANCINI - Parent   (May 28, 2019)
    My son is attending OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology since September, 2018. Overall the experienc...
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    "The class sizes are very small (4-7) and the teachers are very flexible in their approach. You never feel afraid to ask questions..."
    James Davies - Student   (May 28, 2019)
    This place is fantastic. I started going to OAT in the summer after grade 9 to learn grade 10 math. ...
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    "Both my sons began with supplementary tutoring and enjoyed the experience so much they asked to take their full math credits with OAT."
    Beth Herst - Parent   (May 28, 2019)
    Both my sons have struggled with the math teaching in the public system. They were frustrated and de...
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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.

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    In a general sense, OAT is a specialty school in the way that, say, a ballet school is a specialty school—it brings together students who share a passion, and builds the curriculum around their engagement with that curriculum. And, like a ballet school, or a hockey school, it’s not for everyone. But, for the students that it’s for, the experience can be transformative. At OAT students work and learn alongside true peers, those who share an abiding interest in technology. The core curriculum is the provincial one, though delivered in a technology intensive learning environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM 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

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    • Small classes with a focus on STEM.
    • 3000 sf of open and bright space
    • We have 6 classrooms/labs, a study room, computer lab and a very large game/lunch room.
    • Extra-curricular available every day (included in the tuition).
    • Minimum of one field trip/month.
    • Passionate teachers who love to be there.
    • A balanced combination of use of technology and human interaction is embedded within our program.
    • A mix of local and diverse international students.
    • Zero tolerance on drugs, bullying, harassment of any kind. A safe place to learn!
    • No hidden fees!

    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

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Toronto STEM School is a not-for-profit independent high school specialising in STEM. Our teachers are Ontario Certified and in-love with teaching. Our class sizes are small. Our main priority during the POST-COVID era is working on students' social skills, filling-in potential gaps in learning caused by isolation, enhancing students' math skills through extra-curricular booster programs and creating a positive learning environment for our students.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM 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.

    At TSS we recognise that this past year has been extremely challenging. As the principal, I can safely say that we have done everything in our power to support all of our students, whether they have decided to stay home or join us in person at our school. As a community, our vision is to continually amplify the quality of education we provide, beyond the regular frameworks. While we have a great deal of respect for the established standards and general expectations, we are always thinking outside the box to cater to our students and the evolving world around them. We do this by actively seeking additional resources and planning educational activities to bring the best, most accessible modes of learning both inside and outside of the classroom. For those students who haven't had the best experiences in their previous schools, we aim to prove that school can truly be a place of positivity, genuine connection, learning, and fun.  

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      TORONTO STEM 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.

      TORONTO STEM 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

      TORONTO STEM 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.

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      We focus on mathematics, science, and engineering studies by supporting those who seek admission into such post-secondary disciplines. We value small classes to facilitate close relationships and to best support the needs of our individual learners. We offer: - University Pathway Program - Hands-On Learning - IELTS Preparation Sessions (for international students) - Fast Track Courses - One Field Trip per month (restrictions of Covid have reduced this number temporarily) - Enthusiastic teachers certified by Ontario College of Teachers

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


        Approach

        TORONTO STEM 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.

        TORONTO STEM 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

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We aim to offer students a taste of what lies ahead. For many students graduating from high school, it isn't obvious, for example, how their math courses will relate to physics and chemistry courses encountered in their post-secondary studies. We value foresight in our teaching methods so that students become proactive learners who accurately predict what concepts and skills await them in future courses.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Nelson and Mcgrawhill


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We do not recommend calculators for grades 10 and below; however, all students are allowed to use scientific calculators for tests and exams.

      • Science

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY 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.

        TORONTO STEM 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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Our goal is to offer these students a taste of what lies ahead. For the student graduating high school, it isn't obvious how their math courses relate to physics and chemistry courses. We would like to paint a clear picture of the relationship between these courses to give students a head-start on their university careers. What isn't standard about our courses is the view ahead our instructors offer. Our tech workshops are a key component to this philosophy.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Physiology

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        TORONTO STEM 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.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We teach literature primarily through a "Reader Response Theory" approach, where students are empowered to discover meanings from texts through their subjective experience as unique readers with differing identities and backgrounds. Through this method, we enact inquiry-based learning, where students are prompted with questions to help them delve into texts and develop their critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to become reflective independent thinkers who confidently express their views on literature with clarity and persuasion. This approach encompasses the belief that there is not one correct interpretation of a text, but rather many possibilities. We see our students become active learners, engaged with a text and with their peers through discussion, rather than passively listening to the teacher. In addition to our reader response approach, we also teach elements of literature so that students have foundational knowledge to refer to in their interpretations.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        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

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We use a student-centred learning approach in our humanities and social science classes, where students are encouraged to research topics of personal interest and choose project directions suited to their individual preferences. By facilitating projects and activities centred on students' freedom of choice, we see learners become genuinely invested in their own education journey. We incorporate inquiry-based practices to help students become critical thinkers and cultivate their motivation in delving further into class concepts.

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY 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.

        TORONTO STEM 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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Students analyze algorithms for effectiveness. They investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


      Pace

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      TORONTO STEM 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      To accommodate different schedules, we offer correspondence courses where students earn credits through online platforms that allow flexible pacing, suited to individual needs. Additionally, we provide evening and night classes for students occupied during the day, or for those who simply prefer to be in school after typical hours.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM 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”.

      TORONTO STEM 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      We set high standards to prepare our students for success in their post-secondary education journeys while simultaneously nurturing the curiosity and liveliness of our students by encouraging a learning process that is not based on rote learning or dominated by direct instruction. The academic culture we promote is one of COMMUNITY and APPROACHABILITY, where we seek to eliminate the barriers between teachers and students that are often found in the public school system. We aim to do more than simply impart knowledge on students; we aim to build relationships founded on mutual trust and respect.


      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."

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Our faculty is comprised of teachers who prioritize - intellectual development - emotional intelligence - social awareness - physical wellness - spiritual resourceful Through these differences, our students are exposed to various teaching philosophies and practices that ultimately bring them a balanced experience. We aim, both individually and collectively, to offer our students a wide-lensed perspective of these multiple modes of development. Extra-curricular activities are key in order to help students develop a better sense of belonging to school community. Arts, Math, Games, Drones and Language Clubs are available on a weekly basis for students.

  • 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

    Toronto STEM 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

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    TORONTO STEM 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

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    TORONTO STEM 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

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    The accommodations and modifications we apply to the learning process for our special needs students is derived from communication, observation, and interaction. Our small class sizes allow us the time and energy to understand our students on a deeper level so that changes to instructions, projects, activities, and teaching strategies can be made to help maximize the receptivity of our learners to reach their full potential.


    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

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    We very much value the individuality of each student, and with that, comes the recognition that each individual learner is comprised of distinct needs. We aim to meet these needs through one-one-one interactions, positive feedback and conferences where each student is fully supported and accommodated during his/her learning process. Our small class sizes allow ample attention to be given to each learner so that tailored teaching strategies can be applied to provide the highest quality of student-centered education.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    Toronto STEM 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

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM 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

    TORONTO STEM 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

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    • OAT's math and science clubs are for those students interested in learning how the concepts studied in the classroom can be applied in the real world. We also have a wide range of different activities for students on a daily basis!
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 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!

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    At TSS we welcome students wishing to learn outside the standard school system. We aim to accommodate students seeking a higher quality of education than what their current school provides. Generally, students at our school have a passion for math and sciences. They love learning through projects: 3D-printing, Drone Building or Math Modelling. If you feel like you need a school that gives you a great opportunity in STEM and provides you a calm, engaging and welcoming environment, then we are what you're looking for!

    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]

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    •  Your most recent transcript
    •  Your most recent report card
    •  Your photo ID
    •  Your IEP

    Full application is available at: https://www.torontostemschool.com/admission




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