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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    St. Michael's Choir School

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    1937


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    275


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    3 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Boys


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Arts


     

    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."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

    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.
     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

     

    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

     

    20 to 32


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $7,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,550

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    20%

     

    5%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $1,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    33

     

    28


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    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

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    St. Michael's Choir School

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    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.

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL

    St. Michael’s was founded in order to provide liturgical music to St. Michael’s Cathedral, and certainly it’s done that—and much else—ever since. The music is a core of  the program, as you’d expect, but it brings a life and a set of values to the school as well. Every boy understands that he is participating in something much larger than himself, namely a long-standing and highly regarded musical, historical, and sacred tradition. That can be galvanizing, to be sure. The academic program is rich and rigorous, as are the values—those of the church—that underpin them. And the music. In 2013, the CBC listed the school's Christmas concert as one of Toronto's top events of the year. Everything about the school is impressive, polished, and it comes by its international reputation honestly. It’s simply a great institution.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    St. Michael's Choir School

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR 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

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL

    • The Formation of Boys into Men for Others. Bis Orat Qui Cantat - He Who Sings Prays Twice
    • SMCS is devoted to helping your son realize his full academic, musical and spiritual potential.
    • SMCS is recognized by the Fraser Institute for its academic excellence.
    • One of only six choir schools worldwide affiliated with Rome's Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
    • SMCS choirs tour annually either internationally or domestically.
    • Find SMCS on Spotify, AppleMusic, GooglePlay and other music subscription services.

    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

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL

    Established in 1937, St. Michael’s Choir School continues a long and proud tradition of educating the young men who provide the music for services at St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto. This invigorating learning environment offers a complete music and academic curriculum for boys in grades 3 through 12. Admission is based on a successful audition and written examination. For more information on admissions, please contact us at (647) 613-6367 or visit our website at www.smcs.on.ca.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    St. Michael's Choir School

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR 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.

    St. Michael's Choir School, an all-boys school from grades 3 through 12 in downtown Toronto, has been providing Music in St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica since 1937.  A centre for musical and academic excellence, it is the only cathedral choir school in North America with both elementary and secondary students and is one of only six choir schools in the world affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Each student attending the Choir School is trained in vocal and instrumental music, and sings in at least one of the school's choirs. In addition to weekend masses and numerous concerts, the Choir School tours regularly both domestically and internationally.

    The school, a unique partnership between the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Toronto Catholic District School Board, is famous not only for its music program, but is also known for its academic achievement, consistently ranking at the top of Fraser Institute surveys. For over eighty years, graduates of the Choir School have experienced career success in science, education, medicine, law, business, and, of course, music. Excellence is understood as the by-product of character and faith formation, reflected in the school’s mission: the formation of Catholic men through the service of sacred music and the pursuit of knowledge.

    Every year, the school auditions many boys from across the Greater Toronto Area, looking for those with musical potential. We would be more than happy to hear from a family who thinks their son might be a candidate for such a wonderful educational opportunity. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our school and how to contact us.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    St. Michael's Choir 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

    St. Michael's Choir School

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR 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

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR 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

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes


     

    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]

    ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL

    For complete information on our admissions and audition process please visit our website. All applicants must complete a successful vocal audition. In advance of an in-person or online audition, all students must provide the following documents (scanned files in PDF format and sent to [email protected]):

    These documents are to be submitted electronically a minimum of two weeks prior to the date of audition. Documents can be sent via email to [email protected] Audition dates will not be confirmed until all documents have been submitted and fees have been paid.

    A $30.00 application fee is payable at the time of application.

    A one-time registration fee of $100.00 is required for incoming students. 

    50% Tuition deposit is required on May 15th annually. The remaining tuition fees can be paid using a variation of payment plans provided by the SMCS business office. Tuition fees are not refundable.




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