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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The Linden School

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    1993


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    122


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Girls


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 16

     

    12


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $24,550 to $31,350


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,550

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    20%

     

    20%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $6,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    33

     

    8


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 13, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The Linden School

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    An emphasis on community
    Caitlin O'Leary - Parent   (Jan 23, 2018)
    My daughter is very bright, engaged and articulate, but she's also very reserved and shy. She was i...
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    "...the girls are encouraged to develop their passions and to voice their own opinions,"
    Roseanne Carrara - Parent   (Mar 09, 2018)
    My daughter came to Linden from an overcrowded Toronto Catholic District School Board classroom wher...
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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.

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    All schools, to some extent, defy the various stereotypes that the general population might have about private education. Still, the Linden School is a particularly stark example of that. Founded by Diane Goudie and Eleanor Moore in 1993, the school was intended as a needed and necessary alternative to what was happening in public schools, as well as other private institutions. Goudie had butt heads with other educators by demanding that education be based in a sense of equity, especially as girls and women are concerned. The Linden School is the result, and today it does exactly what Goudie and Moore hoped it would: provide an example of a school for girls that will make a difference in the students' lives and, in turn, encourage them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The goal, as Moore said at an address at York University, is to educate each student to "to speak with courage--[to] be credible, find a community, listen for all voices, change structures, be a leader and above all make a difference." Since they founded the school, Goudie and Moore have lead by example, earning honorary doctorate of law degrees from York University in recognition of their leadership in the field of education. On receiving the doctorate, Goudie addressed the convocation saying "Ask yourselves the tough questions: What do you want to achieve beyond your paycheque? What are you prepared to risk in order to make a difference in your communities or in the global community?" Those are, of course, very tough questions, and the Linden School is structured around them. For the wrong student, it could be overwhelming. For the right student, it can provide a very strong foundation for a lifetime of engagement, leadership, and success.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The Linden School

    THE LINDEN 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

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    • Specialists in girls' learning & development
    • Small classes: higher academic achievement
    • Enriched STEAM program, Outdoor Education and University Partnerships
    • Outstanding teaching specialists
    • Engaging coding, engineering, robotics, electronics, and science lab
    • 100% university acceptance
    • Full-time Guidance & Learning Counsellor
    • Emphasis on diversity and equity; LGBTQ2 positive
    • Outstanding athletics program
    • Virtual Open House events in October & November

    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

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    The Linden School is where girls thrive! We offer a holistic approach to girls’ K-12 education, balancing social and emotional learning with academic achievement. Our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, makes us a leader in education for equity. Linden's award-winning teachers have been recognized nationally for innovation in girls’ learning. Our small class sizes and close-knit community provide a safe learning environment at all grades and a strong foundation for success in university and beyond.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The Linden School

    THE LINDEN 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.

    The Linden School is where girls thrive! We offer a uniquely holistic approach to girls’ K-12 education, balancing social and emotional learning with academic achievement. For almost 30 years, our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion has given our graduates strong critical thinking skills and an open-minded view of the world. Our award-winning STEM and physical education teachers have been recognized nationally for their creativity and dedication to girls’ learning. 

    Linden’s small class sizes allow for more teacher-student engagement and a strong sense of community across all grades.  Linden’s exceptional physical education program with a no “try-outs” policy fosters confidence, teamwork and resilience in our students. Above all, we strive to instill a life-long love of outdoor activity in girls, whether through team sports, camping or cycling along a trail.

    At Linden, we value civic engagement and community-building through a range of experiential learning projects, from environmental stewardship to media arts and citizen journalism. Even the youngest members of our community know that they have the power to create change and make a difference in their communities. As one primary school student exclaimed, “I never knew school could be so much fun!”

    As Principal, it is a joy to stay connected to our alumnae and hear about their exciting careers in a range of professions —  engineering, computer science, performing arts, international development, and law to name a few. I invite you to learn more by exploring our website and joining us at our upcoming open house events. 

    Tara Silver

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      The Linden School

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Progressive

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE LINDEN 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.

      THE LINDEN 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

      THE LINDEN 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.

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL

      We are the only school in Canada specifically created to incorporate innovative research on girls’ educational needs. Our speciality is applying feminist pedagogy through a social justice and interdisciplinary lens to inspire and engage girls. We balance the Ontario Ministry of Education requirements with best practices in girls’ education. Research supports what we know from experience—that girls thrive academically and socially in single-sex environments. Girls are more engaged in their studies when they are empowered to ask questions, debate with each other and their teachers, collaborate in groups, and analyze their course material with a critical lens. This is why we supplement the Ontario Ministry of Education’s curriculum by enriching our courses with relevant and interdisciplinary topics that girls find more meaningful and engaging.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Linden School

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL


        Approach

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Math specialists teach our elementary students as well as high school students. All Linden students select math in high school and a majority of our alumnae select STEM subjects in their post-secondary studies. Our teachers inspire students to exceed their academic expectations; students who come to Linden and have feared math in the past end up excelling in the subject and taking more than the necessary number of math courses in high school.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Our program draws from diverse resources based on current research and the needs of our students.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Although there are sometimes rich learning opportunities using calculators, students in Grades 1-8 usually perform calculations without calculators. Students with math-based exceptionalities may use calculators. High school students use calculators for most math-based problem solving.

      • Science

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Linden School

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL


        Approach

        THE LINDEN 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.

        THE LINDEN 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

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        We know that engaging girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from an early age directly influences their choice of post-secondary education and career paths. Girls who have confidence in their ability in these fields are more likely to perform well in math and science courses. Improving girls’ belief in their abilities is essential as they move from elementary school into middle and high school. Girls are more engaged when taught math and science concepts in the context of real-world phenomena, using real materials to make connections between mathematic and scientific theory, technology, and their everyday lives. This is why even our youngest students conduct experiments in our science lab, participate in math fairs, and learn computer programming. As a result of our engaging pedagogical approach to STEM subjects, every Linden high school student chooses more than the required number of courses in math and science.


        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

        THE LINDEN 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

      • Literature

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Linden School

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL


        Approach

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Research shows that learning improves when girls construct their own understanding of concepts by asking questions, and through discussion and experience rather than by memorizing rules or definitions. We offer a safe environment where our students are encouraged to influence class discussions, to take risks, and to ask questions without fear of failure. We encourage even our youngest students to pose challenging questions and to share their answers courageously. As a result, our students learn to love inquiry. Whether examining media or traditional curriculum materials, our girls ask, “Where is the girl or woman in this story? Who speaks? Who is spoken about? Who benefits? Who loses?” By encouraging students towards intellectual risk-taking and questioning the status quo, we go beyond traditional all-girls schools to incorporate the values of equity, diversity, and social responsibility within our curriculum.


        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

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

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

      • Fine Arts

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Linden School

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        We encourage creative experimentation and ensure that student artwork is exhibited and celebrated throughout the school on an ongoing basis. Students also become art appreciators and critics by being introduced to the major periods in art history. Linden’s music program teaches students not only to play music, but to analyze and appreciate it as well. Our small classes allow teachers to help each student with playing and singing. Once a girl becomes comfortable on stage, she becomes even more confident using her voice in all areas of her life. This is especially true for our drama program where developing confidence in one’s voice is a critical component. Girls perform and write a wide variety of pieces, including monologues, movement pieces and short plays, culminating in highly successful public performances.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Linden School

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        THE LINDEN 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.

        THE LINDEN 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

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Bridging the Gender Gap in Computer-Related Fields: Girls and women continue to be under-represented in technology-related fields. Our program gives girls the encouragement, motivation, and skills needed to pursue opportunities in these areas. From the earliest grades, Linden girls are taught to use technology in safe, ethical, and creative ways, and are encouraged to view themselves as producers of technology, not just consumers or end users. Therefore, girls learn programming skills in each grade. We begin with basic logic that explains how computers “think,” and progress toward creating programs using user-friendly interfaces that allow girls to build code, and finally work toward text-based code (such as the Python language) in the middle years. Media literacy is also an important part of the computer studies program and students learn to use a variety of digital tools including word processing software, design and layout tools, spreadsheets, slide-shows, audio-editing software, and movie-making programs.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Linden School

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE LINDEN SCHOOL

        Athletics at Linden is a well-rounded curriculum of physical education, health class, and daily physical activity. Our athletics program is recognized for innovative instruction and student engagement. Smiles, sweat, and self-confidence are the products of team training and phys-ed classes at Linden! Linden students have the opportunity to participate in sports such as soccer, ball hockey, basketball and track and field. Joining a sports team does not require tryouts. No one is cut from an after school sports team or judged on their beginning skill level. This unique environment allows students to improve their technique. Breeding self-esteem and a strong sense of self is our way of using sports to empower our students.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      The Linden School

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL


      Approach


      Our Take

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL

      The Linden School offers a girl-centred, full-day Kindergarten program for four and five-year-old children. Our program helps establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years within a safe and caring play and inquiry-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all children. Our program consists of a balance of exploration and investigation, play, guided instruction, and explicit instruction. Inquiry-based learning allows children to actively participate in their own learning by asking questions and sharing ideas. To learn more visit http://www.lindenschool.ca/earlylearning

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      The Linden School

      THE LINDEN 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”.

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      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."

      THE LINDEN SCHOOL

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

  • 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

    The Linden 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

    The Linden School

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE LINDEN 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

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE LINDEN 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

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    The Linden School views accommodations for students as a partnership with families. We expect families to provide medical, social-emotional, and academic support outside of school as needed.


    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

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    We provide a variety of supports for students with many different learning needs according to their IEPs (Individual Education Plans). We are not currently able to modify the expectations of the Ontario curriculum. Although our teachers are trained in accommodating different needs, we do not offer withdrawal support to a specialized special education classroom. Our smaller class sizes allow teachers to help students overcome challenges through encouragement and greater attention in specific areas of need. Girls are encouraged to ask questions, and are mentored to develop their own learning and coping strategies. Study Hall is offered four days a week.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    The Linden 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

    The Linden School

    THE LINDEN 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

    THE LINDEN 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

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    • Our wide range of co-curricular activities nurture leadership development and intellectual growth. Students are encouraged to create clubs that meet their interests and showcase their talents. Leadership in civic engagement and community building is an inherent part of our school culture and Linden students actively initiate and organize community service projects.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 13, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    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!

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    We welcome girls from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate intellectual curiosity as well as academic and personal potential. Girls who are excited to learn, to share their ideas, and be active participants in our community thrive at Linden.

    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]

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    Admissions Application Guide

    1.  Book a Virtual Tour

    Meet Linden students and faculty, and explore our program and philosophy with a personalized virtual tour of the school. An admission application is not necessary for booking a tour. Learn more about booking a virtual tour.


    2.  Apply 

    Admission for the 2021-2022 School Year: We have a small number of available spaces in most grades and we are accepting applications on a rolling basis as space permits.

    Admission for the 2022-2023 School Year:  The deadline for admission applications is Monday, December 13, 2021. Applications received after this deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space permits.

    • Please complete and submit our application form.
    • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $150. You can either pay online, or send an e-transfer to [email protected].
    • Provide supporting documentation:
      • School reports from the two previous years, and the most recent report card.
      • Copy of birth certificate.
      • Our confidential teacher reference form, completed by a former teacher.
      • Any other psychological or educational assessment that will assist us in evaluating your daughter and ensuring we can offer the right support.

    3.  Interview & Assessment

    • Once we have received your application form, we will schedule an informal, conversational interview with our Director of Admissions. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you, and for you to learn more about our program and ask questions. The interview can last up to one hour.
    • Applicants to Grades 7–12 are required to complete our Academic Assessment in mathematics and English. The assessment usually takes 1–2 hours; currently we are scheduling times for the assessment to be completed remotely.

    4.  Admission Offer

    • Admission offers will be made on the common offer date on Friday, February 25, 2022.
    • Your responses are due by Friday, March 4, 2022.

    5.  Experience Linden

    • Once you have accepted your offer of admission, we will do our best to offer interesting and enjoyable ways to experience Linden and to get to know new classmates, families and teachers. We want you to feel like part of the Linden family well before the first day of school.

    Contact Us!

    If you have a question about applying to Linden please get in touch:

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    THE LINDEN SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Alannah Bloch (2011)
    Alannah Bloch is the talented creator and director of a newly minted Fringe show, The Wyrd Sisters which also happens to be a Shakespearean mash-up. More: http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/curtain-up-on-victoria-fringe-theatre-festival-1.2041997#sthash.SIwBjpi2.dpuf
    Emma Ruby-Sachs (1999)
    Emma Ruby-Sachs is Deputy Director at the global advocacy organization Avaaz, and has authored The Water Man’s Daughter, a book which explores activism. More: http://magazine.utoronto.ca/all-about-alumni/emma-rubysachs-novel-water-mans-daughter/
    Zinta Zommers (1996)
    Zinta Zommers, received the Ontario Rhodes Scholarship for her outstanding academic performance and pursued graduate studies at Oxford University in England.
    Lauren Margison (2010)
    Accomplished singer and song-writer Lauren Margison has shared the stage with Gordon Lightfoot, Rufus Wainwright, Louise Pitre, Sheila McCarthy, the Canadian Tenors and Richard Margison, her world-famous father. More... http://www.timescolonist.com/singing-is-the-margison-family-business-1.1394832



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