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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    1996


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    300


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, Hebrew


     

    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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

     

    18


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    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

     

     

    $16,295 to $19,355


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,550

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    20%

     

    40%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    JK to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $4,485

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    33

     

    27


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School was founded in 1996 in part as an expression of the work and values of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leader who championed empathy, justice, and wonder. Among many other things in his life, Heschel participated in the civil rights movement and marched alongside Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama. He later commented that, “When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying.” It’s that spirit that the Toronto Heschel school continues to embrace today. The community of the school is diverse, with families drawn to the provision of a strong, challenging academic program within the context of social justice and the values of caring and respect for others. When students arrive they enter a community that expresses those values in all aspects of the life of the school, and are inspired to actively participate within them.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    • Bilingual Hebrew/English learning environment
    • Curriculum integrates general and Jewish studies with learning through the arts
    • Fostering social-emotional learning and derekh eretz
    • Platinum EcoSchool! Outdoor education on our 6-acre campus includes classrooms and a hands-on garden
    • Multi-denominational Jewish student body
    • Active parent chevra community
    • Before- and after-school care and onsite extra-curricular activities available
    • Subsidized bussing offered
    • Optional hot kosher lunch program
    • Voted Best Private School by readers of the North York Mirror (2020) and Covenant Award winner

    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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Heschel provides a progressive Jewish education within a close, caring community. We aim to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in your children, and a lifelong love of learning. Heschel offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum built upon arts-based activities and Jewish culture and literacy. Our welcoming and egalitarian school promotes mutual respect, concern for others, and social justice. Graduates embody the confidence, skills and compassion to be thought leaders and engaged community members.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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 Heschel, we are proud to integrate a deep love for Jewish learning with the highest academic standards. Our inclusive pluralistic community invites Jewish families with diverse perspectives to join in a respectful learning community. Our cutting-edge integrated curriculum is based on research and development of best educational practices. We nurture the habits of heart, soul, body and mind that enable children to flourish academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

    Our team of passionate, highly qualified teachers see themselves as on-going learners and reflective practitioners. We strive to deepen our understanding of how children learn best so that we can design the optimum learning experiences for each child.

    Together with our teachers, our families are our most valued partners in achieving the best education for children. Families play a tremendous role in shaping and upholding the inclusive, nurturing, and positive culture of our school. The values of our parent body provide the context for our educational approach to succeed.

    Greg Beiles, Head of School

     

    Please click HERE to watch video greetings from Moreh Greg!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Heschel's award-winning, integrated curriculum helps each student develop their potential to think deeply, creatively and flexibly. The curriculum is organized by thematic units, rooted in a Jewish theme, enabling students to make meaningful connections across the disciplines. Heschel's teaching methodology is based on the "Teaching for Understanding" model that originated at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Heschel teachers use many tools to achieve understanding, including the arts, multiple intelligences and multi-sensory learning. Children are taught in small skill groups, which provide each student with a high level of personal attention. Heschel's immersive Ivrit b'Ivrit program produces graduates with a very high level of Hebrew competency. Our kindergarten classes are completely bilingual, with two teachers in the room at all times, one of whom speaks only Hebrew with the students. By elementary school, students converse fluently in Hebrew. By junior high, students write essays, poetry, scripts and screenplays in Hebrew. Heschel is a leader in environmental education and is the first Jewish Day School in Ontario to achieve Platinum Eco School Status.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach


        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 TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Traditionally, mathematics programs emphasized quick and accurate paper and pencil calculations. However, to be successful in the 21st century, students must learn to think numerically. The best math teachers now focus on students’ numeracy skills, teaching them to be mathematically literate. They make sure students understand the why and how. Learning mathematics is more than manipulating symbols and numbers. It involves fluency with how numbers combine, break apart, group and regroup, and investigation into the relative size of numbers and their relationships. Heschel students develop a toolkit of mental math strategies. Visual images, concrete materials, strategy games and practice materials are presented in a carefully thought-out sequence. Teachers ask students to represent a problem in different ways, in different contexts and for different ends. Multiple representations allow students to develop strong number sense, approaching calculations flexibly and creatively and noticing when a calculation is required in the “real world.”


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        We discourage the use of calculators in order to encourage students to practice mental math strategies and enhance their global understanding of numeracy.

      • Early Reading

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Reading skills in kindergarten are often learned through books of songs or poems. At times in JK, children use their song books to follow along with the words to the song. In SK, poems are introduced to the whole class, written on chartpaper and chanted together. Children then locate letters and/or words in the poem, both as a group and then individually. Reading strategies in SK and Grade 1 are explicitly taught via CAFE methodology, modelling direct reading strategies including comprehension, decoding, expression and vocabulary building. After a strategy is taught, children then read independently or with a partner to practice using the strategy modeled by the teacher, reading texts they can decode and comprehend independently. Teachers assess what specific skills are needed by each child and give them either direct feedback or they work with a group of children who need to acquire the same skill.


        DIBELS testing

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        All children seek to express their ideas and experiences, both orally and in writing, and are curious about the ideas and experiences of others as portrayed in books and other media. Our approach to teaching literacy at Heschel is informed by our commitment to shaping lifelong readers, writers, and both expressers and investigators of meaning. Students are encouraged from an early age to decode and construct meaning in what they read, to think like writers, and to use models for writing in various styles, be it poetic, narrative, expository, or persuasive. Thinking like a writer begins with learning what great writers do and how they do it. Students learn from model texts and ‘writers in residence’ and synthesize what those writers do well in order to convey their messages clearly. Students then use those techniques, in conjunction with previously learned skills and devices, to craft their own pieces of writing.

      • Science

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach


        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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Children are curious by nature. Be it about birds, trees, flowing water, the stars, or the soil beneath their feet, they are naturally moved to ask questions, make observations, form hypotheses and conclusions, without conscious awareness that they are behaving like scientists. Science classes at Heschel, in contrast to many modern science classes that attempt to fill the heads of the students with the scientific knowledge that has been amassed over centuries, aim to kindle within students wonder and amazement while honing the skills necessary to use the scientific method for satisfying that curiosity. Science classes at THS are designed for students to take risks and explore unknown ideas, focusing on the scientific method as a way to train the mind to think clearly and logically. As a result, students have the tools they need to make sense of their world and feel empowered and confident in their conclusions.


        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 TORONTO HESCHEL 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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach


        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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.


        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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Studying history at Heschel is not about memorizing facts like key dates and events but understanding the impact of these events and experiences on different cultures. It is an active process in which students engage in inquiry, research, observation, hypothesizing, and refining their thinking. Students learn how to analyze different sources, make connections between different events and experiences to uncover universal themes that emerge throughout history, and make history relevant by relating it to events that may be occurring today. Understanding gained through prior learning becomes a foundation for structured inquiry, promoting creative thinking and enabling students to ask questions and effectively seek out more precise knowledge. Looking at artifacts, geography, architecture, texts and artwork helps students to form a holistic understanding of different times and their impact. Students learn how to form their own ideas and make their understanding personally and culturally relevant.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        One of the most effective models for bilingual learning involves making a clear demarcation between the primary adult speakers of each language. Heschel utilizes a two-teacher model in JK and SK, whereby one teacher communicates with the students in English while the other communicates only in Hebrew. Students learn through visuals, facial expressions, gestures, songs, and repetition. While at first, children may find it unusual to encounter a teacher speaking only in Hebrew, it does not take long before they adapt to this new, interesting, and cognitively stimulating environment. Learning Hebrew in elementary grades involves complete immersion during lessons in Hebrew. Immersion is a highly effective approach to promote comprehension and speech, as language acquisition occurs via osmosis. We encourage students to speak Hebrew by having real conversations in natural circumstances. By Junior High, students are able to explore Jewish texts in Hebrew, graduating with a high degree of fluency.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Thinking as an artist helps students to express their knowledge in a creative, often non-linear way, unconstrained by written or oral expression. It teaches them to think metaphorically or abstractly, and to approach a problem in an interpretive or inventive manner. Our students create multimedia artworks, expressing complex ideas that integrate their knowledge across multiple disciplines. Students use a wide range of materials in traditional and experimental ways, thinking flexibly and imaginatively about how form can convey deep meaning. Grade 5 students create macramé sculptures that reflect slaves finding freedom in Exodus, and via the Underground Railroad. Grade 8 students sculpt activists “praying with their feet,” reflecting deep understanding of AJ Heschel’s march with Martin Luther King Jr. and their commitment to social justice through action. Students’ work is displayed to the Heschel community, invoking further reflection and discussion, and elevating the importance of the arts within the school.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Physical Education

         

        Waterloo Independent Secondary School

        WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        At Heschel, Phys Ed is taught much like the way students learn any other subject, learning the fundamentals before moving on to the final product. Like learning to read letters, words and paragraphs before reading a whole book, we teach the building blocks of different games and practise their basic skills before progressing to playing competitive games. For example, students learn to throw, catch and dribble and to feel comfortable with those skills before progressing to playing a game of basketball. Teaching the child skills rather than throwing them directly into a game boosts their self-esteem that they can do things. When we move to playing on teams, everyone has had the same training and is included in the game. As the students move into Junior High, they learn all of the intricate game rules and take on leadership roles in learning to referee the games they are playing.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


      Approach


      Our Take

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Our Kindergarten program is a bilingual (English-Hebrew), immersive program where students learn through hands-on activities, discussion and play. Lessons are multi-sensory. Our curriculum is organized according to generative topics that integrate learning across all disciplines. Building social and emotional skills is also at the forefront of the program.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Waterloo Independent Secondary School

      WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


      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 TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Heschel's teaching methodology is based on the “Teaching for Understanding” model that originated at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Heschel teachers use many tools to achieve understanding, including the arts, multiple intelligences and multi-sensory learning. Children are taught in small skill groups, which provide each student with a high level of personal attention.


      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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • 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 Toronto Heschel 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 Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Information not available


    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 TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Small ratios, with capacity for accommodations for students with learning challenges and different learning styles. Generally do not provide one-on-one support outside of the classroom. Open to conversations with families about working together to meet the needs of children with exceptionalities. Achieving a high level of Hebrew fluency is important; children with significant language difficulties may not be set up for success.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    The Toronto Heschel 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 Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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 TORONTO HESCHEL 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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    At WISS, we welcome students who have goals for the post-secondary education and are resilient with their study. We believe students who have goals and never give up, after a lot of help from our teachers and staff, they all have potential to achieve!

    What the school says

    What the school says

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Application/Registration:
    1. Please fill the application form online: www.waterlooss.ca/apply.
    2. Please send your child’s current school academic information (i.e. credit
    summary or report cards).
    3.Make Payment (Check/Draft/EMT)

    OSR Transfer :
    If you are from an Ontario School, WISS will send you the Ontario Student
    Record (OSR) Transfer Form to sign and will request the transfer of your OSR.

    If you have any questions, please contact our office at [email protected]

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Our admission process includes the following steps:

    1. Come and visit

    We encourage you to join us for a private tour or for an Open House to see for yourself what a Heschel education could mean for your child. Please contact the admissions office at 416-635-1876 ext. 334 or email [email protected] for further information.


    2. Application Form and Fee

    Please complete and submit the Application Form online, together with the Application Fee of $500 and all supporting documents, including report cards.


    3. Parent Meeting and Student Visit

    Depending on availability and eligibility, we may contact you to schedule a meeting between the parent(s) and the Head of School, as well as a time for the prospective student to visit Heschel. The purpose of the parent meeting and student visit is to ensure that the school is a good fit.


    4. Admission Decision

    Through our admission process, we liaise closely with applicants and their parents. Admissions decisions are based on various factors, including the best interests of the child and his/her family, and the school’s guiding principles. We will notify you in writing whether your child is being offered admission. For students entering JK, the admission process is expected to be completed by the end of January preceding their entry. For students entering other grades, most places will be awarded by April. If vacancies occur, we may accept additional students later in the year.


    5. Deposit

    Upon acceptance, the Application Fee of $500 will be applied as a deposit towards the tuition fee for the year of entry. No refund will be available after an offer of admission has been issued. If we do not admit your child to The Toronto Heschel School, for any reason, the $500 Application Fee will be refunded to you in its entirety.


    6. Tuition Assistance

    We are committed to removing financial barriers for families who choose to provide their child(ren) with a Heschel education. Applications for Tuition Subsidy are available after a student has received a Letter of Acceptance. Any questions about tuition assistance should be addressed to Mark Abramsohn, Director, Business Operations, at 416-635-1876 ext. 225 or [email protected].

     

    Should you have any questions regarding our admission process, please contact Bailey Daniels, Director of Admissions, at 416-635-1876 ext 334 or [email protected]




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