AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Wesley Christian Academy vs. Bannockburn

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

    22 Heritage Road, Markham, Ontario, L3P 1M4, Canada

    3080 Bayview Avenue, North York, Ontario, M2N 5L3, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1988

    1993

    Enrolment

    400

    200

    Grades

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

    Gender

    Coed

    Coed

    Living arrangements

    Day

    Day

    Language of instruction

    English

    English

    Faith Based

    School focus

    Academic

    Academic

    Developmental Priorities

    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    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.
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Traditional

    Montessori

    Curriculum pace

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

    Academic culture

    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    Avg. Class Size

    15 to 20

    15 to 24

    Special needs support

    Gifted learner support

    Accelerated curriculum

    Accelerated curriculum

    Preschool/K curriculum

    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

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

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $11,300 to $13,760

    $17,975 to $27,300

    Boarding Tuition

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    Yes

    Students on FA

    0%

    0%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    None

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    31

    18

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    100%

    Day entry years

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Boarding entry years

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    No

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 6

    SSAT required

    No

    No

  • OUR PERSPECTIVE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    information not available

    BANNOCKBURN

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Not all Christian schools are created the same, and Wesley is one that builds from the values of the Christian faith, using them to inform the delivery of the curriculum and the lived experience of the school. The school began as a pre-school program in 1988 and has grown since then, including a move into an expanded facility in 2004. Today the size of the school is at the mean for Canada, with approximately 350 students. It’s small enough to maintain a close, connected feel throughout the school, while large enough to allow for a full spectrum of curricular and extra-curricular programming. Families who enroll here are drawn by the strength of the academic offering, the breadth of programming, and the attention to personal and interpersonal development.

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    BANNOCKBURN

    Bannockburn is founded in Montessori, and hews close to the spirit of the method and its fundamental principles. There is an abiding attention to creating a supportive, student-centric environment, one that can stimulate and build on children’s curiosity. That said, there are a few welcome adaptations as well, such as lower teacher/student ratio that one might expect to see within a Montessori classroom. The school is very much an expression of the surrounding community—it was begun in 1993 by local parents and educators, and retains very close ties to the surrounding community today. The life of the school is informed by an active and robust parents’ association, with meetings held on the first Monday of each month. Given the location of the school, the fact that it sits on a five-acre property is an added plus, one that both adds to the atmosphere of the school, and allows for the programming, as appropriate, to spread beyond the interior instructional spaces. So, yes, the school has a strong Montessori program, though there is also a clear Bannockburn identity, one that nicely reflects the community that it serves.   

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  • INSIDER PERSPECTIVES

    Written Reviews

    Written Reviews

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Each year we can see [our daughters'] transformation and maturing because of the mentoring and care at Wesley."
    Amy Yeung - Parent   (Aug 22, 2018)
    I have three daughters at WCA, For all 3 of them, their teachers have been the highlight of their ... View full review

    "It has been amazing to witness ... [our children's] desire to learn, and their love for school."
    Valerie Wong - Parent   (Sep 05, 2018)
    I have three daughters and a son who attend Wesley Christian Academy. Prior to coming to Wesley two... View full review

    BANNOCKBURN

    information not available

  • School’s perspective

    Who are you, as a school?

    Who are you, as a school?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "At WCA, our preschool encourages inquiry and exploration, but we give children a head start by developing competency through phonics and math. For those in Grade 1-8, we use selected Ontario Curriculum with supplementary materials that may exceed Ministry requirements. This is balanced with sports, music, and drama clubs. All of this rests on a strong foundation formed with daily Bible classes and a weekly chapel service. As Christians, we will share our beliefs but we also warmly welcome families from ALL faiths."

    BANNOCKBURN

    "Bannockburn provides a strong, academic foundation anchored in the principles of the Montessori philosophy that supports your child’s intellectual, moral, social, and emotional development. Our carefully prepared nurturing learning environment is created to meet the specific needs of children during the most crucial periods of their formative years. Our enriched program provides inspiration for every child to reach their full potential. Discover why every child shines brilliantly at Bannockburn www.bannockburn.ca"

    • Exceptional Montessori education for children 18 months-12 years
    • Accredited by CCMA
    • Member of CIS
    • Licensed under CCEYA
    • Individualized curriculum
    • Low student teacher ratio
    • French, music, art and physical education
    • Toddler 18 months-3 years
    • Primary 3-6 years
    • Elementary 6-12 years

    Array

    What do you do differently and uniquely well?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Families choose Wesley for academic excellence and spiritual foundation. Much of this is achieved through our dedicated teachers and administration team who have long term commitments to the school and students. They think of, care about, and view each child as a whole person. The focus is not just on the student’s academic performance. Wesley is about gently guiding and encouraging students towards their full potential and helping them realize that God has an amazing plan for each of them."

    BANNOCKBURN

    "Bannockburn's focus on each individual learner is representative of the ethos of the school, which centres on a mandate to support your child’s intellectual, moral, social, and emotional development. With this objective, it means we are not comparing ourselves to other schools, but observing the growth of our own student body. Our success is predicated on the journey that each individual student takes."

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    What tradeoffs has your school made to serve families in this way?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BANNOCKBURN

    "A tradeoff may be present within the understanding of Montessori education itself. Even though Maria Montessori had a clearly defined set of educational ideals, she was not able to trademark or copyright her model. This means that many educational institutions use the name "Montessori," knowing it denotes a high quality of learning, but do not implement the core philosophy. This means that schools like ours that are founded on Montessori principles may be grouped in with other schools looking to appear the same way, but without the same accreditations in place. Despite this, we continue to emphasize the programs that uphold Montessori-based outcomes for your child, grounded in the belief that authentic Montessori practices will always shine through."

    Array

    What key junctures in your school's history have most shaped its present?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BANNOCKBURN

    "Bannockburn School was established in 1985 when a small group of Montessori teachers and parents were inspired to create the school they could not find anywhere else. They named it Bannockburn because it originally resided at 12 Bannockburn Avenue in Toronto. The can-do spirit of the school's founders is indicative of the growth mindset we want our graduates to have. We stayed at that location until the 2022/2023 school year when we moved to our current location at 3080 Bayview Avenue. As any school that has changed locations knows, this comes with a series of challenges. Everyone had to adapt and learn how to use the new indoor and outdoor spaces over the different seasons. We learned that if we teach adaptability to all of our students, it would serve us well to model it in our own lives as their teachers."

    Array

    What type of student is a good fit for your school?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BANNOCKBURN

    "There are so many different types of students at Bannockburn. Some are innately academically-minded, others do well with executive functioning coaching, and some gravitate to music or physical education. All of our students, however, share a similar curiosity that is nurtured here from the very beginning. They feel free to build on the core curriculum with their personal interests, which we know from our alumni is an essential way to create lifelong learners."

    Array

    Under what conditions would you advise a family against choosing your school?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BANNOCKBURN

    "Bannockburn has always benefited from open and honest communication with our parent community and the Bannockburn Parent Association works very hard to create a warm and welcoming spirit. We are protective of what we have built. If parents expect a strict "teach my child in the one accelerated way of learning" structure, this is likely not the right environment for their child. The work done here is purposeful and invested in nurturing independence, intelligence, and curiosity. We respect our teachers wholeheartedly and will not tolerate anything but respectful communication. If parents demand a certain way of achieving results, that is in fundamental opposition to our enriched community school."

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    To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Wesley is a small school but offers a strong academic focus often only found in larger and more expensive private schools. Furthermore, the academics are rounded out with a spiritual foundation to help develop one’s moral compass and extracurricular activities to broaden one's interests in the arts, music, and sports. Wesley has been referred to as the “best kept secret in Markham” in terms of value for the quality of education received."

    BANNOCKBURN

    "The majority of our families choose us based on word of mouth. Either a friend's or other family member's child is or has been a Bannockburn student and they feel comfortable based on the personal recommendation. For the next wave of applicants, it is typically because parents are seeking a traditional Montessori program for their child. A smaller percentage of interested parents come from the school's neighbourhood and have witnessed or participated in some of our community events. Another small percentage come here based on a positive interaction at a conference or independent school expo, which is then followed up by a productive tour."

    Array

    How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BANNOCKBURN

    "In truth, despite its strong history, Bannockburn is still relatively unknown to the greater public. We don't have the name recognition that some of the larger and older schools have and that is okay. For the families that do know us, our brand is an authentic and progressive Montessori school with an enriched curriculum that exceeds provincial standards, and we wear that with pride."

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    What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "At Wesley, we don’t just say we care about our students. We really mean it – whether it is giving a child a clean pair of uniform pants to wear when they are covered in mud after slipping outside, giving a primary student a special container for their tooth that just fell out, or asking the kitchen staff to make an impromptu bagged lunch for a child who forgot to bring one for a field trip. It’s the "little" things that go unnoticed but come with entrusting your child to our school."

    BANNOCKBURN

    "Our curriculum and programming caters to children between the ages of two-and-a-half and 12-years-old. The classrooms, playgrounds, furniture, and resources are based on this age range. Some families may under appreciate this and assume that a K-12 school is better. We find that when our Grade 6 students begin researching next schools, they do so with a tremendous amount of excitement and agency. They want to make decisions based on the way they learn and the clubs and teams that most appeal to them, and they appreciate the opportunity to embrace change."

    Array

    What might families find surprising about your school?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Further to the academic and spiritual focus of our school, many of our dedicated staff pour hours into our extracurricular activities, and it is reflected by the students’ responses. Nearly 90% of our students participate in our annual Christmas play – whether it is via acting, singing, dancing, playing an instrument or emceeing. We also enter multiple teams to compete with other Christian schools throughout the year in 7-8 different sports. The pennons in the gym are reflective of our success!"

    BANNOCKBURN

    Information not available

    Array

    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BANNOCKBURN

    Information not available

    Array

    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BANNOCKBURN

    Information not available

  • SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

    Message from school leadership

    Message from school leadership

    Walk through the doors of Wesley Christian Academy and you will immediately feel that this is some place special. The chatter of busy children, the encouraging and wise quotations on the walls and the faces of caring, exceptionally qualified, and dedicated educators are but a few of the differences.

    We are committed to providing all the necessary components to help each child reach his or her potential. An outstanding curriculum complemented with music, arts, physical education, and studies in foreign languages enrich the program. In order to develop a strong moral character, there must be a yardstick to measure it against. For us, our measure is based on Biblical Christian values.

    Our success is evident in the lives of our many graduates who have gone on to attend some of the finest universities in Canada and abroad. Each story of these fine young men and women encourages us to continue to inspire, educate and love each student. Our future depends on their future. We are dedicated to ensuring that their future has every opportunity we can give. Come and see why Wesley is a purposeful choice.

    Thank you taking the time to read about Bannockburn. I encourage you to pay us a visit and see what makes Bannockburn such a special place. It starts with our Toodlers who show us that these young individuals are capable of so much more than we would normally expect, and culminates with our Upper Elementary graduates who truly exhibit that they are responsible, nurturing, peaceful young people with self-esteem and respect for others. Bannockburn graduates are self-motivated, intellectually curious, love learning and achieve academic success.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Traditional

      BANNOCKBURN

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BANNOCKBURN

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      BANNOCKBURN

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      BANNOCKBURN

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      We offer a time tested effective curriculum with strength in language arts and mathematics. We have specialized teachers for music, physical education, and French. Our program is faith based and offers a Biblical world view.

      BANNOCKBURN

      Bannockburn School leads in Montessori education by offering an exceptional, enriched Montessori curriculum and a nurturing, inspiring environment carefully prepared to meet the needs of children in the formative years of childhood. Every day in the classroom is a study in the balance of young children purposefully working to develop cognition, concentration and independence in a nurturing and carefully prepared environment.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional Math

        BANNOCKBURN

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        BANNOCKBURN

        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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Building a strong foundation through repetition and drills ensures that students are well prepared to apply the new concepts in various situations that challenge them with higher order thinking skills as demonstrated in the performance tasks.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Calculators are permitted in the intermediate grades.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available

      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive

        BANNOCKBURN

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Reading instruction begins by teaching students the sounds and syllables associated with each letter. Students participate in guided reading groups and independent reading programs to enhance their fluency, accuracy and comprehension.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Systematic approach

        BANNOCKBURN

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.

        BANNOCKBURN

        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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Writing instruction begins with understanding basic concepts of sentence structure and the various parts of speech. As the students progress, they are given more opportunity to apply their skills in creative pieces as well as practical assignments.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expository

        BANNOCKBURN

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.

        BANNOCKBURN

        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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations are followed throughout the grades as they relate to God’s world and understanding that God created the earth and all that is in it. Students are given opportunities to apply their knowledge in hands-on experiments as they develop their problem solving skills through scientific inquiry.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        BANNOCKBURN

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Physics

        BANNOCKBURN

        Zoology

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional

        BANNOCKBURN

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.

        BANNOCKBURN

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students study a variety of literature throughout the grades.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        BANNOCKBURN

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

      • Social Studies


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities

        BANNOCKBURN

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations are followed throughout the grades. Students learn to explore and analyze the ways in which they can contribute to society as well as their role in their family, community, province, country and the world.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Pragmatism

        BANNOCKBURN

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students in grade 7 and 8 follow the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations for both history and geography. The history program studies early Canadian history. The geography program focuses on the world around them and how students can become responsible citizens. Students learn to analyze evidence in order to evaluate and compare past events and situations with present day events and situations.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        BANNOCKBURN

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        BANNOCKBURN

        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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Through real-life situations students learn how to read, write and speak in the French language. The French program teaches the students an appreciation for the French culture. The Biblical aspect is incorporated into the French program through the memorization of Bible verses and the use of worship songs.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        BANNOCKBURN

        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)

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        BANNOCKBURN

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        BANNOCKBURN

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The arts curriculum focuses on music, visual arts and drama. All students participate in the music program. In grade1, and 2 students learn an appreciation for music through a focus on rhythm and vocal skills. In grade 3 students begin to apply their knowledge as they learn the ukulele. In grade 4, students learn to play the recorder. In grades 5-8, students meet the curriculum expectation in music through their learning of band instruments. In visual arts, students use a variety of forms of media as they learn about the principals and elements of art.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        BANNOCKBURN

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        BANNOCKBURN

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The use of technology is incorporated into many aspects of the students’ learning. Students have weekly media classes in which they learn to use various technologies and programs. There are SmartBoards in classrooms to assist and support student learning. Students are taught to use technology in a responsible manner.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        BANNOCKBURN

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The Physical Education program follows the Ontario curriculum expectations. It focuses on learning movement skills through cooperative games and developing students confidence, skills and interest in being physically active. The health portion of the program is guided by the Ontario curriculum in keeping with the values of the school.

        BANNOCKBURN

        Bannockburn’s Physical Education and Athletic program is an active and exciting part of the school with many classes and events to get our students' hearts and bodies moving. Within the school day, the Physical Education program accesses all Bannockburn students from Toddler to UEL. Our curriculum focuses on providing opportunities for our students to engage in a variety of physical activity, movement, and sport in an effort to develop a wide range of physical, social, and emotional skills. In addition to our Physical Education classes, Bannockburn has been active in attending inter-school athletic activities within the Toronto community. Additionally, Elementary students have the opportunity to participate on a team with our intramural sports program during recess. The primary goal of our Athletics program is to provide our students with positive opportunities to participate in sporting events, while demonstrating their improving skill, teamwork, and sportsmanship in a supportive environment.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach

      Approach

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Academic

      BANNOCKBURN

      Montessori


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

      BANNOCKBURN

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

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Our school embraces the concepts of How Does Learning Happen by encouraging inquiry, exploration and well being. We foster a sense of expression and life long learning. We believe firmly in giving children the tools they need to develop competency in literacy and numeracy and therefore begin phonics and mathematics in preschool. We teach both manuscript and cursive writing and promote a sound set of foundations on which to build future learning.

      BANNOCKBURN

      The Primary-age child has an astounding capacity to learn and absorb, thus, utmost emphasis is placed on ensuring an uninterrupted work cycle. This enables the child to explore freely and learn through purposeful work in the different areas of the classroom: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Culture. Concrete, manipulative materials for each area enable the child to use the five senses to build an essential foundation of knowledge and concepts.

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Accelerated

      BANNOCKBURN

      Accelerated


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

      BANNOCKBURN

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BANNOCKBURN

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Rigorous

      BANNOCKBURN

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      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”.

      BANNOCKBURN

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BANNOCKBURN

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BANNOCKBURN

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

      BANNOCKBURN

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

      BANNOCKBURN

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      We strive to nurture the whole child. We build a program that meets the needs of the students intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

      BANNOCKBURN

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS

    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

    Ultimate


    Clubs Offered

    Clubs offered

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    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

    BANNOCKBURN

    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

    What the school says

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    • Our Wesley Wildfire sports teams compete in a range of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) sports tournaments. Here are some of the highlights from the 2014-2015 school year: Jr. Volleyball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Girls Volleyball (Div. B): 3rd Place, Sr. Boys Volleyball (Div. B): 3rd Place, Jr. Boys Basketball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Girls Basketball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Badminton (Div. A) Champions, Swimming (Div. B) - 2nd Place (Team). In addition to intramural and school team sports, all students at Wesley are part of a leadership team to enhance and support aspects of our school and community at large. This includes teams such as the Environmental Committee, Recycling, Design and Decor (to update and beautify school bulletin boards and public space), Prayer Leaders, Caring Team (to send cards and prayers to those in need), Chapel Team, etc.

    BANNOCKBURN

    • Full-day students at Bannockburn can also choose from a rich variety of extra-curricular clubs. These after-school programs are facilitated by passionate and skilled instructors. Programs cover a comprehensive range of interests, including sport and team games, music and visual arts, science and technology, languages such as Spanish and French, and mathematics. All programs take place on school grounds, and meet Bannockburn’s high standards for engaging and exciting learning.
  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    0%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $0

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    100%

    Day entry years

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Boarding entry years

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    No

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 6

    SSAT required

    No

    No

    SSAT(out of province) required

    No

    No

    Entrance exams required

    Yes: grades SK - 8

    No

    Entrance essay required

    No

    No

    Application fee required

    No

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    What the school says

    What the school says

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    If you are interested in applying for admission to Wesley Christian Academy and Early Learning Centre, please submit the following to the Admissions Office for each student in your family for whom you are applying:

    • A completed Application Form;
    • The non-refundable Application Fee of $200.00 for the Elementary School, or $100.00 for the Early Learning Centre, per child;
    • A copy of the Birth Certificate; and
    • A copy of the Report Card.

    Upon receipt of same, we will contact you to arrange for an interview with you and your child, which may include an assessment.  The interview and assessment will form part of our application review.

    If an offer of admission is made to your child, we will require a non-refundable Registration Deposit of $1,000.00 for Elementary School, or $400.00 for the Early Learning Centre and a non-refundable Enrolment Fee equivalent to the first month’s tuition, along with nine post-dated cheques for the balance of the tuition (or preauthorized payment form and void cheque), in order to secure his/her registration.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available
    information not available

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