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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

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

    1400 A South Service Rd., Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 1V5, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1988

    1997

    Enrolment

    400

    70

    Grades

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

    Preschool to 8

    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."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Traditional

    Traditional

    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).
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    Academic culture

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

    Avg. Class Size

    15 to 20

    10 to 14

    Special needs support

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

    Gifted learner support

    Accelerated curriculum

    Dedicated gifted class

    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.
    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.

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $11,300 to $13,760

    $16,500 to $19,500

    Boarding Tuition

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    No

    Students on FA

    0%

    0%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    None

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    31

    6

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    75%

    Day entry years

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

    Preschool, 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?

    No

    Yes

    SSAT required

    No

    No

  • OUR PERSPECTIVE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    STAR ACADEMY

    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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    STAR ACADEMY

    Star Academy was founded in 1998 and was led by the founder, Belinda Bernardo, until her retirement in 2017. She was succeeded by Julie Benneyworth and Heather Rees, creating a nice continuity in leadership, as well as a substantive dedication to the values that Bernardo instilled in the school, those of respect, curiosity, collaborative learning, and active engagement. Administration has also consistently demonstrated their desire to regularly revisit best practices, adapting instruction, including adoption of 21st century learning, to meet the students where they are, and to take them where they will need to be. Families that enroll often do so in light of those values as well as the things that are unique to the school, including a more intensive commitment to physical education, an 11-month instructional year, and a low teacher-student ratio. Other draws include small class sizes, individual attention, and cross-curricular instruction.

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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

    STAR ACADEMY

    "Everything from new food programs to enhanced learning for the teachers has helped my child become more well-rounded and better-adjusted."
    Chala Dincoy - Parent   (May 28, 2019)
    Logan loves to go to school again. He gets mad when I'm late leaving the house to drop him off. Thin... View full review

    "able to cater to the very different learning styles"
    Jacqueline MacDonald - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    With its small class sizes, Star Academy has been able to cater to the very different learning style... View full review

    "At Star we learn to code, have guidance class (Grades 5-8), learn cursive and about the environment."
    Charlotte Rees - Student   (May 03, 2021)
    I've been a student at Star Academy for 4 years, and it feels like my second home. As soon as I firs... View full review

  • 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."

    STAR ACADEMY

    "Star Academy is a small school where children love to learn. With small class sizes, Star teachers know every child and therefore, challenge them as individuals, inside and outside the classroom. Our Pillars of Child Development guide Star's philosophy and enrich classroom teaching, addressing the rounded development of the whole child. Social-emotional learning, daily Physical Education, flexible learning environments (you should see our forest!), and weekly Music, Art and Drama are key programming features."

    • Social emotional learning built into daily teaching.
    • Focus on learning skills for developing success.
    • Using our Pillars of Child Development to shape our curriculum.
    • Academic, Physical, Social, Emotional, Global pillars guide teaching and learning.
    • Relationships, relationships, relationships to strengthen our community.
    • Weekly teacher newsletters, weekly school newsletters to communicate events and activities.
    • Ongoing personal and staff professional development to be current in our practice.
    • Proactive in our communication with parents and students.
    • Involved and engaged in our larger community, supporting events and causes.
    • Promote growth mindset in all classrooms across the school.

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    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."

    STAR ACADEMY

    "Every day the Star faculty seeks to create experiences that engage students in learning that excites them. Our Learn to Love to Learn focus is evident in the classrooms, where students have guided support but also the autonomy to develop their skills. From the moment they arrive at school to smiles and good mornings, to the moment their teachers sign them out at the end of the day, the children are involved with a community that is caring and invested in their personal growth."

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

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    STAR ACADEMY

    Information not available

    Array

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

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    STAR ACADEMY

    Information not available

    Array

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

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    STAR ACADEMY

    Information not available

    Array

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

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    STAR ACADEMY

    Information not available

    Array

    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."

    STAR ACADEMY

    "Our families regularly comment on the 'above and beyond' our teachers do for their child. Often, the switch to a small private school is what a child who is a reluctant learner comes out of their shell. The small school environment, the small classroom sizes, and the attention to detail by our teachers set the student experience apart. As one parent recently emailed us 'Thank you again for all that you do for the school and our family (and all of the families).'"

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

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    STAR ACADEMY

    Information not available

    Array

    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."

    STAR ACADEMY

    "The use of technology in educational ways. We all feel some technology burnout, but there are so many ways it is integrated into learning that enhance the experiences for all children. It allows for accessibility, it allows for creativity, and it allows for the development of 21st-century learning skills. Our ongoing professional development continues to enrich our teacher's foundation skills in areas such as coding - which allows for great creativity as our children navigate new skills."

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    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!"

    STAR ACADEMY

    "1. We have the best catered lunch programme! (optional, but amazing!) (And Pizza on Fridays)
    2. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion extends to the classrooms with diverse dolls, an extensive diverse book collection, with the goal that every child will find a character that represents them.
    3. The wide range of school clubs offered at recess times, from 'Paw Patrol' to 'Dungeons and Dragons', Sports including racquet sports (tennis, badminton, pickleball), cooking and more!"

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    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    STAR ACADEMY

    Information not available

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    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    STAR ACADEMY

    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.

    Learn to love to learnTM is not only our mission statement, it’s what makes us unique. It speaks to the personalized approach that Star Academy takes toward everything we do.

    Creating an environment where children are happy, engaged, and excited to attend is the beginning of a successful academic career. Investigative active learning, open-ended discovery, and project-based learning experiences enhance our curriculum and engage all learners.

    Star Academy is an environment where children come to thrive and grow, develop and learn.  Mrs. Rees, our Director, and I look forward to an opportunity to share our school with you.

    (In the picture, I'm on the left, Mrs. Rees in the middle, and one of our tutoring specialists, Mrs. Reiter)

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Traditional

      STAR ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      STAR ACADEMY

      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.

      STAR 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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      STAR ACADEMY

      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.

      STAR ACADEMY

      The ‘whole student’ is important to us, and therefore our curriculum focuses on a learning environment that addresses cross-curricular academics as well as the social, emotional and physical well being of our students. We develop students who are community-minded and globally focused. Our students are encouraged to challenge themselves, take leadership roles and try new things in order to discover their passions and what makes them tick. Star supports students who require additional assistance to reach their full potential. General tutoring, as well as reading programs such as Orton Gillingham and Direct Instruction programmes like Reading Mastery, are available.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional Math

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        From their first exploration into Mathematics to their understanding and solving of complex problems, Star Academy students develop confidence and competence with their numeracy skills. Recognizing the value of repetition to master math facts, students are also provided manipulatives and opportunities to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of Mathematics. Our teachers design lessons with a focus on understanding each question, not just finding an answer. Our low ratio ensures we can identify the specific area of skill development needed for each individual. Just as a fluid reader needs to develop fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and decoding skills a competent Mathematics student must possess conceptual understanding, decoding of language and symbols, procedural fluency, adaptive reasoning skills and productive disposition. There is a balance between traditional ways in which Mathematics has been taught and projects including financial literacy to ensure students are prepared for their world.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STAR ACADEMY

        Traditional textbooks are incorporated to acquire the skills to extrapolate the needed information from a ‘busy’ page of problems. All grades use a variety of everyday materials to reiterate the value and application of Mathematics in our daily lives.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Calculators are permitted in the intermediate grades.

        STAR ACADEMY

        A calculator is an advantageous tool once the student understands the formulas being calculated. Being able to use a calculator means more than plugging numbers in to it; students must have a sense of what is being asked to see if calculations are reasonable.

      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive

        STAR ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy


        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        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

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        The importance of early literacy should not be underestimated. It has been shown as the best indicator of long-term school success. Because of this Star Academy has an exceptionally strong early literacy programme that incorporates solid phonics and a whole language approach ensuring best teaching practices, while engaging our young learners. Passionate Ontario Certified teachers who have experience and a wealth of knowledge provide not only a literacy-rich environment, but use a cross-curricular approach to ensure that language is alive and used all day, every day in a manner that children enjoy and employ. Students are also exposed to language and words well beyond their actual reading capabilities as we understand that cognitive abilities need to be extended and explored. Social studies, Science, the Arts, provide rich opportunities for increased vocabulary development using Direct Instruction and exploration, ensuring deep-rooted success that will be the cornerstone of all other learning.


        DIBELS testing

        STAR ACADEMY

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        DIBELS testing allows Star Academy three things: ensures children are challenged; informs teaching; shows parents growth.

      • Writing


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Systematic approach

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        Writing is a complex progressive task and needs to be taught and evaluated over a number of broad headings: Content, Form, Conventions, and Process. Within each of these broad headings there are sub-sets that need to be taught and practiced. At Star Academy we break down this complex task and ensure that each of the 21 skill sets that make up our Writing programme are age and developmentally appropriate. These skill sets are taught by both direct instruction and creative writing, ensuring that both systematic development and creative processes are delivered. Skills are analyzed through thrice yearly writing analysis for each student guaranteeing excellence in both programming and in student mastery. Our students leave Star with excellent writing skills and the knowledge to tackle any form or style.

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expository

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        Exploring the world around them and marveling at each discovery is one of the fundamental joys of childhood. Instead of squashing this enthusiasm, at Star we capitalize on it by ensuring the skill sets needed for good Scientific learning are incorporated naturally into the exploration, and guiding the learning and knowledge development. Children are naturally curious about their world, whether it is watching butterflies in the garden or understanding the physics behind baseball. Research shows that bringing Science to life for them will keep them engaged in the Sciences longer, and will open the doors for 50% more post-secondary programmes.


        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

        STAR ACADEMY

        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

        STAR ACADEMY

        Physiology

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional

        STAR ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students study a variety of literature throughout the grades.

        STAR ACADEMY

        Teaching Literature crosses many subjects and curricula. In it's broadest sense it is a window into past cultures, times and peoples and helps us understand our present day self, society, history and economics. It also is also used to "teach" about plot, characterization, themes, mood, as a way to facilitate essay writing and critique works by self and others. Clearly these skills need to be taught understanding how and when children develop reading and writing skills.


        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

        STAR ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities

        STAR ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        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.

        STAR 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.


        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        Children very naturally push back the boundaries of their world, and at Star our Social Studies programme helps do this, getting them to think deeper and more broadly about the world and its' peoples. History, Geography, politics and economics when taught together ensures a more comprehensive understanding and one that does not segment their learning.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Pragmatism

        STAR ACADEMY

        Perennialism


        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        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

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        History and Geography need to be taught in a manner to keep it "alive" for students. No longer is it necessary to drill dates, people and locations. A deeper understanding of the "whys" is important to help students both assimilate the information and become critical thinkers about how it affects today's lives and decisions on individual, national and international levels.

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        STAR ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

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


        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        Like all of our content driven courses, we strive to ensure that students get realistic, global instruction in French. While it is important that the language structures be taught and tested, equally it is important that authentic texts and learning about cultural backgrounds be present.


        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

        STAR ACADEMY

        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

        STAR ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        A few years ago, The Canadian Journal of Education published a study that compared the academic test scores of students who had the arts regularly integrated into their daily academics with those who did not. Over the three years of the study, the students who had regular arts education consistently scored higher academically (Smithrim and Upitis 121). This goes against the old school of thought that the arts are taught at the expense of academics. Star Academy has long since understood the symbiotic relationship between the arts and academics. Our Arts programmes supports: creative thinking, risk taking, innovation, experimentation, collaboration.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        STAR ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        STAR ACADEMY

        Heavy 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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        Using laptops and Smartboards in every class and classroom, Star has evolved a program that empowers students to use technology in a responsible, skillful and meaningful way. Technological empowerment begins in kindergarten. Students learn basic skills and develop an awareness of the creative power of technology. The Internet is introduced as a research tool, and once again being responsible citizens is key. Students publish journals and share projects with classmates both online and via the Smartboard. Grade 7&8's engage in social media to support environmental projects. Coding is woven into our programming and students and staff are amazed at what can be created. We advocate teaching students about technology and its useful properties - it is an integral part of their world, responsibility and knowledge are key.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        STAR ACADEMY

        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.

        STAR ACADEMY

        There is a growing body of research that supports a positive direct relationship between physical activity and cognitive development. Specifically, there is a positive relationship between regular physical activity and improved executive functions (selective attention, working memory and the ability to effectively switch tasks). So, the more physically active, the more academically successful! All students, from Kindergarten through Grade Eight, participate in 40 minutes of programmed PhysEd class every day. PhysEd classes at Star Academy engage all students ensuring no one feels left out. Our specialized PhysEd teachers spend as much time planning these classes as they would for any other subject area and set specific learning goals for each individual student. The results have been outstanding, with notable improvements in health and skills-related fitness, cognitive skills, as well as social and emotional development. Students go their academic classes more focused, with greater self-esteem, in a spirit of collaboration.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach

      Approach

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Academic

      STAR ACADEMY

      Academic


      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.

      STAR 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.


      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.

      STAR ACADEMY

      Following solid research, Star Academy recognizes the importance of teaching strong literacy skills at an early age. Through imaginative free play, language-based lessons, the Arts, independent and guided hands-on activities, students develop language and cognitive abilities that render social intelligence, creative thinking, self-regulation, reading, writing, and problem-solving skills. Star Academy’s Kindergarten it is filled with lessons, music, singing, dancing, improvisations, chatter, and of course, laughter. Academic and social expectations are formally taught to ensure that students quickly become part of a respectful and caring community, eager to learn and expand their independence and knowledge in a safe and trusting environment.

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Accelerated

      STAR ACADEMY

      Student-paced


      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).

      STAR ACADEMY

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      STAR ACADEMY

      Exceptional teachers and a solid curriculum are crucial to flexible pacing. Star Academy's differentiated lessons and assessments allow for growth beyond expectations. Students who love learning and take initiatives is the result.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      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”.

      STAR ACADEMY

      This option allows you to "opt out" of selecting one of "rigorous" or "supportive". Doing so means you will not be shown on pages relating to academic culture, (your exposure will be diminished).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      STAR ACADEMY

      While academic rigor can exist without a holistic, supporting environment, one should not have to choose between the two.In fact, research has suggested that without a culture of clear standards and support, academic excellence may be short lived. Star Academy understands and delivers this.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      STAR ACADEMY

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

    • 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."

      STAR ACADEMY

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


      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."

      STAR ACADEMY

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


      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.

      STAR ACADEMY

      Decades of educational research have confirmed the need to develop children in a holistic manner. Academic achievement is vital, yet children truly flourish in an environment where social, emotional and physical development are considered essential. We believe that children should—even at the earliest age—develop an awareness of the larger community. At Star Academy, students are given meaningful opportunities to apply their emerging talents to enrich their world. Star Academy’s Five Pillars of Child Development (Academic, Physical, Social, Emotional, Global) are the embodiment of our commitment to holistic education and ensures that everyone develops to their full potential.

  • 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:
    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.

    Additional support

    Additional support

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    STAR ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    Learning Strategy

    Extra Support

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    STAR ACADEMY

    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

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Admission for students with a formal diagnosis with be granted on a case by case basis. Considerations need to be made regarding other students who may already be in the class, the teacher's workload and experience, and the availability of support staff and corresponding support programs. For those without a clinically diagnosed learning disability who develop difficulties while at Wesley, our approach is to discuss accommodation, modification or remediation to the curriculum with the family while encouraging them to get a formal assessment so that more information can be acquired to help the child.

    STAR ACADEMY

    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

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Information not available

    STAR ACADEMY

    All children have the right to learn in an environment that understands and supports their learning style. Many programmes offer support to "keep up" but at Star we believe, like building a house, the foundation must first be strong and secure. Tutoring support and curriculum adjustments to meet a child where they are at will support learning and growth.

  • 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

    STAR 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


    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.

    STAR ACADEMY

    • Noon and afterschool clubs allow students to explore and take risks in areas that they may not have before. New clubs are constantly being added based on student interest and choice. Senior students help lead clubs.
  • 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%

    75%

    Day entry years

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

    Preschool, 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?

    No

    Yes

    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

    STAR ACADEMY

    Star Academy has a diverse student population representing many learning styles. Our engaging teachers create an environment whereby students "learn to love to learn", grow, gain meaningful friendships, and are challenged academically to meet their potential thrive in our classrooms.

    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.

    STAR ACADEMY

    We invite interested parents to contact us to arrange a tour and meeting with the Principal or Director.  Following your visit, we can arrange a time for your child to visit and join their current grade class.  Like all things at Star Academy, our application process is individualized.  We see acceptance as a two-way street and maintain that true home-school partnerships begin at the beginning!

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Braydon Rennie (2011)
    Accomplished runner-Represented Team Canada-World Youth Olympics-Nanjing, China; Junior PanAm Games-Edmonton, World Juniors-Poland; currently ranked second in Canada by Athletics Canada; attends University of Tulsa-full academic and athletic scholarship.

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