One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2008

     

    1980


     

    Enrolment

     

    140

     

    250


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

     

    K to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     

    Academic culture

     
    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.
     
    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

     

    10 to 24

     

    4 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted class

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,700 to $20,700

     

    $19,725 to $28,200


     

    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

     

    11

     

    19


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    "They have instilled in her a love for learning..."
    Georgina Lopez - Parent   (May 08, 2018)
    I cannot say enough good things about this school. I am so happy I discovered it 4 years ago for my ...
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    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    "They help the students create, then build work practices that will set them up for success not only for exams but for life moving forward."
    Jonathan Landon - Parent   (Oct 24, 2018)
    In a word, transformational. Going from really disliking school in general to really wanting to go t...
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    "Each teacher has been able to identify and address our child's unique learning style. Not only do they give her the push that she needs to achieve, they have instilled a belief in her own ability..."
    Karen Snowdon-Steacy - Parent   (Oct 24, 2018)
    My child loves WillowWood and feels very safe at the school. She describes the day to day feeling a...
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    "We are very pleased with the level of teaching support that our daughter has received."
    Mary Yuan - Parent   (Mar 09, 2022)
    Our daughter came to WillowWood in Grade 9 after attending Toronto public schools since kindergarten...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    There are various aspects to the Montessori model of instruction, though Westside nicely addresses not only what Montessori is, but also what it can mean in the longer-term. Maria Montessori didn’t think small—her classrooms, she felt, could be a doorway to many things, including world peace. That’s a very big thought of course, but within it is that idea of the longer-term, the belief that education is about the future of a society through addressing the future of each child. At Westside, that’s very much the intention: to give young students the basis for success in their education, and ultimately, success in life. The vibrancy of the surrounding Kensington Market community finds its way, very happily, into the classroom as well. Core literacy and numeracy are important, though there is also an attention to esteem, executive functioning, and social interaction. Rightly, families look to Westside, often principally, because of the program’s attention to those foundations.   

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    By any measure, there’s a lot to love about WillowWood. The work of the school is dedicated to supporting learners who, for a range of reasons, need something different, and who, for whatever reason, aren’t adequately supported in other academic environments. Their personal needs are assessed, as are their strengths and interests, and instruction begins from that point, seeking to build on their abilities in order to grow engaged learners equipped with the confidence and the skills to establish a place in the community of the school and beyond.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • Outdoor Education
    • French Language
    • Natural Playground

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    • Targeted, personal education
    • Consideration for each student's needs, inclinations and strengths
    • Low student to teacher ratio
    • Family style with a warm and caring environment
    • Support for diverse learners (including ESL, LD, Gifted LD, ADHD)
    • First Grade through High School Ontario curriculum
    • Robust Athletics program and Arts opportunities
    • Emphasis on mindfulness and opportunities to participate in our meditation club
    • Emphasis on environmental education and incorporation of climate action into curricula
    • Pod systems in grade 1-6 allow students to progress at their own pace.

    Description

    Description

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WMS' two downtown campuses offer nurturing and educational environments complete with expansive green space for our students (aged 1.5 - 14 yrs.). Westsiders achieve their fullest potential; they radiate self-confidence and exhibit a love for learning. Our programs are holistic, academically challenging and bilingual (French) while staying true to Montessori Philosophy. Our children develop strong executive functions, a love of and connection to nature and a sense of belonging and commitment to their community.

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Founded in 1980, WillowWood is a private independent school for all learners. WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations, and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small and the atmosphere is warm and kind.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Message

    Children present us with opportunities to think about the world in new and fascinating ways. I am blessed to share my days with our Westside students and my evenings with my own child, who is three. A few months ago, when explaining to my son Wyatt that I work at his school and we may see each other from time to time, he began with the “Why? Why?” that educators and parents are extremely familiar with. He wanted to know why I work at his school, “Because I like to help children and teachers.” “Why?” “Because I love children.” “Why?” Up until this moment, the conversation had been easy, really easy. This was a huge question and he was awaiting my response, “I love children because within each child lies an opportunity for a better world”.

    Maria Montessori, who lived through two world wars, believed that through children, we can achieve world peace, and I quote,  “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Mahatma Gandhi met Maria Montessori in 1931, and she invited him to speak to a group of Montessori teacher trainees. He said, “If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children.”

    They are right, if peace doesn’t begin with the children, it doesn’t begin at all. Spending time with these beautiful souls reminds me on a daily basis that anything is possible and they will lead us there. We must give them the opportunity, trust and confidence to make it happen. We must have faith in their development and know that they will arrive. 

    I invite you to set up a time to come to Westside Montessori School and learn more about our programs and the independent, motivated and compassionate students we are guiding. 

    When visitors walk into the building for the first time they often remark on the special feeling the school has.

    That feeling (which I call magical) is a combination of the history and philosophy of the school, the energy of the staff, and the spirit of the students.

    When I founded this school it was based on the belief that learning can and should be fun and that school should be a positive and rewarding experience.

    We know that one size does not fit all and that students flourish when their school embraces their strengths, addresses their needs and respects their dignity. My staff and I have been successfully delivering student-centred, individualized education in a warm and caring environment for over 30 years.

    That's the magic we make at WillowWood.
    If your family is seeking a new style of school with a strong history of inspiring students, come by for a visit. I'd love to meet you.

    - Joy Kurtz, Director

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Every child is an individual, captivated by different things at different times. We personalize your child’s learning experience by creating individualized lesson plans based on their interests, level of understanding and experiences. In this manner, every child is introduced to all aspects of our curriculum at the right time in their development. Children who graduate our program will be prepared for the next step in their education, private or public, with a genuine love of learning. They will have an increased curiosity about the world around them and the confidence necessary to take on new academic and social challenges.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood was founded on the idea that all students deserve to learn with dignity. We individualize our teaching to meet the needs and talents of each student, so they can find and achieve their potential. WillowWood is a family-style school. Students and teachers enjoy friendly, genuine interactions in and out of classes. Students at WillowWood find a remarkable lack of clique-competition and bullying, as students internalize the family feeling. Conflict is dealt with quickly and fairly, with understanding and through communication whenever possible. Students are given agency and encouraged to set personal goals, to develop self-advocacy and communication skills - all while knowing that help is available for the asking and that assistance provided will respect their dignity. All of this makes WillowWood a great school for a wide variety of students.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Montessori classroom is a nurturing, bright and spacious environment specifically prepared for children. At WMS, children engage in a variety of activities; some enjoy a snack, one child writes a story, others work in a group and the teacher introduces a new lesson to a student. The mixed age setting enables the older children to build confidence and leadership skills through teaching and helping their younger peers. Meanwhile, the younger children are inspired to adapt the responsible, mature behaviours of their older classmates.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood’s new and innovative SK program offers advanced Early Learning through a multi-sensory, holistic, and technology-driven model. Our nurturing approach with a strong emphasis on play-based discovery leads the child to an enhanced understanding of our enriched curriculum. • Play-based discovery learning • Best practices technology-driven curriculum • Emphasis on reading, writing, and math readiness skills • Social Skills and executive function instruction • Introduction to French

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Learning is individualized at WillowWood. As such, pacing can be determined by course teachers in accordance with students' IEPs.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      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

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Our effective teaching strategies, enthusiastic staff members, innovative programs and friendly environment bring out the best in students, build self-confidence and inspire a love of learning.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Our effective teaching strategies, enthusiastic staff members, innovative programs and friendly environment bring out the best in students, build self-confidence and inspire a love of learning.

  • 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:

    Westside Montessori School

    WillowWood School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    We accommodate students in collaboration with them, their parents, teachers and our school therapist.


    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

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    WillowWood is ideal for students with learning disabilities, due to our individualized programming and trained staff. We excel in this area. Our teachers regularly attend workshops to hone their teaching skills and to learn new ways of delivering course curricula.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Westside Montessori School

    WillowWood School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    • Annual Musical: every Spring, we put on a full-school musical production. Students act, manage tech, crew the stage, etc.
    • Music Club: Students are encouraged and guided in creating and performing with bands/acts of all genres.
    • Robotics Club: a new Middle School initiative!
    • Camping: annual camping trip for High School students.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    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

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    We are looking for students who want to succeed, want a supportive environment, and hope to discover and uncover their full potential in school.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    WillowWood admissions involve determining the fit between the student and school. Our process involves several steps:


    Domestic Applications

    1. An information interview with the parent(s) or guardian(s)
    2. In Lower and Middle Schools (gr.1-8), the prospective student usually visits a classroom for a morning. In Upper School, (grade 9-12), the prospective student comes in for an interview with a member of the admissions team, and a tour.
    3. A review of documentation is conducted by the admissions team.
    4. Placement is offered.



    International Applications

    1. A parent, guardian or agent contacts the school and receives a list of necessary information.
    2. The information is assessed by our admissions team.
    3. An interview meeting (in person or via telephone/ Skype) is held with the prospective student's parent(s)/guardian(s)/agent, our admissions team, and the student.
    4. Placement is offered.


    Admissions are welcome all year.To contact WillowWood with regard to enrolling a student, please call 416 444 7644, or email [email protected].




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