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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    2001


     

    Enrolment

     

    170

     

    75


     

    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

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori, International Baccalaureate

     

    Traditional


     

    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

     

    15 to 18

     

    5 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    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.
     
    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

     

     

    $15,850


     

    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

     

    13

     

    6


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Wheatley was founded in 1986 by Eda Varalli, who remains as the principal of the school today. Her inspiration was, truly, the best there ever is—to create a school that just did things better than they were being done. She took the Montessori method as a starting point, particularly in its focus on the individual, the belief that instruction is best when it takes the curiosity and the spirit of the learner. The school has grown over the years, including notably in 2001 with the move into the school’s current facility. The community that the school describes includes parents and extended family, and annual events underscore that, such as a grandparent’s day every April; during Family Literacy Week, parents and grandparents are invited to come into the school to read with students. In all, there’s a nice little spark throughout the life of the school, evident in things like the parent open house titled, beautifully, “Come See What I Can Do Day,” or the standing invitation for parents to have coffee with the principal. Sometimes there is a lot of power in the details, as well as in consistent leadership, and Wheatley serves as a lovely example of that. 

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    The student body at Little Owl reflects the diversity of the surrounding community, and the school uses that as a foundation to encourage and celebrate a multicultural perspective. Little Owl is small, which is a draw for the families that enroll, as is the program that runs from preschool through the primary and elementary years. There is a close, family feel, with an individual attention to the needs of the students. Likewise, there is an attention to building students’ emotional and social esteem within a values-based environment. The ideal student is one looking for something different, and who will thrive in a hands-on, community based academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    Description

    Description

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Wheatley has been preparing children for the future since 1986. Small classes, a supportive environment and individualized teaching methods allow every child to realize his or her full potential, while promoting academic excellence. Montessori program from two years of age to Grade 4 and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for Grades 5 to 8. Wheatley provides exciting extracurricular activities and enriched academic studies (Grade 9 Math credit offered).

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Academic grades range from preschool right up to grade 9. Theme based History, Geography, French, Math, Science & Art classes increase student's interest & their understanding of core topics. Small class sizes offer cognitive development through problem-solving & an understanding of how Nature & Science interact with our daily lives. Physical Education, Music & Drama add an important element to their education.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Message

    information not available

    At Little Owl Preschool Elementary, we Teach Your Children Well.
    That means we use discovery-based learning methods and universally designed lessons. We also love to celebrate your child, our holidays, and the outside world. We go on fieldtrips, and we invite special guests and performers to engage and delight. A rounded developmental experience full of learning and inquiry is gained. Character development and education are key at Little Owl Preschool Elementary. We foster the development of confident, happy, and loving individuals. Our commitment to your child is reflected in our core values as our SPIRIT.

    Support: With our support your child will develop confidence, self worth, and self-esteem.

    Passion: We are passionate about your child succeeding in all their endeavours, present and future.

    Integrity: Everything at Little Owl Preschool Elementary is done with integrity and honesty, so as to lead by example.

    Respect: We respect your child’s feelings without judgment or criticism.

    Imagination: Innovation and creativity are encouraged in every activity your child undertakes.

    Trust: We assist your child in developing confidence and trust for self and others.

    I thank you for choosing Little Owl Preschool Elementary.

    Natasha Galinskaya
    Principal
    Little Owl Preschool Elementary

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      WHEATLEY 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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Our Montessori and International Baccalaureate Middle Years curriculum is dedicated to providing a child-centered education whose focus is to develop the whole child. We are committed to developing internationally-minded individuals dedicated to shaping a more peaceful world and become aware of their responsibilities as world citizens. Students are engaged, challenged and supported as they strive for excellence and reach their academic potential. Character development (integrity, respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship) is emphasized.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      We use discovery based learning activities, sensory manipulatives, and developmental centres to fully engage your child in their lessons. We assess your child's understanding and gently challenge them to continue their next developmental phase. We teach traditional academic subjects with an emphasis on supplemental activities and elements such as dance, drama and music to give our children a richer and fuller experience during their education.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Little Owl uses the Ontario curriculum as our main guide to teach mathematics, with in-class activities to emphasize the topics learned.. Younger children learn through more hands-on activities, and as they age, we us a more abstract teaching approach. The Mathematics program focuses on developing our students' numeration, algebra, measurement, geometry, data management and probability skills. We place emphasis on cognitive development through problem-solving, logic, experimental learning, inventive strategies, mental math, technical vocabulary, higher order thinking and applying real life application.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Text books include Nelson Mathematics and Carson Dellosa Weekly Practice.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Calculators are incorporated into our math program beginning in grade 7.

      • Early Reading

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our students begin with a phonics-intensive program and as they become more comfortable and fluent with the language, they are able to move onto a whole language program. Learning to read is a gradual process and students will always find new words that they learn through both methods. We feel that both phonics-based learning and context clues are equally instrumental in the early reading process.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        No

      • Writing

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our students start intially by learning specific grammar rules such as proper sentence structure and punctuation and writing methodologies, and as they become more familiar with writing, they are able to express themselves more personally in writing. Throughout the learning process, students will not only write sentences and stories, but focus on aspects such as word choice to convey mood or a specific idea and the place of writing in mediums beyond paragraph-based stories.

      • Science

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students gain foundational Science facts using a balance of inquiry and balanced instruction practices. Students read and learn from a diverse selection of school materials, textbooks, books, videos and inquiry. Besides this, we offer a variety of interesting collaborative learning opportunities through experiments and interesting research projects. Students use hands-on experiments to observe and test science facts in a fun and engaging way. For example, In Living Things, we chart and observe seed to plant growth and in Seasonal and Earth changes, we build and compare animal homes based on the habitat, time of year and other environmental conditions. In activities like these, we integrate the creative and scientific inquiry process.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Children in English class learn to analyze texts and create their own. Literature is handled primarily as a learning tool for our younger children, but older ones begin to decode the mechanics plot, characterization and themes in basic texts.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students begin their studies by focusing on themselves and their own lives, then by gradually expanding the scope of their studies to their local communities and finally, the globe. They study both local and foreign culture and history through readings and exercises designed to develop in them an appreciation of the complexities of the different people and cultures world and to analyze how they might connect those aspects to their daily lives.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our French program places emphasis on proper pronunciation and the complexities of the language as compared to English. We encourage students to continue their learning outside the classroom to practice their structured learning in a real-world context. We believe that emphasizing proper pronunciation and rules allows students to experience the richness of the language outside the classroom without feeling self-conscious about their inexperience while also allowing them to discover the language at their own pace. Children learn Spanish through music, books and hands-on activities with new themes every week and a weekly "take me home" letter to practice vocabulary with the family at home. We also expose children to Spanish culture through art projects and short performances.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        We believe that the creative theatrical process is as important as the final result. As such, students are taught not only how to perform but how to create their performance from early brainstorming to script-writing and improvisation. Students learn that elements of theatre can be applied to their lives beyond the classroom and that there is place for both discipline and freedom at the same time. Our objective is to encourage students to explore their artistic potential. Through the fine arts program students are introduced to various mediums, application styles and art history. Our goal is to create non-judgmental environment where students feel confident and comfortable expressing themselves through their art.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Little Owl Private School

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        We believe that computers are a useful supplementary tool for lessons. The internet allows for access to a vast range of teaching materials and media. That said, the focus of our students' lessons is on the direct teacher-student relationship. When the student and teacher interact, with the ability to communicate with each other immediately, we believe that the teacher is able to gauge and provide the necessary guidance to the student without the need for any technology. The integration of technology in the children's lives happens all around them outside the school. There is still a place for interpersonal interaction in their lives at Little Owl.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WHEATLEY 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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      We use the Montessori Method as our curriculum for the Toddlers to age 5.The teacher's role is to guide the child to fulfil their true potential. These first years of school are the most important ones in a child's development. This is the time he/she builds the adult they are going to be.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      At Little Owl students are taught English and French. Play is an important aspect in the development of young minds. Our curriculum allows for a balance between focussed academic efforts and the natural need for free expression. In the areas of Math and Science, we focus on cognitive development through problem-solving as well as promoting an understanding of how nature and science interact with our daily lives. Students also develop their creativity and imagination with our Ballet, Drama & Art classes.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WHEATLEY 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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WHEATLEY 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.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      We provide structure for children to follow with opportunities for them to explore and instill in them a love of learning. Our students follow the Ontario curriculum as well as the Little Owl curriculum of enriched arts. We support children's love of learning and curiosity about the world. We seek to help guide them along their academic journey both creatively and academically.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Little Owl Private School

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      We value the social and emotional development of each child as much as the intellectual. A happy child is always eager to learn and fulfil their true potential.

      LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

      We aim to shape our students into well-rounded, healthy individuals with strong problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Children can become de-individualized in certain teaching methods and we aim to support each students individuality and self-expression. It is important for children to have a strong sense of self and by helping them hone their intellectual and emotional selves, we help them become confident and talented people with a drive to succeed and create success for themselves, both personally and in the world outside the classroom.

  • 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:

    Wheatley School

    Little Owl Private 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.
     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Young children come to us with an open heart and an eagerness to learn. The Montessori method is an individualized program. Through the use of the Montessori materials and individualized teaching, we are able to very early in their learning identify children's needs. Children are flagged and followed. Modifications are made to the program when necessary. Also, recommendations and referrals are made to outside specialists if a need is identifies.


    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

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Wheatley School

    Little Owl Private 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

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Little Owl Private School

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    WHEATLEY 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

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE 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

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6


     

    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

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    We believe that every child can be smart, enthusiastic and curious and every child is welcome at Little Owl.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    LITTLE OWL PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Documents required: proof of date of birth (passport or birth certificate); report card from previous school; application form; admission fee.




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