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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    2012


     

    Enrolment

     

    170

     

    43


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

     

    JK 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."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori, International Baccalaureate

     

    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.
     

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    15 to 18

     

    8 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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

     

     

    $2,250 to $5,000


     

    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

     

    4


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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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. 

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    information not available

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    information not available

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    • Classically inspired curriculum
    • Experienced OCT and ECE qualified Catholic educators
    • Monthly Mass and daily devotions, an environment highlighting the liturgical seasons of the Church
    • Enrichment activities: guest speakers, pilgrimages, works of mercy
    • Busing available to most students
    • Located on a beautiful 8.5 acre site just west of Strathroy, Ontario
    • Chapel, library, gaga-ball pits, basketball courts, gymnasium and dramatic arts stage
    • Athletics (track and field, cross country, basketball, volleyball, tchoukball, floor hockey, soccer)
    • Instruction of students in French, music and computer programming
    • Small class sizes

    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).

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    The mission of Our Lady of the Pillar Academy is to support parents in fulfilling their role as the primary educators of their children by providing a classically inspired education faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We endeavor to inspire students to grow in wisdom and virtue seeking all that is good, true and beautiful. Together we strive to help students to realize more fully their baptismal call to bring Christ to the world and become saints.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Message

    information not available

     

    At Our Lady of the Pillar Academy, we are passionate about our Catholic faith and growing in wisdom and virtue.  We cherish the knowledge that has been passed on to us from previous generations and we help our students to seek all that is good, true and beautiful in the world.  Our kindergarten students are immersed in an environment of calm order and wonder as they start exploring the world through their first formal educational experience.  Reaching the grammar stage of learning, our primary and junior students work to master the building blocks of language and mathematics, to learn through science, history, and geography how the world works and what has come before us, and to appreciate great works of literature, art and music and the growing control they have over their own bodies.  Our intermediate students, developmentally at the logic stage, continue their study of these subjects at a more advanced level as well as learning logic and reasoning skills.  With the socratic method of teaching, they learn to deeply think about what they are learning and to express their ideas eloquently.  They are also encouraged to be servant leaders in the school, seeing ways in which they can help others.  With very small class sizes (under 15 students), our teachers are able to get to know each child well, with his or her own strengths, weaknesses, and particular gifts.  We individualize learning as much as possible, particularly in mathematics and language arts, so that each child is able to grow to his or her potential and recognize the ways in which God is calling him or her to glorify Him and serve others.   

    We recognize parents as the primary educators of their children, and we seek to support them in their work of raising their children to be young men and women who strive to become saints.  In addition to developing the intellectual knowledge and capability of our students, we seek to foster growth in virtues so that each child continues to become more and more the best version of him or herself.  We hope that our students come to see themselves as beloved children of God, comfortable to grow and learn in the warm and caring environment that is Our Lady of the Pillar Academy. 

    Krista Huver

    Head of School

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      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

      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      We follow a classically inspired curriculum emphasizing academics and the riches of the Catholic Faith. Classes are teacher-led, taking into account the grammar and logic stages of child development. Because our classes are small, the needs and strengths of each individual can be recognized. Rote learning and narration are used throughout our curriculum. Using a phonetic approach, students are taught to read and spell. They are taught to write well and think clearly through our writing and grammar program. We study classical literature which enriches their minds with great stories and lessons from the past. Following a four-year cycle, world history is taught and interwoven with other subjects. In addition, students are formally taught computer coding beginning at grade three. Central to delivering all of our curriculum, we strive to teach our students to see their learning as good stewardship of their God-given gifts, to be used for his purpose in a rewarding and joyful way.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Our grade 1 through 6 math curriculum is usually delivered by interactive software and supported by the classroom teacher. Students are shown the topic covered in each lesson and are guided through examples. Further examples are given to do on their own, with instant feedback and assistance from the computer and from the teacher as needed. Each day's math lesson includes questions from earlier lessons. Math facts are drilled daily. Our grade 7 and 8 math classes are guided by our specialist math teacher. Students are taught the traditional strands and emphasis is given to topics that grade 9 and 10 students typically find most challenging. Our students are very well prepared for high school.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Math-U-See, Teaching Textbooks, privately developed high school content.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        In late grade 7 and through much of grade 8, students are taught how and when to use a calculator.

      • Writing

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Pillar Academy is committed to using the writing and grammar programs of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. IEW's unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. They will learn several structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, and essays) to help them organize any type of composition. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers, and more) are taught incrementally to gently move students from the basics into more sophisticated writing. (www.iew.com)

      • Science

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Science is taught as the pursuit of empirical truth. Using the Ontario Curriculum as a guide, many disciplines of science are covered with both teacher-centered and hands-on delivery. The scientific method is employed to teach students how to arrive at factual knowledge through good questioning and logical experimentation. Ultimately, students are encouraged to develop their sense of inquisitiveness and wonder while observing the natural world.


        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

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Fine Arts

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        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

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        At Pillar Academy, we provide weekly music instruction which includes some theory, vocal, and instrumental components. As well, visual arts skills such as sketching, painting, and sculpting are explored throughout the year. During the Christmas season, the students have the opportunity to experience drama and theater by preparing an Advent and Christmas stage production.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


        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

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Teachers model and teach appropriate use of technology. Our classrooms have sufficient computers for student use for the purpose of completing assignments. Our Internet use is carefully managed and students are taught safe practices for Internet use. Starting in grade 3, students are taught the fundamentals of computer programming with Scratch, and by grade 7 and 8 are working on HTML/CSS coding and higher level programming languages such as Python and Visual Basic.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Our students learn common physical skills (e.g. basic movement, catching/throwing, fitness etc.) by means of play and games. By the middle grades students are using these skills to play modified sports requiring cooperation. By grade 7 and 8 students are playing games and sports that they can enjoy through adulthood.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      An age appropriate classical approach is used with an emphasis on using stories and hands-on learning to cultivate wonder and awe and introduce the virtues. Through nature study children's natural curiosity is nurtured. Learning skills including listening, math facts and phonics are taught to prepare for future learning.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      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

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      We see characteristics of both Rigorous and Supportive widely in our school.


      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."

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


      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."

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Our aim is to support parents to provide their children with a foundation of faith that permeates all areas of life. We aim to guide our students as they grow their gifts and talents, while nurturing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We aim to accompany our students in their learning as together we embrace the universal calls to holiness and mission.

  • 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

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    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

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    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

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    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.

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Wheatley School

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    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

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


    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

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    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

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    OLPA serves to support the respectful, self-controlled, cooperative and autonomous student who is open to direction and who thrives in an independent learning environment; one who can participate in self-regulating activities not in need of assistance due to visual, physical or hearing impairments. One who responds well to a teacher’s coaching and desires to participate in a warm, enthusiastic and somewhat structured learning environment. Our highly successful students are physically capable of full body motor activities and are independent, self-motivated learners displaying personal initiative with a desire to improve on their past learning outcomes within a multi-grade level, learning environment and who are not in need of any considerable remedial support.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    It is a constitutional requirement for Families whose child(ren) are student(s) of OLPA to have an OLPA membership.($100.00 Annually)

    Pre-registration deposit (one month’s payment) is due August 1st and is non-refundable.

    Each monthly payment is due on the FIRST of the Month for the month following.




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