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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    1906


     

    Enrolment

     

    170

     

    1007


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

     

    K to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori, International Baccalaureate

     

    Progressive


     

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    15 to 18

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $20,090 to $41,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $54,850 to $71,770


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    20%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    K to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $11,685

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    13

     

    77


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    24%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    "School leadership is exemplary"
    Bronwyn Tulloch - Parent   (Apr 06, 2018)
    Our daughter started at SMUS as a boarder in Grade 11. She moved from a very large public day school...
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    "Our son loves SMUS. There is no single thing that makes him love it, but rather the combination of..."
    Jonathan Barry - Parent   (May 14, 2018)
    Our son likes the quality of the students, the teachers and the professionalism of the school best. ...
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    "...they aim to have each student actualize their inner potential".
    Enoch Wuraola - Parent   (Jul 10, 2018)
    Both of my children have attended St. Michaels University School as boarders: my daughter from gr. 1...
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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. 

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    The academic atmosphere at St. Michaels is supportive and progressive, beginning with a Reggio Emilia program that sets a tone of curiosity and collaboration that is carried through the upper grades. The boarding program sets the foundation for the school, establishing a community of service, involvement, and excellence not only in students’ academic life, but in their social lives and physical health as well. The program of pastoral care is broad and robust, something that derives in part from the context that the boarding program provides. The motto of one of the two founding schools is retained today: “nothing is great unless it is good.” That’s telling. Care and support are considered to be as important as challenge and excellence, and students are encouraged to engage with the entire spectrum of curricular and extra-curricular programs. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a rich, challenging, diverse academic and social atmosphere.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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).

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    Located in the city of Victoria, St. Michaels University School is a coed boarding and day school with a global reputation for academic excellence. Students from around the world are challenged by an extensive curriculum, including Canada’s most established Advanced Placement program offering 27 courses. Intellectual stimulation combined with exceptional values-based athletics, arts and leadership programs make SMUS a school that seeks the excellence in all students while preparing them for life.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    Message

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    From all my enquiries, anecdotal, empirical, and statistical, SMUS is a world-class school built on the solid foundations of its extended community. At the heart of that community are the students, some drawn into boarding from a diverse range of cultures and others who are deeply rooted in Victoria and its environs. The students are inspired by a large, dedicated and highly qualified faculty who over the years have established a reputation for going beyond the call of duty to nurture individual interests and enthusiasm.

    The school mission is to aim for the “excellence in all of us.” As anyone who aspires for the highest standards will know, this is no easy task. A starting point is that “you have to be good to be great” but an outstanding education requires a holistic view that provides opportunities for the development of the mind, body, and the soul to enable young people to ask the big questions and really find out who they are.

    We believe in both passion – come with a spark of enthusiasm and it will be fanned into a blaze – and compassion – education is a shared experience and we all journey together. Indeed, the school’s commitment to service and leadership has a reach far beyond BC; it is truly international.

    Learning should be fun, but it should also be appropriately challenging. Rigor instills resilience, which we are told will be increasingly important as the world becomes more competitive. This should also be the time for reflection; the chance to pause and think and dream.

    SMUS students have achieved remarkable success in a broad range of professions. Many report that this is down to quiet inner confidence, the ability to think independently, and a commitment to civilized values.

    By providing a vast range of competitive sports, clubs, and activities, we hope to provide something for everyone to find their niche.

    We invite you to come and meet us at our beautiful sites on Richmond Road and Victoria Avenue, and to find out first-hand the blend of people, place, tradition and innovation that makes St. Michaels University School such a special place.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      SMUS's curricular approach is a blend of traditional, which ensures success in provincial and AP exams, and progressive enhancements that allow students to dive deeper into topics and find their passions. This is achieved through inquiry-based learning, which speaks to learners' natural curiosity, and project-based learning that gives opportunities for them to express creativity across subject areas. Additionally SMUS is an innovator in experiential programs - ensuring students of all grades gain hands-on experiences outside the traditional curriculum, including outdoor education, leadership and service. SMUS is also a committed champion of personalized learning, shaping education around the needs and interests of each student.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        At all levels, SMUS follows the provincial curriculum but adds enrichment using real world examples, problem solving and project work. Where possible, SMUS connects mathematics to other subject areas. At the Junior School, there is a strong focus on building foundation skills and math fluency through the exploration of number concepts, patterns and relations, spatial sense, and statistics and probability. By Middle School, students are continuing to develop concepts and skills, while emphasizing real world applications of mathematical ideas. At the Senior School, skills and concepts are developed in several different ways - numerically, graphically, algebraically, and written. After the Grade 10 level, students can choose which stream of mathematics best suits their post-secondary needs. As well, we have three levels of Calculus available to students. This includes two levels of AP Calculus to again offer the best possible preparation for university.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        There are no set texts but teachers make use of Maths Makes Sense, Quest 2000, McGraw-Hill and calculus texts from Stewart and Prentice-Hall. This is supplemented by iPads, laptops and other technological resources. Students can also enter mathematics competitions.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        At the Junior School, there are no calculators except where they are part of a personalized learning program. In the Middle School, calculators are introduced as a tool. By Senior School, authorized graphic calculators are a part of the curriculum but there are several chapters without calculators.

      • Science

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        At the primary level, integrated learning - connecting science with language and mathematics - strengthens understanding of different concepts. By Grades 3-5, students learn lab procedures and the scientific process through an inquiry-based approach. In Middle School, many of the concepts and skills students learn are gained through "hands-on and minds-on" experiments and inquiries. Accordingly, Middle School Science classes take a variety of forms including: experiments, guided inquiries, student-designed investigations, mystery guests, field trips and field work. At the Senior School, the required science courses are more expository. Students interested in marine science can take an elective course. At the Grade 11 and 12 levels, students choose from several options and motivated students are offered the opportunity to enroll in advanced courses which prepare them for the Grade 12 Advanced Placement program.


        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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        The English department offers a variety of courses that address the interests and needs of the students. For capable students, we offer the chance to look at the traditional canon, where they study works ranging from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the 20th Century, which can lead to AP English Literature and Composition and AP English Language and Composition. These courses, particularly AP English Literature and Composition, are usually theme-based and seek to address a common question or subject, for example: literature of the road, literature of the absurd, indigenous literature and black humour. We also offer a course in creative writing, in which aspiring authors can receive guidance in writing their own poetry, short fiction and dramatic monologues, and meet visiting authors. In the years that this course has been running, SMUS students have won many provincial and national awards for their writing.


        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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        SMUS offers a comprehensive language program. Beginning in Kindergarten, students learn French through story, theatre and music to put the language into context. In Middle School, students take French and Mandarin. In Senior School, students can continue their learning in French, Spanish and Mandarin. Languages help develop confidence, and students are often asked to put their skills into practice through public speaking.


        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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Starting in Kindergarten, SMUS students are introduced to a variety of fine arts, including music, choir, strings, drama and visual art. In Middle School, students delve deeper into pursuits in visual art, choir and either band or strings. In Senior School, students have addition opportunities to broaden their skills with courses in subjects such as creative writing, drama and Advanced Placement Studio Art. Beyond the classroom, students hone skills through performances at professional theatre venues. In Junior School, the Grade 5 classes have an annual large performance - either an opera or a musical. In Middle School, students participate in a biennial musical production. In Senior School, students can participate in the annual musical program. There are opportunities for strings, band and choral performances throughout the year. Students also have access to a range of extracurricular art opportunities, such as jazz band, choral ensembles and student Art Councils.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Physical Education

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        It is clear from the most cutting-edge brain research, that exercise during the school day is critically important to support optimum brain function in our students. At SMUS, our physical education program is focused on using exercise to help students learn. Our philosophy articulates it best: SMUS Physical Education Program aims to maximize students’ physical, emotional and academic well-being through exercise, while developing the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to support a healthy, active life. Our PE classes are high-energy, supportive environments inspired by a team approach and engaging modern workouts. Students learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, while cultivating character through a variety of team and individual experiences, as well as different skill acquisition activities.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      The SMUS Kindergarten program is an inquiry and play-based progam inspired by the Reggio-Emilia philosophy. At SMUS, the child is a collaborator at the centre of their learning with teachers and parents acting as partners and guides. SMUS cultivates a joyful learning experience, fostering curiousity and a love of exploration, which includes the use of nature and the environment as a third teacher. Children benefit from small class sizes, two teachers to every classroom, and additional, specialist teachers in music, PE, library, French and art.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      SMUS's academic culture is more supportive until grade 10. After which, students prepare for exams and university entrance, and the culture naturally becomes more rigorous.


      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."

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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


      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."

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      SMUS provides opportunities and feedback that supports students in becoming self-aware, both in terms of what they value and the role they can play in the world. Equally, the program positions students to be curious about those different from themselves, so that they learn to openly listen in a way that builds understanding of other perspectives. Finally, SMUS offers the reflective and technical tools to help students navigate those differences in a way that enhances the lives of all involved.

  • 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

    St. Michaels University 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.
     

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    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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

    St. Michaels University 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

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    Yes

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    The profile of a SMUS student is that they are curious, passionate and ambitious. This means more than just academic success - it means challenging yourself in all areas. As a student here, you will be expected to engage in arts, athletics, leadership and volunteering. You will need to be open to new experiences, to meeting people from different walks of life, and to taking on leadership responsibilities. Admissions staff are looking for students that fit this profile and who will bring their passion and energy to the benefit of all in the school community.

    What the school says

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Steve Nash (1992)
    Professional basketball player (two-time NBA MVP) and philanthropist.
    Kenneth Oppel (1985)
    Young adult and children's author - famous for the Silverwing series. Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award in 2007.
    Stewart Butterfield (1991)
    Founder of Flickr, co-founder of Slack entrepreneur and businessman.
    Leslie Hope (1982)
    Actress - famously playing Teri Bauer in the Fox TV show 24.
    Rachel Curran (1990)
    Director of Policy in the Canadian government, reported directly the the Prime Minister.
    Simon Ibell (1996)
    Founder of the iBellieve Foundation.
    Melissa Sawyer (1994)
    Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in New Orleans.



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