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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1990

     

    2020


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    80


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to SK

     

    1 to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, Mandarin

     

    English, French, Spanish


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

     

    Progressive, Waldorf


     

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

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    5 to 13

     

    20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $6,750 to $11,200

     

    $12,500 to $12,850


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    10


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - SK

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    AGORA PREP

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    User reviews

    User reviews

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Music can be a powerful thing, and Yip’s has created its program around that understanding. Benefits include social, creative, and cognitive development, and Yip’s uses it as a basis for delivering the Ontario curriculum. The use of the Montessori method provides some nice overlap, including a foundation in the core Montessori values of empathy and respect. Yip’s has grown to occupy four locations since the first was opened in 1990. As such the school has a deceptive range and breadth of instructional resources—while each location feels close-knit, the school is effectively quite large. That said, the lived experience for students is one of participation within a small, familiar, safe, and comfortable community of learners.

    AGORA PREP

    It’s true that no school is right for every student, and that’s something that Agora has taken absolutely to heart. Some students thrive in highly structured, regimented environments, though very many others don’t. The program has been developed to be student-lead, active, engaging and dynamic, a true marketplace of ideas and experiences, as indeed the name suggests. Staff is prone to look beyond the school walls, bringing in members of the wider community, including business owners, adding a welcome dimension to classroom instruction. Learning is project based, making use of a wide range of supports, from staff expertise to AI. It’s a bold program, and one to which very many students respond enthusiastically to.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP

    Highlights

    Highlights

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    AGORA PREP

    • No Schedules
    • Open Learning Environment
    • Blended Grades
    • Inquiry Based Learning
    • Immersive Technology (interactive projectors, robots, AI)
    • Live Walls
    • Guest Speakers on Hair Dressing, HVAC, Carpentry, etc.
    • Project Focused Collective Learning (mixing all ages according to interest)
    • Fully functional and fascinating sensory room for meditation
    • Completely flexible seating

    Description

    Description

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Yip’s Music & Montessori Schools promotes academic, language and performing arts excellence. Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program caters to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill. Students who took the CAT4 test averaged in the 90 percentile! Yip's provides a school and a community that places children's education first. Our school has been voted as the Top Montessori School in Markham by Top Choice Media for seven consecutive years.

    AGORA PREP

    What is Agora? “An open learning environment that Advances Global Opportunities and Revolutionizes Academia through PREParing and inspiring students to be the leaders of the future.” At AGORA Prep. we start with the learner. What do they desire to learn? What are their talents, interests, and ambitions? At AGORA Prep., we traded courses, timetables, classes, and tests for challenges, collaborations, creativity, and coaching by educators and learners. AGORA prep. is unique in every way.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP

    Message

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School offers a unique curriculum that promotes academic, language and performing arts excellence for children. Our vision to create an environment which would foster and enhance the musical talents of youth is at the core of the program philosophy. Yip’s encourages our students to aspire to high moral values, at the same time teaching extensive cultural sensitivity, preparing them for unlimited global success. 

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School focuses on the individuality of students. We designs individualized program so students learn according to their own pace. With small class sizes and low student/teacher ratios, the school’s experienced, certified teachers are able to foster classroom discipline and deliver individualized instruction. 

    Yip’s offers an integrated Montessori program that includes Language, Mathematics, Practical Life, Sensorial, Science, History and Cultural Education. The school’s child-cantered, caring environment empowers children to reach their potential, while nurturing confidence and self-esteem. We follow and excel the Ontario curriculum for students. At Yip’s, academic excellence and high ethical standards are nurtured. Students are encouraged to be creative, independent and self-disciplined. 

    Yip’s is also renowned for its effective Music Program. Many studies have found that music learning actually enhances children's brain development, especially in the areas of mathematics and language.Through practice and participating in performances, students are able to master better body coordination, be more self-expressive and learn to value the importance of teamwork. Yip’s also provides language instruction in English, French and Chinese to better prepare students for the challenges of a multi-cultural world. The stimulating programs offered by Yip’s provide the challenging academics, social and emotional guidance you want for your child.

     

    Thank you for visting my Academy's profile. I am a mother of 3 beautiful children who have struggled in the current school system. I wrote a thesis in 2001 about Engaged Learning for my Specialized Honours Degree in Education. I have since gained experience in the education field and worked with many students from Kindergarten to grade 12 and Adults in the Federal Government. Learning is my passion and I have amalgamated several theories of learning from around the world to be the first to create our one-of-a-kind Academy called Agora Prep. Agora is the ancient Greek Marketplace where ideas were discussed and many pholisophers such as Socrates, Plato, Descartes and others explored progressive notions like gravity, the earth, and notable areas of knowledge such as psychology, astronomy, philosophy and scientific inquiry. Similarly, Agora Prep Academy will explore our world through inquiries, discussions, research and debate. This is the proven method of learning and retention. It is the way of the future.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      AGORA PREP

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      AGORA PREP

      Waldorf


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      AGORA PREP

      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

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      AGORA PREP

      Waldorf schools are available from preschool to Grade 12, though they are most popular at the younger ages. Waldorf schools are unmistakably "progressive". Rudolf Steiner, their intellectual forefather, believed the educator's first task should be to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation for life and learning. Sometimes incorrectly conflated with Montessori schools, Waldorf schools focus on developing the "whole child" - emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning, along with the arts and music, which are integrated into other areas of study.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      AGORA PREP

      D Developing student’s metacognition (thinking about their thinking and how they learn) Y Yearning for Learning (Interest based and self-motivated) N Necessary, relevant, and engaged learners (no rigid schedules, rote memorization, or monologues) A Absorbing knowledge through experiences and questions (developing research methods through technology) M Mindful associations and mastering concepts (Leveraging talents and strength- dance, music, movement to learn) I Initiating the learning and seeking solutions (Students decide the curriculum and explore answers to their inquiries) C Calculating, self-driven, and innately desired Learning (developing life-long skills that actually matter)

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Discovery Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Math is taught through physical experience to emphasize comprehension and ensure retention of principles. Using our bodies and physical environment is critical in learning mathematical concepts in a pragmatic and effective manner.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        We do not use textbooks.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        We utilize tools in order to comprehend and solve advanced mathematical equations.

      • Early Reading

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        We provide the tools necessary to sound out words and learn the actual structure of language including semantics, syntax, pronounciation, and literary comprehension.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Process approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        All of our writing is relevant and in real time. We also teach cursive, printing, typing and short-hand notetaking. Writing is an expression of ideas and thoughts. It is a creative method of communication and can be used in different forms. Writing a variety of texts is imperative to globally develop critical thinking and creative synthesis.

      • Science

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Science will be included in almost all activities. The element of science is incorporated in everything that surrounds us. We can examine scientific areas of interest as they arise with the students.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        AGORA PREP

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Social Justice


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Literature surrounds us. In order to perform as a higher critical thinker and innovator, students need to incorporate and apprciate liteterature as a major vehicle of demonstrative knowledge. Students will be encouraged to read, debate, understand, present, write and modify common and uncommon literary works.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        AGORA PREP

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Social Studies will be integrated in our curriculum as a medium to advance global thinking and worldly experience. Students will be able to virtually meet students from other countries and discuss ideas, solutions, inventions and learning.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Pragmatism


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        It is important to emphasize the critical value of current events when studying humanities. It is equally relevant to study our reaction to a global pandemic in the 21st century but it would not be complete without examining our reaction to the same issue in the past. It is the delta, the difference and the developments that contribute to a more complete analysis.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Introducing new languages is simple if they are incorporated in everyday use. Teaching languages through songs, immersive experiences and movies or plays are all effective and simple ways of learning new languages. This is how Agora Prep Academy teaches a variety of languages including French, Spanish, Arabic and any other language that our students will be speaking. Peer to peer learning is also an incredible way of learning from one another.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        AGORA PREP

        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)

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        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

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Fine arts ensure that our world is balancing the logical aspects of our brain with the imaginative components of our minds and thoughts. A focus on learning fine arts is an extremely impactful way of engaging learners and maintaining a fluid and colourful environment for learners. Agora Prep Academy will also explore music animation, movie animation, stop-motion animation, sountrack recording, graffiti art, disk-jockeying and other pratical demonstrations of current and historical forms of fine arts.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        AGORA PREP

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        All students will have their own tablets at school and there will be no traditional books to take home with heavy backpacks. All the IP will be exactly where it needs to be, on a student's live drive and their own user accounts. This is far more practical than traditional bagpacks with heavy books and materials that can all be performed successfully online.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        AGORA PREP

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Agora Prep Academy will focus on learning through sports and physical activities. We recognize the vital importance of spatial intelligence and physical awareness in everything we do. We will enforce and encourage students to explore all sports and create new ones using variations of existing sports.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Approach

      AGORA PREP

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

      AGORA PREP

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      "Pursuit of Academic, Language and Performing Arts Excellence" Our school's education goals are to develop independence, inner discipline and to foster a sense of competence through a prepared learning environment. The preschool programs are based on the Montessori curriculum teaching method and teaching apparatus. Formal music education (Choral, Piano & Violin), Chinese Language (Cantonese & Mandarin) and French are included as part of the school curriculum. Our school is voted as "Top Montessori School" in Markham for 6 consecutive years since 2010.

      AGORA PREP

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Pace

      AGORA PREP

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      AGORA PREP

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      AGORA PREP

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Culture

      AGORA PREP

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      AGORA PREP

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      AGORA PREP

      Our academy focuses on life-long learning as a premise for success. Attaining real life skills like "how to complete taxes" or "applying for a loan" are often missed in traditional schooling. We will focus on the necessary, relevant and critical parts of life that we need to prepare our future generation for as leaders. Agora Prep Academy is all about the students and what they want to learn. It is pragmatic, dynamic and customized. Our curriculum is solely based on interest and all the content and subjects are taught within the framework of engagement. This is the single, most important key to student success, engagement, curiousity and inquiry based learning.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      AGORA PREP

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Primary

      Primary

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      AGORA PREP

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

      AGORA PREP

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Our Montessori approach offers a board vision of education as an aid to life. It is designed to help children with the task of their inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. Our aim of Performing Arts Education is to instil a live of Music, Art and Dance and to develop a child's intellectual faculties, i.e. imagination, memory, social skills, self expression and self confidence.

      AGORA PREP

      We inspire future leaders. Innovators, inventors, political figures and global thinkers. Our approach is unconventional, experiential, and collectively customizable.

  • 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:

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    Agora Prep

    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.
     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP


    Additional support

    Additional support

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AGORA PREP

    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

    Modifications

     

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AGORA PREP

    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

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    AGORA PREP

    Agora Prep offers programs that will enhance social intereactions, awareness and communication skills. We have mindful games and activities that build communities of learners online and in person.


    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

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    AGORA PREP

    Agora Prep Academy is based on each student's interests and learning capabilities. Since children will be learning different things at different times, there will be no need for norm objectives and comparative learning analyses. Our environment welcomes all abilities and children with "superpowers" that don't necessary define them but can definitely empower them to learn differently.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    Agora Prep

    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

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

    AGORA PREP

    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

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - SK

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 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

    AGORA PREP

    We look for learners of all kinds. Everyone is welcome to our learning environment.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    AGORA PREP

    Applications to AGORA Prep are processed on a rolling basis. There is no deadline, however it is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible. Please email the Admission Office if you have any questions, or would like to arrange for a personal tour. 1) Download this PDF form and fill in all the correct details! 2) Bring or send your form to the following address:[email protected] 3) Pay the $200 administrative fee 




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