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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Polaris School and Centre

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1990

     

    2018


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    40


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to SK

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, Mandarin

     

    English


     

    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

     

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

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    5 to 13

     

    8 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

    Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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.
     
    Waldorf
    Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $6,750 to $11,200

     

    $6,000 to $12,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    3


     

    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 K - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Polaris School and Centre

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    "Within the nest which her classroom represents, she is secure in the certainty of what is and is not, yet free to explore and make sense of the world and her place in it."
    Safaa Abdelmagid - Parent   (Sep 15, 2021)
    My daughter adores her teachers at Kindergarten and feels a strong sense of ownership towards her cl...
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    "I have been impressed by how the teachers have been tackling Math in first grade as I watched my son learn..."
    Noha Naqeeb - Parent   (Sep 15, 2021)
    Polaris has been a wonderful safe haven for my anxious, restless son. Everyday he came home with les...
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    "There is a commitment at Polaris to truly know and meet each child where they are, even when they are having a difficult day."
    Leah Cogan - Parent   (Sep 15, 2021)
    My sons have found in Polaris a gentle refuge, particularly during this last year and a half of unpr...
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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.

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    Founded in 2018, Polaris is relatively new, formed through the coming together of a number of families seeking something different, more responsive, perhaps richer than was available at the time. The school isn’t a Waldorf school in name, though is built on the Waldorf principles, the core being that learning should begin from a place of imagination and creativity, and build from the students’ innate curiosities. Polaris is the pole star, the north star, the one that people for centuries have used for navigation, and the metaphor is apt—education is conceived here as a kind of navigation through the curriculum, through the world, and toward a greater understanding of ourselves, our talents, and our relationships with others. The school is small, and has all the benefits that we associate with small schools, including a high degree of student engagement with others, a rich, close-knit social experience, and a marked agility in developing unique programs. Interaction with families and parents is close, regular, and open.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Polaris School and Centre

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    information not available

    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.

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    Our holistic approach focuses on the whole child, head, heart and hands. We strive to help students become confident, creative & independent thinkers ready to face the future, with the tools needed to meet an ever-changing world. Artistic expression, practical skills and movement are integrated into academic subjects through hands-on and experiential learning, providing a rigorous academic program. Learning becomes an engaging journey of discovery of the world and oneself that inspires a lifelong love of learning.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Polaris School and Centre

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    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.

     

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  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Polaris School and Centre

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

      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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

      The Waldorf curriculum meets the changing cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of the student as they travel through the different stages of development in their grade school years. Our interdisciplinary and holistic approach integrates experiential learning, creativity, academic rigor, and social responsibility. Students are presented with a wide variety of cognitive, artistic, physical and practical tasks and activities to help them flourish and express themselves on multiple levels. Our teachers cultivate a life-long love of learning with engaging, hands-on activities and a deep respect for building relationships in a classroom setting that also values individuality.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Polaris School and Centre

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        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

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Math classes are delivered by the main lesson teacher and utilize different activities especially in the lower grades that address the three main cognitive learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Through stories, artwork, movement, natural math manipulatives, and practical applications students at a Waldorf school experience math in a truly multi-sensory approach. As well, math work is reinforced in other classes like Handwork, Woodwork, Foreign Languages and Eurythmy. The students' math knowledge and understanding is deepened in the upper grades with increasing complexity, continued multisensory approaches and scheduled skills classes to support ongoing skill development, fostering a deep mathematical understanding.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Students make their own "textbooks", solidifying what they have learned, and making the experience meaningful and joyful, as well as serving as a tool for memorization. From grade six on, students are also presented with various sources of supplementary materials.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Calculators are not used until later in middle school, often not until grade eight. until then the focus is on mental math and pen and paper math, ensuring arithmetic calculations and mathematical concepts have been deeply cemented before moving to a tool to aid in calculations.

      • Writing

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Polaris School and Centre

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        The Waldorf curriculum places a strong emphasis on hand-writing skills particularly on cursive writing which often begins in grade two. From the very beginning, Waldorf students are creating their own lesson books with printing and handwriting and illustrations reflecting their new knowledge in the focus subjects whether that be a simple fable, a lesson farming, or a class in geography, physics or physiology. The students take pride in their work and naturally the books become more elaborate and the writing more comprehensive in the middle school grades. Not only is cursive writing an important tool for cognitive development, it also gives our teachers another opportunity to reinforce literacy skills including vocabulary building, spelling, comprehension and grammar throughout the various subject lessons.

      • Science

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Polaris School and Centre

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        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

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Information not available


        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

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        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

      • Literature

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Polaris School and Centre

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        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

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        The rich literature chosen for each grade reflects the students' developmental stages and permeates every class and lesson through poetry, plays, stories and novels. The Waldorf curriculum strives to inculcate love for language and expression in all its forms and every curricular subject is used to grow moral values, ethics, respect and curiosity for the world in all of its diversity. The literature chosen and the comprehensive approach allows fundamental concepts and a wide variety of themes to be explored freely and appreciated in both classroom work and theatrical productions.


        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

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        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

        Polaris School and Centre

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        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

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Using an interdisciplinary approach, Geography and History lessons are explored so that children develop an awareness of different landscapes, cultures and human conditions. The succession of events in history, presented in the form of storytelling, brings students to appreciate a wide variety of aspects of humanity and its evolution geographically, culturally, socially and economically. Cause and effect in the natural world awakens the students' awareness and sense of responsibility and compassion. Social Studies classes in the early grades begin with the students' immediate surroundings and then explore Canada's diverse regions. In the Upper Grades, critical thinking and analytical judgement are developed through studying the Revolutions and Modern History. Historical eras are also explored through other mediums like music, art and drama.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Polaris School and Centre

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        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

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Upper grade students have a budding inner awareness and a burgeoning interest in worldly matters and the Waldorf Humanities and Social Science curricula reflect this growth. The Social Science curriculum meets their interests with History studies that explore the Renaissance and Revolutions and with Geography classes that explore Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Topics in world geography that encompass physical, social, cultural, economic and political conditions allow for thoughtful reflection and lively debate. Biography classes, that focus on a wide variety of prominent figures from political leaders to scientists to activists, also engage the adolescents' own growing individuality.

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Polaris School and Centre

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        The elementary student is engaged intellectually, emotionally and physically through the interactions of teachers and students, nourishing their needs and promoting a natural approach to the transfer of knowledge and the development of capacities for learning. In the early grades the negative impacts of screen time outweigh the benefits of human interactions and outdoor play, so screen time is strongly discouraged. Upper grade students do have the opportunity to use technology to complete research projects and other academic tasks set by the teacher.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Yip’s Music & Montessori School

        YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Polaris School and Centre

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


        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

        POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

        Although movement is always integrated into the Main Lesson, students have additional weekly Physical Education classes throughout all grades. Movement is considered essential for the harmonious development of the child due to its many benefits. Physical activity improves coordination, spatial awareness, orientation, balance, synchronization, social bonding, self-discipline, confidence, endurance, determination and mood. Classes are more playful and non-competitive in the early grades, while competitive games and team sports are introduced at the beginning of grade six.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Polaris School and Centre

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


      Approach


      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.

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

      Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      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.

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

      The Kindergarten program celebrates childhood, respecting the developmental needs of young children, through joy and a sense of wonder. Each child is seen and honoured as a unique part of the class community. Relationships are at the heart of a warm and nurturing atmosphere, as the children make meaningful connections to themselves, others, nature and the world. Slowing down and protecting the children’s senses brings a healing gesture to the children. Through creative free play, the children explore their interests, exercise their imagination, express themselves and develop their social-emotional skills. The enriched oral language program, through poetry, song, storytelling and beautiful books, lays a strong literacy foundation. Healthy bodies and sensory integration underlie learning, and movement is greatly encouraged.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Polaris School and Centre

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


      Culture


      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.

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

      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

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

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      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Yip’s Music & Montessori School

      YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Polaris School and Centre

      POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


      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."

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      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."

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      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      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.

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      Information not available

  • 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

    Polaris School and Centre

    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

    Polaris School and Centre

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

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    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

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    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

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    Information not available


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

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

    YIP’S MUSIC & MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Yip’s Music & Montessori School

    Polaris School and Centre

    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

    Polaris School and Centre

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE


    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

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    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 K - 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

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    All families seeking an alternative, holistic, Waldorf-inspired education are welcome. When you join Polaris, you become part of a community and everyone is encouraged to become an active and engaged member of the school and of your child's school experience.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    POLARIS SCHOOL AND CENTRE

    At Polaris, our admissions process is meant to help facilitate the decision-making process and ensure that Polaris is the right school for your child and your family. We strive to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision and welcome your questions. Our admissions application was created to provide us with enough information to see if we can meet the needs of your child and your expectations. It is just as important for us to know who you are, as it is for you to know who we are.

    Please visit our website for more details and/or to begin the admissions process.




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