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Curriculum Montessori, International Baccalaureate

[Show definition of Curriculum]

Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.

Curriculum approach at Century Private School: Montessori, International Baccalaureate

Century Private School has a Montessori, International Baccalaureate approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Progressive, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).

[Show: About Montessori, International Baccalaureate?]

Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net:
  Montessori - 11%
  Traditional - 41%
  Liberal arts - 14%
  Progressive - 32%
  Reggio Emilia - 0%
  Waldorf - 2%

Century Private School has a International Baccalaureate approach to supplementary curriculum.

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

What Century Private School says about their overall curriculum and approach:

Our Preschool and Kindergarten Casa classes follow the Montessori method of teaching. Our elementary and high school students follow the Ontario curriculum with opportunities for enrichment. The foundation of learning at Century is built on three pillars: Character, Leadership, and Community Service. Century Private School is now an IB Candidate School.


Montessori offered:

Programoffered
Montessori toddler
Casa
Elementary
Middle School
High School

International Baccalaureate offered

Programoffered
Primary Years
Middle Years
Diploma program
Career-related program

Approach

Focus
Academic

Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics

    Equal Balance

    Mathematics approach at Century Private School: Equal Balance

    Century Private School has an Equal Balance approach to Mathematics (as opposed to Traditional Math, Discovery Math approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

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

    Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 69%
      Traditional math - 26%
      Discovery math - 5%

    What Century Private School says:

    Our Mathematics program is introduced using concrete materials, which allow the student to develop sound computational and geometric skills. These skills provide the students with the strengths that allow them to progress to the abstract level where they develop proficient problem solving skills through the application of critical and analytical thinking.

    Textbooks and supplementary materials:

    This information is not currently available.

    Calculator policy:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Early Reading

    Phonics-intensive

    Early Reading approach at Century Private School: Phonics-intensive

    Century Private School has a Phonics-intensive approach to Early Reading (as opposed to Whole Language, Balanced Literacy approach).

    [Show: About Phonics-intensive?]

    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.

    Early Reading at schools on OurKids.net:
      Phonics-intensive - 41%
      Whole language - 2%
      Balanced literacy - 57%

    What Century Private School says:

    In the Montessori classroom, children are introduced to the phonetic sounds of the alphabet with the use of sandpaper letters, which incorporates the sense of touch to reinforce learning. Once a child has mastered the sounds associated with each letter, they are then introduced to the large moveable alphabet, and begin to build three-letter phonetic words. The movement and activity is a stimulating process, which fosters the desire to sound out words and read.

    DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    What Century Private School says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Writing

    Equal balance

    Writing approach at Century Private School: Equal balance

    Century Private School has an Equal balance approach to Writing (as opposed to Systematic approach, Process approach approach).

    [Show: About Equal balance?]

    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.

    Writing at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 79%
      Systematic approach - 10%
      Process approach - 11%

    What Century Private School says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Science

    Equal Balance

    Science approach at Century Private School: Equal Balance

    Century Private School has an Equal Balance approach to Science (as opposed to Expository, Inquiry approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

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

    Science at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 70%
      Expository - 5%
      Inquiry - 25%

    Teaching approach:

    The student's natural curiosity and innate need to learn through discovery is nurtured by the sciences. Through a curriculum that includes studies in Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Zoology, and Botany, the students are exposed to the fundamental theories and concepts of science with the goal of giving them an understanding of the natural and physical world and their interdependencies. Classroom instructional units are complemented by field trips to help the students make the connection between the principals and theories learned and their role and the functions in the real life applications.


    Treatment of evolution:

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

    Topics covered in curriculum:

    Subjectoffered
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Ecology
    Geology
    Meteorology
    Physics
    Physiology
    Zoology
  • Literature

    Traditional

    Literature approach at Century Private School: Traditional

    Century Private School has a Traditional approach to Literature (as opposed to Social Justice, Equal Balance approach).

    [Show: About Traditional?]

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

    Literature at schools on OurKids.net:
      Traditional - 22%
      Social justice - 3%
      Equal balance - 75%

    What Century Private School says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Social Studies

    Thematic

    Social Studies approach at Century Private School: Thematic

    Century Private School has a Thematic approach to Social Studies (as opposed to Core Knowledge, Expanding Communities approach).

    [Show: About Thematic?]

    The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.

    Social Studies at schools on OurKids.net:
      Thematic - 33%
      Core knowledge - 40%
      Expanding communities - 27%

    What Century Private School says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

    Equal Balance

    Humanities and Social Sciences approach at Century Private School: Equal Balance

    Century Private School has an Equal Balance approach to Humanities and Social Sciences (as opposed to Perennialism, Pragmatism approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

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

    Humanities and Social Sciences at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 81%
      Perennialism - 8%
      Pragmatism - 11%

    What Century Private School says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Foreign Languages

    Communicative

    Foreign Languages approach at Century Private School: Communicative

    Century Private School has a Communicative approach to Foreign Languages (as opposed to Audio-Lingual, Equal Balance approach).

    [Show: About Communicative?]

    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.

    Foreign Languages at schools on OurKids.net:
      Communicative - 34%
      Audio-lingual - 3%
      Equal balance - 63%

    What Century Private School says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Fine Arts

    Creative

    Fine Arts approach at Century Private School: Creative

    Century Private School has a Creative approach to Fine Arts (as opposed to Receptive, Equal Balance approach).

    [Show: About Creative?]

    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.

    Fine Arts at schools on OurKids.net:
      Creative - 33%
      Receptive - 2%
      Equal balance - 65%

    Program offers:

    Subjectoffered
    Acting
    Dance
    Drama/Theatre
    Graphic Design
    Music
    Visual Arts

    Visual studio philosophy:

    Expressive
    Disciplined

    What Century Private School says:

    The arts program is an important part of the school's curriculum as it contributes to the overall development of the student. The arts program encompasses Visual Arts, Music, and Drama. Study of the arts foster intellectual, social, and emotional growth, nurtures creativity and gives students other means of expression, verbally and non-verbally. It encourages self expression and communication as well as strengthening their critical and creative thinking skills. It gives them skills to work effectively in groups as well as the confidence to work independently. The Arts program is a vital component of an integrated curriculum, showing the relationship among subject areas and demonstrating the connectivity that exists in all disciplines. A specialist in each area of expertise teaches the Visual Arts, Music and Drama programs.

  • Computers and Technology

    Light integration

    Computers and Technology approach at Century Private School: Light integration

    Century Private School has a Light integration approach to Computers and Technology (as opposed to Heavy integration, Medium integration approach).

    [Show: About Light integration?]

    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.

    Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net:
      Light integration - 17%
      Heavy integration - 31%
      Medium integration - 52%

    What Century Private School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    Program covers:

    Subjectoffered
    Computer science
    Robotics
    Web design
  • Physical Education

    What Century Private School says:

    Our goal is to provide an active start to physical education Our program is geared towards helping the children gain self confidence, social skills and emotional control while being exposed to the games and sports taught throughout the school year. From our casa program to high school our students are learning co-ordination and skills that pertain to each sport taught.

  • IB Diploma courses

    Group 1 (Language A)

      This information is not currently available.

      Group 2 (Language B)

        This information is not currently available.

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          This information is not currently available.

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            This information is not currently available.

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              This information is not currently available.

              Group 6 (The Arts)

                This information is not currently available.
              • Advanced Placement courses

                This information is not currently available.
              • Sex and health education

                Ontario curriculum

                Sex and health education approach at Century Private School: Ontario curriculum

                Century Private School has an Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).

                [Show: About Ontario curriculum?]

                The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.

                Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net:
                  Follows provincial curriculum - 60%
                  Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 40%

                Approach to sex and health education: Fairly value-based

                Century Private School has a approach Fairly value-based (as opposed to Mostly value-neutral approach).
                [Show: About Fairly value-based?]

                Sex is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues .

                Century Private School has a approach Traditional (as opposed to Progressive approach).
                [Show: About Traditional?]

                This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

                What Century Private School says:

                This information is not currently available.

              Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

              [Show definition of Preschool/K Curriculum]

              Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)

              Preschool/K Curriculum approach at Century Private School: Montessori

              Century Private School has a Montessori approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).

              [Show: About 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.

              Preschool/K Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net:
                Montessori - 25%
                Play-based - 23%
                Waldorf - 2%
                Reggio emilia - 6%
                Academic - 44%

              What Century Private School says about their preschool/K curriculum approach:

              Our Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms follow the Montessori method of education. The program is based on self-directed activity, as students develop their "absorbent minds". With guidance from our Montessori directresses, students explore the five areas of the classroom (Mathematics, Language, Culture, Sensorial and Practical Life) in an effort to develop their natural desire to learn.

              Montessori Approach Non-orthodox

              Century Private School's Montessori approach. Learn about this school's class practices and policies as well as its curricular and teaching approach.

                Primary Lower Elementary Upper Elementary Middle High
              Age groupings
              How children are grouped by age for each class.'
              n/a 6 to 13 14 to 17
              Uninterrupted work periods
              The longest uninterrupted work period for each class.'
              7 hours 7 hours
              Tests and assignments
              How often students are given tests or assignments in each class.'
              Regularly (Non-Orthodox) Regularly (Non-Orthodox)
              Graded work
              How often students have their work graded in each class.'
              Regularly (Non-Orthodox) Regularly (Non-Orthodox)
              Arts and crafts
              The percentage of a typical student's day that is spent on arts and crafts in each class.'
              10% 10% 0%

              Overall approach

              Orthodox
              38% of schools

              Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.

              Moderately Orthodox
              40% of schools

              Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

              Moderately Non-Orthodox
              16% of schools

              Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

              Non-orthodox
              7% of schools

              Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

              Classroom practices

              • Whole-class lectures Non-orthodox

                Orthodox

                Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

                Moderately orthodox

                Whole-class lectures should only be given occasionally (e.g., at the beginning of a term or unit). Students usually learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

                Moderately non-orthodox

                Whole-class lectures should be given semi-regularly (e.g., at the beginning of a lesson or a week). While students often learn best through group and independent work, it's sometimes important for teachers to set the stage for and contextualize learning.

                Non-orthodox

                Whole-class lectures should be given often (e.g., every day). While group and independent learning is important, teachers need to provide lectures on a regular basis to provide the foundation for learning.

              • Special education Non-orthodox

                Orthodox

                External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.

                Moderately orthodox

                External special education support is only rarely necessary. For instance, a psychologist might be brought in to help out a student with a severe developmental disorder.

                Moderately non-orthodox

                External special education support is quite important. Outside specialists are needed for a fairly wide range of special needs, such as developmental and learning disabilities.

                Non-orthodox

                External special education support is very important. Outside specialists are regularly brought in to support students with many different types of special needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, language and speech issues, behavioural issues, and advanced learning abilities.

              • Specialist classes Non-orthodox

                Orthodox

                We don't have any specialist teachers or classes. Core teachers are well-equipped to teach all subjects.

                Moderately orthodox

                We only use specialist teachers and classes in rare cases (for instance, to teach a second language). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach almost all subjects.

                Moderately non-orthodox

                We have a fairly wide range of specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, and art). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach most subjects.

                Non-orthodox

                We have many specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, art, gym, science, and math). It's important that students receive specialized instruction in many subjects.

              • Modern-day technology Non-orthodox

                Orthodox

                Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.

                Moderately orthodox

                Modern-day technology is very rarely used in class, since it can be a distraction and interfere with development. Students at the upper levels, though, might be permitted to use a computer or a tablet to do research for a specific project.

                Moderately non-orthodox

                Modern-day technology is used in moderation since it can be a distraction. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, and multimedia projects.

                Non-orthodox

                Modern technology is used fairly regularly. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, multimedia projects, and to learn keyboarding skills. Teachers may sometimes also use digital media, such as interactive whiteboards, to teach lessons or introduce topics.

              Teaching assistants

              This school doesn't use teaching assistants.

              Language English

              Learn about Century Private School's languages of instruction and enrolment.

              Century Private School offers English as the primary language of instruction.

              Language of enrolment include: English

              Curriculum Pace Student-paced

              [Show definition of Curriculum Pace]

              This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.

              Curriculum Pace approach at Century Private School: Student-paced

              Century Private School has a Student-paced approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Accelerated approach).

              [Show: About 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.

              Curriculum Pace at schools on OurKids.net:
                Student-paced - 23%
                Standard-enriched - 59%
                Accelerated - 18%

              What Century Private School says about their curriculum pace:

              The development of the child is limitless in a Montessori environment. Each child is given the opportunity to continue their learning based on their individual progress. Our elementary and secondary students have the support and guidance to develop their own unique pathway to success.


              Flexible pacing style

              Type Offered
              Subject-streaming (tracking)
              Multi-age classrooms as standard
              Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
              Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
              Regular guided independent study opportunities
              Differentiated assessment

              What Century Private School says about their flexible pacing:

              This information is not currently available.

              Academic Culture Rigorous

              [Show definition of Academic Culture]

              Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.

              Academic Culture approach at Century Private School: Rigorous

              Century Private School has a Rigorous approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Supportive approach).

              [Show: About Rigorous?]

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

              Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net:
                Rigorous - 51%
                Supportive - 49%

              What Century Private School says about their academic culture:

              This information is not currently available.

              Developmental priorities Balanced

              [Show definition of Developmental priorities]

              Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.

              Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced

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

              Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual

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

              What Century Private School says about their developmental priorities:

              The goal of our school is to inspire excellence in three ways: by developing skills of Leadership, building character, and by instilling in our students the importance of community service. We recognize the importance of developing the "whole child", and ensure that in addition to academic excellence, we foster a culture that creates caring and compassionate global citizens.

              Special needs support

              [Show definition of Special needs support]

              Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.

              A - Forms of Support
              Accommodation:
              Modification:
              Remediation:
              B - Environments
              Indirect Support:
              Resource Assistance:
              Withdrawal Assistance:
              Partial Integration:
              Full-Time Class:

              Special NeedNeed
              Forms of SupportA
              EnvironmentsB
              ADHD
              • Learning disabilities
                Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
                This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
                Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
                This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
                Dyscalculia
                This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
                Dysgraphia
                This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
                Language Processing Disorder
                This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
                Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
                These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
                Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
                A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
              • Developmental
                Autism
                Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
                Asperger's Syndrome
                On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
                Down syndrome
                his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
                Intellectual disability
                This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
                Williams syndrome
                This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
                Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
                Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
              • Behavioral and Emotional
                Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
                roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
                Clinical Depression
                This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
                Clinical anxiety
                This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
                Suicidal thoughts
                This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
                Drug and alcohol abuse
                This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
                Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
                This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
              • Physical
                Multiple sclerosis
                This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
                Cerebral palsy
                his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
                Muscular dystrophy
                Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
                Spina Bifida
                This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
                Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
                This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
                Blindness
                Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
                Deafness
                Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
                Cystic Fibrosis
                Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
                Multiple physical
                Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.

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              Academic support

              TypeOffered
              Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
              Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

              Mild but clinically diagnosed learning disabilities

              TypeOffered
              Accommodations
              Modifications
              Extra support

              Additional support

              TypeOffered
              Social skills programs
              Occupational therapy
              Psychotherapy
              Speech-language therapy

              Gifted learner support No Support

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              Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.

              Curriculum Delivery: Acceleration

              The main focus is on acceleration. This means that all students work at a much quicker pace than public school peers (usually working at least one grade-level ahead).


              In-class adaptations

              Program Offered
              Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
              Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
              Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
              Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
              Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
              Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
              Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
              Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
              Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

              What Century Private School says about their gifted learner support:

              This information is not currently available.

              Homework Policy

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              Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.

              Nightly homework

              In grade Gr. 12, Century Private School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

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              What Century Private School says about their flipped classroom policy:

              This information is not currently available.

              Report Card Policy

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              While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.

              How assessments are delivered across the grades

              TypeGrades
              Lettered or numbered gradesGr. 1 to Gr. 12
              Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to Gr. 12

              Extracurricular Activities

              While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.

              Sports offered

              Century Private School offers 6 competitive sports and 7 recreational sports.

                Competitive offered          Recreational offered
              all sports]
              • Archery
              • Curling
              • Ultimate
              • 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

              Clubs offered

              Century Private School offers 15 clubs and extracurricular programs.

                Clubs offered           Clubs not offered
              all clubs and programs]
                Foreign Language Club
                Habitat for Humanity
                Jazz Ensemble
                Math Club
                Musical theatre/Opera
                Ballet and Classical Ballet
                Online Magazine
                Outdoor Club
                Outdoor Education
                Paintball
                Photography
                Poetry/Literature club
                Radio club
                Robotics club
                Round Square
                School newspaper
                Science Club
                Scouting
                Student Council
                Yearbook
                Yoga
                Animation
                Art Club
                Astronomy Club
                Audiovisual Club
                Band
                Chess Club
                Choir
                Community Service
                Computer Club
                Dance Club
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club


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