The regions Chisholm Academy offers busing from are:
Additional notes: Bussing is determined annually, based on the locations of our students. We pick up at certral locations within walking distance of a students home. We do our best to minimize the time that each student stays on the bus. Routes are determined by our provider.
How we see Chisholm Academy
How Chisholm Academy sees itself
"INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLANS for all! Chisholm staff create IEPs for every student within class sizes of 8-10 students , assistive technology, and specialized staff. Students gain confidence through a structured and supportive teaching style and a vast number of extra curricular activities. We prepare students academically and personally, to succeed at college or university. Our team includes teachers, teaching assistants, child &youth workers, rec staff, counsellors, psychologists,. We are truly a FAMILY!"
"Chisholm Academy (1971) is the first specialized school in Ontario for students with learning or personal concerns. We created a "typical" school for those who require individual educational plans, taught in small groups. While we do not accept students with behavioural issues, we are plaesed to accept studenst with LD, ADHD, anxiety or depression. 100% of our students attend post secondary institutions. Our relationships with our students and parents is always supportive and long-lasting."
"The Executive Director is a doctoral psychologist with expertise in clinical & educational psychology. Our principal & vice-principals hold specialist degrees & teaching staff are required to complete special education training. We employ counsellors, child & youth workers, recreation leadership staff and specialists in art & drama. There is very little staff turn over, which attests to the atmosphere. At Chisholm, comfort, personal growth & development, are as important as curriculum."
"The "normalized" environment we create, allows us to function as a traditional school yet employ all the aspects of individual educational plans. New students are immediately accepted and feel part of our family within days of starting at Chisholm. Our kids are are regular students who need that extra support in order to go on to college or university & lead successful independent lives. Moms & Dads quickly understand that their input is encouraged and appreciated."
"No one is bullied at Chisholm. Some of our kids had difficulty in previous schools. We facilitate personal relationships & activities to ensure all students are accepted. Our staff is committed to extra-curricular activities & we required that every student participates in at least 2 acticities. As students make friends & become increasingly confident, learning becomes easier. Our guidance department ensures post-secondary choices are appropriate & we consult with each student's new school."
"1. Every student has an Individual Education Plan, carefully written and thoroughly followed & reviewed regularly.
2. We only accept 130 students in grades 7 through 12 with an average class size of 8 students.
3. Unique extra-curricilar activities ensure all students participate and enjoy socializing.
4. Our last student parent survey's overall rating was 10.6 on an 11 point rating scale.
5. 25% of our students attend university and 75% percent attend college and we facilitate the transition."
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Dr. Howard A. Bernstein, Ph.D., C.Psych., Executive Director and Psychologist
Psychologist, register with the College of Psychologists of Ontario
It is incredibly satisfying to know that we created Chisholm Academy with the help of thousands of parents, students and staff. I believe that we are the premier private school, for students who need support based on their learning or emotional needs. Success has been demonstarted in the amount of time that our staff stays with our school, the acceptance rate into college and university and our students success in the work force and with their family. You can only imagine the joy we all feel when students visit Chisholm Acaedemy, to "show off" their success and their families with young children. Parents "lend us" the children with the hope and excectation that we will nurture them and teach them the lessons they require academically and to ensure they are the fine citizens that we want our chidren to become. It continues to ne an honour to lead Chisholm Academy with the help of so many supporters. Best wishes, Dr. B.
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
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