How we see Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
How Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. sees itself
"G.B.M.S has Montessori programs for students age 18 months to age 5. D.E.P.S offers a challenging and diversified curricular program for students from Grade 1 to 8 following the Ontario Curriculum at an enriched level. Both schools have a huge well equipped gymnasium and outdoor sports field. At Durham Academy Secondary School we offer full time and part time grades 9 to 12 credit courses approved by the Ministry of Education."
"Durham Elementary Private School and Durham Academy Secondary School boasts small class sizes averaging 10-14 students per class. Our teachers communicate with families daily offering excellent quality , academic attention and customer service. Students are given the opportunity to be teacher mentored before and after school hours. Our academic program is focused on preparing students for success and acceptance into post secondary education. Our schools offer a safe and secure environment."
"All 3 of our schools promote a very welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment. We deliver a strong Montessori program for ages 18 months to age 5. Our elementary and secondary schools teach the Ontario Curriculum at an enrichment level. We provide excellent individual support through teacher/ student mentoring to ensure our students meet their potential. Our campuses are located in residential neighbourhoods with green spaces and athletic facilities to compliment our academics."
"Our school administration and faculty continuously communicate with families to keep them updated on their child's progress and daily events/ occurrences. Every child who attends our school is greeted at our doors each morning . If a child cannot physically come to school we offer the child to learn virtually and still be a part of the class. Our school boasts a warm, inclusive, welcoming school family environment."
"Our schools offer flexible programs should a student require flexibility for sports or need to learn virtually. Our students receive French starting at age 3 by a qualified French teacher 3 times a week. We boast a strong music and physed program taught by specialized teachers . Our special presentations throughout the year showcase our students, achievements, meets strands of the curriculum and teach our students at a young age how to prepare and present to an audience."
"1. Our schools have been operating for over 40 years
2. We hire qualified, specialized teachers who go over and above in all they do for their students
3. We accept international students and offer fantastic homestay options
4. We are provincially accredited
5. Students are welcome to take advantage of teacher mentoring/ study hall before and after school hours
6. Our schools offer lunch time intramurals, sports programs and clubs
7. We boast a safe and secure environment"
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Suzanna Mason, Principal
As Principal since 2008 I've led our three schools which continue to grow in enrollment, programming, facilities and community involvement. We boast fantastic communication and customer service. Our teachers are experts in their fields and are devoted to helping our students reach their full potential. We are welcoming and warm, as well as serious about setting high standards and achieving goals.
Our three schools have a 35 year history of graduating students with high academic achievement. We welcome students from across the Durham Region, the Greater Toronto Area and around the World. Boarding and Home Stay programs for students in Grades 8 through 12.
I encourage you to discover what our educational programs can offer your child.
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
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