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Grades Preschool TO Gr. 12 — Toronto, ON (Map)

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Curriculum Traditional

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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 Wise Owl: Traditional

Wise Owl has a Traditional approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).

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Our Kids definition: Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

Compare Wise Owl's Curriculum with other schools on OurKids.net:
  Traditional - 40%
  Liberal arts - 13%
  Progressive - 34%
  Montessori - 11%
  Reggio Emilia - 1%
  Waldorf - 1%

What Wise Owl says about their overall curriculum and approach:

Wise Owl's Elementary and Middle School program, aligned with the Ontario Curriculum, prioritizes a well-rounded academic approach, fostering creativity and individuality in small classes. The curriculum not only equips students with essential skills and knowledge but also promotes leadership development, good manners, and effective learning habits through independent and collaborative work. Furthermore, our holistic approach includes regular physical activities, visual arts, drama, and music programs, providing students with a comprehensive education that enhances physical coordination, artistic expression, and emotional intelligence.


Focus Special needs
Academic Gifted

Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics

    Equal Balance

    Mathematics approach at Wise Owl: Equal Balance

    Wise Owl has an Equal Balance approach to Mathematics (as opposed to Traditional Math, Discovery Math approach).

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    Our Kids definition: These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

    Compare Wise Owl's Mathematics with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 70%
      Traditional math - 25%
      Discovery math - 5%

    What Wise Owl says:

    Wise Owl adheres to the Ontario curriculum as the cornerstone for our mathematics education. Our comprehensive methodology integrates in-class activities to reinforce concepts, adapting approaches to developmental stages. The intricately tailored program focuses on numeration, algebra, measurement, geometry, data management, and probability, stimulating dynamic problem-solving and logical reasoning. Emphasizing cognitive expansion, we instill precise terminology usage, mental math proficiency, and practical application skills. Our commitment to nurturing holistic mathematical comprehension equips students with analytical thinking and a robust foundation, fostering well-rounded mastery for real-world applications.

    Textbooks and supplementary materials:

    Text books include Nelson Mathematics, Carson Dellosa Spectrum,. Worksheets from K5 learning, Math Salamanders, Teachers Pay Teachers

    Calculator policy:

    Calculators are incorporated into our math program beginning in grade 6.

  • Early Reading

    Balanced Literacy

    Early Reading approach at Wise Owl: Balanced Literacy

    Wise Owl has a Balanced Literacy approach to Early Reading (as opposed to Phonics-intensive, Whole Language approach).

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    Our Kids definition: Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

    Compare Wise Owl's Early Reading with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Balanced literacy - 54%
      Phonics-intensive - 44%
      Whole language - 2%

    What Wise Owl says:

    Wise Owl prioritizes a comprehensive approach to early literacy. Our students initiate their reading journey with a phonics-intensive program, gradually transitioning to a whole language approach as their language proficiency develops. The process is deliberate and gradual, allowing students to grow comfortably and fluently in their language skills. We recognize the significance of both phonics-based learning and context clues in the early reading process. This dual emphasis ensures that students encounter a diverse range of words, integrating structured phonics instruction with the ability to infer meaning from context. By combining these methods, we create a balanced and effective foundation, fostering a love for reading and empowering students to confidently navigate the intricacies of language acquisition.

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

    What Wise Owl says:

    Wise Owl employs tests, guides strategies, and emphasizes evidence for literacy.

  • Writing

    Equal balance

    Writing approach at Wise Owl: Equal balance

    Wise Owl has an Equal balance approach to Writing (as opposed to Systematic approach, Process approach approach).

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    Our Kids definition: 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.

    Compare Wise Owl's Writing with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 79%
      Systematic approach - 9%
      Process approach - 12%

    What Wise Owl says:

    At Wise Owl, our students embark on a structured writing journey, commencing with an emphasis on fundamental grammar rules, sentence structure, and punctuation. As their writing proficiency develops, students transition towards more personalized expression. Our approach encourages them to delve into nuanced aspects of writing, including word choice for mood and conveying specific ideas. Beyond traditional paragraph-based stories, our curriculum explores diverse writing mediums, fostering a holistic understanding of written expression. Throughout this process, students not only compose sentences and stories but also cultivate an awareness of the broader role of writing in various contexts. This comprehensive approach nurtures their ability to articulate thoughts with precision, creativity, and adaptability across different writing styles and mediums.

  • Science

    Equal Balance

    Science approach at Wise Owl: Equal Balance

    Wise Owl has an Equal Balance approach to Science (as opposed to Expository, Inquiry approach).

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    Our Kids definition: 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.

    Compare Wise Owl's Science with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 69%
      Expository - 5%
      Inquiry - 26%

    Teaching approach:

    At Wise Owl, we foster a solid foundation in Science through a harmonious blend of inquiry and balanced instructional practices. Students explore a diverse range of materials, including textbooks, books, videos, and hands-on inquiry, gaining a comprehensive understanding of scientific concepts. Our approach extends beyond traditional learning, offering collaborative opportunities through engaging experiments and research projects. Hands-on experiments are integral to our methodology, allowing students to observe and test scientific facts in a fun and immersive manner. For instance, our Living Things module involves charting and observing seed-to-plant growth, while in Seasonal and Earth changes, students build and compare animal homes based on various environmental factors. Through these activities, we seamlessly integrate creativity with the scientific inquiry process, providing students with a dynamic and enriching Science education.

    Treatment of evolution:

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

    Topics covered in curriculum:

  • Literature

    Equal Balance

    Literature approach at Wise Owl: Equal Balance

    Wise Owl has an Equal Balance approach to Literature (as opposed to Traditional, Social Justice approach).

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    Our Kids definition: These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

    Compare Wise Owl's Literature with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 76%
      Traditional - 21%
      Social justice - 3%

    What Wise Owl says:

    In our English classes at Wise Owl, children undergo a gradual progression in text analysis and creation. For younger learners, literature serves as a valuable learning tool, nurturing foundational language skills. As students progress, the focus evolves towards decoding the mechanics of plot, characterization, and themes in basic texts. This developmental approach ensures that children not only engage with literature as a source of knowledge but also acquire the analytical skills needed for deeper comprehension. The curriculum encourages creative expression, prompting students to craft their own texts as they advance. By blending foundational learning with more advanced literary analysis, we aim to cultivate a well-rounded understanding of English language arts, fostering both appreciation and critical thinking skills in our students.

    Program covers:

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

    Expanding Communities

    Social Studies approach at Wise Owl: Expanding Communities

    Wise Owl has an Expanding Communities approach to Social Studies (as opposed to Core Knowledge, Thematic approach).

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

    Compare Wise Owl's Social Studies with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Expanding communities - 30%
      Core knowledge - 38%
      Thematic - 32%

    What Wise Owl says:

    At Wise Owl, students embark on a comprehensive journey, commencing with an exploration of their own lives and gradually expanding their studies to encompass local communities and the global landscape. This progressive approach allows students to delve into both local and foreign cultures and histories. Through carefully curated readings and exercises, we aim to instill in them an appreciation for the complexities of diverse people and cultures worldwide. The curriculum encourages critical analysis, guiding students to connect these insights to their daily lives. By fostering a holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of the world, we empower students with the knowledge and perspective needed to navigate the complexities of our global society and contribute meaningfully to a diverse and interconnected world.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

    Equal Balance

    Humanities and Social Sciences approach at Wise Owl: Equal Balance

    Wise Owl has an Equal Balance approach to Humanities and Social Sciences (as opposed to Perennialism, Pragmatism approach).

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

    Compare Wise Owl's Humanities and Social Sciences with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 83%
      Perennialism - 7%
      Pragmatism - 10%

    What Wise Owl says:

    Wise Owl Private School takes a holistic approach to humanities and social sciences, fostering critical thinking, cultural awareness, and a profound understanding of historical and societal contexts. Our curriculum employs diverse methods such as interactive discussions, project-based learning, and real-world applications. In humanities, literature cultivates empathy and analytical skills, delving into historical events and philosophical concepts. Social studies integrates current affairs, bridging theoretical knowledge with contemporary issues. Utilizing multimedia resources, guest speakers, and field trips, our educators create a multi-dimensional learning experience. We prioritize developing research and communication skills, equipping students for active engagement in their communities and the global context. By nurturing a love for learning and encouraging critical inquiry, Wise Owl empowers students to be well-informed, responsible, and compassionate citizens.

  • Foreign Languages

    Equal Balance

    Foreign Languages approach at Wise Owl: Equal Balance

    Wise Owl has an Equal Balance approach to Foreign Languages (as opposed to Audio-Lingual, Communicative approach).

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    Our Kids definition: These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

    Compare Wise Owl's Foreign Languages with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 65%
      Audio-lingual - 2%
      Communicative - 33%

    What Wise Owl says:

    In our French program at Wise Owl, we prioritize proper pronunciation and delve into the intricacies of the language compared to English. Emphasizing the richness of the language, we encourage students to extend their learning beyond the classroom, applying their structured knowledge in real-world contexts. By focusing on pronunciation and language rules, we aim to provide a foundation that empowers students to explore French with confidence outside the classroom. This approach allows them to appreciate the language's nuances at their own pace without self-consciousness about their proficiency level. We believe that this comprehensive strategy not only enhances language skills but also fosters a deeper connection to and appreciation for the French language and culture.

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  • Fine Arts

    Equal Balance

    Fine Arts approach at Wise Owl: Equal Balance

    Wise Owl has an Equal Balance approach to Fine Arts (as opposed to Receptive, Creative approach).

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    Our Kids definition: These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

    Compare Wise Owl's Fine Arts with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 64%
      Receptive - 2%
      Creative - 34%

    Program offers:

    Graphic Design
    Visual Arts

    Visual studio philosophy:


    What Wise Owl says:

    At Wise Owl, we hold the belief that the creative theatrical process is as significant as the final outcome. Our students not only learn performance skills but also delve into the entire process, from early brainstorming to script-writing and improvisation. Emphasizing that theatrical elements extend beyond the stage, students discover the relevance of discipline and freedom in both their artistic pursuits and daily lives. In our fine arts program, the objective is to cultivate students' artistic potential. Exposure to various mediums, application styles, and art history forms the foundation. We strive to foster a non-judgmental environment where students feel confident expressing themselves through their art. By encouraging exploration and self-expression, our approach aims to empower students to embrace their creativity and recognize the broader applications of the arts in their personal and academic lives.

  • Computers and Technology

    Heavy integration

    Computers and Technology approach at Wise Owl: Heavy integration

    Wise Owl has a Heavy integration approach to Computers and Technology (as opposed to Light integration, Medium integration approach).

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

    Compare Wise Owl's Computers and Technology with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Heavy integration - 30%
      Light integration - 18%
      Medium integration - 52%

    What Wise Owl says:

    At Wise Owl, we view computers as valuable supplementary tools for lessons, providing access to a wealth of teaching materials and media through the internet. However, our pedagogical focus prioritizes the direct teacher-student relationship. We believe that immediate communication between teacher and student allows for nuanced understanding and tailored guidance without reliance on technology. While technology is pervasive in children's lives beyond school, we emphasize maintaining a space for interpersonal interaction at Wise Owl. We value the unique insights, mentorship, and guidance that result from in-person engagement, recognizing the irreplaceable role of direct teacher-student interaction in fostering a comprehensive and enriching learning experience. This approach ensures a balanced and effective integration of technology within the broader context of meaningful human connection in our educational environment.

    Program covers:

    Computer science
    Web design
  • Physical Education

    What Wise Owl says:

    Wise Owl Private School's physical education program is a structured and engaging initiative that collaborates with a specialized company every Friday, ensuring a consistent schedule for sports activities. Students benefit from diverse sports exploration, including team sports, individual activities, and recreational games, fostering a well-rounded understanding of physical activity. Our focus extends to skill development, tailoring activities for different age groups to enhance fundamental motor skills and sports-specific techniques. We prioritize physical fitness and overall well-being, integrating activities that promote cardiovascular health, flexibility, and strength. Emphasizing values such as teamwork and sportsmanship, our program encourages fair play, respect for opponents, and collaborative activities. We embrace inclusivity, creating an environment where every student feels valued. Recognizing the role of physical education in holistic development, we connect activities to broader life skills.

  • Advanced Placement courses

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

    Not Ontario curriculum

    Sex and health education approach at Wise Owl: Not Ontario curriculum

    Wise Owl has a Not Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Follows provincial curriculum approach).

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    Our Kids definition: The sex education curriculum does NOT follow the provincial one taught in public schools - either in terms of structure, pacing, focus, and/or tone.

    Compare Wise Owl's Sex and health education with other schools on OurKids.net:
      Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 41%
      Follows provincial curriculum - 59%

    Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral

    Wise Owl has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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    Our Kids definition: By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.

    What Wise Owl says:

    Wise Owl Private School's sexual health education prioritizes a comprehensive understanding of the physical, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Our inclusive curriculum, tailored to diverse age groups, recognizes students' varied backgrounds. Beyond biology, we delve into emotional well-being, communication skills, and the importance of respectful relationships. Encouraging informed decision-making and critical thinking empowers students to responsibly navigate their sexual health. We actively involve parents, fostering transparent communication and collaboration. Our approach is non-judgmental, respecting individual values and beliefs. Topics like consent, communication, and healthy relationships are explored to instill positive interactions and mutual respect. Aligned with laws, our curriculum, facilitated by trained professionals, promotes an open atmosphere for students to ask questions. Integrating life skills readies students for real-world scenarios, ensuring a holistic and supportive sexual health education experience.

Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

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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 Wise Owl: Academic

Wise Owl has an Academic approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia approach).

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Our Kids definition: Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

Compare Wise Owl's Preschool/K Curriculum with other schools on OurKids.net:
  Academic - 41%
  Play-based - 24%
  Montessori - 26%
  Waldorf - 2%
  Reggio emilia - 7%

What Wise Owl says about their preschool/K curriculum approach:

The preschool program at Wise Owl is designed to instill essential skills for success in Junior and Senior Kindergarten. Through interactive activities, students build foundational abilities, such as developing Number Sense and exploring various counting methods. In Junior Kindergarten, they delve into Measurement, Geometry, Data Management, and Probability. Senior Kindergarten fosters creativity, challenging students to think innovatively and apply classroom learning practically, preparing them for future academic pursuits with adaptable thinking.

Language English

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

Wise Owl offers English as the primary language of instruction.

Language of enrolment include: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin

Online Learning

Wise Owl Private School's online learning approach and offerings. Learn about this school's online programs and courses offered, its course formats, and its teaching and learning approaches.

Wise Owl Private School offers online courses to students.

What Wise Owl says about their course flexibility:

Wise Owl Private School offers flexible courses with no rigid registration deadlines, allowing students to enroll throughout the year. There's no fixed completion deadline, enabling learners to progress at their own pace. We don't impose a minimum course load, providing students the flexibility to tailor their academic journey to individual needs and preferences. This adaptability is designed to accommodate various learning styles and schedules, fostering a supportive and personalized educational experience.

Course schedule

PeriodGradesNumber of CoursesStart - End
Fall 9 to 12 15 Sep 06, 2023 — Jan 31, 2024
Winter 9 to 12 18 Feb 05, 2024 — Jun 28, 2024

Course format


What Wise Owl says about their course format:

Distance: Wise Owl Private School's high school distance learning program offers a comprehensive and flexible educational experience. Integrating synchronous and asynchronous methods, students access quality instruction, engage in interactive discussions, and complete assignments at their own pace. Virtual classrooms, equipped with advanced technology, facilitate seamless communication. Regular assessments and feedback ensure ongoing academic progress, maintaining high standards comparable to in-person education. This approach promotes a dynamic and supportive online learning environment for high school students, fostering a rich educational experience beyond physical classrooms.
Asynchronous: Wise Owl Private School embraces asynchronous learning for high school students, offering flexibility in scheduling and pace. This approach allows students to access and engage with course materials at their convenience, fostering personalized learning experiences that cater to individual preferences and timelines. The asynchronous model promotes autonomy, self-discipline, and the ability to balance academic commitments with other responsibilities, preparing students for a more independent and adaptable approach to education.
Synchronous: Wise Owl Private School implements synchronous learning for high school students, providing real-time, interactive virtual classes. This approach facilitates dynamic teacher-student engagement, collaborative discussions, and immediate clarifications, enhancing the overall educational experience and fostering a sense of connection in the online learning environment.

Academic support and services

Dedicated teacher per course
Exam proctoring
Student progress tracker
Regular office hours
Additional support
Study groups
Special needs support

What Wise Owl says about their academic support and services:

Dedicated teacher per course: Wise Owl Private School ensures a dedicated teaching approach with one teacher specializing in science, math, and business courses, and another teacher focusing on geography, history, English, ESL, as well as introductory courses in psychology, anthropology, and sociology.
Student progress tracker: At Wise Owl Private School, we employ a sophisticated student progress tracking system, meticulously recording assignments and grades. This system allows for comprehensive monitoring of each student's academic journey, providing real-time insights into their performance and facilitating informed decision-making for personalized support and continuous improvement.

Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

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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 Wise Owl: Standard-enriched

Wise Owl has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).

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Our Kids definition: 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.

Compare Wise Owl's Curriculum Pace with other schools on OurKids.net:
  Standard-enriched - 56%
  Accelerated - 18%
  Student-paced - 26%

What Wise Owl says about their curriculum pace:

Wise Owl provides a well-rounded academic program, aligning with the Ontario Curriculum, while fostering creativity, interests, and originality. Small class sizes and individual care ensure students receive the attention needed for success in their academic pursuits.

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 Wise Owl says about their flexible pacing:

Wise Owl Private School adopts multi-age classrooms, cultivating collaboration among students of varying ages. High school students benefit from guided independent study, fostering self-directed learning and autonomy. Our instructional strategy emphasizes differentiated instruction, tailoring teaching methods to meet individual needs, ensuring a personalized and effective learning experience for all students.

Academic Culture Supportive

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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 Wise Owl: Supportive

Wise Owl has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).

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Our Kids definition: 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.

Compare Wise Owl's Academic Culture with other schools on OurKids.net:
  Supportive - 51%
  Rigorous - 49%

What Wise Owl says about their academic culture:

Wise Owl Private School provides a structured framework for children while fostering opportunities for exploration and cultivating a love of learning. Our students follow both the Ontario curriculum and our enriched Wise Owl curriculum, particularly focusing on the arts. Embracing and nurturing children's innate curiosity about the world, we are committed to guiding them along their academic journey with a blend of creativity and academic excellence. Our approach encourages a holistic development that not only adheres to educational standards but also sparks a passion for learning that extends beyond the classroom, preparing students for a lifelong journey of intellectual exploration.

Developmental priorities Balanced

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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 Wise Owl says about their developmental priorities:

At Wise Owl Private School, our goal is to mold well-rounded, healthy individuals equipped with robust problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Recognizing the potential impact of certain teaching methods on individuality, we actively support each student's unique identity and self-expression. Fostering a strong sense of self is paramount, and our commitment to honing both intellectual and emotional facets ensures students emerge as confident and talented individuals. By instilling this self-assurance, we aim to empower students with the drive to not only succeed personally but also to create success in the broader world outside the classroom. Our holistic approach nurtures the development of individuals who are not only academically proficient but also socially adept and resilient in facing real-world challenges.

Special needs support No support

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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.

Wise Owl offers No support

Wise Owl offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

What Wise Owl says about their special need support:

This information is not currently available.

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Special NeedNeed
Forms of SupportA
  • 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.
    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.
    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
    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.
    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."
    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

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

Mild but clinically diagnosed learning disabilities

Extra support

What Wise Owl says:

This information is not currently available.

Additional support

Social skills programs
Occupational therapy
Speech-language therapy

Gifted learner support Dedicated gifted school

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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 and enrichment

There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.

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 Wise Owl says about their gifted learner support:

Wise Owl Private School dedicates itself to supporting gifted learners through personalized plans, enriching programs, and flexible options. We foster intellectual curiosity with curriculum extensions, allowing exploration of advanced topics. Acceleration opportunities provide appropriate challenges, while small groups and peer collaboration enhance social and academic development. Ongoing teacher professional development ensures effective support, and mentorship programs, emotional assistance, and regular parent communication create a positive, inclusive environment. Continuous assessment guarantees continual growth.

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, Wise Owl students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

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This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

What Wise Owl says about their flipped classroom policy:

Wise Owl offers a homework club at school that is supervised by their academic teacher. In some cases we create assignments where students have to research information on

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

Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to Gr. 6
Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to Gr. 12
Academic achievement reportingJK to Gr. 12
Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to Gr. 12
Parent-teacher meetingsJK to Gr. 8

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

Wise Owl Private School offers 0 competitive sports and 0 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

Wise Owl Private School offers 7 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
  Poetry/Literature club
  Radio club
  Robotics club
  Round Square
  School newspaper
  Science Club
  Student Council
  Art Club
  Astronomy Club
  Audiovisual Club
  Chess Club
  Community Service
  Computer Club
  Dance Club
  Debate Club
  Drama Club
  Environmental Club

What Wise Owl says about their extracurricular activities:

  • Student Microscope Chronicles: Unveiling Nature's Secrets! The magic of microscopes took us on an extraordinary journey from the intricate legs of honeybees to the fascinating spine of rabbits in math and science club.
  • Before the winter break, our Art Club students dived into the enchanting world of winter scenery! 🌲⛄ Witness their spectacular progress as each canvas transforms into a masterpiece filled with creativity and winter wonder. ❄️👩‍🎨👨‍🎨 Explore the magic within each stroke!

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