Olivet School offers a caring environment, affordable tuition, small class sizes and a rich academic program taught with a foundation in character education based on Christian values that make sense. If you have been looking for elementary education combining top-quality teaching with special attention to not only the academic, but also the emotional, social, physical and spiritual development of your child, then you will love Olivet School!
Private elementary school with child-centered learning
Caring atmosphere and small class sizes
Increased interactive learning opportunities
Special focus on kindergarten
Solid character education for making successful decisions
Academic, moral and spiritual instruction
Supportive learning community built on caring Christian values
Enriched academics that extend beyond basic curriculum
What learning looks like now: We are thrilled to announce that Olivet School will be open for our students full-time, starting on September 8th.
Over the past several months we have been working diligently to put into place several safety and COVID protocols to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and administration team. Some of the key changes include reducing the number of students, capping our kindergarten classes at 16 students and our primary and senior classes at 10 students, providing each student with an Olivet School mask, and conducting on-going COVID testing every morning when the children arrive at school.
We are dedicated to student safety and have created an entire 25-page Re-Entry Plan outlining all of the safety protocols and policies at Olivet School. If you are interested in getting a copy, please email [email protected]
Our teachers are very excited to have new and returning students for an educational and fun-filled year! Olivet School is focused on safely accommodating students in physical classrooms; however, we are also simultaneously preparing virtual lessons in case we need to switch to remote teaching again.
It is understandable to have concerns about your children returning to school this year, but you should know that our administrative and teaching staff are available to support you!
Olivet was established in 1893, though through moves and development, the school doesn’t reflect its age. Nevertheless, there is a continuity which, if less overt, remains within the life of the school. The academic program is strong, though families also turn to Olivet due to an appreciation of the context that the school provides, including an attention to spiritual and personal growth. The aim of the school is to provide a foundation for life, and for learning after the children go on to other schools after grade 5. The property accesses green space, allowing the lessons to extend to those about environment and environmental stewardship. Parental involvement in all aspects of the life of the school is very high, a function of the school’s size. All of that combines to create a community atmosphere that extends beyond the classroom, and beyond the walls of the school. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a challenging, close-knit academic environment.
Olivet School - Our Kids Insider Perspective- Parents02 2021.mp4
In this Perspective:
Maria De Sousa has a daughter in grade 5 at Olivet School. She is a passionate advocate for the Olivet School and all it has to offer children both spiritually and academically. She is grateful and loves how she can trust the school to teach her daughter virtues that will last a lifetime and beyond.
00:50 - Maria’s process for choosing Olivet School.
02:20 - How Maria’s child responded to being at Olivet School.
03:42 - What her child likes most about the school.
05:45 - What Maria appreciates the most about Olivet School.
07:16 - Room for improvement.
08:43 - Anything that surprised them about the school.
10:14 - The school’s highest values.
13:08 - The typical family at Olivet School.
14:41 - Proud moments at Olivet School.
18:14 - The teachers and administration at the school.
19:54 - Three reasons Maria recommends the school to new families.
21:35 - Advice for new families searching for a school.
Olivet School - Our Kids Insider Perspective: Parents
In this Perspective:
1:07 - When did your relationship with the school begin?
2:13 - Why was a faith-based education important to you?
3:20 - What does a faith-based education look like for kids of this age?
4:59 - Are there many co-curriculars that complement the school’s faith-based approach?
7:10 - How vital is it to you to be able to relate to your child’s education?
10:25 - How does Olivet develop well-rounded people as well as successful students?
13:13 - How does Olivet’s slogan relate to its well-rounded teaching approach?
16:37 - How does the school meet the needs of your daughter?
19:45 - Why was the classroom size a priority for you?
20:36 - Have you noticed any improvements at the school?
23:21 - What makes for a successful relationship between parents and the school?
25:37 - What makes the annual French play so special?
26:55 - WHat would you do if you were in charge of the school?
31:05 - How often do other parents ask you about Olivet School?
33:12 - Any final thoughts?
34:08 - Do you have any advice for prospective families?
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 Olivet School: Traditional
Olivet School has a Traditional approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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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.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 15%   Liberal arts - 17%   Progressive - 17%   Montessori - 17%   Reggio Emilia - 17%   Waldorf - 17%
What Olivet School says: Caring Atmosphere Promoting Personal Growth
The caring educational atmosphere is a vital part of learning at the primary levels. Achieved through attentive, loving teaching, small class sizes, and firm standards of behaviour, our hope is to give young children the experience of a gentle extension of the home. This atmosphere provides them with the predictability and stability to form a base of confidence, honesty and considerate behaviour as they grow into adulthood.
Learning Current Curriculum Integrated with Religious Values
Christian values and standards of behaviour and philosophy are woven into everything we do at Olivet. Our teachers choose to make their careers at Olivet because they love the opportunities to engage students with important religious questions while pursuing studies in today’s Ontario curriculum. Through this enriched approach to curriculum Olivet is a leader in character development; the kind which guides a student through his or her whole life.
Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional math - 30%   Discovery math - 5%   Equal balance - 65%
What Olivet School says: This information is not currently available.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.
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.
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 - 20%   Social justice - 3%   Equal balance - 77%
What Olivet School says: This information is not currently available.
Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
What Olivet School says: French is introduced from preschool onward. Our program is built around the acclaimed AIM method which moves students rapidly into conversational French rather than just filling out worksheets and conjugating verbs. The students learn gestures to reinforce new vocabulary and build towards performing a French play at the end of the year. This program produces amazing results; one of the most important being that students enjoy, rather than dread their language classes.
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.
What Olivet School says: The Olivet music program starts in preschool and lays a solid foundation of delight as well as competency in music. Starting from basic songs, rhymes and percussion instruments at the younger levels and working towards reading, writing and performing music on a range of Orff instruments, Olivet students receive an inspiring, creative and thorough background in music. Our two yearly whole school concerts are a highlight for parents and extended families.
Drama and dance are integrated into our French and music programs for the students in Grades 1 to 5, in our French Show in the spring and musical production near the end of the school year. Dance is further supplemented as part of the physical education program. In the Kindergarten class students memorize and perform poems and short skits throughout the school year for the rest of the school.
Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Medium integration - 47%   Light integration - 20%   Heavy integration - 33%
What Olivet School says: In the upper grades students are provided with a laptop to be used in school for preparing reports, research and other class work, as deemed appropriate by the teacher. In the lower classes, classrooms have laptops that are used by the students when appropriate, for educational software, typing practice, etc.
What Olivet School says: Students are introduced to age appropriate physical activities as per the Ontario Curriculum. At Olivet School we introduce students to a wide range of games and sports, develop coordination; ball skills and fitness; instill qualities of teamwork and perseverance; and include lots of fun. Our emphasis is on participation, skill development and enjoyment rather than competition.
What Olivet School says: Scripture Studies begins in grade three, supplementing morning worship and Bible verse memorization which take place in the younger classrooms. Our studies have an academic component, considering the scope of impact the Bible has on history, given it is the most widely published, translated and distributed book in the world. We take a systematic and detailed exploration of the text, bringing it alive with skits and projects. But the Bible is also a religious text and so we work with students to read it in an applied fashion. In this case, our guiding question becomes “how does each story help us become better people in our lives today?” In Matthew 22.26-40, Jesus said that the two great commandments, on which all of scripture hangs, are to “love the Lord above all and the neighbour as ourselves” – these two commandments provide the lens for our applied reading of the Bible.
Sex and health education approach at Olivet School: Not Ontario curriculum
Olivet School has a Not Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Follows provincial curriculum approach).
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The sex education curriculum does NOT follow the provincial one taught in public schools - either in terms of structure, pacing, focus, and/or tone.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 45%   Follows provincial curriculum - 55%
Approach to sex and health education: Fairly value-based
Olivet School has a approach Fairly value-based (as opposed to Mostly value-neutral approach).
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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 .
Olivet School has a approach Traditional (as opposed to Progressive approach).
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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 Olivet School says: We encourage kindness and acceptance of our fellow human beings. We also encourage an attitude of self-respect, making healthy choices and the development of sound judgement in all areas of life.
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 Olivet School: Play-based
Olivet School has a Play-based approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).
[Show: About Play-based?]
Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
What Olivet School says: Kindergarten is treated as a transition year to the formal education process. The children work on number, colour, shape and language skills, these are balanced with lots of attention on social development among peers and teachers.
We introduce foundational ethical ideas: helpfulness, teamwork, caring for the environment, respectfulness and safety. Kindergarteners are taught about heaven, the presence of a loving Creator, and the constant care He provides through angels and parents.
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 Olivet School: Standard-enriched
Olivet School has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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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.
What Olivet School says: Olivet's small classroom size provides an unparalleled low teacher- student ratio that ensures that each student's needs are met each day. Teachers are able to meet high educational goals while ensuring that students consistently achieve their potential.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
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
What Olivet School says about flexible pacing: Olivet's amazing teacher-student ratio ensures each child gets the attention they need, with specialist teachers teaching music and French. When young children are placed in a two or three-grade learning environment that mirrors the family grouping, their learning is compounded by the experience of socializing with children of various ages.
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 Olivet School: Supportive
Olivet School has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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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.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 50%   Rigorous - 50%
What Olivet School says: Olivet teachers are able to set and achieve high standards for their students that exceed the Ontario Curriculum. Along with academics, the focus of learning at Olivet is the development of positive life attitudes such as self-acceptance and kindness towards others. At Olivet we know that memorizing math facts, and rules of spelling and writing create a firm foundation for a successful academic future. As well, learning how to be a good person sets the foundation for life.
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: Spiritual
The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
What Olivet School says: Character traits such as kindness and honesty are supported on a daily basis. Using Biblical messages such as the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule as a basis, students develop a sense of self and learn that what they think, say and do forms the basis of who they will become. At Olivet we educate for the present and for the future well-being of each child.
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.
What Olivet School says about their special need support: Exceptional children who are able to play and learn alongside typical children are accommodated in a variety of ways at Olivet. More serious learning or behavioural difficulties are best addressed in an educational facility specifically suited to the child's needs.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
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.
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).
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.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
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 (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
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.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)
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.
In grade Gr. 5, Olivet School students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.
What Olivet School says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
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.
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.
What Olivet School says:
Olivet School periodically will offer Broader Horizons classes for the students after school. These extracurricular classes are made possible by our parent and school community volunteers. Parents and school community members will often share with the students their own professional backgrounds and favourite hobbies by offering classes that reflect these. Past Broader Horizons classes have included crafts, baking, crocheting and quilting.
Olivet School does not offer any competitive or recreational sports.
Olivet Schooldoes not offer any clubs or extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
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What Olivet School says about their tuition: Included in the tuition amounts is a $500 non-refundable deposit and other classroom supplies. Not included: uniforms, lunches, field trips, after school care. Olivet School offers sibling discounts (10% for second child; 15% for third and additional children) to families who are paying regular tuition prices with students enrolled in kindergarten to grade 5.
2nd child (sibling)
3rd child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Olivet School does not offer need-based financial aid.
Merit based Scholarships
Olivet School does not offer merit-based financial awards.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
JK to Gr. 5
Average class size
10 to 12
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
1. Tour: Complete a school tour and classroom visit.
2. Interview: Parents/Guardians meet with the principal.
3. Records: Provide the school with copies of student’s two most recent report cards and assessment materials (if applicable).
4. Teacher assessment: Student meets with classroom teacher individually or joins the classroom for the morning. (Not required for preschool).
5. Register: Upon receipt of an acceptance letter, complete registration form and pay $500 non-refundable deposit.
Acceptance Rate: 95%
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
5 - 7 (95%)
5 - 7 (95%)
3 - 5 (95%)
3 - 5 (95%)
3 - 5 (95%)
3 - 5 (95%)
3 - 5 (95%)
Type of student Olivet School is looking for:
Olivet School looks for families who appreciate what Olivet School has to offer them and their child. Parents, students and Olivet School teachers love the Olivet School community for its caring, home-like quality, very small class sizes and its rich academic program taught with a foundation in Christian values. If you've been looking for elementary education which combines the strength of top quality teaching with the individual attention and opportunities of a personalized learning community, then you too will love Olivet School!
I believe in the true value of our school, and am thrilled to be Olivet School’s Principal. Olivet School provides students with unparalleled one-on-one instruction, with the ever-present goal of producing outstanding citizens who strive to engage wholeheartedly in life, and in their communities. Basing learning goals on the Ontario Curriculum, and infusing it with the teachings from the Bible, our teachers build the foundations for students’ learning in academic subjects, as well as in their development as compassionate individuals. We excel at character education, continuously striving to cultivate each student’s gifts and talents, encouraging them to work to the best of their potential, and inspiring them to be caring, honest, and considerate of those around them.
Olivet School is a joyful place to work, play and learn, but don’t take our word for it. Have a look at our brochure, and then contact us to see for yourself!