How we see Peak Centre Academy
For kids who dream of playing in the NHL or other national sports leagues, Peak Centre Academy offers a huge advantage. As part of Peak Centre, Canada’s leading elite athlete development centre, all students access the same top-notch facilities. The school’s science-based athletic program—which combines sports training, strength, and conditioning, and on-field athletic development—is one of a kind. Recent graduates were drafted to the Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings, and Detroit Redwings. Hockey is not the only focus, however: Peak Centre Academy trains athletes from myriad sports. Top-tier academic learning is also a major priority. Catering to Grades 4 to 12, Peak Centre’s small class sizes and programs provide individualized learning that often leads to academic success. Additional pluses include caring teachers and school staff with expertise in physiology, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, skills analysis, and nutrition.
How Peak Centre Academy sees itself
"Peak Centre provides grade 5 to 12 students an exceptional combined educational and sports experience essential for developing high-performance athletes. Our students have been recruited by top level sports leagues and various national and international teams. We're focused on offering top-tier academic learning with small class sizes to support small group learning. This is coupled with a science-based athletic program, which combines sports training, strength and conditioning and on-field athletic development."
"Our program combines academics with sport-specific activities that include on-ice/indoor and outdoor field training, strength and conditioning, field-based athletic development, and unstructured playtime that encourages physical creativity. All our programs are built on a sound scientific foundation using the latest research on young athlete development and performance. Our staff include experts in physiology, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, skills analysis, and nutrition."
"Based in the Kanata North Business Park, we have access to two local hockey arenas, a large soccer field, a beach volleyball court, a neighbouring golf course, and a large green space – offering opportunities for various sports. Our sports curriculum is flexible to allow for individualization and differentiation based on the stage of development and the physical abilities that are optimally trained at each stage of development."
"High expectations for student achievement together with consistent standards across grades ensure a positive school climate where learning comes first. Our teachers help students build a learning community in the classroom by modeling and encouraging positive interaction. The intent is to create enthusiasm for learning and to facilitate inquiry based student led learning that promotes critical thinking and analysis."
"Peak’s Academic program is based on the current Ontario Ministry of Education Guidelines and the Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario schools document. Our class sizes are small to support small group learning where teachers are better able to provide students with differentiated instruction and feedback needed to ensure academic success. The school day is structured so that tutoring time is built into the daily schedule, and collaboration is a strong feature."
"Our staff have worked with 20 National Sport Organizations, over 30 Olympic and Paralympic medalists and dozens of professional sports teams since 1992.
We give your child access to the types of sport performance services that top NHL and national teams use to get the most out of their athletes.
Our coaches are all certified and experienced in coaching high-performance development programs."
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Shaun Quinn, Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this welcome message to you as the Principal of Peak Centre Academy. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school which focusses on both the development of educational and athletic excellence. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than thirty years and have worked with a variety of students ranging in age from Kindergarten through to and including Gr. 12.
Along with the teachers and athletic staff, I will work hard to build strong relationships with students, parents, and community partners. It is our mission to ensure each student feels welcomed and connected to the Peak Centre Academy team. The entire staff will challenge each student to further develop in their academic and athletic abilities so that they are well prepared for future pursuits in both education and sport.
As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors – students, parents, and staff - are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of achieving academic/athletic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. My door is always open, and I welcome your input. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.
I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Peak Centre Academy meet their goals and have a successful school year!
Shaun Quinn, M.Ed.
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.”
If you’re considering a language immersion school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers a wide range of social opportunities, including the ability to interact with kids outside of class. Since most of your child’s learning won’t be in their mother tongue, they may find it challenging at times to negotiate the complexities of social interaction in the classroom. This makes it especially important to ensure the school offers extensive extracurriculars—such as volunteering, sports teams, and arts programs—which will help your child satisfy their need to interact and make friends.
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.
If you’re considering a language immersion school for your introverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to interact with different peer groups outside of class. Since most of your child’s learning won’t be in their mother tongue, they may find it challenging at times to negotiate the complexities of social interaction in the classroom. This makes it especially important to ensure the school offers extensive extracurriculars—such as student council, volunteering, and team sports—which can enable your child to connect with peers, make new friends outside of class, overcome their shyness, and develop critical social skills.
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