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Grades Gr. 6 TO Gr. 12 — Rothesay, NB (Map)

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Curriculum Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

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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

Curriculum approach at RNS: Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

RNS has a Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).

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Our Kids definition: Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

Compare RNS's Curriculum with other schools on
  Liberal arts - 13%
  Traditional - 40%
  Progressive - 34%
  Montessori - 11%
  Reggio Emilia - 1%
  Waldorf - 1%

RNS has a International Baccalaureate approach to supplementary curriculum.

Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.

International curriculum & programs at RNS: Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What RNS says about their overall curriculum and approach:

The academic program at Rothesay Netherwood School is diverse and challenging; it is designed to meet the changing needs of students as they develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Students have the opportunity to live and study in an environment where intellectual curiosity and academic achievement are highly valued. This rich learning environment is created through the combined efforts of the school's faculty, students, parents, alumni, the board of directors and governors. Small class size, highly qualified and caring teachers, extra help, compulsory study, and frequent reporting facilitate the students' learning The academic program of RNS is designed for students to experience courses in both the humanities and the sciences. In addition to the obvious academic rigor provided through the International Baccalaureate's Diploma Program, there is also ample opportunity to develop the whole student. These opportunities exist in the arts, athletics, and the various other extracurricular experiences such as local service projects, Duke of Edinburgh awards, student exchanges, and Round Square International Service programs..

International Baccalaureate program(s) offered

Primary Years
Middle Years
Diploma program
Career-related program



Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics

    Equal Balance

    Mathematics approach at RNS: Equal Balance

    RNS 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 RNS's Mathematics with other schools on
      Equal balance - 70%
      Traditional math - 25%
      Discovery math - 5%

    What RNS says:

    Mathematics at Rothesay Netherwood School is an ever evolving program that is student-centred with a focus on collaboration and critical thinking. We aim to challenge our students by encouraging them to seek a deep understanding of the curriculum through inquiry in order that they may make connections to the world around them. Our students are introduced to mathematical concepts in diverse ways through teacher-led instruction, online platforms, or in an array of projects, that continue to promote creativity and collaboration. We aim to develop a foundation of content with a more student centred approach that focuses on being an independent learner. It is less teacher led instruction and more student orientated learning which allows for individual pacing and fosters growth in the classroom. This provides our students a healthy mix of traditional math as well as a discovery based approach to promote critical thinking.

    Textbooks and supplementary materials:

    The textbooks used at Rothesay Netherwood School for mathematical instruction are “ Mathematics for the international student” by Haese and Harris publications. The middle school books follow the MYP IB program and the senior school books follow the IB curriculum.

    Calculator policy:

    Our calculator policy at Rothesay Netherwood School is a scientific calculator in the middle school while a graphing calculator is required once students enter senior school. The required graphing calculator is a (Texas Instruments) TI-84.

  • Writing

    Process approach

    Writing approach at RNS: Process approach

    RNS has a Process approach approach to Writing (as opposed to Systematic approach, Equal balance approach).

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    Our Kids definition: The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.

    Compare RNS's Writing with other schools on
      Process approach - 12%
      Systematic approach - 9%
      Equal balance - 79%

    What RNS says:

    Students explore writing in multiple formats with a significant emphasis on revision and feedback. The process of writing is a balance of formal and creative avenues which allows students to harness their imagination, and also the more structured approach to exploring their ideas. Students produce work that is internally published and this ranges from short stories to magazine style publications. It is especially linked to their explorations in Social Studies where students learn about the research and writing process.

  • Science

    Equal Balance

    Science approach at RNS: Equal Balance

    RNS 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 RNS's Science with other schools on
      Equal balance - 69%
      Expository - 5%
      Inquiry - 26%

    Teaching approach:

    The science program is heavily focused on Inquiry based learning in the Middle School and becomes a more Equally Balanced program in the senior years. We strive to develop students who think critically, work collaboratively to solve problems and become curious learners that are capable of asking challenging questions. Students gain hands-on experience through experimental design, data collection, creating models and participating in larger group projects within the school and global community. The curriculum for grades 6 through 10 is comprehensive and prepares students to move into the IB program in grade 11. We feel it is important to provide a diverse education that gives students the foundation to have success in all academic pursuits. As such, we focus on the development of universal skills that allow our students to conduct research, analyze data and graphs and become organized and logical problem solvers.

    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 RNS: Equal Balance

    RNS 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 RNS's Literature with other schools on
      Equal balance - 76%
      Traditional - 21%
      Social justice - 3%

    What RNS says:

    We do maintain, to some extent, a traditional approach to literature as we work to decode the mechanics of the text while also understanding its historical context. Ideas are often formed and expressed through formal class discussions and critical essays. At the same time, we foster an awareness for the individual experience of literature as an expression of self. Both classic and contemporary literature form the foundation of larger societal explorations, as students work to understand their complicated relationship to larger societal forces. Learning is often creatively expressed and cultivated through a reflective practice, as well as cooperative and project based initiatives.

    Program covers:

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


    Social Studies approach at RNS: Thematic

    RNS has a Thematic approach to Social Studies (as opposed to Core Knowledge, Expanding Communities approach).

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    Our Kids definition: The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.

    Compare RNS's Social Studies with other schools on
      Thematic - 32%
      Core knowledge - 38%
      Expanding communities - 30%

    What RNS says:

    This program is module based where students explore three themes over the course of the academic year. These themes are designed to collaborate with their English program to permit cross-curricular enrichment. Over the past few years, the students have explored agriculture (past, present and future), human migration and the collision of cultures (local First Nations and European history). Students focus on immersing themselves in the theme through field trips, guest speakers, writing and research. Each module is centered around a large project which can range from the creation of a professional magazine publication to planning and hosting a museum night for the school and wider community.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

    Equal Balance

    Humanities and Social Sciences approach at RNS: Equal Balance

    RNS 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 RNS's Humanities and Social Sciences with other schools on
      Equal balance - 83%
      Perennialism - 7%
      Pragmatism - 10%

    What RNS says:

    The mission of the Social Sciences at Rothesay Netherwood School is to advance knowledge, promote inquiry and to cultivate independent and creative thinking in our students. Our program represents a balance of periennalism and pragmatism. It is our goal that students will engage with the past and their world not only to uncover the catalyst, course, and consequence of dynamics resulting in change but also how such an investigation can impact their current lives. The humanities give critical insight into aspects of thought, values, and achievement in all times and places. Such a holistic and balanced view is critical to citizens of the 21st century. A primary focus is on the acquisition, refinement, and expression of a broad scope of literacy skills leading to an individual capable of creative, rational, and compassionate thought.

  • Foreign Languages

    Equal Balance

    Foreign Languages approach at RNS: Equal Balance

    RNS 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 RNS's Foreign Languages with other schools on
      Equal balance - 65%
      Audio-lingual - 2%
      Communicative - 33%

    What RNS says:

    The Rothesay Netherwood School Modern Language Department offers students the opportunity to begin, improve upon, or master a second language by building upon their current level of knowledge, and challenging them to attain the goal of fluency. Our curriculum is student-centered, and intended to foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, independent enquiry and a love of languages and the cultures of the countries from whence they come. Students are challenged to achieve their highest personal standards in terms of communication and personal expression in a second language.

    Language instruction offered in:

  • Fine Arts


    Fine Arts approach at RNS: Creative

    RNS has a Creative approach to Fine Arts (as opposed to Receptive, Equal Balance approach).

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    Our Kids definition: 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.

    Compare RNS's Fine Arts with other schools on
      Creative - 34%
      Receptive - 2%
      Equal balance - 64%

    Program offers:

    Graphic Design
    Visual Arts

    Visual studio philosophy:


    What RNS says:

    The fine arts program is designed to foster the development of creativity and individual student growth through the integration of history and theory with musical, theatrical and visual arts production. Students are met with a variety of opportunities to challenge their own learning through traditional, student-guided, individual and collaborative tasks. Students are encouraged to be risk-takers, develop their natural curiosity as inquirers and an appreciation for elements of their own culture as well as an openness to the values, perspectives and traditions of others. In addition to classroom based learning, productions, performances and exhibitions play a vital role in our program and help our students to develop both confidence and a passion for the arts.

  • Computers and Technology

    Heavy integration

    Computers and Technology approach at RNS: Heavy integration

    RNS 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 RNS's Computers and Technology with other schools on
      Heavy integration - 30%
      Light integration - 18%
      Medium integration - 52%

    What RNS says:

    Information technology is integrated into the learning process throughout the curriculum. As a one-to-one laptop computer environment, students and teacher alike use their computers as integral tools in their daily work.

    Program covers:

    Computer science
    Web design
  • Physical Education

    What RNS says:

    Physical Health & Education is a program of instruction and activity that develops skills and attitudes towards a healthy active lifestyle. This enables each student to enter an interscholastic program with more confidence in his/her self and abilities.  The program objectives are to develop skills, self‐discipline, improved judgment, improved self‐confidence, peer relationships, more active lifestyles, an appreciation of physical activities that are part of our culture, improved physical fitness (stamina, strength and flexibility) and health promotion (weight regulation, stress reduction, reduced risk of heart disease). Physical Education is required for Grades 6 - 9, and is offered as an elective in Grade 10.

  • IB Diploma courses

    29 courses

    Group 1 (Language A)

    • English Literature SL
    • English Literature HL
    • Literature and Performance SL

    Group 2 (Language B)

    • French SL
    • French HL
    • French ab initio SL
    • Spanish ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

    • Economics SL
    • Geography SL
    • Geography HL
    • History SL
    • History HL
    • Information Technology in a Global Society SL
    • Information Technology in a Global Society HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL
    • Environmental Systems SL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)

    • Mathematical Studies SL
    • Mathematics SL
    • Mathematics HL

    Group 6 (The Arts)

    • Music SL
    • Music HL
    • Theatre SL
    • Theatre HL
    • Visual Arts SL
  • Advanced Placement courses

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

    Not New Brunswick curriculum

    Sex and health education approach at RNS: Not New Brunswick curriculum

    RNS has a Not New Brunswick 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 RNS's Sex and health education with other schools on
      Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 41%
      Follows provincial curriculum - 59%

    Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral

    RNS 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 RNS says:

    Sex-ed is taught formally within the Physical Education curriculum, and informally within the middle school and high school science curriculum.

Language English

Learn about Rothesay Netherwood School's languages of instruction and enrolment.

RNS offers English as the primary language of instruction.

Language of enrolment include: English

Online Learning

Rothesay Netherwood 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.

Rothesay Netherwood School offers online courses to students.

Course format


Academic support and services

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

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 RNS: Standard-enriched

RNS 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 RNS's Curriculum Pace with other schools on
  Standard-enriched - 56%
  Accelerated - 18%
  Student-paced - 26%

What RNS says about their curriculum pace:

A broader range of topics are covered in more depth, relative to the Atllantic Canadian and Ontario curriculum guidelines.

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 RNS says about their flexible pacing:

This information is not currently available.

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 RNS: Supportive

RNS 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 RNS's Academic Culture with other schools on
  Supportive - 51%
  Rigorous - 49%

What RNS says about their academic culture:

The academic program at RNS is challenging and comprehensive, yet flexible enough to accommodate all of our students. Providing the necessary support for students to succeed is the hallmark of an RNS education. Effort is highly valued as the evaluation of one's academic performance is tied directly to their level of effort. As students progress through our program, they gain the skills, confidence, and independence necessary to be successful in their future endeavors.

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 RNS says about their developmental priorities:

The RNS student values working together, being a part of each other's lives, and looking out for the greater good of the community. Our philosophy encourages students to put forth their best effort. We provide students with a compassionate and comfortable learning environment, allowing them to be courageous and take risks. Our community breathes the values of dignity and respect for all. Our graduates are literate, numerate, technologically savvy, independent and critical thinkers.

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.

RNS offers No support

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

A - Forms of Support
B - Environments
Indirect Support:
Resource Assistance:
Withdrawal Assistance:
Partial Integration:
Full-Time Class:

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

Additional support

Social skills programs
Occupational therapy
Speech-language therapy

Gifted learner support In-class adaptations

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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: 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.

Class structure

Program Offered
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

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 RNS says about their gifted learner support:

This information is not currently available.

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

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Site Average42 mins54 mins58 mins76 mins88 mins104 mins112 mins

What RNS says about their flipped classroom policy:

This information is not currently available.

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 gradesGr. 6 to Gr. 12
Prose (narrative)-based feedbackGr. 6 to Gr. 12
Parent-teacher meetingsGr. 6 to Gr. 12

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

Rothesay Netherwood School offers 17 competitive sports and 20 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

Rothesay Netherwood School offers 21 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 RNS says about their extracurricular activities:

  • RNS Rowers experience CSSRA 71st Annual Regatta. Competing at the Canadian Secondary School Regatta is a high school rowers ultimate challenge- with 128 schools participating in various course conditions. Our crews rowed technically sound and put forth a tremendous performance in the women’s double & men’s 8+, finishing 4th in their heats. Ian Morrison moved through to the senior 72kg single final finishing 5th.
  • RNS student makes NB U17 baseball team. Bryson Woodworth '17 has been selected to join Team NB Selects at the Canada Cup baseball U17 Championships in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The tournament features the country's top players and is a highly scouted event. This will be Bryson's second year with the team, which finished with a 5-2 record last year.
  • RNS Students star in Rothesay Ballet School Spring Recital at the Imperial Theatre. The girls were involved in a variety of dance including contemporary, tap and a full ballet performance of 'Jewels'.
  • Rowers win 2016 High School Championships. Many thanks are extended to our alumni coaches Matthew Snelgrove '11, Ben McMullin '12 and Mae-Lin Delange '15.
  • MS Rugby Team wins Rugby7s Mini Tournament. RNS hosted the second of three Rugby7s mini-tournaments with teams visiting from MacDonald Consolidated School in Kingston, Belleisle Middle School, Forest Hills Middle School and two teams from Quispamsis Middle School.
  • Grade 8 Students win Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision National Competition. As the top Middle School Team in North America, the students will travel to Washington, DC, in June for an awards ceremony and many exciting events. The Discovery Channel and The Daily Planet also aired a video clip of the students receiving the news.
  • Grade 12 Athlete breaks World Records at International Power Lifting competition. Patrick Lawrence '16 attended the meet in Amherst, NS. He won first place in his age/weight class, but he also set three world records! The old squat record was 264.6 lbs and Patrick squatted the new world record at 325 lbs. Patrick benched 215 lbs, and set the new deadlift world record pulling 435.4 lbs. The third world record was the total. The bench, squat, and deadlift are all combined to amount to 975 lbs for Patrick, exceeding the old total record by 159 lbs.

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