How we see Scholars’ Hall
Fred Gore established Scholars’ Hall in 1980 for the best reason there is to begin a new school, namely to address a range of student need that wasn’t currently being met in the region. Known as the “Student Whisperer” Gore made it his life’s work to help students who were, for a range of reasons, unable to thrive in other academic institutions. He started the school with just one student—something that itself is telling of his desire to help families—and it grew steadily over time largely because of the success he had and the reputation that the school began to build. Now, more than four decades later, the focus is the same as it was then: to serve families, and to help students reach their potentials. While first paying specific attention to students with learning disabilities, the focus of the school broadened in time in the knowledge that every student benefits from personalised learning. Families are drawn to the smaller class sizes, the quality of the offering, and the close-knit, compassionate, student-centred learning experience.
How Scholars’ Hall sees itself
"Scholars’ Hall is more than just a university preparatory school. We are a Jk to grade 12 school that fosters a love of learning. Because of our unique university system, our graduates go on to their first choice post-secondary school where their abilities place them in the top percentage of students in their first year. Family values and traditional teaching practices are the core of Scholars' Hall. With over 40 years of educational excellence, Scholars' Hall is the most desired private school in KW."
"Scholars' Hall is a family, first and foremost. When we intake a student, we are welcoming them into our family; they become an extension of us. With the parents, our goal is to raise, guide, nurture, and educate the child. The parent's role is to instill values and morals. Our role is to educate. Together our focus is to raise successful adults. It is this nurturing focus that makes Scholars' Hall truly unique."
"First, our reputation for educational excellence is second to none. We are a firmly established school for over 40 years and Scholars' Hall is well-known in the KW area. Second, we offer significant sibling tuitions. It is our belief that a family should not have to pick which child receives the best education possible. Lastly, we are a JK to grade 12 year and many of our families have children in multiple grades."
"Families have expressed relief when we take them on a tour. Parents feel that our focus on traditional learning is refreshing. They are happy to see the students using textbooks, writing in cursive, having structured spelling tests, and being expected to write traditional math tests. Many parents are surprised that they recognize our classroom expectations since it is very similar to what they experienced."
"Families often comment on how polite and respectful our students are. We expect our students to use manners in their interactions with their fellow students, teachers, administrators, and parents. We teach and coach our students how to be aware of others to develop the concept of politeness and respect."
"1. Founded in 1980
2. Graduates admitted to some of the top schools in Ontario, Canada, and abroad
3. Class sizes capped at 15 in the lower grades and 16 in the upper grades
4. Focus on soft skill and leadership development
5. Family oriented with a strong community"
How people from the school’s community see Scholars’ Hall
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Cherylynne McKee, Mrs
BA, BEd, OCT, MPEd (pending)
Welcome to Scholars' Hall Private School! It is an absolute pleasure and joy to introduce to you my amazing school, staff, and students. Scholars' Hall is much more than a school, it is a family. Once you become part of our school, we are completely and totally dedicated to your academic, social, and character development. Family is at the core of everything we do at Scholars' Hall and our curriculum and social environment echoes that. Our curriculum is focused on traditional teaching practices - reading, writing, and arithmetic. Our classrooms are welcoming and warm. Our staff is knowledgeable and passionate. Indeed, I believe we are the best school in all of Southern Ontario. Our main goal continues to be to provide the richest environment possible so that the child will have all post-secondary options open to them. You give us great kids, and we turn them into incredible students and very successful adults.
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
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