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THE OUR KIDS REPORT:
The Clover School

Grades Nursery/Toddler TO 8 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

The Clover School:
THE OUR KIDS REPORT
REPORT CONTENTS:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    Nursery/Toddler — 8
  • Gender
    Coed
  • Class Size
    10 — 30 students
  • Tuition
    $15,100 to 24,200/year
  • Language of instruction
    English
  • Associations
    CCMA, OFIS
  • Enrolment
    400 day students
  • Curriculum
    Montessori
  • EBROCHURE
    View eBrochure
  • Next open house
    N/A
  • Application Deadline
    N/A

School address

  • 3180 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2A9 (MAP)
  • 411 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 2X7 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see The Clover School


Our Kids Feature Review

  • Fostering social skills alongside academics in mixed-age classrooms is integral to The Clover School’s Montessori curriculum.
  • There is minimal use of technology at The Clover School. 
  • The Clover School has a full-time, resident urban farming specialist that runs an ‘Edible Lab’ on each campus.

The 50-page review of The Clover School is part of our series of in-depth accounts of Canada's leading private schools. It provides a unique and objective perspective on the school's academics, programs, culture, and community.

Read our in-depth review

Key insights from our research

  • The Clover School more than lives up to its motto as ‘The School with Heart.’ Combining a Montessori curriculum with a philosophy that promotes social, emotional and physical well-being, the school is a nurturing home-away-from-home for students.
    —From: The Clover School: The Our Kids Review
  • Three—soon to be four—Toronto campuses make up The Clover School, offering programs for children from 18 months to Grade 8. Each campus has its own unique features, but the overall feel is the same: warm, alive with the energy of kids at work and play, and yet somehow peaceful.
    —From: The Clover School: The Our Kids Review
  • Sandra Bosnar-Dale and Isabelle Kunicki built the Clover community from scratch more than 25 years ago. Though the school has grown substantially since then, the founding values are stronger than ever. “We’ve always believed that schools should be true communities that bind students, families and teachers together,” says Bosnar-Dale. “Raising children is hard in this fast-changing world, especially living in a big city. It really does take a village. Our goal from the start was to create trusting relationships with families because everybody benefits from that—especially children.”
    —From: The Clover School: The Our Kids Review
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School's Perspective

How The Clover School sees itself


The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Montessori starts contributed to the success of the most highly regarded business founders, notable humanitarians, and the world's elite artists. Montessori provides real-world education nurturing 21st century adults. The Clover School's innovative four-pillar curriculum combines Montessori essentials with a heart-centred approach designed to nurture the ​mind​, heart, health, and soul of each Clover student. Through whole-child learning, students become resilient, intrinsically motivated, and creative, with exceptional high school & university academic performance. The Clover School provides an inclusive and loving environment for children to learn at their own pace, according to their own interests, developing skills and habits to help them become joyful learners for life. Clover's faculty inspire each child's intellectual curiosity, creativity, and individual growth through the integration of academics, arts, athletics, outdoor education, community service, and leadership. The Clover School is a CCMA-accredited private Montessori school offering its premiere programming in two Toronto neighbourhoods, Midtown and High Park."

  • Over 25 years of Montessori Innovation Providing Real-World Education Raising 21st Century Adults
  • Three Toronto Campuses (18 months - Gr. 8) in Toronto's Midtown and West End
  • Integrated Four-Pillar Curriculum, Character & Entrepreneurship Education, Inquiry Based Learning
  • French, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Yoga, Sports, Mindfulness, STEAM, Outdoor Education
  • Year-Round Urban Farming Program in Partnership with The Edible Lab
  • Summer Camp, Extended Care, Organic Catered Lunch/Snacks
  • Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators Accredited Member, OFIS Member
  • Empowering a Community of Learners to be Joyful, Resilient, and Innovative
  • Heart-Centered Education
  • Raising Global Citizens through Montessori

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"The Clover School prides itself on its commitment to child-centered, active learning, fostering good citizenship, kindness, leadership, and modelling wellness in the classroom. Clover students are seen, heard, and loved. They are young people who care deeply about our planet, are kind to one another and want to make the world a better place. The Clover Team is diverse in its experience and history and are given the opportunity, along with students, to share expertise, culture, and passions."

Why do families choose you over schools they compare you to?

"Families with children enrolled in The Clover School's signature programming say Clover is the school they wish they had as children. When observing a classroom, families touring Clover note the children are happy, calm, hard-working, focused, and free to move through their spaces. Clover students have a 100% success rate at transferring to their school of choice when the time is right for them."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"The Clover School prides itself on a signature curriculum that takes a whole-child approach to the Montessori pedagogy: Mind - reveal unique passions and innate curiosity, fostering critical thinking, fearless discovery, and resilience Heart - individuality, authenticity, and social-emotional learning promote courage, compassion, and self-awareness Health - practice smart nutrition, physical exercise, and mindfulness Soul - connectedness to the world through nature-based learning and the arts"

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The Clover School is a place where open communication, engaged teachers, bright classrooms, along with an age-appropriate and stimulating curriculum enable children to really thrive. A place where educators are valued for their vital role in shaping the lives of young people. Where parents are welcomed warmly as members of our vibrant community & recognized as partners in their child’s education. Clover's goal is to help each child build resilience and tenacity in both learning and in life."

What five facts about your school tell your story?

"1. Signature curriculum, forward-thinking & reflexive, with an emphasis on authenticity, creativity, & growth 2. Vibrant, child-centred classrooms that foster wellbeing 3. Montessorians explore, discover, and direct their own academic path based on what interests them 4, Students flourish as intelligent, confident & compassionate individuals 5. Our four-leafed graduate has academic mastery, creative thinking, mindfulness & social intelligence to create positive connections with the world"


School Facilities

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Athletics facilities


Campus


Classrooms


Instructional resources


Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see The Clover School


Video reviews of The Clover School

Alum, Lily Bosnar-Williams (2022)

Watch our alum interview with Lily Bosnar-Williams to learn about the unique experience of attending The Clover School.

Parent, Elysia Baldassarra (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Elysia Baldassarra to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The Clover School.

Roundtable Q&A (2022)

Watch our The Clover School Q&A discussion to gain fresh insight into the school's culture, values, and strengths.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone


Leader profile

Here we give our best insight into the leader of The Clover School Sandra Bosnar-Dale and Isabelle Kunicki founded The Clover School in 1996 with just eight students in a church basement. The idea began when Bosnar-Dale and Kunicki were just out of university and training to be Montessori teachers. “We had both done some work in traditional classrooms and were dissatisfied with what was going on in the publi...

Interview with key leadership

Watch our The Clover School leadership interview with Amy Gataveckas to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
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Message from school leadership

Sandra Bosnar-Dale & Isabelle Kunicki, Co-founders and Directors
A.M.I.

Welcome!

Established in 1996, The Clover School (formerly Forest Hill Montessori School) is a C.C.M.A. accredited school, which offers an authentic and progressive Montessori education.  Our warm and vibrant learning environment is a special place where children can explore, discover and develop as intelligent, confident and comapssionate individuals. The Clover School's positive and friendly atmosphere truly feels like an extended family.

The Clover School embodies the very essence of what a school should be: a vibrant community of students who are excited to learn, a place where open communication, engaged and dedicated teachers, bright classrooms and a stimulating and challenging curriculum encourage students to thrive. Our programs inspire and promote intellectual curiosity, creativity and individual growth through the integration of academics, arts, athletics, community service and leadership. It is a joy to watch our students blossom into the creative, confident and compassionate leaders of tomorrow.

We invite you to tour our website to learn all about our special school and the programs that it offers. However, we believe that the best way to really get a feel for what The Clover School is all about, is when our classes are in session. This will give you the opportunity to see our school when it is brimming with the energy of our students. Whether you are looking for exceptional childcare for your young toddler, a stimulating and educational program for your little preschooler, or the perfect learning environment for your bright, young school-aged child, we invite you to come visit us. We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our community!

Kindest Regards,

Sandra  Bosnar-Dale & Isabelle Kunicki

Evaluate The Clover School for your child

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  • Learning style
  • Learning preference
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  • Autistic
  • Dyslexic
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How outgoing is your child?

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How Extroverted kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    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.”

How Introverted kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ 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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How mentally focused is your child?

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How Mentally focused kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    If you’re considering a big school for your mentally focused child, look into the size of its classrooms. Many kids, including focused ones, do better in smaller classes, which not all big schools have. Smaller classes often provide ample individualized learning and one-on-one support, which can boost your child’s engagement.

    Also, ensure a school’s teaching approach is suitable for your focused child. “For instance, a school emphasizing group learning over individual learning may or may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s attention skills and personality.”

How Distractible kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    If you’re considering a big school for your distractible child, look into its classroom sizes and teaching and learning approach. Distractible kids often do better in smaller classrooms with plenty of individualized learning and one-on-one support, as this can help them sustain their concentration.

    Also, “Ask what strategies a school has in place to engage and motivate students,” says Stacey Jacobs, Toronto-based education consultant at Clear Path Educational Consulting. “For instance, do they have flexible seating and innovative furniture?”

    Bigger schools tend to have a wider range of extracurriculars to choose from, which can help your child to pursue an interest or develop a passion. And, “Research shows that when students have something to look forward to after school, they’re often better able to focus during the day,” says Janyce Lastman, Toronto-based education consultant at The Tutor Group. “This can really help them renew their energy and recharge their batteries.”

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How physically active is your child?

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How Very physically active kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Big schools tend to provide an especially wide range of opportunities for your physically active child to use their energy in productive ways, such as individual and team sports, hiking, and nature walks. In most big schools, they’ll also be given plenty of breaks throughout the day for physical and gross motor activities, such as outdoor recess in the playground. Since different kids enjoy different kinds of physical pursuits, find out exactly what activities a school offers, both in class and out.

    Also, ensure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your active child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may or may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of 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 and energy level.”

How Less physically active kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    If your child is looking to get more physically active, they’ll benefit from the wide range of extracurriculars at big schools, such as sports and nature walks. In addition to improving their physical and mental health, these activities can help them broaden their horizons and come out of their shell.

    Just make sure any prospective school, no matter the size, provides the right academic and social environment to help your less active child focus on their work and feel like they belong. This is especially important at big schools, which sometimes have bigger classes (with less one-on-one support) and can be more socially overwhelming. That said, the bigger the school, the more diverse the student body (in terms of personalities, interests, etc.), which can make it easier for your child to find a group of like-minded peers. 

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How focused is your child on school and academic achievement?

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How Intensively academically-focused kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Many big schools offer high-level courses as well as subject-specific enrichment and acceleration opportunities, which some academically-focused kids find stimulating. Most also have plenty of academic diversity in the classroom, where your child will find many opportunities to challenge themselves in groups with like-minded peers. “Many academically-focused kids enjoy competition in the classroom: they like to measure themselves against peers with high academic aspirations,” says Janyce Lastman, Director of The Tutor Group. “They’re more likely to find this in big schools with big classes.”

    Also, “Due to their large numbers of students, bigger schools offer more opportunities for reflection and collaboration with one’s peers, and to learn from the perspectives of different students, in class and out,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. Having a larger and more diverse pool of students can be a catalyst for intellectual and creative progress (and even breakthrough insights!).

    That said, make sure your child will be able to register for their desired courses in a big school. While big schools often have a wide range of core and specialist courses on their docket, sometimes logistical issues—such as scheduling and timetables—make it challenging for them to run some courses or for your child to enrol in them.

How Less academically-focused kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    If you’re considering a big school for a less academically-focused child, look into its classroom sizes and teaching and learning approach. Smaller classrooms with plenty of individualized learning and one-on-one support can help kids really engage with their school work, regardless of their level of academic interest.

    Bigger schools normally have a wide range of specialist subjects to choose from, which can help your child pursue an interest or develop a new one. Just make sure your child will be able to register for their desired courses in a big school, since sometimes logistical issues—such as scheduling and timetables—make it challenging for these schools to run some courses or for your child to enrol in them.

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Is your child passionate about the arts?

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How Arts-oriented kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    If you’re considering a big school for your arts-oriented child, make sure it offers them plenty of opportunities to explore their creative impulses. Ideally, it will have some smaller classes with plenty of individualized teaching and learning, since this will give your child more flexibility to pursue their interests and get one-on-one support to refine their skills.

    Since big schools have larger student populations, they often have more arts programs, classes, productions, and staff than smaller schools. They also tend to offer more supplementaries, like after-school musical theatre classes or field trips to art museums.

    Finally, “Due to their large numbers of students, they offer more opportunities for reflection and collaboration with one’s peers, and to learn from the perspectives of different students, in class and out,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “This also allows kids to understand the contributions they can make to the larger student community, such as being a musician in an orchestra, an actor in a play, or a dancer in an ensemble.”

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Is your child passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)?

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How STEM-oriented kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Since big schools have larger student populations, they often have more STEM programs, classes, and specialty teachers than smaller schools. They also tend to offer more STEM-oriented supplementaries, like after-school robotics classes or field trips to science museums. And, “Due to their large numbers of students, they offer more opportunities for reflection and collaboration with one’s peers, and to learn from the perspectives of different students, in class and out,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. Having a larger and more diverse pool of students can make it easier to produce valuable insights and have creative breakthroughs.

    Ask prospective schools about their class sizes. Smaller classes with plenty of individualized teaching and learning give students more flexibility to pursue their interests in STEM and get one-on-one support to refine their knowledge and skills.

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Does your child have gifted learning abilities?

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How Gifted kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Some big schools provide learning environments that explicitly address the needs of gifted students. These can include dedicated gifted classes, part-time withdrawal classes, enrichment opportunities, acceleration options, and in-class adaptations. Big schools also usually have a wider scope of curriculum options and extracurricular activities that can provide gifted learners with the challenge and stimulation they need across a range of topic areas. Finally, they tend to have more academic diversity in their student bodies, helping your child find like-minded peers as well as opportunities to challenge themselves with other intellectual, curious, and high-ability learners.

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Does your child have special needs?

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How Special needs (general) kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Since kids with special needs require special attention, ensure any prospective school has small- to medium-sized classes with plenty of structure, individualized learning, one-on-one support, and properly trained special education staff. Also, ask exactly what kinds of special needs support a school provides. For instance, while it's unlikely to provide modifications to the curriculum, does it offer accommodations, and if so, for which special needs?

    Some big schools provide learning environments that explicitly support students with special needs. These can include dedicated special needs classes, integrated classes, and regular classes with in-class adaptations and breakout groups. Many also provide a range of out-of-class resources to promote your child’s academic and social development, such as robust guidance departments, academic and psychological counselling, social work, tutors, and faculty advisors. And some have designated resource/learning centres for students with special needs, as well as various in-house support staff, like speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and reading specialists.

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Does your child have a learning disability?

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How Learning disabilities kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Since kids with learning disabilities (LDs) require special attention, ensure any large school has smaller classes (ideally 15 students or less) with plenty of structure, personalized learning, and individual support. Also, look into exactly what kinds of LD support it provides. “While many big schools provide accommodations, such as extra time for tests or assignments, few provide a modified academic curriculum,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Consulting.

    Some big schools provide learning environments that explicitly support students with LDs. These can include dedicated classes, integrated classes, and regular classes with in-class adaptations and breakout groups. Many also offer a range of out-of-class resources to promote your child’s overall development, such as academic and psychological counselling, social workers, tutors, and faculty advisors. 

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Does your child have a social, emotional, or behavioural issue?

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How Social/emotional issues kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Since kids with social issues require special attention, ensure any prospective school has small- to medium-sized classes with plenty of structure, individualized learning, one-on-one support, and properly trained special education staff. Also, ask exactly what kinds of support a school provides both in class and out. For instance, does it provide intensive one-on-one counselling for kids with anxiety?

    “Big schools can be challenging for students who experience anxiety or other emotional and mental health issues,” says Una Malcolm, Director of Bright Light Learners. “Their large student population can contribute to anxiety and worries, and may make it more difficult for teachers to monitor their well-being.”

    Some big schools provide learning environments that explicitly support students with social issues. These can include dedicated classes, integrated classes, and regular classes with in-class adaptations and resource support. Many also provide a wide scope of resources to promote your child’s development, such as educational assistants, resource teachers, counsellors, social workers, and support groups.

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How Conventional learner kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Big schools vary in the classroom environments they offer. Size isn’t nearly as important as the teaching and learning approach that individual teachers use in meeting the needs of a conventional learner. 

    Here are some things to look for: 

    • A traditional classroom setup (teacher at the front facing the students) 

    • Whole-class lectures 

    • Plenty of structure

    • Graded work and clear criteria for assessment

    Conventional learners tend to do well in learning environments with all or most of these features. However, since learning preferences differ even among these students, ensure a school provides what your child needs.

How Unconventional learner kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    If you’re considering a big school for an unconventional learner, make sure it offers them plenty of independent learning opportunities. Ideally, it will have some smaller classes with lots of individualized teaching and learning, since this will give your child more flexibility to pursue their interests and explore their passions.

    Big schools normally have more extracurriculars for kids to probe different areas of interest, from painting to robotics to creative writing. Also, due to their large numbers of students, they offer more opportunities to find a group of like-minded peers to learn and grow with, in class and out.

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How Independent learner kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Make sure a big school offers your child plenty of independent learning opportunities. Ideally, it will have some smaller classes with individualized teaching and learning, giving your child more flexibility to pursue their interests and develop their skills. With more classes and student cohorts, big schools can often accommodate a wide range of learning styles, including independent learning. Some also offer greater access to guidance and resources to help students subject choices and independent pursuits.

    Since big schools have larger student populations, they often have more extracurriculars and after-school programs. Whether it’s art, STEM, or coding, your child will have more opportunities to continue their unique learning path outside of class.

    Finally, “If your independent learner is a competitive student who likes to measure themselves against their peers, they’re more likely to find this in a big school,” says Janyce Lastman, Director of The Tutor Group. “Since they have diverse student bodies, it will be easier for your child to find peers with high academic aspirations to compete with.”

How Collaborative learner kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Big schools vary widely in their learning environments and approaches. While some stress collaborative learning and provide lots of group activities, others don’t. That said, with many classes and diverse student cohorts, big schools can often accommodate and nurture a wide range of learning styles, including collaborative learning.

    Since big schools have larger student populations, they often have more extracurriculars and supplementals for students to pursue group learning activities like debate and student government. Also, “Due to their large numbers of students, they offer more opportunities to find a group of like-minded peers, in class and out,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services.

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Is your child anxious?

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How Anxious kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Since kids with anxiety require special attention, ensure any prospective school has small- to medium-sized classes with plenty of structure, individualized learning, one-on-one support, and properly trained special education staff. This is especially true if your child has a diagnosed anxiety disorder.

    “Big schools can be challenging for students with anxiety,” says Una Malcolm, director of Bright Light Learners. “Navigating a large student population and lots of relationships can compound issues with anxiety. And it’s sometimes more difficult for teachers and administrators to monitor students’ well-being in this setting.”

    That said, many big schools provide a wide scope of resources to support anxiety (and other mental health issues), such as educational assistants, resource teachers, psychologists, social workers, and support groups. Ask exactly what kinds of support a school provides, both in class and out. For instance, does it provide counselling for kids with a social anxiety disorder or selective mutism?

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Does your child have ADHD?

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How ADHD kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Since kids with ADHD require special care, ensure any prospective school has smaller classes (ideally 15 students or less) with plenty of structure and one-on-one support to help them stay focused on their studies. Also, ask exactly what kinds of support a school provides both in class and out. For instance, “do you have an in-house psychologist who can help my child with their impulse control?”

    “Big schools can sometimes be challenging for students with ADHD,” says Una Malcolm, director of Bright Light Learners. “Navigating a large student population and lots of relationships can sometimes be a distraction which interferes with the ability to focus in class. And in a big school with bigger classes, it’s sometimes more difficult for teachers to monitor students’ well-being.” 

    The upside is most big schools offer a range of support for children with ADHD (and other special needs), such as educational assistants, resource teachers, psychologists, social workers, and support groups. They also tend to offer many supplemental activities to give your child physical, cognitive, and creative outlets, and to enable them to hyperfocus on areas of interest (which many ADHD kids enjoy).

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Is your child autistic?

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How Autistic kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Since kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) require special attention, ensure prospective schools have smaller classes with plenty of structure and one-on-one support, run by qualified special education staff. Depending on where your child falls on the spectrum, they may need a learning environment with direct support for ASD, such as a dedicated ASD class or a regular class with targeted ASD support. 

    Many big schools offer a wide range of resources to support kids with autism (and other special needs), such as educational assistants, psychologists, and social workers. Ask what’s available, focusing specifically on your child’s needs. For instance, “do you have an in-house psychologist who can help my child with their social skills?”

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Is your child dyslexic?

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How Dyslexic kids fit with The Clover School's dimensions:
  • Big school (151+ students)

    Since kids with dyslexia require special attention, ensure any large school has smaller classes (ideally 15 students or less) with plenty of structure, personalized learning, and individual support. Also, ask exactly what kinds of resources it has to support your child. For instance, “do you have a reading intervention specialist to help my child work on their phonic decoding?”

    Some big schools provide learning environments that explicitly support students with dyslexia. These can include dedicated classes and regular classes with in-class adaptations and breakout groups. Many also offer a range of out-of-class resources to promote your child’s overall development, such as academic and psychological counselling, social workers, tutors, and faculty advisors.

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