Junior Academy is a co-educational school for students from Toddler age to Grade 8. We strive to put a child’s strengths at the forefront of their education. We believe that students do well if they can, therefore we provide a supportive environment where students are accepted, appreciated, encouraged and challenged according to their individual strengths. Progressive programming includes project-based learning, character development, executive functioning, outdoor education, daily PE, music, art, and drama.
Learning at Junior Academy during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: Junior Academy is committed to the health and safety of our entire community and have implemented the following changes for the current academic year:
- Cohorts remain together throughout the day at all times.
- Recess has been spread out throughout the day in order to accommodate outdoor time for everyone at Junior Academy. Our outdoor space has been divided into 2 sections in order for 2 cohorts to have recess at the same time. The front playground is reserved for Toddler-Grade 3 and each cohort has recess at a separate time.-
- Each cohort has their own "recess bag" that has age appropriate items that will only be used by that specific cohort on recess.
- All staff will be wearing medical grade masks. Face shields and medical gowns will also be provided if requested. The Toddler & Preschool staff are required to wear masks and face shields.
- Junior Academy has installed an additional 30 sanitizing stations throughout the school.
- There have been frequent hand washing breaks built into everyone's schedule.
- All touch points are sanitized throughout the day.
Nursery/Toddler - Gr. 8
2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A6
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2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A6
Junior Academy offers busing. View details
Junior Academy offers bus transferring.
Service options offered are door-to-door pickup .
The regions Junior Academy offers busing from are:
Additional notes: We work with several busing companies that transport students from all over the G.T.A. Please inquire with Nicholas Johnson at [email protected] to learn more
Dianne Johnson founded the Junior Academy in 1988 in the belief that small is better, and indeed the school has remained small, with an annual enrolment of just 100 students. Johnson lead the school for most of its life, lending a continuity to the program and keeping the focus clearly on the quality of the students' learning experience, and maintaining, above all, an atmosphere of care and support. While not all students arrive from the immediate area, the school prizes its position within the community, and encourages active parental involvement within the life of the school.
Interview with Paul Bamberger, Principal of Junior Academy.
00:46 - Bamberger’s love for his job.
01:17 - An exciting opportunity.
02:24 - A typical day at Junior Academy.
03:14 - The student journey.
04:36 - A strong staff community.
05:10 - The school’s values.
06:39 - The strong relationship between alumni and current students.
07:28 - Students who are drawn to Junior Academy.
08:54 - What it takes to be a Junior Academy student.
09:29 - The culture at Junior Academy.
11:48 - The communicative relationship among parents, teachers and the administration.
13:12 - A collaborative and proactive solution to student conflicts.
14:41 - The school’s personality.
16:12 - Unique local facilities for teaching and activities.
17:38 - Advice for parents in their school search.
Junior Academy - Our Kids Insider Perspective: Parents
In this Perspective:
[01:08] - What Alison's son is like
[02:28] - Something he wanted to improve on during his time at Junior Academy?
[03:15] - How long he was at Junior Academy
[03:33] - Reasons to choose Junior Academy over other schools?
[04:39] - The application experience
[05:38] - Her son’s experience at Junior Academy
[06:39] - Traits that he learned from the school that he carried with him to his home life
[07:56] - The one thing that Alison thinks he liked the most about Junior Academy
[08:44] - What Alison appreciated the most about Junior Academy as a parent
[09:45] - Opportunities for students to become leaders within the school community
[11:46] - Anything that surprised Alison about the school
[12:50] - Opportunities for parent involvement
[13:27] - The school’s values
[14:54] - The values of the parents
[16:14] - The relationship between the students and the staff/administration
[17:07] - How the school can improve
[18:42] - Classroom sizes
[18:51] - Three words to describe the school's personality
[20:21] - Additional thoughts
[20:47] - Advice would for a family that’s considering Junior Academy
[21:24] - Advice for Alison's past self before embarking on this experience
Junior Academy - Our Kids Insider Perspective-Parents 2021
In this Perspective:
Shima Kassirian has a son in grade 6 at Junior Academy. Having a full time job, she appreciates the line of seamless communication and problem solving the school has between her and her family. She is confident in Junior Academy’s educational expertise to properly guide and prepare her son for his future academic endeavours.
01:10 - Shima’s process for choosing Junior Academy.
01:57 - How Shima’s child responded to being at Junior Academy.
02:38 - What her child likes most about the school.
03:07 - What Shima appreciates the most about Junior Academy.
04:35 - Room for improvement.
05:59 - Anything that surprised her about the school.
06:55 - The school’s highest values.
07:52 - The typical family at Junior Academy.
09:03- Proud moments at Junior Academy.
10:31 - The teachers and administration at the school.
11:59 - Three reasons Shima recommends the school to new families.
12:42 - Advice for new families searching for a school.
Q&A Roundtable Junior Academy - Admissions Pathway 2020
In this Perspective:
1:03 - Reasons to choose Junior Academy
3:17 - How the school did or did not live up to expectations
4:44 - The biggest impact of the school on children
6:16 - What students say about the school
8:32 - Three words to describe the school's personality
10:18 - The values of the school and community
14:33 - Coding in the curriculum
16:01 - Fees for OT services
18:10 - Moving from the public to private system at Junior Academy
21:39 - Choosing Junior Academy for extra needs
23:44 - Junior Academy addressing extra needs of students
29:19 - Fees for Steps program
30:25 - Assessing students for the Steps program
32:36 - Recording of the roundtable
33:03 - Classes for students who are ahead of their grade level
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 Junior Academy: Progressive
Junior Academy has a Progressive approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Progressive - 17%   Traditional - 15%   Liberal arts - 17%   Montessori - 17%   Reggio Emilia - 17%   Waldorf - 17%
What Junior Academy says: Our goal is to provide our students with the means to realize their full potential and celebrate the contributions of each student as they achieve individual success.
We achieve our goal through small class size, social and emotional development, accommodation of different learning styles, an extended co-curricular and leadership program, encouraging healthy living through regular Physical Education, sports, clubs and teams; and providing a diverse range of qualified and experienced teachers.
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.
Sex and health education approach at Junior Academy: Ontario curriculum
Junior Academy has an Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 50%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 50%
Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral
Junior Academy has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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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 Junior Academy says: This information is not currently available.
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 Junior Academy: Play-based
Junior Academy has a Play-based approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).
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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 Junior Academy says: The multi-age Kindergarten program offers a strong introduction to academics, social interaction, healthy living, and French.
A whole language approach in conjunction with a foundation in phonics is used to introduce themes and topics of interest to young children. Students are introduced to reading, writing and mathematics as they are ready. Classroom centres are designed to encourage socialization, the development of fine motor skills, spatial awareness and problem solving.
Kindergarten students are exposed to French through songs, movement and games. Students also participate in mid-morning and afternoon free-play sessions and have daily phys. ed classes and weekly outdoor education.
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 Junior Academy: Standard-enriched
Junior Academy 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 Junior Academy says: Our robust technology program, explicit instruction on learning skills, extended outdoor education classes and project based-learning are the dynamic programs that prepare our students for success in the rapidly changing 21st century.
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 Junior Academy says about flexible pacing: Junior Academy is an integrated environment for students with different learning styles. Supporting various learning styles with small class size naturally lends to being able to effectively deliver differentiated learning opportunities. Understanding student interests and learning profiles help our staff to develop meaningful learning experiences in the classroom.
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 Junior Academy: Supportive
Junior Academy 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 Junior Academy says: Junior Academy's strength-based approach aligns a students’ preferred cognitive styles, learning profiles, interests and abilities with the curriculum to ensure that they are being taught and assessed according to their individual strengths. Our strength-based approach enables students to feel successful and encouraged.
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 Junior Academy says: Our staff believe in developing students for a changing world. Our progressive programming, leadership and co-curricular activities are a cornerstone of this experience, focusing on:
* Self-confidence, a growth mindset, maturity and a sense of responsibility
* Ability to work collaboratively with their peers and teachers
* Goal setting ability
* Opportunities to be a positive role-model
* Desire to be good, caring, considerate and socially responsible students
* Sense of contributing in a positive way to the Junior Academy community
* Readiness for future leadership roles and responsibilities
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.
Junior Academy offers Partial Integration
Students are placed in a separate special education class, but are strategically integrated into a regular classroom for certain periods.
What Junior Academy says about their special need support: We always endeavor to collaborate with our families to support different learning profiles. There are several resource teachers on staff at Junior Academy who are available to assist students on an individualized basis. Resource teachers include Special Education Specialists, and Speech Language Pathologists or Occupational Therapists. Various programs such as Orton Gillingham, Reading Mastery, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and several others are used to support our students. Student Success Plans, often known as I.E.P.’s, are drafted and followed if a student requires specific modifications or accommodations to his or her academic program.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: Junior Academy offers a wide array of programming to support a variety of learning profiles. We offer small, break out groups for remedial programming in Language, Math, Science and Social Studies. Our Special Education Specialists provide resource support in the form of tutoring and our Strength Based approach enables students to leverage their strengths in order to succeed. By creating a partnership between our teachers, Special Education Specialists, additional therapists, our SLP and OT, we are uniquely positioned to support students with learning differences.
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.
Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)
What Junior Academy says: Our unique schedule allows for students who excel in Language Arts and Mathematics to be challenged at the grade level which is appropriate to them. We also offer grade nine credit courses in conjunction with an external provider for those students who have moved beyond the elementary curriculum.
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. 8, Junior Academy students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.
What Junior Academy 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.
Competitive sports: 9 Recreational sports: 9
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Junior Academy offers 13 clubs and 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”).
What Junior Academy says about their tuition: In addition to the above, our half and full-day Special Education Program ranges from $35,000-$40,000.
2nd child (sibling)
3rd child (sibling)
4th child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
JK to 8
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
Average aid package size
Percentage of total enrolment on financial aid
Total aid available
This school works with ISM Fast. for processing financial applications In order to apply for financial aid, you will be asked to submit your most recent tax assessment as well as fill out a number of questions relating to your financial situation. Prior to filling out the ISM application, we ask all applicants to visit our school for a tour.
Merit based Scholarships
Junior Academy 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.
Nursery/Toddler to Gr. 8
Average class size
10 to 14
% 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.
Our small dynamic school with class sizes of 10 to 14 students means that our highly qualified teachers know each and every child. We not only recognize and accommodate different learning styles but understand and embrace them. Our teachers and support staff work together to ensure that gifted learners, average learners and those needing additional support, are equipped with the means to achieve their full potential both academically and socially.
Junior Academy’s commitment to extracurricular activities, leadership development and community involvement are cornerstones of our programme. We encourage all of our students to be involved, try new things and discover their passions.
Come and experience Junior Academy’s warm, nurturing and inclusive community for yourself. We look forward to sharing our unique learning environment with you.