How we see The Priory School
Believing that a child’s first learning years are the most important, in 1947 The Priory School’s Founding Mothers, Frances Ballantyne and Alphonsine Paré-Howlett, succeeded in developing a school far ahead of its time. The Priory School's mission and philosophy is to nurture each child’s inherent curiosity, enable them to develop an enthusiasm for learning, and promote intellectual and creative growth and initiative. This also prepares their students to be responsible, tolerant, and self-confident global citizens. The Priory School has remained true to its roots throughout its 75 years of evolution, specializing in elementary education and providing its students with an environment that's caring, inspiring, and recognizes and addresses each child's individual needs.
How The Priory School sees itself
"The Priory is a premier English co-educational school specializing in elementary education where all stakeholders recognize that "Happy Children Learn Best." Committed to best practices in early childhood education, The Priory is where a child's imagination and creativity are harnessed and where meaningful learning takes place in a nurturing and caring environment. Excellence in teaching and an enthusiasm for learning is at the heart of the school's mission. Certificate for English Eligibility is not required."
"As an intentionally small school, we firmly believe that every child is gifted. Our small class sizes and personalized approach to learning enable us to nurture and celebrate each child's unique talents and strengths. With our passionate and dedicated faculty, we provide a personalized learning experience where every child's needs are met, ensuring they have the tools and support necessary to thrive and reach their full potential."
"The Priory School is an intentionally small school, where each child receives individualized attention and a personalized education. The school offers a rigorous academic program that challenges and engages students, helping them to reach their full potential. The faculty members are passionate and dedicated educators who are committed to the success and well-being of every child. The Priory School fosters a supportive learning environment, where each child feels valued, respected and loved."
"The Priory School teaches mindfulness techniques as part of its character development program. Students learn how to manage stress, cultivate resilience, and improve focus and concentration. The Priory School offers a global perspective on education, with an emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity. Students learn about different cultures and traditions, and are encouraged to develop an understanding and appreciation of the world around them."
"The Priory School places a strong emphasis on character development, helping students to develop the skills and values they need to become responsible, compassionate, and engaged members of their communities."
"The Priory is a premier co-educational English school specializing in early childhood education from k-6.
The Priory is an intentionally small school with an enrollment of approximately 168 students.
The Priory School has small class sizes with a low student-to-teacher ratio.
The school has a diverse student population, with students coming from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The Priory School has a strong sense of community."
How people from the school’s community see The Priory School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Christian St-Pierre, Head of School
Masters of Education (M.Ed.) Université de Sherbrooke, Bachelors of Education (B.Ed.) Université de Montréal
I am privileged to be the Head of School at The Priory, and I am honoured to be part of this caring and vibrant learning community. The Priory, a co-educational elementary school, specializing in early childhood education, provides an enriched learning environment empowering students to explore their interests while nurturing their inherent curiosity through meaningful learning experiences.
The Priory prides itself in providing an environment and philosophy which supports the development of the whole child. The core values of Caring, Community, Curiosity, Creativity and Respect for others are interwoven throughout all elements of school life, enabling each child to feel confident enough to take risks with their learning and try something new. Throughout each child’s educational journey at The Priory, they are equipped to explore their strengths, foster a sense of belonging and develop confidence while taking on leadership roles. A Priory education fosters the joy of learning, embraces the individual needs of each child and enhances personal growth and world awareness.
Our talented faculty and staff are deeply committed to cultivating compassionate, kind, responsible and confident individuals, prepared with a solid foundation for their life-long learning journey ahead.
I welcome you to visit The Priory School to see and feel why I am so proud of our Priory Community.
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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