How we see Toronto Prep School
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How Toronto Prep School sees itself
"The Toronto Prep School is completely dedicated to providing a superior academic program for the children of parents who value the importance of knowledge, technology, individuality, responsibility, and integrity in a safe, nurturing, and highly motivated environment. Our mission is to prepare our students by equipping them with the academic tools and life skills needed to enter and succeed not only at the post-secondary school level, but ultimately, in their chosen career path. Given the pace of technological change and the growth of information technologies in all aspects of our lives, it is crucial that students gain mastery over these tools. We are committed to developing students who are confident and responsible and exhibit the values necessary to become effective communicators, informed and productive thinkers, self-directed learners, collaborative workers, and skilled information processors and problem solvers. As educators we will develop the facility for learning and foster the motivation for students to continue to learn after their formal school years. We will challenge each student to maximize his or her effort and in so doing realize their potential. The development of a sound work ethic and effective organizational and study skills will be stressed."
"Our people, atmosphere, and academic ethos differentiate TPS from other schools. While this sounds like an empty platitude, it is anything but. We believe that a school can be academically rigorous, but we also believe that teachers and administration should be approachable and create a comfortable environment. Growth does indeed occur when we are uncomfortable, but trust needs to be established before this growth exists."
"According to students and parents who have chosen TPS as their school, it seems personal attention, accountability, and academic flexibility are the deciding factors. Our semestered system, with a plethora of elective courses, allows students to find their passion and build a foundation upon which to launch their post-secondary journey. When students are provided with academic options and have the ability to choose a number of their classes, it makes for a better learning environment."
"Once families enter our campus, they are typically surprised by the breadth of our physical location. In addition to our 33 traditional classrooms, TPS bolsters a professional grade music recording studio, a 100 seat mainstage auditorium, a fully equipped, 2000 sq. ft. fitness studio, a wellness centre, and the list goes on."
"The most important aspect of TPS is its reliance and insistence on the importance of family. From admissions, through matriculation, and capstoned by graduation, a given student’s personal family blends with TPS’s educational family. By this, we mean that it is essential for the morals, values, and ethics of prospective families to meld with those of TPS. Academic integrity, familial gratitude, and respect for oneself and others are the hallmarks of TPS."
"Founded in 2009 by Fouli and Steve Tsimikalis
University acceptance rate = 99%
Campus size = 68 000 sq. ft.
Class size = maximum 16 with the exception of Phys. Ed. and Drama (18 is the max due to the nature of these courses)
Alumni have attended the best programs and institutions in the world - Princeton, Colgate, Cornell, U of T (Rotman Commerce), Western (Ivey School of Business), Queens Commerce, Parsons School of Design, Berklee College of Music, St. Andrews University, etc."
How people from the school’s community see Toronto Prep School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Pete Tsimikalis, Principal
BA Hons, MPhil, PhD student
It gives me great pleasure, as Principal of Toronto Prep School, to welcome you to the official Toronto Prep School website. This website has been prepared in the hope that it will become for parents, students, and visitors to the site, a valuable source of school news and timely information. This website has been developed to enable everyone to become familiar with our school, its policies, and other procedures that are basic for the smooth functioning of our school, as well as to provide you with updated school news, schedules and events.
The website is for many an introduction to the Toronto Prep School as a new, private, co-educational, university preparatory day school option.
Parents are increasingly concerned about the role education will play in securing the future they want for their children. Parents recognize that superior schools prepare children not just for today's test but rather for all of life's tests. Acceptance to a prominent university is not good enough; the ability to succeed once you are there and beyond is the goal.
Parents understand that the best education is a values-added experience that offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a structured, nurturing environment with an appropriate integration of technology to promote literacy and numeracy, but also values the importance of hard work, personal responsibility, respect, leadership and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Our small class sizes and commitment to positive discipline play integral parts in the recognition and fostering of individual strengths. Dedicated and caring teachers challenge students to strive for excellence while encouraging social responsibility. We provide a community where achievement, character development and academics are equally important aspects of the total educational experience. Helping students develop a life-long love of learning is our ultimate goal.
Our curriculum places a premium on students taking an active role in their own education. Learning by doing promotes a spirit of inquisitiveness and a deeper understanding of ideas. Talented and committed faculty members put students in the forefront and challenge them to pursue their dreams. Teachers who genuinely enjoy working with and connecting with young people engage our students to take constructive risks as they develop academic and personal attributes we value.
Our goal is to inspire all our students to develop both creative and analytical skills, which are essential to successful learning, while supporting them as they accept responsibility for who they are and what kind of people they want to become. We, as educators, have a rich history of achievement to draw upon. We step confidently forward to challenge ourselves and our students to excel.
A great deal of information about our programs, and our calendar is at your fingertips, and I invite you to explore the Toronto Prep experience.
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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