How we see Unionville College
How Unionville College sees itself
"Offering an advanced curriculum with a gifted and talented education (GATE) program, UC seeks to inspire, guide and challenge students. We incorporate emerging technologies through our STEM lab, 3D printers, laptop program, coding and robotics’ extensions. UC prepares students to excel as digital learners while fostering talent in the fine arts and athletics — we also offer a wide breadth of enriching extracurriculars. Our highly specialized teachers provide individualized programming for all learning styles."
"At Unionville College, we differentiate ourselves through a strong focus on individual growth and achievement. No two students have the same extracurricular and educational experience at UC — we emphasize choosing the mix between athletics, academics, and creative interests that works for each student. We also offer the chance to compete in specialized STEM extracurricular activities like math and coding competitions, science fairs, and robotics fairs."
"Our long-term community focus puts us ahead of our competition — we put every effort into fostering long term relationships with our staff, students, and their families. Our Preschool - Grade 8 structure facilitates the development of long-term connections between educators and students, and even students coming in later grades will see the difference that this strong community makes on their experience."
"An unexpected benefit of our school community is the breadth of experience that each student gains from being part of a diverse student body. Our students come from many different backgrounds, possess many unique skills and strengths, and learn from each other through this diversity. We choose to celebrate and foster every area and strength at UC, because we believe that our diversity of experience, background, and interest brings something valuable."
"The extent to which technology and technological literacy is integrated into our programming is difficult to convey fully without experiencing it for oneself. We do not just focus on technology to gain an innovative reputation — we truly believe that technological literacy is a major skill of the future and want to prepare our students to feel comfortable and prepared in the new digital landscape. Every lesson plan from math to literature tries to integrate technology in an educational way."
"1. UC, formerly know as UMS, was established in 1987
2. Since opening as an elementary level school, UC has launched a preschool, summer camp, and high school
3. For the past decade, UC students have exceeded the Canadian national standard in the CAT-4 test
4. UC students compete in the Canadian National Mathematics League, and have achieved many top-ranking finishes
5. UC integrates life skills such as financial literacy, digital literacy, and information technology into our programming"
How people from the school’s community see Unionville College
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Rosemin Remtulla, Executive Director of Education
At Unionville College (UC), we believe in providing a full and rich learning experience for all of our students.
Our Montessori roots are evident in our "Pre-Casa" and "Casa" programmes for students aged two to six years. These younger children are provided with the best of traditional Montessori education, which is proven to foster early academic development. They also experience more modern programmes in technology, such as coding, and other specialist disciplines which complement and support the Montessori base, providing our students with a truly outstanding early educational experience.
Our Elementary school programme further nurtures each child's potential by providing students with rigorous academics at a full grade level ahead in core academic subjects. Technology plays a key role in the facilitation of this – SmartBoard technology is available in every classroom. UC students also participate in a fully supported iPad program, in which applications or apps are used to enhance learning. Students in grades 1 to 5 have access to iPads, and every student in grade 6 to 8 has an individual school-issued iPad that is pre-loaded with educational applications. Extra-curricular activities are also integral to the UC experience. Students access our state-of-the-art auditorium for enriched and comprehensive arts education including vocal and instrumental music, visual art and drama. We also support a full athletics program and multiple opportunities for community service. However, the best part of UC is still undoubtedly our community: a talented and dedicated faculty, supportive and committed parents and, of course, a very enthusiastic student body!
We thank you for your interest in UC and invite you to contact us to arrange a tour and to meet some of the members of our very unique and special family.
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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