Academics

Because our classes are small, teachers are able to thoroughly address academic strands in core subjects. Academics are taught within a context that fosters higher order skills such as analytical and critical thinking, organization, time management and the skills needed to learn for life. Personal, local and global issues that impact our students’ lives are explored and integrated into core and non-core subjects. Our aim is to create a program that is challenging, creative, relevant and which lends a sense of purpose to the task of learning.

In general, we strive to create a learning environment that addresses the needs of the whole student, and from which all students can benefit, regardless of their unique learning styles, intelligences, abilities and interests. Our academic courses, arts curriculum, sports program, school trips, and the outdoor classroom, are considered equally important components of a well-rounded educational experience.

What is Different about Our Primary / JuniorĀ  Programs?

- We offer a rigorous academic program which builds on the Ontario Curriculum expectations and infuses global education approaches into all areas of learning. Students have the opportunity to experience all the same classes as our Senior division, with some differences:

  • Students in Primary grades (1-3) have a core teacher and dedicated space for the majority of their academic subjects, along with some rotary classes such as Theatre and Dance. As students advance into the Junior grades (4-6), their participation in our rotary schedule increases.
  • Our French Program begins in grade 1 and our Spanish Program begins in grade 7
  • While philosophical discussions are woven into all classes, our Philosophy Course is part of our grade 8 program only. Students in grades 1-7 have a dedicated Debate and/or Life Skills class once a week.
  • Students in grade 1-6 have recess in the morning and a supervised lunch /afternoon recess (We offer various supervision options based grade level and parental permission)
  • Overnight trips begin in the Junior grades.
  • Extra-curricular sports are scheduled based on SSAF availability and take place during school hours.