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Ages 6 to 18

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CurriculumCanadian
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 6 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 10 students / class
Maximum 16 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: C$20,000
to: C$23,000
Address: 55 Scarsdale Road Toronto, Ontario M3B 2R3, Canada
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Number of students

225-250

Number of nationalities represented in the school

5-10

Most common nationality

Canadian

Ratio of local students to international students

25% International Students

Max. number of students per class

16

Average number of students per class

10

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

WillowWood School offers a robust English as a Second Language (ESL) program in which students learn to speak, read and write English through a combination of instruction, field trips, and classroom immersion. The International Students in ESL receive much more than academic education: Our instructors take care to introduce new students to Toronto as a city, and Canada as a culture. They also work towards integrating ESL students into the wider student body through holiday meals, trips together, clubs and athletics.

International Students are a key part of how we demonstrate our multicultural values and curiosity about the world. Students make solid friendships across cultures, whether they take those lessons back home or into their future adventures in Canada.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French

Use of technology in the classroom

Every one of our classrooms is equipped with a digital interactive display screen. Each student enrolled at WillowWood receives a high-end laptop computer. Lessons, assignments, grades, and communication occurs through our Blackbaud platform (a cloud-based software). We have been offering virtual learning options for the past few years, both to domestic students and our international cohort abroad.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

WillowWood School has been offering online courses for the past few years. As such, the transition to virtual learning was remarkably smooth for us. WillowWood offers online courses as well as a hybrid option in which students can learn in-person and online.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Generally, teachers assign homework in their classes. The amount and frequency of homework assignments are dependent on the course, grade level, and the instructor.

Approximate hours of homework given

1-2 hours

Uniform required

WillowWood School has a uniform policy. Students in grades 1-6 are expected to wear a white WillowWood sweatshirt or gold shirt along with blue pants. Students in grades 9-12 are expected to wear a black/grey WillowWood sweatshirt or golf shirt along with khaki coloured pants.

Waiting list

Not currently. Once maximum enrollment has been reached, a waiting list is used.

Entry evaluation for students

Applicants to WillowWood School complete one or more interviews with school administration and may undergo internal academic assessments.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

An information interview is conducted with the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).In Lower and Middle Schools (gr.1-8), the prospective student usually visits a classroom for a morning. In Upper School, (grade 9-12), the prospective student comes in for an interview with a member of the admissions team, and a tour. A review of documentation is conducted by the admissions team.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Over 90 percent of our graduates attend a post-secondary institutions.

External examinations or assessments available

None. Our assessments are internal.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Our school is non-denominational.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Students are free to

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes.

Learning support offered

In Lower School, when a student requires more intensive intervention, enrichment or remediation, they have the opportunity to participate in our Additional Support Program.
These programs include Orton-Gillingham and Remediation Plus Reading programs, Reasoning and Writing, Reading Comprehension, Expressive Writing, Math Support, Homework/Text
Support, Organizational Skills, and Assistive Technology. Orton-Gillingham and Remediation Plus are two multisensory, systematic phonics programs that are designed to help students who are experiencing difficulty learning to spell and read accurately, or who have dyslexia and/or language learning disabilities.

The Homework/Text Support Program offers support for what is happening in the classroom. This can include anything from projects to homework, to math support and organizational skills. Students will review learned concepts taught in class and learn how to highlight and chunk important information. It also includes the teaching of software strategies to learn to become more proficient in transferring, planning, and organizing their thoughts and ideas into writing.

High School students can enrol in TOSS (Teaching Organization and Study Skills), an extra-fee small-group class focused on helping students manage and develop their executive functioning skills, time management, assistive technology, and self-advocacy abilities. TOSS can be a credit course or a non-credit course, and its administrators will work with you to fit it into your student’s schedule.

High School students can always get extra help in Homework Hubs, tutorials and workshops before school, at lunchtime, and after school. We also offer a tutoring program for students requiring that.

The programs are divided into detailed, comprehensive lessons that focus on specific phonic sounds. Students are taught phonological awareness, phoneme-grapheme correspondence, syllable instruction, and morphology through systematic and cumulative instruction.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Yes.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes.

School start time

8:30 am

School finish time

4:00 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

WillowWood School offers many activities.

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