The purpose of our program is not merely to equip children with knowledge and skills, but to equip them with the often ignored qualities that distinguish those who lead from those who follow: minute attention to detail, concentration and determination to deal with – and triumph over – tasks that would defeat others.
At the institute, we work with you, the parent, to devise an individualized education plan, catering to the specific needs of your child. The low student-teacher ratio allows our highly trained staff to devote the time and care towards each child, necessary to unleash their fullest potential. Alongside intellectual and academic advancement, we place great emphasis on building self-esteem and effective social behavior; this strategy produces well-roundedness and confidence in all our students.
The Sidney Ledson Simplified Phonic Reading System is famous for producing readers at age two (some of whom, in fact, learn to read before they are completely toilet-trained). Preschoolers are guided in English usage, vocabulary growth, nature study, elementary geography and French, plus, of course, all the traditional activities youngsters this age enjoy and benefit from: singing, music appreciation, story time, show and tell, and others.
The intellectual enrichment preschoolers receive in our preschool and junior kindergarten programs is such that, on graduating to senior kindergarten, they are able to deal with subjects rated as Grade 1 material in the public system; this, initiating a pattern of accelerated advancement that quickens each year. Not surprisingly, by the time our children reach Grade 2 and 3 they are performing at the academic level of public school children several years their senior.
Our Grade 1 to Grade 6 program provides academic instruction that far surpasses the requirements set by Ontario Ministry of Education. To illustrate, the Ontario curriculum for math is enriched with advanced supplemental exercises in computing and in problem solving. Individual attention and guidance permits our students to quickly achieve expertise in all subjects, progress of which is recorded daily.
Pupils' understanding of social studies and of basic science is broadened by an exploration of the world: past, present, and future. Students engage in weekly research activities with teachers guiding and explaining matters individually when needed. Children learn how to search sources, extract information, reflect on the importance and application of the details they have unearthed, document and present them variously as reports, posters, and in Powerpoint. Current events play an important part in our social studies program. Children are encouraged to note, question and reflect on world issues. Intellectual growth is stimulated by encouraging students to ‘think outside the box:’ to assess matter critically and form their own opinions.
We take pride in the excellence of our students’ achievements, seen by their high national scores and their published writings composed for regional, provincial, and national competitions. The Institute program secures entry for our graduates to academically elite secondary schools: The University of Toronto Schools, Upper Canada College and all the others plus, of course, the gifted programs offered in some public schools.
Our exam prep program integrates the ministry curriculum with exam prep material unique to the Institute. The strong academic foundation our graduates secure permits them to easily pass entrance exams in any other school while carrying with them an impressive portfolio of contests entered and published writing, as well as leadership achievements.
French instruction begins as early as preschool. By Senior Kindergarten, our students have gained skill in French articulation and they understand basic nouns and phrases. By Grade 6, students read, write, and speak French at a level comparable to public high school standards. Many of our students graduate to French Immersion Schools and other accelerated French programs.
A nine-month study conducted at the Royal Conservatory of Music by Dr. Glenn Schellenberg (University of Toronto at Mississauga) revealed piano lessons generated higher intelligence. The activity is said to strengthen those parts of the brain employed in mathematical computation and spatial assessment. The cognitive processes in reading sheet music and playing instruments engage both the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Instrumental and vocal music is introduced to children at a preschool age. Optional piano lessons are offered to students as young as two years old. Students in the grade classes are also offered this option of private one-on-one piano lessons besides the mandatory recorder classes held every week.