Prep School

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  • Photo of Christina  Schindler

    Christina  Schindler 

    Head of Prep School
    (902) 423-9312
  • Photo of Linden Gray

    Linden Gray 

    Learning Strategist
    (902) 446-3136

Encouraging Independent Growth

The Prep School is a special place where children are challenged to try new things, to discover and to learn in a secure, supportive environment. Students enter the Prep School in Junior Primary and proceed to Grade Four in our own unique version of a Junior School. It’s all about great beginnings, talented faculty, and the individual attention the children receive to guide them through these important formative years.
Junior Primary (for children who will be four years old by December 31)
Our Junior Primary class follows the Emergent Curriculum model, with a team approach to teaching and learning. We have staffed the Junior Primary with an 8 to 1 ratio. These faculty members are Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialists.

The nurturing academic development begins with our Junior Primary teachers. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to explore newly discovered ideas. In a warm, supportive Prep School environment, the children receive the individual attention they need to journey confidently through the Prep School.

Students receive a strong foundation in literacy, numeracy, science, and French, with teachers who differentiate the curriculum to appropriately support each student.

Daily physical education classes allow students to develop coordination and skill as team players. They have a lot of fun at the same time. Extra-curricular sports include running club, sports club, swimming, cross-country, and badminton.
Students explore their creative talents through visual art, music, and drama, beginning in Junior Primary. Highlights include Grade One's Monet Picnic at Point Pleasant Park - a celebration of their study of Impressionist masters. In Grade Two, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Mondrian come alive as the students try their hand at Cubism and Abstract Expressionist projects.

In music, students begin with the basics and progress to reading and writing music, using the recorder, in Grade Four. All students in Grades Three and Four are members of the Prep School Choir, which performs at school events, as well as in the community.

Drama is an important part of the Prep School, beginning with our youngest students. Great traditions include Senior Primary's Peter Rabbit, Grade Two's medieval feast, and Grade Four's musical production of children's favourites such as Treasure Island, The Wizard of Oz, and Robin Hood.
At Grammar, Prep School students begin to see themselves as part of a larger community. They participate in traditional initiatives such as the Terry Fox Run, and Unicef, but also forge links to their own community. Students support local families during the holiday season and perform for seniors at nearby nursing homes.

Beginning in Grade Two, Prep students act as reading buddies with their friends in Junior Primary and continue this mentoring relationship as they progress through the grade levels.

Prep students learn from older students as well, with the "Snuggle Up and Read" program, in which Senior School students work on building reading skills with the little ones. School-wide spirit building activities such as "Goofy Games" days are a wonderful way for our youngest students to connect with students across the grades.