Academics
Prep School

Academics and Support

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Christina  Schindler

    Christina  Schindler 

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

    Linden Gray 

    Learning Strategist
    (902) 446-3136
  • Photo of Natalie Bishop

    Natalie Bishop 

    Administrative Assistant to Head of Prep & Head of Middle

Learning Support

Learning support in the Prep School is an inclusive model that takes place in the classroom where the teacher delivers the curriculum. Differentiation of lessons and teaching includes small groups and one-on-one instruction to ensure students are challenged to grow in their knowledge and skills. This support is offered to help the students develop an understanding and awareness of themselves as learners, along with the self-esteem that is essential for success in these years. 

The Learning Strategist engages in routine conversations with teachers in support of tracking student progress. This includes maintaining records of students with learning exceptionalities and determining reasonable accommodations plans to provide accommodations for students.

Academics by Grade Level

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Junior Primary

    • We have staffed the Junior Primary with Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialists.
    • This program is centred on a team approach to teaching and learning. 
    • With a focus on emergent curriculum, the Junior Primary program encourages students to engage in forming friendships and exploring learning in a self-directed way based on interest, questions and topics for investigation. 
    • Outdoor exploration and free play is a key part of our curriculum, especially as students discover how to create and express themselves in the world around them.
    • Art, music and drama are natural elements of an emergent classroom space. Students explore free expression through these mediums on a daily basis.
  • Senior Primary

    • Focusing on the transition to an academic program, the Primary year is a stepping stone for students as they learn to develop independence and responsibility for themselves and their belongings.
    • The foundation of learning in literacy includes phonics instruction as the touchstone to early reading. 
    • The Writing program encourages students to express their ideas in creative ways using print.  
    • The Math program is focused on a foundation of numeracy and includes many opportunities to explore learning in a hands-on way. 
    • Science and Social Studies include topic-based investigations of big idea questions including “My role as a member of a community” and “What role does the environment play in the survival of animals around the world?”
  • Grades 1-4

    • Focus continues on literacy and numeracy learning
    • Language Arts program includes: 
      • phonics instruction as a foundation for reading and writing
      • writer’s workshop model for student learning about the revision process and peer feedback in the creation of published work
      • literature circles and novel studies to foster a rich appreciation of literature
      • Reader’s theatre and dramatic performance to bring literature and plays to life for students
      • Poetry writing and recitation for the creative expression as well as public speaking performance skills
    • Mathematics program includes:
      • Focus on foundational computation and number sense skills
      • Creative and flexible thinking about problem-solving 
      • Making our mathematical thinking ‘visible’ through explaining our answers and the ‘why’ of their accuracy
      • Hands-on exploration and experimentation to master mathematical concepts
      • Enrichment and extension of mathematical thinking, including math contests
    • Our Science & Social Studies curriculum includes:
      • Big idea questions or inquiry-based explorations of topics that apply to life outside the classroom, such as water conservation, land rights and reconciliation, environmental stewardship.
      • Key concepts explored in hands-on Science experiments include properties of energy and matter, electricity, force and motion, as well as living things and their environment.  
      • Off-campus excursions to explore natural habitats as well as the Discovery Centre help students to make connections between concepts and real-world applications. 
    • A focus on health and mindful wellbeing are at the heart of these years in the Prep School. Students learn about themselves as students and why embracing challenges as well as mistakes is key to their success. Fostering a growth mindset is at the heart of these years in the Prep School.
    • Specialist classes in Arts, Physical Education French, and Music for the remainder of this program.
Specialist Classes

Arts

Prep students will explore the fundamentals in fine art to develop these skills across a range of mediums. From watercolour painting and charcoal sketching to modelling clay and 3D art projects. The Arts program ensures that Prep School students have a range of hands-on art experiences as they explore this medium of expression.

French

Learning another language is a key milestone for our Prep School students. Exploring French in vocal, choral, and written forms allows students to develop a rich vocabulary and an appreciation for the language. Students will also explore French through dramatic class plays, encouraging expression and comprehension in the learning process.
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Physical and Health Education

Focusing on physical literacy, the Physical Education (PE) program fosters gross motor skills with activities such as throwing and catching games, skipping and circuit training and chasing games. Strategy, fair play as well as sportsmanship are key components of the curriculum. Students enjoy indoor and outdoor PE classes in the Prep School years.

Music

From foundations in music history and theory to music appreciation, Prep School students develop a rich repertoire of experiences in the music program. Choral music is the foundation of performance in the early grades, and the ukulele is introduced in Grades Three and Four. In addition, students have the opportunity to perform at several concerts and in the local community.