Last week we had an opportunity to attend Toronto Private School Expo at Roy Thomson Hall. From year to year, this Expo has proven to be a huge success, becoming bigger and better. When it comes to education it is great to have some preparation and research. And it is never too early to learn, get the information you need about application, how to fill it and how many school you should consider for applying.
At Toronto Private School Expo I spoke with directors, representatives and even students. Every school is special and unique same as every child and has its own philosophy. The parents’ mission is to find the one that fits their kid in environment, programs it offers and academic expectations. Day or boarding, single-sex, co-ed, Montessori, Waldorf schools were there to present their fabulous and successful programs as well the achievements and students they are so proud of.
Take a look at Northmount School for boys, which helps each student to reach his greatest academic potential while building strong partnership between students, parents and teachers. The Giles School offers French Immersion from age 2 to Grade 8 or Fieldstone day school where academics, arts, music lessons, athletics and social development are introduced to lead students to their own academic and social achievements. Another significant benefit of private schools is small size classes and ability to focus and tailor education programs for every particular student.
The more you learn about schools the better you understand what you need for your kid, more questions you have to ask better understand the schools environment from curriculum, homework guidelines to school safety and teachers qualifications.
The Expo also introduced informative educational seminars on the topics how to choose the best school, admissions and financial advice. From such a variety of private schools at the Expo I was able to narrow my choices to three-four ones. Next step is to book a tour at the chosen schools and find what you and your child like the most.
If you did not have a chance to attend the Expo, helpful tools and resources can be found on OurKids web site, plus get your copy of Our Kids Canada’s Private School Guide here.