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Elmwood School

Address: 261 Buena Vista Rd, Rockcliffe Park, ON K1M 0V9, Canada

Description Elmwood School

  • Established: 19 1 5
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Students age: 4-18 years old
  • Number of students: 400
  • School type: private, day
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of education: separate, school for girls.

Elmwood School - day school for girls with International Baccalaureate programs. The ratio of the number of students per teacher is 7 to 1. As in many Canadian schools, traditions Elmwood School goes back to the ideas of school education in British private educational institutions: children wear school uniforms, each student belongs to a separate "home".

The educational institution was founded in 1915 as the Rockcliffe Preparatory School by entrepreneur Theodora Philpot. An ambitious business woman laid the foundations of the school, which the educational institution adheres to to this day: following modern methods, creating a favorable atmosphere and conditions for high quality education.

Elmwood School is the only school in Ottawa with IB programs at all levels - for elementary, middle and high school. IB curricula build a coherent educational trajectory and develop intellectual, social and moral qualities. The academic programs of the school are based on the IB philosophy and are built taking into account gender psychology. The curriculum is enhanced by field trips, master classes with invited experts and extra-curricular sections.

Over the past decade, the students of the educational institution have entered the best universities in North America and received prestigious grants and scholarships. According to statistics, more than 50% of female students choose higher education in technical fields - they enter the faculties of mathematics and engineering. Science is another popular choice for female students.

The school has developed an international atmosphere with students from over 30 nationalities. Children of diplomats, consuls and politicians study here: according to statistics, about 20% of students are children from the diplomatic community.

Students study in a bilingual environment - in English and French. Provided that they regularly attend compulsory subjects and achieve fluency in speech, pupils receive a prestigious certificate confirming bilingual education. Also, the school has the opportunity to learn Spanish, Chinese and Latin.

From the 9th grade, all students receive a personal laptop, primary school students visit a computer laboratory.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Elmwood School

Program name

Junior school IB Primary Years Program

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration of studying: 4 years
  • Age of students: 7+.

The IB Primary Years Program is an international standard successfully applied in schools around the world. The primary school program is aimed at the diversified development of schoolgirls:

  • Increased cognitive interest
  • Development of activity and entrepreneurship
  • Creating conditions for natural and conscious motivation to learn
  • Holistic personality development with an emphasis on social skills and emotional intelligence.

The studies take place in different formats: children participate in project work, experiments, practical exercises aimed at the development of social and emotional intelligence. Program structure:

  • The school uses a methodology developed by the University of Chicago - Everyday Mathematics program
  • Each child learns according to an individual speech development program
  • Children learn to write from first grade
  • The studies are held in English, but every day the children learn French for 40 minutes.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP)

  • Language of instruction: English + French
  • Duration of studying: 4 years
  • Age of students: 11+.

In high school, female students focus on deepening their knowledge of classical school subjects and developing the skills necessary to succeed in high school. At the heart of learning there are three elements - critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

Program structure:

  • English language
  • Maths
  • Natural Sciences
  • French
  • Physical Culture
  • Instrumental music
  • Art
  • Technologies
  • Theatre.

Basic principles of studying:

  • Holistic - students explore school subjects and the connections between them
  • Communication skills - mastering the skills of effective writing and speaking
  • Mindfulness in learning - creating conditions for the formation of natural interest.
from 29 700 $CAD / year

IB Diploma Program

  • Language of instruction: English + French
  • Duration of studying: 2 years
  • Age of students: 15+.

The graduation class program focuses on successful completion of schooling, passing exams and admission to universities. During this crucial period, girls are offered to fully focus on priority subjects and study them at an increased level of complexity, often equated to the first year of a bachelor's degree at a university.

List of subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical education
  • Sociology
  • Natural and exact sciences
  • Art
  • Design.

Elective courses (university programs):

  • Introductory course to business
  • Latin
  • Economy
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Programming
  • IT
  • Theatre
  • Fine Arts
  • Classical civilizations
  • Data management
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Kinesiology
  • Geology
  • Higher mathematics
  • Right
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • World history.

Events Elmwood School

Despite its small size, the school has excellent conditions for sports and creativity. The educational institution believes that every girl can find something to her liking. According to statistics, 86% of high school students attend at least one sports section. The sports infrastructure allows everyone to try themselves in new sports, to smoothly move from a basic level to a professional one. In middle school, children begin to participate more and more in tournaments - school teams regularly participate in competitions. Popular sports sections in primary grades:

  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Golf
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Horseback riding
  • Handball
  • Rugby
  • Snowboard
  • Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Hockey.

Popular sports sections for girls of middle and senior classes:

  • Mountaineering
  • Cross country
  • Rugby
  • Rowing
  • Snowboard
  • Volleyball.

In total, there are 103 interest clubs in the school - among the creative and academic directions, one can note:

  • Linguistic circle
  • School of Journalism
  • Math club
  • Literary club
  • Music school
  • Dance studio
  • Theatre
  • Cinema club
  • Community of Biologists.

Equipment Elmwood School

The educational institution is located in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, located in the eastern part of the province of Ontario. Ottawa is the fourth largest city in the country, at the end of the 20th century it became a center for the development of high technologies, it is no coincidence that it received the status of "northern Silicon Valley".

Sports infrastructure of Elmwood School:

  • Football field
  • Large sports hall
  • Fitness Centre
  • School of Music
  • Theatre studio
  • Pool
  • Bowling Lawns
  • Outdoor playgrounds for games and sports.

The educational infrastructure of the school includes modern centers and laboratories, as well as recreation areas:

  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Equipped classrooms
  • Recreation areas
  • Health and recreation center.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year consists of terms:

  • Trimester number 1 - 2.02-16.04
  • Trimester number 2 - 3.05-9.07
  • Trimester number 3 - 18.10-15.12.

Additional expenses:

  • Registration fee
  • Non-refundable deposit
  • School uniform
  • Textbooks
  • Travel
  • Extended day group
  • Dining in the dining room (optional).

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • Making an application through the Elmwood School website
  • Application fee
  • Birth certificate
  • Interview with a school representative
  • Information about the study and the achievements in sport and creativity.

Scholarships Elmwood School

The educational institution tries to encourage the brightest and most talented students. The school offers two types of scholarships - for academic success and based on financial need. To receive a scholarship, it is necessary to pass a competitive selection, designed to identify female students with great potential.

In addition, the institution has a personal scholarship for the headmaster from 1982 to 1990, Margaret White. The scholarship is awarded once a year to one schoolgirl, the size of the scholarship is $ 5,000 per year, paid over four years.

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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