How do I know if my child is bright and gifted, or does my child need to have been tested as ‘gifted’ to be admitted into the school?
King’s College School is open to all children who are intellectually curious. We do not require that a student be classified as ‘gifted’ for acceptance. We work with students who have a passion for learning and a desire to challenge themselves. Each class is an environment of like-minded individuals who are interested in engaging in learning for its own sake. We ask that students take ownership of their own learning, and we empower students to be active in their learning to ensure that there is a deep understanding of the knowledge and concepts. Students have the opportunity to set their own pace when they wish to work faster than the curriculum. We believe that there are many ‘bright and gifted’ students who are struggling in their current schools, either because they feel the need to ‘fit in’ socially or because they are bored with the level of academics they are receiving and are, therefore, not doing their best work. We work hard to create a culture of success without pressure where students are free to excel in their own way and at their own pace.
What is the maximum class size?
On average the maximum class size is 12 students. This ensures that each student is able to receive the individualized instruction necessary to make his or her learning meaningful and relevant. Students are given the home phone numbers and email addresses of each teacher so that they may call them at home should they have any questions about an assignment or project.
What about the development of my child’s social skills as King’s College School is a small school?
In fact, at King’s College School your child will acquire highly-developed social skills as well as a strong leadership ability. In an environment of hundreds, one can always find a select few who are intensely compatible with your own way of thinking. However, the environment of King’s College School mirrors that of a workplace where you are on a team to work with whomever else is there. At King’s College School, your child will accomplish amazing things with the support of other children who may be different in gender, age, ethnic background, or interests, but all of whom believe in – and practice! – kindness, compassion and mindfulness. Your child will acquire a very advanced and nuanced set of social skills that will stand her or him in good stead, no matter where your child chooses to go in the future.
Do you provide transportation to and from the school?
What are the school hours, and does the school have extended hours?
Classes start at 8:20 AM and finish at 2:30 PM with one 15-minute snack break and forty-five minutes for lunch. From Monday to Thursday, there is a second snack break at 2:30 PM and then outdoor sports/physical education until 3:45 PM. From 3:45 until 5:00 PM, students may stay for an optional supervised study.
Yes, the school does provide extended hours. Students can be dropped off any time after 7:45 AM, Monday to Friday and picked up between 2:30 and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
Are meals provided?
Yes, two snacks and a nutritious – and delicious – hot lunch are provided each day. Soup, salad, a hot entrée, and dessert are provided each day. Special dietary needs are accommodated.
How does the school measure individual achievement and progress?
King’s College School believes in the business adage that what cannot be measured cannot be accomplished. Therefore, every student receives a Weekly Progress Report each Monday morning which gives information on what has been marked in the previous week, any assignments that are still outstanding, and what the year-to-date average is in each subject.
Where do the school’s graduates go? What percentage of the students go on to university?
100% of King’s College School graduates have gone on to university and 100% have received scholarship offers. King’s College School students have been recipients of some very prestigious scholarships, including the $36,000 Chancellor’s Scholarship at Queen’s University. The King’s College School graduates receive an average of $60,000 in scholarship offers per graduate.
Does the school provide tax receipts?
Yes, children under the age of 16 qualify for the child care tax deduction as allowed by Revenue Canada.