Stratford Middle Years School specializes in:
- Academic Excellence exceeding the Ontario curriculum
- Liberal Arts (drama, music, art)
- French (and other modern languages) - video >>
- Community and International Development Studies
- Outdoor Recreation (hiking, skiing, skating, kayaking)
Our Kindergarten children enjoy the benefits from being a part of a small class as well as being a part of our larger community. The JK/SK classroom has a maximum of 12 children. Each child receives individual assistance daily from their teacher but is also taught and encouraged to learn to work in a small group setting. The children are taught to explore, to observe, to be creative, and to be caring and cooperative learners. The program promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of the child. Our intention is to build a strong foundation for learning that will allow the child to transition with confidence and ease into the Grade 1-3 Classroom.
In the Classroom
Our bright and spacious Kindergarten classroom provides plenty of room for learning, playing, singing, acting and movement. Our program allows students to proceed at an individualized pace that reflects the maturity and growth of the child. The JK/SK program is a combination of traditional and innovative teaching from teacher-based learning to cooperative student-based learning. The teacher is able, due to the small class size, to provide regular feedback to the students and therefore guiding and nurturing the learning process.Initially students join us in September for a half day program five days a week. In time we encourage parents to consider a full day program beginning with a two or three days a week option and ultimately moving to five full days a week. We offer a very flexible Kindergarten program and are willing to design a schedule that meets the needs of the child and the child’s family.
Daily Classroom Schedule
- Daily lessons are provided in Language Arts (Reading, Writing and Oral Communication), Mathematics, Social Studies (Science, History Geography), and Art
- Daily French classes are taught featuring the AIM Program (Accelerated Integrative Method)
- Music is taught by a Music Specialist once a week but songs and movement are an integral part of the daily program
- Physical Activity is presented every day either in the classroom, on the playground, or at the park
- Each morning and afternoon has a scheduled break where children are free to have a snack and socialize with their peers
- Each student develops a personal progress portfolio throughout the two years in the Kindergarten Classroom. The purpose of this collection is to highlight the progress and growth in all areas of the curriculum. This portfolio is used to help each child reflect on his learning progress and to set personal goals for future learning as well as a means to discuss with the parents the individual child’s accomplishments
School Community Involvement
As students become more comfortable in their surroundings they will begin to spend a part of their day with the larger school community. This may involve:
- Reading buddies (1:1 with an older student)
- Science class with the grades 1-3
- School Assemblies
- Games on the playing field
- Drama and music rehearsals and productions
- Special day events
- School trips
- Personal Progress Portfolio
- 3 Report Cards (1 per term)
- Ongoing feedback between classroom teacher and parents regarding academic and social progress
- Formal Parent-Teacher Interviews
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The Stratford Middle Years grade 7 and 8 program is an enriched and vibrant one. The class has a maximum of 12 students and therefore the teachers are able to provide opportunities for both enrichment and support where needed. The teachers are committed to helping each student reach his or her full potential. The intention is to create a classroom atmosphere that ensures that each student’s learning needs are understood and met and that each child becomes a well-rounded independent and confident student.
Today many grade 7 and 8 students are forced to learn in an environment where there are many outside distractions such as peer pressure, pressure from social media and negative social situations. These middle years can be very challenging for many children. Too often these young people fall through the cracks and it can be very difficult for them, as a result, to transition into the high school years in a positive direction. Many of these children would benefit from a two year preparatory program that will provide them with a positive learning environment which will allow them to gain the skills and self-esteem that is needed for future success.
The supportive nature of Stratford Middle Years allows students to take on a strong academic program allowing them to graduate with the knowledge, skills and the confidence to be successful at high school and beyond.
In the Classroom
The 7 and 8 classroom is designed to promote a positive and welcoming workspace for our small group of students and staff. The day begins with opening exercises, a current events discussion and a discussion regarding upcoming school events. The students are on a 5 day work cycle timetable. Our students rotate from subject to subject, however, so as not to disturb the students’ focus it is the teachers transitioning into the classroom not the students. The mornings consist of the core academic subjects English, French, Math, Science, History and Geography. All of these subjects are taught by specialists who are committed to provide the best learning opportunity for your child. The intention is for every child to be successful and to feel positive about their role at school.
The afternoon programs consist primarily of the arts and physical education. The students are involved in a music program twice a week that is taught by a specialist, Mr. Paul Shilton. They also receive classes in visual arts and drama in the afternoons. As well the students are involved in a physical education program that involves two classes a week going to the YMCA for games and skill building sessions and once a week going out into the community learning recreational sports such as tennis, squash, badminton, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing.
The 7 and 8 class have many off campus excursions and guest speakers that contribute to our positive learning environment. Many of our trips support the curriculum taught in our core subjects such as going to Point Pelee, visiting the Bruce Nuclear Power Station, trips to the Stratford Festival, the Toronto Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum and many more. These alternative learning environments enrich and support the students’ understanding of the curriculum.
The students are a part of a very small community of children from JK to grade 8. The grade 7 and 8 students have many leadership opportunities as the oldest students in the school. Our 7 and 8 students are mentors and role models for the younger students and this allows for many to gain skills that will be useful in their future education and in life.
Due to our small class size the students receive personal attention that helps them to thrive and develop self-esteem. The students follow the Ontario Curriculum which provides a solid grounding in basic skills and promotes good study habits for future learning. We offer enrichment as well as special assistance depending on the needs of the student. By following the Ontario Curriculum the students are able to transition into high school with ease. For the students who require enrichment we are able to go above and beyond the curriculum, due to our small class size, and this helps to keep them engaged in the learning process.
Students who have been with us for several years are often ready for more advanced learning once they enter the grade 7 and 8 program. In cases where there is a need we encourage the students to begin working on grade 9 online courses in their final year with us and we support them throughout this process. This early attainment of credits will allow them to have more versatility and choices in their future timetables at high school.
A Typical Day
8:30 – 8:45 Opening Exercises, Current Events, Updates are school Activities
8:45 – 9:30 Grade 7 Math/Grade 8 History
9:30 – 10:15 Grade 8 Math/Grade 7 History
10:15 – 11:00 Grade 7 and 8 French
11:00 – 11:45 Grade 7 and 8 Language
11:45 – 12:40 Lunch/Recess
12:40 – 2:00 Grade 7 and 8 Art
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:30 Physical Education Grades 4 – 8
After School Study Group
Mondays through Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 we offer an after school homework assistance program. This helps to regulate homework for the students who find it challenging to fit in homework time due to busy extra-curricular programs as well as offering support to those who lack the skills to initiate and follow through on homework. To learn more visit our After School Program page on our website.