We’re a small school with a BIG heart!
GlenOak currently offers programming for students of all abilities from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. To that end, we boast two academic “streams” specifically designed to bring out the very best in our students. Our Focus Stream offers a 6:1 student-teacher ratio with students receiving the support of one teacher and one educational assistant. Students benefit from comprehensive Individual Education Plans (IEPs), the support of an educational assistant in the classroom as needed, as well as withdrawal support for small group instruction.
Our Excel Stream is specifically designed for students who are at or above grade level, but who benefit from a more intimate learning environment. Students are admitted into our Excel Stream based on admissions testing in Literacy and Numeracy. They benefit from a 12:1 student-teacher ratio and may also have an IEP, if required.
Importantly, GlenOak is an inclusive school, which means that students in either stream receive instruction in the same classroom environment. Supports are provided as required, and as per stream.
What makes the grade at GlenOak?
- All our teachers are certified teachers in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers
- We have advanced certification in special education, brain injury, learning disabilities, and more!
- Our approach to teaching and learning is holistic in that it aims to serve the “whole child”, meaning we place importance not only on the development of language and math skills, but also on daily physical activity, the arts, science and social studies, as well as the development of each student’s emotional intelligence.
- We value authentic learning experiences and recognize that learning is not limited by the four walls of a classroom. This means you will see GlenOak students in a variety of learning contexts: from our huge kitchen space, to the GlenOak Grand Hall, to our substantial outdoor space, and even to the community beyond.
- We follow the Ontario Curriculum and have expertise in creating Individual Education Plans (IEPs) that specifically outline the educational programming required to best meet the learning needs of our students.
- Our method of instruction is differentiated based on the needs of our students, and is comprised of a combination of small group, direct instruction as well as project-based learning. In this way, our students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, and successfully engage in the learning process.
- Our school day is balanced, meaning that we have three 100 minute blocks and two 40 minute nutrition breaks. Nutrition breaks are supervised by school staff with twenty minutes of eating time and twenty minutes of supervised outdoor play time.