August 17, 2017

How do you ensure the best possible academic placement for your child?

There are two distinct aspects to finding a Mississauga school that will benefit your child. The first is to be clear about the standards and values you want your child to grow up with and into. Clearly, find a school environment that meets those standards and fosters those values.

The second would of course be academics. There are few who would argue with the premise that early language development is a key indicator to future school success. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that children with good oral language and vocabulary perform better in normed reading tests in grades 3 & 4. While this may strike many of us as common sense, it is amazing how many schools have failed to adequately develop literacy skills in our young students.

How do you as a parent prepare your child for the best possible start? In an ideal world, you would identify a long term education partner that will understand your child and your family, and will advise on each step for the child, ensuring academic milestones are met. Research shows that the strength of a student’s skill base increases with the amount of literacy work/play carried out both at home and at school, particularly in the early years. It therefore lends support to the creation of a partnership – between parents and teachers that know your family and care about your child – and that partnership needs to start early in a child’s academic journey.

Accordingly, two key requirements are direct lines of communication with decision-makers and continuity, where every person you talk to knows your child. Much as we would all like it to, the public system can provide neither. But don’t look for fault in teachers’ levels of talent or desire. Rather, it’s the system itself which causes frustration to many parents, as they push to improve the provision of education for their children. Surely, there must be a better way, so that students struggling in one area are not simply marginalized or even discarded. There must be a way to prevent gifted students from becoming bored. The impact of either scenario is lifelong.

Every school should be accountable to the families it serves. Philosophically, we can all agree with the notion that every child should have an equal opportunity. The problem with the public system is that it’s baseline for equality is unimaginative. For too many students, a good day at school is anonymity. Whether children require greater challenges or additional support, it shouldn’t take months and months to get something done. These are critical years to establish solid academic skills, and must be independent of political dogma.

There is a fault line running through the whole system (arguably the whole of society), and that is trust. So many parents talk of broken promises and failure to deliver. Continuity, team thinking, and a staff that knows your child are key. Processes need to be in place that enable teachers, parents and students to agree, in writing, on individual academic development objectives for the year. There needs to be a fixed structure solid enough for collective growth, but fluid enough for individual expression.

So if the question is, ‘Why choose Private Schools over Public Schools?’, part of the answer lies in accountability, continuity and more efficient decision making. To this, add the positive impact of small class sizes and the effective increase in available one on one time. Add the specialist work that can be done with all children as the need arises. Consider also the greater flexibility in structuring academics and sports to suit individuals of any level.

In the end, the discussion should not really be about Public VERSUS Private. Rather, we need to ask ‘What are the criteria that will suit my child best?’ ‘What are the values I want my child to grow up with?’ ‘Does the school leadership match my values?’

Most importantly, your question should be, ‘Who do I trust to deliver on promises made?

ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY BELINDA BERNARDO

Belinda Bernardo has been a Professional Educator for more than twenty years with Bachelor degrees and Graduate Work in Education and Child Psychology, Principal Papers and an E.C.E. She has published articles in the press and journals, contributed to media programmes and has spoken at many conferences. She owns and operates Star Academy, a private school in Mississauga.

This article originally ran in the 2010 Mississauga Kids Annual Guide.

Private, Independent, and Montessori Schools that service Mississauga

Below you will find a comprehensive list of Private, Independent, and Montessori Schools serving the Mississauga Area.  Pumpkinseed Publishing Inc. makes every effort to keep this list up to date and current.

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List of Private, Independent and Montessori Schools that service Mississauga

ABC Montessori Private School
Mississauga, ON
905-568-8989

Appleby College
Oakville, ON
905-845-4681

Beacon House International College
Mississauga, ON
905-290-1321

Brilliant Minds Montessori Centres
Mississauga, ON
905-501-0436

Bronte College of Canada
Mississauga, ON
905-270-7788

Cambridge Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-891-1555

Children’s Palace Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-823-3317

Chisholm Academy
Oakville, ON
905-844-3240

Christ Our King Christian School
Mississauga, ON
905-823-1961

Clarkson Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905-891-1390

Credit Valley Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-821-3311

Dearcroft Montessori
Oakville, ON
905-844-2114

Discovery Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-272-3024

Elite Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-567-6600

Eureka Kids School
Mississauga, ON
905-838-0209

F.U.N. School
Mississauga, ON
905-274-4386

Fern Hill School
Oakville, ON
888-759-7958

The Froebel Education Centre
Mississauga, ON
905-277-9371

Glenburnie School
Oakville, ON
905-338-6236

Heritage Montessori
Oakville, ON
905-842-3061

Holy Name of Mary College School
Mississauga, ON
905-891-1890

Huron Park Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-306-1444

Kaban Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905-569-3112

Kara’s French Immersion School
Mississauga, ON
647-700-5907

Kendellhurst Academy Inc.
Mississauga, ON
905-567-1070

Kids CAN School
Mississauga, ON
905-486-1035

Kingdom Covenant Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-566-1084

Kings College Collegiate
Oakville, ON
905-257-5464

Kingsley Primary School
Etobicoke, ON
416-233-0150

Little Folks Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-896-1966

Little Superstars Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-896-1966

Lynn-Rose Heights Private School
Mississauga, ON
905-567-3553

Maclachlan College
Oakville, ON
905-844-0372

Meadow Green Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-273-3344

Meadowvale Christian Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-817-0560

Meadowvale First Baptist Private School
Mississauga, ON
905-817-0500

Mentor College
Mississauga, ON
905-271-3393

Mississauga Children Montessori Schools
Mississauga, ON
905-785-0144

Mississauga Christian Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-826-4114

Mississauga French Christian School
Mississauga, ON
905-567-4032

Mississauga Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-568-4069

Montessori Erin Mills
Mississauga, ON
905-569-7400

Mississauga Private School
Etobicoke, ON
416-745-1328

MontessoriWorks –The School for ME
Mississauga, ON
905-569-1000

The Northridge Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905-281-0840

Northstar Montessori Private School
Mississauga, ON
905-890-7827

Oakville Christian School
Oakville, ON
905-825-1247

Oakwood Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-486-1035

Olive Grove School
Mississauga, ON
905-855-8557

Peel Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905-823-6522

Philopateer Christian College
Mississauga, ON
905-814-5181

Phoenix Montessori
Etobicoke, ON
416-695-1212

Prince Edward Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905891-6912

Queen’s College
Mississauga, ON
905-804-1164

Rotherglen Private School
Mississauga, ON
905-569-7400

Royal Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905-275-5887

Royal School of Ontario
Mississauga, ON
905-848-1100

Royal Windsor Montessori
Mississauga, ON
905-822-7575

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Mississauga, ON
905-279-0011

Sherwood Heights School
Mississauga, ON
905-569-8999

Sommerville Manor School
Mississauga, ON
905-277-1085

Springfield Preparatory
Mississauga, ON
905-273-9717

Saint Jude’s Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-814-0202

St. Michael’s College School
Toronto, ON
416-653-3180

St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School
Oakville, ON
905-845-2386

Star Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-891-1555

Streetsville Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-813-7318

Talc Academy
Burlington, ON
905-319-7011

Team School
Mississauga, ON
905-279-7200

Tiny Treasure Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905-271-5001

Toronto French School
Mississauga, ON
905-278-7243

Westbrook Montessori Academy
Mississauga, ON
905-826-4648

White Oaks Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905-278-4454

Wildwood Academy
Oakville,ON
905-829-4226

Universal Montessori School
Mississauga, ON
905-279-5001