CGS has been the neighbourhood private school of choice in Leaside for over 30 years, providing the best in early years education. This is where you will find an academically stimulating and personalized curriculum, delivered in a warm environment. The phonics program addresses the unique learning styles of boys and girls, leading to high levels of early literacy for all students. Highlights include public speaking, character education, mindfulness, outdoor education and daily arts. Extended care available.
Specializing in the critical early years of education (Pre-K-Grade 3) for 34 years.
Warm, nurturing environment, a 'home away from home' for your child.
French four times per week/Extended French after school once per week.
Mindfulness practise throughout the week.
Significant focus on public speaking.
Exceptional performance arts and visual arts opportunities.
Real Food For Real Kids hot lunch.
Skiing, skating and swimming curriculum for Grades 1-3.
Trips to Norval (UCC's Outdoor Ed Centre) every year for JK-Grade 3.
Very active, positive parent community.
Learning at CGS (Children's Garden School) during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: At the time of this writing, it has been just over two months since schools were ordered to close in Ontario due to COVID 19. It has been an unprecedented time of upheaval and change for educators and students. CGS has made a highly successful shift to its CGS Spirit at Home online program. The enormous task of moving staff, students (and parents) to an online format for the first time ever, in such a short time, was nothing short of miraculous. Working with very young students presented unique challenges. Everyone has settled into a good routine now and students are progressing. Teachers are doing live and pre-recorded lessons, follow-up small group sessions and storytimes on the Microsoft Teams platform. Students have French, Gym and Creative Arts sessions as well as their usual Language Arts, Math, Science, Technology and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) sessions. The children even have time in the schedule for mindfulness practise. Academics aside, staying connected during this time of isolation has been a top priority for CGS – making sure the children feel loved and heard, despite the varied challenges of an online learning environment. Maintaining beloved school events that typically take place outside of the classroom has also been a top priority. House Games, Track & Field, Public Speaking, Mother's Day celebrations, Principal's Club meetings and even virtual field trips have gone a long way to making school feel much more 'normal'.
Music and theatre come together for the Holiday Concert.
Our annual musical takes to the stage in May.
Displaying work at the Art Fair.
Happy parents on the first day of school.
The view from our front lawn.
Phonics in SK.
Counting the days in the month during Circle Time in Early Start (preschool).
Time for Math in Grade 1.
Can I create power from water? Grade 2 Science Fair project.
Parents and students enjoy the annual Science Fair.
Science is fun! Chamelea visits SK.
JK butterflies released in the garden.
SK students in the Computer Lab working on their keyboarding skills with Dance Mat Typing.
SMART Board phonics in JK.
Lunchtime for Early Start (preschool) in the gym.
Dance Party Friday always spills into the hallway.
Our library is well-loved by students.
Insider Reviews and Perspectives
Our Take: CGS (Children's Garden School)
CGS was founded in 1986 by Marie Bates, who remains as the principal at the school today. As that suggests, the school has remained very true to the founders’ initial intentions, namely to create a place that provides a strong academic foundation in a caring, open, and supportive environment. While reading, writing, and numeracy are key—just as they should be—so is the development of creativity and social engagement. Bates believes that children learn as much in music class as they do in math class, and she’s right of course. As such, the program promotes links across the curriculum, allowing children to see those connections while also broadening their horizons of interest. The strength of the program is reflected by the reputation that CGS has earned over the thirty-plus years of its life.
Interviews with alumni and parents
Children's Garden School - Our Kids Insider Perspective: Parents
In this Perspective:
1:05 - What kind of student is your daughter?
1:46 - How did you think your daughter would have grown up at a different school?
2:41 - How big of a role did CGS play in her life?
3:17 - What are the highest values of the school and what evidence have you seen?
4:27 - Why did you choose CGS?
5:07 - How does CGS compare to other schools?
6:14 - What surprised you about the school?
7:18 - What’s something that Faith misses from CGS?
7:58 - How did CGS influence your daughter to find a passion for musical theatre?
9:08 - How does CGS foster confidence?
9:48 - What is another CGS value that is reflected in the classroom?
10:41 - What are your daughter’s favourite and least favourite classes?
12:57 - How are the school’s values reflected in your daughter’s math class?
14:25 - What makes the teachers so special at CGS?
15:08 - What has been your favourite CGS moment so far?
16:47 - What would you do if you were head of the school?
17:56 - Did continuity ever factor into your decision to send your daughter to CGS?
19:03 - What is one strength of the school that you would double down on?
20:02 - Do other parents ask you about CGS?
20:17 - What kind of questions do they ask?
21:03 - What role does communication play at the school?
22:20 - What is the relationship like between the school and its parents?
23:38 - What’s the most surprising question a parent has asked you about the school?
24:28 - What would your daughter’s friends who didn’t go to CGS ask about the school?
25:10 - Any final thoughts?
27:29 - What advice do you have for prospective parents?
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at CGS: Traditional, Reggio Emilia
CGS has a Traditional, Reggio Emilia approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 43%   Liberal arts - 18%   Progressive - 27%   Montessori - 10%   Reggio Emilia - 1%   Waldorf - 1%
CGS has a Reggio Emilia approach to secondary curriculum.
Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
What CGS says: Our curriculum is ‘traditional’ in so far as it is very structured and sets high academic expectations for our students. Acquiring academic skill is a daily focus at CGS but to say we have a purely ‘academic’ approach to our curriculum is misleading. Our students are very young and incorporating play with a broad focus on physical education, the arts, culture, character education and mindfulness are equally important to their development as students and young people.
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 69%   Traditional math - 28%   Discovery math - 3%
What CGS says: Methods for teaching math vary widely from school to school and it is a subject of great debate in the educational community. ‘New’ Math
(the current multi-strategy, collaborative, language based approach to math) can be confusing for parents, as most of us learned math largely by rote. At CGS, children get the best of both worlds - they get the support they need to create and share the math strategies that work best for them as well as concurrent instruction in basic fact mastery - learning their doubles facts, multiplication tables etc. Our teachers have many creative ways of ensuring that students gain solid number sense as well as the conceptual skills required to become confident, young mathematicians.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: Preschool: Touch Math. JK/SK: 'Think. Pair. Share.' approach with appropriate lessons from various sources. Grades 1-3: Nelson Mathematics, Math Makes Sense and Teaching Student Centred Mathematics by John Van de Walle
Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
What CGS says: Our phonics program, Remediation Plus, was brought to Children’s Garden School by our Principal, Marie Bates, after discovering its' extreme effectiveness for her son. The program breaks phonetic skills into logical, step by step, highly organized units. No rules are missed.
Watching our students independently sound out words, fingerspell, and check for vowels is a wonderful sight! They see something on the page and they go to work to figure out what is happening. R+ gives them the tools they need to do it. Teachers combine R+ with integrated language arts activities (storytelling, games and art). Our young students experience high levels of success and become confident young readers.
DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
What CGS says: Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). SK-Grade 3 students are assessed once per term. Additional assessments are added if required.
Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
What CGS says: Preschool children come to us with varying degrees of fine motor skill. Writing exercises are designed with each particular student in mind. For JK and SK students, printing exercises are built into the Remediation Plus program and students spend a lot of time practising their skills each day across their Language Arts curriculum. Grade 1-3 students use Handwriting Without Tears. Cursive is introduced at the end of Grade 2 for those students that are ready and all students begin cursive writing in Grade 3.
Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
Teaching approach: Science is such a lively part of the curriculum at CGS. The children love hands-on experiments, indoors and outdoors. The Science Fair is optional for SK students and mandatory for Grades 1-3. Winners of the Science Fair join the Toronto Science Fair at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
What CGS says: French is taught with a 'living language' approach. Oral facility is encouraged through storytelling, singing, games and relevant vocabulary. Written work comes later in Grade 2 and 3. 100% Immersion Extended French is offered once a week after school for students JK-Grade 3.
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Light integration - 18%   Heavy integration - 34%   Medium integration - 48%
What CGS says: This information is not currently available.
What CGS says: We strive to bring as much fun and variety to our Physical Education program as possible. From organized sports to team building games and outdoor education field trips, students have frequent opportunities to build skills and practise good sportsmanship. We regularly access community resources for skating, skiing, swimming and gymnastics.
Sex and health education approach at CGS: Ontario curriculum
CGS has an Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 55%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 45%
Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral
CGS has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
What CGS says: This information is not currently available.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at CGS: Academic
CGS has an Academic approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia approach).
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Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
What CGS says: At CGS we believe preschool isn’t too early to set children on a purposeful path to learning. Learning is still totally play-based and nurturing (which is essential for children so young) but it is also structured to include a full phonics, printing and math program. This gentle, early academic start, brings joy and confidence to our students and gives them a true sense of readiness for JK. Our curriculum approach in kindergarten remains well-balanced with a strong focus on acquiring independent reading skills. Our highly effective phonics program, Remediation Plus, provides the foundation of instruction.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at CGS: Accelerated
CGS has an Accelerated approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Student-paced approach).
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The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
What CGS says: Students are working a grade level above the provincial standard in most areas of the curriculum. We make an exception for math as we believe math concepts can take more time to consolidate. In the event that a student is mastering concepts quickly, curriculum expectations are adjusted accordingly.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What CGS says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at CGS: Supportive
CGS has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 49%   Rigorous - 51%
What CGS says: The academic culture at CGS is unequivocally supportive. Our students are very young children and, first and foremost, they require a nurturing, warm, encouraging environment for learning. Genuine academic achievement comes when children are in a challenging but flexible environment that acknowledges their learning style and pace. It is important to note that our supportive environment is never meant to hinder independence. Children are always encouraged to solve problems on their own, whenever possible.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
What CGS says: Being a human being is a challenging thing to be. Learning to make good choices from moment to moment is a huge part of growing up. Our students are very young and giving them the support and structure they need to realize their best selves is one of our most important jobs as educators. We encourage our students to be kind to themselves and others, to take responsibility for their actions, to take risks and to consider the world around them.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
CGS offers Withdrawal Assistance
Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.
What CGS says about their special need support: If a child develops difficulties while at CGS, staff will meet with the family to create a plan that best supports the child to be successful at CGS. We work with many kinds of learners.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: We are open to all types of learners at CGS. If we can meet a child's needs, and they can manage the program, we will work to create an environment for that child to be successful at school.
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)
What CGS says: On occasion, a child comes along that is truly working several grade levels ahead of their peers. CGS will customize curriculum for gifted children, ensuring that they are academically challenged. Gifted children are often not ready to accelerate socially, however. At CGS we support children to stay with their peer group whenever possible.
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 3, CGS students perform an average of 15 mins of homework per night.
What CGS says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What CGS says:
Mindfulness Workshop for parents and students.
Performance Skating Program at Forest Hill Arena (Grades 1-3)
Field trips to Norval, UCC's Outdoor Education Centre (JK- Grade 1)
Science Fair (SK-Grade 3)
Holiday Concerts (Preschool-Grade 3)
Ski Days at Earl Bales Park (Grades 1-3)
Extended French Club (JK-Grade 3)
Talent Show (Preschool-Grade 3)
Public Speaking Contest (Grades 2-3)
Art Fair (Grades 1-3)
Yearly Musical (SK-Grade 3).
Field Friday Competition (Grades 1-3)
Track & Field Championships at Leaside Fields (Grades 1-3)
Sleepover at Norval, UCC's Outdoor Education Centre (Grades 2-3)
Competitive sports: 1 Recreational sports: 12
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
CGS (Children's Garden School) offers 13 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
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What CGS says about their tuition: Tuition at CGS continues to be competitive and moderate. No registration fee required. Payment plans available.
Need-based financial aid
CGS (Children's Garden School) does not offer need-based financial aid.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Preschool to Gr. 3
Average class size
8 to 12
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
16 - 20 (90%)
10 - 15 (90%)
5 - 10 (90%)
5 - 10 (85%)
5 - 10 (85%)
5 - 10 (85%)
Type of student CGS is looking for:
Our main criteria for acceptance, given that our students are still so young, is that they are able to manage our very busy program. Curriculum is personalized so different development stages and learning strengths can be accommodated.
Thank you for your interest in our school. CGS has been a home away from home for so many children, and their families, since it was founded in 1986. We pride ourselves on getting to know each child, to the fullest extent possible, while they are with us. Our young students, from Preschool to Grade 3 are protected, cherished, motivated and inspired during the first, and all important, years of their formal education. When you truly know your students it is easy to do what is best for them.
We are committed to our small class sizes and balanced curriculum. We believe that children can learn as much in Music class as they can in Math class. Along with our strong core curriculum, students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the arts and physical activity. Our goal is to provide an education that is rich and diverse by placing importance on all aspects of a wide and varied curriculum.
As founding Principal, I have been honoured to work with, and support, a staff that is known for their dedication and commitment to the CGS philosophy. Each and every student is celebrated for who they are. The teachers deliver an exceptional program while keeping the heart in education. Please come and visit. See and feel first-hand what makes CGS the special place it is.