At RDS you will find an educational community where each child has a voice, feels valued and supported. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, RDS enriches each student’s learning thanks to programming integration with use of UofT, AGO and the ROM. Our supportive and nurturing environment is designed to foster confidence, passion and curiosity. Our dedicated faculty draws on best practices to inspire learners and ensure students are prepared to adapt confidently and engage responsibly in our changing world.
Nurturing, close-knit community where every child feels a strong sense of connection and belonging
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Rosedale is proximate to a wealth of physical resources that wouldn't be available to schools of a similar size located elsewhere. The student body is small, with just 170 students, though the school partners with the University of Toronto, the AGO, and the ROM, all of which are located within a short distance of the school. The school very happily makes use of all of those resources, including the athletic facilities at U of T. The school adopts a range of progressive practices, including a promotion of cross-curricular instruction and cooperative learning. In all, it's a very nice mix, combining the intimacy of a small student body with a lot of resources and facilities close to hand. While perhaps not a gifted school, per se, the ideal learner is one who can benefit from an enriched curriculum.
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 RDS: Progressive
RDS has a Progressive approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Progressive - 28%   Traditional - 43%   Liberal arts - 17%   Montessori - 10%   Reggio Emilia - 1%   Waldorf - 1%
What RDS says: The Rosedale Day School provides a well-balanced education to each and every student in small, nurturing classes. The school motto is "every child is unique" and this reflects our approach to education for today's child and modern learner in order to prepare them for what lies ahead. The curriculum is designed and delivered with each student in mind to ensure they receive the best foundation for future success. We follow the Ontario Curriculum as a basis and enrich or extend whenever possible.
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 67%   Traditional math - 29%   Discovery math - 4%
What RDS says: RDS uses the JUMP Math program to ensure all students have a solid understanding of the material and concepts presented. The approach is to break questions down in to the basic steps and teach each step in short lessons before continuing. The allows the students to master all of the processes and fill in any and all gaps in their knowledge.
In the older grades, RDS then builds upon this solid foundation to further critical thinking and problem solving skills. The goal is to develop students with analytical expertise paired with higher order thinking proficiency.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: RDS uses JUMP Math starting in JK and supplements this with a wide variety of materials to ensure a solid and deep understanding of all Mathematical principals and concepts.
Calculator policy: RDS allows calculators in the older grades as needed. The students otherwise are expected to use mental Math to solve problems.
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 RDS says: RDS utilizes the Jolly Phonics Program in Kindergarten to build the skills necessary for early reading and writing skills. The program starts with the letter "S" the first week of Junior Kindergarten and continues from there with the letters most commonly used letters in the English language. Most students are reading and writing short paragraphs by half way through Senior Kindergarten and are fluent by the time they enter Grade 1.
DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
What RDS says: This information is not currently available.
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.
Sex and health education approach at RDS: Ontario curriculum
RDS 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 - 54%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 46%
Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral
RDS 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 RDS 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 RDS: Academic
RDS 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 RDS says: The Kindergarten Program at RDS is focused on developing independence, self-confidence and curiosity about the world through a child-centered, inquiry-based approach. Teachers create learning experiences that are tailored to student interests and capabilities. Each child brings a unique sense of authenticity to the classroom; a set of interests, abilities, attitudes and stories that are valued, fostered and included in their learning.
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 RDS: Student-paced
RDS has a Student-paced approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Accelerated approach).
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The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
What RDS says: Our founding philosophy is that every child is unique. We tailor learning to each student's strengths and needs. At RDS you will discover an educational community built on meaningful connections and friendships. With over 150 students and 20 faculty members, each child has a voice and feels valued and supported.
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 RDS 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 RDS: Supportive
RDS 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 RDS says:
The Rosedale Day School provides a well-balanced education to each and every student in small, nurturing classes. The school motto is "every child is unique" and this reflects our approach to education for today's child and modern learner in order to prepare them for what lies ahead. The curriculum is designed and delivered with each student in mind to ensure they receive the best foundation for future success. We follow the Ontario Curriculum as a basis and enrich or extend 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."
What RDS says: This information is not currently available.
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.
RDS 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 RDS says about their special need support: All students are given equitable access to the curriculum through differentiated instruction and universal design for learning. Prospective students are asked to share insight into their learning profile [IEP, Psych-ed Reports and any other relevant documentation] that will allow us to determine if we are able to support and ensure they will be successful at RDS.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: The goal of the Learning Strategies department at RDS is to develop student confidence, independence, and love of learning. We operate on a three-tier model of support:
Tier 1: A qualified special education teacher consults with classroom teachers to differentiate instruction.
Tier 2: Grounded in assessment, a Learning Profile is created which outlines recommended accommodations to the student’s learning. We do not modify curriculum expectations at RDS.
Tier 3: There are three options for intensive, remediation for students who are significantly behind grade expectations:
In-class support: A Learning Strategist will go into the classroom during instructional time to provide small-group and/or individual support.
AM/PM support: A student can attend morning or afternoon sessions with a Learning Strategies teacher to build specific skills.
Withdrawal support: A student can be removed from a non-curricular subject or French Language instruction to receive short-term one-on-one instruction.
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: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)
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 RDS says:
Last year, RDS offered 56 different clubs, sports, and teams for our students. With world class facilities on our doorstep, very few schools the same size can offer what RDS does.
Our dedicated and passionate staff bring a wide range of skills and interests to each and every club or sport they coach.
Competitive sports: 9 Recreational sports: 13
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
The Rosedale Day School offers 20 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”).
What RDS says about their tuition: This information is not currently available.
3rd child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
JK to 8
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving 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.
JK to Gr. 8
Average class size
16 to 20
% 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.
We begin accepting applications in September for the following academic year. Should a current grade have any immediate openings we would be able to offer early registration at that time. Alternatively in early February after our current families have re-enrolled should any new openings become available we offer acceptance to students who have met our admissions criteria.
Acceptance Rate: 75%
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)
12 - 14 (90%)
2 - 4 (50%)
2 - 4 (50%)
0 - 2 (25%)
0 - 2 (25%)
0 - 2 (25%)
0 - 2 (25%)
0 - 2 (25%)
2 - 4 (25%)
0 - 2 (25%)
Type of student RDS is looking for:
RDS's Motto is "Every Child is Unique"; we know each child is their own individual. RDS is not looking for potential students who fit into a cookie cutter mould. Children have different needs, and they all learn and thrive in different ways. What RDS is looking for is students with good character. Our four Core Values are the foundation from which success is derived. We look for students whose personalities align with our community and embody them. Our four Core Values are:
Diligence - Always doing your best.
Integrity - Telling the truth and having strong moral principals.
Respect - yourself, your work, peers, teachers, the community, and all those you come in contact with.
Involvement - Being an active part of classes, sports, clubs and the whole RDS community.
I would like to welcome you to The Rosedale Day School (RDS) community.
Choosing the right educational environment can be a challenging decision based on the needs of your child. There is no doubt that the right school and right fit will provide ample opportunities for your child to develop academically within a safe, value based educational environment.
At The Rosedale Day School, we believe that EVERY CHILD IS UNIQUE. We are a small educational institution and our environment provides the opportunity for our teachers to effectively educate your child, pay attention to important details that are vital towards their academic and social development, while maintaining a positive rapport and mentorship that inspires and sustains a passion for learning.
We are located in the heart of downtown Toronto and adjacent to the University of Toronto campus where we utilize world class athletic facilities to complement our athletics program. We have a wonderful outdoor education program that focuses on character development and provides the opportunity for our students to become value based empathic individuals and socially responsible citizens by the time they graduate from RDS.
I invite you to go through our website and contact our Admissions Department for a tour of the school. You and your child will experience our school culture and clearly see how happily our community operates within an optimal learning environment.
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