Junior High Schools in Toronto: Private Institutions Deliver Educational Value

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Junior High Schools in Toronto: Private Institutions Deliver Educational Value

Delivering Educational Value

 

Toronto has a large selection of public and private junior schools for parents to choose from. At this critical age of development, it is important for parents to get a sense of the fundamental values of each institution before selecting which type of school to enroll their children in. Private junior high schools offer students better educational value and prepare students for secondary and post-secondary institutions. Private schools develop well-rounded individuals who are capable of analytical thinking and writing. Students maintain a strong sense of both personal and social responsibility and tend to thrive in a structured environment deeply rooted in the school’s core values.

 

The goal of private junior high schools is to help students achieve the grades required to enter reputable universities and provide them with the necessary tools to ensure success once they are there. This involves a focus on developing the following:

  • excellent communicators and problem solvers
  • informed students who think productively
  • self-directed learners with independent thinking skills
  • youth who are engaged in their education and aim for personal growth
  • confident junior high students with leadership skills
  • adolescents who have respect for authority, their peers and themselves

By instilling these values and character traits into children during the formative years of junior high school, parents and teachers are giving them the best gift possible.

 

Smaller Classrooms, Parental Involvement

 

There are many benefits to investing in private junior high school education. Private schools believe that a reduced teacher-to-student ratio is fundamentalin helping students attain the height of personal success. With smaller classroom sizes, teachers are able to identify areas of strength and weakness and can personally address any issues that may arise in the early stages. No child is simply "just another student.”

 

Private schools are built on different core relationships. The most important being the relationship between student and teacher. However, engaged parental involvement is of paramount importance to the success of a student’s development. Not only does this engage communication on all levels pertaining to a student’s progress but also fosters a positive relationship between student and parents. Private schools tend to hold more parent-teacher events such as luncheons and conferences. This fully engages the parent, who can then partner with the teachers in supporting development outside of the classroom.

 

Advanced Leadership

 

Teachers who work in a private institution tend to hold advanced degrees in the subjects they specialize in. According to a Fraser Institute study completed in 2007, 91 per cent of parents chose private education vs. public because of the dedication of the teachers. Teachers also build strong relationships with their students and are often seen as role models.

 

By participating in extra-curricular activities, students learn how to effectively balance leisure time with work, gaining a valuable skill that applies to any stage of life. These clubs, athletic teams and organizations also help students develop meaningful and positive relationships with their peers while giving them the chance to discover their natural gifts and talents in the areas of art, music, culture and sport.

 

These fundamental skills that are instilled in students contribute to the positive learning environment in private schools, one where each student is encouraged to succeed and attain their own personal best. Children who are enrolled in a private educational institution are better prepared for future academic challenges.

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