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Students!  Welcome to the Canadian Section at SHAPE.   Our little school provides a high quality education in a caring, international environment for children aged 6 to 13 (grades 1 – 8). We offer programs to English and French students. There are 54 students in our school. Our students come from Canada, the United States, Britain, Spain, Italy, and Lithuania.

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Our school

The Canadian Section is a grade 1 – 8 school. In 2017-2018, there are 62 students and 7 teachers. There is an average class size of 15 students and 4 split-grade classes:

  • Grade 1 – 2
  • Grade 3 – 4
  • Grade 5 – 6
  • Grade 7 – 8

At times in the day, classes are combined for subjects. For example, grade 5 – 8 students combine during Physical Education or Arts periods. Students also receive weekly swimming lessons within the Physical Education and Health rotation. Please note, there are no special education, nor behavioural, supports in our school.

Our online hub welcomes secondary students who are taking online courses.

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Our programs

Our school follows the Ontario curriculum with programs in French and English. Curriculum documents are found on the Ministry of Education website: Subject areas include:

·         Language ·         Second language
·         Social Studies ·         Science
·         Mathematics ·         Arts
·         Physical Education / Health

Students are placed French or English groups; however, English students also take 40 minutes of French each day.

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To apply to our school, you must complete an International Student Application Package. It is difficult to predict the number of Canadian students before June, we recommend that you also register your child in the school he/she would normally attend.

Canadian students are placed first in our school, after an academic screening process. International applications are reviewed in mid-May once our class lists for the following year are finalized. Admission of international students is based on the following criteria:

  • Age 6 years old by December 31
  • Space availability in the grade to which your child is applying
    • each class cannot have more than 20 students
  • A strong academic profile
    • we do not have resources to support a child with special needs
    • an ability to learn in English and in French (the child must have the motivation to learn in a second language)

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School Life

At SHAPE IS Canadian Section, we strive to offer a safe, positive and dynamic learning environment.  A number of programs support our efforts.

Big Five

We reinforce character to help students make positive choices for their behaviour and their learning. We encourage students to make thoughtful, courteous and conscientious choices.

Students and staff have identified our Big Five that guide what we do in our school together every day:

  • Think – Try – Do.
  • Use your imagination.
  • Stay active and eat healthy.
  • Be yourself.
  • Take care of others.

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WITS Program

Part of being in a school is learning how to get along with others. Everyone in our school has the right to feel safe and it starts with what you do every day!

Sometimes problems arise between 2 people. Not all problems are bullying; bullying is defined as repetitive actions which are intended to harm another emotionally or physically.

We use our W.I.T.S. when problems arise to solve them together:

  • Walk away
  • Ignore
  • Talk it out

Seek help from an adult

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Do you know what your amygdala is doing? Students at the Canadian Section receive training based in neuroscience through a program called MindUP™. Students learn to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success. The goal of our program is to:

  • help kids maintain focused attention
  • form more accurate perceptions of students
  • think more clearly especially under pressure
  • improve communication with students, parents and staff

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