OUR ACADEMICS

The academic program at Hitherfield School places an emphasis on every aspect of student growth and development, while also meeting Ontario Curriculum requirements. Suitable class sizes and exceptional, qualified teachers allow us to offer a comfortable and inclusive educational environment while ensuring each student receives the individualized attention and support they need.

Hitherfield School offers a unique experience where children can learn inside and outside the classroom. 

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OUR CURRICULUM

Hitherfield School is a co-educational, independent school for children from Pre-School through grade 8. 

Our curriculum is based on the belief that every child has the ability and that if given the right environment, each child will realize their potential.  We have high academic expectations of our students.  Our aim is to prepare all students for high school, and for life.

Please follow the links below to learn more about our Lower and Upper School curriculum.

L O W E R  S C H O O L

 

STEM LEARNING

STEM based curriculum:

  • Allows students to develop a passion for learning

  • Bridges the gap between traditional values and modern technological trends

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Include but are not limited to:

  • Sports tournaments (SSAF)

  • Piano lessons

  • Spelling Bee

  • School clubs

  • Swimming lessons

  • After-School programs

  • Winter Crafts

ETHICS

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ACADEMICS

Weekly individualized math and spelling quizzes

2 periods of introductory core French

Exceptional physical education programming

Music and drama, including yearly plays and concerts

Raz Kids membership

Reading buddies to improve auditory and oral reading skills 

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HOME

ROOMS

Small classes with an average of 12-14 students 

Rotary schedule with teachers who specialize in taught subject matter

Teachers are committed to nurturing a true love of learning in every student 

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STEM LEARNING

Allows students to develop a passion for learning

Bridges the gap between traidional values and modern technological trends 

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TECHNOLOGY

Students use Chromebooks to increase technological fluency and use learning platforms such as Raz Kids to be exposed to new information and improve literacy 

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CO-CURRICULAR

  • Sports Tournaments (SSAF)

  • Piano Lessons

  • Spelling Bee

  • School Clubs

  • Swimming Lessons

  • After-School Programs

  • Winter Crafts

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ETHICS

Students learn key concepts of respect, empathy, cooperation, responsibility, honesty and equality through day to day lessons and interaction  

 

U P P E R  S C H O O L

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ACADEMICS

  • Weekly individualized spelling and math quizzes

  • Exams twice yearly

  • Daily core French

  • Intermediate Raz Kids membership

  • Exceptional physical education programming

  • Performance Arts

  • Weekly music/drama

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HOME 

ROOMS

  • Small classes with an average size of 12-14 students

  • Rotary schedule with teachers who specialize in taught subject matter 

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LEADERSHIP & MENTORING

House Captains and Club Leaders

Students are encouraged to present special interest topics during assemblies

Reading Buddy opportunities

Bus monitors

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TECHNOLOGY

Integration of technology (chromebooks/laptops) in the classroom alongside reducing students' environmental impact

Students use available Chromebooks and tablets to increase technological fluency through scratch programming, Office software, and Intermediate Raz Kids

CO-CURRICULAR

  • Sports Tournaments (SSAF)

  • Piano Lessons

  • Spelling Bee

  • School Clubs

  • Swimming Lessons

  • After-School Programs

  • Winter Crafts

 

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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

  • Opportunities for community and student environmental leadership learning 

  • Annually altering field trips/outdoor studies within North America 

M O R E 

 
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LEADERSHIP & RESPONSIBILITY

Hitherfield students have great opportunity to gain leadership experience.  At school we instill the necessary values in students that will allow them to be effective and eager leaders.  Through various positions, such as running for House Captain, being a club leader or becoming a Bus Monitor, Hitherfield offers endless opportunities for students to build confidence in their leadshership and abilities.  


MUSIC

Lower school students play recorders, learn music notation and sing.

Upper school students continue with the recorder or may select an instrument of choice.

Private piano lessons are also available as an extra-curricular activity.

Students are able to audition for the Hitherfield Choir and present their talents at local venues.

 

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ARTS

Students JK-Gr.8 present "May Plays" over the course of four nights.  Production performances help students gain confidence in public speaking and teach about effort, cooperation, and commitment.

 

All students engage in an annual school-wide production as part of our dramatic arts program.  This play incorporates all students with the eldest having the most demanding roles and the younger children having carefully choreographed routines with lines.

 

Additionally, each class from Gr.1- Gr.8 present their own play. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students from JK-Gr.9 cross-country ski and snowshoe on the trails of our beautiful property.  They are challenged by sports tournaments through the SSAF and throughout the year follow our Hitherfield Physical Education program.

JK-Gr.3:

Students take part in swimming lessons through Making Waves in Milton.

Gr.4-Gr.8:

As a part of gym curriculum, students engage in rock climbing weekly.