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The various types of Private Schools to choose from

Posted by St. Jude's Academy on Aug 4, 2016 3:59:13 AM

Private school options in Mississauga are many and varied, with a set of advantages unique to each, allowing you to choose a school according to the specific needs of your child.


Here is an overview of the most common private school types and categories you may be choosing from. The first decision you will have to make is boarding or day school.

Boarding Schools. This type of school provides lodging for their students and faculty, essentially creating an encapsulated community dedicated to the purpose of teaching and educating children. This system has been considered as reserved for the elite and even outdated, until recently. Boarding schools have become affordable in recent years and are coming back as a viable alternative for day schools. The immersive environment gives a more controlled and in-depth education experience, which can be an advantage both in terms of results and in allowing out-of-town students to attend (which they wouldn’t be able to do otherwise). 

Day Schools. This type of Mississauga private school is more common than the boarding school, and is more affordable and accessible as well. They come in many shapes and sizes, with special curriculums and different types of environments. They have one common trait - kids go to school in the morning, and back home after class. The advantage of this is that kids remain in touch with their neighborhood friends and family, keeping their socializing natural and uninterrupted.

Once you’d settled on the type of Mississauga private school you prefer, in terms of boarding or day-school, curriculum is the next important factor.

We cannot cover all the options available in this one article, but we can list the several main curriculum types commonly offered by private schools in Mississauga.

Academic Schools. This type of private school aims to provide your child with a level of education sufficient to get him or her into University. Academic private schools with IB Curriculums will give students a variety of choices in different fields and sciences, preparing them for academic studies and careers.

Language Immersion Schools. This type of school will usually offer the same academic curriculum, only presented in a language other than English. The most common variation of this is French language immersion schools in Quebec, but other examples also exist in different parts of Canada. A student graduating from an immersion program is expected to be fully bilingual, in both their native language and the language of the immersive instruction.

Gifted Student Programs. This may be a part of an academic school or an entire school focused on the needs of gifted children. Such schools provide an enhanced, fast-paced curriculum and learning environment, tailored for advanced, passionate learners.

Special Needs Schools. Special needs private schools in Mississauga, or special needs classrooms in regular private schools, focus on the special needs of children with communicative, social, mental or any other learning difficulty. They have specially trained teachers and instructors, and are aimed at helping children with special needs achieve their best and blend into society as maximally happy, self-sufficient individuals.

There are more categories and differences, but we hope this gave you a decent idea of what to expect and look for.

If you want to know more, feel free to contact St. Jude’s Academy, one of the best private schools in Mississauga, and see what we have to offer.

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