Greenwood College School
|Greenwood College School|
|443 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2L8
|School type||Private Independent, not-for-profit middle school and high school|
|Colour(s)||Green, Blue, Silver|
|Mascot||Chief, the Grizzly|
|Public transit access||Subway: Davisville, Buses: Route 28, 11|
|Affiliations||Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario, Canadian Accredited Independent Schools|
Established in 2002, the school offers a comprehensive academic program to 420 students in Grades 7 through 12 for the 2013–2014 academic year. The school is housed in a facility built in 2002 that includes 21 classrooms, a gymnasium, indoor climbing wall, art room, music room and drama facility. In addition to its urban campus, Greenwood also uses several outdoor facilities and destinations to deliver its experiential education and Outdoor Leadership Program such as Kilcoo Camp and Outward Bound. Greenwood was first created by John "Chief" Latimer, David "Lub" Latimer (Director and Owner of Kilcoo Camp), Richard Wernham and Julia West.
Beginnings and growth
In early 2008 it was announced that founding principal, David Thompson, would be leaving Greenwood in June 2008 to become the Headmaster at Lakefield College School. The former Vice-Principal, Allan Hardy, was appointed as his successor.
In addition to the main school building, Greenwood has expanded onto one of the surrounding residential blocks. Its sports teams use nearby facilities including June Rowlands Park, Leaside Arena, and the University of Toronto Athletic Centre.
Greenwood has had seven graduating classes, the Class of 2014 being the most recent. Graduates of the school have gone on to attend Canadian universities such as McGill University, University of Guelph, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, Lakehead University, McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Trent University, OCAD University, Western University, Acadia University, Queen's and Richard Ivey School of Business, as well as schools such as Harvard, Brown, University of South Africa and St. Andrews in Scotland.
The tuition fee for the 2013–2014 academic year was $30,500. For new students there is a one time registration fee of $5,000. Tuition covers student participation in all school programs, including the Outdoor Leadership Program for Grades 7–11 which includes trips to locations across Canada. Like many independent schools with a BYOD program, the students' families are required to purchase a laptop with the required programs installed
By balancing academics, Greenwood College School's students are immersed in the school's Outdoor Education Program and extensive Community Service Program. The founders wanted to create a school with strong academics, while also creating a learning environment in which children are given the opportunity to learn outdoors and a school in which leadership and team work is essential.
Greenwood's outdoor education program includes two trips in the fall and the winter. These two week excursions provides relevance in student learning and it promotes students to want to learn more. The fall program begins the very first day of school and end seven days latter. Grade 7, 8, and 9 students go up to Kilcoo Camp in Minden, Ontario. Grade 10 students go on a canoe trip in Tenmagami, Ontario. Grade 11 students go on a 10-day sea kayaking, hiking or canoeing trip around Vancouver Island, BC. Grade 12 students go up to Kilcoo Camp to be counsellors for the younger students. With this, Greenwood offers trips to Kenya, Africa, San Isidro Costa Rica, Washington D.C. and various other experiential destinations.
Greenwood's community service program is very well respected and students are given opportunities on a daily basis to take part in new projects. Every Wednesday, classes start at 10:00 a.m.; this gives teachers an opportunity to have teacher development sessions, while students take part in community service. Students take part in Free the Children Clubs, Crafts for Sick Kid's Oochigeas Camp, and multiple reading buddy systems in Toronto's Regent Park. As well Greenwood is the only school in Ontario involved in the Hockey H.E.R.O.S. program, a nationally renowned program in which Greenwood students act as hockey instructors to children aged 8–12 years from Toronto's inner city communities.
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- "From Camp to School And Back Again: The story of Greenwood College". David Thompson. Retrieved 2009-12-17.
- "Helping out: Family eases transition to new school, While they may not always get along at home, having a big brother". Joshua Freeman. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
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- "Volunteer Recognition". Daily Bread Food Bank. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
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- "Welcome to Reels to Relax: Entertaining Sick Kids One Film at a Time". Simone Roth. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
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- "Mission Statement". Ignition Media. 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
- Official website
- Greenwood College School Profile By OurKids.net: Canada's Private School Guide
- Student Site http://groodle.greenwoodcollege.com