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Pretty River Academy - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 733
School Name: Pretty River Academy
School Type: Co-Ed
City: Collingwood
Tuition fee: CAD$34,000 / year
Residential Type: Homestay
Rental fee: Included in tuition
Program offer: K - grade 12
Other Information: Pretty River Academy first opened its doors in September 1998, ushering in a new era of educational standards in the Georgian Triangle Area. The school was incorporated in 1998 as a charitable, non-profit organization. Since its inception, Principal and Founder Roberta Murray-Hirst has overseen the day to day operations of the school. Under her administration, the school’s student population has seen impressive growth, from 14 students in its first year to its current population of 156. Originally situated on the shores of Georgian Bay, in Collingwood, at the former Easter Seals Camp, the school is now located at its permanent facility on Hwy 26 in Collingwood. Opening in September of 2007, the new building has opened many doors for students and the community alike. Facilities include a complete teaching kitchen, SMART Board interactive whiteboards in classrooms, and internet available to all students and staff. Two fully equipped science labs, a music studio with sound dampening, and a growing library have contributed to growth in all academic areas. Built with the future in mind, the new facility will allow for continued expansion for years to come, with a sustained population eventually reaching 300. Students from Pretty River Academy have had high levels of success in all areas. Each of the last several years students have been selected to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair. All high school students are encouraged to participate in the prestigious international Duke of Edinburgh Program, and to date four students have achieved the gold standard. Students also volunteer in a variety of community events and organizations, including the CIBC Run for the Cure, The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, and the Collingwood Nursing Home. The school’s concert band has traveled to the Kiwanis Music Festival in Barrie Ontario, and has brought home first place ribbons for four straight years. Pretty River Academy’s challenging curriculum spans classical studies to cutting edge technology. We stress writing, mathematics, science and technology, French and Spanish and computers. There is a strong emphasis on art and drama, physical education and music; students sing and learn to play the recorder in the younger years, then move on to a brass or woodwind instrument in grade six. Students also learn how to plan, prepare and serve a delicious meal in culinary class. The triad of student, parent and teacher relationship is one of the components that make Pretty River Academy students successful. Students, teachers and parents work hard to move forward through regular and open communication, creating a positive and supportive environment. This effective communication results in all members of the triad being aware of courses of action to be undertaken to achieve the desired results. Pretty River Academy offers Ontario Ministry of Education approved curriculum from Pre School through Grade 12 and is audited and accredited by the Canadian Association of Independent Schools. Additionally, a three-year old pre-school program is available. Students in all grades participate in several enrichment activities, including science fairs, math fairs, and an annual drama production. Pretty River Academy’s academic and extracurricular offerings are designed to foster growth in the “Four Pillars” of Academics, Arts, Athletics and Community. The information on student achievement gathered through assessment and evaluation is communicated to students and parents at regular intervals and in a variety of formal and informal ways. The Report Card is the formal assessment and the Ontario Student Transcript provides a record of students’ standing with regard to the secondary school diploma requirements. Ontario Student Records will be obtained from students’ previous schools and kept on file. Parents request interviews with teachers to address any questions regarding the student.

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