PACE Academy in Richmond Hill
Is it really worth it, or just wait for the public school program to start?
Feb 24th, 2011 12:24 am
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Feb 28th, 2011 12:41 pm
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Feb 28th, 2011 7:15 pm
Mar 1st, 2011 8:56 am
saucynuggets wrote: ↑Feb 28th, 2011 7:15 pmWell, that is the thing - it seems like it is good based on what they tell you the program is about. But the real question is whether they actually follow through on what they say they will do. We've heard the Montessori drill before, how the program is designed so that each child learns at their own level, etc... But in reality, if your child is not just one or two levels higher, but more than that, most Montessori classrooms are simply not equipped to deal with that. One or two teachers simply cannot devote that much time to a single child. Especially in a private school setting, there are no extra resources to deal with this. I am wondering if PACE is exactly the same way - they will tell you anything to get you in the door, but once you have paid, you'll be reluctant to leave because of the significant penalties imposed.
The hope is that a gifted program, where the teachers are used to dealing with children at different levels (remember not all gifted children are gifted in the same area), would be a better environment. But tuition is pretty expensive, and if you aren't getting full value for your dollar, does it really make sense?
I'd be willing to pay if it definitely had value, but I'm a true RFD'r - its gotta be a good deal in the first place.
Mar 1st, 2011 1:38 pm
May I ask what board you visited? I'd be interested in checking it out.
Mar 1st, 2011 1:58 pm
Mar 30th, 2011 9:22 pm
Mar 31st, 2011 4:47 pm
Mrs wrote: ↑Mar 30th, 2011 9:22 pmFriend of mind has 2 sons two years apart.
They start off from a good Montessori school, then both sons continue at the same private school until grade 3 and grade 5.
Then both sons switched to Public School gifted program for grade 4 and grade 6. My friend said they totally wasted the year at public school.
Got switch to PACE to continue... Younger son for grade 5 to grade 8, got accepted by Crescent School from grade 9. Older son didn't get accept and continue at PACE.
Both got into good university program that they like with scholarship.
Now that when I ask the kids how they feel about PACE. They both think PACE is a trust school for academy. Every student only focus on books. They are not as active as public school friends. They also have less friends there then public school.
Hope this help!
Apr 1st, 2011 7:39 pm
Aug 7th, 2011 2:53 pm
Aug 18th, 2011 2:15 pm
rosaj89 wrote: ↑Aug 7th, 2011 2:53 pmTuition is lower at Academy for Gifted PACE compared to other private schools in the area, but that's because they can't afford to charge a higher rate due to their inadequate and decaying facilities.
-Some teachers and staff are great with the kids
-Most of the subject matter per grade is engaging and at times challenging
-Interesting extra-curricular activities
-Homework period built into the day to day schedule
-Relatively smaller class size for Grade 1-3 (Max 20 students: 1 teacher)
-Not all the teachers have an education degree.
-The French teacher for lower and middle grades is not native nor fluent French speaker, speaks more in English in class than French!
-Facilities are inadequate or in badly need of repair or renovation (cleaning and proper ventilation included!)
-loose sheets of B&W paper are given to the students instead of a bound compilation of these materials
There are other items I want to add, but prefer not to disclose.
In conclusion, we are happy that we have withdrawn our daughter from this school. It was an OK school, not an exceptional one. It is somewhat a school for gifted, but there are better ones.
May 12th, 2012 11:53 pm
First you need to determined if your child is gifted, I guess its called bother, then apply to school which best fit. There is no schools in York Region that offer full time gifted program, this is the ONLY school, well public have gifted program but its a joke. PACE program is very good kids study 1 grade ahead. The longer you wait the bigger gap in knowledge, unless your child transferring from similar program like in our case.jkaibo wrote: ↑Apr 2nd, 2012 8:44 pmI called PACE today about admission and a tour of the school. The lady (receptionist?) said we already have a waiting list and won't give tours anymore. She said if you are still interested, get your child tested by a Psychologist and get on the waiting list. Should I bother to be on the waiting list if they don't even care to tell you about their school? Unfortunately, there are very few private gifted schools in York Region. The first impression I got from PACE is a bit disappointed (of course not because of the waiting list).
Any more feedback about this school from other parents? Thanks!
May 13th, 2012 10:53 pm
LanaDanik wrote: ↑May 12th, 2012 11:53 pmFirst you need to determined if your child is gifted, I guess its called bother, then apply to school which best fit. There is no schools in York Region that offer full time gifted program, this is the ONLY school, well public have gifted program but its a joke. PACE program is very good kids study 1 grade ahead. The longer you wait the bigger gap in knowledge, unless your child transferring from similar program like in our case.
My son was accepted in PACE into 9 grade, we moved from US, he did entrance exams to pass 9 grade credits, hence in grade 9 in PACE = grade 10 in public school as well as other private schools. I highly recommended it, despite of facility. Hope this helps.
Here is link to York Region: http://www.ontariogifted.org/yrdsb.htm