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PACE Academy in Richmond Hill

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Can you share what made you decide not to send your daughter there? Is there any other school would challenge the students appropriately?
canadiankorean wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2013 7:47 pm
The boys are full. We went there last month to check it out and decided not to send our daughter there.
We met with the director of the school and saw some classes.

They don't really encourage grade skipping and but somewhat accommodate their level.
So if they are doing grade 2 math, they'll do grade 2 work... but limited in a way.

I think their material is 1 or 2 grades higher than public school.
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jkaibo wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2013 9:27 pm
Can you share what made you decide not to send your daughter there? Is there any other school would challenge the students appropriately?
Well we felt that the school was geared towards academic achievement (aka do course work faster than public) like private schools versus addressing the giftedness learning styles.

For us, it's not about how fast our daughter learns but to learn to love learning and exploring And stretching her mind out of the box.
We didn't get that vibe from PACE.
It's hard to put a finger on it but felt like PACE was just a place to breed lawyers and doctors.

But that was our opinion. We set up a meeting with the director because its hard to find info about the place.

Note that none of the teachers are trained with teaching gifted kids. They receive training from the director.
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On that note, what other alternatives are there for gifted kids in the Toronto district?

We are supplementing our daughter by ourselves with activities and extra stuff. But it's hard to keep that up.
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Dec 26, 2012
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Have you thought to put your daughter into York school board or Toronto School board congregated gifted program? Does PACE provide the latest technology, materials, facilities to support children's needs when you visit the school last month? What is the average children per class? Are these teachers have university degree of some sort at least?
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canadiankorean wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2013 9:42 pm
Well we felt that the school was geared towards academic achievement (aka do course work faster than public) like private schools versus addressing the giftedness learning styles.

For us, it's not about how fast our daughter learns but to learn to love learning and exploring And stretching her mind out of the box.
We didn't get that vibe from PACE.
It's hard to put a finger on it but felt like PACE was just a place to breed lawyers and doctors.

But that was our opinion. We set up a meeting with the director because its hard to find info about the place.

Note that none of the teachers are trained with teaching gifted kids. They receive training from the director.
I think the most important thing is to get your daughter surrounded by other students of like mind and intellect if you want to keep her stimulated. I'd be suspicious of any school where they emphasize how many grade levels they are ahead - the focus should be on the teaching style and ability to customize the program according to your child's aptitude - and where they fall out on relative to the woeful Ontario curriculum will be a natural outcome rather than a target. Do they do a lot of homework at PACE? I'd be suspicious of a program where students need to do a lot of homework to be 2 to 3 grade levels ahead of the Ontario curriculum... I'd argue that's not really a gifted program.
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Aug 29, 2011
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Markham
I agreed 100% jump over couple grades are not gifted program. I had skipped grades (skip grade 12 and 13) and it was a very bad experience. I could keep up with other classmates in university but I was still a grade 11 inside me. I was not mature enough though they were all very nice to me. I hated homework because i did not need homework as i knew what was going on. My spouse was another gifted but he went to public school and did not skip any grade. We both decide to choose public school for my two gifted kids. Gifted program in my kids school is not a joke. They do not learn two grade above them. They go in depth of the knowledge. I can see they have already go into the way ( not academic level) university learning. For gifted children, they most important is to learn to social and cooperate with other, problem solving and be happy. If learning is fun, they will keep going without us pushing them. They are with all different gifts and one school will not fit all. Parents know the kids the best. So, honestly to yourself for your choice is the key to find a right school for yourself.
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Dec 26, 2012
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Hey Bebetata,

Which public gifted school are your two gifted children go? Do they assign special teachers to teach gifted program? What grade are they in now and how many gifted children per class/grade. Anyone know about Aurora senior public school (gifted program)?
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Aug 29, 2011
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Markham
My kids go to Donald Cousens P.S. They started to have gifted class three years ago. My kids are in grade 5 and grade 6. Grade 6 only has one gifted class and grade 4 ,5 have two classes. There are about 23 gifted class in grade 6 class and i think 25 in my son's grade 5 class.

All gifted classroom teachers are required to take Special Education. This course has 3 parts to it. The minimum requirement is part 1, the best is if they have their Special education Specialist. (part 3). You can check a teachers credentials by going to www.OCT.ca and look up the teacher by name.

I believe no matter which school they go, parents play a very important role of their teaching. Like today when i drove with my son, we had discussion on speed and velocity. We reviewed what he learned by himself on Khan Academy. Learning is about fun and how to apply in daily life. If they know how they can apply to it, they feel it is real knowledge. I hate the schools that packed with homework for kids. When your whole day is full of homework assignment, you have no time to digest what you learnt. Then the knowledge built fast but on sandy foundation.

Hope this help you.

gifted wrote:
Aug 19th, 2013 7:48 pm
Hey Bebetata,

Which public gifted school are your two gifted children go? Do they assign special teachers to teach gifted program? What grade are they in now and how many gifted children per class/grade. Anyone know about Aurora senior public school (gifted program)?
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Aug 28, 2013
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Port Perry
Does anyone know how PACE compares to other private schools in the vicinity eg. Pickering College?
Newbie
Oct 5, 2013
4 posts
Richmond Hill
Hey Bebetata,

My daughter is currently attending PACE first year. I am finding they have more homework than when she was previous private school. I also find it is looks like self learning environment. which means parents are either have sufficient time and knowledge to follow up of their homework on daily basis or they can hire a tutor to do so. Not sure how public gifted school methods of teaching. Can you please let me know how the public gifted program ways of teaching for grade 5 or 6.

Thanks,




bebetata wrote:
Sep 30th, 2013 11:23 pm
My kids go to Donald Cousens P.S. They started to have gifted class three years ago. My kids are in grade 5 and grade 6. Grade 6 only has one gifted class and grade 4 ,5 have two classes. There are about 23 gifted class in grade 6 class and i think 25 in my son's grade 5 class.

All gifted classroom teachers are required to take Special Education. This course has 3 parts to it. The minimum requirement is part 1, the best is if they have their Special education Specialist. (part 3). You can check a teachers credentials by going to www.OCT.ca and look up the teacher by name.

I believe no matter which school they go, parents play a very important role of their teaching. Like today when i drove with my son, we had discussion on speed and velocity. We reviewed what he learned by himself on Khan Academy. Learning is about fun and how to apply in daily life. If they know how they can apply to it, they feel it is real knowledge. I hate the schools that packed with homework for kids. When your whole day is full of homework assignment, you have no time to digest what you learnt. Then the knowledge built fast but on sandy foundation.

Hope this help you.
Newbie
Mar 8, 2015
1 posts
Toronto, ON
My son is in Grade 8 and going to French Immersion. He is accepted by Academy of Gifted Children in Richmond Hill based on his assessment starting Grade 9.
Does anyone have any experience with this school. How is the education. Is it really worth it. What are the activities?
Newbie
May 2, 2015
1 posts
Richmond Hill, ON
Hello,

Did you go to Aurora Senior P.S. Gifted program?
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Aug 15, 2003
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Hi. Just wondering if there are any recent comments on this school? I'm looking to connect with some parents as we are interested in the school. Thanks!
Newbie
Jun 13, 2017
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Hi,

I would appreciate if any parent from this school could give us their opinion about this school as we are interested in the school. My son is going to grade 7 and we are considering putting him in this school.
Newbie
Feb 1, 2007
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HI all, I am also looking for schools for my gifted 5 years old, who recently got tested with GAI of 135 with a licensed psychologist. His score considered "Very superior". For my google research, seems like The Academy for Gifted Children is the only school that are specified for gifted kids. As per ourkids.net seems like this is the perfect school for high IQ kids but wondering is that's really true? Also on ourkids.net mentioned another school "Prestige School" in Richmond Hill. Any inputs are greatly appreciated!!!

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