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J. Addison School’s nurturing environment cultivates successful international graduates

Toronto institution largely nurtures Asian students and is the only private school offering lodging facilities in Markham

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 November, 2017, 5:36pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 9:42am

Globally recognised for its scenic untouched landscapes, peaceful communities, cultural diversity and reputation as one of the world’s wealthiest countries, Canada has become an attractive study destination for international students.

With nearly two-thirds of the country’s more than 350,000 international enrolees hailing from Asia as of late 2015, J. Addison School, a leading private educational institution in the Greater Toronto Area, is a hallmark example of Canada’s holistic and multicultural scholastic environment.

Focused on honing cultural ambassadors with academic and personal achievements, J. Addison School is the only private school in the Markham area offering lodging facilities. More than 80 per cent of its total student population is composed of international boarders primarily from Asia.

The demand among Asian parents for the best high-calibre English-language education for their children is at an all-time high. Recognising the diverse needs of international students, J. Addison School trains its teaching and administrative staff to address different cultural requirements.

“I believe the reason why our school is growing so much is because we’re a very caring and nurturing school – these values are central to our educational philosophy,” says Lee Venditti, principal.

“We believe in 21st-century learning, which is a big part of our curriculum to prepare our students for university and for the working world. Part of that is making sure that our children learn to work collaboratively with people of different nationalities. We really nurture our students and are very proud of the fact that each one of our graduates goes onto post-secondary education.”

Founded in 2002, J. Addison School is a comprehensive private school offering Montessori pre-school, elementary and secondary education and advanced placement programmes.

The school follows the Ontario education system – independently assessed according to international metrics by prominent global institutions such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and proven to be the best school system in the English-speaking world.

“Our students are not just numbers, they are people and we really care for them,” Venditti says. “We encourage each of our students to explore and develop their skills and talents so they can do well in their post-secondary education and be successful in life. In other words, we dedicate ourselves in nurturing our tomorrow’s thinkers.”

We believe in 21st-century learning, which is a big part of our curriculum to prepare our students for university and for the working world
Lee Venditti, principal, J. Addison School

From state-of-the-art facilities such as a fully equipped gymnasium, science laboratory, dance studio, art studio and computer laboratory; extracurricular activities in sports, art, children’s yoga and photography to community service programmes such as charity runs and tree planting, J. Addison School provides a well-rounded learning experience that brings out the best in every student.

The school also has various support programmes such as English as a Second Language (ESL) training and a two-week ESL summer camp for international students. Students who excel in various subjects such as maths, science and English are also given extra support in the school’s “Focus for Success” programme.

Having partnered with York University to offer scholarships and financial aid to their international students, J. Addison School seeks to expand its network of recruitment agents – frequently holding recruitment fairs in Asia such as in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

To accommodate its growing student population, the school is also embarking on the second phase of its building expansion from three floors to five. It is also starting a basketball programme with professionally trained coaches – seeking to recruit local and international students who excel at the sport.

“Our motto is, ‘Our Students’ Success Is Our Success’. We don’t want to become a school that just produces students with high marks,” Venditti says. “We are looking for people who work with integrity, who genuinely care about and share our concern for the well-being of every student.”