Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are visiting Vaudrin Academy or another school, make sure you get the following information to determine what is best for your child:
What is the school’s philosophy and vision, and how it is achieved on a day-to-day basis?
Please see our Mission.
What is the school’s method of communication with the parents?
Depending on your child’s age and the information which needs to be conveyed, we use the student’s agenda, written letters, phone calls, email, the school portal, meetings, blogs, and teacher-parent conferences to communicate with parents.
What are the teachers’ qualifications and what type of professional development is offered to them?
Please see Our Team. At Vaudrin Academy, we have ongoing observation and evaluation of all staff members which also includes a section on self-evaluation and personal goals to reach. If a staff member needs help in any area, then we assist this person in reaching her goals.
What is the school’s curriculum? Does it follow, meet, or exceed the provincial Ministry of Education guidelines?
Please see our Program Overview. Of course we follow the Quebec Education Programme or else we would not have a permit. However, if a student is ready to move on in any particular subject, then we do not stop her from moving on to the next level. Students who have moved or gone on to high school have told us that they are easily able to follow all the subjects.
Where do the school’s students go after graduation?
All of our graduates have gone on to the private school or program of their choice after completing their studies with us. Since we are a relatively new school, some of our former students were only with us for one or two years.
Are there admission requirements such as entrance tests? How much emphasis is placed on the test if there is one?
We do not have an entrance test at Vaudrin Academy. After meeting with parents and looking at past results, we determine together if Vaudrin Academy is the best place for that particular student. The child then spends a day with us to make sure that he or she is comfortable at Vaudrin Academy. There is no point in forcing your child to go anywhere if he hates or fears that place. No learning can go on if a child feels this way.
What type of student is the school looking for?
We not only accept differences, we embrace them. As long as the child is able to and wants to follow the program and the parents are supportive of what the school is trying to do, then we can work wonders. If a student does not have a strong foundation, we may ask him or her to take remedial lessons or start the year over. Setting up a child for failure is very destructive to his or her self-esteem and future ability to succeed.
How does the school measure individual achievement and progress?
We only encourage students to compare themselves to their own abilities. Whatever a student does, we want him to do his best whether it be a social, an academic, or an athletic skill. Achievement and progress may be assessed through regular testing, self-evaluation, a personal portfolio or simply by performing a task. Students receive continuous feedback from the teachers in everything that they do. Parents receive four types of formal evaluations throughout the year, but they are quickly contacted if his child has a problem which needs immediate attention.
What is the school’s typical response to a child who is not meeting academic expectations or who has gaps in his or her learning?
When anyone is not performing as well as he or she should, the first thing we must look at is if this person’s primary and emotional needs are being met. In other words, maybe the child is sick or upset about something. Once we have eliminated these two factors, if the student still has difficulty following his classmates, then he is given an Individualized Education Program. This program is prepared with the student, all his teachers, the principal, the parents, and any other professional involved. Together, we look at the student’s strengths and needs, and we then come up with specific attainable goals. We continue to meet on a regular basis until the student is able to follow the rest of the group. This may include seeing a specialist, following a particular program, or receiving extra help.
What is the school’s homework policy?
Please see our section on homework. We used to have a section on homework on our old website. I don’t know where it is now.
What is the student-to-teacher ratio and the maximum class size?
Although it changes every year, our student-to-teacher ratio from kindergarten to grade 6 is usually ten to one. Our groups vary in size from 10 to 20. Because we only have one group per level, the maximum number of students in one class is 20. In our 3 year-old group, we never have more than eight students. In the 4 year-old groups, the maximum number of children we have is ten. (One word of advice if you visit other places, ask the students how many students are in their classes and how many teachers they have. For the pre-school level, count the pairs of shoes at any given time and the number of educators.)
What are the tuition fees and what do they include? Are there additional fees for other expenses such as uniforms, books, buses, technology fees or extracurricular activities?
Please see Admissions. In addition to the fees mentioned on our list, the students must also buy the school uniform. If a student wishes to participate in extracurricular activities, then the parents must pay for that particular service. Each student must also have his/her own iPad.
Is there a school uniform?
To encourage team spirit and decrease discrimination, students must wear an Academy Vaudrin uniform which includes navy blue pants, skorts, or shorts with one of the following tops: polo shirt, turtleneck, long-sleeved shirt, sweatshirt, and fleece jacket. We also have a gym uniform. All items are purchased through the school so parents do not have to drive anywhere.
Are there day care services before and after school?
School days begin at 8:30 and finish at 4:00. Parents may drop off their children starting at 8:15 and pick them up before 4:15. There is a 30-minute period for individual work, group projects, or reading between 3:30 and 4pm. Students who arrive before 8:15 AM or who leave after 4:15 PM need to register for the daycare services which are 100% eligible for tax credits. The daycare starts at 7 AM and ends at 6 PM. During pedagogical days, a daycare service is also offered at a cost of $35 per child from 8 AM until 5 PM.