Learning & Growing

Our Academic Approach

    • Our academic approach sets high expectations for learning, with personalized supports to help students meet those expectations.

Greenwood’s high-challenge, high-support model encourages academic engagement and growth for every student.
Imagine yourself on a high-ropes course. You can see the whole course laid out before you. Some of the elements look very challenging, and you’re not sure if you can complete them. However, you know that you can tackle the challenges one by one, that the instructor will be there to support you whenever you need help, and that each small step brings you closer to success -- and, knowing that, you are ready to begin.

A high-challenge, high-support academic model is much like a high-ropes course. While a ropes course presents a challenge, it also lays out a very clear path for learning and success. Every step we take provides feedback about what’s working (you made it across the gap!) and what’s not (oops, your foot slipped). Our instructor is with us every step of the way. We encourage our peers as they attempt the course, and they encourage us in turn. And when we finish the course, we look back on all that we accomplished and know that not only did we challenge ourselves, but that we rose to meet that challenge.

What can your child expect from Greenwood’s high-challenge, high-support approach?

  • High expectations for learning, with personalized approaches to help them meet those expectations
  • Opportunities to work with, and learn from, their peers
  • Clear and visible next steps in their learning
  • Feedback that is timely, specific and actionable
    • While a ropes course presents a challenge, it also lays out a very clear path for learning and success.

In addition to fostering high academic achievement and important critical-thinking skills, this model also helps students to develop soft skills that will be invaluable in postsecondary and beyond, such as:

  • Cooperation
  • Risk-taking
  • Open-mindedness
  • Curiosity
  • Self-compassion

Greenwood College School

443 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4S 2L8
Tel: 416 482 9811
We acknowledge with gratitude the Ancestral lands upon which our main campus is situated. These lands are the Ancestral territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabek and the Wendake. The shared responsibility of this land is honoured in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty and as settlers, we strive to care for the land, the waters, and all creatures in the spirit of peace. We are responsible for respecting and supporting the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. When away from this campus we vow to be respectful to the land by protecting and honouring it. We will create relationships with the people and the land we may visit by understanding the territories we enter and the nations who inhabit them.
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