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The Admission Team at Havergal wants to ensure that our admission process is open, compassionate and enjoyable for you and your daughter. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answers you are looking for here, please contact us at 416-482-7547 for inquiries regarding JK to Grade 6. For Grades 7 to 12, please call 416-482-4724. Our email is admissions@nullhavergal.on.ca.

We look forward to introducing you to the Havergal community!

  1. We are interested in Havergal for our daughter but she would be applying for a non-entry year. Should we apply by the application deadline or wait to see if a space becomes available?
  2. My daughter’s school will not fill out the Confidential School Report. What should I do?
  3. My daughter is worried about her interview. How can I prepare her?
  4. How is entrance testing used?
  5. Should I have my daughter tutored for the entrance test?
  6. Can I submit my application prior to my daughter writing the SSAT?
  7. Are siblings and connected applicants treated differently in the application process?
  8. My daughter does not know anyone attending Havergal – do you have any student programs to help?
  9. Can we have more than one tour of the school?
  10. How can parents be involved at Havergal?
  11. What is Havergal College’s philosophy about teaching and learning?
  12. How are course placement decisions made?
  13. My daughter has been identified as gifted. How will she be challenged at Havergal?
  14. My daughter has no experience in French and is entering Grade 9.
  15. My daughter’s current school offers a program that is grade ahead. What does that mean for her placement at Havergal.
  16. How does the school place a student who completed a ‘Reach Ahead’ course (i.e. completing the requirement for a Grade 9 course in Grade 8). Are there exceptions?
  17. What is the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?

 

We are interested in Havergal for our daughter but she would be applying for a non-entry year. Should we apply by the application deadline or wait to see if a space becomes available?

Occasionally, space is available for non-entry years, so it is always advisable to apply. If we have your daughter’s application, testing and interview completed, we can notify you as soon as a place becomes available. If no space becomes available, your daughter’s application will be forwarded to the following year. She may also be exempt from writing another entrance test.

 

My daughter’s school will not fill out the Confidential School Report. What should I do?

The information on the Confidential School Report helps us to better understand who your daughter is as a learner. We understand that not all schools are willing to complete the report. If there is a teacher from a previous school who knows your daughter well, he/she is more than welcome to complete the form. If that is not possible, please return the report to us with a note indicating that the school will not complete the form. Applicants are not penalized for this.

 

My daughter is worried about her interview. How can I prepare her?

Interviews provide an opportunity for us to get to know the families who would like to join the Havergal community. To prepare for an interview, encourage your daughter to be herself. We recognize that girls, particularly those applying to the Junior School, may be nervous about this. Our staff members will do their best to ensure that your daughter feels comfortable throughout the process. We will be asking your daughter who she is, what she likes to do and what she hopes the Havergal experience will mean to her.

If your daughter is applying for Kindergarten or Grade 1, a member of the Admission Team will meet with you and your daughter. If your daughter is applying for other Junior School grades, she will be given the option of having you with her during the entire interview or, if she is comfortable, having you join the interview part way through the meeting. Of course, the interview is also a time for you and your daughter to ask any questions about our school and our programs.

 

How is entrance testing used?

Havergal is an academically challenging school. It is important that students entering Havergal can be academically successful and be involved in the co-curricular program. With candidates for admission coming from such a large variety of schools and cities, it is important that we have a consistent academic measure. Each entrance assessment has been carefully chosen to be most relevant for each developmental stage and grade level. However, the test is only one piece of the admission process, along with the interview, the student’s report cards and the Confidential School Report.

 

Should I have my daughter tutored for the entrance test?

The best preparation is a good night’s sleep and a healthy meal before the assessment. No tutoring is required. Tutoring may actually be detrimental to your daughter’s performance, as it may cause her unnecessary stress.

 

Can I submit my application prior to my daughter writing the SSAT?

Absolutely. We will contact you to book an interview as soon as we receive your daughter’s application form, application fee and report cards.

 

Are siblings and connected applicants treated differently in the application process?

We highly value our community and families play an important role in our school. In a situation where two applicants are deemed equal, the school will favour the student who has a prior connection to Havergal as a sibling or a relative of an Old Girl. Although we do want a wide range of strengths, academic or otherwise, we cannot presume to meet the needs of every applicant. We believe that it is unethical to admit students who we think will not thrive at Havergal. Sometimes, for academic or other reasons, we are unable to offer siblings or those with a connection to an Old Girl a place at Havergal. As we make these difficult decisions, we will work closely with the family and ensure that we keep the needs of the student at the centre of our decision.

 

My daughter does not know anyone attending Havergal – do you have any student programs to help?

In the Junior School, new students are paired up with a buddy student to help her to get to know the girls in the class and to ensure she feel comfortable. New families are paired with Welcome Families, who will connect with them over the summer and throughout the first term of school to answer any questions the parents may have.

In the Upper School, new students are paired with students in their House or Form who act as buddies. Events prior to the start of the school year help new students connect with their new classmates. Specific events are planned throughout the first month of school that allow new students to meet girls from across the grades as well as their grade. Students entering the Middle School can opt to sign up to have a “Big Sister,” a student in Grade 10 or 11 who will meet with them regularly and be that extra helping hand.

We are aware that new girls, and new families, are new all year.  Throughout the year we work to ensure our new families feel well informed, welcomed and valued members of the Havergal community.

 

Can we have more than one tour of the school?

Of course! While you and your family will have a tour of the school when you come for the interview, we know it may be important to see the school on more than one occasion. Our students and Welcome Committee parents are happy to take you on a tour – simply contact the Admission Office one week prior to the day you would like to visit and we will make the necessary arrangements. If there are other members of your family who would like to join the tour, such as grandparents or siblings, please feel free to bring them along.

 

How can parents be involved at Havergal?

Every parent is welcomed into the Havergal Community Parent Association (HCPA). The HCPA is Havergal’s parent volunteer organization and serves as a liaison between the school and the parent body. There are a myriad of ways for parents to volunteer their time and expertise at the school, from one-hour shifts at Celebration Saturday, to help organizing school events and serving on committees that meet throughout the school year. We value the relationship we have with our parents and always appreciate when they are able to be participate in the life of the school.

 

What is Havergal College’s philosophy about teaching and learning?

Havergal has earned a reputation for having a well-researched, state-of-the-art and gender-specific approach to teaching and learning. We believe that teaching is most effective when it is purposeful, relevant and focused on both the acquisition of basic skills and knowledge and the development of an understanding of big ideas and concepts that underpin a discipline. Students are expected to transfer their learning to solve authentic and novel problems. We encourage the in-depth study of the key concepts. We also support the development of a growth mind-set in our students, the belief that basic qualities like talents, aptitudes and interests can change and grow through application and experience. Helping students develop a growth mind-set increases their self-efficacy and helps foster engagement in our students who believe in their own ability to learn and to grow.

 

How are course placement decisions made?

Decisions regarding course placement will be made in the best interest of the child by Havergal’s Director of Curriculum in consultation with the appropriate Department Heads. Course placement decisions will always maintain the integrity of the program and align to Havergal’s philosophy of teaching and learning.

 

My daughter has been identified as gifted. How will she be challenged at Havergal?

Havergal’ strong focus on teaching for understanding, teaching for depth rather than for breadth creates an enriched learning environment. There are no limits to what a learner can do at any grade level as the depth of understanding that is possible is limitless.

 

My daughter has no experience in French and is entering Grade 9.

The Languages department will make the appropriate grade placement based on the student’s level of proficiency. They may substitute another language for French.

 

My daughter’s current school offers a program that is grade ahead. What does that mean for her placement at Havergal?

Havergal students are admitted to the grade they have applied for and students will complete courses in that grade.

 

How does the school place a student who completed a ‘Reach Ahead’ course (i.e. completing the requirement for a Grade 9 course in Grade 8)? Are there exceptions?

Students are placed into the grade in which they have been admitted. The teaching for understanding approach focuses on the development of a conceptual understanding and independent problem-solving that are often lacking in condensed programs. Havergal will consider granting up to two reach ahead credits in eligible classes if students meet the necessary academic criteria. This excludes Grade 9 English. Students must request that a Grade 9 Reach Ahead credit be considered by Havergal and may have to take a placement test. Placement decisions are made in the best interest of the child and respecting the integrity of our academic program.

 

What is the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?

Havergal’s admission process is needs-blind, which means we admit students based on their merit, not based on their ability to pay tuition. For families who are not able to pay full tuition, we have a robust bursary or financial aid program. Families apply through a third party, Apple Financial Services, who reviews the family’s financial situation and makes a recommendation on the amount of need the family requires to make Havergal affordable. Financial aid awards are sent on the same day as the admission offers are sent from our Finance Office.

Scholarships are awards that are based on merit. Each scholarship has specific criteria for the selection of the recipient.  The criteria is often determined by the donor of the scholarship in partnership with the school. Applicants must indicate that they would like to be considered for a scholarship when they apply.  Scholarship recipients are notified of their selection with their offer of admission.