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Our Approach at Merrick Prep – Enhanced Academic Program

Published Bernice on Monday, December 6, 2021 12:00 AM

Enhanced Academic Program at Merrick Prep School

At Merrick Preparatory School our focus is on whole student development to ensure success. We have created a failsafe system to ensure each child reaches beyond their grasp to achieve their full potential. Our unique Enhanced Academic Program has five main components integrated into our students’ daily lives.

Daily Tutorial Support

Upon joining MPS, each student is placed in a grade specific Advisor Group with a Teacher Advisor who is a Guid­ance Specialist. The Advisor Group, con­sisting of 6-8 students, meets daily for one hour and stays as an intact group for the duration of a student’s stay at MPS, ensuring consistency and support. Advisors provide tutorial support, aca­demic guidance and continuity for the student and parents, providing consis­tent communication and ensuring each student’s specific needs are met.

Advisor Program

More than just academics, MPS pro­vides a broad education to our stu­dents. One hour a week, students meet in their Advisor Group and cover a wide range topics relevant to today’s youth. Our unique Advisor Curriculum covers topics ranging from financial literacy, banking and budgeting, to physical, mental and emotional health, to healthy relationships, to diet, hygiene and nutri­tion, to organizational and time man­agement skills, to effective study habits, stress management and life after MPS.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Preparation

As part of our Complete Care Program, our Enhanced Academic Program is free of charge and is included in our tuition fee, including three hours of IELTS preparation and one hour of OSSLT preparation a week. Our dedicated ESL and IELTS Specialist delivers three hours of IELTS preparation per week, ensuring our students have competitive IELTS scores and the advantage required to gain entry into their first-choice university. All students must pass the OSSLT or take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). Our OSSLT specialist teacher provides one-hour of OSSLT preparation per week to prepare students for this Ontario Ministry of Education exam. This preparation also enhances our students’ English language skills, thereby improving their overall academic performance.

University Guidance

All of our teachers are trained and certified Guidance Specialists. Not only does this assist students from grades 9 – 11 during their Daily Tutorial Support, it is specifically to their advantage in grade 12 when their Advisor becomes their University Guidance Counselor. Unlike other schools where one guidance counselor manages the university applications of all students with whom they have no relationship, our expert Guidance Counselors have a deep understanding of their Advisees and are perfectly positioned to guide them through the university application process. For one hour a week in their grade 12 year, our students meet with their Guidance Specialist to ensure complete, full and timely applications, including scholarship applications. The result is a 100% post-secondary placement rate with 100% acceptance into first-choice programs at world-ranked universities and over 50% of our students winning significant scholarships.

Student Success Program

Each week all MPS staff, together with the Headmaster, meet for one hour to review and discuss each students’ progress and success. Meeting weekly ensures strategies for success for each student are reviewed and adjusted, ensuring no student falls through the cracks. With our Daily Tutorial Support, Advisor Program, small class sizes, maximum school size of 80 students, dedicated Residential Life Staff who work with our students after school and on weekends, and a Headmaster who lives on campus, no student can fall through the cracks because there are no cracks! Even the smallest of concerns, academic or social, are addressed immediately. The result is our students are successful on every front, learning the coping skills to address any issue they confront.

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