Located in the city of Markham, a suburb just north of Toronto, J. Addison School is a day and boarding school that provides students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with an inclusive environment to foster cooperative learning, intelligence, creativity, and innovation. Our mission is to encourage students to continually and conscientiously challenge and motivate themselves to their full potential.
At J. Addison School, we cultivate a multidimensional educational environment that goes beyond academic accomplishments and personal achievements. We motivate our students to aim high and to push boundaries but also never to lose sight of respecting and embracing the uniqueness and talents of one another. We arm them with skills and values which are vital to becoming a responsible global citizen, so they will be ready to face the future with confidence, integrity, compassion, independence, and leadership.
At J. Addison School, from the Board of Directors, Administration team to the teachers and staff, we all have a shared vision of fostering educational philosophy. The 7 Pillars of the Addison Advantage® are the foundation that we build on, the standards that we abide by and the expectations that we thrive to exceed everyday. They are the key reasons of why we are different and why we are a leading K-12 private school in Canada. Our 7 Pillars of the Addison Advantage® are as follows:
Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment
We also embrace cultural and ethnic diversity to foster a harmonious and respectful learning atmosphere.
Effective “Focus For Success®” Adaptive Program
Our specially designed program provides students with opportunities and also the flexibility to develop new knowledge and explore ideas according to their interests and strengths. Most importantly, it allows them to realize and grow into their own potential.
Personalized Guidance and Care
We strive to connect with each and every one of our students. We dedicate the time to truly understand their individual needs; empowering them to set meaningful goals and guiding them through important developmental milestones.
To supplement the traditional curriculum, our students learn with 21st century technology which enables better engagement, encourages interaction; thus, strengthening both teaching and learning processes.
Modern Resources and Facilities
Our school building is equipped with abundant resources and amenities, including a multi-sport gymnasium, science lab, art room, music room, dance studio, outdoor playground, year-round residence and more.
Transparent Parent-School Communications
We also embrace cultural and ethnic diversity to foster a productive and positive relationships with parents and guardians, we maintain regular contact through multiple means of communication and by increasing our reporting frequency throughout the school year.
Gateway to Higher Education
We assist and prepare our students from day one in working towards successful achievement of their post-secondary objectives. Our commitment to our students is one of the main reasons why J. Addison’s graduates have a 100% acceptance rate.
At J. Addison, we follow the Canadian curriculum, specifically the Ontario curriculum. We embrace the Ontario curriculum because Ontario provides one of the best educational systems and curriculum in the world. According to international measures and independent expert assessments, Ontario is recognized as and is proven to be the best school system in the English-speaking world — and right up at the top with Finland, Singapore and South Korea. Our Ontario Certified Teachers work with Ontario Ministry Curriculum Guidelines as the foundation to providing lessons that will prepare our students for any paths they choose to pursue in post-secondary.
Our unique “Focus For Success®” adaptive program, or simply referred to as FFS, complements the Ontario curriculum and adds another dimension to our students’ overall development. The FFS program is implemented as a 5th Period in our regular school schedule, where students will receive academic support, if needed, and/or participate in extra-curricular activities of their choice to further enrich their student life. Some of the activities provided include sewing, table tennis, badminton, floor exercises, and hairstyling.
Our Elite Basketball Program was designed with this in mind to aid in developing our student-athletes’ innate talent and to have them reach their greatest potential. With an experienced coaching staff, a nurturing team and school environment, and a competitive basketball schedule, players will learn the importance of teamwork, leadership, self-discipline, as well as how to deal with adversity when trying to realize their personal goals. Our Elite Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams regularly compete against strong, accomplished teams through scrimmages and by participating in prestigious tournaments across Canada and the United States. Join us by taking part in our tryouts every year. By building upon their foundations we empower our student-athletes to succeed at the next level and in life.
Our Boarding Program is available to students in Grades 7 – 12.
Residence Life provides students with valuable experience in becoming independent and responsible young adults. Living with peers encourages social interaction, which in turn strengthens their interpersonal communication skills; thus, improvement of emotional intelligence. Close friendships flourish frequently, which students can cherish and cultivate for the rest of their lives. In-dorm events and excursions will allow students to experience Canadian culture, and most importantly, a feeling of belonging.
We have a dedicated team of compassionate and knowledgeable residence counsellors providing care and guidance to all boarding students, from personal counselling, to academic support and community activities; also, safeguarding the interests and safety of our students through regular communication and meetings with parents and guardians.