ABOUT MILLPOND ACADEMY
Millpond Academy is a small private school in Oxford County that opened on September 8th 2020.
Our elementary school offers education for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. We generally follow the Ontario Curriculum for Math and Language with the exception of any expectations that don't support a science based approach for learning to read and write. For Science and Social Studies subjects we allow students to have more of a say in the topics they are interested in learning about while still helping them to develop research skills and explore the scientific method! Our French as a Second Language program is offered in every grade. Students in Grade 4 to 8 follow the Core French Ontario Curriculum and students in primary grades will be offered varying levels of oral French lessons with a focus on vocabulary. We are a secular school.
We have been in our current building, 590 Adelaide St Woodstock, since January 2021. The school building has three floors which provide space for Classrooms, a French room/ Library, Kitchen, and a fun and fully fenced play yard. For the 2022-2023 school year we will be expanding by utilizing space at First Baptist Church, 603 Adelaide St. Depending on specific enrolment numbers, students in Kindergarten to grade 3 will be in our current building and students in grades 4-8 will use the church space. We will continue to foster the school community and reap the benefits of being a small group with school wide events and mixed grade activities.
At Millpond Academy we strive to offer students unique and relevant learning opportunities. Millpond Academy has a resident dog which provides our students with the opportunity to learn about caring for a pet, things animals need, and how dogs communicate. Interacting with animals is also proven to help children develop their social and emotional skills, not to mention providing fun motivations, such as being able to read aloud to a loving, cuddly and nonjudgmental friend. Our dog's name is Poppy and she loves people, especially children! She has been around children all her life and has helped children that were scared of dogs to become more comfortable around them and grow to love them.
We are also excited about our partnership with Wild Heart Forest, Farm, and Nature school! In the 2021-2022 school year, our entire school will have the opportunity to attend, for our younger students this will be a weekly occurrence for the entire school year and for our older students a monthly occurrence. At WHFFNS students establish a deep connection, appreciation and respect for the natural world. They have the freedom to develop their resilience, perseverance, cooperation and problem solving skills.
Other unique learning opportunities we provide at Millpond Academy may include learning about life cycles and development through hatching chicks, learning about different countries around the world and their food by having a food tasting party, and going on field trips to experience learning in different atmospheres. Millpond Academy is an exceptional alternative education option for families in Oxford County. We look forward to new families joining our school community!
OPTIONAL BEFORE SCHOOL PROGRAM
Students can register for before school childcare at an additional cost of $5 per child per day.
START OF THE SCHOOL DAY
Students will enter the school through the backyard, hang up their things and be prepared to start our day for 9am.
Students should be provided with their own lunch, snacks and drinks for the day. On occasion, special lunch orders will be available.
END OF THE SCHOOL DAY
Student pick up is
END OF OPTIONAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Students can register for after school care at an additional cost of $5 per child per day.
This park offers a baseball diamond, play structure and greens pace for games and tobogganing! It is approximately 700m or an 8 minute walk from the school.
BURCH ST. AND MAIN ST. PARK
This park features a fun play structure and is a short 700m or 8 minute walk from the school.
WOODSTOCK PUBLIC LIBRARY
The library is full of resources for us to borrow! It is approximately 600m or a 7 minute walk from the school.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
We are thankful for our gracious neighbour, First Baptist Church, for letting us use their parking lot for drop off and pick up! The are located at 603 Adelaide St, just across the road from the school.
This park features swings, a climbing rock, two play structures with slides and is a 1.3km or 16 minute walk from the school.
This park features a large open field great for soccer and tag, two baseballs diamonds where you can find us playing soccer baseball, and a new basketball net! It is an 850m or 11 minute walk from the school.
MORE THAN JUST A LOGO
Millpond Academy’s logo design begins fundamentally with a circle. The perimeter of this circle represents how the educational journey never is ending. It is lifelong; once begun, we continue to learn well beyond our academic years. In addition to fostering the love of lifelong learning, each educational endeavour at Millpond Academy is based in what is known as a Whole Child Approach. This philosophy, represented by the body of the circle and its components, appreciates the development of each student as a multi faceted, complex and complete human being. Working to advance a child socially, emotionally, physically and academically is the primary focus of this approach.
The inner ring, closest to the school, represents the role of Millpond Academy collaborating with the outer ring, a student’s family or guardians, in supporting the student’s educational journey. A special appreciation for creativity and intelligence are expressed with the colours purple and blue respectively.
The school building depicted with the door open, signifies how Millpond Academy will unlock your child’s desire to learn in an inclusive and welcoming environment. The schoolhouse, located on the water illustrates how Millpond Academy, as a comprehensive institution, will ebb and flow with the educational needs and interests of your child just as the water ebbs and flows with the waves.
The three waves under the schoolhouse represent Millpond Academy’s three core values
– Empathy, Integrity and Exploring Passions.
Empathy - the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another
Integrity -the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
Exploring Passion - a strong liking or desire for an activity, object, or concept
The symbols on the outer ring are the Balance Scale, the Open Book and the Graduation Cap. The Balance Scale recognizes the importance of STEM components at Millpond Academy. The Open Book signifies education, knowledge and wisdom as a foundation for a truly enriched life. The Graduation Cap exhibits the importance of setting, working toward and achieving important goals including personal development and educational success.