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Welcome to Kells Academy, where the fusion of excellence and tailored education is our distinguishing feature.

At Kells, we take pride in fostering a learning environment that goes beyond the ordinary. Our commitment to academic rigor is matched only by our dedication to nurturing each student's unique talents and passions. Here, we believe that education is not just about grades; it's about inspiring young minds to explore, create, and excel in a supportive and enriching setting.

As the Head of School, I am thrilled to welcome you to our vibrant community. Our private unique environment ensures that every student receives individualized attention from our dedicated faculty. By having limited numbers in each class, we can customize our teaching approaches to match the unique learning styles of every student. This approach fosters both academic and personal growth, enabling students to flourish.

At Kells, we embrace innovation and embrace a holistic approach to education. Our curriculum is designed to challenge students intellectually, encourage critical thinking, and instill a lifelong love for learning. Beyond the classroom, our students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of extracurricular activities, from arts and athletics to community service and leadership programs.

Our commitment to creating well-rounded individuals extends to our values of inclusivity, diversity, and respect. We celebrate the unique perspectives that each student brings to our community, fostering an environment of understanding and global awareness.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our exceptional faculty, our enriching programs, and the success stories of our alumni. Whether you are a current member of our community, a prospective student and family, or simply curious about what makes Kells Academy special, I am confident you will discover the essence of our school's spirit.

Thank you for considering Kells Academy as your partner in education. Together, let's embark on a journey of growth, discovery, and achievement.

Warmest regards,
Linda Leiberman, Head of School

Founded in 1978 on the philosophy that each student has a unique personality and different talents, Kells has always helped nurture individual learning to develop each student’s inherent capabilities. Today, the Kells Grade 12 Program offers students an enhanced opportunity to make the right university and career choices and help them prepare a strategic plan for a future that is in harmony with their abilities and aptitudes. Our tutorial model of teaching not only supports accelerated learning in an academically challenging program but also ensures that the teachers get to know each student personally to better steer them in their decision-making process.

The leap from Grade 11 to college can be a difficult hurdle for many students, who must manage a much more rigorous and challenging workload independently. During this transition year, our students develop the independent skills necessary for success in University, while still having the support and secure environment of a high school setting. Through a personalized approach, we ensure that each student is well prepared to enter their post-secondary program of choice.

The Kells program offers strong individual support and assistance in finding a good fit between choices of universities and individual preferences and aptitudes. Our Pre-University year has been designed to facilitate our students with all the steps of the application process. Our dedicated Grade 12 team has extensive experience with both the US and Canadian educational systems and is available to provide professional advice and counseling to both students and parents on how to navigate the confusing waters of higher education. Through regular one-on-one meetings, we individually evaluate each student’s skills and competencies; explore the implications of their choice and the different choices available to them before mapping out a plan of action.

We invite you to visit the campus or to meet with a member of the Admissions Office team and our Pre-university program coordinator to answer all of your questions.


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Kells Academy is committed to each student’s success in learning within a caring, responsive, and safe environment that is free of discrimination, violence, and bullying. Our school works to ensure that all students have the opportunity and support to develop to their fullest potential and share a personal and meaningful bond with people in the school community.

My goal is to help each student achieve their full academic potential. To do that, we strive to instill independence, maturity, and self-motivation. We inspire our students to never stop developing these qualities, and we teach how they can draw from them today, in their future studies, and into their chosen careers. Grade 12 is a transformative year for emotional and personal growth and it is my honor to accompany our students on their individual journeys.

to Ms. Bailey’s experience and expertise in order to make their transition from High School to University as easy and as seamless as possible.

Coordinator's Profile

Kells Academy is proud to introduce Ms. Suzanne Bailey, our Grade 12 Coordinator. Ms. Bailey is not new to the Kells family. After receiving her Masters's in Education from New York University, she taught in the New York City school system. She joined Kells as a history teacher in the Language Center in 2017 before transitioning to her post as Grade 12 Coordinator in 2020.

In her current position, Ms. Bailey’s primary objectives are to help our Grade 12 students graduate with an Ontario grade 12 diploma and navigate the labyrinth of higher education and make choices best suited to their individual skills and future career goals.

Extensive experience with both the US and Canadian educational systems makes Ms. Bailey very well suited to the task of advising students. In individual sessions with each student, she gets to know and understand them better, and together they formulate a plan for the future. She assists with the completion of the University admission form and other pre-requisites for admission and also helps with mapping their career path. The goal is to make optimal choices in finding a University best suited to their skills, thus ensuring professional success. One of our proud parents of a recent grade 12 graduate attributes her son's success to Ms. Bailey's dedication:

“I can’t thank you enough for caring, encouraging, pushing, and just being there. His success is also your success.”

Every Grade 12 student avails themselves of Ms. Bailey’s experience and expertise in order to make their transition from High School to University as easy and as seamless as possible.

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Through our partnership with Virtual High School, we offer a variety of VHS courses in all disciplines. In addition to learning new concepts, through each of these courses students develop critical thinking, essay writing skills and learn proper citation methods to uphold university standard academic integrity. Online VHS course content in the following courses will be supplemented with in-class lessons and support by Kells teachers, extra practice, and test/exam reviews.

Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.
Prerequisite Courses: High/Advanced Grade 11 Math

Analysing Current Economic Issues (CIA4U)

This course examines current Canadian and international economic issues, developments, policies, and practices from diverse perspectives. Students will explore the decisions that individuals and institutions, including governments, make in response to economic issues such as globalization, trade agreements, economic inequalities, regulation, and public spending. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, as well as economic models and theories, to investigate, and develop informed opinions about, economic trade-offs, growth, and sustainability and related economic issues.
Prerequisite Courses: International Business (to be taken in Semester 1)

Chemistry (SCH4U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.
Prerequisite Courses: Grade 11 Chemistry

International Business (BBB4M)

This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively.
Prerequisite Courses: None

World History since the Fifteenth Century (CHY4U)

This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and ideas and assess societal progress or decline in world history.
Prerequisite Courses: None

Canadian and International Politics (CPW4U)

This course explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore political decision making and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including governments, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to address domestic and international issues. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.
Prerequisite Courses: Independent Study: option only available for students in Liberal Arts stream.

English (ENG4U)

This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.
Prerequisite Courses: Grade 11 English

The Writer’s Craft (EWC4U)

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.
Prerequisite Courses: Independent Study: option only available for students in Liberal Arts stream.

Nutrition and Health (HFA4U)

This course examines the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and will determine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of food-preparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.
Prerequisite Courses: None

Families in Canada (HHS4U)

This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.
Prerequisite Courses: Independent Study: option only available for students in Liberal Arts stream.

Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)

This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.
Prerequisite Courses: Independent Study: option only available for students in Liberal Arts stream.

Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U)

This course builds on students' previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.
Prerequisite Courses: Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

Physics (SPH4U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
Prerequisite Courses: Grade 11 Physics