Haven International School
The school makes good use of the location, including competitions and outreach with nearby universities, Waterloo, and Laurier. Haven is very much a preparatory college, attracting students who intend to advance to post-secondary studies, particularly within North America. That said, there is a dedication to ensuring that they live well day-to-day, challenging themselves, yes, but also having time in their day to reflect and enjoy the experience. The diversity of the student body adds to the sense of internationalism, though with an annual enrollment of 100, students find themselves in a close-knit community of like-minded, academically inclined peers and mentors. All the services are represented and then some, including counsellors to advise and help students through the visa and student permit application process. A short-term student exchange program—they come for month-long sessions—is unique and offered to student in Grades Grade 7 through Grade 11.
Who are you, as a school?
Haven international School is a private school that empowers young minds to reach their fullest potential in education. We deliver Ontario’s Curriculum, but what sets us apart is our ability in delivering this curriculum through individualized learning. At Haven, students are guaranteed a unique educational experience where individual goals and aspirations are valued and met. Haven’s team of teachers are all fully committed and dedicated beyond expectation to offering a one-of-a-kind independent education.
- Academic Success – Our students have received individual scholarships of
- University and College tours to make an informed decision
- Inter-School Competitions – EUCLID at Uni of Waterloo, Game Design at Laurier
- Comprehensive Meal Plan for All Students
- Community Service – in accordance with Ministry of Education
- Enjoying the Canadian Experience – Visiting attractions in Ontario
What do you do differently and uniquely well?
We believe that communication is very important and therefore parents/guardians receive weekly updates from our teachers. Furthermore, we are proudly known to have strong ties with our families. At Haven, we do not only care for our students’ academic growth. We also make sure that they grow emotionally and socially in other to be prepared for the outside world. We engage our students in a variety of extracurricular activities like sports, board games, etc. which builds their confidence. Furthermore, we make sure that there is no discrimination no matter who they are or where they come from. Study periods are created to allow students build their study habits.
Why do families choose you over schools they compare you to?
Haven shows a great deal of care for our students. We make sure that they attain their academic goals while building their talents and gifts in other areas. We also provide lunch for our students. Furthermore, when compared to other schools like ours, we are considerably less pricey and more dedicated to meeting students’ goals.
What might families find surprising about your school?
Our school really cares. When students attend Haven, they join the Haven family which comprises of the students, teachers, and all staff of Haven. At our school, students do not miss home because we make them feel like they have a home away from home with us. What aspect of your school is underappreciated? Our small class sizes that allow for one-on-one communication between students and teachers. This allows the teachers to attend to each students’ individual needs. What five facts about your school tell your story?
- Small class sizes
- Multicultural environment
- High success rate
- Great relationships
- Extracurricular activities