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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Oshawa District Curriculum

The framework for learning that is used in Oshawa's schools is the Ontario Curriculum. This curriculum has been developed at the provincial level to provide all students with standards of learning that will prepare them for the 21st century. The curriculum provides the general skills and basic knowledge inherent to each academic subject and then describes the concepts and thinking skills that students will gain through their course work. It also introduces students to Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies, and has a number of language learning programs.

Local teachers will develop their own lesson plans using the resources of the school and their own teaching library. The Ontario Curriculum is a standards-based framework to help organize the delivery of knowledge so that learning is cohesive. Standardized assessments are aligned to the teaching standards in the Ontario Curriculum. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery in literacy and communication in order to graduate. There are also community service requirements for all students to meet.

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SchoolTutoring Academy’s tutoring programs for Oshawa students start with a free academic assessment with an Academic Director. Our flagship tutoring programs are available for $199.99/month which include regular one-on-one tutoring, academic mentorship, bi-monthly progress reports, learning profiles, and parental conference calls.

Oshawa District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs

The curriculum used in Durham District School Board and Catholic School Board is based on the Ontario Curriculum which is comprehensive and provides a clear scope and sequence for learning. Each subject is organized according to its major topics and then students are introduced each year to increasingly complex skills and knowledge in each area. Students also are taught to find areas where their learning connects so they can understand who learning in one subject benefits other subject-area learning as well. Critical thinking skills are incorporated into the expectations of each subject, and students learn how to do scientific and logical reasoning as well as analyze texts from all subjects.

We currently cover the following Oshawa-area school districts: Durham District School Board and Durham District Catholic School Board.

Keeping Informed: Recent Oshawa Educational News

  • Captivate Media Festival - The Captivate Media Festival is a program that showcases media projects by District students. The focus of the festival is to promote the use of technology in learning. Students have a real chance to display original thinking and to create something new by submitting a project.
  • Published Students - Students in the Durham District have the opportunity to become published authors. The Pen Strokes! website and companion text publishes the submissions of talented student authors from children in grades 1-12.
  • Outdoor Education - The Durham District has three outdoor environmental education facilities for students to experience some hands-on, out of classroom learning. Over 15,000 students a year are benefited by the programming offered at the environmental centres and the chances that teachers have to integrate environmental science and literacy into their classroom teaching.

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Tutors that are highly-qualified K-12 and university educators

Our instructors hail from Harvard, Stanford, Duke and other top institutions

Our tutors are different from the ones you find in your neighborhood

Staff Tutors with Outstanding Credentials

Our educators have graduated from top academic institutions, and many of them have achieved in the 90th percentile or higher on standardized tests. Equally importantly, they enjoy coaching students across a variety of subject areas and standardized tests

Educators Beyond What You Find Down the Block

Students work collaboratively with their private tutor who is a top-notch college graduate well beyond the academic caliber that you’ll typically find in your neighbourhood

Experienced Academic Directors to Create and Adjust Learning Plans

Every student is paired up with both a private tutor and an Academic Director responsible for creating a comprehensive learning plan and constantly tweeking it to optimize for results

Fully Customized Programs with Regular Progress Reports

With regular progress reports and archived copies of your lessons, you can easily track your progress and review concepts from past lessons

Meet Our Tutors

Each of them is highly-qualified K-12 and university educators

My name is Michelle O. and I am a certified Calculus Tutor from Bloomington,

My name is Davis H. and I am a certified English Tutor from Greenville, South Carolina.

My name is Jane W. and I am certified SAT/ACT Tutor from San Diego, California.

My name is Ken B. and I am a certified Math and Statistics Tutor from California.

My name is Kevin L. and I am a certified Social Studies Tutor from Guelph, Ontario.

My name is Daniel C. and I am a High School Math, English and Economics.

My name is Amy B. and I am a Math, English Tutor from Darlington, South Carolina.

My name is Owen M. and I am a Math, English, Languages, ACT Tutor from Dundas, Ontario.

My name is Daniel H. and I am an English, ACT, SAT, Social Studies Tutor from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.


My name is Akosua A. and I am a Math, Science, English, ACT Tutor from Brampton, Ontario.

My name is Davis H. and I am a certified Math, Science, English Tutor from Greenville, South Carolina.

My name is Jania B. and I am a Math, English Tutor from Eight Mile, Alabama.

Chalk Talk: Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development

The Zone of Proximal Development theory suggests that students who work with students and teachers who have more learning than they do will succeed in engaging in more learning themselves. There are many ways to accomplish this from paired work to appropriate instructional methods like scaffolding. Examples of scaffolding include providing visual aids such as graphic organizers and charts that can help organize students’ thinking, asking structured questions that allow teachers to gauge students’ prior knowledge and check for understanding during a lesson, or giving lessons on vocabulary before reading a text. An example that illustrates ZPD is that students should read books at their instructional level (within their ZPD)—not too difficult or easy—meaning that they can read the book independently with about 90 to 95 percent accuracy.


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