A boy who is inspired is a man who has purpose.
MEN OF CHARACTER FROM BOYS OF PROMISE
CRESCENT FACTS AT A GLANCE ESTABLI SHED
3 to 12
Welcome to Crescent
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Men of Character from Boys of Promise
Congratulations on embarking on your journey to find the right school for your son. It is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent.
Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Compassion CAM PUS
30 acres in midtown Toronto NUM BER OF STUDENTS
715 – 725 AVE RAGE CLASS SI ZE
15 – 20 students ST UDEN T TO FACULTY RATI O
8:1 A CCREDI TATI ON
Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Ontario Ministry of Education FINANCI AL ASSI STANCE AWARDED ANNUALLY
I am so pleased that you have chosen to include Crescent School as part of your consideration. Everyone at our School looks forward to the possibility of providing your son with the support he needs to become a courageous young Man of Character who will make a positive impact on this ever-changing world. Crescent is truly a unique place for your boy to learn, grow and thrive. Now in our second century, we remain one of the top independent schools for boys in Canada, built on a solid foundation of brotherhood and an unwavering focus on character. Our mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise, recognizes that boys with curious minds and open hearts have the potential to develop in a manner that will fit their mission in life, whatever it might be. Each day, your boy will be immersed in an enriched learning environment that is driven by a relevant curriculum of study. His growth will be fostered through relationships with teachers and mentors who understand the distinct challenges and complexities of boys’ growth and development. We are a School that takes great pride in the strength of our community of alumni and parents; and we are steadfastly dedicated to ensuring Crescent reflects the rich cultural diversity of the Toronto of today. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our campus and to our community.
H EADM AST ER M I CH AEL F EL L I N AN D H I S SON F I ON N , CRESCEN T CL ASS OF 2024
OVER 100 YEARS OF CHARACTER. Since 1913, character has been at the centre of a Crescent education. Our focus on character development is part of our DNA and what makes us stand out. It involves a deep, uncompromising commitment to three critical areas that we believe bring out the best in boys: relational learning, mentoring and character-in-action. At Crescent, your boy will be surrounded each and every day by faculty and staff who model what it looks like to lead a values-based life. Our teachers and coaches will forge a powerful connection with your boy, making certain that he feels known, cared for and recognized as an individual. These dedicated professionals will serve as his mentors, establishing a meaningful relationship with him that will not only be a precondition to his character development but also to his ongoing engagement in learning.
A boy who listens is a man who speaks wisely. CRESCENT SCHOOL
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS ALIVE AT CRESCENT. Character education in our Lower School is designed to provide learning experiences and opportunities for our young boys of promise that guide them on their life-long journey towards becoming men of character. Our Lower School has a theme-based character education curriculum. These themes (Authentic Relationships, Personal Responsibility, Managing Relationships and Serving Others) permeate the Lower School and are integrated into every aspect of our Lower School culture. A companion Character Recognition program acknowledges student behaviour that exemplifies the core values of the School. Throughout our Middle School, character development is practised daily in the classroom, during themed assemblies, on the sports field, in the arts and in our co-curriculars. In our mentor program, teachers assure our boys that they are valued and valuable. Crescent provides Middle School boys with vital opportunities to develop a sense of responsibility and caring, as well as to acquire worthwhile citizenship, teamwork and leadership skills.
A boy who explores is a man who discovers.
The character development process continues in our Upper School where teachers mentor small groups of boys, providing them with essential guidance and support. With wideranging co-curricular programs in the arts, athletics, robotics, business studies and politics â€“ as well as local, national and international outreach opportunities â€“ students are able to find and pursue their passions and become fully immersed in the life of the School and the broader community. Senior boys are encouraged to hone their leadership skills by serving as Head Boy, Prefects and House Captains, or through other meaningful mentoring opportunities, to help them transition to Men of Character from Boys of Promise.
A SCHOOL THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT MAKES BOYS TICK. So, why should you send your boy to a school for boys? Research studies prove that boys have unique learning styles and that boys grow, play and learn quite differently than girls. As a school for boys, Crescent is equipped to meet your son’s development needs every step of the way. We are leaders in boys’ education, keenly engaged in a wide range of boyrelated research, both in-house and through collaborative efforts with preeminent universities and other institutions. Our literacy and numeracy programs include materials that are relevant to boys’ lives and we use a variety of classroom tools and teaching practices specifically geared to boys. Additionally, we have invested in a world-class field surface that extends the season for outdoor physical education, recognizing the physicality of boys. Perhaps most notable, we place a strong emphasis on a relational style of learning, because we understand that boys learn best when they have positive adult role models with whom they can relate and from whom they can seek support.
A boy who is engaged is a man who is empowered.
A boy who learns is a man who teaches.
ACADEMIC RIGOUR WITHIN A HIG HLY SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT. A Crescent education is exciting, fulfilling and broad. Our curriculum is taught by highly motivated teachers who understand that establishing a relationship with a boy unlocks the door to learning and engages him in his character development. At Crescent, we exceed the overall and specific expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education and then enrich each subject level to challenge our students. Throughout your boy’s Crescent education, he will be exposed to a multi-faceted landscape that will allow him to find his true passions and the learning skills that work best for him. He will be given ample opportunity to develop as an innovative, inquisitive and creative learner. He will be celebrated for both his work and work ethic and guided academically and emotionally on his journey to becoming a Man of Character. Crescent Student Services provides wellness programs and learning resources to support and enable our boys to reach their full potential in all facets of life. Academic support helps our boys develop the learning skills that are so integral to becoming a proficient learner. Social-emotional support is available to broaden our boys’ understanding of who they are and how they want to mature into Men of Character. We are committed to our boys’ wellbeing, regularly incorporating the latest findings on nutrition, exercise and sleep into all we do. And when it comes time to explore career choices and the university landscape, Crescent School’s University Counselling is on hand to foster the best match between students and leading post-secondary institutions worldwide.
A SPECIAL PLACE FOR OUR BOYS AND OUR COMMUNITY. Crescent School spans 30 lush, rolling acres in midtown Toronto. And it is home to so many magnificent facilities. Our Centre for Creative Learning is a wonderful venue for conferences, performances and community events. It includes a professionally equipped 350-seat theatre, a gallery space, meeting rooms and a reception area. The Lower School’s Margaret Donnelly Library is designed to support young boys’ learning styles and reading programs. Our architecturally acclaimed Middle and Upper School library helps boys make a successful transition to post-secondary academic environments. The Latifi Family Commons is a gathering place for Upper School boys. It provides easy access to student services and our university counselling programs. The Lau Family Wing, home of our Middle School, has been built to support the unique learning habits of boys. It is a universitystyle setting where you’ll find Harkness table classrooms and spaces for collaboration and mentoring. Our estate-style Manor House, Courtyard, Terrace and Formal Garden form the historic heart of our campus, where special events – such as new family “meet and greets” – are held.
A boy who is given the right tools is a man who builds a better life.
Crescent’s athletic facilities are of the highest standard. Our year-round, bubbled Field House is a massive 30,000-square-foot space with an indoor track, tennis and basketball courts. Soccer and rugby are played on an artificial turf surface on Innes Field. We have two stellar gymnasiums, squash courts and countless cross-country trails that are on our property. And we are situated only a short distance from community pools and hockey rinks.
INSPIRING BOYS THROUGH ATHLETICS, THE ARTS, CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND OUTREACH. At Crescent, learning is not strictly confined to the classroom. There are so many ways for your boy to nurture his mind, body and spirit. Crescent athletics are “Character-in-Action” opportunities for coaches to teach boys values above winning, including teamwork and respect. Boys can participate in over 70 sport teams such as volleyball, cross-country, track and field, hockey, swimming, baseball and tennis. The School’s flagship team sports are soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and rugby in the spring. Crescent’s commitment to the arts is clearly demonstrated by our superb facilities and the dedication of our teachers and coaches. In the Lower School, vocal music is a key component, as well as art classes inspiring creativity in every medium. In the Middle and Upper Schools, curricular arts include music, drama and art, each guided by specialists. Upper School boys can participate in co-curricular music ensembles. In Grade 10, Media Arts is introduced allowing students to present even their grandest ideas through website design, video production, print, photography, sound and animation. In all grades, boys can enhance their music education through Crescent’s private music conservatory.
A boy who is supported is a man who champions others.
Your boy will have access to a wide variety of co-curricular activities. We encourage all students to try something they may never have tried before. There are clubs or teams for virtually every kind of interest, including chess, debating, technology, environment and even a peer-tutoring club. Our robotics team has won numerous competitions both at home and abroad and our business team is consistently awarded top honours in regional, provincial and international DECA case competitions. Budding financiers can join our investment club where students manage a portfolio of stocks competing with the S&P/TSX 60 Index. Crescent outreach develops Men of Character by offering opportunities for boys like yours to discover and demonstrate their character. Our outreach programs allow our boys to gain compassion for others both in our community and abroad and help them understand how they can make the world a better place. Through their involvement in local, national and international community service, students become aware of their role in society, and more importantly, become sensitive to the needs of others.
THE SPIRIT OF BROTHERHOOD LIVES BEYOND CRESCENT. Lasting friendships and strong bonds are an inherent part of the Crescent School experience. Evidence of this is the strong relationships that exist within our alumni community. Crescent alumni are part of a network that is rich and vibrant. It is a network that provides numerous opportunities for connecting and is a gateway to a multitude of personal and professional development programs for our alumni. The Alumni Internship Program connects young Crescent alumni with employers who can offer meaningful summer employment opportunities. Alumni mentoring programs are high-touch personal and professional growth opportunities. They connect our Grade 12s and recent graduates with alumni who can provide guidance about university programs, career possibilities and life choices. Crescent alumni continue to be active at our School. Each year, they return to share stories of their journeys to success with our students and parents. Our alumni may often be found passing along their skills and experience in clubs such as DECA and robotics. They are also generous supporters of our student financial aid programs, helping guarantee that the Crescent experience is available to even more boys.
A boy who is cared for is a man who has empathy.
A boy who follows is a man who leads.
TEN CRESCENT ADVANTAGES
Unique focus on character development.
Internationally respected leader in education for boys.
Relational learning and mentoring practised daily.
Innovative curriculum designed to keep boys engaged.
“Character-in-Action” in athletics, the arts, robotics and outreach.
Outstanding leadership, mentoring and service opportunities.
Ongoing programs to help our boys with their wellbeing.
Superb facilities for learning, arts and athletics.
Strong, vibrant and involved community.
10. An alumni brotherhood that‘s with you for life.
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MEN OF CHARACTER FROM BOYS OF PROMISE
Crescent Facts at a Glance