What Parents Need to Know About the WPPSI Test

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Sep 17, 2019 4:29:13 PM

Why do most independent primary schools require an aptitude test for admission?

As an admission director, I want the children who join our community to thrive in our environment and this assessment can be useful in determining a child's readiness. I hope to get a sense of how your son or daughter solves problems. Your child's development in the areas of verbal reasoning, visual-spatial problem solving, fluid reasoning, memory and visual-motor speed of processing will be measured and compared with the development of same-aged peers. Tests are just one part of the admission process to understanding how we may best teach your child.

What is the difference between the WPPSI-IV and WISC? What is the right test for my child?

  • If your child is younger than six years old and entering either Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten they will take the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence for Children - Fourth Edition. You will hear it referred to as the WPPSI-IV (whip-see-four).
  • The test for children between ages 6 and 16 is the WISC. This stands for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.
  • The objective of the exams is to understand the student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
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Topics: School search, become ready, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, junior kindergarten, jk

8 Ways for Lower School Students to Engage in Math

Posted by Ann Bremner, Director of Lower School Math on Feb 25, 2019 3:54:03 PM

Young children are like sponges—they soak up every bit of learning and can't wait for the next drop. At the Lower School, we continually assess the best ways for our students to learn and grow, based on current research, experience, and the expertise of our faculty. As the Director of Lower School Math, I lead the initiative and provide support for our mathematics teaching and learning. I love developing and thinking of creative ways for our students to engage more deeply in mathematics.

I am always looking for ways to provide meaningful learning experiences where students solve problems, explain their mathematical thinking, and communicate their ideas. Here are ways for St. Stephen's and St. Agnes students to engage with math beyond what we're teaching inside the classroom.

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Topics: Teachers as experts, Kindergarten, Recreational Activities, Academics, Lower School

Fun Valentine's Day Activities for Children

The month of February is all about love, inclusion and friendship here at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes. And nothing brings hearts and minds together like a good book shared.

With Valentine's Day around the corner, the theme is Love and KissesI've also included some quick fun activities and a video to accompany a great story written by Scott Campbell, Hug Machine.  You may find these and many more books in Sinclair Library at the Lower School or visit your local library or bookshop. Enjoy!

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Topics: Insider, become ready, Kindergarten, PreK, junior kindergarten, Recreational Activities, jk

Tech Toys That Teach!

I love my job! And this time of year, I am often sought out by parents looking for ideas about how to bring educational technology tools into their home as toys. As a Technology Educator, I am so glad parents are considering giving coding and robotics gifts! Some experts say that learning to code is going to be as important for children today as learning to read and write, as so many of the jobs today’s students will have will require coding skills. Here at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, where I teach and chair the technology education department, we start teaching basic coding skills in junior kindergarten with students who are 4 or 5 years old.  

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Topics: Teachers as experts, become ready, Kindergarten, PreK, junior kindergarten

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Practical Advice for Parents of School-Aged Children

Through this blog we intend to share the ways in which our students become ready. We will highlight our faculty, experts in their fields; we will dive into topics such as the joyfulness of learning, the balance of school and home, college readiness, and service. We hope to offer sound advice and guidance, while also sharing what it really means to be a member of our Saints community.

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