junior pre academy

18 months -30 months


Morning Program




Monday to Friday


As young as 18 months, our students begin their first educational journey exploring and navigating in our Junior Pre Academy program. Our classes are small with no more than 10 students permitted into the morning program. With two teachers, our students receive unparalleled  attention, supervision and care.


Our morning program captures student attention at its best. Our learners are not yet ready for a full day educational program and may still be napping in the afternoons. We capture the most critical time of the day with intensive yet manageable learning in three hours.


We cherish and are sensitive to many 'first moments' that you and your child may experience as we prepare your child for a strong foundation for independent school expectations.


Students learn to explore and practice skills on their own, sometimes for the first time without parental guidance. Oftentimes the transition is more difficult for caregivers to say goodbye for three hours,  than it is for the student. Many of our younger students hesitate initially, but after a few days of adjustment (and sometimes a few weeks), our students are enthusiastic and eager to return for another new day of exciting opportunities.


Our students explore, inquire, create, imagine, experiment, and enjoy learning pre academic skills. Our goal is to foster the pillars of success in our youngest students that include CURIOSITY. CONFIDENCE. COLLABORATION. and CHARACTER.


With provocations, teachers offer encouragement, hugs and praise as we unobtrusively observe our students learning and gently scaffold opportunities. Our teachers document the student's authentic experiences by capturing learning with student portfolios.


Every parent's favourite part of pre academy is receiving the culminating portfolio of your child's 'first' treasures.




i hear and i forget.

i see and i remember.

i do and i understand.










The origin of the school name Delano has English, Gaelic, Celtic, Jewish, French and Italian origin. Its' meaning is diverse but has been associated with the Alder Tree Grove. "The Alder Tree Grove reminds us of the need to blend strength and courage with generosity of spirit and compassion. There is a time to challenge things and a time to hold our peace.  The alder teaches us this discrimination and the need to see beneath the surface of things."

-The Wisdom of Trees, Jane Gifford.

Rolling Admissions


Private Tours Available

By Appointment



Thornhill Campus

200 Racco Parkway,

Vaughan, L4J 8X9


North Maple Campus

2600 Major Mackenzie

Maple, L6A 1C1


Tel: 905. 237. 7315

Copyright Delano Academy (C) 2016

Ministry of Education ID Number (BSID) 884533


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