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Brampton Christian School
Brampton Christian School
12480 Hutchinson Farm Lane, Caledon, Ontario, L7C 2B6
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Brampton Christian School
 

Brampton Christian School

12480 Hutchinson Farm Lane, Caledon, Ontario, L7C 2B6

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,497/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 550 (Gr. JK - 12)

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Contact Name:
Andy Cabral, Principal

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School Address
12480 Hutchinson Farm Lane, Caledon, Ontario, L7C 2B6

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About this school:

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Kids learn best in a setting that is caring and structured. Our teachers are certified, innovative, and passionate about their students and learning. Our academic program is accountable and effective, refined over the past 40 years and delivered in a Christ-centred environment. Our facilities are modern, well-designed, and inspiring, rising from the fields on 65 acres at the end of Hwy #410 on the edge of Caledon.


The Our Kids review of Brampton Christian School

our takeBCS was founded in 1977 by the Kennedy Road Tabernacle and was initially known as KRT Christian School. It’s grown since, and the name was changed to reflect the school’s non-denominational perspective, though the school is now, just as it has always been, a part of the KRT ministry. Bob Boshart became principal in 1982 and over the next 26 years he consistently lead the development of the programs, accreditation, and the expansion into the upper grades. That said, the development has been very much guided by the school community, and the involvement of the families who have enrolled past and present is a great source of strength for the school. A fairly recent and substantial capital campaign has brought the school to where it is today, with a renewed infrastructure and a full complement of up-to-date instructional resources. Families are drawn to the reputation that the school has gained over its life, as well as a program based in the values of the Christian faith.



Principal's Message

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Andy Cabral, Principal

For those who don’t know him already, here are some things you should know about our Principal, Andy Cabral.

Firstly, you should know he’s got all that ‘academic’ stuff you’d expect!  He completed his first degree and teacher-training program at McGill University (Montreal).  His Master’s Degree from Middlebury College (USA) also included graduate courses taken on site at Lincoln College, Oxford University (UK).  He is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and did his Principal’s Qualification Program at York University (Toronto).

Secondly, he’s got experience!  He’s been teaching since 1996 and has experience in public and private schools, both near and as far away as Seoul, South Korea!  He’s been a teacher at BCS since 2001 and led the High School division as the Vice-Principal prior to becoming our Principal.

Thirdly, he’s thoroughly invested in BCS!   With his wife Annette, a long-time teacher in the Junior High, and 4 kids enrolled at BCS this year from SK up to grade 10, Mr. Cabral is a major stakeholder in this place!

Finally, you should know he has a heart for God and for helping kids of all ages develop a relationship with Him through Christ.  His favourite verse is Matthew 5:16—  “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify the Father in heaven.”

Make sure to take the chance to introduce yourself, any time you see him around the school. You may find him in the office, coaching a sports team, leading a Mission trip, directing traffic, or simply chatting with our students! 


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Brampton Christian School says: In our Elementary Division, our teachers use an effective balance between traditional, pre-structured, learning activities and an inquiry-based approach. Our integration of technology is purposeful and effective, not token. We supplement the Ontario curriculum with additional material. The entire curriculum is taught through the lense of a Christian Worldview: that the laws of the finite universe and world in which they live are governed by a God who loves each student infinitely. Our Ministry-inspected Secondary program is built on Advanced (9 & 10) and University-stream (11 & 12) courses with special emphasis on lab-work in our science program.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Brampton Christian School says: Our French program in Grades 6-8 follows the AIM (Accelerate, Integrate, Motivate) program with AIM certified teachers.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Brampton Christian School says: Our program attempts to integrate technology where it is efficient and effective. We have computers, data projectors, document cameras, tablets, chrome books, and several devoted computer labs, but we seek to inculcate a sense of discernment in our students, teaching them to evaluate a technology before embracing it just for technology's sake.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Brampton Christian School says: Christian Education classes are taught throughout every grade of our program, focusing on Bible knowledge, individual faith, and the practical living out of Christ's commands that we should 1) love God whole-heartedly, and 2) love our neighbours as ourselves. School-wide service projects, thorough community involvement, and even overseas mission trips (SH) are an important part of our Christian Education program.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 6 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 4 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 5 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 6 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 6 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 7 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 8 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 8 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 7 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 7 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 8 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 6 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 8 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 8

    What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    69 % of Our Kids' schools use a traditional approach for sex and health education

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Brampton Christian School says: BCS 's full-day Junior and Senior Kindergarten programs have been developed over the 37 years we've been running them! Our academic-based program focuses on math and reading development. Our program benefits from both ECE and OCT certified teachers and small teacher-student ratios.


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Brampton Christian School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Brampton Christian School provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.


    Gifted Learner Support Moderate

    Moderate

    Brampton Christian School offers gifted learner support in the form of inclusive practices -- special, custom arrangements made for advanced learners (who otherwise remain in the regular classroom).

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
    Lunch recessAmount 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 30 30 30

    What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What Brampton Christian School says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Brampton Christian School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$10,497
    What Brampton Christian School says: The Tuition amount of $10,497 per student is reduced for multiple-child families. (Tuition for a 2-child family is $16,464. Tuition for a 3-child family is $19, 509. Tuition for a 4-child family is $22,740)

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students$4,530
    3rd child (sibling)all students$7,454


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 550
    Average enrollment per grade37
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)3 - 9
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Brampton Christian School says:

    Interview / Tour Completed Application / Student Questionnaire Report Cards - Current Year & Previous Year Transcript (Grades 9-12) Birth Certificate / Passport (International Student) Health Card / Proof of Insurance (International Student) Immunization Record



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    80%

    Type of student Brampton Christian School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000000000000

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Alumnus Address

    A Word from Alumnus Kristina Gutauskas (speech delivered February 19th, 2010 at the Opening of the New Sr. High) In June 2006, I finished my 14-year run here at BCS. In January 2009, construction began on the new wing, and here we are – 2010 - in the finished product of a great ambition. Jealous a little? Ya, maybe. Two things happened I never imagined possible as I walked through the brand-new halls for the first time a few days ago. First, I actually got lost (thankfully Mrs. Merenick had a class going at the time and I just followed the music), and second, I almost felt compelled to enrol back in high-school…but not quite. However, while I was filled with nostalgia, excitement and whiffs of fresh paint as I explored, I never once asked myself if I had missed out, because truth was I hadn’t. This new spacious building will definitely change the way students learn, but it won’t change the intangible qualities this school has at its metaphorical foundation. It’s still my BCS, but with a face-lift. The school’s caring teachers who cultivate both spiritual and academic success will remain the same. The opportunities to become involved in the community, extra-curricular activities and travel will remain the same. The intimate class sizes and family-like atmosphere will remain the same. Although I believe the quality of education enriched by a strong Christian base is at the school’s unchanging core, what has changed is the road taken to get there. These long overdue developments will make what staff and students achieved in the past much easier to accomplish, and open up a new world of possibilities. The next Wizard of Oz or Antzhillvania production won’t have to be held in a random theatre or on the KRT stage – students can have it right here in their own school. BCS will host home games in this amazing gym with an updated design, complete with fold-out bleachers, turning spectators into fans. Music students rehearsing a band number can discover the root of a problem faster in an acoustic-friendly environment. The science room boasts a more efficient layout, separating desk work from lab work. Grade 12 students are no longer asked to eat lunch in a separate room because there isn’t enough space in the common room with everyone else. The guidance office has been upgraded from its cubby hole. And so on and so forth - the list goes on… Not only are there finally adequate spaces to accommodate high-school students’ needs, but junior high students are better off as well. They finally have the old high-school building – a real building - to themselves, instead of portables connected together through one long hallway. As a side note, I’d go so far as to say the new wing makes up for replacing our awesome yet dangerous wooden jungle gym years ago with that pathetic little plastic one. Painful memories… Anyhow, watching BCS progress forward with these needed developments is so exciting to observe from the outside. This is and always has been a great school, and this momentous occasion only demonstrates the school’s continuing desire to grow and create new learning opportunities for its students, which would include my youngest sister here in junior high, and brother in high-school. I know the new facilities and courses will continue to embody what BCS has meant to me for 14 years, while also shaping the school’s progressive look into the future. With a slight tinge of jealousy, I wish you all the very best. Thank-you. Kristina Gutauskas ...



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    Associations
    • The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Associations


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