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Burlington Christian Academy

521 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7P 5C3

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 20
Day: 150 (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
521 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7P 5C3

About this school:


A private, faith based academy that believes that every student can succeed. Burlington Christian Academy (BCA) offers a curriculum that is centered around strong values that challenge students to achieve their individual potential. We have an accredited, knowledgeable and caring faculty who partner with parents, nurturing students to skillfully and vibrantly serve the world they live in. Our Signature Programs include advanced athletic training, music and theatre production, and hands on experiential learning.

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A unique style of learning
Tosha Freitag - Parent   (Jan 24, 2018)
All 3 of my children thrive in the small class room size where they feel like a student and not anot...
caring staff, good communication
Doriel Moulton - Parent   (Mar 12, 2018)
My children absolutely LOVE attending BCA. They feel truly loved and cared for by their teachers, an...
" ... loves the hands-on learning"
Tammy Beattie - Parent   (Feb 13, 2018)
My son's self esteem has soared since joining BCA. He is finding success, and loves the hands-on le...

Our Take: Burlington Christian Academy

our takeFounded in 1975, parents, understandably, have turned to BCA first because it is one of the few private school options in the Burlington area where the elementary curriculum is taught through a Christian lens. And, to be sure, that’s one of the schools prime offerings. That said, the program has other strengths as well, including very broad arts and athletic programs that are unique to schools of this size. The variety and attention is a plus, though so is access—in a school of 140 students, and with this level of programming, all students are able to experience and participate in organized sports, leadership training, music, and theatre. The school has also dedicated itself to higher order athletics, with a level of coaching and training that, again, is atypical within schools of this size. So, while the values piece is certainly a draw, the school has a lot to offer in addition, including a proven academics, a rich extra-curricular programming, housed within a close, community atmosphere.

Principal's Message


Heather Crossing, Principal

At Burlington Christian Academy (BCA) our mission is "That all students may know Christ and share their faith, living it out daily as they become successful learners".  Over the past 40 years BCA has combined a strong faith base with academic excellence. BCA has grown to become Burlington's leading Christian elementary school. This year BCA was voted best private school in Burlington, based on Burlington Post Readers Choice Awards, earning a diamond rating (the highest!)

We are a unique school in our program offerings; there is no school like BCA!  Aside from the regular curriculum (we teach to the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines) we offer special programs including, ALPA (Advanced Level Programming of Athletics), EdVenture (experiential learning program), Curtain Call (music and theatre arts program), Lunch Box Theatre, Discovery(NILD)  and Learning Enrichment Activity Program (LEAP) that add to the quality and excitement of a student's learning experience.

We are thankful for the staff and parents/guardians who have dedicated themselves to Christian education at BCA.  We praise God for his faithfulness and pray that together we will continue to honour God in our education endeavours. 

Heather Crossing



Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What BCA says: At Burlington Christian Academy, we believe that differentiated instruction is at the very foundation to a student’s academic success. Our teachers spend time learning about each of their students. By understanding the unique learning abilities of each student, our teachers can teach and connect with each student individually. We know each student learns differently. It is important for us to have students that are excited to come to school. A child who wants to be at school, is ready to learn! We also have a very strong focus on and commitment to experiential learning. In addition to our amazing classroom work, we introduce the students to hands on, project based learning experiences. We believe that through “Learning by Doing”, it exposes students to experiences that will captivate their minds and help them find something to be passionate about, with a lasting impact.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Non-denominational)

    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 BCA says: In the Nelson Textbook, there are many lessons that are "Exploring" Lessons, that help the students understand why a formula is developed etc. Whenever formulas are taught, so is the purpose.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Students use textbooks. Teachers use internet as well as other books for supplementation.

    • Calculator policy: Calculators are allowed when used as a tool (ex. Calculating Pythagorean Theorem). When students have to know a formula, know the dimensions and use the calculator to find the Area or Volume, that is fine.

    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 BCA says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What BCA 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: Students are taught scientific facts and theories. Through inquiry based learning students discover the complex and amazing earth God has given us.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What BCA says: Our approach incorporates the traditional program with social justice through a Biblical world view.

    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 BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What BCA says: The Arts are alive at BCA. Whether it's singing and moving in music class; learning a brass or wind instrument starting in Grade 6; getting creative in Visual Arts; being a part of our junior musical production (Grade 2-5) or enrolling our signature Theatre Program (Grade 6-8) students are encouraged to get creative! The Arts are an integral part of every child's development and we are dedicated to providing your child with a well rounded positive experience.

    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 BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum
    • 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 BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    What BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    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.


    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.

    67 % of Our Kids' schools use a traditional approach for sex and health education


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

    What BCA says: Prior to any sexual and/or health education being taught, we send home a letter to families that outlines which topics will be covered. As a private school, we do not have to follow the Ontario Health and Physical Education document strictly. We do, however, cover much of the curriculum that is applicable to us as a Christian school and inform families that other topics we have chosen not to cover may be discussed at home if they desire.

    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 BCA says: Our academic based approach emphasizes math and reading readiness skills. The program incorporates principles of inquiry based learning with a balance on play based opportunities to apply learned skills.

    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 BCA says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What BCA says: Our school is passionate about ensuring that the needs of students are met and that students are given the opportunity and tools to thrive in an educational setting. As such, we strive to improve confidence and instill in students a culture of lifelong learning. Students are assessed using a variety of diagnostic, formative, and cumulative approaches with equal importance placed on all three strands. This ensures fair grading practices and an emphasis of the importance on the process of learning for long-term outcomes.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Spiritual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What BCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • 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
      Extra support
    • What BCA says: Burlington Christian Academy is proud to offer the Discovery Resource Program to families who have children with learning challenges. Your child is an amazing creation and completely unique in his or her learning style, personality, and needs. If it is established that your child requires extra assistance with classroom work, or has been formally identified with an exceptionality, then they may require an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Our Resource Teachers will work in conjunction with parents and staff to create a program which addresses and meets your child’s individual needs.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      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
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: When needed, children with IEP’s will follow an accommodated program within the classroom. If they require a modified program (curriculum goals below their grade level) then they may be withdrawn for certain periods. The number of periods for withdrawal is variable and will be determined through consultation between resource staff and the classroom teacher. Our goal in this arm of the Discovery Program is to address these kinds of needs, come up with a viable game plan, and work towards facilitating successful growth in each student, academically, socially and spiritually.

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    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: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 BCA 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 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 8
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What BCA says:
    • EdVenture: An experiential learning program focused on skill building, recreation, and leadership training for grades 6-8. It is designed to give students a vibrant and enriching educational experience. The learning is tied to requirements outlined in the Ontario Provincial Curriculum and includes many activities such as rock climbing, building computers, GPS tracking, movie making, community assistance, etc.
    • Advanced Level Program of Athletics (ALPA): A program designed for students with a strong commitment and desire to compete in sports while receiving advanced level training, coaching and mentoring in the sport(s) of their choice, ranging from hockey, basketball, volleyball, to soccer, flag football golf, and more.
    • Curtain Call: A musical theatre program where students learn drama game and activities that increase comfort performing in front of others. Development of valuable acting skills and techniques take place as the group prepares for our Christmas play, spring musical, and make trips to see live theatre and participate in workshops in-school. The students have a lot of fun as they increase vocal ability, refine body language, develop confidence and work with others.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic)$12,290


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students47%
    3rd child (sibling)all students72%
    4th child (sibling)all students100%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 8
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid25%
    Average aid package size$3,920
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid25%
    Total aid available$100,000

    Application Deadline:
    August 31, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with FAST - Independent School Management. for processing financial applications
    The application process is easy. Simply visit the school website, go to the tuition and fees page (see link below), and click on the FAST link. The process requires the applicant to provide basic information about income, expenses, assets and liabilities. There is a nominal fee for the application process.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 150
    Average enrollment per grade14
    Average class size10 to 20
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 8
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What BCA says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Burlington Christian Academy is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Steven Harper 2009 Accomplished hockey player. Plays in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

    Stories & Testimonials


    Great teachers, small class sizes

    We loved the hands on JK/SK Program.  The small class size and amazing teachers have helped our son settle into the school and make friends easily. He loves going to school every day!


    Great, safe setting

    We fell in love with the nine acres of wooded land that Burlington Christian Academy is located on.  The school is set back from the road with large fields and playgrounds.  Our children play in a safe, open and outdoor environment. 


    Thanks for Equipping Our Children

    BCA has been part of our family for over 12 years now. Our two oldest have graduated in the last three years and our youngest is going into grade 7. Our two older kids are thriving in high school. They were well-prepared by BCA and are A+ students. Thank you for the important part you've played in this. Their time at BCA, and the programs they participated in, have allowed them to excel in leadership roles in various areas of interest, from hockey at an elite level to the arts. Most importantly, we want to thank you for doing all of this with a Christian worldview that has taught our kids values that are eternal, and has complemented the values we teach at home. 



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