I want to thank you for the invaluable contribution you all have made to my son’s education and, ultimately, to his life. In September 2006 when I first made contact with the Don Valley Academy, I was impressed with your ‘real world’ approach to learning, i.e. teaching students how to take responsibility for their learning while maintaining close supervision. As you recall, I explained to you that my son Brian had had bad experiences in public school and that I was worried that he would not be able to attend university.
After talking with Brian you assured me that you and your staff would help him turn things around. Literally within weeks, Brian’s attitude began changing and, as he improved his organizational and work management skills, his work also improved and, with it, his interest in his work. By March Break, the Don Valley Academy had turned Brian’s cycle of mediocrity into one that focused on seeking excellence.
From November 2006 to June 2007, Brian evolved from a mediocre student on which the public system had given up into an ‘A’ student who was accepted by every university to which he applied, namely, The University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario and York University.
I am grateful to The Don Valley Academy for the outstanding competence, dedication and integrity of its staff and the effectiveness of its approach to education. It is not an exaggeration to state that The Don Valley Academy has left an indelible mark on my son’s life and on mine.
Thank you again, so much.
Bernard B, Parent