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Hamilton District Christian High

92 Glancaster Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9G 3K9

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$12,200 to 16,800/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 460 (Gr. 9 - 12), Homestay: 42 (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
92 Glancaster Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9G 3K9



About this school:


HDCH, founded in 1956, is imaginative, innovative & interwoven with our essential Biblical identity. Our programs are designed to challenge a wide range of learners. We practice Project-Based Learning, which captures students’ interest & provokes serious thinking as they acquire & apply new knowledge. Our staff & teachers are invested in their students' learning, growth, & spiritual well-being. Student life is rich at HDCH with many curricular & extracurricular opportunities, including clubs, and teams. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Hamilton District Christian High

our takeHDCH was founded in 1956, and has been doing great and impressively consistent work ever since. It has a good size, with 470 annually, and a good breadth of curricular and extracurricular offerings to match. Instruction is project-based, allowing students to work together around authentic tasks which build and support a facility with the core curriculum. Families are also drawn by the values which undergird the academic program. The school rightly reaches out to resources and organizations within the local community, using those interactions to build an empathetic world view, and a genuine appreciation of diversity. Certainly, there’s a lot to love.

School busing:

HDCH offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider. The regions it offers busing from are Burlington, Hamilton, Millgrove, Simcoe, Caledonia, Brantford, Hagersville.
Additional notes: There are a variety of bus transportation options for getting to Hamilton District Christian High. Bussing transportation to and from HDCH is managed by committees in each of the following areas. Contact them directly for details on routes and fees. Brantford – Brantford Christian School Leanna Silver, [email protected] or [email protected] or 519-752-0433 Late bus departs at 5:00 p.m. from Hamilton District Christian High, making stops along Book Road, Ancaster Fair Grounds (5:15 p.m.) and Hwy. 2 Burlington – Hamilton Christian Transportation Services Cathy Hansen, Fleet Manager, [email protected] or 905-638-5638 3023 New St., PO Box 91544, Burlington, ON L7R 4L6 Late bus departs at 5:00 p.m. from Hamilton District Christian High, making stops at Walmart (Hwy. 5 near Hwy. 6 at 5:24) and Walmart (Fairview St. at 5:45) Dundas – Providence Christian School (formerly Dundas Calvin Christian School) [email protected] or 905-627-1411 Hamilton – Hamilton Calvin Christian School Jim Hosmar – [email protected] or 905-388-2645 x227 Jarvis/Simcoe – HDCH Transportation Emily deRuiter, [email protected] or 519-428-3668 Late bus departs at 5:02 p.m. from Hamilton District Christian High, making stops at Argyle Street (by request) at 5:15, St. Mary’s in Hagersville (5:35) and Jarvis Community Christian school (5:45)

Upcoming Events Next event: June 07, 2018

upcoming events
  • June 07, 2018Celebration of Learning - Open House
    Hamilton District Christian High, 92 Glancaster Road, Ancaster, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, June 07 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    You are invited to see the culmination of our Christian learning and community, the two things we do really well at Hamilton District Christian High. It is a night where we invite everyone and anyone to ‘Come and See’. It’s an incredible opportunity to see the exciting learning and beautiful work of our students and captured in a really fun evening. Please join us. Connect with Gillian Doucet Campbell, Director of Admissions and Advancement at 905-648-6655, ext. 113 to RSVP.

Principal's Message


Nathan Siebenga, Principal

Exceptional learning is for every student. Each student has unique gifts, abilities, and learning styles. We work to differentiate learning so that each student can succeed. We provide support for academic planning and development, learning, and individualized programs where appropriate.

Our staff takes a vested interest in student learning, growth, and spiritual well-being. They develop a mentor relationship beginning in Grade 9 and foster these connections through to Grade 12, often going above and beyond to get to know each student as a unique person with diverse interests, strengths, and gifts.

We understand that ultimately God transforms the lives of our students at HDCH, and it is with this in mind that we trust in our mission to be clear and to be the directive of our school. We use the 5 habits of an HDCH graduate.They are:

  • Reflection
  • Resilience
  • Compassion
  • Competence
  • Creativity

Exceptional education at Hamilton District Christian High is imaginative, innovative and interwoven with our essential Biblical identity. An exceptional learning community looks to produce and engage with culture by turning our visions into actions, our ideas into products. One of the ways that we will accomplish this is through the essentials of Project-Based Learning (PBL).  And it is our vision to have Project-Based Learning as an everyday learning experience for our students at Hamilton District Christian High.

At the core of Project-Based Learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context. This learning is contextual, creative, and shared.  Students collaborate on meaningful projects creating opportunities for groups of students to gather information, think critically be creative and communicate in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant to them in this way, students see a purpose for mastering state-required skills and content concepts.

Hamilton District Christian High is registered as a private school with the Ontario Ministry of Education. It provides a curriculum that follows Ministry guidelines and standards and uses the credit system outlined in the Ontario Secondary School Document (1999). All the teachers have Ontario teacher’s certification. Graduating students will have completed the credits required for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

I believe HDCH is a place to dream dreams and see visions, a place to learn and grow and be cultivated, a place to live as a healthy community, a place for exceptional learning. The learning that happens here is a launching pad for our graduates’ futures; this is exciting stuff.

We’re always happy to welcome our friends and supporters to school. If you are in the neighbourhood, we hope you’ll drop by and experience exceptional learning first-hand.




Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What HDCH says: Exceptional education at Hamilton District Christian High is imaginative, innovative and interwoven with our essential Biblical identity. This is achieved through Project-Based Learning. At the core of Project-Based Learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context. Students collaborate on meaningful projects creating opportunities for groups of students to gather information, think critically, be creative and communicate in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems.

  • 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 HDCH says: We use Project Based Learning and Discovery Problem Solving that both focus on the application of math and using the problem-solving process to discover and make sense of new content. We use PBL to connect math to life outside of school to help our students gain a deeper insight into the role of math in careers, personal financial literacy, in our local communities. We also look at how math is discovered in the created order, such as in nature. Students have access and use technology as they study math. Our teachers are intentional to incorporate mathematical tools. Students will find a balance of these approaches mixed with traditional instruction.

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

    • Calculator policy: Students may be permitted to use a calculator based on teacher permission. Students will need a scientific calculator.

    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
    • 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 HDCH 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 HDCH 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 HDCH says: This information is not currently available.

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

    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
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What HDCH says: In the Physical Education Department at Hamilton District Christian High, we focus on each student’s Total Health as a child of God. We recognize that each area of a person’s health affects the others, that taking care of Physical Health is a great way to help manage all other areas of health, and that our Spiritual Health is the foundation for the rest of our health. We teach the concepts of Physical Literacy to encourage students to be confident and competent in all types of movement. Our students experience a variety of activities in different settings, including traditional and non-traditional sports, low organization and creative games, and fitness activities. We encourage our students to make goals for the present and goals for the future. Through all this, we hope to meet the goal of our Physical Education program which is to help our students live healthy and active lifestyles.

    Religious Education We have one or two required religion courses.
    • 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 HDCH says: The Bible is like a fine herb. Unless you rub it between your fingers, you cannot appreciate its full flavour. Here at Hamilton District Christian High, we give students bounded freedom to wrestle with scripture. Student questions can be explored with vigour, and a variety of interpretations are discussed as students learn to read the Bible for themselves. We have a wide variety of Christian traditions represented in our community, so our Bible classes do not present a single doctrinal view, but do equip students to better study scripture and apply it in their own situation. In this sense, we promote Biblical literacy with an expectation of transformation. An education in the Bible should anticipate and equip for a life of learning and deepening faith. Therefore our students learn to seek meaning in the Bible using the varied skills taught in our Bible classes.

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What HDCH 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 HDCH says: This information is not currently available.

    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 HDCH 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 HDCH says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What HDCH says: Our Mission - to cultivate character through learning for a life of service to God. Our Vision - to see all HDCH graduates become a faithful presence in the community that they serve.

    Special Needs Support Resource Assistance

    Resource Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom 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 HDCH says: We would not advise a family against de-enrolling their child at our school if they had a clinically diagnosed learning disability that became apparent while studying at HDCH, so long as we were able to accmodate their 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

    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: 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 HDCH 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Hamilton District Christian High students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    HDCH 30 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins
    Site Average69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback9 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 12

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade 9 10 11 12
    Size 23 24 24 22


    What HDCH says:
    • HDCH has a number of Social Justice clubs that have been developed to become better aware of our local communities and beyond. Through these clubs the HDCH community has been able to support charities and not-for-profit organizations such as 541 Eatery & Exchange, Hamilton Out of the Cold, and 30 Hour Famine Canada (World Vision). Students have also organized and particpated in Carol Sing-Alongs in Gore Park, collecting toys for Wesley Urban Ministries Christmas Store, collecting purses and toiletries for women's shelters, collecting warm clothes for the Share the Warmth Campaign, and organizing blood drives, and so forth.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What HDCH says: HDCH whole family rate 1 child @ HDCH, no child(ren) enrolled @ Christian elementary school/homeschooled: $15,100 2+ children @ HDCH, no child(ren) enrolled @ Christian elementary school/homeschooled: $16,400 1 child @ HDCH, 1+ child(ren) enrolled @ Christian elementary school/homeschooled: $11, 900 2+ children @ HDCH, 1+ child(ren) enrolled @ Christian elementary school/homeschooled: $13,000


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment Day$3,400
    Full payment Day$3,200

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 9 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$200,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 502
    Average enrollment per grade126
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment115115110120
    Homestay Enrollment5101413



    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What HDCH says:

    Application Form needs to be filled out entirely.

    Is your family new to HDCH? Then please include the following:

    • Membership Application Form 
    • Post-dated deposit cheque of $500 (will be used towards tuition)
    • Does the student currently attend a public or Catholic school? Then also include:
      • Consent for Transfer of Records
    • Depending on your needs, you may need to connect with one or more of the following:
      • Our Principal, Nathan Siebenga - to talk about a vision of Christian education for your child.
      • Our Student Services staff - to ensure we have a program suitable for your child’s learning.
      • Our Director of Finance, Sherry Osinga - to answer any questions you might have about tuition and payment options.
      • School Bussing Transportation to and from HDCH is managed by Committees in different areas. Please review our website for more information or connect with Gillian Doucet Campbell


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Hamilton District Christian High is looking for: The best way to get the most out of your high school experience is to get involved. Student life is rich at Hamilton District Christian High. We offer much more than academics and have very active extracurricular programs. Whether you’re into sports, inclined towards the arts, or serving in your community (or all), there are plenty of activities to help you stay active and connected. Our campus thrives on the involvement of the entire school community. Exceptional learning is for every student. Each student has unique gifts, abilities, and learning styles. We work to differentiate learning so that each student can succeed. We provide support for academic planning and development, learning, and individualized programs where appropriate.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    100 - 120 (99%)5 - 10 (99%)5 - 10 (99%)4 - 8 (99%)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    2 - 5 (85%)5 - 7 (80%)3 - 4 (75%)0

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size115
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements3
    **Ivy+ placements5

    *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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): 95% of our students moved on to the school of their first choice. They receive offers from schools such as University of Toronto, Queen's University, Dalhousie University, Mohawk College, Redeemer University College and so on.
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): All Ontario Universities as well as various Colleges. Our students attend schools out of Province as well, including UBC and McGill. We have students that have attended faith-based schools both locally and in the United States. These schools include Canadian Mennonite University, Dort College and Calvin College.

    What Hamilton District Christian High says:

  • 95% of our graduates go on to their first choice of post-secondary program or institution.

  • Stories & Testimonials


    Students Gather Blankets for Darfur

    In a school-wide blitz in November and December, the 15-member student group WATCH gathered over 180 new blankets and delivered them to MCC World Relief in Kitchener. From there, the blankets are packed in containers and delivered to refugees in Sudan. As the students packed the blankets into the back of the school bus on a chilly December morning, they reflected on how necessary such simple necessities would be for displaced people in chilly African nights. In Kitchener, the group met staff and toured the Mennonite Central Committee facilities, and saw how their contributions fit into the bigger picture of compassion. Back at HDCH, students were challenged to think and consider complex issues of international justice and poverty. Photo Caption: Karin and Becky get ready to carry blankets to the bus. ...

    HDCH Gets Gr 9 'Try Day' Funding

    Thanks to the Ontario Ministry of Health promotion, funds have been provided for 75 schools to initiate a new sport or activity program into their school, and Hamilton District Christian High is one of these fortunate schools. Reacting to the needs of young people in high school to become more active, more physically fit, and have exposure to non-traditional activities the Ministry of Health Promotion has provided grants of $800 per school to assist schools to reach these goals. By focusing on grade 9, it is hoped these young people will develop a positive attitude and continue their involvement in sport and physical activity during their high school years. The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) is the facilitator in disbursing these grants to interested schools and full details on this ‘Try Day’ project can be found on their website (ofsaa.on.ca). These funds are assisting Hamilton District Christian High to introduce floorball as an intramural program for the grade 9 students during the current school year. “Our kids are pretty excited about the new sport,” says Ron Oppertshauser, Head of Physical Education. “We couldn’t have started it without the funding for the floorball equipment. Two thumbs up to OFSAA and the Ministry of Health!” ...

    Ecoserve - Caring for Creation

    On October 4 and 5, the HDCH EcoServe Club, along with Mr. VanVoorst and Miss Baarda, packed up their tents and sleeping bags and headed out to the Rockwood Conservation Authority near Guelph, Ontario. The EcoServe Club and Rockwood have a nice arrangement every year. The Authority needs muscle to help prepare the grounds for the winter, and the club wants to get out into the great outdoors to enjoy God’s artistry. Each fall the students spend a day cleaning the grounds and the Conservation Authority allows the club to camp there for an evening. This year, the weather was wonderful, which allowed the students to enjoy canoeing during the day and a campfire at night. ...

    Student Wins Justice Prize

    HDCH Student Sang Woo (Michael) Lee won an essay contest on restorative justice this year. With a specific application to what could happen if North and South Korea were to embrace the principles of restorative justice, Lee explores the dimensions of healing that transfer from personal relationships to international relationships. Open to all Canadian students, the award is presented by Correctional Service Canada, Simon Fraser University, Winnipeg Mediation Service and YOUCAN. Sang Woo Lee wins recognition and a cash prize for his good work in the 15 – 18 age category. In addition, Hamilton District Christian High is presented with a collection of videos and texts on restorative justice. ...

    Intellect and campassion intertwine

    HDCH was an important part of my life. In the years sandwiched between being a kid more interested in climbing trees than doing school work and moving to Ottawa to study international relations I went to HD. At HDCH I had the opportunity to learn from dedicated teachers whom took a real interest in the lives and well being of their students. They showed me how Jesus might have behaved through their compassion, dedication and hard work. When I came to the school I was behind in math. My math teacher spent endless lunch hours with me to catch me up and help me really understands the concepts. Other teachers spent time with me and other students after school or before classes just to get know us. They showed their dedication consistently. Part of having incredible teachers meant that I was given an excellent education. When I got to university I found that had been taught elements of logic, writing, history, and analytical thinking that other students from Ontario had not. It was a huge advantage in my first year of university, and I am still grateful for it. The best part of HD for me was the overall feeling of belonging to a Christian community. Some of my favourite memories are from prayer meetings on the front lawn, or on Friday lunch breaks in the geography room. It was the fruit of the spirit that is displayed in the school that showed me how intellect and compassion can be and should be intertwined. HD taught me how not only about Science, History, and Mathematics, but also about living life with Jesus, with outstanding character, and with grace. ...

    Definitely the best choice for me

    After spending nine years being home schooled, I felt I was ready for a change in my education. I enjoyed studying at home but I wanted to explore other options. So my family and I looked into attending HDCH. We found it a welcoming environment that was dedicated to helping me find a place in this school. Student services was very willing to grant me credits based on everything I had completed while home schooling. My first semester at HD was amazing, and I was excited about becoming involved in the vibrant school community in both academics and extracurricular activities. One of the other major gains I found in coming to HD was a supporting body of Christian teachers who strive to help develop their students to be the best they can be. I feel that I am respected and honoured as a contributing individual here at HD, and the transition from home education to this private Christian school was definitely the best choice for me. ...


    As I walk in the front doors entering my fourth year at HDCH, it seems like just yesterday I was walking through these doors as a nervous grade nine student. I think about how much I have matured in these past years and how fast it all happened. I think about all the friends I have made and the many people I have met. I realize that the school has made this possible by creating a loving and Christian atmosphere that educates students but also matures them in the Christian faith. The thing that has made my years here so enjoyable is the excellent staff. They set a great Christian example and genuinely care for all of the students. I have come to relate to most of them as friends as well as teachers. Walking through the halls you see many teachers interacting with students; laughing, joking, having fun. As well, the teachers are always willing to talk about school to help you with your work. And even if you don’t need help in the actual work, if you are having other problems the teachers will listen to you and give any advice they have. In my opinion high school is a time in a teenager’s life when a great deal of maturing takes place. And the high school has the responsibility to nurture the students through this time. HDCH has definitely helped me mature positively. In every aspect of our school, a Christian foundation is always the base. This sets the atmosphere in which teens can mature into young adults with Christian morals and a greater sense of direction for post secondary education. ...

    HDCH Students Tour HMCS Charlottetown

    Hamilton native Navy Sgt. John Pereira explains the workings of the chaff radar countermeasure missiles to a group of Grade 10 Hamilton District Christian High students (L-R Mark, Jared, Bryant, Cody, and Justin are grade 10 Canadian history students.) Seventy history students saw many different areas, including the sailors’ living quarters, the machinery control room, the operations room, the navigation bridge, and various pieces of military equipment such as missiles, rockets, radars, and small boats. “The past comes alive when students study the differences and similarities between the historic and modern navy,” says teacher Deb Luimes. The HMCS Charlottetown, recently returned from the Middle East, was docked at Hamilton’s Pier 8 as part of a Great Lakes goodwill tour. ...


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