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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1982

     

    1995


     

    Enrolment

     

    260

     

    900


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Homestay, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    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.
     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    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”.
     
    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.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    15 to 17


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $13,079

     

    $13,800


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    22

     

    225


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    information not available

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Strong academics, close-knit community
    Leanne Getty - Parent   (Feb 27, 2018)
    My daughters are currently in grades one and two and are both thriving at Oakville Christian School....
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    "a very positive experience for all four of our children"
    Kathleen Wilson - Parent   (Feb 27, 2018)
    We have had our children at Oakville Christian School for the last nine years. School has been a ve...
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    "I think it says a lot about a school if your graduates like to come back and help out where they can."
    Charlotte Jeneway - Parent   (Feb 28, 2018)
    My children have, and still do appreciate everything that Oakville Christian School offers them on a...
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    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    "Students are able to choose courses of their own liking with the guidance of the administration..."
    Kevin Varghese - Alumnus   (Oct 05, 2020)
    My experience at Braemar was truly wonderful. Being an international school situated in the heart of...
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    "It gave me the opportunity to be the leader that I now translate into my own company."
    Erika Gilmandinova - Alumnus   (Oct 06, 2020)
    This school changed my perspective of the world forever. I became so open-minded that I never looked...
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    "Braemar College was quite astonishing since everyone works for everyone in the community."
    Frank Nguyen - Alumnus   (Oct 22, 2020)
    My experience at Braemar College was terrific, it was filled with a lot joy and education purposes. ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    OCS was founded in 1982 to serve a need principally for a quality school that taught the Ontario curriculum through a Christian lens. Since, the school has built its reputation on precisely that: offering a Christian perspective on the core Ontario curriculum. The school has a strong community feel, a product to some extent of its size, though leadership has given close attention to developing instruction and extra-curriculars, including the development of a strong athletic program. The school continues to reflect its original mandate while also remaining agile, adopting new programs and practices to meet the needs of students in a changing world. 

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    The quality of the academic program at Braemar College is a draw, as is the flexibility of the program: there are five annual intakes, and courses are offered throughout the entire calendar year. The location, though, is a principle draw as well, and rightly so. The school sits on the property of the University of Toronto, right in the very heart of the city. As such, it is adjacent to a wealth of world class resources, not limited to those of the university campus, but also museums, theatres, parks, urban hubs, transportation, and even the provincial legislature, which is a block or so away. Students get a sense that they are in the thick of things, and indeed they are, with so many cultural and academic resources so close at hand. Student life here is as close to a university program as you can have without actually being enrolled in university. For many, that can be an inspiring and galvanizing experience—students not only are preparing academically for post-secondary studies, they are growing into that social environment as well. Braemar College is large, though very comfortably so, and students report a vibrant and personal student experience with ample latitude for personalised support and enrichment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    information not available

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    • Since 1995, we have been teaching and caring for young people from Canada and around the world.
    • Owing to our tradition of excellence, we have pathway partnerships with top universities.
    • Our university partners include University of Toronto, Ryerson, York, and Waterloo.
    • Our Fast-Track term system allows students to graduate 50% faster compared to semestered schools
    • We have five annual intakes, September, November, February, April and July.
    • We are centrally located, in a safe, easily accessible downtown neighbourhood.

    Description

    Description

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Nurturing excellence in a Christ-centred academic environment is the key to education at Oakville Christian School. The Christian principles of the school reflect a strong belief in the value of each child. OCS seeks to develop the mind, body and spirit of each student within the context of a caring, safe community environment. In a world that expects you to fit in, we teach our students to stand out!

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Founded in 1995, Braemar College is a private secondary school located in downtown Toronto, on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Our programs are designed to ensure students realize their academic, personal and social potential. Small learning also pods available. Join a class of only 3-5 students

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Message

    Welcome to Oakville Christian School (OCS)! Our mission is “Nurturing Excellence in a Christ-centred Academic Environment”. Over the past thirty five years, OCS has experienced increasing success, combining Christian faith development with high academic standards.

    Oakville Christian School has a vibrant academic program that exceeds Ontario Ministry guidelines with programs in Athletics, French, Music and Art. Following the research-based School-wide Enrichment Model, OCS provides challenging high-end learning that is enjoyable for everyone. Our learning environment is supported by Smart board technology, a computer lab, a mobile laptop lab and two dedicated computers in every classroom. All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of different sports, and OCS competitive teams have developed a high reputation for outstanding sportsmanship and skills in tournaments. Students are also given excellent opportunity for leadership activities among other students. In addition, participation in musical performances, drama, chapel presentations, interest clubs and community service provides students with the growth necessary to develop academically, physically, spiritually and socially.

    Families are attracted to the school because of the Christian environment, high academic standards, strong sense of community and the highly professional, experienced and dedicated teaching staff. Our reputation has grown through word-of-mouth as a result of family satisfaction, student well-being and graduate success in high school and beyond. As you browse through our website, you will discover the difference that our program has to offer.


    Jeff Kennedy  B.Kin, B.Ed, M.Ed.

     

     

    With the ripples of the pandemic still marking the water, it is all the more vital to focus on long term objectives, lest we be thrown off course. To this end, we look forward to academic 2020-2021 and our 25th Anniversary. We will celebrate this milestone with scholarships, special events, prizes and ceremonies throughout the year ahead. All our staff look forward to welcoming new students and setting them on a path to attain the academic, social and athletic goals fitted to their calling.

    In this, we hope to invite prospective students to inquire about our Anniversary Scholarships, our unrivalled Pathways agreements with Canada’s highest ranked universities, and the many awards, distinctions and prizes awarded to our college, its teachers and our students over recent years. We extend this open hand to all students and parents and we look forward to hearing from you in the days ahead. In the meantime, we wish you and your family good health, safety and the best of luck!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Traditional

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Not applicable

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      To guide our academic curriculum at OCS we use the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, which is a tool for total school improvement that allows each school to keep its unique characteristics, personality, and culture. It is a research-based model with roots in gifted education with goals to provide challenging high-end learning that is enjoyable for all students. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model at OCS is comprised of 3 main components – the total talent portfolio, curriculum modification techniques, and enrichment learning.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Our philosophy of education is based on the principles of personal autonomy, responsibility, and excellence. These are ideals with timeless appeal. Some of the features that have grown out of our philosophy of education are reflected in the following ways: An environment that places emphasis on autonomy; Small, well managed classes with limited enrollment; Teachers who teach by guiding, not lecturing, students; A rigorous emphasis upon practical academic skills; Knowing the measure of success is attaining one’s best; A school setting where personal responsibility is key.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Literature

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Our foreign language offerings are limited to courses in French, which is offered according to student interest.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Our students benefit both from the work in the school, as well as the studio visits to the school's annually appointed Artist-in-Residence.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Heavy integration

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Approach

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      We believe that children should be nurtured in an intellectually and socially enhancing atmosphere where individuality, creativity, and spirituality are encouraged. Active learning is at the heart of the developmental process, making “play” an essential component of our preschool program. Children will have the opportunity to explore, question, observe, try new experiences, and take risks. Through play activities and discussions the children learn to think independently, gain confidence, and develop friendships. Our goal is to provide a happy and positive school experience for your child.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Standard-enriched

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Accelerated


      Our Take

      Our Take

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Culture

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      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”.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      We have developed a program which aims to prepare students to thrive in top Canadian universities. This requires a balanced approached, which would seek to foster key emotional and social virtues at least as much as the intellectual ones that tend to be represented by the numbers on a report card. We aim to help our students develop into well-rounded enthusiastic young adults ready for the next stage and all its challenges.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    Braemar College

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Information not available

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Information not available

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    The Guidance team will create an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to help students who have learning difficulties. An IEP is a carefully crafted plan to help accommodate the student through instructional, and environmental modifications. The meetings are ongoing and involve monitoring progress. The key players in the IEP process are the teacher, counsellor, parent (if under 18) and student. Strategies, academic and personal goals as well as strengths and weaknesses are discussed so that the student is set up for success.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    Braemar College

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    • Braemar College is more than a school – it is an experience. Our wide range of extra-curricular Activities and Programs ensures that students have every opportunity to engage more deeply in the vibrant lifestyle of our school and our city. Becoming a Braemar student means being willing to embrace and pursue the ideas, culture and values we represent. All of our activities are designed and supervised in such a way as to develop an appreciation and desire for these qualities. We are not just building great students, we are building great people.
    • Wellness: Mindfulness, Nutrition, Athletics, Mediation
    • Engagement: Orientation, Student Union, Town Hall, Student Clubs
    • Outreach: Guest Speakers, Community Service, Artist-in-Residence, Writer-in-Residence
    • Trips: Canadian Universities, Niagara falls CN Tower, Aquarium and Zoo
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Since 1995 the team at Braemar College has taken pride in putting the individual student at the centre of everything we do. In short, we put our students first. That said, some reflection on our experience would seem to indicate that students who tend to take initiative, students who have interests and enthusiasms, have tended to get more out of the program.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Applicants are invited to apply online through our website. A PDF copy of the same form can also be downloaded if that is more convenient.  

    Along with the complete application form, the Admissions team would require a copy of the most recent academic information (these do not need to be notarized), as well as a copy of a passport or photo ID. We will also accept, on a temporary basis, older academic records where studies elsewhere are currently underway, on the condition that we receive the most recent as soon as these are available. 

    Once this has been received, the Admissions team will issue a pre-acceptance letter and an invoice, showing the expenses of the requested services itemized.  A place in selected term can only be confirmed once the payment has been received. 

     




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