Ottawa, ON | Grades NS - 8 | Shortlist
At the end of the summer our daughter couldn't wait to go back to school. She was looking forward to the canoe trip and couldn't wait to get started on the various projects she knew awaited her. She is happy there, and wishes it offered a high school program so she could stay on. The advantage of BHMS is that the curriculum molds itself to the child rather than the other way around, as in traditional schools. Your child can go as far as he or she wants to in a subject matter and they will be supported and encouraged.
Being a student at BHMS was definitely an enriching and fulfilling experience - I enjoyed going to school every day! I don't recall being stressed at all, namely because I was able spend my time following my own interests every day. There was a perfect balance between structure and freedom, and I feel that my years of learning there contributed greatly to who I am today.
Looking back on my experiences they were overall very positive. While I definitely went through a few years of disliking homework (as I'm sure most children do), I still enjoyed everything else about school and in hindsight the homework was not a huge stress on me. The music program, annual theatrical presentations, and sports kept my involved in ways that went beyond the classroom. Other students were all very passionate about the school and I never felt disengaged.
My children really loved BHMS. When they were there. They loved to go to school everyday and we're always excited about the various activities that they are carrying out at school. The programs have helped them to grow into well rounded young adults when they graduated from the Junior high. The junior high program is gold of this school even through their CASA program is extremely strong as well. The junior high program has helped my children so well that we didn't find it hard in their preteen and teen years. We were actually amazed to see how loving and responsible they turned out to be. A big plus of the school to us was that they still dared to teach kids, to discipline them, and train them to grow up in solid characters. The academic program was advanced while many of the traditional school activities like the canoe trips, the bike trips and other field trips still keep the traditions, to challenge the children physically, mentally and spiritually in a very loving and supportive environment.