The motto at Breamar House School is "Striving for Excellence" and the children have a mantra that they say each morning. At each assembly, they talk about striving for excellence in everything they do and setting noble goals- the first time I heard it, it really touched me and brought home what we really wanted for our son. The academics are far superior to what we have experienced in the public school system and we strongly feel that it will greatly prepare our son for high school, university and beyond. The academic work ethics instilled at Braemar House School will serve him well in whatever life has in store for him. All the educators are on board to make sure our son succeeds.
BHS academic program is strong from start to finish. Reading/Math basics are focused on in the earlier grades and this is built upon by great English/Math/Science/History/Geography curriculum in the older ones. Testing is frequent and feedback is clear- BHS focuses on academic strength. Because of the small class sizes, they are able to augment this base education with enrichment opportunities. Experiments, art, cooking, trips, projects, speech contests, plays, music nights... the list goes on..... these extra opportunities have rounded out and enhanced our kids experience. Public speaking and speech writing encourages confidence but also requires English/research/writing skills. Experiments require an understanding of scientific inquiry but also the ability to work in groups and communicate. Music night require practice and (often) dealing with performance 'nerves' but also an understanding of sheet music and composition. BHS is a place that teaches children all that they need to know.... and then pushes them further.
My kids receive enriched curriculum tailored to their needs throughout their early years - this includes things like swimming and working in a food garden to grow their own fruits and vegetables, as well as a solid grounding in all academic subjects. My daughter - a prodigious reader but highly disorganized - has been well supported to develop her skills, but is not made to feel different than her peers. At the second grade level this is just the kind of support she needs in order to learn how to excel. I am happy that Braemar has never neglected the arts and physical education, which are critical to the development of whole children. My only complaint is that the music curriculum does not span the whole year, as I think daily music is important!
Braemar House School prides itself in the academic accomplishments and achievements of its alumni. Several students each year go on to receive academic awards in high school and beyond, thanks to the foundational learning that was built at Braemar. A highly valued focus on the core subjects of Mathematics and English Language Arts are the pillars, yet Braemar House School offers exceptional instruction in the Arts, Physical Education, French and Science. The school's ability to infuse global awareness and citizenship values into the academic instruction is quite admirable. Academic learning is contextualized in modern values and connected to aspects of society that will prepare students for a wide range of possibilities in their future. The academic basics are evident, but the importance of being a good person, who has empathy, compassion and who values diversity is not overshadowed or overlooked.
Our experience with the academic program at Braemar was a positive one. When we saw the need for extra help with one of our child's reading, a program was put in place and it was successful. The school's motto is "Striving for Excellence" and we believe that they do. They do a good job of helping students that may struggle in some areas and also help students that want to excel further than the class may be going. As an alumni parent, I have experienced where my children were at Braemar and where they are now in high school and I feel that they were prepared academically for the next step. We did have one area where both of our children struggled moving onto high school and it was in math.