Toronto, ON | Grades PS - 3 | Shortlist
The school has about 75 students from preschool to grade 3 - a tiny little school. The intimacy of the student group means the kids all know each other and look out for each other. The young ages of the children means that children who are only 8 are the senior students and get a great deal of responsibilty - this makes them thrive. Children at this age in larger schools are treated as the little ones and often miss out on activities that they are fully capable of doing, but are not given the opportunity because of the larger school body.
Early start and kindergarten classes are usually big in size, and when it progresses to the grade level, the classes become a little smaller. There are plenty of opportunities to work, play with students across different grades, and they all feel close to each other. Many students knows students from different grades by name, and they greet to each other at hall way, play with each other at recess and involve together in house activities. Students come from different ethnic background and the school celebrates different culture traditions.
There are between 70-100 kids at CGS ranging from Early Start (2.5 years old) to Grade 3/4. It is a small intimate school where almost everyone knows each other. I would describe it as a family school, where kids are nurtured and there is a strong parent council. It is the perfect little school for this age group.
CGS is a small school of under 100 students. Because of this there is definitely a family dynamic. I have been so impressed with the relationships my son has formed with some of the older students in the school. His class is beside the Grade 2 classroom and he is also in the aftercare program so he has gotten to know many of the older students in the school. I've often picked my son up from aftercare and observed one of the older children playing a game with him or assisting him with his coat. It's quite heart warming to see.