Oakville, ON | Grades NS - 8 | Shortlist
All the kids interact well. The older kids help the younger and the younger look up to the older. The class sizes are small and intimate. There is a great level of respect amongst all ages.
Clanmore started as a small student body, less than 50 students when I began, there were 5 classmates in my graduating class. The family atmosphere we had back then is something you can still feel when you visit or volunteer today. This is something very difficult to keep as a school grows, but the teachers and administrators make a conscious effort to hold that spirit at its center. At Clanmore every student is accepted and welcomed. There are no cliques, students can be themselves and this individuality is praised not condemned. The teachers work with every individual and develop learning programs specific for each style, and I believe this is what helps students to work together and accept each other regardless of their differences.
This always leads me back to the notion of family. Clanmore has grown consistently since our first boy enrolled about 10 years ago and the family has taken on several new members. What has been constant throughout though is keeping the touchstone of being decent to each other. This school does a magnificent job in creating kids who respect one another (most of the time, they're kids after all!) and who recognize that each one of them will do better if they can find ways to cooperate. The spirit at Clanmore appears almost always happy and even on those occasions when conflicts arise the family gathers about to find restitution. Mutual respect and character are central. And, when you visit, ask specifically about the peace rock and how even toddlers are exposed to restitution.