My kids are very happy and are getting an excellent education. My children love the school because of the attention they receive - their needs are met both academically, socially and emotionally. My children feel a great loyalty to their new friends and they love their teachers. There is no homework for students after school up until Grade 5 which has been incredibly important for our family. Our family has had more time to spend together in the evenings. During the day, the students work hard and they need to time to rest as well. Another aspect is the effective communication online with staff and students with their teachers. There is great emphasis on communication and collaboration using 21st century tools. My kids really enjoy working on their computers and especially their after school class, coding.
Our son loves going to Delano Academy and is looking forward to starting the school year, for many reasons. The quality of life the school fosters is very high and inclusive. There is absolutely no bullying and no disrespect to anyone. Students always feel welcomed and with a sense of belonging and easily begin to work together on projects and activities. They are always together and working on how to progress, to succeed as an individual and as a team. The school environment is respectful and peaceful. Part of the school life if heathy eating, therefore, each and every student is encouraged to always bring healthy snacks and most of all, healthy lunches. They often question what the other one is eating and are eager to identify healthy foods and good eating habits among themselves.
My kids absolutely LOVE going to school. They love their teachers and administrative staff. If they lose a tooth at home, the first person they think of telling is their teacher. Sure enough, the teachers get an earful in the morning. I may even get a note from the teacher to let me know the significance of the event and the fun stories they get. Ever since we came to Delano, getting up in the morning is never hard. Kids always wake up excited about what they are going to do, what they want to tell their teacher, what they want to share with everyone, even though the day starts earlier because Delano starts at 8:15 instead of 9 am (like in our previous school). The day always ends with lots of accomplishments. Overall, I simply feel that my kids are very happy at Delano.
Students are challenged to try new things, earn points and become effective leaders through house teams. They participate in charity work such as Out of the Cold, The Terry Fox Run, Epilepsy Month, and Library Week. They are active participants in Black History Month, inclusive of all religious holidays and observances and have respect for parents and grandparents through Mother's day, Father's day, and Grandparents Day. The school has numerous spirit days such as PJ day, Halloween, Easter, and a week of activities celebrating the Festival of Lights. Delano Academy goes on a number of field trips a year including an annual overnight trip for senior students. The trips always relate back to the curriculum and serve as a real-world extension to what is taught in the class.