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THE OUR KIDS REPORT:
Hamilton District Christian High

Grades Gr. 9 TO Gr. 12 — Hamilton, ON (MAP)

Hamilton District Christian High:
THE OUR KIDS REPORT
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  • Grades
    Gr. 9 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
    Coed
  • Class Size
    18 — 24 students
  • Tuition
    $15,770 to 21,520/year
  • Language of instruction
    English
  • Associations
    CSI, Edvance
  • Enrolment
    500 day students, 10 homestay students
  • Curriculum
    Progressive
  • EBROCHURE
    N/A

School address

  • 92 Glancaster Road, Hamilton, Ontario, L9G 3K9 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

HDCH offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider.

The regions HDCH offers busing from are:

  • Burlington
  • Hamilton
  • Millgrove
  • Simcoe
  • Caledonia
  • Brantford
  • Hagersville

Additional notes: There are a variety of bus transportation options for getting to Hamilton District Christian High. Busing transportation to and from HDCH is managed by committees in each of the following areas. Contact them directly for details on routes and fees. Brantford – Brantford Christian School Leanna Silver, [email protected] or [email protected] or 519-752-0433 Burlington – [email protected] 905-648-6655 Dundas – Providence Christian School (formerly Dundas Calvin Christian School) [email protected] or 905-627-1411 Hamilton – Hamilton Calvin Christian School Jim Hosmar – [email protected] or 905-388-2645 x227 Jarvis/Simcoe – HDCH Transportation Emily deRuiter, [email protected] or 519-428-3668

Our Perspective

How we see Hamilton District Christian High


Founded in 1956, HDCH has been doing great and impressively consistent work ever since. It has a good breadth of curricular and extracurricular offerings. Instruction is connected with projects, encouraging students to work together toward completing meaningful tasks, which builds and supports a facility with the core curriculum. Families are also drawn by the values which undergird the academic program. The school reaches out to resources and organizations within the local community, using those interactions to build an empathetic worldview and a genuine appreciation of diversity. Certainly, there’s a lot to love.

School's Perspective

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How Hamilton District Christian High sees itself


The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"At HDCH, our mission is to cultivate student character, through learning, for lives of service to God. Our vision is to see all HDCH graduates be a faithful presence in the communities that they serve."

  • Wide curriculum, meeting a variety of learning needs
  • Experienced, professional, caring staff
  • Modern, high-tech, 20 acre campus
  • Nurturing learning environment
  • Global reach
  • Excellence in academics, sports and arts
  • Focus on cultivating student character
  • Per-family tuition
  • Our goal: for graduates to become a faithful presence in their community

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"At HDCH, every staff members seeks to know every student. Our students tell us that what they love most about the school is the strong sense of community, as well as the warm, dedicated and care exhibited by every teacher. Our building is located on 20 peaceful acres, set back from the road, providing a peaceful setting for our students. We have baseball, disc golf, beach volleyball and soccer facilities. Indoors, we have relevant technology including robotics and 3-D printers."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Families appreciate our relevant learning opportunities, the sense of community, the passion and caring from the teachers as well as our faith-based learning approach. They appreciate the breadth of extra-curricular opportunities, as well as the Project-Based Learning approach to classroom work. They also love the fact that our students are focused on service...taking curriculum and turning it into something that helps others."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Although families might see our technology in photos and when they visit, the degree to which we engage students in science, technology, engineer and mathematics is not always clear until the student is here. We go to great lengths in all our subject areas, and the STEM area is one at which we excel."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Families are often surprised to experience the degree to which our teachers commit to our students. As they witness the many ways our staff provide wrap around supports, guidance, opportunities and possibilities, they frequently note that it is one thing to read about it, and another to experience it. In a parent's words: It was so completely and wonderfully surprising for us that HD, along with a Christian education, also offered project based learning - something that really stood out to us"."


School Facilities

Photo-tour of facilities


Athletics facilities


Arts facilities


Campus


Classrooms


Science facilities


Instructional resources


Shared spaces


School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Hamilton District Christian High


Written reviews of Hamilton District Christian High

(4.8)

Parent, Trixie Zimmerman (2021)

High School can be challenging for any student and my son had his senior years even further challeng...

(4.7)

Alumnus, Hannah Moerman (2021)

For the first 13 years of my life, attending Hamilton District Christian High was what I most looked...

(4.7)

Parent, Anne van der Walt (2021)

My son started in grade 10 as a newcomer to Canada and found a welcoming and caring school community...
See all written reviews (4 total)

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone


Message from school leadership

Duncan Todd, Principal
M. A., M. Ed

Exceptional learning is for every student. Each student has unique gifts, abilities, and learning styles. We work to differentiate learning so that each student can succeed. We provide support for academic planning and development, learning, and individualized programs where appropriate.

Our staff takes a vested interest in student learning, growth, and spiritual well-being. They develop a mentor relationship beginning in Grade 9 and foster these connections through to Grade 12, often going above and beyond to get to know each student as a unique person with diverse interests, strengths, and gifts.

We understand that ultimately God transforms the lives of our students at HDCH, and it is with this in mind that we trust in our mission to be clear and to be the directive of our school. We use the five habits of an HDCH graduate.They are:

  • Reflection
  • Resilience
  • Compassion
  • Competence
  • Creativity

Exceptional education at Hamilton District Christian High is imaginative, innovative and interwoven with our essential Biblical identity. An exceptional learning community looks to produce and engage with culture by turning our visions into actions, our ideas into products. One of the ways that we will accomplish this is through the essentials of Project-Based Learning (PBL).  And it is our vision to have Project-Based Learning as an everyday learning experience for our students at Hamilton District Christian High.

At the core of Project-Based Learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context. This learning is contextual, creative, and shared.  Students collaborate on meaningful projects creating opportunities for groups of students to gather information, think critically be creative and communicate in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant to them in this way, students see a purpose for mastering state-required skills and content concepts.

Hamilton District Christian High is registered as a private school with the Ontario Ministry of Education. It provides a curriculum that follows Ministry guidelines and standards and uses the credit system outlined in the Ontario Secondary School Document (1999). All the teachers have Ontario teacher’s certification. Graduating students will have completed the credits required for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

We believe HDCH is a place to dream dreams and see visions, a place to learn and grow and be cultivated, a place to live as a healthy community, a place for exceptional learning. The learning that happens here is a launching pad for our graduates’ futures; this is exciting stuff.

We’re always happy to welcome our friends and supporters to school. If you are in the neighbourhood, we hope you’ll drop by and experience exceptional learning first-hand.

Sincerely,

Duncan


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