I think the teaching is fine. There are times when maybe it could be a bit more adventurous and get students involved in current events or issues that face our world or the people who live in it. My children have generally felt connected to their teachers and have always found that each teacher did something particularly well. I would like to see more focus on things like orange shirt day, to raise awareness of residential schools, as an example. It's relevant, and I think it gets kids passionate about issues that will continue to be important as they get older. Anything that helps to build empathy and citizenship is good.
The teachers at John Knox are excellent. They are passionate and caring and are willing to take the time to communicate with parents, and work with the students. It is good that the school also provides a special education program for those students who need additional support or challenge. Some of this happens within the classroom, but even more happens in the special education classroom. They have embraced project based learning, but continue to find time for more traditional learning as well. We receive regular feedback and always receive quick responses to any concerns we have presented. The French teacher is amazing and I am constantly amazed by how much French language my children have learned. As well, the music teacher, that is relatively new, has improved the quality of the band in a short period of time. He has also added additional music programming to the Grade 4 class, which is excellent.