Mississauga, ON | Grades JK - 8 | Shortlist
I have 3 children currently at MCA. They enjoy the "family" atmosphere. The small class sizes and teachers who are willing to spend time helping them when needed, for example, the junior high math teacher makes herself available to the students during recess and after school for those who require additional help. At lunch time, the junior high boys at times get to have lunch with the male junior high teachers where they get to relax and speak comfortably about anything and everything they may be interested in. They enjoy the fact that they can participate in extracurricular activities like soccer, basketball and track and field where they get to represent there school. This is something they take pride in doing from grade 4. As early as grade 1, the kids get to experience what it is to speak in public.
The Teachers and staff are very involved and student focused. They know each of them by name in the hallways and have a rapport with them. I can call the front desk and don't have to explain which child is mine and I rarely call! The teachers, supporting staff and Principle all take the success of their schools personally. You can see if in their interaction with each other and the students. My child enjoys going to school, studying with her classmates, learning new concepts and subjects utilizing a variety of methods (teachers like to mix techniques), and they always feel supported and encouraged to do their best. Bullying, negatively etc. is not tolerated and the students are rewarded for appropriate behavior by the faculty threw awards and peer recognition. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much they cheer and encourage each other to do well including a study buddy system, reading partner with younger/older grades etc.