Mississauga, ON | Grades JK - 8 | Shortlist
As previously noted, I like the fact that the students are challenged and also presented with different ways to learn different subjects and topics. Combination of exploration, projects, studying, etc are incorporated into their classrooms which the students really enjoy. Teachers are quite passionate and take the time to learn about their students and how their students are learning the subjects. When students are having a tough time learning new subjects, the teachers often change or adjust how their presenting the work and use tests and quizzes to gauge how the students are adapting to the subject and work. We receive regular report cards (interim) as well as teachers make themselves available for impromptu emails and phone calls or meetings after school depending on our availability. They are aware which students need additional support with specific subjects, suggest practice help etc. to support the learning.
This year there is a good mix of male and female teachers at MCA, which as a mom with 3 boys I do appreciate. The boys can find it easier to relate to an adult male and can be comfortable to address issues that might arise. The teachers take the time needed to make sure each student understands the lesson being presented. A lot of the time they provide additional assistance to students if and when needed. There is a resource teacher on staff who works one on one with students who required individual attention. Though all the teachers may have different teaching styles, the good thing is, for the majority, are similar and follow the same guidelines. This helps so when the child transitions to a higher grade, the work and the teacher may change but the expectations remain the same. I like the fact that we maintain open communication with all the teachers. If the child did not hand in homework that was due, guaranteed we are going to know ASAP. This might be in the form of an email, phone call or a quick face to face passing meeting. I feel that our boys gets exceptional support from. The teachers, especially the junior high teachers. It is comforting to know that they are working hard to ensure the kids are ready for high school come the end of the year.