My child felt welcome at Oak Bridge Academy. He loved going to school which made it easier on all of us. Ilon thrived in the smaller classes and individual attention given to students. One of the things Ilon liked best was the “cash out” rewards for working hard and behaving well. Students earned screen time which is something Ilon always looked forward to. The only disappointment was that we moved to Toronto, making it a long daily commute. Despite this, Ilon hated the occasional days he had to miss school. It was amazing watching Ilon grow academically and socially during his four years at Oak Bridge Academy. His teachers were always supportive and helpful. They understood his strengths and weaknesses, working to bring out the best in their students.
We are absolutely thrilled with the progress our grandson has made in the two years he has been at Oak Bridge Academy. His language and math skills have improved dramatically. He is able to write his name legibly. His articulation of words and vocabulary is amazing. The teaching staff are wonderful and caring. They go the extra mile to ensure each child has the best possible education. The small class sizes are such a great way for the kids to make friends. The thought and creativity that the staff put into teaching the different subjects really helps keep the children focused. I think one of the most important tools our children are given is learning to understand their feelings and emotions and all the different ways to deal with stressful situations. It's a life skill that we should all learn.
All Students at OBA are accepted and welcomed just as they are. Unlike a traditional public school setting, they receive significant personalized instruction inside the classroom with academic expectations tailored specifically to their grade level. No two students are alike, and therefore their learning goals are unique and customized to their needs. They are well supported to make and maintain friendships and encouraged to try new skills and activities. Students are given rich and diverse opportunities for personal growth and emotional/mental well-being. For example, in addition to academics, our son has been able to try "Young Engineers" (STEM activities using LEGO), coding club, kung fu classes, horseback riding lessons, swimming programs, and social clubs. Our son looks forward to school every day to see his friends and teachers and he is never excluded because of his special needs. I truly cannot think of an example of when he has been disappointed in anything at OBA, it is a remarkable school.
My child has had a fantastic experience at Oak Bridge Academy. He loves that there are fewer kids than in a standard public school so things are not as overwhelming and it does not get as loud as a standard classroom. Having registered behaviour therapists in the class provides the additional support that he needs on a daily basis. With the smaller amount of kids in the classroom, they can get to know each other better and feel more comfortable with the group of peers. For the most part, the same kids stay together year-over-year to enhance their bonding. My child has learned so much in regards to his emotional growth over the past two school years and that has given him a significant amount of confidence in himself and varying situations that used to cause him difficulty.