Oakville, ON | Grades PS - 8 | Shortlist
The school location of Oakville Christian School is very good. It is located beside a town park which the older students are allowed to use on breaks. Recesses are restricted to the school grounds for the younger students. The school yard is fenced and gated. Students who have joined the school choir walk to the local seniors activity centre to bless them with their music at Christmas. The school is easy to get to and is in a good location in Oakville, specifically Bronte area. The surrounding neighbourhood and community are quiet and safe and I have no concerns with my children being there on a daily basis. Most field trips are further away and therefore busing is required. OCS has a brand new gym which is large enough to host tournaments and events which has made our school a fun place to visit!
Oakville Christian School is located at Third line and Lakeshore Rd in Oakville. The school is situated on a beautiful property with a large playing field for the students to use at recess and for the athletic teams to practices. The school yard has basketball and soccer nets and two climbing structures for the children to play on. OCS backs onto a city park which provides the students with extra green space to play. The school is surrounded by a lovely neighbourhood with beautiful homes and large trees. Many children are able to walk to the school from their homes however the it is also easily accessible by car to anyone who lives in Oakville or Burlington. Morning drop off is always very smooth. Parents are able to pull into the parking lot in lanes and allow their children out of their cars without having to find a parking spot. The students are guided from their cars to the school by a friendly staff member. This is a big help to parents who have younger children or who need to get on their way to work. The school is very involved with the neighbourhood that surrounds them. Each September the students participate in the Terry Fox charity walk. They venture with their class through the surrounding neighbourhood raising money to support cancer research. At Christmas time, the choir performs Christmas carols at the seniors centre close by and at Hopedale Mall. In the spring students participate in service projects that have involved gardening and yard work for neighbours who are in need. Coronation park is a short walk from the school and teachers will often take their class for a walking field trip to the park for further study of a unit or a fun end of year celebration.
The school is easy accessible from the QEW and from Lakeshore. Located conveniently between Oakville and Burlington. There are bus routes that leave from just outside the school allowing older children to be more independent with their arrival and departure. The school grounds are very secure with cameras in the front and back covering the school buildings and the expansive play area. The school is very fortunate to have access to a town park behind the grounds which children use with staff supervision for recess and gym classes. There is good parking for staff and parents when needed but with the school being in a predominantly residential area there are opportunities if needed to park on side streets. During special "clusters" week at school the children often go into the neighborhood to help tidy, garden or visit seniors at the Sir John Colbourne Recreation Centre.
The school is located in a convenient location surrounded by residential homes and a nice city park just behind it which offers an extended play area for the students. Students typically stay on the school ground but are in walking distance to many things including parks, Lake Ontario, the Senior Center where they perform Choir at the holidays and many students live and walk or ride bikes to school as well.
We wished OCS were a little closer to our home. Currently we car pool with another family the 5 km from to school. Many of the other students walk and bike to school. Our kids would love to do the same. Despite the drive, OCS is in a lovely neighbourhood. As a parent, I'm delighted that on special occasions the classes can enjoy the surrounding area. For example, the kids get to run on pathways beside Lake Ontario for the Terry Fox Run. On the last day of school, some of the younger grades make the five minute walk to Coronation Park for the splash pad. I think at other times the teachers are able to use the adjacent park for art projects or scientific exploration. The neighbourhood is safe and pleasant.
The school is located at third line and lakeshore, in Oakville. The location works out well for us. We are not walking distance to the school, but the drive is definitely easy as there is not a lot of traffic. Also, the school is in a safe neighborhood and walking distance from many locations such as coronation park, the seniors center (where the choir performs) and the lake which gives the children the opportunity to explore the environment as well. There is a large field behind the school which creates more space for play, for sports and other events.