Toronto, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
My son is attending OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology since September, 2018. Overall the experience at OAT has been extremely pleasurable, because of the great care that the school offers to their students. This is due to the small number of students in the class, which prevents the classes from noise and distraction between the students. Furthermore ,the teachers have a greater knowledge of the students weaknesses and strengths. The school offers great insight over the students personal difficulties and offers good quality teaching. The environment is very friendly and supportive. The classes are dynamic, with hands-on activities, creating a more inviting experience for the students. One of the only disappointing features is the small array of nationalities, which creates stronger friendships between some students more than others.
This place is fantastic. I started going to OAT in the summer after grade 9 to learn grade 10 math. I did exceptionally poorly in grade 9. Over a single month Hamed was able to undo the damage done by the previous year's teacher(s) as well as fill in a ton of gaps in my math knowledge. I have taken every math and science course there and they have all been exceptional. I will for sure be taking the rest of my stem courses at OAT. I really can't recommend them enough. The class sizes are very small (4-7) and the teachers are very flexible in their approach. You never feel afraid to ask questions or say you don't know something. Teachers are also very reasonable about deadlines.
I felt supported both academically and mentally when studying at OAT because of the small and intimate class sizes. Because of the setting, my teacher was able to truly get to know each and every one of his students and build real connections with them. Hamed is a very thoughtful and kind teacher. He always kept in mind academic needs for tests and other assignments and made sure I was prepared. This meant that if I wasn’t ready, he would accommodate my needs and push it back or change it into a practice test so that I would not feel as much anxiety towards a test or assignment when completing it. When enrolling with OAT, you should expect an environment like no other. The space is nurturing, the teachers are welcoming and the students are all there because they thrive in a spot just like you!
Both my sons have struggled with the math teaching in the public system. They were frustrated and demoralized. OAT offered them the chance to master their challenges, gain confidence, truly understand the principles underlying the work they were being asked to complete, and overcome their conviction that they simply "couldn't do math". Both my sons began with supplementary tutoring and enjoyed the experience so much they asked to take their full math credits with OAT. The program was rigorous but they were supported every step of the way. This was an excellent learning environment and experience for them both. Pursuing a credit in a private class setting is not for all students, but for those able to sustain the intensity it can be a very rewarding experience.
OAT is a STEM school. Before enrolling at OAT, my son went to a large public school. High school is a transition for most, but the experience and large class sizes did not work well for him. We switched to OAT in October of Grade 9. It was a great decision. He is very happy, does well in his classes and like the other students. My son's favorite classes have been Technology, Design, and Computer Science. He really enjoys the small classes (as low as about 5 kids). He has become close with the other students and has developed great relationships with his teachers. Because the school is small, he also has some classmates/friends from the older grades. The school is quite close-knit. We joined OAT in the fall of grade 9 and look forward to the next years.