I truly feel like the school atmosphere maximizes learning potential, with well organized activities and subjects for every day of the week. I believe that they approach does not just teach academics, but helps them use the acquired knowledge to think critically, which I believe that completely prepares the child for next steps in life.
Since classrooms were often mixed grade, and within grades teaching was customized to individual learning needs, classroom culture was generally not very competitive, though there were exceptions at the class and individual level. Grammar was taught explicitly, a rarity, which I found greatly supported my natural language and writing skills, as did typing classes. Homework was sometimes a bit heavy, limiting leisure time after school, and formal exams began in Grade 5 or 6. Sources had to be cited in essays from this level onward as well. I went from Grade 7 at Olivet to Grade 8 in a public school program for "gifted" students; I was ahead in some subjects, including French, and behind in none, with a broader or more traditional knowledge base in some areas than my peers.
Feedback are positive and my children feel supported in all academic areas. I am able to talk to my children teacher at any given time. We work together to improve my son's academics and he is now getting high grades. Children take home a homework agenda that parents can check up on the work that is completed or not completed. Each child at different level learn in a fun playful way how to do math and other subject. They do major projects which are displaced inside the school. Parents and students are able to see them. Olivet School meet the Ministry of Education academic requirements. I feel that my children read more because at Olivet they feel safe, comfortable and are encouraged. They have comfortable areas in the class room and are surrounded by books. Time is set aside each day for quiet reading time. Olivet have an incentive monthly reading program which my children enjoy. They go to the creek and learn about nature and participate in different environmental activities. My children are learning positive life skills along with the great morals that they are taught at Olivet. I am reassured that they will be prepared for life's next journey.
The academic program at Olivet School is above average in my opinion. Students receive personalized lessons that can, in a way, cater to individual needs. For example, if a child is not understanding a concept, the teacher has the time and resources to explain it in another way. They are always adapting the lessons to better suit the needs of the students. There is also the opportunity for more one on one instruction. While other kids are busy at work, a student is able to approach the teacher for additional support. Academic competition at Olivet is healthy. I felt challenged but not pushed. We weren't encouraged to compete against each other but to achieve our personal best. I earned several Academic Achievement Awards for my hard work during the terms.
When my daughter graduated from Olivet, she was a positive child, confident on her studies, and well prepared for the next stage of her life. My daughter started grade seven in public school and most of the material that was being taught was covered at Olivet so she was ahead of the grade.