Orangeville Christian School is a private, independent Christian school serving Shelburne, Caledon, Grand Valley and Orangeville as well as rural Dufferin County. OCS offers a vibrant atmosphere in which children are educated with Christian values and beliefs in a private school environment. Your child will be loved here, and his or her gifts will be encouraged to blossom in an environment where every child is regarded as a unique, image-bearing child of God. We are more than a school; we are a community.
Student Centred: Children grow and thrive in a safe, caring environment.
Parents as Partners: Education is viewed as a partnership.
Diverse Curriculum: Students are challenged to reach their God-given potential.
Engaging Academics: Learning tasks are active, interactive, and appropriately challenging.
Positive Community: A sense of belonging is nurtured.
Effective Management: A calm, orderly environment is created and maintained.
Developmental Awareness: A developmentally appropriate learning program is offered.
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553281 County Rd 16 (PO Box 176), Orangeville, Ontario, L9W 2Z6
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553281 County Rd 16 (PO Box 176), Orangeville, Ontario, L9W 2Z6
OCS offers busing. View details
OCS offers bus transferring.
Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup .
The regions OCS offers busing from are:
Additional notes: Bussing is available to and from Orangeville Christian School for all students living in Dufferin County and parts of Caledon.
OCS has contracted with Wellington Dufferin Student Transportation Services (WDSTS) for transportation services. The cost of this service is included in our tuition. OCS students are able to ride Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board (DPCSB) buses from points in Orangeville, Dufferin County and parts of Caledon to three transfer points: St. Benedict School, St. Andrew School, and St. Peter School. At each of these three schools, OCS students transfer to a bus that will complete the trip to OCS.
Orangeville Christian School was founded in 1979, so has a long history and experience in the region. For the families that turn to it, Orangeville checks all the boxes and then some: small classes, student-centred learning, instruction guided by Christian values. Interdenominational, the catchment area is broad, served by a comprehensive busing program, bringing together a unique community of learners around shared goals and shared perspectives. The school delivers the provincial curriculum though with a noted “plus,” namely a prominent set of learning outcomes based in Christian teaching, values, and ministry expectations. A dedication to expeditionary learning augments a hands-on approach, rooting the academic delivery in authentic experiences. The current facilities are relatively new, the school having moved to the site a few years ago. Spaces are sparkling and up to date, including movable classroom furniture to accommodate everything from large group to small group to tutorial styles of instruction. Also notable is the sympathetic integration of technology. The campus includes ample indoor and outdoor space for play and physical education, with a well-appointed gym central within the building. Parents regularly report a high satisfaction with the student experience, particularly an attention to community, character education, and high levels of student engagement in all areas of school life. A robust before and after school program, S.H.A.R.E., is also appreciated.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at OCS: Traditional
OCS has a Traditional approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 43%   Liberal arts - 17%   Progressive - 28%   Montessori - 10%   Reggio Emilia - 1%   Waldorf - 1%
What OCS says: As an independent, private school, the curriculum at Orangeville Christian School aligns, but does not fully adopt, the curriculum expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education. Alignment allows our teachers to provide learning opportunities that encourage our students to develop their full potential, while ensuring that specific and complementary ministry expectations are not only
met, but exceeded.
Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional math - 29%   Discovery math - 4%   Equal balance - 67%
What OCS says: Students are expected to discover and understand mathematical concepts by answering questions and working through challenges on their own, but they are also provided a good deal of rigorous guidance and support from the teacher. This approach is a balance of discovery with feedback, scaffolding, assessment and explicit instruction.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: JUMP Math is the primary textbook used in our mathematics program.
Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.
Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
What OCS says: Students are taught the Traits of Writing and specific grammar instruction. They are then taught various forms of writing that ties in with other subjects, or has an authentic audience, in order to engage them in their writing.
In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 19%   Social justice - 4%   Equal balance - 77%
What OCS says: Our school uses the Scholastic program as part of our reading instruction which allow teachers to meet with small groups of students during the literacy block.
Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
Humanities and Social Sciences at schools on OurKids.net
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at OCS: Academic
OCS has an Academic approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia approach).
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Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
What OCS says: The Kindergarten programs see to provide for the interests and needs of each child. A primary goal is to make the child more aware of God's love, and to explore with wonder the intricacies of God's world by focusing on areas which touch a child's everyday life.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at OCS: Standard-enriched
OCS has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
What OCS says: Our curriculum includes Expeditionary Learning that provides our students with learning experiences that encourage high-quality work. The culmination of these expeditions is a Celebration of Learning where students showcase what they have learned with the community.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What OCS says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at OCS: Supportive
OCS has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 49%   Rigorous - 51%
What OCS says: This information is not currently available.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
What OCS says: This information is not currently available.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
OCS offers Withdrawal Assistance
Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.
What OCS says about their special need support: OCS does MAP testing three times a year in order to see how students are progressing academically and work intensively with the students who fall below the 20th percentile. Often the response to intervention is very successful. Other times, we find that the intervention is not enough, and the student may have a learning disability. At this time, we often recommend further testing in order to effectively meet the student's needs. We take the recommendations from professional evaluations very seriously.
We would not advise a parent against enrolling their child at our school. Rather, we meet with the parents to discuss how our school can meet the needs of their child through differentiated instruction, a modified curriculum and resource support.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: We take differentiated instruction very seriously and accommodations are part of every classroom. Accommodations are prevalent as every student is different and learns in a different way. Most students will be successful in school when teachers are willing and ready to use accommodations necessary for learning. Sometimes accommodations are not enough, so modifications are put in place. Students with modifications or alternate learning goals are given an IEP with specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-sensitive goals. IEPs are reviewed and new goals are set every term.
Reading is a struggle for some students. We believe every student should know how to read proficiently. Students are tested in their reading abilities from SK to Grade 8. Students that are behind their grade level benchmark receive Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) by the special education teacher. LLI is an intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for student who find reading and writing difficult.
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.
What OCS says: OCS has an enrichment program meant to challenge students who are excelling academically. This program takes place during school hours and is often project-based. Small groups of 3 - 4 students meet with the special education teacher to develop a project they would like to complete and work together to see the plan come to fruition.
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 8, OCS students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.
What OCS says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
Competitive sports: 8 Recreational sports: 4
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Orangeville Christian School offers 7 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
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What OCS says about their tuition: Orangeville Christian School's Tuition Model is best described as a "sliding scale". Our Tuition Schedule includes individual tuition amounts for the following categories: 1 Full and 1 Part time; 2 Full time; 1 Part time, 2 Full Time; and 3 Full time or more. There is no additional cost for more than three students. As a registered charity, donation receipts are issued yearly.
2nd child (sibling)
3rd child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
JK to 8
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
This school works with FAST. for processing financial applications Applying for financial aid has an associated cost of $45 USD.
Your previous year's tax return will be required to be added before a bursary amount can be determined.
Merit based Scholarships
Orangeville Christian School does not offer merit-based financial awards.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
JK to Gr. 8
Average class size
10 to 26
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
There are 5 steps to the Application Process at Orangeville Christian School:
STEP 1: Plan to attend one of our Open Houses held each month from January to May, or schedule your own Personal Tour by phoning the school office.
STEP 2: Review the Information Package that is available from the school office.
STEP 3: Complete the Application for Enrolment forms and submit them to the school office. The forms must be accompanied by a deposit of one tenth of the tuition that will be held as a security deposit and applied to the final month’s tuition according to the Tuition Payment Policy.
STEP 4: Meet with our Principal. This is an opportunity to discuss your Application for Enrolment including how Orangeville Christian School may be equipped to meet the unique learning needs of your child(ren) and our Statements of Christian Beliefs. After reading the statements, a signed Statement of Parental Support is submitted to the school office.
The Principal will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors concerning your application and communicate their decision as soon as possible.
(Please note: Orangeville Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, or gender.)
Acceptance Rate: 90%
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
0 - 1 (90%)
0 - 3
0 - 3 (90%)
0 - 11 (90%)
0 - 4 (90%)
0 - 1 (90%)
0 - 1 (90%)
0 - 13 (90%)
0 - 2 (90%)
0 - 2 (90%)
Type of student OCS is looking for:
OCS is looking for students :
1. who will strive to positively contribute to our school culture.
2. who demonstrate cooperative skills and work toward common goals.
3. who carefully identify and solve problems.
4. who are able to use and evaluate information.
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