Orangeville, ON | Grades JK - 8 | Shortlist
I feel they handle life’s next steps quite well, and are very understanding about situations that arise and handle it appropriately. My son and daughter struggled in their academics, but OCS really looks at finding what works best to help your child thrive in their areas of interest, it’s not just a one size fits all approach, they really take the time to understand and see what is best for each of their students. Large classrooms at their other school made them feel uncomfortable and pressured. At OCS, its smaller classrooms and more time being spent on students that need more additional help, sometimes it even involved a resource teacher to help along with this process. I hope other parents can see the difference between a Christian School Education and what a public school education is. Your child gains so much more, I see the difference it’s made in my children, they enjoy school now and have enjoyed learning more about the lord, that makes all difference to your children.
The Math curriculum (Jump Math) has been great for both our kids. They have excelled in learning many different ways of doing math problems rather than the one-way approach we grew up learning. For language, my children have learned to edit and alter their writings. Also, their teachers have instilled a passion for reading by having an extensive classroom library and sharing their own passions by reading to the class. OCS also has a school library. Because each classroom also has its own library of books, they have non-stop opportunities for reading. The band program is wonderful and has allowed both my children to learn to play instruments and prepare them for opportunities in the future should they wish to pursue musical studies.
The school brings a level of responsibility back onto the children in the classroom - some of the experiences we have had remind me of exercises we did when we (the parents) were in elementary school - examples of this include science fairs, speeches, homework, and frequent testing. Albeit as a parent I monitor my children to ensure the work is completed, I have noticed that the children see the work as their job to get done (vs. mine to ensure they get something handed in). There is good communication back home when assignments/tests aren't getting the grades that would be expected, and there is also communication back home when a child is thriving. The math and writing programs are more advanced than what we have experienced in the past in the public system, and I know this first hand as I had the pleasure of teaching it myself for a few months earlier this year (and could compare notes with a few other mom friends doing the same).