Orangeville, ON | Grades JK - 8 | Shortlist
The overall feeling at OCS is a very positive experience for my son and daughter. My son and daughter have really enjoyed OCS this year. From day one we have always felt such compassion and understanding directed towards our children from all the staff. They take the right approach to hearing what all the students are feeling and are constantly making improvements to make everyone feel at home when they come to school at OCS. That shows me as a parent that they care and they try to understand what most of the children need and they try to help foster that need. What I like most about OCS is they look at every student has something special to bring to their family community school, you don’t see that in every school.
Both my children love to go to school at OCS. They are excited to see their friends and share with us what they have learned at school. When school stopped this year, they were both devastated as they really missed their friends and going to school each day. Our favourite thing about OCS is the feeling that we are family. Of course, our children have had good days and not so good days, but every day we know that they are getting a fantastic education, teachers, and staff who genuinely care about them and pray for them and a principal who knows each student by name and cares for each one individually. The atmosphere at OCS is calm and fun and we are so thankful that we had the privilege of sending our children here.
My children love attending OCS, and they have very much missed it during these months away due to the pandemic. The school environment is one that encourages them to be themselves, challenges them to do their best, and reminds them that they are loved and matter very much. The kids respect their teachers, and know most of them at the school quite personally (in a relatively short amount of time) - from the JK teacher who gives you smarties when you lose a tooth to the Principal who gets the humour/sarcasm of his older students to the teacher who actually weeps with joy when she sees a young boy excited to join a Zoom call to see his friends and talk about his week.