In my personal experience, the academics are very good not due to competition or pressure, but because of the large network of support students have. The resource room and staff in particular are immaculate, being able to take the time with individual students who may need more one-on-one time to find their learning strengths and work with those instead of against them. Students will excel here because of the high quality of teaching, support offered and in-class experiences that give kids the opportunity to really understand by being active and engrossed in the material given to them. OCS has an excellent balance of work and play, which really shows in each students experience and ability to take information in and process it in a practical way instead of just sitting in a classroom all day.
Throughout my time at Ottawa Christian School I felt challenged yet supported in my academics. The curriculum equipped me for entering high school and made me passionate about learning. It made me ask questions and seek for answers. Teachers were passionate about the material and made students want to learn. Assignments and tests were administered fairly, reflecting what students learned. In Grade 7 and 8, I was able to participate in the Gauss Math contest, which helped to push me academically. This was an optional activity but open to anyone interested. The teachers and curriculum used enables students to see how God is at work in all of His creation. The lessons helped to expand one's knowledge and deepen one's relationship with Him. While grades are important, teachers want to see the student develop as a person and grow in godly characteristics. Thus, the report card reflects this too.