Montreal, QC | Grades 7 - 12 | Shortlist
Having worked with my daughter, I have been absolutely impressed. Teachers diligently prepare lectures, with thought-provoking assignments, which requires research, as well as reflection. Sacred Heart students are continuously encouraged to present assignments on-time, reflecting quality results. Small class numbers enable teachers to focus on students on a personal level, giving them the opportunity to understand each student's strengths and weaknesses, to support the girls to become strong women. Support staff is readily available to assist students, in cases where the student requires additional information, strategies, and inspiration to get the assignment(s) completed. Communication flows regularly, tailored to the student's needs, with staff responding effectively. The Sacred Heart education my daughter is currently receiving is far more inclusive, and challenging, albeit traditional than the public system has demonstrated in the past.
The teachers at Sacred Heart have a wealth of knowledge and experience in their area(s) of focus and truly want to share that with the students so that they can learn and grow as individuals. Since there are small class sizes, teachers can spend more time getting to know each student's way of learning and can adapt their lessons to suit the needs of their students. Teachers are always respectful to the students and are always available to help students one-on-one during lunch or after school if they are having difficulty in a certain course. Personally, I had difficulty in Grade 9 and Grade 10 with my history classes, and my teacher (Ms. Potter at the time) took the time out of her day, twice a week after school, to provide extra help and support. I'm positive that her extra lessons are the reasons I passed the ministry exams. All that to say, the teachers are really one of a kind, and you end up genuinely building relationships with them that last well beyond graduation.
The teaching at Sacred Heart was very well done. Teachers were very responsive to questions and concerns too. I was very happy with the quality of instruction I received because I felt as though it made me well prepared for post-graduation. I also felt inspired by many of my teachers at the time, and they still inspire me today like Ms. Cusma, Ms. Jones and Ms. Coull. All of my teachers were very knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects they taught which, in turn, made me passionate about the classroom. They definitely triggered my love of learning, something I carry with me still. My favourite experience was with Ms. Cusma in AP European History. I was not feeling confident about my ability to do the exam because I was very stressed, and Ms. Cusma told me to not underestimate myself and reminded me of my abilities. That moment is one that I think of often!