"The teachers could be approached with any question and it would be met with kindness and understanding."


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Review of: Glenn Arbour Academy

Liana Fitzsimmons - Parent    (Aug 27, 2020)

Student Experience

In September 2019 our family went on a tour and interview at Glenn Arbour Academy. We were interested in registering our daughter for grade three and our son for grade five. Our children were hesitant about the idea of changing schools, but from the moment they stepped in the front door at Glenn Arbour Academy they absolutely loved the school! From the warm welcoming atmosphere, to the teachers and students. My kids felt like they belonged there immediately. At the end of our tour we knew right away that Glenn Arbour Academy was the school for our children. Our children love and benefit from the small class sizes and the one on one help they receive when needed from their teacher. It is so refreshing to see our children have a love for school now that they are a part of the Glenn Arbour family!


School Leadership

In our experience at Glenn Arbour Academy administration staff is respected because they respect the student. Whenever there is a problem, it is dealt with swiftly and taken very seriously. They have a lot of compassion and that helps to create a very positive environment at school and with the child. They are not overly harsh in their punishments and effectively communicate solutions. They make the students feel like they are well-cared for and are given a proper chance at a wonderful education.


Teaching

The teaching at Glenn Arbour Academy is truly extraordinary. They are all friendly and clearly passionate about their work. The teachers could be approached with any question and it would be met with kindness and understanding. The class sizes are on the smaller side, which gives every student a chance to participate in class. The attentiveness of the teachers truly makes a difference in the educational experience. The teachers are highly respected and take the time to remember everyone's name, even if you were not in their class. We were truly grateful to be a part of Glenn Arbour Academy during the pandemic, with the administrators immediate response to have the children and teachers set up with Google Classroom for remote learning. The teachers worked very hard to keep the children engaged during the uncertain time.


Community

As parents we have had a great experience at Glenn Arbour Academy. Parents are encouraged to be involved. The doors of the administration and leadership personnel are always open to the students and the parents. They make themselves available whenever we have asked. Even if it is just a quick question. The staff will call or email the parents, always keeping the lines of communication open. The staff will always take a quick minute to say, "Hello" to the parents at pick up times or at any events the school has. We have had many opportunities to volunteer and join the school for school fundraisers, book fairs, family events, movie nights, music concerts and many more. It is wonderful every morning to be welcome to sit in on their morning assembly in the gymnasium. It builds a school community, within a community. It has been amazing.


Extracurriculars

Glenn Arbour Academy has a very good sports program which some are competitive and other options are for fun and experience. Along with many other options for our children to get involved in. Our children have the opportunity to take part in various clubs which are offered at all grade levels during the year. With the many options available, I believe our children are provided with creative and positive experiences which results in strong and well-rounded students.


School Location

The grounds at Glenn Arbour Academy are safe and well-monitored every day for morning drop off and afternoon pick up, recesses and lunch. It’s in a safe, well maintained quiet area without a lot of traffic and near trails and parks! It is also in a convenient location which is close to transit and access to highways which is great for dropping off before heading to work. It is also located close to community centres for afterschool activities.


Academics

Glenn Arbour Academy has in class technology and a fantastic teacher to student ratio which helps children retain information at a much faster speed. The academic program focuses on developing inquiring, knowledgeable and well-rounded individuals. They encourage students to think independently, take risks and care about each other and their community. There is a strong emphasis on developing a solid foundation on math and language for the students and also incorporating a stimulating hands-on learning experience in science, arts and physical education. The academic program is challenging, but the teachers work closely with the students to develop their confidence so that they can be successful. They are also encouraged to learn and maintain good work and study habits in the junior grades so that they can manage as the learning material and workload becomes more complex at the senior level. It is such a wonderful feeling to have your children come home from school talking about how much fun they had and what they have learned that day.


Students

The student body at Glenn Arbour Academy fosters an atmosphere of kindness, caring and respect for their peers, teachers, the administration and their community. The senior students also put on various initiatives and fundraisers. They take pride in their school, academics and personal development. We like that the students have various opportunities to interact with each other. From what we have seen, the vast majority of the students are wonderful, fun loving, caring, yet motivated, and inquiring children. They interact well together, and collaborate well when completing projects, assignments or participating in sports. They really get along and encourage each other. The classrooms are small so it gives the kids a chance to really get to know each other on a much more personal level.


School Life

There are so many opportunities for personal growth at this school so that each student can thrive academically, emotionally and socially. They are treated as unique individuals and the school strives to accommodate the specific needs of each student. The students are inspired to learn not just through the academic program but from each other. They incorporate a lot of fun and activities into daily school life. With the school's size and the level of communication the parents have with the faculty, it makes for a very positive relationship from a parent's perspective. All of the teachers are approachable and always make themselves available. We can honestly say our children never complain about going to school and they are actually excited every morning to go to school!


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