A private, faith based academy that believes that every student can succeed. Burlington Christian Academy (BCA) offers a curriculum centered around strong values that challenge students to achieve their individual potential. Our accredited, knowledgeable and caring faculty partner with parents, nurturing students to skillfully and vibrantly serve the world they live in. Our Signature Programs include athletic training, theatre production, and experiential learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Specialized programming in athletics, arts, and experiential learning
In school private music lessons
French and Spanish instruction for students beginning in Junior Kindergarten
Offering superb instruction and excellence in academics in a Christian environment
Small class sizes allow for individualized instruction to meet unique needs of each child
Individual therapy and resource programming available for students with exceptionalities
Featuring a beautiful 7 acre campus with large sports fields and play centre
Campus surrounded by conservation area with access to hiking trails and outdoor study opportunities
Qualified dedicated staff with genuine commitment to Christian teaching
SMART Boards available in every classroom from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8
521 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7P 5C3
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521 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7P 5C3
Founded in 1975, parents, understandably, have turned to BCA first because it is one of the few private school options in the Burlington area where the elementary curriculum is taught through a Christian lens. And, to be sure, that’s one of the schools prime offerings. That said, the program has other strengths as well, including very broad arts and athletic programs that are unique to schools of this size. The variety and attention is a plus, though so is access—in a school of 140 students, and with this level of programming, all students are able to experience and participate in organized sports, leadership training, music, and theatre. The school has also dedicated itself to higher order athletics, with a level of coaching and training that, again, is atypical within schools of this size. So, while the values piece is certainly a draw, the school has a lot to offer in addition, including a proven academics, a rich extra-curricular programming, housed within a close, community atmosphere.
Interviews with alumni and parents
Burlington Christian Academy:
Our Kids Insider Perspective — Parents
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at BCA: Traditional
BCA has a Traditional approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 44%   Liberal arts - 17%   Progressive - 27%   Montessori - 10%   Reggio Emilia - 1%   Waldorf - 1%
What BCA says: At Burlington Christian Academy, we believe that differentiated instruction is at the very foundation to a student’s academic success. Our teachers spend time learning about each of their students. By understanding the unique learning abilities of each student, our teachers can teach and connect with each student individually. We know each child learns differently. It is important for us to have students that are excited to come to school. A child who wants to be at school, is ready to learn! We also have a very strong focus on and commitment to experiential learning. In addition to our amazing classroom work, we introduce the students to hands on, project based learning experiences. We believe that through “Learning by Doing”, it exposes students to experiences that will captivate their minds and help them find something to be passionate about, with a lasting impact.
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 68%   Traditional math - 29%   Discovery math - 3%
What BCA says: In the Nelson Textbook, there are many lessons that are "Exploring" Lessons, that help the students understand why a formula is developed etc. Whenever formulas are taught, so is the purpose.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: Students use textbooks. Teachers use internet as well as other books for supplementation.
Calculator policy: Calculators are allowed when used as a tool (ex. Calculating Pythagorean Theorem). When students have to know a formula, know the dimensions and use the calculator to find the Area or Volume, that is fine.
Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
Humanities and Social Sciences at schools on OurKids.net
What BCA says: The Arts are alive at BCA! Whether it's singing and moving in music class; learning a brass or wind instrument starting in Grade 6; getting creative in Visual Arts; or enrolling in our signature Theatre Program (Grade 6-8) students are encouraged to get creative! The Arts are an integral part of every child's development and we are dedicated to providing your child with a well rounded positive experience.
What BCA says: Athletics are an important part of the BCA experience and the staff strive to provide an opportunity for students of all skill levels to participate in the athletic program of the school. Advanced athletic training is also available for students in Grades 6-8.
Sex and health education approach at BCA: Not Ontario curriculum
BCA has a Not Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Follows provincial curriculum approach).
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The sex education curriculum does NOT follow the provincial one taught in public schools - either in terms of structure, pacing, focus, and/or tone.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 45%   Follows provincial curriculum - 55%
Approach to sex and health education:
BCA has a approach Fairly value-based (as opposed to Mostly value-neutral approach).
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Sex is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues .
BCA has a approach Traditional (as opposed to Progressive approach).
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This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.
BCA's approach to sex-ed: Prior to any sexual and/or health education being taught, we send home a letter to families that outlines which topics will be covered. As a private school, we do not have to follow the Ontario Health and Physical Education document strictly. We do, however, cover much of the curriculum that is applicable to us as a Christian school and inform families that other topics we have chosen not to cover may be discussed at home if they desire.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at BCA: Academic
BCA has an Academic approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia approach).
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Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
What BCA says: Our academic based approach emphasizes math and reading readiness skills. The program incorporates principles of inquiry based learning with a balance on play based opportunities to apply learned skills.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at BCA: Standard-enriched
BCA has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
What BCA says: Our curriculum, while standard-enriched, includes being responsive to the pacing of individual students via differentiated instruction. Students are tested each year to determine their learning style. Previous teachers meet with current teachers to implement a learning plan that is individualized for each learner to address areas of strength and improvement.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What BCA says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at BCA: Supportive
BCA has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 49%   Rigorous - 51%
What BCA says: Our school is passionate about ensuring that the needs of students are met and that students are given the opportunity and tools to thrive in an educational setting. As such, we strive to improve confidence and instill in students a culture of lifelong learning. Students are assessed using a variety of diagnostic, formative, and cumulative approaches with equal importance placed on all three strands. This ensures fair grading practices and an emphasis of the importance on the process of learning for long-term outcomes.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
What BCA says: This information is not currently available.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
What BCA says about their special need support: Burlington Christian Academy is proud to offer the Discovery Resource Program to families who have children with learning challenges. Your child is an amazing creation and completely unique in his or her learning style, personality, and needs. If it is established that your child requires extra assistance with classroom work, or has been formally identified with an exceptionality, then they may require an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Our Resource Teachers will work in conjunction with parents and staff to create a program which addresses and meets your child’s individual needs.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: When needed, children with IEPs will follow an accommodated program within the classroom. If they require a modified program (curriculum goals below their grade level) then they may be withdrawn for certain periods. The number of periods for withdrawal is variable and will be determined through consultation between resource staff and the classroom teacher. Our goal in this arm of the Discovery Program is to address these kinds of needs, come up with a viable game plan, and work towards facilitating successful growth in each student, academically, socially and spiritually.
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What BCA says:
EdVenture: An experiential learning program focused on skill building, recreation, and leadership training for grades 6-8. It is designed to give students a vibrant and enriching educational experience. The learning is tied to requirements outlined in the Ontario Provincial Curriculum and includes many activities such as rock climbing, building computers, GPS tracking, movie making, community assistance, etc.
Advanced Level Program of Athletics (ALPA): A program designed for students with a strong commitment and desire to compete in sports while receiving advanced level training, coaching and mentoring in the sport(s) of their choice, ranging from hockey, basketball, volleyball, to soccer, flag football golf, and more.
Curtain Call: A musical theatre program where students learn drama game and activities that increase comfort performing in front of others. Development of valuable acting skills and techniques take place as the group prepares for our Christmas play, spring musical, and make trips to see live theatre and participate in workshops in-school. The students have a lot of fun as they increase vocal ability, refine body language, develop confidence and work with others.
Competitive sports: 12 Recreational sports: 10
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Burlington Christian Academy offers 6 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
What BCA says about their tuition: This information is not currently available.
2nd child (sibling)
3rd child (sibling)
4th child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
JK to 8
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
This school works with FAST - Independent School Management. for processing financial applications The application process is easy. Simply visit the school website, go to the tuition and fees page (see link below), and click on the FAST link. The process requires the applicant to provide basic information about income, expenses, assets and liabilities. There is a nominal fee for the application process.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
JK to Gr. 8
Average class size
10 to 20
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
Bachelor of Education, Masters in Education, Specialist in Special Education, Ontario Principal Certification
Burlington Christian Academy has provided academic excellence with a strong Christian focus since 1975. Our school’s mission; That all students may know Christ and share their faith, living it out daily as they become successful learners, is based on the original mission statement of the school, …that the school would be a bright light in the community as it turns hearts toward the Gospel and God’s Word.
At BCA, we strongly believe that students who have a passion for learning have the best chance for success. We strongly emphasize the Differentiated Instruction approach to learning so that teachers know their students and how they learn best. This approach helps students to enjoy school while instilling the belief that they can learn.
The special programming offered sets us apart from other schools: Advanced Level Programming of Athletics (ALPA), EdVenture (Experiential Learning Program), Curtain Call (Music and Theatre Arts Program), Discovery, Educational Therapy, and Search and Teach (Early Reading Diagnosis) . These programs add to the quality and excitement of a student’s learning experience.