Burlington, ON | Grades JK - 8 | Shortlist
The school principle is very involved and available both personally and professionally. She is involved in so many of the school activities and goes above and beyond to create a welcoming and happy place to learn. This leadership style ripples over all the teachers. Each teacher appears to watch to be there, that they love the children and their job. Discipline is dealt with privately and parents are called upon when necessary. The weekly principle corner letter and use of wiki are very useful resources to feel connected as a parent. Sometimes I wish I had more updates regarding my child's progress more frequently.
What stands out the most is the genuinely caring nature of all the teachers, the principal and the other administrators. Problems are communicated well and promptly to parents and solutions are inclusive of both parents and children, in my experience. As our family is of African-Canadian descent, I can honestly and gladly say that neither my children nor I have had not even one instance of feeling discriminated against nor unfair treatment. In fact, staff at BCA have told us again and again how pleased they are to have my children be a part o fathering school. In fact, due to some “financial constraints” that arose, my husband and I were not sure we would send out children back to BCA. However, one very heartfelt and caring email from one of the administrators changed all that, and we found a way to “make it work.”
The school Administration and leadership are very communicative. They know all the kids and parents by name. We receive weekly email updates as to what is happening in the school currently, and what we have to look forward to. We have never had an issue that needed resolution, but if we did I know that the administration would be open and available to discuss anything we needed.
Principle Crossing, the board and staff have all excelled in their leadership of the school. We have been so appreciative of the way in which we have been welcomed as a new family. Principal Crossing, board members and staff have been approachable and knowledgable when we have needed to connect with them regarding school matters. There have been no significant discipline issues that have impacted our family this year but we have been very satisfied with the intention of school leaders to foster an environment of safety and respect for our kids. Communication has been a highlight - we feel like we are receiving the best communication we have had from any of our previous school experiences with weekly communications from the Principal and lots of updates via web classrooms, email, and social media that keep us up to speed on things happening at BCA.
The school and other staff administration take time to really get to know kids, to make memories with them and impact them in positive ways all year long. As a parent, it is reassuring to know that everyone can relate with my child and also gives my child a sense of belonging. There is always a teacher available at the end of the school day to discuss your child's day if you have any questions and there is a prompt response to emails as well.
The teachers are amazing and the principal is beyond exceptional. Teachers see and say hello to every student and parent in the hall, usually by name. Teachers are available to meet and respond to emails quickly. Parent teacher interviews are scheduled twice a year but check in regularly in between. In JK the teacher updates us daily at pick up, with specific examples of how our son's day was. We also receive a weekly update with what the students will be learning each day (letter of the week, memory verse, individual topics to be covered in each subject and even pictures of the books they will be reading!). This proactive communication helps facilitate discussion with our son at the end of the day to talk about what he did that day.
Overall, we have had a positive experience with the leadership at BCA. Shortly after the school year started, they adopted a new online platform to communicate with families. This new platform has been extremely helpful in disseminating information to family members and in keeping track of dates and deadlines. As many young boys, our son has displayed some hyperactivity and selective listening skills from time to time, and we feel that these issues were dealt with swiftly and fairly. We, as parents, were alerted quickly about the situation at school and the teachers made themselves very accessible so that we could all be on the same page and using similar language.