The school is small compared to a public school, but this number really works in students' favor. Although I graduated a few years ago, my class sizes were around 20-25 students, meaning each child was noticed and had a positive relationship with their teachers. There are still some student-to-student issues, as there is in any school, the staff is very effective in supporting students and addressing any issues like bullying, gossip or leaving people out as soon as they become aware of the issues. The overall atmosphere is very positive, with encouraging friendships across grades like senior students being reading buddies with some of the younger grades. Despite the large age-range, there is also a lot of opportunities for older students to have more responsibilities, like student council, planning spirit days, delivering milk and pizza and many others.
Ottawa Christian School is a relatively small school, so class sizes are manageable. The teacher-to-student ratio allows for more teacher-student interactions, and teachers are able to spend more time with students who are struggling in class. Students are generally excited to be at OCS and enjoy their time. They are proud to be a part of the OCS community, as evident in their participation in the annual Walk-A-Thon. OCS has a diverse group of students coming from many different cultural and denominational backgrounds. This provides a rich environment where students can then learn from each other and appreciate differences. Students come from many different socio-economic backgrounds but all are treated as equally important to the learning environment and their experiences are validated. Students mostly interact well and get along; when conflicts occur, teachers are equipped to help in working through them in a healthy, Christ-centred way.