These days, independent schools thrive for excellence. All have fantastic websites, glossy brochures, and staff willingly give you a tour showing how great things are. What differentiated Sunnybrook school from the rest for my wife and me was the happiness we felt in the hallways of school and the students running around, every time we visited the school. Right away, we could see our daughter amongst the students in Sunnybrook school. Our journey started with a typical open house, followed by a school tour. The process was fairly similar to those of the other independent schools we visited. And we visited many. Staff are very professional and friendly. You get a warm feeling that are prepared to hear your unique needs and worries. You don’t get a sense that they are reading from a marketing script with predefined “Q and A”s. When we shortlisted a few independent schools, we went back and had a one on one with the Principal. Meeting with Dr.Davy. was the ultimate tipping point for us to go with Sunnybrook School. She has a vision for the school that is easily understandable. She listened to our particular needs and worries. She responded to all our questions, openly and honestly.
Sunnybrook staff has been fantastic! They are always accessible, and have been very good at transitioning new families into the Sunnybrook environment. My son's teacher has been great at providing positive feedback and discipline when needed, and the school leadership and administration have been very helpful in answering any questions I may have. The Friday emails are very very helpful in ensuring that I am on top of upcoming events as a parents. The parent portal is also key so that I am on top of the school calendar and lunch menu.
I firmly believe the administration at SBS creates a strong school community. From our first interview up to the current day, I feel like the school leaders take a true interest in my child. They often stop by the classroom to participate in activities and spend time with the students. The communication from SBS is out of this world. Weekly emails from the principal and prompt responses from everyone else allows parents to feel connected and well informed. The focus on student well-being from the top down is part of what makes this school different.