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Ontario Christian Elementary School4
Posted March 31, 2015
- a parent
I deeply appreciate the community that we joined at OCS. My daughter has been there three years and is thriving. Her love for Christ and Christian character is developing more each year. Regardless of the multitude of teacher personalities, each one we've encountered has shown love to our daughter and is approachable. I've been welcomed as a volunteer in the classroom and in special events. I assume some of the negativity is based on isolated student experiences which had a hard time with structure and ownership in the role he/she played in their time at OCS. Our family's experience with administration, staff, and other families makes us feel like we're plugged into the community of Christ.
Our daughter has been going to Ontario Christian since first grade (now in 5th). Ontario Christian has lived up to all that was promised and more. Academics are cutting edge with just the right balance of activities(music, band, art & Spanish). Their motto is Growing Christian Leaders, I think it should also say growing christian parents:) What I have witnessed in the past few years is my daughter truly becoming an example of Gods principals. Her love and knowledge of the Lord is such a testimony to her father and I. She often reminds us what the Lord requires of us! OC is an amazing school and we are blessed to be a part of it!!
I attended this school from 1st to 8th grade and am currently a senior at a public high school. OC was a place full of hypocrites; the students constantly berated others on their socioeconomic & racial status. And their minds were so constricted by what their parents & this school force-fed them; it's amazing how much I've grown as a young adult and a participant of society by leaving the school. In terms of my education, there is a clear disparity between this school, other private schools, and public schools. Although I was valedictorian, part of the GATE program, and a successful student at OC, my qualifications did not entirely carry on into high school because of the lack of preparation I received. And I cannot say this school is what "made me smart," rather it was how my parents and family raised me. The best thing I can say about OC is that it was the catalyst behind my desire to become a better person since the school provided examples of what NOT to be. If you want to burn your money, then send your child here. If you want to raise a close-minded child, please enroll them here. My friend and I both are extremely grateful for leaving OC as seen in her review.
My two children have attended OC for 4 years and I have been extremely happy with the education they are receiving. The well roundedness of the spubjects they are exposed to is what I am most impressed with. My kids have been exposed to weekly chapel, computers, art, music, library, bible, math, reading, language arts, PE, and began spanish in 2nd grade. Looking forward to choir and band in the upper grades, all while being taught Christian principles from Christ loving teahers! The class sizes are small and there are multiple classes per grade, making the size of the school a desirable one. To say the school is perfect in every way would be impossible, there are always a few kids who can misbehave and seem to antagonize kids (referring to previous comment about bullying), but this is reality, I can say there are much less of this than I would see at the local public school. Overall we are pleased we have chosen OC for our kids and look forward to continuing at this school through 12th grade!
I love this school! My daughter is finishing 7th grade and is doing well academically and spiritually. She does have a lot of homework, but manages quite well. She also plays in the band and has done so since 5th grade. I don't understand how others can say this school is a waste of money...I have compared my daughter's homework to some of my public school friends and she is doing the same level work but she is excelling. She enjoys Chapel and building her relationship with Christ. The teachers care very much and her self-confidence has blossomed this year. She has never been bullied or harassed and has friends that are very sweet. It is nice to get to know so many parents and everyone has always been friendly to us.
It is perplexing to hear so many discouraging remarks about OCC. My daugher began OCC at three years of age. She is not getting ready to graduate from kindergarten. My daughter is extremely bright and verbalizes words far beyond her five years of age. She is reading and has a good understanding of Phonics. My daugther is also adding and substracting. I agree with OCC motto of building strong christian leaders. My daughter quotes many Bible verses. She enjoys chapel and cries when she is not able to attend church on Sunday's. OCC is enforcing the spiritual and moral values that we are teaching my daughter at home. I do empathize with the student who states that she is/was being bullied. I believe that type of behavior should not occuror be tolerated in any school. I hope that the leadersof the school are looking into that matter seriously. I also hope that you have parents you feel you can confide in. Please do not give up on this school.
Ontario Christian is by far, the best Christian school in the area. I've noticed that most parents that send their kids here are very involved. The teachers are very approachable and in tune with all parts of the child - from academic to social. OC also offers many "extras" that the kids are invovled in like computers, art, music, PE, spanish, and library. Yes, the school is definitely an investment, but it's worth it.