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Brentwood College School

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STUDENT

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Q: What do you like best about attending

Q: What do you like best about attending

A: People may think that our oceanfront campus or

A: I like attending KGMS because I get to learn something

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unique tripartite program is what makes Brentwood special, but what stands out to me is the shared mentality of the students. Everyone is genuinely happy to be here, and I think that makes all the difference in the relationships you form at Brentwood.

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new every day. It feels good to know that the teachers are there for you. When I came to KGMS, I could barely spell, and I feel that I have been doing a lot better. I was bullied before, and at KGMS, they accept me, which boosted my confidence.

Julia S.

PARENT

Rose D.

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Q: What is the biggest benefit to your child

Q: What is the biggest benefit to your children

A: I sat listening to the teachers speak about my

A: The biggest benefit to our sons in attending KGMS is

in attending his school?

son, with tears in my eyes. I am so proud of the man he is becoming and how much Brentwood has positively impacted him. I never feel like he is growing up without his family in a boarding school. I feel like his family has grown.

in attending their school?

that through this opportunity, it has allowed them to address their specific learning challenges by focusing on their strengths in a positive, supportive learning environment. KGMS has played an integral role in their continued success, enabling them to flourish.

Jennifer M.

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David S.

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Q: What is the most rewarding part

Q: What is the most rewarding part

A: The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the

A: The most rewarding part of my job is that we get

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students on Graduation Day. Seeing a student who struggled to find their feet initially graduate as a confident, young person equipped and excited for the next phase of their lives.

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to celebrate milestones and laugh all day with our students. At KGMS, it’s wonderful to see the kids grow as individuals.

David M.

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Brockton School

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Q: What do you like best about attending your school? A: I like attending Brockton because the faculty really care about the

students. They want to help us and will go out of their way to do so. They understand and embrace that every student has individual needs. The teachers here help us set goals and achieve those goals. The IB program helps us focus on life skills, not just learning the

material that is required to graduate. Due to the small number of students in each class, we can get a really personalized education. We know everybody in our grade well, and many of the students in other grades. This is what makes Brockton really feel like a safe, secure, and encouraging community.

Kasia N.

PARENT

Q: What is the biggest benefit to your children in attending their school? A: Our two boys have attended Brockton since 2010 (grades two and

with the skills to take ownership of his post-secondary choices and his personal plan to achieve them. The culture, the IB principles, the quality and commitment of the faculty, and the small class sizes have all supported his education, not only in academics, but also in teaching him to be a strong leader and community member.

four), and since that first year, the strong, supportive community of faculty, families and students has enhanced and enriched our boys’ education. In grade six, our eldest shared that he loved Brockton, as it was fostering in him a passion for learning. This year, as a grade 12 student, we have seen this love of learning continue, and the support that he has received over the years is providing him

Jane C.

TEACHER

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job/workplace? A: There are many rewarding aspects when teaching at Brockton

supportive, diverse and authentic community, which has made me feel valued and supported in my own professional development. It is rewarding to be part of such a phenomenal and collegial teaching team, all working toward the same goal. Our school has come a long way in the 15 years since it started, and it has been rewarding to see and be part of the growth and development over many of those years.

School, with the first and main part being the students. Being part of a smaller school allows more opportunity for me to get to know each of my students individually - their passions, strengths, and challenges, as well as what makes them unique. It is the students, and their enthusiasm, energy and engagement with learning that makes every day different and rewarding. Brockton has a caring,

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Island Pacific School

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Q: What do you like best about attending

Q: What do you like best about attending

A: The small school environment of IPS allows each

A: The sense of community at Fraser Academy is great.

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individual’s needs to be met, such as learning challenges, while also allowing their strengths to be built upon and celebrated.

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Twyla F., Gr 9

PARENT

It makes you feel totally supported and that you can get over any obstacles that are in your way. The teachers understand different learning styles and go above and beyond to show you another way if you don’t understand a concept or assignment.

Q: What is the biggest benefit to your child in

A: The number one benefit in attending IPS is that it

A: Fraser Academy has been the saving grace for our

in attending their school?

provides our children with the opportunity to gain warranted confidence. The school is designed to present incremental challenges every year that require the students to push themselves to achieve great things. We are very thankful for the IPS experience.

attending her school?

Shawn D.

TEACHER

daughter. Her progress the first year of attending was phenomenal. The small class sizes, individual tutoring and all of the programs such as Executive Functioning, Flex Block and 3C Thinking, have all contributed to her achievements throughout the last four years.

Andrea P.

TEACHER

Q: What is the most rewarding part

Q: What is the most rewarding part

A: The most rewarding part of my job is helping students to

A: The most rewarding part of working at Fraser Academy

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guide their own learning. I love seeing the passion that they bring to learning. I love it when students come find me throughout the day to share what they’ve learned. I love knowing that I helped to inspire that learning; that I helped to inspire that spark. That is the best reward!

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is helping students to succeed despite whatever challenges they face. Due to the smaller class sizes and additional professional development, I am really able to dedicate time to each student and ensure I am teaching them in a way that works for them.

Molly L.

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Q: What is the biggest benefit to your children

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North Star Montessori

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Q: What do you like best about attending

Q: What do you like best about attending

A: I want to be a scientist so my favourite thing is that we

A: There is a really nice atmosphere in the school.

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do science experiments. I liked the magnet kite. I also love PE, and the best was rock climbing. I love to draw, and I get to do that with my work. So when I write stories, I also get paper to draw it out.

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Having less students in each class means the teachers have more of a personal relationship with each individual student, which also means there is more understanding of what’s going on in each lesson.

Cy, Gr 1

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Q: What is the biggest benefit to your child

Q: What is the biggest benefit to your children

A: So many things! The biggest is that it is so incredibly

A: The Vancouver Waldorf School’s unique educational

in attending his school?

obvious that the school isn’t just teaching my son facts, but they are teaching how to take those facts and really think - they are teaching him how to be effectively analytical in grade one! Plus, great teachers and wonderful friends.

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approach supports my children in becoming creative, empowered, free thinkers. Not only are they receiving an excellent education, they are also surrounded by amazing teachers who care about their social development, physical health, and character.

Denzil

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Q: What is the most rewarding part

Q: What is the most rewarding part

A: The students at North Star are active participants

A: It’s in the little things: in the shimmer of expectancy

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in their learning and experience joy in the learning process. The Montessori materials engage the children in active discovery. Based on their individual age and ability, these activities allow children to follow their natural interests, resulting in a life-long love of learning.

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in their eyes when they enter the classroom in the morning and the gleam of still-simmering-excitement when they go home; in the proud smiles when they conquer a challenge and the compliment between friends, instinctively handed out. They make my day.

Christie

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