Is your school controlled by the Christian Reformed Church?
Do you have French immersion?
Will my child be out of step with others if s/he enrolls for the first time in one of the junior or senior grades?
What kind of curriculum materials do you use?
Is the school involved in any kind of skills testing?
How does the Bible fit into your programs?
Who actually controls this school?
Is transportation an additional expense?
How long has this school been in the City of Brantford?
What if we live outside of the established bus routes?
How many other Christian schools are in Ontario?
Where do all your school families live?
Does your school receive any government funding?
Why should we send our children to your school when we can send them to public or separate schools at no cost?
#Q: Is your school controlled by the Christian Reformed Church?
A: Answer: No, it isn't. Quite a few of our families attend Christian Reformed Churches and this denomination has been in the forefront of Christian day schooling in Canada for over 50 years. However, BCS has over 35 different denominations represented within our student body and that number is growing every year.
#Q: Do you have French immersion?
A: No, but we do begin a solid program of French instruction in Kindergarten. By the senior grades, students are receiving about 35 minutes a day of French instruction using up to date resources.
#Q: Will my child be out of step with others if s/he enrolls for the first time in one of the junior or senior grades?
A: Possibly a little, depending on which school they had previously attended. Usually we find that new students need to work to catch up in a number of areas, but our faculty is quite prepared for this working patiently with each students.
#Q: What kind of curriculum materials do you use?
A: Many of our textbooks and related materials are published by Christian Schools International (CSI) and the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS). These materials present challenging information from a point of view that always points students towards Jesus Christ.
#Q: Is the school involved in any kind of skills testing?
A: Yes. Every other year, we test all the students in grades 3-8 using the Canadian Tests of Basic Skills. This comprehensive testing, and the wealth of computer printouts that accompany it, provides our faculty with a valuable tool to assess individual, class and full program progress.
#Q: How does the Bible fit into your programs?
A: We seek to teach all of our subjects from a Biblical perspective. Some subjects allow for more of that than others but teachers make a continuous effort to make connections between concepts and Biblical applications in all subjects.
#Q: Who actually controls this school?
A: We are a parentally-controlled school. Parents are elected by the membership to serve terms on the Board of Directors. In addition, about ten committees provide valuable information to the Board on a regular basis. Our management is truly site-based. Please view an outline of our Governance
#Q: Is transportation an additional expense?
#Q: How long has this school been in the City of Brantford?
A: Since 1963.
#Q: What if we live outside of the established bus routes?
A: The bus routes are somewhat flexible from year to year, but it may be necessary to drive your child to an agreed-upon pickup point. We do try to provide full service for all parents.
#Q: How many other Christian schools are in Ontario?
A: About 75 schools, educating over 10,000 students.
#Q: Where do all your school families live?
A: We have a huge geographical base from within Brant County.
#Q: Does your school receive any government funding?
A: Not yet, but we continue to state our case for educational justice in Ontario. Some good things are beginning to happen in this area, such as providing selected health services for children in Christian schools. We are also looking into getting some support in the area of transportation. In the year 2000 the PC government introduced legislation which gave the EETC [Equity in Education Tax Credit] to the parents of independent school children. In the year 2003 when the Liberals were voted in, this legislation was reversed. Please don't hesitate to speak to your MPP about this unfair and unjust move on the part of the Liberal Party.
#Q: Why should we send our children to your school when we can send them to public or separate schools at no cost?
A: We believe that our school does an excellent job of helping Christian parents raise their children with a clear Biblical perspective. We want children to face everyday life knowing that God has a claim upon their lives. We try to assist parents and various churches to equip students with a Christ-like sense of purpose and mission.