Frequently Asked Questions
WHY SEND MY CHILD TO AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL?
Royal Oak Community School will oﬀer your child a unique learning experience. Instruction is individualized with a focus on experiential learning, and a “fail-foward” philosophy. The school has a team of dedicated teachers and board members whose main goal is the success of each student and in helping our community grow. Because we are an intentionally small school, our programming and approach to instruction evolves and adapts easily to the needs of our students, and is based on best-practice research about what the education and scientific community knows is best for chlidren's learning.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR MY CHILD?
As a parent, many factors go into this decision. Your choice in school should reﬂect the needs and interests of your child, as well as the needs of your family.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ROYAL OAK TEACHERS AND STAFF?
Royal Oak teachers and staﬀ are highly-qualiﬁed and dedicated educators. With smaller class sizes, teachers are able to spend more time with each student and tailor the curriculum to the needs and interests of the students. Teachers set high expectations and create an environment where students are happy and eager to be learning. Our philosophy allows for a safe learning environment, where making “mistakes” is another opportunity to learn something new. Teachers and staﬀ also strive to make the school feel like a community, and encourage parentschool participation.
WHY ARE SMALLER CLASS SIZES IMPORTANT?
Smaller class sizes mean the teacher is more actively engaged with each and every student. It allows the teacher to better understand each child’s individual learning style and tailor the curriculum to meet those needs. Teachers are better able to monitor progress and identify learning opportunities as well as achievements. Moving ideas forward and progressing also happens more quickly in smaller groups, so students can dive deep into curriculum and learning goals and extend their thinking and learning.
HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD AT THE ROYAL OAK?
If you are interested in having your child(ren) attend our school, please see our website to download the application form or pick up a form at the school. For more admissions information, please call the school at (905) 328-9592, or send us an e-mail to arrange for a school visit.
HOW MUCH HOMEWORK IS GIVEN?
Homework is dependent on the teacher and classroom, however, it will be appropriate to the needs of each student. Homework is based on the developmental needs of the students in each grade, and focuses on time management, extending work done in class, and is meant to foster a stronger parent-child connection by helping families know what students are learning day to day.
WHAT IS THE PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION LIKE AND IS THERE ACCESS TO TEACHERS?
Royal Oak knows how important it is for children and their parents to be connected to the school and staﬀ. Sending your child to school for eight hours a day can feel very daunting when communication is lacking. At Royal Oak, there is the opportunity to interact daily with your child's teacher, and staﬀ are committed to answering emails and any concerns promptly, often within just a few hours. Our school uses "Class Dojo" to communicate about what work and goals are being accomplished in the classroom, and we send a weekly, online newsletter home with updates and news from the week. Parent-teacher interviews take place whenever one is requested, and report cards go home twice a year.
WHAT GRADES ARE AVAILABLE?
Royal Oak offers programming to students ranging from JK to Grade 8.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE SCHOOL?
School begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3:40pm, though a supervised drop-off begins at 8:20am and many clubs are offered after school hours.
WHEN DO THE STUDENTS START LEARNING FRENCH?
French begins at the earliest of grades, from the ﬁrst week a child enters JK. Learning French early on is important as students learn languages optimally under the age of 6 . We know that starting early will lead to better gains in language acquisition and also a better foundation of other languages. All students at Royal Oak participate in daily French instruction.
WHAT KIND OF TECHNOLOGY DO STUDENTS GET EXPOSED TO?
Students have access to personal laptops and Ipads each and every day, and each teacher uses as interactive Smartboard in their classroom to facilitate student engagement, interaction with technology, and student learning. Technology is used in developmentally appropriate ways in each grade, from learning typing in primary grades to coding in the Junior Grades.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE ROYAL OAK BOARD?
The Board is set up to help guide and support the succes and sustainability of the school. During meetings, the Board often will discuss ﬁnances, fundraising, academics, and plans for the future development of the school (and the students). Most importantly, the Board ensures each student has access to the best education while helping our community grow.