As our present circumstances of social distancing and self-isolation continue, it is becoming more and more clear that things will not go back to normal. In fact, there is a general expectation that things will be very different in the future, and that the future will be the “new normal.”

So, the question facing us today is whether we want to let the new normal simply happen to us, or do we want to be intentional and proactive in shaping our new normal.

Most would agree that it is almost always preferable to be proactive rather than reactive. At Orangeville Christian School, our goal is not to get back to normal but to embrace new opportunities through innovative solutions and initiatives.

Let me provide one excellent example.

During normal times, Open Houses are scheduled the first Tuesday of every month from January to May. Personal school tours are provided to prospective parents and students are encouraged to join our classrooms. “Bring a Friend to School” days are also scheduled for students to enjoy a day at OCS with their friends.

Although parents and students cannot be physically present at the school at this time, we are taking advantage of this opportunity by allowing prospective families to virtually visit us online!

Providing a Virtual Open House is an excellent example of how we can be proactive, rather than reactive as we embrace the “new normal”.

Here are some of the reasons why we have added a Virtual Open House to our school website:

  1. A virtual open house will help prospective families become comfortable with our school. This is especially important for website visitors who may currently live out of the area and are looking to move into the region.
  2. Not every school website offers a virtual open house, so this allows our school to stand out online. Although some schools display pictures of their buildings, not all schools offer virtual, interactive tours. A virtual tour makes our school come alive and gives our website visitor a realistic idea of the layout and what they can expect.
  3. Our virtual open house highlights how our school is unique. Embedded in our online virtual open house are areas that make us special compared to other schools in the area.
  4. A virtual open house is more engaging than photos. Website visitors who view our school’s virtual open house are more likely to be engaged than if they were to only view a photo gallery. It allows them to picture themselves at the school. This may become the most interesting feature for potential students and parents!
  5. Displaying a virtual open house will present our school and website in a professional manner. Our virtual open house is high-quality, and that is what our families have come to expect at OCS.

This is just one of the exciting ways that we are striving to create our new normal. Using innovation to meet new challenges is being proactive rather than reactive. Maybe it is time to reacquaint your family with our school building by experiencing our virtual open house.

Follow the link below for an interactive journey you will not soon forget.

Take the Virtual Tour

Sincerely,

Rick Schenk

Rick Schenk
Principal
Orangeville Christian School

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February 22, 2023

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February 13, 2023

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February 12, 2023

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February 10, 2023

We feel incredibly blessed to have an option like OCS for our children to attend! Teachers are amazing, and while always striving to provide excellent academic challenges and incorporate new experiences, they also actually care about my kids. They encourage, correct, and connect with love and intentionality. The facilities are awesome as well and we are especially excited about this year's school play! Thank you for all you do OCS!

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February 10, 2023

OCS is everything a school should be, and so much more. Their priority is the wellbeing of the students and this is evident in how the students are nurtured and cared for. OCS offers rich programming and curriculum to ensure that the needs of all students are met. The educators are extremely knowledgeable and work tirelessly for the benefit of all students. I am impressed daily by how happy my daughter is to attend school and the depth of knowledge and quality of work that she brings home. OCS is not only preparing students to be higher level thinkers and problem solvers, it is instilling core values of kindess and empathy within it's students. I cannot imagine a better place for my daughter to embark on her educational journey.

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Cheryl Birch
February 9, 2023

We have had students enrolled at OCS from 2015 to 2023. Every single year we have been so thankful to have fabulous and approachable teachers. We're so appreciative of the affirmation of identity and God's love that our kids receive at OCS. We have found the math curriculum and individual monitoring of academic progress to be much improved at OCS from what we experienced in the public school system. The sports and music programs are excellent. We have greatly enjoyed the love of reading developed by the Battle of the Books club, and other initiatives at OCS, that we feel have given our kids an advantage in their preparation for high school.

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February 9, 2023

We, as a family, had no problem posting a review for OCS!!! Our journey there began in September/2014 when our grandson was enrolled in JK. His experience there was positive in every aspect…academically, socially and spiritually. Eventually, Wayne began working there in a maintenance position and Judy as both an EA and supply teacher. Although we have both retired, Wayne continues to volunteer on the maintenance committee and Judy as supply. We plan to continue supporting OCS to the best of our abilities in the future!!!

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February 9, 2023

My daughter loves OCS. The staff and fellow students have been very welcoming as she joined half way through the year. My daughter is finally receiving a quality education. Highly recommend!

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February 9, 2023

Very friendly and welcoming staff and students. Small class sizes for better learning. My daughter was miserable at her old school, and is now back to her happy self at Orangeville Christian School.

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February 9, 2023

OCS has been incredible for our 3 children who started this year. I couldn’t be happier with our experience. The teachers are caring and attentive and take the time to get to know each student individually. The academic program has been challenging and rewarding and we have seen so much growth in all our children. The environment feels safe and is community based and the school offers a wide range of activities for the children and their families. Overall, I am extremely impressed by the commitment to excellence that is evident at this school and would highly recommend it to other parents.

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October 7, 2020

OCS is more than just a school, it is a community and a family where parents truly are partners in the education of their children! We feel truly blessed to have our two children here! The teachers are amazing and the facility itself is top notch!

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April 19, 2017

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