Recently, the independent school movement has been featured by local and national news outlets. Educational leaders, like Deani Van Pelt, President of the Edvance Christian Schools Association (, have been invited to discuss why Ontario parents are choosing independent schools.

Like all independent school leaders, I am very grateful for any opportunity to talk about the benefits of an independent school education and specifically, the reasons why local parents should explore the possibility of partnering with Orangeville Christian School.

Let me take this opportunity to share some answers to common questions about independent schools from a fact-based, research website created by Edvance and the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (

What are independent schools?

Independent schools are self-funded organizations operating under their own board of trustees, outside of the province’s district boards of education. In Ontario, parents can choose from many types of independent schools, from religious (i.e. Christian, Jewish, or Muslim), specialized (i.e. Montessori, sports, or outdoor), or in some cases, private.

Who is choosing independent schools?

You may be surprised to hear that families of all socioeconomic and professional backgrounds are choosing independent schools. These parents share a few common characteristics:

  • 75% grew up in public school system.
  • Many are entrepreneurs, small business owners, and public sector workers like nurses or teachers.
  • They’re more likely to be involved in their communities through local clubs groups or organizations.

Why are more parents choosing independent schools?

  • A safer learning space
  • A supportive & nurturing environment
  • An emphasis on character development
  • Trustworthy curriculum suited to their children’s needs
  • Outstanding teachers that go above & beyond

What makes independent schools different?

  • Funded by parents, not the government
  • Parents are more involved in school activities & events
  • Diverse teaching methods
  • Alignment with parents’ perspectives
  • Room for faith & religious preferences
  • Autonomy over rules & regulations

How much does an independent school cost?

Independent schools range in cost. Unlike other provinces, Ontario doesn’t provide any funding to independent schools, which can pose challenges for parents. While many parents make financial sacrifices for their children to attend, they view the education their children receive as a worthwhile investment. In addition, many schools offer financial aid opportunities.

We need your help to spread the news.

Please share these questions and answers with your family and friends. Encourage them to explore an independent school in their area and see if it is the right choice for their child(ren). The approach they take for their child(ren)’s education is one of the most important decisions that they will ever make.

Maybe Orangeville Christian School is the Right Choice for a family you know!

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Alyssa Edward
February 22, 2023

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February 13, 2023

Our kids love OCS and we really appreciate how personable and community oriented the school is. Our son struggled with being behind in some classes and within a week of starting they had identified and set him up with an in school tutor and it made a massive difference.

Christine Kennedy
February 12, 2023

We are thrilled with OCS. The environment, the classroom, the content, and the experiences they provide demonstrate a deep care and love for each and every student. Truly so thankful for how they are equipping and building up the next generation.

Becky Prins
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!

Julia G
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.

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.

Wayne Johnson
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!!!

February 9, 2023
Suzy Koolen
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!

Steve Koolen
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.

Erika F
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.

Robyn Johnstone
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!

Sunny G
February 7, 2020
Skye W
April 11, 2019

Been here, great place. I recommend it.

December 1, 2017
Jackie Tucker
September 13, 2017

Great school, teachers very intuitive of the students, great one on one time.

Siobhan Bell
August 12, 2017

Excellent teachers, caring and supportive school family. Top notch academics!

Reg Walker
April 19, 2017

Great facilities