Finding the perfect home can be stressful, especially if you have kids. It’s not just the house, condo, or townhome you choose that matters, but the neighbourhood as well. From parks and playgrounds to nearby grocery stores to an overall family-friendly vibe, there’s no shortage of factors to consider. But for most parents, local schools are near the top of the list. The good news is, here in Hamilton, there are plenty of places for your children to get a fantastic education—from kindergarten through grade 12.
If you’re looking for the right school for your kids, here are five of Hamilton’s very best options for your consideration…
1) Mountain View Junior Public School
Searching for a highly supportive educational environment for your child? Consider Mountain View Junior Public School. This Stoney Creek learning institution offers a variety of literacy and math programs, which contribute to its students’ solid academic performances. Attendees score above average on tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), and a good deal of that success comes from the school’s balanced approach to learning. Kids get daily nutrition and exercise breaks—and when it comes to extracurriculars, they have their fair share of options!
2) Orchard Park School
If you have older kids, you might want to consider sending them to another Stoney Creek mainstay—Orchard Park School. First off, the staff here is seriously devoted to preparing students for college, university, and adult life. They offer a variety of post-secondary prep courses, along with programs to get kids ready for career paths as diverse as hospitality, robotics, and fashion. For students who need a bit of academic assistance (or just some peace and quiet), the school’s Homework Club offers a friendly workspace and free tutoring services. Given the supportiveness offered by Orchard Park teachers, we think there must be something in the water in Stoney Creek! (Forgive us, we couldn’t resist).
3) Islamic School of Hamilton
Fraser Institute school rankings are considered the most comprehensive in Canada. Last year, the organization gave the Islamic School of Hamilton an extremely impressive score of 9.9. These hallowed halls fared even better the year before, receiving a perfect 10—effectively making it the best elementary school in Ontario. In addition English language instruction, students here take Arabic and French studies. Put simply, if your child is the right fit for the Islamic School of Hamilton, they’ll receive the finest private education available.
4) Norwood Park Elementary School
With a high percentage of students who are at or above the provincial standard for reading, writing, and math, Norwood Park Elementary School is one of the best places for your children to learn the fundamentals. If you value advanced French skills, there’s yet another reason to consider this Hamilton institution. The Immersion program here is truly impressive—and the school even offers a fun annual event known as French Cafe. In one of the highlights of the year, 8th grade students serve pastries and refreshments—all the while practicing their second language!
5) Corpus Christi Catholic Elementary School
If you’re hoping to give your kids a high-quality, faith-based education, look no further than Corpus Christi Catholic Elementary School. Students here excel when it comes to the basics, such as reading and writing. Their performances are equally impressive when it comes to recreation (in particular, the volleyball and hockey teams are top-notch). But it’s the school’s family life courses that really set it apart. Rooted in Christian values, they’re part of what makes Corpus Christi so special in the eyes of Catholic parents!
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