Vaudreuil private Christian school increasing student places
Parents and students at Faith Christian Academy in Vaudreuil say the small Vaudreuil-Dorion private school feels like a home. The school that opened its doors in 2003 for a handful of local families who wanted an alternative to the public school system, offers an education for students at all grade levels.
Originally structured around the Accelerated Christian Education model, the school has adapted its programs over the years and is now recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
Many parents say the school’s small student population -there are a total of 50 students attending FCA - means each student receives plenty of one-on-one time from teachers.
School principle Janice Heron feels the small classes allow students to better understand the concepts they are studying.
Herron says the model works well for those who use it.
“We have been offering families in the area an affordable alternative to public school for ten years now,” she noted, adding “because we do not require an English eligibility certificate, Faith is especially attractive for families who come from outside of Quebec.”
And the school recently decided to expand its student population to accept 20 new students for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Herron feels the spaces will fill quickly with the steady growth in VaudreuilDorion in recent years.
The school’s curriculum and code of conduct are based on a foundation of the Christian faith, while the principles of respect, compassion and accountability are also key components for the learning experience.
Vice-principal Gillian Hanson says the school’s unique culture allows students to learn that they must be accountable f or t heir behaviour a nd a c a demic achievements. “Students develop their individual, personal and moral character through a program of mentoring, guidance and outreach as they grow,” he explained.
Parent Robin McPhee was so impressed wit h her c hi l d r e n’s e d ucat i o nal experience at Faith that she joined the team as a full-time teacher. “I was struck by the quality of the education and the amazing atmosphere of love, caring and acceptance in the school. Now, as a full-time teacher, I look forward to helping the students grow in their knowledge, in their compassion, and in their relationship with God. Coming here feels like coming home.”
Families interested in learning more can attend the school’s Open House, taking place on Tuesday, February 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Faith Christian Academy is located at 90, boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The school’s website is www.faithchristianacademy.com. They can be reached at 450 218-2021.