1) What are the school hours?
School begins at 8:30AM each day and ends at 3:15PM. Students should be brought to school between 8:05 and 8:20AM. They must be picked up between 3:15 and 3:30pm.
2) Do you offer before and after school care, PD Day and Summer camps?
We have a before school care program from 7:30am to 8:15am and an after school care program from 3:15 to 6:00pm. MCS has 3-4 PD days a year, along with a 2-week March and Christmas break. Camp Kidstown http://www.campkidstown.com/ offers a wonderful camp experience at the Home of Milton Christian School.
3) Where is the school located?
The school is located at 45 Bruce Street (Former Milton Public Library). This 16410 square foot facility will be the new home of MCS beginning 2012/2013, providing enough space for the future anticipated growth for years to come.
4) What grades do you offer?
MCS currently offers classes for students enrolled in Kindergarten through to Grade 8. MCS offers a 3-Day and 5-Day JK as well as a small PreKindergarten program for 3 year olds.
5) What is your student to teacher ratio?
MCS strives to maintain a low student to teacher ratio which enables us to provide a high quality of instruction. We currently have 116 students and 15 staff.
6) Do MCS students wear uniforms?
Yes, uniforms are mandatory for students. Our uniforms are supplied by InSchoolWear in Oakville. You can visit their website and see our uniforms by going to www.inschoolwear.com
7) How old do children have to be to start Junior Kindergarten?
Children must be four years old on or before December 31 of the enrolling year in order to start Junior Kindergarten this September.
8) Do you have buses?
No, parents are responsible for providing transportation for their children to and from school.
9) Do you have a lunch program?
Yes. A optional nutritious lunch is available each day through the Lunch Lady. www.thelunchlady.ca
10) Do you follow the Ontario Ministry of Education Guidelines strictly or exceed it?
Milton Christian School exceeds the standard Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines within its programming, curriculum and testing.
11) Where does MCS source it’s curriculum?
The bulk of MCS Curriculum is sourced from the Ontario Association of Christian Schools. The Bible curriculum is sourced from Christian Schools International and our Math curriculum is sourced from Nelson, a National standard. The entire MCS student body is also taught secondary languages other than French, as well as American History. We desire to incorporate technology within our classrooms, and each classroom has a smart board. We have dynamic chapel services twice a week and have an exciting leadership and mentorship program in which all students participate. MCS implements the Canadian Test of Basic Skills twice a year, compared to once every other year with the National Public system. 75% of MCS students are operating at a minimum of one grade level higher than the national and private school norms.
12) Does MCS offer enrichment programs for children who are high performers and need extra challenge or assistance?
The school operates an extended learning centre program at an additional cost. The learning Centre is $40 an hour. Learning Centre hours are usually booked in 12 session slots and are provided during school or after school from 3:30 to 5:30pm. We have designated highly trained staff for this and our program is always full.
13) Is the school affiliated to any particular denomination?
No. MCS is much different than the traditional Christian school. The school is very diverse, making up over 27 different cultural backgrounds. The school is considered independent and is denominationally as diverse as it is culturally.
14) Do you need to be a Christian to attend MCS?
No. While our Association and education is wholly Christian, it is not a criteria for enrollment.
15) Does the school any extracurricular activities?
MCS participates in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. There is also sports and drama, clubs, student council, etc
16) Are all your teachers Christians?
All of our teachers must be Christians, not just by name, but active and growing in the Lord. Those who teach at MCS must also be Certified with an Ontario Teaching Certificate. We do have specialist teachers for Spanish, French, Music, Bible, leadership and public speaking.
17) Which high school do your Grade 8 students typically go to?
Many graduates enroll at Kings Christian Collegiate, the local Christian High School, and others attend the local Public or Catholic High School.
18) Do you offer tax receipts?
Milton Christian School is operated by The Milton Christian Education Association (MCEA), a Canadian Registered Charity. Families of enrolled students receive a Charitable Tax Receipt for a portion of their tuition. Individuals who donate to the MCEA also receive a tax receipt.
19) Do you offer swimming lessons?
MCS no longer offers a swimming program.
20) Do you offer musical instruments lessons at an additional cost?
There is no additional charge for instuments. Students in grades 1-8 have music class once a week, which is taught by our music teacher.
21) Do Parents have to volunteer a certain amount of hours over the school year to help out with certain programes/activities? Are families charged a fee if they don’t participate in volunteering?
As part of the Milton Christian School community, all are encouraged to participate in volunteer opportunities. For this year, we want to invite everyone to participate on some level as a volunteer.
Volunteering is a valuable way to building a spirit of community at MCS. It encourages participation of all families and it helps keep the overall cost of operating the school down. For these reasons, we ask families to actively participate by volunteering 30 hours of time over the course of the year.
It is our goal at MCS to provide volunteer opportunities that match your gifts and talents. There are opportunities for daytime, evening and weekend involvement, and for every interest.
All volunteers who will interact with students, are required to submit a valid police check to the school.