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Individualized education key to family’s school choice

Written on October 15th, 2010

Tina Buono and her husband decided they would look into an independent school when it came to deciding where to send their son for junior kindergarten.

She notes they wanted a faith-based, Christ-centred focus, and considered different options to gauge what would be most successful for their son.

The family knew of Sarnia Christian School through its various mail-outs and having attended a Baby Bonanza held at the school a few years earlier, and it was one of three schools they toured.

“When I went to Sarnia Christian, there’s a different atmosphere that I can’t even explain,” Buono says. “You are welcomed there, (like) you are walking into home, there’s just something about it.”

She recalls meeting with the principal who addressed their questions and gave them a school tour. Buono says she was impressed with the operation of the classrooms and openness during the tour.

The small class sizes were a big factor for the Buonos. She says her husband wishes a learning disability he had in school had been noticed sooner. Because the Sarnia school is a smaller community, she says she hopes that any issues or a learning disability would be more quickly realized than in a larger classroom setting.

“I believe that the smaller class sizes enhance the quality and individualization of education for my son in his day-to-day learning,” she tells the OACS News.

She adds with the smaller setting people are more in tune with what is happening in the school all around.

When enrolling her son at the school, she says she felt excited to start “the long road (on) the journey of education.”

Looking forward to her son graduating the school in Grade 8, Buono says she hopes he would have received the type of education needed to have the self-confidence to carry on through life, as well as strong study habits.

“(I would hope he would) have those study habits engrained in him so that he has his own study habits in place so it doesn’t matter really where he goes to high school, that he would be successful no matter where he goes,” she says.