Here's what the parents of Claren Academy's students have to say about our school
“After months of research into options, we chose to enroll our daughter at Claren Academy, as one of the only schools in BC that offers a truly different approach to education. It was important to us to find a school that offered exposure to the latest technology as well as a more thoughtful, progressive and individualized approach to learning. We were originally attracted by the clear links that Claren Academy draws between education and our children’s real lives and eventual careers, but soon realized that Claren offers that perspective and so much more. The passion, care, creativity and dedication by the Claren team and teachers is incredible.
One of our top concerns in searching for a school was the teachers. There is no doubt that the person at the front of the class each day has a direct and profound impact on our children’s perspective and approach to learning. Knowing that the teachers at Claren Academy are there because they believe in a better approach to education and are passionate about making learning a positive and diverse experience is extremely comforting. The level of care by the teachers at Claren can be seen not only in the curriculum, but also in the fun ideas that they weave into each day for the children and the constant communication provided to us as parents. We consider ourselves lucky to be amongst the first families enrolled and look forward to being active and contributing members to not only the school, but the wider community that has formed around it.
Since starting at Claren we have seen a shift in our daughter, who is energized and excited to go to school each day. She comes home bursting with things to tell us and we have been blown away by the breadth of exposure and opportunity she has received. The arts, music and math programming as well as the continual activity out of school and in the community have been a particular highlight. The integration of technology into education at Claren has been seamless and mirrors real-life application. We could not be more thrilled with our decision to enroll at Claren Academy.”
My daughter is fortunate enough to be a part of the inaugural intake of Claren Academy’s Kindergarten class. I feel compelled to write a little note, because I can’t say enough good things about the teachers, administration and facility. Growing up, my wife and I were enrolled in suburban public school. We are the traditionalist K to 7, desks in a row, big box structure. Prior to our first visit, we had questions: how does this work in an open concept setting like this? Where’s the playground? Where’s the desks with attached chairs? As soon as we walked through and met the team we were impressed. The professionalism, patience, passion and commitment to the kids and education is humbling. Their sterling resumes are not just pieces of paper. This group is amazing. My wife and I wish we could have had this kind of opportunity growing up. I can’t believe how much my daughter has grown as a person, intellectually and as a self-sufficient young lady since she started. The children are exposed to so many things in addition to the BC Curriculum such as 3D printing, programming, field trips, yoga, karate, and gymnastics. The balance between play and learning, coupled with the teacher to student ratio has my daughter excelling in reading and math to a level years beyond Kindergarten. She truly loves it here and is sad on the weekends that she doesn’t get to go to school. Claren is worth every penny and I hope you will invest in your child’s education and future. You will not be disappointed.”
“It goes beyond words with how impressed I am that we have been given this opportunity to have our son attend Claren. His brain has been filled with knowledge and hands on experience that are unparalleled to what he would have gotten elsewhere. He just shines. What other school goes on field trips almost weekly? The dedication of the staff is stellar. One of my many favorite things is that I get to log in and see pictures of his work, make comments, and wait for him to reply!”
“Our daughter has benefited greatly with the small classroom size and dedication of the teachers, we see this especially in the development of her ability to read. With the technology available in the classroom, she is learning to not just to consume technology, but to truly understand it and utilize it as a tool. Being in an ever increasing digital world, and with a current gender imbalance in the STEM field, we felt it was even more important for our daughter to feel confident with herself both in person and virtually. Claren Academy has empowered our daughter with unique and engaging field trips, leadership activities and endless opportunities for imagination and creativity that will allow her be her best in all the years to come.
We feel that Claren Academy is nurturing our daughter on her way to be a compassionate leader, a confident learner, an endless dreamer and most importantly a happy individual.”
“When searching for schools, Claren Academy instantly stood out for its unique yet very relevant focus on technology. Our daughter has a very creative nature and the idea of enhancing her creativeness with modern technological tools made education sound exciting, purposeful, and full of opportunity and possibilities.
From day one at Claren I was surprised and blown away by all the unique and personalized touches. Being greeted at the door each morning, receiving daily updates through FreshGrade, family evenings, parent involvement in school outings and excursions, weekly recap newsletters, personalized lunch mats, cubbies, book bags: the list is endless. Her educators continuously go above the call of duty and it shows!
The most rewarding thing as a parent is seeing your child through her teacher’s eyes. The highlight of my day is collecting my daughter and being told of the day’s antics. I watch her teachers delight in her quirkiness, marvel at her wild imagination, play along with her make-believe fantasy re-enactments, celebrate her milestones and talk as though she’s the only child in the room! It shows she is not only seen but valued and treasured. They truly believe in her and I truly believe in Claren.”
“There is no place I would trust my daughter’s education with more than Claren Academy. First of all, the teachers are outstanding as people and instructors and show a genuine interest in our daughter’s learning and development. With a focus on technology, they are exposed to things that students in public and other private schools don’t have access to in addition to the standard curriculum. The jobs of the future will either be using technology or creating technology so we feel lucky that our daughter gets exposed to it and learns about it from an early age. I have no doubt this is the absolute best place for our children to reach their potential and I look forward to when my son is older so we can enroll him in Claren Academy as well.”