In May of 1996 a group of concerned parents met to discuss starting a new private school. They wanted to create an alternative school option in Brant County, with an emphasis on shared values and beliefs. They wanted to create a true partnership between school and home.
In September 1996, Braemar House School opened in the former Cainsville Public School. There were five classrooms, covering Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7.
In early 1997, Braemar House School was incorporated, and obtained not-for-profit status. The first Board of Directors was elected along with an Educational Advisory Committee. In May of 1997 a joint parent and staff committee was established to create necessary policies.
In August 1997, the school was relocated to the former Grand Woodlands Public School on Baxter St. in Brantford, where we remain today. This move allowed for an expansion of the programming offered. September 1998 saw the introduction of the first Grade 8 class.
In 1999, Braemar proudly held its first Grade 8 Graduation ceremony.
In May 2000, every student and staff member, with the support of many parents and the community at large, performed in Braemar’s first full-scale musical production of The Wizard of Oz. It was a wonderful success and inspired a Drama Program that culminates in a musical production each spring involving the entire school.
The Montessori Casa Program was introduced to Braemar in September 2000, welcoming into our school students from ages three to six.
In April 2001 we proudly saw The Corporation of Braemar House School, the parent body that acts as shareholders of the school, purchase the building and property at 36 Baxter Street.
A Before and After School Care Program was introduced in September of 2001 to meet the needs of working parents in our school.
In May of 2002 the first of what has become an annual Parent Survey was conducted, giving a voice to the vision of our stakeholders for the future of the school.
In September 2002 several new programming initiatives were added and investments made in Art, French, Physical Education, and computer technology.
The 2004-2005 school year marked a major accomplishment, moving to offer straight grades, this year Grade One and Two were separated. This was part of the first phase of a long-term strategic plan.
September of 2005 saw the introduction of several more programs to compliment a newly formalized Citizenship Program. These programs, along with our assemblies, daily opening exercises, and disciplinary measures, are shaped and informed by the Virtues Project, a powerful whole-school moral/character building initiative.
Renovations in the summer of 2006 resulted in additional classroom space for our expanding needs. We continue to make creative use of all of our physical space as our student population grows.
Our unique and innovative Prep One program was designed in the summer of 2007, taking full advantage of the hands-on inspired learning that comes with a Montessori introduction to school, culminating in the successful preparation of our students for our traditional Grade One program.
Steady increases in enrollment resulted in the addition of two classrooms to the back of the school in the summer of 2007. Grades 3 and 4 were offered as separate classes that September.
Growing enrollment and attention to small class sizes led to the separation of Grade 5 and 6 for September 2008. In 2009, we were successful in reaching our long- term goal of offering straight grade classes for each of Grades 1 through 8.
Continuing interest in Braemar’s programming saw enrollment grow to 125 students in 2010 and 2011, and the need for additional classrooms resulted in the addition of phase two of our modular classroom plan in the summer of 2011.
Braemar’s commitment to enhanced student programs was furthered in 2010, with the introduction of competitive on-line Mathematics programming and our two competitive Robotics teams.
Commitment to the most current practices in the delivery of a strong curriculum, led to the installation of three more interactive white boards in the summer of 2011 and another three in the summer of 2012, so that all classrooms from Grade 1 to 8 now have interactive white boards.
In September 2011 Braemar House School celebrated its 15th anniversary.
In an effort to deliver stronger Arts Programming, Braemar introduced in September 2013 an Arts focus for each term, allowing for greater depth, more effective resource allocation, and shared concentration on each of the three Art subjects.
Braemar’s Information Technology Program was enriched with the addition of the Grade 7 and 8 One-to-One Laptop Program in September 2013, and fittingly the school received the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in Technology in May 2014.
In the summer of 2014, significant capital improvements occurred at the school. Including creating a larger Montessori classroom with its own washroom, outdoor lighting for increased security, new front doors and repaved tarvia in the outside play area.
In the summer of 2015, we made another investment in our building, replacing the aging roof of the main part of the school. During the 2015-2016 school year, we placed more focus on our personal wellness programming, including using the MindUp Curriculum, and adding guidance sessions for our Grade 7 and 8 students.
2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of Braemar House School. Several events are being planned to mark this milestone.