Lakefield, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
The school offers AP classes for most topics and have a wide variety of courses for the students to select. So even though the student body is 300 approx they are still able to give many selections for their studies. My son was accepted to his first choice program at his first choice school. The academics allowed him to learn and grow in a way that also assisted in his next step of learning. It is an interesting school in that they have excellent, science and math teachers as well as a great arts program, and they don't forget the humanities either. It is a very well-rounded school in the courses they offer. They are taught at a high level and the students are ready to meet the expectations of first year university.
LCS academic program is the number one reason we chose the school for our son. Depending on the strengths of each student they have a program to fit. Sciences, Arts, business all aspects are available to the students. Bringing diversity to the student body, allowing students to be surrounded by others that are different from themselves with different goals but all one community. Our son took his academics to a completely different level. Our goal was for our son to go directly from grade 12 to university (instead of CEGEP for 2 years in Quebec). Due to LCS's university advisor class and the academic program our son applied with confidence to 6 universities and was accepted to 5 of those universities! He had the support of the LCS advisor staff through the entire university application process. He confidently started university without any hesitations or uncertainties.
The academic block and outdoor resources are well equipped to support our son on his learning journey. The academic culture is one based on meeting students where they are at and pushing them forward. The LCS program rests on a balance of academics, athletics, arts and community building. By valuing and actively participating, our child continues to position himself very well for a rewarding and fulfilling university and social life. I recommend to new students to take outdoor education, leadership and an arts-based course each school year, irrespective of the child’s future career path. While I acknowledge that my child may ultimately go into Math, Science or Business in university, it is important to take courses that contribute to well-being, spirit and community building. As an alumnus, I can say that these are the moments I remember the most.