Lakefield, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
The admissions process was easy and didn’t feel stressful at all. I would suggest doing during the school’s registration time. We did it afterwards and it was more rushed. They do interviews over Skype or other apps to help students from a distance apply more easily. We were lead through the process so we didn’t have to figure out what exactly was called for next. If I recall correctly when we did a tour our son also wrote an entrance test of some sort. We then filled out a bunch of paperwork. Once both of these were processed my son did a Skype interview with the head of school so that he didn’t have to drive back up to the school. We were then sent a letter of acceptance and admission. On one of the trips to the school we had visited the guidance office and picked courses so that had already been processed. I know ours was not exactly typical as we started the process in late May.
LCS is quick to assign an admissions officer once your initial application has been submitted. The application process is smooth and straightforward. The interview process is excellent and a great experience for those applying. It is a process though and it takes time on both sides, does not happen overnight. There is a lot of thought that goes into reviewing the applications. Our second son has just completed the LCS application process and I can say that both experiences were great and different from each other. I do not think either of our sons found it stressful as LCS staff was quick to ease their nerves and made the interview process more of a discussion than a formal interview. Both of our sons enjoyed the process.
The vibe of the admissions team is relaxing, honest, and informative. Both in person and virtual communication felt friendly and inviting. Having an interest in being involved and trying new things is appreciated by the team of recruiters. While other classmates from my son’s grade 8 school were studying on cue cards for an entrance exam at other Independent schools, Lakefield’s process relies more on qualities that make a well rounded candidate. Through the admissions process you can expect a personal intake interview which feels like a casual conversation. Additionally, there is an English language test and opportunities for references from community members and previous teachers. This selection process allows for the continuity of a vibrant school life on campus with a center of community, outdoors everyday and academic excellence, all in balance.