Lakefield, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
As it is a boarding school many parents cannot participate. However, those close enough to volunteer are welcome to join the parent crew called the grove society that helps out with many events throughout the year. This year the head of school Anne Marie Keys invited as many parents as she could to events at her house on campus to have round table discussions about the school. The school does workshops for the students and often includes parents to join in when they are about mental health, living independently, picking universities etc. When there are school events such as sports games, plays and concerts parents are welcome to come and cheer on the students. The staff quickly get to know the parents and make you feel welcome when you come to campus or an off site event.
Lakefield College School offers many levels of parent involvement. Due to the global diversity, LCS does a great job of involving parents both on-campus and virtually. Parents have the choice to be as involved as they would like. Lakefield offers regular speaker series, virtual and on campus. Many of the sporting events & theatre productions are streamed for parents to watch their children live! As a parent that has been actively involved in school events (at other schools) it speaks volumes about the school. Having parents involved shows that the school is all about the students and providing them with the best environment possible. Brings back FAMILY into their everyday school life. LCS provides this to the parents on all levels. Which is so appreciated.
LCS is a place where teenagers greet new faces on campus with a genuine, warm smile that draws you in and immediately makes you feel that you belong. Also, the insightful and various personal and academic communications the schools share with the parents, are a constant reminder that LCS is a vibrant community. As a parent, I feel very included in the campus. In addition to Parent’s Day (a chance to meet teachers, discuss progress, and participate in workshops), we also felt at home at other school community events. Fall Fair is a chance to experience the campus amenities such as high ropes, beekeeping and the theatre. The spring Regatta Day is a day to fully enjoy the waterfront with canoe races and live music. This feeling only grew through COVID times. I was invited and included in forums, socials and volunteer opportunities virtually.