Lakefield, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
Excellent teachers who care about the students and give them their all. They have teachers in all subjects who really know their material and want to share love of their topic. In biology the course did not cover dissections, yet many of the students were interested. Therefore the teacher arranged a time all the students interested were available and set up a few dissections for them to explore and understand more about their world. The staff have specific times for office hours, however, my son was welcome to ask questions anytime. There was no limit to the assistance they gave and all the staff were highly knowledgable in their fields. The staff not only worked hard in class but were instrumental in the effectiveness of the sports, arts and extracurricular activities.
LCS's approach to education is excellent, allowing each student the opportunity to be their best self in their studies. LCS has a very special staff right from administration, teachers to level advisors. The encouragement and guidance provided to our son allowed him to excel in subjects he'd never pushed himself in before. Weekly advisor meetings allow the students to discuss any academic issues or challenges before they become an academic problem. Struggles are addressed right away. Class sizes are smaller allowing each student the room to develop as themselves and not just a number. The teachers are extremely passionate about their subject, but more so about having each student excel in that subject. LCS does a lot of group learning, teaching each student how to have a voice and confidence within a group setting. I could not have been happier with the level of education he was provided. His discipline and study skills today are attributed to LCS.
There isn’t a word to describe a teacher who has the right balance of academic knowledge, enthusiasm for learning and ability to listen and respond to the inquiry of the students. Similar to a camp counselor perhaps, LCS teachers are lifelong learners who are committed to a standard of excellence with a hands-on approach to learning. A good teacher can also recognize the ability of students to learn from each other. In the Harkness table method, students face each other for classroom discussion, welcoming all voices to the table. The diversity of thinkers and perspectives is something that has been surprising for me. I know people came from around the country and around the world, but I didn’t know how much that would contribute to interesting debates, better appreciation of difference, fun programming and world experiences, all in a little town. Furthermore, the teachers all use the same format of communication and feedback through Edsby. This online platform lets parents see in real-time the assignments, grades and feedback the students are receiving. To that, I don’t have to rely on my child to show me. The consistency makes it easy to learn and stay engaged.