A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
What Academie Lavalloise says: The school's emulation system creates a positive atmosphere in the school and the students are motivated to behave well in class and listen carefully to the instructions. We want a peaceful atmosphere within the school. This system works according to the colors of the road code: green, yellow and red. It rewards good behavior and gives logical consequences to inadequate behavior.
We participate annually in collaboration with the Center de Bénévolat de Laval. These activities raise students' awareness of the world around them. Giving to others is a value that we convey in our teaching.