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Lakefield College School

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield, Ontario, K0L 2H0

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$32,800 to 65,400/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 105 (Gr. 9 - 12), Boarding: 260 (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
4391 County Road 29, Lakefield, Ontario, K0L 2H0



About this school:


The best thing about LCS is our people, the warm community and commitment of our students and staff. Caring teachers, advisors and coaches challenge and enable students to reach their individual potential preparing them for a life of leadership and making contributions to the global community. Students enjoy individualized learning support and are immersed in programs that focus on educating the whole student. Our graduates receive offers of admission to exceptional post-secondary institutions around the world. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Lakefield College School

our takeThe first thing that people typically know about Lakefield is that Prince Andrew and the King of Spain both studied here. And, truth be known, they did. That said, the reality of the school isn't perhaps of the sort that that we might feel would attract a royal gaze. Lakefield is set in a rural setting, and while academics are strong, there is also a focus on physical activity and outdoor education as a vehicle for the development of interpersonal and leadership skills. As a result, students are more likely to be found on the ropes course or at the hockey rink than in quiet contemplation at tea time. Academics are rigorous, though lifestyle is, too, often creating a heightened level of engagement. Alumni, including the royals, conspicuously retain a very personal connection to the ongoing life of the school.


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What Lakefield College School says: In order to prepare students well for the challenges of university and life in a rapidly changing world, Lakefield\'s faculty engage students in academic activities which will enable them to develop disciplined habits of study, critical thinking skills, and a talent for co-operative problem-solving. In addition, students are given significant opportunities to use a variety pf educational approaches including experiential, collaborative and interdisciplinary methods along with digital tools to enrich their learning. In order to ensure intellectual breadth, students at Lakefield are required to study a core curriculum which reflects the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Lakefield College School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Lakefield College School offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Lakefield College School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Lakefield College School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      Round Square
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Day (Domestic)$32,800
    Boarding (Domestic)$58,400
    Boarding (International)$65,400


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentall students1%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 9 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid25%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    Lakefield College School
    Amount: $0
    Deadline: 03/13/2013
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to 12—"The purpose of Lakefield College School's financial assistance program is to recognize excellence in a number of different areas and to give deserving students the opportunity of a Lakefield College School education regardless of their family's financial circumstances. Lakefield awards bursaries and scholarships; however, the majority of these funds are awarded to students who show a demonstrated financial need. Financial assistance may consist of a combination of a scholarship and a bursary. Bursaries are renewable each year based on the good social and academic standing of the recipient. "
    For more details, visit: www.lcs.on.ca/fees


    Total enrollment 365
    Average enrollment per grade91
    Average class size16
    Gender (grades)Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)71%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What Lakefield College School says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Lakefield College School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Felipe VI 1986 The King of Spain. Succeeded to the throne on 19 June 2014.
    Paul Desmarais, Jr. 1972 Chairman and co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada. Officer of the Order of Canada. Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
    Emilio Azcárraga Jean 1986 Chairman and CEO of Televisa, the largest Latin-American media company in the world.
    David Miller 1976 Mayor of Toronto
    Matt Frewer 1976 Stand-up comedian, actor, singer, and voice artist. Best known for his roles in "Watchman" and "Orphan Black".
    Jim Harris 1979 Leader of the Green Party of Canada
    Gord Hunter 1964 Ottawa City councillor representing Knoxdale-Merivale Ward
    Cody Ceci 2010 NHL hockey player for the Ottawa Senators

    Stories & Testimonials


    Looking back at my time at LCS

    "Not one day passes without thinking back on my time as an LCS student - and the entire school community - that will, without a doubt, always be a part of who I am and what I do.  Because of my experience, I have had the chance to study at top universities in England, completed my Bachelors at Warwick Business School and my Masters at Cass Business School - securing my first “real” job at Rothschild.  LCS recognized and realized a potential in me that I didn’t know I had and, up to this point, no other experience has changed and driven my life so dramatically."


    Just Imagine

    Imagine learning in the classroom, on a climbing wall, on the lake, on the stage, or on the field. Imagine having a slumber party every day with great friends from around the world. Imagine having waterfront bonfires, rocking out at coffee houses, travelling across the world on service projects, and canoeing through Canada's North. A Lakefield College School education is better than you can imagine. At LCS, our education is about you: small classes, enthusiastic teachers, great facilities, and students who are engaged in learning and living. If you like trees and technology, challenges and championships, friends who are like family, every day of your LCS experience will be one of œthe best day's of your life. But what do our students have to say about it? Check out our video tours to find out more.


    In the News


    February 8, 2018 - “The best version of myself”

    How outdoor education at Lakefield College School supports learning and life ...

    November 30, 2017 - Trailblazers & Pathmakers

    We welcomed more than 100 women from 11 local schools and the Peterborough community to participate in the Trailblazers & Pathmakers. ...

    November 30, 2017 - Finding Relevance and Meaning in Learning

    More than 200 students representing dance, drama, visual arts, and music shared their talents in a moving Remembrance Day ceremony. ...


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