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Landmark East School

   
708 Main Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 1G4

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
3 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$26,000 to 48,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
1 to 10
Enrolment:
Day: 45 (Gr. 3 - 12), Boarding: 30 (Gr. 6 - 12)

School Address
708 Main Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 1G4

About this school:

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Established in 1979, Landmark East is Canada's independent day and boarding school for students with learning differences, including dyslexia, AD/HD and NLD. Students are given the opportunity to learn academic and social skills that enable them to become confident and independent learners. The school's small class sizes and specialized teaching programs allow students to receive intensive remedial intervention within an academic curriculum. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of Landmark East School

our takeLandmark’s motto is “changing lives since 1979” and that’s not something they state lightly. The fact is, they really have. The core of the Landmark program is a belief that all students can learn, something that they share with the very best, and most innovative schools in the country, intended for learners with various academic challenges. As with the Arrowsmith schools, Landmark East begins with empowerment: the knowledge that these students can achieve great things, and that attention, support, and a belief in possibility is the key to allowing them to reach their potentials. When students arrive they find a place that doesn’t see them as lacking anything at all, or as exceptional. Here, they are students within an environment designed for them, and populated with peers and teachers who know exactly where they are coming from. That can be, and most often is, entirely transformational in how students perceive themselves and their abilities. Truly, that’s huge. 




School busing:

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Landmark East School offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider AM only.

Principal's Message

principal

Peter Coll, Headmaster

Landmark East is a day and boarding school that serves the needs of students who typically have average or above cognitive ability, but who are challenged by one or more learning differences such as dyslexia, ASD, AD/HD or non-verbal learning disabilities.

After more than 30 years, the key to our success at Landmark East School is our belief that all students can learn, and all students can be successful. Our strength as a school is our innovative and unique programs, our highly trained, experienced teachers and a supportive close-knit learning community. Skills are reinforced across subject areas as well as in non-academic areas of school life and beyond. 

New applicants are interviewed throughout the year and accepted on a rolling basis as vacancies become available. Please visit our website for a virtual tour of the school.

Do not hesitate to contact me at any time for information or to arrange an informal visit to learn first-hand about our programs or to tour our campus. You may also contact me to discuss your child's learning profile, any necessary documentation requirements, our fees and policies, and to arrange an admissions interview at the school.

Changing Lives Since 1979


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Landmark East School says: Landmark East develops individualized academic programs that address both the strengths and needs of the student. To learn, a student must first understand and then practice applying newly acquired knowledge. Skills are practiced and reinforced across subject areas. The student is moved from teacher-guided learning toward independence and self-ownership. A student’s academic progress and social development are closely monitored by staff advisers who monitor progress and communicate closely with parents. Landmark East is committed to maintaining an average student/teacher ratio of 3:1.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Landmark East 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.


    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • 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 Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Expanding Communities

      The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Landmark East 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 Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Landmark East School says: Students in the Middle School participate in a variety of art experiences through the Creative Arts Program. During these classes, students are able to manipulate a variety of materials while working on projects that are clearly defined and appropriate to the students needs. These projects include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, pottery, ceramics, leatherwork and woodworking. Students in the High School participate in a Visual Fine Arts program. The visual arts program integrates many aspects of education as well as provides a unique learning experience. Through the study of theory and the use of various media, the students develop their creativity and self-confidence to become more sensitive to the visual environment around them.


    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 Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Landmark East School says: Daily physical activities program for all students with a focus on cardiovascular fitness.


    Sex and Health Education Nova Scotia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at:
    Body parts Gr. 4
    Nutrition Gr. 4
    Human development Gr. 5
    Puberty Gr. 5
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 7
    Reproduction Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 6
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 6
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 7
    Consent Gr. 4
    Sexual orientation Gr. 5
    Gender identity Gr. 5
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 5
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 6
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 7
    Sexual harassment Gr. 7
    Body image issues Gr. 5
    Mental illness Gr. 6
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 8

    What Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    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.

    Traditional

    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.

    Progressive

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


    What Landmark East School says: Personal, age appropriate growth and development program offered to all students in small groups (by gender).



    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    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 Landmark East 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 Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

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

    What Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    Landmark East School is a full-time special needs school. All students at Landmark East School are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Landmark East 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Landmark East School students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins58 mins71 mins81 mins97 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades3 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback3 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting3 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting3 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings3 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 20 20 20 20 20 20

    What Landmark East School says: This information is not currently available.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    Extracurriculars

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    What Landmark East School says:
    • Landmark East offers a daily athletic program to compliment its academic program. By being involved in a variety of sports and activities, students have the ability to move toward independence and self-control. In the compulsory athletic program, students may be involved in both individual and team sports.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Wrestling
      Cross-country skiing
      Cycling
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Skating
      Mountain biking
      Skateboarding
      Snowboarding
      Weightlifting
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day (Domestic) Day (International) Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
     
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    Day (Domestic)$26,000
    Day (International)$33,000
    Boarding (Domestic)$41,000
    Boarding (International)$48,000
    What Landmark East School says: Landmark East offers different tuition options for day and boarding students.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students15%
    3rd child (sibling)all students15%
    4th child (sibling)all students15%


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 3 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid50%
    Average aid package size$7,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid50%
    Total aid available$200,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    http://www.landmarkeast.org/admissions/affording-landmark-east/

    Application Details:

    This school works with a Board Committee. for processing financial applications
    Through the generosity of Landmark East donors, a limited amount of bursary funding is available for qualifying students. Only families who demonstrate financial need are considered for a bursary. Parents must submit a completed bursary application form along with required financial information. Personal tax return information required.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 75
    Average enrollment per grade8
    Average class size1 to 10
    Gender (grades)3 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 6 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)40%

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


    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview3 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Landmark East School says:

    Completed student application form and accompanying documentation plus $100 application fee.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    60%

    Type of student Landmark East School is looking for: Students with average or better cognitive ability who are struggling with academics in mainstream schools.


    Day Homestay Boarding

    Student Entry Points

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    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size12
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements1
    **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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Dalhousie, Trent, Mount St Vincent, St Marys, Lethbridge, UBC, Seneca, Sheridan, Tyndale, St Francis Xavier,
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Dalhousie, Trent, Mount St Vincent, St Marys, Lethbridge, UBC, Seneca, Sheridan, Tyndale, St Francis Xavier,

    What Landmark East School says:

  • Nearly 90% of our graduates enroll in university or community college upon graduation.

  • Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Landmark East Walkathon

    The October sun sliced through the clouds and bathed the schoolyard in a warm glow just as the crowd assembled for the afternoon trek. There were close to 200 people - young children with balloons, teenagers, university students, adults, seniors and a couple of friendly dogs on leash. The Wolfville Police were there to control traffic as the group left the campus, crossed the street, made their way past the farm market and headed into the local orchard. Participants enjoyed a brisk 5 km hike on the scenic trails of the Elderkin property and were treated to a gorgeous panoramic view of Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley from several vantage points. For the first Landmark East School Walkathon, there was an excellent turnout of supporters from the Wolfville community as well as students, staff and their families. The day's events began early afternoon with registration and open house featuring multimedia displays and student lead campus tours. Local jazz guitarist, John Tetrault, provided entertainment throughout the day and made a wonderful contribution to the festivities. The walkathon was the culmination of a huge volunteer effort that began mid summer, many weeks before the school year started. The event was the brainchild of Kathy Steen, Co-Chair of the Fundraising Campaign as a means of nurturing fundraising involvement within the campus community and reaching out to external groups. Peter Elderkin, Landmark East neighbour and alumnus parent, generously offered the use of his orchard property. He worked closely with Landmark East teacher Scott Walker and a number of students to mark out a trail and designate check points. Luanne Gertridge and Tamara Rozalowski, Landmark East Alumnus, were on the planning committee and made a terrific contribution to the fundraising effort. Kathy Steen and Scott Walker were given the opportunity to present our case for support and distribute pledge packages to an assembly of approximately 250 education students at Acadia University. Pledge packages were also made available through a number of very supportive businesses in downtown Wolfville. By mid-September, a number of presentations about the walkathon had been made and pledge packages were distributed to all parents, both local and international, as well as students, staff and board members. The canvassing efforts for this event were outstanding. A number of parents went home with their pledge sheets and set to work immediately. Day students and staff went door to door in their own neighbourhoods on weekends and boarding students were given the opportunity to canvass the residential areas around the school. The hard work and enthusiasm, not only raised dollars, but did much to raise the profile of Landmark East School locally and in communities around the world. The wrap party at the end of the day was a gesture of thanks to all the participants and volunteers who helped make the event such a success. As a team, almost $8,000 was raised for the Student Bursary Endowment Fund. ...



    Johnson Academic Centre

    Landmark East School named the main building on campus in honour of the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Foundation. The dedication was performed at the annual graduation ceremony by Henry Hicks, Fundraising Chair and Alumnus parent. The historic building at 708 Main Street in Wolfville will henceforth be called The Johnson Academic Centre. The Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation was created in 1991 as a private family foundation, which is now based in Florida. The school developed a relationship with the Foundation through their President and CEO, Malcolm Macleod, who is also an Alumnus parent. In 2001, the Johnson Foundation established a bursary program with Landmark East School. In the course of that 3 year agreement, they generously funded 113 bursaries to Landmark East Students in financial need. In December 2003, the Johnson trustees launched a new matching grant program to assist in fundraising. Beginning this year, The Foundation will match dollar for dollar all donations to the Landmark East Bursary Endowment Fund. That will include donations received through the school's ongoing fundraising activities as well as named endowments established as major gifts. For every dollar contributed, the Foundation will invest the same amount in the Johnson Endowment. The Johnson Foundation will continue to support student bursaries for the next six years, while helping the school build a permanent fund for student financial aid. They established the matching grant program as a challenge incentive to encourage donors to invest in the education of Landmark East students. On the occasion of Landmark East School's 25th Anniversary, the building was named to celebrate the major role this foundation has played in the school's recent history and their outstanding support of students with learning disabilities. The century old structure boasts a rich history. Built in the 1890's, it was home to a mayor of Wolfville in the early1900's and the Roy Jodrey family home from 1918 to 1939. Older Valley residents will remember it as the Paramount Hotel, a superior inn that played host to several prime ministers including Louis St. Laurent, John Diefenbaker and Lester B. Pearson. Today, the Johnson Academic Centre is the main entrance for all visitors to the Landmark East campus. It houses classrooms, labs, administrative offices and the dining hall. All student activity is centralized there during school hours. 'We thought it very fitting that the building, honouring the Johnson Family also provides the academic setting for the many students they support,' said Henry Hicks ...



    Thomas Paul

    Thomas Paul is a 17 year old young man with dyslexia. The Paul family moved from England in 1999 so that Thomas could attend Landmark East School in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. After seven years at the school, the benefits to Thomas in his reading, writing and spelling and most of all his confidence, have been immeasurable. During his time at Landmark East, Thomas has received numerous academic awards and he particularly loves science. As a regular participant in the Annual Science Fair, he has gone on to compete in a number of regional competitions. In 2003, he won a gold medal and a $50 Communication Award for his Poop Filter project which placed 12th out of 171 projects. In 2005, his Water Quality Test project won first prize in two categories: Biomedica Diagnostics Medical Research Awards and Clean Annapolis Valley River Research Awards. Thomas is an extremely well rounded student volunteering his time in the community as well as the many school activities he can pack in a day. He was an usher at the Atlantic Theatre Festival for 3 years and now volunteers his time in the projection room at the Acadia Cinema. At school, he volunteers in a number of capacities for annual school events like Open House, Parent-Teacher Day, Graduation and the annual Walkathon. Thomas has been involved with Student Council for the past three years and this year he is the President. He is also deeply involved in his pet project the Landmark East Peace Group. The groups mission is to promote a peaceful environment on campus, and in 2004 their signature project was the creation of a Peace Garden as a gift to the school and the Wolfville community. In June 2005, Thomas was the Grade 11 recipient of the Lieutenant Governors Medal for demonstrating qualities of leadership and service in the school and community and for the commendable performance in his academic courses. Thomas has been involved in air cadets for 6 years, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded a prestigious Power Flying Scholarship last summer and participated in an intensive 7-week camp. When he returned to school in September 2005, Thomas is now the proud owner of a Pilots License! Last fall Thomas was chosen to represent Landmark East at the Encounters with Canada program the countrys largest youth forum held at the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa. Thomas week in the Nations Capital focused on International Studies. Thomas is not only a terrific student but also a nice relaxed young man with a great sense of humor. After graduation, he will be working as a Staff Air Cadet at a Nova Scotia training center for the summer. Although Thomas has been accepted at Mount Allison University to study physics in the fall, he had decided to attend a two-year program at the Moncton Flying College with plans to be a commercial pilot. ...



    Student & Parent Testimonials

    'In 2001, my daughter Roseanne entered Landmark East, functionally illiterate after having graduated from grade six in the public school system. I cannot say enough about the Landmark East program. In her three years there, Roseanne gained skills and coping strategies necessary to carry her through the rest of her life. Perhaps the greatest reward yet was the first time she read a book, cover to cover, for sheer enjoyment!' Debbie Taylor, Parent 2004 ...



    Jarvis & Julie-Ann Lepper

    Judy Lepper remembers how nervous they were the day that she and her son, Jarvis, arrived at Landmark East for the admissions interview. Jarvis was 13 at the time and had had been struggling and failing in school for several years. Although he had already undergone extensive testing to assess his learning disabilities, they were both unsure and anxious about what lay ahead. Their initial meeting with the Headmaster, Fred Atkinson, did a lot to assuage their fears. Judy vividly recalls his conversation with Jarvis. He asked the youngster what he thought the school could do for him. 'I want you to fix my brain' said Jarvis. 'There's nothing wrong with your brain, son.' Mr. Atkinson assured him, 'We'll just teach you how to use it.' That was 1995. In the ensuing years, Jarvis boarded at Landmark East for four years and did indeed learn how to use his brain. He made remarkable progress winning numerous awards for academic and athletic achievement at the annual awards banquets. He served as student council president for three years and was the class valedictorian when he graduated in 1999. Jarvis is most proud of the prestigious award he received when he was in grade 11. In 1998, he was honoured with the Beat the Odds Youth Award from the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada. The award is for dealing with a disability and promoting awareness of learning disabilities to the public at large. Jarvis is a grown man now. He took the skills he developed at Landmark East and went on to study at the Atlantic Baptist University in New Brunswick. Now he has returned to Wolfville - working on his Masters of Divinity degree down the street at Acadia University. One would think the story ends happily here, but that's only half of it. Jarvis's younger sister, Julie Ann had been fighting similar battles in elementary school and junior high. She enrolled in Landmark East the September following Jarvis's graduation. Over the years at Landmark East, it became apparent that Julie Ann shared her brother's drive. She served on Student Council (as Secretary in 1999 and President in 2001), the Yearbook Committee and the Grad Committee. She was also the valedictorian of her graduating class in 2003 and received the Queen Elizabeth Medal for academic achievement and community involvement. Julie Ann was also honoured with the prestigious Student Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Wolfville along with a $2500 bursary for post secondary education. Julie Ann is now attending the Atlantic Baptist University. Judy Lepper was a parent deeply involved with Landmark East School for eight years. She knew the importance of a good education for her children and how vital it was to find a program focused on their particular needs. She made many sacrifices in order to assist and support them in achieving success. In 2002, the 'With Determination' Award was created to honour her and presented by the Landmark East Headmaster at her daughter's graduation. Judy still keeps in contact with Landmark East ...



    Brian Hatfield

    In the 1970's, a lot of parents and teachers had never heard of dyslexia. Brian Hatfield is an adult with dyslexia and he remembers, very well, what it was like back then. Elementary school was a continual struggle and he endured years of frustration. He was told to 'pay attention, sharpen up and fly right'. He remembers whispered remarks like, 'someone's going to have a little difficulty here'." The biggest insult was being called lazy despite all his efforts. 'I don't think I was lazy. I got my feet on the floor early in the morning and I got up. Ever since I was young, around my grandfather, I always wanted to work. I wanted to do things.' Eventually, his mother took him to the children's hospital for a brain scan and a battery of intelligence tests. There they discovered that the academic problems Brian was encountering were a result of his dyslexia. Brian was 11 years old when he came to Landmark East in 1979. He was sturdy and energetic; an extremely outgoing kid, according to Glen Currie, Director of Students. 'Brian got frustrated at times but he didn't give up. Whenever he encountered a problem, he eventually found a way to deal with it.' Glen Currie also remembers Brian's enthusiasm for working on his grandfather's farm and his big love of horses. Brian's grandfather, who died in 1996, was his biggest champion when it came to pursuing his childhood dreams. He believed, as Brian did, that if he worked hard enough every day, that he'd make a go of it. Today, Brian is the owner of Hatfield Farm Cowboy Adventures - a thriving business on the outskirts of Halifax, offering trail rides, a petting zoo, playgrounds, campfire pits, a main lodge, a fun house, a bunkhouse and a variety of imaginative seasonal events. There are assorted daytime, evening and overnight activities combining relaxed social gatherings and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Each 'adventure' is uniquely designed to appeal to specific age groups and they can accommodate up to 300 people. The farm employs 16 people and houses an exotic menagerie of animals including 35 horses, as well as ponies, goats, pigs, llamas, ostriches and an alpaca. Brian describes his success as a combination of hard work and plenty of support from family and friends. 'A lot of people who have dyslexia become doctors, lawyers, rocket scientists? You can still do whatever you want. You just have to work harder than anyone else.' You can find out more about Hatfield Farms Cowboy Adventures at his website - www.hatfieldfarm.com. ...



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