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How we see Albert College
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How Albert College sees itself
"At Albert College, every student, from Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 experiences all 5 of the 'A’s that are integral to an AC education. Academics is, of course our primary focus, but all students participate in Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure programming. We strive to inspire excellence in all 5 of the 'A’s, ensuring students develop into well-rounded global citizens within our close family environment. Our students leave as as confident and courageous graduates ready for post-secondary education."
"Albert College provides opportunities for its students, which would be impossible in a larger school. With a focus on the 5 'A's: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure, our students have a wide array of curricular and co-curricular opportunities in these areas. Our objective is to help students polish talents and discover new ones all within a caring and nurturing environment that values individuality, compassion, integrity, and inclusiveness."
"Albert College is a family that supports and encourages one another. Our school is small and everyone knows each other no matter what grade you are in. The faculty and staff are caring and supportive, and encourage students to be the very best they can be. Albert College is more than a school, it truly is a family."
"Albert College is steeped in history and tradition. Founded in 1857, Albert College celebrates its history through traditional events, songs and customs that have been celebrated for decades. From our 100 year old building to the beautiful and historic Memorial Chapel. And our traditional Candlelight Carol Service at Christmas, the Albert College hymn, and orientation camp in the fall where the whole school goes camping together. There are many Albert College traditions that make us who we are."
"The faculty and staff at Albert College truly care about each and every student. The boarding staff treat our boarding students like their very own children. We truly are a family that studies, plays and grows together. The connections that students make at Albert College, with the staff and with their fellow classmates from around the world are truly unique and shapes them into confident global citizens. Albert College students create friendships that lasts a lifetime."
"Beautiful 25-acre campus located in Belleville, Ontario.
Albert College is a small school with just over 300 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
We have about 100 boarding students to join us from all over the world.
Our boarding students each have their own room and call Graham Hall, Baker House and Victoria Manor their home.
Living and learning at Albert College is truly an experience that you will never forget."
The Albert College campus is sporting fields and outdoor tennis courts.
The school gymnasium hosts basketball and volleyball games and practices and house league game days.
Our campus is equipped with two fitness centres with free weights and cardio equipment.
Students in Pre-K to Grade 12 are offered large scale performance opportunities. The Junior School has the flexibility to show performances in the Great Hall or Gymnasium.
Senior School performances usually take place in the Memorial Chapel, which has seating for more than 200 people, including the balcony.
Smaller scale performances also take place in the Memorial Chapel, though Ackerman Hall boosts a smaller stage which is often used fby students for Coffee Houses and Open Mic nights.
There are three buildings located on our campus, the Middle/Senior School, the Junior School and the Early Primary Learning Centre (EPLC).
Albert College lies on 25 acres in beautiful Belleville, Ontario, Canada. There are three buildings located on campus, the Middle/Senior School, the Junior School and the Early Primary Learning Centre (EPLC).
With over 25 acres, students have access to plenty of green space.
Our classrooms have state of the art technology, collaborative work spaces, flexible seating arrangements and standing desks.
Our students enjoy small class sizes and individualized attention.
At Albert College we believe a collaborative learning environment offers our students endless opportunities to engage with one another and to further develop their learning skills.
Baker House residence is home to boys in Grades 7-10 where Graham Hall houses boys in Grades 11 and 12.
The boys and girls residences offer spacious bedrooms and washrooms and showers located on each floor.
Both the boys and girls residences are equipped with common areas, a small kitchen, tables and chairs for seating.
Through extensive counselling and full-year academic-level courses, we strive to develop an academic program suited to each student, one that will challenge and enable students to achieve ambitious post-secondary goals.
Our science lab is accessible to students in Grades 7-12.
Our Senior School science programs offers our students the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
All of our students in Grades 3 to 6 have access to Chrome books.
All of our Middle and Senior School classrooms have access to state of the art technology; Wi-Fi and smart boards.
All of our Junior School classrooms have access to state of the art technology; Wi-Fi, smart boards and iPads available to each student.
The Memorial Chapel is where students and faculty gather for traditional services, musical and theatrical performances and guest lectures. In addition, the chapel is utilized daily as a practice space for choir and for regular use for morning announcements.
Ackerman Hall is where students enjoy nutritious snacks and meals daily. Styled after the tradition of a Georgian banquet room and furnished with the original oaken tables, Ackerman Hall can accommodate over 200 people and is often used a gathering space for celebrations and traditions
The Resource Centre is our library, but also a hub for innovation. This shared space houses our makers space after school program, 3-D print centre, conference room and spacious area for hosting workshops and screening films and documentaries.
How people from the school’s community see Albert College
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Mr. Mark Musca, Head of School
Albert College is a wonderful day and international co-educational boarding school, steeped in history and tradition. Not only does it have a stellar reputation for preparing young people for university and for life, but Albert College is also recognized for developing global citizens within a close family environment. The international makeup of Albert College helps foster understanding and tolerance. As technological advances continue to make our world truly a global village, what better environment could there be in which to prepare students for the world that awaits them?
As a small Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 school, Albert provides opportunities for its students, which would be impossible in a larger school. With a focus on the 5 'A's: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure, our students have an incredibly wide array of curricular and co-curricular opportunities in these areas. Our objective is to help students polish talents and discover new ones all within a caring and nurturing environment that values individuality, compassion, integrity, and inclusiveness.
You can find our beautiful 25-acre campus in Belleville, Ontario. Belleville is located on Lake Ontario with easy access to Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Words and pictures can only begin to tell the story. It is my hope that soon you can visit us in person; you’ll be glad that you did!
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
At a boarding school, your extroverted child will likely enjoy seeking out and interacting with peer groups from different backgrounds, away from home. In fact, studying and living with other kids for an extended period of time, as many alumni tell us, provides the unique opportunity to form close relationships that can last well beyond the school years. Many boarding schools also have large student populations and more extracurriculars—including activities like student council, team sports, and arts programs—which will give your outgoing child a broader scope of opportunities to feed off the energy of others, and possibly even become a leader, in a dynamic environment.
Keep in mind, though, “Being an extrovert can be a catalyst for getting involved in lots of activities, which can sometimes be hard to manage,” says Joanne Foster, Toronto-based education consultant and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. “For instance, a particularly extroverted child may try to end up juggling too many people and activities. While they still may thrive at a boarding school, it helps to know your child and how much social interaction they can handle comfortably.”
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
At a boarding school, your introverted child will be more motivated (and virtually compelled) to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Away from home and in a new environment, they’re more likely to take the initiative to form close friendships, which can boost their independence and confidence, and help them develop critical social skills.
"Consider, though, whether your child will be comfortable and confident while living away from home, and while having to navigate the various, and sometimes unforeseen social-emotional experiences, alongside the academic challenges,” says Joanne Foster, education expert and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. Finally, ensure support systems are in place to promote their social and emotional development, and that your child is willing and prepared to take advantage of them. Your child will often need to advocate for themselves at a boarding school, and they’ll need confidence and perseverance to do so.
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