The regions Fulford Academy offers busing from are:
Additional notes: We offer our day students Door to Door pick up. We have busing for our weekend trips as well as airport pick up and drop off.
How we see Fulford Academy
International education can mean different things in different contexts. Some educate students to adopt a global view. Others, as with Fulford Academy, it’s the student population that brings the international flavor, arriving from around the world, often with the intention of staying in Canada to complete their high school and post-secondary careers. The school communicates with families in 11 languages, something which is very key, and very welcome, for many of them. Cultural literacy is a focus, as is proficiency in English. The ideal student is one intending to pursue post-secondary education in Canada, and who is also looking for a smaller, more personalized setting in which to get up to speed with the various fluencies they will need in order to achieve success.
How Fulford Academy sees itself
"Fulford Academy is a coeducational, private day/boarding school located in Brockville, Ontario, Canada; home of the famous 1000 Islands on the majestic St. Lawrence River. Established in 2002, Fulford Academy offers Grades 6 to 12 and Real-Time Online synchronous education, leading to the renowned OSSD - Ontario Secondary School Diploma. We offer specialized programs including a Dual High School Diploma program, ESL Prep, post graduate University Prep, Summer Academic Programs, and Camps."
"Our students learn to value curiosity and critical thinking as they prepare their personal learning pathway. Our students build sensitivity to local and Global issues through the differentiated application of scientific, technological and cultural knowledge to real world challenges. Using a cross-curricular approach, students engage in community based projects that prepare them to use interdisciplinary methods to address the complex issues of our modern World."
"Our unique approach to the curriculum allows us to integrate learning to make it more meaningful and broaden our students' perspectives. This is valued by prospective families, but word of mouth has taught us that this is not their focus. The aspect of our programs that our present parents value most is the clear and focused individual attention that their child receives from our staff and really the whole community. Every staff member knows and can be a support for each and every student."
"We are an international community, both students and staff, and we actively value and celebrate cultural differences. This tolerance and celebration of the things that make us unique inevitably spills over to the way we treat other personal differences. Bullying, while occasionally present, is seldom an issue. Students who have differences or are awkward socially are accepted and included in school life and become leaders. This is a very valuable consequence of building respect and tolerance."
"Our small class sizes, our robust club programs, and the house-based community activities help students have a sense of belonging. Be they boarding or day students, all Fulford Academy students know that they are surrounded by caring peers and staff members who are striving to provide them with the best-personalized education they can receive. Each student is valued as an individual, in regular meetings we discuss how to best meet each student's needs and to support their aspirations."
"Small classes, modern curriculum, exceptional learning environment - lots of 1:1 support, all learners can excel
UNESCO ASPnet school - located in UNESCO Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve provides international connection
Extensive co-curriculars with many athletic, club, and volunteer options - develop lifelong friendships
100% university placement rate of Fulford graduates - individualized university application support
Brockville is a small safe safe city and residents value our students"
An aerial view of Fulford Academy in Brockville, Ontario, Canada
How people from the school’s community see Fulford Academy
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Dr. Thomas Steel, Director of School
BSc, PhD, Diploma in Education, Diploma in School Leadership, Educational Leadership and Administration
Our comprehensive co-curricular program includes community service, athletics, arts, music, clubs and other activities that give students many opportunities to discover their strengths and explore their passions. Each student is coached and guided to recognize and accept leadership opportunities and be a support to their peers. A Fulford education is much more than books!
As a member of Asia Pacific Education, we are thrilled to offer increased emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics + Arts, (STEM+A). Our students will engage in cross-curricular studies that involve coding, robotics, mechanical design and engineering problem solving as an integral part of their learning.
Our core values shape the inclusive atmosphere that is Fulford Academy. We emphasize collaboration and cooperation in our community; we celebrate our differences, but seek the common ground to form bridges between individuals and between cultures. We respect the courage required to leave home and study within a new language and culture, and always seek the wisdom to make our World a better place for everyone.
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
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.”
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
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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