Guiding Light attempts to provide extracurricular and co-curricular activities for the students. For example, students of grade 3 and up have an opportunity to participate in a co-curricular bi-weekly indoor soccer program. Other extracurricular programs include Spelling Bee and bridge design competitions. There are also monthly field trips that expose the students to the many interesting places and things in the city and surrounding area. The field trips are often my children's favourite activities in school. Due to the size of the school, there are less opportunities for the children to participate in organized team sports that are typically present in the public school systems. This is one downside of being in a small, intimate school. We actively augment that with extracurricular activities that we organize for the kids outside of school.
Guiding Light Academy offers many extracurricular activities, which I am happy about, and all within the school hours. While saving on time, my son participates in many programs offered by the school such as music, dance, art, drama, sports and gymnastics. They provide my son with exposure to different industries and experiences, allowing him to fine-tune many skills while also providing different expressive outlets.
Throughout our years at Guiding Light Academy my children have had various opportunities to participate in various activities. Things from soccer to guest speakers, to Shakespeare workshops to computer coding. The variety of things that my children have had the opportunity to participate in has been wonderful. I like how diverse the opportunities have been because they have truly been eye openers for my children in being able to discover some of their interests and strengths and this has and is developing them into well rounded students.
I feel that for the small school size, they have done a good job with offering extracurricular opportunities for the children. Pre-Covid, there was the beautiful music program they had which all children were involved in. They also implemented coding programs for the higher grades, as well as involving the older children in spelling bee, math and engineering competitions. In terms of athletics, pre-covid they had soccer once a week off-site which all the children enjoyed for grades 3 and up. The children also got to enter a cursive writing contest.