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Lakefield College School

Grades Gr. 9 TO Gr. 12 — Lakefield, ON (MAP)

Lakefield College School:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 9 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    14 students
  • Tuition
    $40,500 to 82,400/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CAIS, RoundSquare, CIS Ontario
  • Enrolment
    135 day students, 300 boarding students
  • Curriculum
    Liberal Arts
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School address

  • 4391 County Road 29, Lakefield, Ontario, K0L 2H0 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Lakefield College School offers bus transferring. Service options offered are airport pick-up, regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider.

The regions Lakefield College School offers busing from are:

  • Peterborough

Our Perspective

How we see Lakefield College School

Our Kids Feature Review

  • An emphasis on the full spectrum of learning, including social, physical, and academic development.
  • A close, connected school community and a faculty that knows the students from the time they enter the school until the time they graduate from it.


The 50-page review of Lakefield College School is part of our series of in-depth accounts of Canada's leading private schools. It provides a unique and objective perspective on the school's academics, programs, culture, and community.

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Key insights from our research

  • What stood out to me at Lakefield was the outdoors every day. When looking at schools, I recognized that academics were going to be taken care of no matter where they chose to go. And I just personally believe there’s a lot of value in connecting with nature, spending time in nature.
    —From 2022 roundtable discussion about Lakefield College School. (The quote comes specifically from Jeremy and Catherine, parents).
  • I feel that something that really differentiates Lakefield is all the opportunities you get and how much the school cares about you as a person, but not just your academic activities.… They give the same importance to your extracurricular activities and your passions.
    —From 2021 roundtable discussion about Lakefield College School. (The quote comes specifically from Ximena, an alum).
  • We are a school that is about so much more than academics. We really invest in art and athletics. We’ve identified a few signature programs recently: nordic skiing, because we have these amazing trails; sailing, because of the lake; and musical theatre.… We attract students who want a well-rounded education.
    —From Interview with Lakefield College School Head of School: Anne-Marie Kee.
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Featured articles

Students praise Lakefield College School for Outdoor Ed program

'This is the place where I could be the best version of myself.'

Profile of Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Education, Lakefield College School

Anne-Marie Kee’s passion for Lakefield College School didn’t just start when she became Head of School. Kee actually enrolled her children at the school prior to signing on as Head of School.

School's Perspective

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How Lakefield College School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"At LCS, our community and approach to educating teenagers are like no other. Students participate in transformative educational experiences designed to engage young leaders to care for and contribute to their communities and the earth. They embrace their individuality within a community made rich by its diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. Our waterfront campus—one of the largest among Canadian boarding schools—provides an optimal learning environment, inside and outdoors, enabling our students to thrive."

  • Worldwide university acceptances
  • 315 acres on Lake Katchewanooka
  • AP Capstone School
  • Harkness Method
  • Leadership, Character, Values Program
  • Renowned Outdoor Education Program
  • Individualized Fitness and Wellbeing program (for every student)
  • Small Family-Like residences
  • International travel, study, service
  • 1.5 hours northeast of Toronto

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"At LCS, we believe spending time in nature and getting outdoors every day is so important, it is a core element of our strategic plan. Our programs are designed to help students deepen their connections with and responsibility to nature and the outdoors and support our belief that these go hand-in-hand with individual performance and wellbeing, and respect for others."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Families choose LCS for its intentional focus on belonging, commitment to the outdoors, well-rounded education and community-minded focus. LCS has a local footprint and a global perspective that inspires students to understand and respect the world around them. The LCS experience instills greater confidence and independence, a deeper self-awareness, and understanding of the importance of living by a shared set of community values designed to positively impact the planet and those around them."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"When families first join the LCS community, the sense of belonging created among students and staff, and the importance placed on providing a voice for students to share their perspective, may not be immediately obvious. A strong school culture is not something that can be artificially created. LCS is very intentional about building in time for daily, meaningful connections and opportunities to express perspectives. The benefits to new students and families quickly become noteworthy."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"LCS graduates received over $1.4M in scholarships and offers last year to top post-secondary institutions worldwide. Lakefield’s focus on community, wellbeing and connecting to nature and the outdoors leverages the many benefits of its stunning campus. On first glance, it may appear less rigorous, academically. Families may be surprised that a community focussed on wellbeing and joy is filled with students driven to learn and lead through a breadth of opportunities designed to inspire leaders."

Summer camps and programs

Lakefield College School operates summer camps and programs. Click here to learn about Lakefield College School Summer Programs .

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities

Arts facilities




Science facilities

Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Lakefield College School

Video reviews of Lakefield College School

Roundtable Q&A (2022)

Watch our Lakefield College School Q&A discussion to gain fresh insight into the school's culture, values, and strengths.

Roundtable Q&A (2021)

Watch our Lakefield College School Q&A discussion with Cody (Alum), Max (Alum), Paula (Parent) to gain fresh insight into the school’s culture, values, and strengths.

Roundtable Q&A (2020)

Watch our Lakefield College School Q&A discussion to gain fresh insight into the school's culture, values, and strengths.

Written reviews of Lakefield College School


Parent, Stacey Ambler (2023)

Gr. 10 (current) — Our daughter has wanted to attend LCS since she was a little girl. She saw her two nieces graduate f...


Parent, catherine Gell (2022)

Gr. 9 (current) — Our son's experience in LCS is beyond expectations. He started boarding during the pandemic time, ...


Parent, Randall Fitton (2022)

Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 — After investigating private boarding schools worldwide, LCS was our first choice, and the school did...
See all written reviews (11 total)

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Interview with school leader

Watch our Lakefield College School leadership interview with Anne-Marie Kee to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
Watch the interview

Message from school leadership

Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation
BA, B.Ed. and an M.Ed. from Queen’s University, attended the Independent Schools Institute at Harvard in 2008, and obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster

For generations, graduates of The Grove have earned admission to some of the most prestigious post-secondary institutions in Canada and the world, and have pursued their passions in a wide variety of fields successfully. They have contributed on the local, national and international stages—good caring people equipped to do important work. Their achievements fortify us with the confidence to build on the solid foundation of the school's greatest strengths.

We are incredibly proud of our community—our staff and students in particular!—and we are excited about the future of Lakefield College School.

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