Lakefield, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
This year was the first year having Anne-Marie Keys as Head of School. She has become a great part of the community almost immediately. She supports the students and staff wanting everyone to have a great experience. The administrative staff is supportive, easy to work with and has the students' and families' best interest at heart. There doesn't seem to be red tape to deal with anything and parents have access to all levels of staff and administration at all times.
Lakefield College School allows the students to develop their own sense of independence all while ensuring the students are making good decisions along the way. LCS's leadership and administration team were in constant contact with the parent body. School newsletters, messages from head of school or weekly house updates from the house parents kept us in the "loop" almost daily. We had access to all levels of staff at any given time, like texting a friend. LCS has a no-tolerance mindset and is quick to discipline when required. The safety of their students is forefront always. Students are given the tools to develop a mature and responsible mindset. I appreciated LCS's approach to discipline, as a parent of a boarding student I never had to worry about his safety or actions - not once. Our son had lots of fun, will have his LCS memories forever.
LCS is an elite school with an approachable and down-to-earth school leadership team. As a parent, it’s comforting to know that our son is well taken care of and to watch him consider the future with an increased sense of optimism. We pride ourselves in knowing that our values of community involvement are not only encouraged, but structured into our son’s school life. During covid, we felt further involved with the school leadership through their frequent and meaningful parent engagement reporting. Through zoom calls, focus groups, forums, surveys and emails we felt included in the decision-making and path LCS was going in response to the changing world. They continuously communicated the possible directions and updated us immediately with approved changes. Should a discipline issue arise, students should expect to meet with both adults, their peers/student mentors in a “Standards Meeting”. The members of the team uphold the values of the school while having the required student perspective to help guide the student to reform. The consequences are fair and based on the school life guide which is clearly shared with frequency. Overall, the discipline model is proactive by keeping students engaged in activities and involved in a community they feel proud to be a part of.