Lakefield, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
The student body is small and supportive. Students know others through the different grades as sports and arts are open to all. They are also in residences with students across the board. There are many international students, allowing for students to meet and learn about other places in the world. The school does not tolerate bullying, or other distructive behaviours. As with any school there are groups of "sports" kids, "drama" kids etc. However, the groups support each other and go to events to cheer on their schoolmates.
LCS in one word FAMILY. The student body is diverse with over 40 countries coming together on one campus. The vibe on the campus is contagious, everyone is supportive, encouraging, respectful and caring. I believe this is due to the confidence instilled in these students from their house parents, advisors, teachers and peers. When you feel good and are confident in YOUR person it's easy to be a cheerleader to others. Lakefield works hard to offer this to each person there (staff and students alike). The entire school is less than 500 students, allowing the feeling of family. Smiling, happy faces greet everyone that walks through the gates. As a parent, your biggest fear is not being there for your child in their time of need. LCS allowed me the breathing space to watch our son blossom. He has made lifelong friends, an extended family that will always have his back.
I would describe the student body as a model Youth United Nations at a professional sports game. The student body is small, with only 350 students, but from over 40 different countries. The spirit is huge. This can be felt through pep rallies, dance showcases, musicals and spirit-focused events. In fact, each student is put into a spirit house and competes in friendly games and events throughout the year. The enthusiasm of students combined with the small student body creates community, and a connected group of diverse thinkers coming together to celebrate achievement, success and the privileged campus they are on. Standout qualities include respect, zest and perspective. This is demonstrated both during the school day and after hours. In particular, my son loves his experience in the boarding house. He sincerely admires the grade 12 leaders in his house for their inclusivity and role modelling. His housemates feel like family.