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Lee Academy

Grades JK TO Gr. 8 — Sheffield, ON (MAP)

Lee Academy:

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  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    16 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    179 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 1279 Seaton Road, Sheffield, Ontario, L0R 1Z0 (MAP)
  • 1978 2nd Concession West, Lynden, Ontario, L0R 1T0 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Lee Academy offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, occasional rider.

The regions Lee Academy offers busing from are:

  • Hamilton

Additional notes: Currently, busing is available to our Lynden Campus only. We have two buses that go into Ancaster and Dundas/Greensville. Our Sheffield Campus does not offer busing at this time.

Our Perspective

How we see Lee Academy

Lee Academy has been committed to offering the finest elementary school experience in Ontario since its founding in 1996. This commitment is reflected in the school’s high academic standards, supportive environment, personalized education, and small class sizes. Attracting students from a broad range of communities, Lee Academy operates two campuses, both utilizing the outdoors as an integral part of education. The Lynden campus, placed amid 180 acres of farmland, trails, lake, and forest, provides a vibrant learning environment from JK to Grade 8. The Sheffield campus currently accepts students up to Grade 2 and is expanding each year, with the goal of becoming a full JK-8 school. In addition to core subjects and specialties like French, drama, physical education, and environmental studies, the school regularly organizes off-site field trips, including overnight trips for senior grades, and emphasizes a focus on creative and engaging learning experiences. Parents are drawn to Lee Academy for its combination of academic excellence, individual attention, immersive learning experiences, and its dedicated, qualified teaching staff.

School's Perspective

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How Lee Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"At Lee Academy, each child is given an academically challenging education based on reading, writing and arithmetic. Recognizing that ability varies from child to child, we teach these fundamental skills as early as possible, starting in Kindergarten. Each student’s programme includes education in music, art, and specialty subjects such as French, physical education, science, computers, and environmental studies for an engaging, well-rounded curriculum."

  • We believe in the central importance of excellent schools in our society.
  • We believe in your child receiving the finest possible education in a safe, stimulating environment.
  • We believe in the individuality and equality of all our students.
  • We believe in professionalism, dedication and human warmth and responsiveness in our teachers.
  • We believe in parental input and involvement as key to a child’s education.
  • We believe in the interaction of our students with the surrounding society.
  • We believe in the importance of the academic and professional development in our school.
  • We believe in the highest standards of academic excellence and challenging programmes for your child

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Lee Academy was founded on the belief that there is a need in our society for a school which has high expectations of the students, both academically and socially, to foster in the children confidence and high self-esteem. The education of our children must prepare each of them to develop into an intelligent, prosperous and productive member of society. We focus on the individual needs of our students, while also building community among our students, teachers and families."

What key junctures in your school's history have most shaped its present?

"Lee Academy was founded on the belief that there is a need in our society for a school which has high expectations of the students, both academically and socially, to foster in the children confidence and high self-esteem. The education of our children must prepare each of them to develop into an intelligent, prosperous and productive member of society.

Four kindergarten students were the only registrants that first September in 1996. Many people believed that with so few students and a leased facility that Lee Academy was not going to last.

The school was not built based on numbers and leases, however. It was built on a profound belief by its founders, Steven and Alison Will, that Lee Academy was the right thing to do. To build the finest academic elementary school in Ontario was, and remains, their goal. Each year the school has grown in its enrolment, in its programmes, in its staff and in its facilities."

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

"Lee Academy supports our students, their families and our teaching staff so that all of us can contribute positively to a global community. We believe in the importance of academic excellence, experiential learning, volunteerism and the development of lifelong learners. We remain committed to our small class sizes of 16 because we fundamentally understand the importance of individual attention, fostering a love of learning and raising our students to be productive members of our society."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Our teachers are among the finest in Ontario. They go through a rigorous application process to ensure we are hiring intelligent, engaging, creative and committed teachers. We know that having a strong school begins and ends with our educators. They must be committed professionals who are "teachers of children, rather than teachers of subjects". Our teachers are dedicated individuals who value education and put our students first."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"At Lee Academy, our students have countless opportunities to learn in ways that foster engagement, creativity and excitement about learning. Through presentations, projects, science fairs, creative writing contests and more, our students are inspired learners. We participate in an off-site field trip experience at least once per month, including overnight trips in Grade 6, 7 & 8. Our students are exceptionally well prepared for high school and post-secondary school."

What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

"Lee Academy is a school that has never been like any other school. Our students receive a personalized education from teachers who are among the finest in Ontario. Our students and staff define us. Our families support us. We look forward to offering the best programmes to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In late fall of 2022, Lee Academy purchased the former public school on Seaton Road, on the edge of Hamilton/Cambridge, in the village of Sheffield. In our newly renovated primary wing, we began offering Kindergarten and Grade One in the fall of 2023. Both campuses embrace all the foundations that make Lee Academy exceptional."

How will your school change in the next 5 years?

"Our new campus, located in the village of Sheffield, opened in September 2023, with Kindergarten and Grade One in our newly renovated primary wing. We will continue to add one grade each year until we reach Grade 8, becoming a full JK-8 elementary school."

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Lee Academy

Written reviews of Lee Academy


Alumnus, Aibhlin Rogers (2024)

JK to Gr. 8 — I attended Lee Academy from four to fourteen years of age, and I have so many fond memories from my ...


Parent, Jayda Everett (2024)

JK (current),Gr. 5 (current) — If you are looking for an environment with high standards and staff who go above and beyond, you've ...


Parent, Nasr Ali (2024)

JK (current) — My son looks forward to going to school each morning and gets antsy every long weekend because he is...
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