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Roundtable Q&A Discussion About Prestige School - Toronto Campus (2020)

Prestige School - Toronto Campus alumni, current students, and parents shared their insights on the school’s culture, values, strengths, and weaknesses. Hear what Stacy, Mila, Marina had to say about the school.

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Highlights from the Q&A discussion

Stacy — alum

Stacy recently graduated from university and was a lifer at Prestige School.

  • “So the thing that I really appreciated in our school were the teachers … The teachers really helped out a lot. That's one of the best features about your school—how close knit the community is. And the teachers are very approachable and they're also very funny. They can have fun conversations with you and help you out, and a lot of them gave me very good advice even before I was going into university. When I was younger, they would always give me advice to help me with friends. If I had any situations, they would help me see different perspectives.”
  • “When I came to university … it's a completely different environment. The teachers are not teaching the same way or treating you the same way … It makes you really appreciate how amazing the teachers are in our school and how much they care and supportive they are for you, and once you go to other schools and universities, it just makes you appreciate them even more, and makes you want to come and visit them any time that you can, and say ‘hello’ and tell them about your life.”
  • “With Prestige, there's just a lot of support and it's not just support from the teachers and the faculty, but also from your friends that you make at Prestige. You also feel so supported by them as well … You have so many people helping you out to grow and develop and become the person that you are today … We have so many fun activities to learn from. With the International Cafe, [we] get to learn about different cultures and foods and different perspectives from people.”
  • “The first word that pops into my mind [to describe Prestige] is ‘kind.’ The second one would be ‘intelligent,’ and then the third one would have to be ‘unique.’ I don't think there's any school that is like Prestige School, so they're just this unique, kind, [and] intelligent person.”
  • “[People would be surprised that] we have all the sports clubs … and I remember we had Chess Club, and then there were other clubs involved as well … I think Tennis Club is such a cool thing to have in the school … So there's lots of involvement that you can get into when you're at the school.”
  • “I applied to different science programs [at U of T and York]. And I was accepted to each program and I got scholarships from both universities.”
  • “Prestige’s life science program really helped me with first-year [university] because a lot of first-year biology and chemistry that I learned was almost exactly the same thing that I learned in Biology Grade 12 and Chemistry Grade 12. So it helped me feel prepared and the material did not make me lost or confused. I knew exactly what I was learning, so I just felt like I was redoing Grade 12 in chemistry and biology all over again just because it was very close to what we were learning in school. So I was really fortunate that I had Mr. Costine teach me these things before.”
  • “Friends, faculty, everybody [at Prestige] is very supportive. [My advice for students would be] just reach out … What is really helpful … is that if you have a dream and … you really, really want to do something, Prestige School will get you there. They will help you achieve what you've been wanting to do for your life. If you want to go into computer science, we will get you there and you will go into the programs that you always wanted to learn, so you can always believe in yourself when you go to Prestige.”
  • “I love the international cafes, they’re such a unique experience, and every year, it's always well done. For me, the most memorable [moment from Prestige:] I have to say prom. I really enjoyed prom. They’re always so much fun … And each time the setting and the venue just gets better and better. And it was always fun just dressing up with your friends and having this one cool event in the end to go out and enjoy … I remember them every year.”
  • “[My younger brother] is in his final year. He's in Grade 12, so he's enjoying it so far. He loves his teachers that he has and he's just enjoying his last school year … And I really like the person he is now and he's really become a great brother … I really like how he's been growing in Prestige.”
  • “I really enjoyed the sports programs that we had in school, like basketball and soccer. And that also helped create a nice feeling of community because you got close with many friends … It was just this friendship-building experience where you're practicing how to play the sports, but at the same time, you're also working on teamwork and trusting each other and supporting each other … When you go to [tournaments], you feel such a huge pride to be part of your school and you’re just yelling and having this whole fun time together. So I really enjoyed being in the sports programs ... It was so much fun and we would all be like this unit … And we just wanted to have fun together and just have a great time. So I really enjoyed those moments being in the sports community.”
  • “The concerts were always fun … It was always so much fun. And after every single concert, everybody would be happy and I remember the smiles and the applause ... I had so many back-to-backs … Those were really fun.”

Mila — alum

Mila graduated last year in 2020. She is currently at Western and was a lifer at Prestige, attending from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

  • “[What I appreciate most about Prestige is] a lot of teachers will care about you and help you out with everything you need. I'm seeing a lot now that in university, it's definitely not like that … And it's just so nice to feel like when you're in high school, and even before, to have a support system that you won't necessarily have later on, once you graduate.”
  • “ … [What differentiates Prestige is] you feel like you're being cared for as an individual versus somewhere where there's so many kids, some teachers won't even know you by name … At Prestige, you feel like they care about you as an individual, helping you grow not only academically but also as a person, and so many fun experiences that we have that maybe some other places don't offer. We put on concerts. We've got some events going on throughout the year like International Cafe … Lots of events, fundraisers, great things that we have or had that other schools might not.”
  • “It's an excellent blend of academic and fun. The word ‘unique’ basically sums it up.”
  • “When you go to school, you don't expect that there are so many extra things that you can do in terms of involvement where we're helping animal shelters, and then we have some Thanksgiving donations … And then, also, so many fun opportunities for students. For me … DECA Club was a really good opportunity for me to participate in … It would be surprising that we've got so many other things going on aside from just the academics and learning.”
  • “I got scholarship [offers from] every single [university I applied to.] … I was definitely well prepared with the guidance of Ms. Yana, and overall helping with the application process because … I went to a couple teachers for … a lot of essays to write. And even if it's not an English teacher … I can always come to her with anything I needed for university … And especially when you're doing so many different applications ... it can be really overwhelming. So there was a lot of help with that.”
  • “ I'm noticing a lot of overlap with what I was taught in math and what I'm being taught now in first year of university, whether it’s because I took the AP course or just because a lot of our math teachers, even from elementary, … like to take it a step further, were providing more content. If they see that you understand the basics, they'll take you a step further. So I always felt like I was ahead in math, and it's definitely helping me out right now, now that I'm in university.”
  • “[My advice to students:] I would say take advantage of everything, everything you possibly can. Get involved, do clubs, most importantly, reach out for help if you need help because no one will ever deny you anything. Everyone's really open, willing to help, all the teachers. You make lots of great friends through Prestige, lifelong friends, and just reach out, participate in everything, try to do as much as you can because that's what's going to make the memories. And that's what you're going to remember most about your school experience.”
  • “International cafe was always a highlight of my year … It's great because everyone's working together first to prepare some decorations, or do some research about different cultures and make food, and everyone works together. And then, you have this one day where you get to celebrate this whole thing, and all your efforts are being displayed, and everyone gets to see what's going on. Definitely a highlight of every single year for me.”
  • “ With all the COVID measures and precautions, and [my younger brother] having to do online school for a little bit, he was excited to go back and see his friends ... We see him light up and he likes to go to school because he hasn't seen his friends for a while. And it's a great change of scenery. He seems to enjoy his classes, especially now that he's older … .”
  • “We as students were on such good terms with everybody, knowing everybody. All the teachers know you, … all the teachers you can go to help with anything, … procedure was always just so great because everyone is always there for you.”
  • “DECA Club is one [extracurricular] I did throughout all of high school and I really enjoyed it. And that was a two, three-hour per week commitment. And I had a wonderful opportunity to figure out more stuff about business, which ultimately led me to choosing my university program.”

Marina — current parent

Marina is a parent of three children: one who is a Prestige alumna and two others who are current students. Her daughter is currently in the second year of university and attended Prestige from Grade 7 until graduation. She has an older son in Grade 7 who has attended since Kindergarten, and a younger son currently in Junior Kindergarten.

  • “So, first of all, we googled to find the nearest private school to our location, and the Prestige School was the first school we went to for an interview … From the first impression, you got this feeling, it’s the right place for your kids to be … So I think we [are] lucky to have the school and we feel that this school is like our family because every teacher, they try to be involved in students’ success.”
  • “There is absolutely nothing I can say that I would like to be better in the school … I appreciate everything you're doing and I see you working very hard, even though there is some issue, they fix it very, very fast. And so I think with this approach … this is why our kids, they succeed in life because in all ages in the school, they see how the school works as a family, as a team. And so, I’m absolutely happy at this stage and only appreciate all you're doing for our kids.”
  • “I didn't help [my daughter] to choose the school because ... I believe she made her decision according to your advice and your academic counselling and everything … We got everything just in your school.”
  • “So my youngest son, Victor, is in Junior Kindergarten and he already joined French and he's singing every day, every single drive … And he loves the school because he has never refused to go since day one. He always loves going to school … And my older son, Gleb, he’s in Grade 7 and … it's more pressure, academic pressure … We're applying for school … Everything the children need in success to deal with this pressure, to learn how to learn, and you guys are [helpful].”
  • “[My older son] is complaining that [Prestige] was [really] hard, but the only reason why he [goes] to school is because of his friends ... I always force him to do extra work because sometimes he did his homework at school, and I would like him to repeat it and read it over. So at this stage, you know, teenagers … He's complaining because of the pressure, academic pressure. Well, this is a good sign for me. I’m satisfied.”
  • “[My daughter] applied for five universities. And she even got some scholarship [offers] from ... Guelph University ... but she decided to choose … University of Toronto … She got accepted to all universities, some even [offered] scholarships.”
  • “What surprised me [is] that the school is like a family, and you are able to share all your thoughts about your kid with the school office and get some feedback, even in some small things. … You are seeing [my children] more than [me] … And this was surprising for me that you care about this. I think it's more than just the school. It's like a family. You care about my kids and about their future, about how to make them, how to help them grow and develop and improve in many areas. So this is really the most surprising thing for me about your school.”
  • The first advice is to follow the school advice … I really believe, and I would say it one more time, that the school office is working very hard for my children's success. And they see it and they feel it. So this is the most important advice.”
  • “The three words on your emblem [describe Prestige] ... wisdom, integrity, and courage.”

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