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Rosseau Lake College

Grades Gr. 7 TO Gr. 12 — Rosseau, ON (MAP)

Rosseau Lake College:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 7 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    15 — 18 students
  • Tuition
    $14,200 to 74,900/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CAIS, RoundSquare, CIS Ontario
  • Enrolment
    45 day students, 90 boarding students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 1967 Bright Street, Rosseau, Ontario, P0C 1J0 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Rosseau Lake College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, occasional rider.

The regions Rosseau Lake College offers busing from are:

  • Parry Sound
  • Bracebridge
  • Huntsville
  • Port Carling
  • Utterson

Additional notes: We are flexible in offering new routes to new day students, from areas not currently serviced.

Our Perspective

How we see Rosseau Lake College

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How Rosseau Lake College sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Rosseau Lake College is an independent co-ed day and boarding school established in 1967 in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario. The lakefront campus provides the basis for an innovative academic program that immerses your child in powerful experiential learning that’s impossible to gain in traditional classroom settings. Our intentionally small school environment ensures meaningful relationships and a deep engagement in curricular and co-curricular life."

  • located within a stunning natural environment
  • small class sizes, allowing for individualized instruction and student support
  • opportunities for students to engage each day in outdoor activity
  • a global perspective through a diverse student population
  • a supportive environment where students feel valued, challenged, and empowered
  • member of the Round Square global network of schools.
  • member of the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards Program

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"A key aspect of our program is outdoor education. In many people’s minds, outdoor education is synonymous with outdoor adventure and athletics. That’s one aspect of what RLC offers: education of the outdoors, learning how to paddle and swim and climb; experiencing the satisfaction of reaching a goal.

It’s also education for the outdoors: learning about the environment, about what is happening to the ecosystems.

And it’s education in the outdoors. The campus—forest, fields, lake, watershed—is essentially a 56-acre STEAM lab. You can test ideas here. Newton’s laws describe the motion of canoes just as they do a block descending an inclined plane. You can be inspired here. The natural setting brings a unique calm and focus.

In all, we believe that outdoor education delivers the skills that post-secondary programs and employers are looking for: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, teamwork, observation, synthesis, communication, and calm."

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

"Rosseau Lake College was established in 1967, the year of Canada’s Centennial. The founders were of course aware of that, and in a sense the creation of the school was a centennial project. In a letter announcing the appointment of R. H. Perry as headmaster the board wrote, “As Canada prepares to enter its second century, there is a pressing need to equip its future citizens socially, morally, and intellectually so that they may meet the challenges of ensuing decades with courage, intelligence and understanding.” The letter ends by saying that the school intends to “do its modest share to help young Canadians face the post-centennial years.” It’s important that the founders were thinking in that way—thinking to the future, and to the needs of the students in their ability to meet that future. Ever since, that kind of thinking has been what has guided the mission of the school."

What type of student is a good fit for your school?

"For us, the ideal student is one who is willing to try something new and to be open to new discoveries. The academic program at RLC seeks to maximize a sense of personal discovery. It’s the difference between spotting an owl on a trail walk and seeing it at the zoo: the bird is impressive in both scenarios, but the experience is vastly different. We want our students to see the owl, not because we show it to them, but because they discover it for themselves. That’s metaphorically true–discovery and experience is at the heart of our academic delivery. It's also literally true–there really are trails, and students really do see owls. At the end of the day, we believe that outdoor education is uniquely able to deliver that sense of discovery. We also feel it delivers the skills that post-secondary programs and employers are looking for: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, teamwork, observation, synthesis, and communication."

How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

"We have a lot that distinguishes us, the most obvious being that we're on a 56-acre property on the edge of a pristine lake in Muskoka. The region is home to some of the original Ontario summer resorts, and a nearby are the Windermere and the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka. Given the celebrities who have homes here, the New York Times has called Muskoka the “Malibu of the north,” (if thankfully quieter and more reserved than the Malibu of the south).

That said, our greatest distinction within independent schooling in Canada—and many would argue our greatest advantage—is scale. When people talk about small schools, they’re typically thinking of enrolments of a few hundred. Today at 130 students, we’re the smallest independent school in Canada. That’s intentional. Our students benefit from being visible and known to all staff, peers, mentors, and parent volunteers. They feel part of a community that wants to see them succeed. Because of that, we believe that small is beautiful."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"I think one thing that families don't expect is that we're in a typical Muskoka village. Truly, the experience of the village of can be a pinch-me kind of moment. There’s a bakery, a post office; there’s a farmer’s market, people walking their dogs at dusk, children jumping off the municipal dock on a late spring day. The Rosseau General Store has been operating here since incorporation, and the creaking, worn wooden floors are a charming reminder of its age. (Celebrity sightings are common, too, particularly in the General Store, given the cottages in the area.) In history, and feel, and that sense of community and safety, the village of Rosseau is a unique and delightful aspect of where we are and who we are. True, the village isn't a factor in our academic program, but it's a very important aspect of the student experience. Ask alumni about their time at RLC, and you'll invariably hear about how wonderful it was to spend those years in a charming village by a lake in Muskoka."

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities

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Science facilities

Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Rosseau Lake College

Video reviews of Rosseau Lake College

Alum, Christopher Blair (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Christopher Blair to learn about the unique experience of attending Rosseau Lake College.

Alum, Olivia Franks (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Olivia Franks to learn about the unique experience of attending Rosseau Lake College.

Written reviews of Rosseau Lake College


Alumnus, Barbara Barclay (2018)

I attended RLC in the 90's, for grades 9-13 (OAC) and had a wonderful experience. The dorm experien...


Student, robi pardo (2018)

If you are looking for a school where teachers care about the students, and treat them like friends ...


Student, Christopher Gan (2018)

Rosseau Lake College is an incredible outdoors, future forward, and inclusive school. Personally I l...

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

David Krocker, Head of School
BEd, BA, Masters in Educational Leadership

“We are all one drum and we need each other”  – Richard Wagamese from One Drum

Our incredible natural setting along with our small, cohesive community establishes a sense of home, belonging and immersion. We truly live, learn, and explore through authentic relationships.

Nestled among the pines on a pristine 56-acre historic lakefront property in traditional Anishinaabeg territory, Rosseau Lake College offers a boarding and day school experience that is like no other in Canada.

Students at Rosseau Lake College develop transferable dispositions that transcend time and place by understanding who they are and what they can achieve. 

Our Discovery Projects represent our student centric beliefs. Students are able to express themselves, explore their passions, and demonstrate their curiosity and intellectual skills. 

The Seven Generations and Rosseau Roots foundations are integrated into all we do along with our amazing Outdoor Learning. Students are immersed into academic pursuits that are integrated, meaningful and incorporate values, curiosity, our natural setting and relationships.

Rosseau Lake College is unparalleled in our natural environment and small school size. We truly are connected to each other, our land, and our values. We have without a doubt an extraordinary school and experience that is a privilege to experience. 

When students graduate from RLC they have developed the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on any challenge. They are ready for anything.

“Being immersed in our majestic, close knit campus is an incredible privilege. We are unique, proud, and joyful. Students develop character, personal expression and meaningful relationships with the land, self and others. Learning transcends time and place so students develop an everlasting sense of belonging and an understanding of who they are and what they can achieve.”

– Dave Krocker, Head of School

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