I attended RLC in the 90's, for grades 9-13 (OAC) and had a wonderful experience. The dorm experience was new to me, but I made lifelong friends with both the students and the houseparents. The small class sizes are an incredible environment for learning, and branching out beyond the curriculum. The teachers I had were understanding, patient, inspiring and dedicated. The location of the school couldn't be more beautiful, on the shores of Lake Rosseau, and it is far enough off the beaten path that there are not many opportunities to "get into trouble". Outtrips were a great bonding experience as well. Each year we did a different trip at the beginning of the year, with a small group of students, and teachers, all of whom were at different skill levels, and it was great! Team work and beautiful scenery. We did Algonquin, Killarney, Tobermory, Sea Kayaking the French River etc., RLC prepared the students for their futures, I believe. Students should expect an environment that promotes learning, and student interaction, and healthy living.
If you are looking for a school were teachers care about the students, and treat them like friends but also like part of the family, that pretty much sounds like Rosseau Lake College. This is my first year here and I can tell you for sure, there is nothing like it. In this school, you can really tell that the teachers are concerned about their students and want them to feel included and welcome. As well as making sure that you understand and that they don't feel overwhelmed with school work. At Rosseau, they make a really important emphasis on outdoor education, which is one of my favorite things. We get to go outside, take a break from being in a classroom all day and learn about nature. We are really in touch with the environment, it's like a big backyard filled with adventures and really great experiences. I'm a boarding student and the boarding life is really comfortable for me, even though I'm really young and away from home. You see, when I first started I was pretty scared and lonely but the teachers here really did their best so that I felt comfortable, they feel like when you are more comfortable at school you grow better as a person and as a student. Not to mention that we have lovely school events like Winter Formal, Winter Carnival, Haunted House, Terry Fox run, House Cup, ROSCAR awards etc.... I love how the teachers care about what you're good at and the talents that you have, more than if you can do a test or not. They care of how you behave in class, are you a good person? Do you participate in class? Are you respectful to other classmates and to the teacher? Rosseau Lake College is a school that just seems like a big family. I am so happy to have had this experience for the last 5 months and I will miss everybody next year more than anything in the world.
Rosseau Lake College is an incredible outdoors, future forward, and inclusive school. Personally I love this school, Outdoor Education and annual out trips (4-5 day camping trips) offers activities that you would not regularly see in other schools exposing me to different and more interesting experiences. I also love the small teacher to student ratio which makes me feel important to the teachers and staff. Having one on one tutoring and mentorship with subjects especially for me like math and history have helped me develop strong and effective work habits such as collaboration, determination, initiative, and self regulation. One thing I wish I would of known is how supportive and kind the students are. At first I was a bit skeptical in coming here scared of new experiences that were outside my comfort zone but if I had known how supportive the students and staff were my decision to come would of been much easier. One thing I would change about this school and this is the have more winter sports time. Fall and spring sports we have 5 days of sports a week however in winter we only have three sport days and even sometimes our facilities are being used for either basketball or volleyball competitive games so there can be as little as 2 practices a week. I personally love athletics thats why this is the thing I would change.