RJC is leading the way in learning. The teachers are accommodating to the different learning styles of the students. For example, our son is a hands on learner. A few of his projects were building/replicating historical events for his classmates. Our son has made a successful transition from secondary to postsecondary, which I feel that this is due to the high standards that the teachers respectfully expect from the students. The teachers treat the students like young adults. They make themselves available to the students for additional assistance. It is the responsibility of the student to approach the teacher for assistance, exactly like post secondary institutions. RJC has recently renovated their biology and chemistry labs. They have dedicated science teachers for these classes. This is remarkable given the small community that RJC is located in.
RJC has an excellent academic program. We feared that, being a small school, with a small staff, the program would be limited, especially when my daughter wanted to continue with French instruction. We were wrong... The school went out of their way to arrange for online instruction and assistance. I’m constantly amazed at the depth of teaching in all the subjects, as mentioned, with the great emphasis on not just bombarding the students with academic facts, but equipping them with knowledge to apply for life. The school is based on great values and the academic program is designed and tailored to emphasize those life values. With the small classes there is ample time for individual instruction, attention to detail and participatory discussion. In fact, academic participation is a vital strength of the program. Going on to tertiary education, our children were certainly far better equipped than the average.
Between the time our son graduated and our daughter started RJC the school made shift in the academic program to an experience-based curriculum that entailed many out of classroom learning opportunities. Grade 10 is Imagine, where students imagine a more just and peaceful world. During this year students explore ways to work with themselves and each other, to seek peace and social justice. Grade 11 is Thrive, where students explore healthy relationships with themselves, each other, God and the world. During this year students explore healthy lifestyle choices that benefit themselves and allow them to contribute to their community and the world. Grade 12 is Explore, where students explore and develop their leadership within the school and in the world. During this year students focus on global citizenship and post-secondary options. Spanning all grades is Belong, where students explore how to offer each other mercy and love. Through daily interactions in the school and in the residence students find their places as they build community together.