REVIEW OF Royal Crown School BY student, Gigi GONG
- Date of Review
January 24, 2024
Gr. 11 - Gr. 12 (current)
(4.5) Student Experience
At first, I was scared to learn far away from my hometown, like in such a strange country with all the people I hadn't known before. I didn't know how to start my new life. However, students and teachers in Royal Crown are so sweet, and they will guide you on what to do; they will tell you what you should do step by step. They won't help you to do everything, but to develop students' independent thinking ability, just because this helping, it made me benefit from this for a long time till now. I realize I can deal with things by myself, and I know where I should start. I won't be anxious about any difficulties. I will always remember and appreciate this experience.
(4.5) School Leadership
The headmaster impressed me at the orientation ceremony; he was energetic and humorous, and he introduced us to the school; everything was in order, and we could feel that this school was well organized in every aspect, not only study. My guidance counselor is Gloria; she was just like my other mother in Canada. I can talk about everything with her about my confusion, my planning, my feelings, or share my life. Royal Crown is not just a school. It's like a home.
The teachers at Royal Crown are all very nice, and I am particularly impressed with my physics teacher, who always shares many physics-related experiments with us. He is very strict when he needs to be, but he is a funny and humorous gentleman after class. He was open to all advice and suggestions, and he was very concerned about the mental health of each student and their progress in school. When I was applying to university, he would often send me emails to check on my progress and if I needed any help, and I respected him very much. There are also several professors in math classes who keep an eye on everyone's progress. Since I have a good foundation in math, I often feel that they teach at a slower pace, and when I applied for advanced study of the latter part of the course, the teachers advised me to consolidate on my own or to choose something else related to do on my own because they need to take care of everyone's progress and can't give up on each and every student.
For me, looking back from my current perspective, some of the content in my math classes was a bit simplistic, which resulted in me going to university with a relatively weak foundation compared to my fellow students, so I needed to spend more time catching up on the points that the professors skipped over because they defaulted to those points as essential knowledge for high school. However, this may also be because I am now attending school in Hong Kong, and I have talked to my other classmates who stayed in Canada, and their feedback is that the teaching content is just right to help them connect perfectly with their university coursework. I remember English class with great fondness. Every year, I read two classic books in English class, and since I don't really have time to spend on extracurricular reading anymore, I miss the days when I could sit in the classroom and be led by my teachers to read these classic books. I give full marks to syllabus for English class!
The school also takes care of its students in terms of extracurricular activities. I remember that there is a swimming pool on campus and there are also volleyball and basketball teams, as well as some elective courses which I think also play a role in extracurricular activities. For example, in photography class, the school would assign a camera to each student and let us take photos freely. I joined the student council (kind of?) at that time and worked with the teachers to organize a lot of activities, which also gave me a lot of promotion. I would say that there are plenty of extracurricular activities at Royal Crown if you want to do them!
Royal Crown is a very international school, you can meet students from all over the world, take the initiative to chat with them, and you will feel your eyes widen. I think that as long as you are serious about your studies and are willing to ask questions and explore, you can get a very good education at Royal Crown and go on to one of Canada's top schools, which is not an exaggeration. Likewise, if you are just thinking about muddling through and perfunctory assignments, trying to use AI or paying someone to do your homework for you, then I would say to you that your high school life, while easy and happy, could be devastating to your future. It is also because of the international nature of the school that we need to be tolerant of different cultures, respecting and understanding, rather than judging different people based on their own upbringing.
(5) School Life
The Royal Crown School as I remember it was a pile of buildings outside a small forested park, open in the center to receive plenty of daylight; the small garden in the middle was the perfect place for us to play on snowy days. On the first floor were the laboratories, gymnasium, teachers' offices, etc. The second floor began to be decorated in what we remembered as a very typical American campus, and everyone was assigned a locker to put their belongings in, and I was very thankful that I was able to have one, otherwise I would have had to bring a lot of stuff to school every day, and I could leave my jacket and textbooks in the school's I can leave my jacket and textbooks in the school locker. Each classroom had a row of windows, which gave it an airy feeling, and I still have a photo album on my phone of the twilight I took through those windows during math class, which is very healing!
Yes! Royal Crown Academic School has made me feel at home! My guidance cares about every student's progress, and she would like me to help other students who are lagging behind, which shows that our guidance does not see this job as a mechanical job, but they really care about every student, and this care is point-to-point. Therefore, I suggest that every student should talk to their guidance about their concerns and hopes. I also remember the Halloween party that year, we were in the gymnasium, and there was not only a small haunted house but also a lot of booths to help you put on your Halloween make-up, as well as all kinds of Halloween desserts and drinks that were made by the teachers of the school. There was absolutely no need to pay for the Halloween experience that you could experience at school that was not inferior to an amusement park.
(5) School Location
The location of the school is not particularly remote but not in the city center either, but don't worry, there are many neighborhoods near the school, you can find a good homestay nearby or live in the school's dormitory, which has buses every morning and evening, which fully meets the transportation needs of all students. There are two different business districts on either side of the school, which have a lot of Chinese food, such as rice noodles, milk tea, hot pot, etc. You can also find a large supermarket around the school. The school is also surrounded by a very large supermarket, pharmacy and hospital. There is also a bus stop in front of the school, through which you can basically reach any place in Toronto.
Like I said in the beginning, Royal Crown can definitely send you to any top school as long as you have the right attitude. I don't think I was actually a very hard-working student back then, I was more inclined to enjoy the freedom of living on my own, but I received offers from many schools in Canada as well as scholarships that were not cheap. I also received offers from schools in the UK and Hong Kong, and I can say that without Royal Crown I would never have imagined that I would have been accepted to any of these schools. Choose Royal Crown! By being proactive and utilizing all of the resources here, you are sure to get the most optimistic and amazing acceptance results that will help you start your college experience!