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Roundtable Q&A Discussion About St. John's-Ravenscourt School (2021)

St. John's-Ravenscourt School alumni, current students, and parents shared their insights on the school’s culture, values, strengths, and weaknesses. Hear what Lillian, Betty Joe had to say about the school.

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Highlights from the Q&A discussion

Lillian — alum

Lillian graduated from St. John’s-Ravenscourt School in 2020 after spending the majority of her elementary school and all of her high school years there. During her time there, she appreciated the many academic and extracurricular opportunities that were offered. Those opportunities helped her find her passions and confidently pursue them inside and outside of the school environment. She feels that St. John’s-Ravenscourt School has a high academic standard that is student-generated, and cultivates a group of young academics who work hard, get involved, and volunteer their time to help the community. Lillian believes that she is well prepared for post-secondary education, and will be attending McGill University to pursue a degree in political science.

  • “I would have to say [what I appreciated most about St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] were the opportunities it gave me outside of the classroom. … I went on public speaking trips to Toronto to participate in the world public speaking competition, and I met people from around the world. I still have people that I network with from South Africa and India. [There were] so many crazy opportunities [for students at St. John’s Ravenscourt School], such as the network connections we made through alumni events, and volunteering [at various] places. I went and volunteered somewhere with my homeroom class in Grade 7, and I've been volunteering there for seven years now.”
  • “[St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] has allowed me to branch out to different places that are now big parts of my life. I think this year in university, I finally realized that that's not as common as I thought and that a lot of schools don't give you as many networking and opportunities and things like that. I think that's what has set me above other students [because of] how prepared and experienced I am because you can have similar academic levels or excellent academic levels, but having real-world experiences, opportunities, and connections that can't be replicated.”
  • “[What differentiates St. John’s-Ravenscourt School from other schools is that it has a] higher standard of expectation in academics, how much work [students are] going to put in, and how involved and how well-rounded you should be. I don't think the school pushes it on students; it's student-driven and student-generated. I think it just cultivates, and brings in a group of students that want to work hard, get involved, and want to give back to the community.”
  • “[At St. John’s-Ravenscourt School], you can be surrounded by a group of peers that are all trying hard, and want to succeed, which I don't think is present at other schools. It's a group of kids that set a high standard of excellence. It's one of our old mottos.”
  • “What I expect of myself is set higher than a lot of other students [in university], which just helps me because I got used to putting in a lot of work [at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School]. I'm used to branching out and making connections because it's what everyone did at [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School], and it's not what everyone does at universities.”
  • “When you go to [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School], you're going to have to study, and you're going to have to work hard. It's part of why I wanted to go there and why it's a good school.” 
  • “[St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] encourages kids to be passionate about things, which is really good because it helps kids find their passion, then it encourages them to follow them, to pursue them, and gives them opportunities to pursue them. … [Teachers at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] want to connect with each student, and know each student's name because it's a little bit smaller than some high schools, and can do that. So it's on a one-on-one level. They'll know each student, and you get individual attention. It's very personable in that way.”
  • “I probably never would have figured out that I was passionate about public speaking [if it weren't for St. John’s Ravenscourt School]. We had a public speaking class that everyone took as an elective in Grade 6. I found out I really liked it, and then the school was like, ‘you can keep doing that.’ I kept doing it, and the school was like, ‘hey, we can go to Toronto to do that.’ [I said], ‘Okay.’ [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] helps cultivate and helps you find what your passion is and then helps you pursue it.”
  • “[I think people would be most surprised about] the dedication of the teachers [at St. -John’s Ravenscourt School]. That's what I didn't expect when I showed up. I went to a public school [prior to enrolling at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] where teachers were good, and you have some that you like better, some that you like worse. At [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School], I found that the standard of teachers being willing to have extra time with students and give them extra help is so much higher than I expected, and so much higher than other schools.” 
  • “Pretty much any teacher [at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School], if you ask, ‘can you stay in during lunch?’ they're like happy to offer to help you. They'll stay after school to help you, and they'll give you extra worksheets and extra practice tests to help you. … Every teacher at [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] is dedicated to having the kids succeed and will put in a lot of extra effort, which I find surprising and impressive.”
  • “I think most of my classmates would agree that our best memories and our best experiences come from the extracurriculars at [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School], and not just class. We have a rock show that many people connected with and found a community there. There are so many clubs for things like trivia and sports. I have many close friends and communities from hockey, basketball, and soccer. Many people have a community that they've found [through the] the drama [program]. So if you come to [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School], don't just limit yourself to what you're being offered in class. Go out and look for those opportunities that [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] offers because there are so many, and they're really good.”
  • “My day-to-day favourite time of [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] was lunch, all for sure, and not just because the food is amazing, for the people, too.”
  • “[St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] taught me how to be self-motivated and diligent. I had [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] online virtual learning when I graduated, and then I shifted to university, and in university, if you don't keep up; you're gone. They do not check up on you. They do not call you to see how you're doing.”
  • “[St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] has [students] writing solid essays, they teach you how to write proper papers. … In university, they want the papers that [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] teaches, and I can always see a difference between [myself and other] students.”
  • “[St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] sets [students] where university is going to need you to be, which helped me so much.”
  • “[St. John’s-Ravenscourt School has a] university advisor, so she helps you apply. She is abundantly useful and so helpful. She had all of us that wanted to apply to a university come apply together, so we didn't make any mistakes, and it helped us with our applications. She's amazing. So she helped me apply to several universities, and I wanted to either go to McGill University for political science or the National Circus School for a college degree in circus arts. She magically managed to help me with both, so she was very versatile. I ended up picking McGill [University] because I wanted to do academics with the side of circus, as opposed to circus with the side of academics.”

Betty Joe — current parent

Betty Joe has a daughter in Grade 10 who currently attends St. John’s-Ravenscourt School. She feels that the school has positively impacted her daughter’s discipline, work ethic, and organizational skills. She appreciates the supportive teachers at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, and believes their consistency, kindness, and high expectations foster university preparedness in all of its students. Betty Joe is impressed with the many extracurricular activities that contribute to a well-rounded learning environment, which keeps students engaged and active.

  • “[My daughter] needed to change schools for Grade 7, so we were looking for another school. We had close friends who had recently put their child into kindergarten at [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School], and they couldn't say enough about how fantastic the school was. … Everyone at the school was so engaged with the whole process.”
  • “The academic piece [of St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] was what I expected, and it did not disappoint. I was surprised at all of the different extracurricular activities. … I didn't realize there were quite as many. The other piece, though, that kind of was a little unexpected was I found that there were a lot of kids still doing extra outside tutoring and taking a little bit more initiative. That kind of surprised me a bit, but I think it goes to the fact that these kids are just so driven, want to do well, and want to do these things.”
  • “The impact [of St. John’s-Ravenscourt School has been on my daughter’s] discipline and drive, and her organizational skills. The school is fostering university preparedness. I know it starts even earlier than Grade 7, but I quickly began to see it.” 
  • “One of the biggest impacts [of St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] has been on the development of [my daughter’s] routine, discipline, and the resulting success that she's had in her courses that is preparing her not only for university, but for life.”
  • “If you were to ask [my daughter], she would say ‘[St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] is a big school, it's hard, we get a lot of homework, we get way more homework than the public schools get, and it's way more challenging than the public schools.’ And I said, ‘is that a bad thing?’ She goes, ‘no.’ [My daughter] recognizes that [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] assigns more work, and [the students] probably work harder [than public school]. However, she also acknowledges that she wouldn't change it.”
  • “[Three words that describe St. John’s-Ravenscourt School are] caring, consistent, and driven. I didn't want ‘driven’ to be the predominant word there because I think it’s the kids who drive themselves to a degree, but it's because of the school. So I would say those three words.”
  • “Many of the families I have met during my time at [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] certainly focus a lot on academics, and there is certainly an appreciation for the extracurricular activities. … I think that maybe there's been more focus on academics than extracurriculars for obvious reasons. I think that people expect that their kids will be going to a place where people care about them, and where people are going to look out for them.”
  • “Over the last couple of years, the values that [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] has around academics, caring, and the expectations that they have on the kids align with the values of the parents, and what the parents were hoping to get.”
  • “Both my husband and I were impressed all along by the support, and the way that [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] was able to pivot, and do the whole virtual learning [during the pandemic]. We feel that it was special, and we're grateful for all of that because she did well. It was part of her personality, too. She kind of liked being in her room to go to school, but we're not certain by any means that if she was in a different school it would have been the same. The other thing that I think is fabulous is that [St. John’s-Ravenscourt School] had the kids do exams. I know that there was a little bit of stress or a little anxiety around that for some kids, but I think that was important and that it stayed in line with the values of the school. So I was very impressed with that.”

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