The academic atmosphere at Stanstead College is one where academic success is viewed very positively by not only the teachers but by ones peers. Academic success is celebrated at a number of occasions throughout the year. Students are truly challenged to set aspirational goals and to attain them, all while balancing a demanding schedule which includes not only academics but athletics, community service and social activities. I believe this to be one of the school’s greatest strength. The school teaches the Quebec curriculum for grade 7 through grade 11 and then, in grade 12, offer courses equivalent to Ontario’s grade 12 university preparatory courses. The school also offers an array of Advance Placement courses, providing outstanding enrichment opportunities. The academic program is dedicated as a university preparatory program exclusively.
The academics at Stanstead are very strong. While at Stanstead, I had classmates who were equally passionate and hardworking which encouraged me to try harder and harder. In my case, I wanted to be a Theoretical Physicist so in grade 12, I was suggested to take AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and Linear Algebra, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP English. The courses were very useful and made my transition into university seamless. However, I believe it was the teachers that caused me to excel. My AP Physics teacher was a Theoretical Physicist and was happy to stay after class to give me advice about the career path. To this day, I am very grateful for the education I received at Stanstead College, it has prepared me very well and given me the work ethic I need to succeed in undergraduate and graduate studies.
Stanstead is a prep school. To put it bluntly, if University is not the plan Stanstead is probably not the correct educational choice. It also does not have the courses, or facilities, available for someone interested in learning about, or entering a trade field. As a prep school, however, it offers an excellent education level that will set dedicated students up for a bright future. Courses are challenging, thorough, and hold students to a high level of accountability. Competitiveness between students really varied by social group, though the competitiveness I did witness was of a healthy nature. The small number of students at the school does limit the number of subjects offered, however clubs and organizations are also a large part of life at Stanstead and the faculty will work with students who are interested in pursuing subjects outside of the regular course offerings.