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Lakefield College School

School rating 4.9 / 5 by

4391 County Road #29 Lakefield ON K0L 2H0 Canada
Boarding
9th to 12th
Day
7th to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

Lakefield College School review by .

The school's academic program was excellent and highly customizable to each student's individual interests and goals. I felt that the AP program prepared me extremely well for my chemical engineering program at university. Once I arrived at university, it quickly became clear that I had a much deeper knowledge base of the particularly difficult subjects such as calculus than many of those around me. This made such a difference in my ability to succeed at a post-secondary level. The school has such a fantastic way of teaching - with a great mix of hands-on, experiential, and lecture-style learning. There was an emphasis on collaboration and people are always willing to help each other. On top of that, teachers give up a good portion of their lunch breaks each and every day for 'extra help' sessions for anyone who needed/wanted them. This was an amazing resource and was something that the teachers did because they care, not because they had to. The classes are small enough that students get lots of individual attention, but not so small that you lose some of the benefits that peers can offer in the classroom. Teachers are always available to help whenever you need, and there were even instances where teachers would offer special tutoring for SATs for those students wanting to pursue university outside of Canada. Average workloads were at a good level to prepare for university, but also allowed for extracurriculars and sports, which are another big emphasis at the school.

College Counseling

The college counseling program (referred to as 'guidance') at Lakefield is immensely helpful and gets....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The admissions process at Lakefield is comprehensive but not intimidating. The admissions staff are extremely....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Student life at Lakefield truly is amazing. The culture is so friendly and inviting, and students are welcomed with open arms. It's an environment that celebrates people's unique skills and personalities. The discipline system is very strict for drugs and alcohol, with a zero tolerance policy in effect. I believe that this is a necessary approach however, as it communicates very clear guidelines to students. The school's extensive financial aid system means that the socio-economic background of students is varied, as some students rely heavily or even exclusively on financial aid in order to attend. The school is actively trying....

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