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Lakefield College School

Student rating 5/ 5 by Wilfrid Laurier University student
4391 County Road #29 Lakefield ON K0L 2H0 Canada

Academic

Lakefield College Schoolreview by Wilfrid Laurier University student. Lakefield College School provided everything you need in terms of academics when preparing for University. I cannot say they lacked in any particular aspect. They have a great programs with lots of resources whether it be drama or music or the sciences. As for the student body they are extremely friendly and welcoming. You won't walk down the hall without seeing a smiling face and a joyful welcome. When it comes to academics students are generally striving to do their best which creates some competitiveness which I found to really help. You want to do your best and help those around you do their best. When it comes to the teachers at Lakefield they are top notch. The teaching style varies from teacher to teacher but for the most part it was more focused on discussions with peers rather than lecture based. Personally I found this a great way to learn and really remember what was taught that day in class. The class size is around 20 students per class. The teachers really do want to help you and see you do your best so they are always available whether it be after class or during lunch time. The workload isn't anything to be afraid of and can be easily handled by any student. Extra help is regularly available to all students in all classes. Most extra help is conducted either during lunch hours or after school.

College Counseling

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  • "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

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  • "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 transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "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. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Quality of Life at Lakefield College School was outstanding. Many students enjoy the all you can eat in the dinning hall and flexibility in meal choice. There are also many staff at the school willing to help and assist you in anything you need which greatly helped the quality of life and make school that much better. Everyone at the school is extremely friendly and willing to help. I promise you that once you get into the 'Grove' spirit you will fall in love with the school. The school has many rules as do any school and they have their own ways of disciplining students. In general the school is fairly liberal when it comes to discipline and strongly believes in second chances. The houseparents are always around and there to help you in anyway they can. They make sure the boarding house in tidy and neat while yet still allowing students to be individual in the way they decorate and arrange their room.

Student life is extremely important at Lakefield and students must take part in an extracurricular activity every term whether it be hockey or recreational skiing. After school every day excluding Mondays students take part in an extracurricular activity that generally lasts for an hour, which is roughly 5 hours a week for sports and activities since their is extracurricular on Saturdays as well. This balance of academics and sports along with leisure creates a very well rounded individual who learns to manage their time and get everything done on time. The activities that I took part in were swimming (outside of school) and tennis. I am a competitive swimmer so I was allowed to swim outside of school and this counted as my extracurricular activity. I was also apart of the tier one tennis team at Lakefield and as always we had a huge rivalry with Trinity School, our schools biggest rival.