Well Known Figures Who Are Boarding School Alumni of Lakefield College School

What do Hollywood actors; famous athletes and musicians; leading politicians, business leaders and His Majesty the King of Spain have in common? They are all alumni of an independent boarding school education at Lakefield College School (LCS). Roughly 6 percent of Canadian students attend independent schools in Canada, along with international peers from all over the world. It is well known that an independent boarding school education prepares students exceptionally well for success in university and life, and not surprising that a number of very successful cultural, political and economic leaders have attended boarding and private schools. Progressive and caring boarding school communities like LCS instill the skills and values that empower a student’s individuality and confidence to achieve the most ambitious goals. An intended benefit of these supportive environments is an education in leadership, which develops a student's strong sense of self-concept. This belief in their own abilities and…

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What is the difference between an ‘educational agent’ and an ‘educational consultant’?

Many families, once they have decided to pursue a boarding education or even just a short term educational experience abroad, turn to a local contact to help them find the right opportunity. Let’s face it, if you are in a foreign country or even a major city, and even if language isn’t an issue, finding a school that is appropriate to your child’s wants and needs is a daunting task. Often times, it is easier to have someone who deals with schools and education opportunities on a daily basis give you a hand. There are two options available to most families: consult an agent or hire an educational consultant. Like any decision to engage someone for advice, paid or otherwise, it is best to do a little homework before making your choice. Educational Consultants are generally professionals who charge a family a fee for service which usually includes interviews, learning…

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In Praise of Small Senior Elementary Schools

As a consultant and a Director of Enrollment I have encountered the problem of parents second guessing the value of a small school for their children as they approach the senior elementary years. It is usually a question of balancing a tween's social needs with their educational needs. Socially, senior elementary students are looking for more activities like dances and more athletic opportunities, things smaller schools can struggle with or are unable to provide. Yet Grade 7 and 8 students are not quite ready to be mainstreamed with Grade 11 and 12 students. Academically, smaller schools generally produce students well prepared for secondary school because they have had all important teacher time in an environment appropriate to their age level. They also have more opportunities to begin experiencing leadership roles as the 'senior' students in a small school. Parent anxiety about their child gaining entry to selective secondary schools can be…

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