Discovery Days

Challenge is at the essence of our Discovery Week

At the end of our Academic Year, our students in all grade levels are given a one week opportunity to delve deeply into mechanics, engineering, culture, business, art, science and beyond by completing a project of their own design. Students are encouraged to choose a topic connected to a personal interest or passion, and to generally follow their own sense of curiosity. The project is an opportunity to specifically apply some of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the year and to learn something important of themselves that, in the end, resonates most strongly with them.

Courtney Tabobdung '20

Courtney used her Discovery Project as an opportunity to imagine, organize and host RLC’s first ever PowWow —a now annual event that involves local communities and invites students from all CIS schools.

Miles Carreau ‘24

Built a motorized go-kart, literally from scratch (and it really works!)

Zoe Mascarin ‘23

Designed an entirely sustainable “off grid” RLC.

Jordyn Fountain Macleod ‘21

Designed her own line of lip balm products that are now being marketed and sold in local shops.

Courtney Tabobondung ‘20

Used her Discovery Project as an opportunity to imagine, organize and host RLC’s first ever PowWow —a now annual event that involves local communities and invites students from all CIS schools.

Ryan Umphrey ‘20

Designed an opportunity to rebuild RLC’s sailing program.

Melissa Lloyd Ibarra ‘20

Discovered how we might minimize the harmful effects road salt has on ecosystems, a project that involved testing water samples from a local creek and Lake Rosseau for salt and chloride ion concentration and then researching alternatives to road salt.

Discovery Days have taught me that I cannot work on a project that I do not care about for a long period of time. They have taught me to prioritize my personal interests if I want to remain engaged. They have taught me to be flexible in my approach to solving a problem because there is always more than one way to do it.

– Melissa Lloyd Ibarra ‘20

Three Core Initiatives

There are three core initiatives to our Academic Program that ensure learning is entirely special and lasting for each individual student.