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At Rosseau Lake College, culture is at the core of all we do, including academics. Each morning we gather as an entire community in a circle: we sing, give gratitude, look to the day ahead and generally look after each other. This supportive circle then extends to the classroom, and it is within the close-knit community that you will best learn and thrive. We understand the incredible value of our small class sizes, but this is only one part of truly engaging you in your capacity to think, respond, innovate, create, and reflect.

Our Personalized Learning Community is a strategic response to the challenge of motivating you in your learning. Our educators use assessment tools and practices to better understand your individual learning style. This ensures that teaching approaches and learning environments are a direct response to your particular strengths, challenges, and interests. As a result, you are truly at the forefront of the learning process. Teachers collaborate constantly as professionals to create a holistic learning community focused on building relevant skills and competencies for the benefit of students now and in the future.

Rosseau Lake College believes in providing a world-class, hands-on education with a focus on the environment, 21st Century skills, and entrepreneurship. We love to maintain the perhaps unlikely balance of connecting learning to the outdoors and our thriving Outdoor Education Program, while also applying cutting-edge technology in a meaningful way. With a core curriculum based on the descriptions of the Ontario Ministry of Education, Rosseau Lake College believes strongly in understanding each student’s learning preferences in order to foster engagement in the learning journey. By using authentic, real-world problems in the learning process, an RLC education is meaningful and relevant, allowing for a higher degree of engagement and success.

In their 12th Grade year, RLC students are asked to stand before their entire community and provide a statement of Personal Brand. In doing so, the students capture a sense of who they are as a person and a learner, reflecting on individual strengths and challenges and the many RLC experiences that have helped to shape a sense of self. There is no doubt that it is our students’ intellectual breadth, highly developed personal skills, and high level of self actualization that ensures a competitive advantage when applying to post-secondary programs.

Academic Schedule
Graduation Requirements

A total of eighteen compulsory credits are required:

  • 4 credits in English (1 per grade)
  • 1 credit in French as a Second Language
  • 3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in Science
  • 1 credit in Canadian History
  • 1 credit in Canadian Geography
  • 1 credit in the Arts
  • 1 credit in Physical and Health Education
  • 0.5 credit in Civics
  • 0.5 credit in Career Studies (taught as an integral part of the Guidance program)


  • 1 additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a native language, or a classical or international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education
  • 1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or cooperative education, or French as a second language
  • 1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education (Grades 9 – 12), or French as a second language, or cooperative education, or computer studies

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 optional credits.

40 Hours of Community Service and Literacy Test

Students, in order to graduate must perform a minimum of 40 hours of community work and pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

The organization of community involvement activities are largely the responsibility of the student, but the school does make opportunities available in order to help students satisfy this requirement.

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is undertaken during a student’s Grade 10 year or their first year at Rosseau Lake College, whichever comes first.