And all learners need support. Some need mentorship to balance their learning experiences, while others need to develop learning habits, from note taking to advocacy. Through the direction of the Student Success Program Coordinator, John Dinner, and our guidance team, headed by Mrs. Jane Audet, students access a range of programs, tools, and supports. Some are based in the curriculum, such as Learning Strategies courses. Others are more tailored, including conferencing, counselling, and the leveraging of office hours and flex time.
Beginning in Grade 9, our Guidance Team, lead by Mrs. Jane Audet, works with students through the process of contemplating, identifying, preparing, and planning their post-secondary career. By Grade 11, students will have identified their personal strengths, interests, aspirations, and ambitions. Mrs. Audet works with them to find the program or programs that reflect those attributes. By Grade 12, the process becomes more directed, and Mrs. Audet maintains consistent communication with students, parents and teachers, to ensure every aspect of the application process is well accounted for.
Every RLC student is provided with a mentor. A mentor is a teacher who models critical and creative strategies to support students in their ability to adapt to complex real world problems. A mentor demonstrates good citizenship, empathy, and guides students in self-reflective activities that will help to develop a strong understanding of themselves as learners.
Mentors are the main point of contact within the communication chain between teachers and students and administration. If students are having difficulties within a particular course, they can consult their Mentor who will guide and foster healthy communication with the course teacher.
Mentors are also a valuable point of contact between teachers, administration, and for parents and guardians. If a parent or guardian has questions or concerns, the Mentor will facilitate that discussion with the appropriate people.
In addition to one-on-one mentorship, students are also placed within Mentor Groups. A Mentor Group is a small group of students, including members from across all the grades, who meet together daily. The Mentor Group helps ensure close bonds between students, and strengthens the RLC community.
Our teachers are continually looking beyond the academic schedule to support student success: during office hours, lunch hours, and at weekends and evenings. Further, teachers are able to partner students with peer tutors as well as professional, subject-specific tutors. RLC also works with Prep Academy Tutors who provide an online tutoring service.
Our students have an advantage when applying for post-secondary education. Year over year 100% of our graduates are accepted at their top schools of choice, throughout Canada, the US and beyond.
Over the past 5 years our graduates have received admission offers from the following institutions.
Bishop’s University, University of British Columbia, Carleton University, Conestoga College, Dalhousie University, Durham College, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Fanshawe College, St. Francis Xavier University, George Brown College, University of Guelph, Humber College, Huron University College, King’s University College, Lakehead University, McGill University, McMaster University, Mohawk College, Northern College, Nipissing University, OCAD University, Ontario Tech University, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, Sheridan College, Simon Fraser University, Toronto Metropolitan University, Trent University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Windsor, York University
Middlebury College, University of Edinburgh, Australian National University, University of Hong Kong, Kingston University, University of Mexico, Paris School of Business, St. Lawrence University, University of Texas