The RLC Postgraduate Program is an additional year after a student has completed their high school diploma, but before they enter post-secondary education. It provides a period of structured independence, offering participants the opportunity to live within a supportive, academically oriented environment while refining skills, improving grades, and gaining life experience in preparation for success at the post-secondary level.
The Postgraduate Program might be right for you, if you are:
-Undecided or unsure about your post-secondary educational path
-Compelled by a sense of adventure
-Feeling a need to develop rudimentary, soft, and executive-functioning skills
-Feeling a need to see what the world is all about
-Unexcited by the prospects of post-secondary education
Participating students gain the support of a community of like-minded peers who share academic aspirations and living together in a dedicated residence. Working with our Program Coordinator, participants can ensure a highly-personalized experience, driven by individual need, interest and ambition. Students are encouraged to use the time to gain new experiences, taking advantage of the full breadth of the RLC curricular and co-curricular areas.
Some students will focus on credit recovery, building their transcripts, or taking prerequisite courses that may have been missed while they were completing their graduate diplomas. Others will see the year as a chance to capitalize on a sense of adventure, such as making the most of the Round Square travel and conference events. Still others will use the year to develop work and volunteer experience to further support their post-secondary applications.
For most students, the year is a mixture of all of those things. It's a time to grow and learn; to follow curiosities while feeling a sense of belonging within an academic community. Participants acquire confidence and independence; they develop a sense of purpose, and begin to see that there’s life outside of school, as well as adjacent to it. Through lived experiences, it ensures the continued development of:
-Confidence and self worth
-Empathy and open-mindedness
-Academic and executive functioning skills
-Self-advocacy, problem solving, critical and creative thinking
-Personal health and wellness
-Social, emotional and physical awareness
-A sense of self as it relates to personal, academic and professional goals.
Develop your transcript
Gain full access to RLC’s robust academic program to continue preparing requirements for post-secondary admissions and scholarship applications, and building out your academic transcript. Participants will also be able to take AP courses, contributing to their post-secondary degree requirements.
Travel with purpose
Through our accreditation with Round Square School, access to over 200 schools internationally, and an abundance of travel and service opportunities. PG participants will also take part in an outtrip offering unique challenges, as well cementing relationships.
Further refine a post-secondary plan
Consult regularly with our post-secondary counsellor, identifying opportunities, passions, ambitions and direction. Visit university and college fairs and tour campuses to get a better sense of what to expect when moving into post-secondary settings. Work with the PG Program Coordinator, to continuously reflect upon the overall experience, creating a context for all challenges and ambitions.
Gain personal experience
Access leadership roles within including those related Academic, Co Curricular and Student Life support, including coaching and classroom responsibilities, weekend and evening activities, and student-led committees.
Develop life skills
Develop a personal health and wellness plan, accounting for nutrition, active living, and physical care. Complete courses and accreditation for lifeguarding, first aid, and wilderness first responder.
Working with the Program Coordinator, participants will develop a personal health and wellness plan, accounting for:
Through our partnerships and relationships with local businesses, students may gain professional experiences in a diverse range of professions:
Regular consultation with our post-secondary counsellor:
Working with the Program Coordinator, participants will: