The Lakecrest Advantage

Founded in 1993, Lakecrest has been providing students with an exceptional education, a love of learning, the ability to think independently, and the confidence to reach their goals for over 20 years.

Located in the heart of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, we offer small class sizes with one-on-one attention, and a safe and nurturing environment for Kindergarten through to Grade 9. Our thorough, well-planned program is coupled with French instruction and a variety of other activities including music, art and sports. Our caring faculty and staff work with parents to form a close knit community in support of all students.

Lakecrest is accredited by CAIS, which is the preeminent organization of accredited independent schools in Canada dedicated to educational excellence, school improvement, and organizational leadership.

Our current student population is 187 students with an average class size of 17. Approximately one third of our families have come to St. John’s from different locations in the international oil industry including the United States, England, Scotland and Norway, among others. A significant portion of our students are from families hailing from parts of the globe such as India, Norway, Nigeria, United Kingdom, and Egypt, creating a rich and diverse community from which has risen a vibrant school culture with a focus on learning and international mindedness.

Lakecrest is governed by a Board of Directors elected from among the parents of the school and interested community members. The Head of School as well as the Home & School Association have status on the Board.

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization provides a program of studies for students from Kindergarten to Grade Twelve. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland this organization coordinates supports and accredits schools in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. There are currently 288 IB world schools in Canada.

The program which Lakecrest Independent School is currently preparing to adopt is the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). The PYP provides enrichment for all students from Kindergarten to Grade Six, regardless of their academic standing. Subsequently it is planned that the IB Middle Years Program for Grades Seven to Nine will be considered.


RATIONALE

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provides a provincial curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade Twelve, which specifies that grade level student learning outcomes are to be met by students at each grade level. The PYP provides for the completion of these grade level requirements as well as additional teaching and learning objectives. Learning through inquiry is the dominant teaching/learning strategy promoted by the PYP.

The PYP provides for six interdisciplinary “units of inquiry” at each grade level. These are developed using the provincial curriculum for much of the content. The interdisciplinary approach for the Kindergarten to Grade 6 levels provides for integration of much of the subject material which has been traditionally taught independently. Perhaps this change is most noteworthy in the fine arts and physical education. These traditionally separate subject areas now become integral parts of inquiry units taught at each grade level. Formal scheduled weekly meetings among physical education, music, art classroom teachers ensure that each unit of inquiry includes components of these subject areas.

As an international program the IB PYP promotes the development of a global view. However it is a strongly held belief in the IB program that in order to understand and appreciate other cultures a student must first understand his/her own culture. Thus the PYP at Lakecrest will include much emphasis on bringing students to a deeper understanding of our Newfoundland and Labrador culture as they learn about others.

Personal development is a required component of the PYP. For example students discover through inquiry and construct new concepts, but are then required to take action. Thus students understand the value of learning and how knowledge obtained can be used to make the world a better place.

PYP students, parents and teachers work collaboratively to encourage and develop the IB “student profile”. This is ensured by the required inclusion of planned activities which promote the development the traits of the PYP student profile in teacher daily lesson plans and the culture of the school. The PYP student profile includes the following traits: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

The new International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program will be the first of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador. Lakecrest reflects the goals, beliefs, values and vision of both the provincial and IB curriculum and will thus provides for students an enriched program of studies for all students at all grade levels.

 

Lakecrest Advantages Summary

Class size – class size is small and classes are monitored to ensure
that all students receive an equal portion of teacher/student time.

Lakecrest students perform in the provincial test at the top in the province year over year.

“Lakecrest Independent School is the best value in private school education in the country” – Canadian Accredited Independent Schools

Lakecrest is the only school in NL which has successfully achieved accreditation provincially, nationally with Canadian Accredited Independent Schools, and internationally as a Primary Years Program International Baccalaureate World School. As a result, Lakecrest provides for students the most progressive and well researched curriculum and teaching available.

Parental Expectations – Parents whose children attend Lakecrest have made a strong commitment to their child’s education. There is a culture of similar student academic and personal development expectations throughout the parent and student body. Parents partner with teachers to provide the best experience for each student.

Lakecrest students explore topics which are part of the provincial curriculum with greater depth of treatment and apply ideas to international themes.

Lakecrest focuses on the development of learning attitudes and behaviors. The International Baccalaureate student learning profile is constantly reinforced by all teachers and administration.

Teaching strategies used by teachers focus on how important it is for students to have the opportunity to build on what they know and then use new learning experiences to construct new knowledge and understandings.

Lakecrest provides opportunities for students in the same class to reach for different levels of accomplishment depending on their interests and strengths in an academic area – a personalized education.

Lakecrest teachers are highly trained and qualified. In addition to postsecondary teacher certification teachers have had ongoing national and international professional development. As a result, the most current well researched pedagogy and training is provided for teachers. There are also weekly collaborative meetings of Lakecrest teachers as well as major workshop opportunities in other cities. This ensures that all students have the opportunity to be enriched and achieve their best.

Only teachers from IB accredited schools are permitted to attend the international workshop sessions which best ongoing professional development opportunities available in the world. Our professional development resource base for teachers is national and international, as well as provincial.