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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about our Summer Academy and Programs? Read through our most frequently asked questions listed below or contact us today.


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  • Programming Information

    Who will be teaching and staffing summer programming? What are their credentials? 
    All academic courses are taught by certified teachers. Teachers have relevant experience for the particular course area in which they are teaching.

    LCS Summer Academy Staff have or are working towards a relevant undergraduate degree or post-secondary diploma, have experience in a residential camp, boarding school, or coaching environment, are certified in First Aid and CPR/AED, and have relevant certifications to their assigned area (e.g., waterfront will have NLS requirement). 

    What is the average class size?
    Campers at Lakefield College School benefit from an instructor to student ratio of 8:1. We are pleased to offer small intimate classes with strong student supports.

    Do your programs require minimum English proficiency?
    Yes. Any camper who is not currently enrolled at LCS, for whom English is not their first language, will be required to complete an online English proficiency assessment prior to admission. This helps to ensure that the student will be able to function safely and successfully in the Summer Academy. We will send you the web-based assessment when we acknowledge your application. If you have an alternate recent English Language Proficiency test you would like to use, please connect with us to further discuss.  
    Do you offer both day and overnight options? If so, how do you ensure day and overnight participants build community in your on-campus programs?
    Yes - we offer both day and overnight options for our summer academy participants. There are community gatherings daily (in the size permitted by public health), including morning and lunch outdoor gatherings. These shared experiences offer time for reflection, check-ins and community building.

    Campers will have ample opportunity to engage with each other during course time, as collaboration, project-based learning, and authentic learning form part of each course. During the afternoons, campers have the chance to interact with each other outside in athletic and outdoor activities (as cohorting protocols allow). 

    A couple of the programs mention camping. Do campers need to bring camping equipment or will this be provided? 
    General camping equipment--tents, paddles, canoes, stoves--will be provided, but individual camping items may be required (e.g., headlamp, biodegradable soap, etc.). These individual items will be on the packing list and we will provide examples of where these items can be purchased.

    When can I expect to receive more detailed information about my program and how to prepare?
    We will be sending a welcome letter in the coming months and then the more detailed information and answers closer to the program start date. In the interim, we hope that our FAQ will help answer some of the questions you might have. If uncertain, please feel free to contact us.

    Will a packing list be sent? 
    Yes. This information is shared closer to the program start.
  • Schedule and Attendance

    What does a typical day look like on campus?
    A sample Monday through Friday schedule for overnight and day students in blended courses and enrichment programs will follow a similar pattern to the schedules below. Learning Languages Outdoors programs differ because of camping excursions and language immersion, and the Dance Intensive program will have a unique dance-focussed schedule.

    Sample Schedule for Academic Courses:
    8:00 - 8:25 am
    8:20 - 8:25 am
    Day Camper Drop-Off
    8:30 - 8:45 am
    Outdoor Gathering
    8:50 - 12:30 pm
    Class Time
    12:30 - 1:00 pm
    1:00 - 1:45 pm
    Free Time
    1:45 - 4:30 pm
    Camp Activities
    4:30 pm
    Day Camper Pick-Up
    4:30 - 5:45 pm
    Free Time 
    6:00 - 6:45 pm
    6:45 - 7:45 pm
    Evening Programming
    7:45 - 9:45 pm
    9:45 - 10:15 pm 
    Snack and Reflection
    10:30 pm
    Lights Out

    Sample Schedule for Enrichment Programs:
    8:00 - 8:25 am
    8:20 - 8:25 am
    Day Camper Drop-Off
    8:30 - 8:45 am
    Outdoor Gathering
    8:50 - 12:30 pm
    Academic/Activity Rotations
    12:30 - 1:00 pm
    1:00-1:45 pm
    Free Time
    1:45 - 4:30 pm
    Academic/Activity Rotations
    4:30 pm
    Day Camper Pick-Up
    4:30 - 5:45 pm
    Free Time 
    6:00 - 6:45 pm
    6:45 - 8:45 pm
    Evening Programming
    8:45 - 10:00pm
    Free time including snack and reflections
    9:00 -10:30pm 
    Technology Collection and Lights Out*
    *Lights out timing is program dependent

    Are all programs Monday - Friday?
    The Learning Languages Outdoors programs run seven days/week, although students will have quiet time in their schedules to take time for themselves.

    The Blended Learning courses have classes Mondays through Fridays for the in-person part of the course. Day students will therefore be on campus Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Overnight students will be with us for the full three weeks and be asked to arrive at a specified time the day before their program begins in-person and will depart on the final Friday of their program at their specified time (approximately three weeks total). There will be additional activities on the weekends for overnight students.Our Enrichment programs are all five-day intensive experiences, from Monday through Friday. Overnight students will be asked to arrive at a specified time on the Sunday before their program begins and will depart Friday at their specified time.

    Online courses will have a minimum of two synchronous hours of class per week (Monday through Friday), combined with asynchronous work and specific due dates. Will attendance be taken? Attendance at classes and all scheduled activities is compulsory (including afternoon programming, excursions, and camping trips). For online classes, attendance at synchronous sessions is compulsory. Should a student need to miss class time or activity time for a personal or medical reason, their parent/guardian should follow the School Life Guide policies for missing class. Any unreported absence from classes or scheduled program activities will result in an Unexcused Absence, and parents will be informed.

    What if a student needs to miss a block of time?
    Summer Academy credit courses are condensed and move very quickly. A student may be able to catch up from missing one or two days of classes, but more than that would make it very difficult to complete the course successfully. My course takes place over Canada Day (July 1).

    Am I expected to be present for my program?
    As these are condensed programs, the expectation is that students will be present on July 1 if no break in the program is indicated (both online and blended programs).
  • Academic Credit Courses

    What is the time expectation for blended courses while students are working remotely or for online courses?
    Students should anticipate working approximately 4-5 hours per weekday on their course while working remotely. The teachers will arrange live (synchronous) meetings with students, and there will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous work. 

    Are there exams or culminating projects for all credit course programs? 
    All credit course programs will have either a culminating project or a final exam. There will be numerous assessments, large and small, throughout the course.  

    How will student progress be reported? 
    All students in credit courses will receive a midterm and final report card, with a numeric grade, comment, and learning skills. These reports will be available electronically. For external students, a copy of their final grades will be submitted for their Ontario Student Record (OSR), if applicable. 

    I have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) at my current school. Will this apply during my course with LCS Summer Academy?
    If you require any course accommodations, please contact us and include a copy of your Psychoeducational Assessment and Diagnostic Letter. You are welcome to include your current IEP as well. LCS students who have Course Provisions will be provided with accommodations for the summer programs.
  • Online Courses

    What is the expectation for time spent online for courses?
    All Ontario credit courses require 110 hours of instruction. For online courses, students should anticipate at least 4-5 hours per day of time devoted to the course throughout its duration--in independent studying, collaborating with other students, and virtual synchronous classes.
    Teachers will arrange times to meet with their class that accommodate the various time zones of their students, and students can anticipate at least two live (synchronous) meetings per week. Teachers will also have hours available for individual check-ins with students. 
    Are the online portions of courses taught live or pre-recorded?
    A combination of live (synchronous instruction) and pre-recorded (asynchronous) sessions will be offered within a course. Teachers will arrange times to meet synchronously with their students at least twice weekly.
    How will students joining from a different time zone access the online courses?
    Our faculty are experienced with teaching across multiple time zones. Students will be able to access the course (24 hours per day) from wherever they are as long as they have reliable access to high speed internet. Within one week before the start of the course, taking into consideration the various time zones, the teacher will arrange to meet with all of the students.
    What are the attendance requirements for online programs?
    Students are required to attend all synchronous meetings, and missing these meetings will be documented as an unexcused absence (and parents will be notified). 
    Are there midterm and final exams? Group projects?
    All credit course programs will have either a culminating project or a final exam. There will be numerous assessments, large and small, throughout the course. LCS places a high value on collaboration, so students can expect some group work.
  • Overnight Programming

    What will weekend programming look like for overnight campers on days when there are no classes?
    Campers will have a full schedule on non-class days, with some time allotted to study, some to recreation/free time, and some off campus excursions, COVID-permitting.

    When should campers be dropped off and picked up for the overnight programs? 
    Overnight students will arrive at a specified time (to be sent in your arrival communication letter)the day before their program begins. A welcome BBQ dinner will be had on the first evening.
    When should we pick up our child from LCS Summer Academy if they are part of the overnight program?
    Boarding students should be picked up at 4:30pm on the last day of programming. Students will have had lunch, but not dinner before departure.
    If travelling by plane, when should flights be booked? 
    We request that all students who are travelling by plane share their travel plans with Jen Horrigan (Coordinator of International Students and Travel) before booking their flights as there may be additional protocols that could impact travel dates. 

    Do you offer airport transfer? 
    Please contact Jen Horrigan (Coordinator of International Students and Travel) directly to arrange airport pickups (at an additional cost) and any other travel needs.

    Where do students sleep?
    Students will stay in a single or shared room in one of our air-conditioned residences on our beautiful 315-acre waterfront campus. Room and residence assignments are dependent on course, student age, and possible cohorting requirements. There will be a maximum of 3 students in one residence room.
    Live-in residential staff provide supervision and support 24/7. 

    Where will students eat?
    Our overnight campers will enjoy breakfast in their residences or Winder Smith Dining Hall, and lunch and dinner in the dining hall or outdoors. Our day students will join us for a delicious lunch in the dining hall or outdoors. There is always a variety of options for meals and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Hot entrees range from classic Canadian dishes to world cuisine, and there's always something delicious for everyone. 
    Do you accept and honour rooming requests?
    We accept rooming requests and do our best to accommodate, COVID-19 protocols allowing.
    Will LCS students be placed in the same room that will be assigned to them in the fall?
    No. However, for students in the Learning English Through the Outdoors, Credit Course, we will support the transfer of belongings when the program ends.
    What about laundry?
    Laundry services are available to overnight campers (included in Summer Academy fees) once per week for the multi-week programs. Coin-operated (pay) machines are also available, for camper use, in the residence and in the main academic block for the five-day programs.
  • Logistics and Policies

    Are students required to have their own computer? What technology is required?
    For all programs where there is a credit course involved, and also for the Research Intensive program, students should plan to bring a laptop. Our Information Systems department will support students in accessing the school network and any relevant software programs. 

    Campers in our Grove Prep programs and Dance Intensive do not need a laptop or computer. If campers would like to bring a tablet or cell phone for personal use, they can do so but need to follow LCS’s Technology Responsible Use Agreement, Personal Device User Agreement Policy, and School Life Guide. 
    What is the LCS Summer Academy’s policy on use of mobile phones? Are campers allowed to use them while at the Summer Academy? 
    Campers may bring their mobile phone. LCS will provide the guidelines for their use. At certain times (during class, when on camping trips, after lights out, during meals, during morning gathering), campers will not be permitted to have access to their phones. 

    To encourage healthy sleeping habits, all LCS Summer Academy & Program campers will be asked to turn in their technology to the residential staff on duty prior to lights out. 
    Is there bussing for day students?
    Currently there is no bussing available for day students for our summer program. If the number of day students makes it viable, we would consider providing bussing from a central pick-up in Peterborough at an additional cost. 

    What is the dress code while on campus?
    There is no uniform required for our Summer Academy, but during the academic portion of the schedule and at all meals, campers should be in clean casual dress, and during the activity portion, should dress for the specific activity in which they are participating.
  • Health and Safety

    Is the Summer Academy Ontario Camping Association (OCA) regulated? 
    The Lakefield Summer Academy adheres to all the health and safety policies applicable to operating an independent, primarily boarding school. Our safety policies and procedures are accredited by CAIS (Canadian Association of Independent Schools). Although we are not OCA certified (as we operate as a school, not a summer camp), we are very familiar with their policies and meet or exceed their expectations routinely.

    We also follow Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA) and Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) regulations for waterfront and physical activities as well as all local public health guidelines.

    Can you accommodate dietary restrictions? 
    Our dining hall services, provided by Aramark, routinely accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies. Families will be asked about dietary restrictions when completing their health forms. Once we are aware of a student’s needs, we can work with dining hall services to accommodate them.

    Can campers with severe allergies attend LCS summer programming? 
    We are accustomed to having a number of students on campus each year who have anaphylactic reactions. For any allergy, it is essential that its existence and severity is documented on our medical information forms. Campers who do not have health information on record prior to arriving on campus for their session will not be allowed to take part in the summer program.
    Campers who have anaphylactic reactions will also be required to bring two EpiPens (one to carry with them, and one available for our Health Centre staff). Our First Aid Kits, at all program stations, are also equipped with EpiPens.  

    How far is the nearest hospital? 
    The nearest hospital is the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, which is 20 minutes away.

    COVID Procedures and Protocols
    Lakefield College School has worked closely with the local public health unit and a team of health experts to keep both our day and boarding students safe and healthy since the pandemic began. Our general safety procedures, which we will follow for the duration of the Summer Academy, can be found here.

    We will continue to develop and refine policies related to testing, cohorting, and other COVID-related protocols in adherence with local public health guidelines as the spring progresses. You can expect an update prior to your program that will make clear any requirements we may have for incoming students, including testing prior to arrival on campus.
    Does Lakefield have a Vaccination Policy
    LCS has made an ongoing commitment to prioritizing the safety of the school community. In an effort to proactively combat the pandemic, all LCS Summer Academy students 11 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Health Canada-approved vaccination. 

    All campers 11 years old and above are expected to be fully vaccinated before arrival to campus for their LCS Summer Academy program unless they have filed a valid medical exemption. Please be prepared to upload your vaccination certificate when filling out LCS health forms.

    The school strongly recommends that students that are eligible in the under 11 age group are vaccinated.
  • Payment and Registration

    I'm not sure which courses would be the best choice. Who should I talk to? 
    It is always a good idea to check with a guidance counsellor at your school about any credit course selection. The guidance counsellor can check prerequisites, share opportunities the course might open in the future, and offer academic counselling. For students in Grade 8, contacting the Guidance department of their future high school is also a good idea.

    My child is interested in a course that is meant for a different grade level. Are they able to sign up? 
    The courses designated Grade 9, 10, and 11 are usually open to students who are at or above that Grade level (meaning a Grade 11 student can take Grade 10 French or Grade 10 Science if they don't already have this credit and have the correct prerequisites).  Some courses are open to any grade level, like the Seed to Table: Adventures in Eco-Farming course. Please check with a guidance counsellor about what might be right for you.

    My child is going to school in a different province or country. Are they eligible for the LCS Academy & Summer Programs courses?
    Any student is welcome to apply for LCS Academy and Summer programs and, if applicable, earn an Ontario Secondary School credit. The student should consult with the guidance department at their school to determine whether the credit can be given equivalency in their home province/country. Equivalency will vary from province to province, country to country and from course to course.

    For a student who is external to LCS--once the application is submitted, how long will it be until the decision is received?
    The LCS Summer Academy committee meets weekly to review applications. Students external to LCS are required to submit a reference letter, recent report card, and an English language proficiency assessment (if English is not the student’s first language). Applications cannot be reviewed until all documentation has been received, so be sure to encourage your referee to complete the form at their earliest convenience. Once we have received all the necessary supporting documents the application will be reviewed and a decision will be communicated. 

    Is there a registration deadline for any of the programs? 
    Registration will close approximately two weeks prior to the program start date or when the program is full. We suggest that you register as early as possible in order to secure your choice of sessions. Unless the website says a session is full, that program remains open to registrants. 

    Can LCS students pay for summer programming at the same time as paying for their 2022/23 academic year tuition? 
    Unfortunately, no. The billing process for summer programs is separate from that of the school year.

    What forms of payment are accepted? 
    Payment is by credit card, and we accept Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX. 

    Is tax included in the program costs?

    Are there additional costs that we can plan for that are not included in the program fee? 
    Program fees for overnight students include three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) plus snacks, programming, field trips (if applicable), course credit (if applicable), a shared room space, plus shared camping equipment (if applicable), such as tents, cooking stoves, etc. 

    Program fees for day students include lunch, programming, field trips (if applicable), and course credit (if applicable).

    Program fees do not include airport transfers or taxi services (if applicable), additional excursions (e.g., if a student decides to stop at a Tim Horton’s on a walk into town), additional tutoring/training, or personal items, including laptops, textbooks (if applicable) and notebooks. Items that campers will be expected to bring will be included in the packing list.

    It is a good idea for students to have access to a nominal amount of pocket money for snacks and personal items they may wish to purchase.
  • Registration Changes After Enrolment

    Refund Policies
    Refunds depend on circumstances. Please review the information below.

    Travel Restrictions/Visa
    Despite the challenges that the world has faced as a result of COVID-19, we remain incredibly grateful to be in a position that has allowed us to continue with in-person instruction. We will endeavour to do the same for our 2022 LCS Summer Academy with the appropriate safety precautions in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students and community.
    Full refunds will be provided to families in the event of summer programming cancellation or the inability of a student to enter Ontario, Canada due to government travel restrictions. As well, should we need to significantly alter our summer programming activities or content we will communicate changes as early as possible and allow families to withdraw or defer registration with no financial penalty. 
    Student Change of Plans
    For all Summer Academy Programs, we will provide full refunds until April 29th, 2022 (minus a $25 administrative fee). From April 30th or up until 25% or less of the program is completed, a refund of 50% can be received. After 25% or more of the program is completed, no refund will be given. 

    Withdrawal and Credit Courses/Transcript
    For students in Grade 9 and 10 courses who withdraw after their course has begun, the course will not appear on their Ontario transcript no matter when they withdraw. 

    For students in Grade 11 and 12 courses, the course will not appear on their Ontario transcript provided they withdraw earlier than five instructional days after receiving their mid-term report for the course. If the student withdraws after that time, the withdrawal is noted with a W on the transcript, and the percentage mark at the time of withdrawal is recorded.

    What if there aren’t enough students to run a program?
    We will make every effort to meet our minimum enrolment number for each course/program. However, if there are fewer than 5 students enrolled in a specific program, we will need to cancel that session. Decisions about cancelling programs where enrolment is low will be communicated to families a minimum of two weeks before the program start date and we will make every effort to provide you with alternative options.

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324


Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.
Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.

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