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Online Courses

Not able to join us in person? Earn a high school credit over the summer and choose from a wide breadth and variety of learning opportunities to enjoy. Students can choose from seven-week interdisciplinary credits or four-week courses.

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  • One of three Canadian members of the Global Online Academy

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  • Ontario Secondary School credit awarded

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  • Four to seven-week duration

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  • Engage with peers from around the world

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  • Small class size

 
 

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  • Engage Peers around the World

    Our full range of enrichment experiences and credit-courses delivered through our virtual learning experience allows teenagers to pursue passions and challenge themselves while interacting online, in small groups, with peers from around the world.
  • Leaders in Remote Education

    Among Lakefield’s many national and international affiliations, it is one of only three Canadian members of the Global Online Academy, an international consortium of over 200 independent schools and a leader in providing mission-driven, learner-centered online education and teacher training. Our summer program teachers are GOA-trained, allowing us to provide students a terrific remote learning experience based on a world-leading pedagogy of engagement.  Students will develop strong relationships with teachers and with each other through our innovative blend of synchronous and non-synchronous learning.
  • Enhance Academic and Leadership Skills

    Lakefield College School summer programs are available to students aged 13-18 (Grades 9-12). Our courses offer students a head start to the school year, provide opportunities that will  enhance academic, leadership and life skills today and prepare students for a successful future in high school, at post secondary and in life.

The flexibility to learn from anywhere in the world!

LCS online courses are packed full of engaging learning materials, provide one-on-one teacher support and provide excellent feedback and assessment opportunities for each learner. Students learn from each other as well as from their teacher, participating in a range of activities and discussions designed to encourage deeper learning and collaboration among peers on learning tasks between classes.

Course Offerings, Dates and Fees

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  • Grade 10 Spanish Language Through Culture I (June 14 Start)

    Spanish Language Through Culture I (LWSBD)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    This intensive summer course will give students with no prior exposure to Spanish the vocabulary, grammatical background and communicative skills that they need to jump into Spanish 2 at their schools. This course will replicate what is typically a yearlong course, so students should expect to dedicate 15-20 hours per week during the 7-week summer session. Please note, this course is not recommended for those wanting a light introductory course to get a taste of Spanish before deciding if they want to study it further, nor for those wanting to get a jumpstart for a Spanish 1 course during the academic year. In this intensive course, students will master greetings and introductions, question formation, describing daily routines, expressing likes and dislikes, describing familiar people and places, and other fundamental communicative functions. Students will learn to communicate using common regular and irregular verbs in the present tense and the immediate future. Students will also develop a broad-based vocabulary related to common settings including school and the classroom, home and family life and others. The primary focus of the course will be to develop novice interpersonal and presentational speaking and comprehension skills. Through interacting with classmates and instructors, students will practice their budding language skills in a self-paced online environment. Video calls in pairs or small groups occur 1-2 times a week and are a required course component. They are comparable to the practical lab component of a science course because students speak Spanish with each other and the instructor while immediately observing and reacting to the results of their efforts to communicate.


    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 11 Abnormal Psychology (June 14 Start)

    Abnormal Psychology (IDC3O)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    This course focuses on psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and depression. While students examine these and other disorders, they will learn about the symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments. Students will also deepen their understanding of the social stigmas associated with mental illnesses.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 11 American History (August 9 Start)

    American History (CHA3U)
    August 9 - September 3, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    This course explores the Revolution, Civil War, Industrial Age, New Deal, Cold War and Vietnam, Civil Rights Movement, and the Conservative Tide. Students will learn to use the essay format and to state and defend persuasive arguments.

    Prerequisite: Grade 10 History
  • Grade 11 Cyber Security (June 14 Start)

    Cyber Security (IDC3O)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    Cyber criminals leverage technology and human behavior to attack our online security. This course explores the fundamentals of and vulnerabilities in the design of computers, networks, and the internet. Course content includes the basics of computer components, connectivity, virtualization, and hardening. Students will learn about network design, Domain Name Services, and TCP/IP. They will understand switching, routing and access control for internet devices, and how denial of service, spoofing and flood attacks work. Basic programming introduced in the course will inform hashing strategies, while an introduction to ciphers and cryptography will show how shared-key encryption works for HTTPS and TLS traffic. Students will also explore the fundamentals of data forensics and incident response protocols. The course includes analysis of current threats and best practice modelling for cyber defense, including password complexity, security, management, breach analysis, and hash cracking. Computational thinking and programming skills developed in this course will help students solve a variety of cyber security issues.

    There is no computer science prerequisite for this course, though students with some background will certainly find avenues to flex their knowledge in this course.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 11 Digital Photography (June 14 Start)

    Digital Photography (IDC3O)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    In an era where everyone has become a photographer obsessed with documenting most aspects of life, we swim in a sea of images, whether posted on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, or another digital medium. Yet what does taking a powerful and persuasive photo with a 35mm digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera require? Digital Photography explores this question in a variety of ways, beginning with the technical aspects of using and taking advantage of a powerful camera then moving to a host of creative questions and opportunities. Technical topics such as aperture, shutter, white balance, and resolution get ample coverage in the first half of the course, yet each is pursued with the goal of enabling students to leverage the possibilities that come with manual image capture. Once confident about technical basics, students apply their skills when pursuing creative questions such as how to understand and use light, how to consider composition, and how to take compelling portraits. Throughout the course, students tackle projects that enable sharing their local and diverse settings, ideally creating global perspectives through doing so. Additionally, students interact with each other often through critique sessions and collaborative exploration of the work of many noteworthy professional photographers, whose images serve to inspire and suggest the diverse ways that photography tells visual stories.

    Prerequisite: Students must have daily access to a DSLR camera.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 11 Introduction to Psychology (June 14 Start)

    Introduction to Psychology (IDC3O)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    During the first five units of this psychology high school class, students gather essential information that they apply during a group project on the unique characteristics of adolescent psychology. Students similarly envision a case study on depression, which enables application of understandings from the first five units. The course concludes with a unit on positive psychology, which features current positive psychology research on living mentally healthy lives. Throughout the course, students collaborate on a variety of activities and assessments, which often enable learning psychology through understanding each other’s unique perspectives while building their research and critical thinking skills in service of comprehending the complex field of psychology.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 11 Medical Problem Solving I (June 14 Start)

    Medical Problem Solving I (IDC3O)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    In this course, students collaboratively solve medical mystery cases, similar to the approach used in many medical schools. Students enhance their critical thinking skills as they examine data, draw conclusions, diagnose, and identify appropriate treatment for patients. Students use problem-solving techniques in order to understand and appreciate relevant medical/biological facts as they confront the principles and practices of medicine. Students explore anatomy and physiology pertaining to medical scenarios and gain an understanding of the disease process, demographics of disease, and pharmacology. Additional learning experiences include studying current issues in health and medicine, building a community-service action plan, interviewing a patient, and creating a new mystery case.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 11 Personal Finance (June 14 Start)

    Personal Finance (IDC3O)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    In this course, students learn financial responsibility and social consciousness. We will examine a wide array of topics including personal budgeting, credit cards and credit scores, career and earning potential, insurance, real estate, financial investment, retirement savings, charitable giving, taxes, and other items related to personal finance. Students will apply their understanding of these topics by simulating real life financial circumstances and weighing the costs and benefits of their decisions. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to learn from individuals with varying perspectives and expertise in numerous fields. By reflecting on their roles in the broader economy as both producers and consumers, students will begin to consider how they can positively impact the world around them through their financial decisions.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 11 Race and Society (June 14 Start)

    Race and Society (IDC3O)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    What is race? Is it something we’re born with? Is it an idea that society imposes on us? An identity we perform? A beneficial privilege? Does our own culture’s conception of race mirror those found in other parts of the world? These are just a few of the questions that students in this course will explore together as they approach the concept of race as a social construct that shapes and is shaped by societies and cultures in very real ways. Throughout the course, students will learn about the changing relationship between race and society across time and across cultures. Engaging with readings, films, and speakers from a variety of academic fields (history, sociology, anthropology, literature) students will explore, research, reflect on and discuss the complex set of relationships governing race and society.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 12 9/11 in a Global Context (June 14 Start)

    9/11 in a Global Context (IDC4U)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    The tragedy of September 11, 2001 changed the world in profound ways. In this course, students explore the causes of 9/11, the events of the day itself, and its aftermath locally, nationally, and around the world. In place of a standard chronological framework, students instead view these events through a series of separate lenses. Each lens represents a different way to view the attacks and allows students to understand 9/11 as an event with complex and interrelated causes and outcomes. Using a variety of technologies and activities, students work individually and with peers to evaluate each lens. Students then analyze the post-9/11 period and explore how this event affected the U.S., the Middle East, and the wider world.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 12 Advanced Functions (June 14 Start)

    Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
    June 14 - July 9, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills.

    This course is a co-requisite for Grade 12 Calculus.
    Pre-requisite: 75% in MCR3U Grade 11 Functions
  • Grade 12 Advanced Functions (August 9 Start)

    Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
    August 9 - September 3, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills.

    This course is a co-requisite for Grade 12 Calculus.
    Pre-requisite: 75% in MCR3U Grade 11 Functions
  • Grade 12 Business Problem Solving (June 14 start)

    Business Problem Solving (IDC4U)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    How could climate change disrupt your production and supply chains or impact your consumer markets? Will tariffs help or hurt your business? How embedded is social media in your marketing plan? Is your company vulnerable to cybercrime? What 21st-century skills are you cultivating in your leadership team? Students in this course will tackle real-world problems facing businesses large and small in today’s fast-changing global marketplace where radical reinvention is on the minds of many business leaders. Students will work collaboratively and independently on case studies, exploring business issues through varied lenses including operations, marketing, human capital, finance and risk management as well as sustainability. As they are introduced to the concepts and practices of business, students will identify, analyze and propose solutions to business problems, engaging in research of traditional and emerging industries, from established multinationals to startups.


    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 12 Canadian and International Law (August 9 start)

    Canadian and International Law (CLN4U)
    August 9 - September 3, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    This course explores a range of contemporary legal issues and how they are addressed in both Canadian and international law. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of Canadian and international law and of issues related to human rights and freedoms, conflict resolution, and criminal, environmental, and workplace law, both in Canada and internationally. Students will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process, and will develop legal reasoning skills, when investigating these and other issues in both Canadian and international contexts.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 12 Genocide and Human Rights (June 14 start)

    Genocide and Human Rights (IDC4U)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    Students in this course study several of the major 20th-century genocides (Armenian, the Holocaust, Cambodian, and Rwandan), analyze the role of the international community in responding to and preventing further genocide (with particular attention to the Nuremberg tribunals), and examine current human rights crises around the world. Students read primary and secondary sources, participate in both synchronous and asynchronous discussions with classmates, write brief papers, read short novels, watch documentaries, and develop a human rights report card website about a nation of their choice.


    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 12 Introduction to Investments (June 14 start)

    Introduction to Investments (IDC4U)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    In this course, students simulate the work of investors by working with the tools, theories, and decision-making practices that define smart investment. We explore concepts in finance and apply them to investment decisions in three primary contexts: portfolio management, venture capital, and social investing. After an introduction to theories about valuation and risk management, students simulate scenarios in which they must make decisions to grow an investment portfolio. They manage investments in stocks, bonds, and options to learn a range of strategies for increasing the value of their portfolios. In the second unit, students take the perspective of venture capital investors, analyzing startup companies and predicting their value before they become public. In the third unit, students examine case studies of investment funds that apply the tools of finance to power social change. Throughout the course, students learn from experts who have experience in identifying value and managing risk in global markets. They develop their own ideas about methods for taking calculated financial risks and leave this course not just with a simulated portfolio of investments, but the skills necessary to manage portfolios in the future.


    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.
  • Grade 12 Introduction to Legal Thinking (June 14 start)

    Introduction to Legal Thinking (IDC4U)
    June 14 - July 30, 2021
    Cost: $1,750

    Inspired by GOA’s popular Medical Problem Solving series, this course uses a case-based approach to give students a practical look into the professional lives of lawyers and legal thinking. By studying and debating a series of real legal cases, students will sharpen their ability to think like lawyers who research, write and speak persuasively. The course will focus on problems that lawyers encounter in daily practice, and on the rules of professional conduct case law. In addition to practicing writing legal briefs, advising fictional clients and preparing opening and closing statements for trial, students will approach such questions as the law and equity, the concept of justice, jurisprudence and legal ethics.

    Students who enroll by April 30 will get a seat in a class. While enrollment remains open until June 21, students who enroll after April 30 may encounter waitlists for this course.

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4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca

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