High School Academics
The secondary school at St-Laurent Academy provides students with small classes where each course is taught by a specialist in the field. The program flows seamlessly from our elementary school program and provides consistency in an enriched learning environment as well as continued emphasis on Physical Education/Health and the Environment. Both instruction and assessment are individualized based on each student’s individualized academic pathway and learning style with the goal of promoting dynamic, autonomous students.
St-Laurent Academy meets the provincial curriculum through experiential learning. Students partake in several course-specific field trips each semester to extend education far beyond the walls of our classrooms. They are able to see the real-world application of what they are learning. Students are provided with supportive, rigorous and meaningful preparation for their post-secondary pursuits. By the end of high school, they are engaged in university-level coursework and have the work habits and skills to take on whatever challenges them next.
- Small class size that cap at 15 students
- Individualized Curriculum Based On Education Goals and Personal Learning Styles.
- Engaging Hands-on Teaching
- Safe & Secure School Community
- Twice Daily Nutrition & Fitness Breaks
- Daily Physical Education Emphasis on Personal Fitness & Outdoor Education
Grades 9 – 12 courses are offered for the 2017/18 school year. Group lessons are supported by one-on-one instruction designed to support each student’s success.
Our high school faculty are members of the Ontario College of Teachers, and they are specialists in their subjects.
In addition to classroom work, learning will be enriched through:
- In-School Greenhouse and Butterfly Conservatory
- Science Room
- Chemistry Lab
- Mac Education, Computer Lab
- Instructional Kitchen and Art Studio
- Workshops with subject specialists
- Visits to Ottawa’s many museums and cultural institutions
- Outdoor Education Activities
- Visits to Macoun Marsh
- PhysEd at Ottawa Recreational Facilities including (swimming, skating, kayaking, skiing, racquet sports, martial arts are some possibilities)
- Connections with Ottawa’s post-secondary institutions
All of our secondary school students are offered opportunities for acceleration and independent projects.
More About St-Laurent Academy
At St-Laurent Academy Elementary & Junior High, we are guided by the Multiple Intelligences Theory (MI Theory), developed by Howard Gardner, a professor of Education at Harvard, in 1983. The MI Theory has been well researched by educators since then, and has enjoyed a great deal of success over the past 25 years.
Each student embodies varying levels of these different intelligences, and thus each student has a unique cognitive profile. Traditionally, schools have almost exclusively emphasized the development of logical intelligence and linguistic intelligence (mainly reading & writing). We believe that students are better served by a broader vision of education.
Our teachers use different methodologies, exercises and activities to engage all students, not just those who excel at linguistic and logical intelligence. We strive to provide opportunities for our students to use and develop all the different intelligences, and their natural talents.
Teachers present their lessons in a wide variety of ways such as; using music, cooperative learning, discussions, hands-on, art activities, role play, multimedia, field trips, kinetic activities, and inner reflection, to address the full range of intelligences.
Gardner says that we should also place equal attention on individuals, who show gifts in the other intelligences: the artists, architects, musicians, naturalists, designers, dancers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and others who enrich the world in which we live. Children with these gifts can be neglected in a traditional school, which uses a heavily linguistic or logical-mathematical methodology. They often find school boring, and may end up being labeled as underachievers.
At St-Laurent Academy, school takes on a whole different meaning for students as they become fully engaged in all subjects – school becomes fun and rewarding!
Gardner has identified eight basic types of intelligence:
- linguistic (“word” smart)
- logical and mathematical (“number & reasoning” smart)
- spatial (“picture” smart)
- musical (“music” smart)
- kinesthetic (“body” smart)
- interpersonal (“people” smart)
- intrapersonal (“self” smart)