Preparing Students for Post-Secondary Education
Through our academic advising program, LCC Senior School students receive ongoing support and guidance. Whether on an individual basis or during times in the schedule specifically dedicated to academic advising, our academic advisors help students map out their future path. A wealth of information on CEGEP and university options and application strategy, summer opportunities, and career possibilities, is available. Here’s how we support students:
Students meet as a group 8-10 times during the school year. The academic advisors focus on:
- Developing academic skills and relating them to interests, academic paths and university programming
- Determining the courses and marks required to reach the defined goals and outlining a process
- Planning next steps: graduation timeline and thinking ahead in terms of course options
- Exposing students to a range of career paths and opportunities
Students meet 10 times during the school year. With post-secondary schooling around the corner, academic advisors help students concentrate on:
- Setting goals and planning timelines
- Determining the courses and marks required to reach the defined post-secondary goals and outlining a process
- Developing communication and writing skills
- Identifying individual “fit criteria” related to post-secondary goals
- Translating students’ learning styles into ideal academic environments
- Linking skills and interests to potential careers
- Completing CEGEP and other post-secondary applications
"Common App" Wednesdays
"Common App" Wednesdays is an optional after-school university application workshop. Grade 11 students are provided with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare university applications for the US, Canada and the UK.
Initial focus is on the Common Application, which is used by thousands of American universities and colleges. Following the academic program, by the time students graduate grade 11, main part of the application will be complete, including the college essays and supplements.
Of the various hurdles and challenges faced to gain entry into American universities, standardized tests stand out as a crucial aspect of the admission decision. In partnership with The Princeton Review, LCC offers after-school preparation courses for the SAT exams where students are given the opportunity to:
- Learn key concepts
- Master test-taking skills and strategies
- Take mock exams under exam conditions
Students meet one-on-one with the academic advisors who provide guidance.
In the Pre-U program the academic advisors serve as a resource for the students and work with them and their families to offer guidance and support throughout the university admissions process.
The goal of the university advising program is to support students in identifying their “fit criteria” so that they can define and reach their educational, career and life goals. The university team helps students and parents navigate the multi-faceted world of university admissions and equips them with the tools they need to apply to the university of their choice. They help students with:
- Pre-University course selection
- Connecting their academic history and progress to appropriate programs and post-secondary institutions
- Research of potential university destinations
- Identifying the program of study that meets their unique needs and guide them through the university application process
- Providing further insight by welcoming representatives from universities from around the world to talk to them about their schools
Connecting Students with the Community
LCC offers an array of opportunities that help inform student decisions. Here’s how:
- A student-run group organizes a speaker series, inviting professionals from various fields to speak about their careers. The series includes journalists, health care professionals, lawyers and marketing professionals, to name a few.
- Guest speakers from Canadian, American and International universities present on a variety of topics: the admissions process, preparing to transition to post-secondary life and the road to employment
- Information sessions with university and CEGEP admission representatives from all over the world take place on campus
- University tour visits are organized