If you ask the average Torontonian what makes our city special, time and time again our multiculturalism will top the list. Here, immigrants from over 200 distinctive ethnic origins have laid down roots — making Toronto one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in the world.
However, as affable as our fine city is, moving to any new country can be an intimidating prospect — especially if you aren’t fluent in the native tongue.
The stress of this transition is even more challenging for children who are struggling to overcome this language barrier while integrating into the school system.
While public schools and boarding schools in Canada educate students, they don’t actually teach them to speak English.
This puts English as a Second Language (ESL) students at a disadvantage, drastically hindering their ability to learn the required curriculum. With this in mind, one Canadian school is determined to make a difference.
“Large enough to make a difference, small enough to care.”
Fulford Academy is a small boarding school focused on international ESL students from grades 7–10. Providing students, from all over the world, with a warm and nurturing environment where they can gain both academic qualifications and the linguistic ability, Fulford Academy prepares students for success in North American public and private schools.
The Founder of the Academy, Suzan Kendall, was inspired to start the school during her time at Bishops College in Quebec.
After watching her international students struggle linguistically, she knew she had to do something.
Thus, in 2002, Fulford Academy was born, giving international students a place where they could receive extra support to improve their English skills and transition into North American culture.
Referred to as a “prep school for prep schools,” Fulford Academy is situated along the beautiful St. Lawrence River in Brockville, Ontario — just 4 hours from Toronto. Small by design, Fulford Academy has an enrollment limit of just 100 students, which allows for a collaborative learning environment and intimate class sizes.
“Every moment is a teachable moment.”
At the Academy, students are taught by well qualified teachers who also have advanced ESL certification and challenge students to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
A full range of extra-curricular clubs and activities teaches students crucial cultural and social knowledge, and encourages them to embrace opportunities to show leadership, make new friends and get involved in the community.
With a proven record in increasing students’ linguistic, academic and cultural preparation, for thirteen years Fulford Academy students have gone on to receive offers of admission to the top boarding schools in North America.
If you are preparing your child for public school integration or private school enrollment, Fulford Academy is the best first step to academic success. Find out more at fulfordacademy.com.