It is rare for me to lapse into hyperbole.
However, the accomplishments of M. Abouchar and his extraordinary team of educators at La Citadelle, are nothing short of remarkable.
In an environment where we are bombarded by slick marketing from all manner of educational institutions, it is oftentimes difficult to clearly see where one’s child can best thrive. Most of the well known private schools pride themselves on their large campuses, their extensive athletic facilities, and other material representations of “success”.
La Citadelle, however, quietly prides itself on its students: their intellectual, emotional, physical and social well being. Everything at this school is slanted towards providing an incredible journey of growth and learning for the children, who range in age from pre-school, to Grade 12/Level 4.
The students’ successes, during their tenure at La Citadelle, as well as in their post-secondary education and careers, are well documented and speak for themselves.
La Citadelle is an environment that values ethics and personal responsibility, as much as it values high academic achievement . It is an environment where children do not receive “instruction”, they receive true education - together with the dialogue that one can have only with teachers who are passionately devoted to their metier.
The class sizes are very small, and perhaps some parents (and potential students) might worry about the childrens’ social life. In reality, we all know now that one of the key areas for furthering a child’s development is through the interaction with highly intelligent, socially-aware, and motivated adults. I am hard pressed to think of a more amazing group of such adults than the teachers at La Citadelle.
Our daughter has been growing and thriving in the three years since she has been attending this school. She has been presented with great role models, from both the teachers as well as from older students, and she herself is taking on more leadership, and understanding the mentoring role that she can play in the lives of the younger children.
Imagine my delight over the past December holidays, when I saw her engaged in a flurry of e-mails with her English teacher. He had taken the time, during the vacations, to not only review her draft of a major assignment, but to have returned it with an extensive set of observations, commentary and suggestions.
This kind of devotion to students, their learning and their growth, is par for the course at La Citadelle, and one that has, in turn, earned our devotion to this amazing school.