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Deciding to stay at CFIS for high school was a choice that ended up being incredibly beneficial for my development and resulting success, not only as a student but as a high-level athlete.
My choice to complete my secondary education at CFIS wasn’t always clear-cut. There was pressure from my friends to attend a big public school with them, but my first priority was getting myself into an educational and social environment that would be the most beneficial for my future.
I found the quality of teaching and the amount of support and flexibility available to be most important. CFIS teachers are always prepared to dedicate their time and energy to help with any questions you may have regarding the class and they never hesitate to even go above and beyond to come up with exciting projects and experiments to cut through the dullness of certain class materials. We went scuba diving in Chemistry 20 to show us a real-life application of the laws of pressure, and in Social Studies 30, we did a stock market simulation to help us understand basic economic trends. When it’s crunch time around finals, the teachers were always prepared to sacrifice their time to ensure we were as prepared as possible. One of the most amazing examples I can think of is when Mme Lamoureux dedicated one of her Saturdays to make a mini diploma prep class for Mathematics 30.
The close proximity of the learning environment granted by the small class sizes allowed for the creation of meaningful interpersonal relationships with the teachers who actually take the time to get to know everyone on a personal level. Not only are these relationships valuable sentimentally, when a teacher actually gets to know you as an individual they are far more equipped to cater to your academic needs. What I needed most in high school was the flexibility to thrive both as a high-level athlete and as a student. On multiple occasions I was given accommodations such as extensions on projects.
When it comes to having a social life there is nothing holding you back from maintaining friendships with those who do decide to leave the school. Two of my current best friends left CFIS in the sixth grade and two others left at the end of Grade 9. Your real friends will always be there. What I did not really anticipate was that being in such a small class creates an environment where you can connect with a variety of individuals with different interests.
On any given day, I was having conversations in the lounge with my peers about art, band, politics and an assortment of other things that I would never talk about with my other friend groups. As a result of my interactions with Cole and Arran, two other Class of 2017 grads deeply interested in politics, I genuinely grew an interest in exploring a subject that had never really grabbed my attention.
The leadership opportunities given to me at CFIS truly helped me develop as a person. In Grade 11, I was given the opportunity to be the head coach of a Grade 7 volleyball team, and in Grade 12, I coached the same students who were now in Grade 8, as well as a Grade 9 basketball team. Not only was this impressive on my university application, but it gave me a chance to pass down some of the values I had learned in my time playing high-level lacrosse: losing with grace, winning with humility, always leaving a place better than you found it, and what it really means to be part of a team.
All in all, I can proudly say that CFIS not only gave me everything I needed to be successful in the classroom, it allowed me to expand my horizons, be a leader in the community, and pursue my goal of being an NCAA athlete.
By Adam Y, CFIS Class of 2017 attending the College of Wooster in fall of 2018 on a lacross scholarship