Leahurst testimonials

"When you step into Leahurst, you immediately notice two things: quality and stillness. Then you might notice the odd student pirouetting or skipping down the hall. What is missing here is the kind of over-stimulating Disney-like approach you find, sadly, in many schools today. Students at Leahurst are taught to recognize beauty. They are given a space to think.

As a parent of numerous young ones, we like how they are treated when we visit: as valuable one-day-to-be adults. They are listened to and given room to be kids, but they are also given boundaries, all with the same level of respect that permeates the rest of the place.

The expectations are high, and I value that at Leahurst it's ok - in fact, it's "cool"- to be smart, curious, and interested in ideas... to engage in a concept, and not be afraid to wonder aloud.

Academically, the teachers are dedicated to not only their students but their subject areas. The Arts and Sciences battle it out daily and you can hear the teachers, even in general conversation, talking about equations or theories or ideas...not because it's their job, but because they love this stuff. " 

- Trevor Tucker

"Leahurst is an innovative school for students who love to learn. It is a metamorphosis of traditional learning that is purposeful, engaging and intense. It seems impossible to be under Mrs. Turcke and her staff’s leadership and not love learning. As a teacher who has taught in two other countries, I have found Mrs. Turcke to be thoroughly qualified to be the headmistress and a very enthusiastic and gifted educator. I am so thankful for her input into my daughter’s life. The respect and connections she has in the community offer the students many varied and unique experiences. Mrs. Turcke is not only a dreamer who makes dreams a reality for Leahurst, she also listens to each student’s dreams and incorporates them into the curriculum. Balance is evident at Leahurst in the choice to stretch the curriculum through both semesters as well as the range of activities that allow the students to experience life through different media. The philosophy of a balanced education is successfully woven into their curriculum in a way that draws students to love learning. Academic expectations are high, but individual attention is also available to ensure success. I love how Leahurst is on the cutting edge of technology, but students also learn to dye wool and knit a tuque. From sailing to sciences, I am so thankful for my daughter’s opportunity to grow her talents and experience life and learning at a whole new level. Not only is Leahurst a fantastic high school experience, but I am confident that it will prepare her for success in university."

- Leahurst Parent

“Leahurst College has changed my life.  I didn’t know until this September what my purpose on Earth was, but now I do.  Helping the talented Leahurst students grow as people makes me happier than I have ever felt.  There is an incredible harmony between the faculty and student body that is only possible as a result of the innovative and supportive environment the administration has spent countless hours making ideal."

- Dr. Robert Chatelain, Faculty

"We are so thrilled to have our daughter at Leahurst! She is just blossoming in the wonderful environment and we are so impressed by the incredible learning opportunities. A special thanks to all the teachers for their passion and creativity."

- Leahurst Parent

"Hi Mme. Turcke, Sophie and I are at the library studying for our [first year] chem exam tomorrow. We wanted to thank you for such a great foundation! We are finding it easier to approach the harder problem types than many of our peers [here at Queen's University]. We hope everything is going well at Leahurst. Best wishes Julia and Sophie "

- April 2014 Students