By using a differentiated approach to learning, Kells Academy supports students in reaching their full potential. In three separate campuses, Kells offers small classes with a focus on student engagement and high achievement, excellent academic, arts and sports programs, as well as a wide variety of extracurricular activities and clubs. Kells enjoys a close to 100% graduation rate, high acceptance in all disciplines in CEGEP and university, is co-ed, and students do not need a Certificate of Eligibility to attend.
- Small classroom sizes
- Convenient location
- Accessible by public transportation
- Full cafeteria service
- English or French home stay as well as residence service
- On-site tutoring
- ESL and FSL
- Homework program available
- Certificate of Eligibility not required
Our Take: Kells Academy
Irene Woods began her career as an educator within the public system, and while there noted that often the after-school tutorial sessions were more productive, and more time efficient, than the teaching done in the classroom. The obvious question—at least it was obvious to her—was, why don’t we just teach this way all the time? Which, in time, is exactly what she did, applying the tutorial model—small group, student-led instruction—to the entire curriculum. Kells was founded in 1978, and Woods has been an instructor and director there ever since. Those aspects of the tutorial model—individual attention, and a creative approach to instruction—are what continue to define the program today. The school has grown considerably over the years, including the creation of a boarding program, though the division between the elementary and high school programs helps to keep the focus small-group instruction.