LUNENBURG COUNTY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
An inspiring middle and high school education
The Lunenburg County Independent School is a non-profit Waldorf inspired school initiative founded in 2015 and situated in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia on the beautiful South Shore.
Our endeavor is to support our students on their way to becoming self-confident, young adults with a strong academic knowledge, excellent artistic skills, resilience, flexibility and an independent way of thinking through a rich academic, creative and artistic program stimulating a sense of purpose, a concern for other living beings, and the environment.
There is a strong component of cooperation between teachers, parents, local businesses, and the community creating an environment in which students are fully engaged, learn how to apply education to real life, and develop their inherent character and self-worth.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
With inspiration from Waldorf pedagogy, often described as “education from the inside out,” LCIS recognizes that each young person is a distinctive personality with a remarkable complexity of talents, abilities, and ways of engaging with the world. Young people are encouraged to recognize the individuality of the other and to engage cooperatively in many activities.
While teaching “how to do things” is part of any education, our underlying intent is to assist young people in following the path of who they are to become, uncovering the wisdom and igniting the creativity already inside them.
We consider education to be an art, for the teacher as well as the student. In Main Lessons lasting 3 or 4 weeks, academic subjects are presented in ways that allow students to learn with all their faculties: practical, emotional, intellectual, and physical.
Afternoons are given over to art, handwork, drama, and learning in the outdoors.
Our curriculum is designed to provide a broad and varied education rather than the specialization so common in many secondary schools. In this way, students are able to make connections among areas of study, often arriving at important insights.
Recognition that all current knowledge comes from human beings in the past allows the teacher to bring inspirational biographies into the classroom. These serve as models for young people in striving toward knowing how they might, in turn, contribute to future discoveries.
The school environment is made personal with a morning and afternoon handshake from the teacher, walls covered with student artwork, rugs for relaxing with a book, games such as chess and checkers, a scarcity of screes, and adequate time at recess and lunch for a good break from focused learning.
Voices from our community
“LCIS provides a challenging, energetic, and engrossing curriculum in a nurturing, healthy environment. I am so thrilled with the way lessons are taught, in related blocks with a humanist approach, encouraging my child to think both linearly and non-linearly, and really understand the information. He thinks holistically, incorporating knowledge from many different sources and this provides him with an excellent foundation for life-long learning.” – Jo, parent
“I think one of the best things about LCIS is the way we are all treated like individuals with different strengths and interests, and how the teachers respect our individuality and accept us the way we are.” – Tegan, student
“Because you want to go to school in the morning and you want to learn, I think you take more in. Also, you are not judged on how you learn; if someone does something different than the rest of the class, the teacher congratulates that. Our class teacher congratulates differences… [The best thing about the LCIS is] the small class, the freedom of the classroom, the calmness, and the creative aspect. A lot of LCIS is awesome because of its small size and the freedom to be yourself without being judged.” – Tessa, student
“There are fewer people in the class therefore it is easier for the teacher to focus on each individual student… It’s quite different than public school. I think it is good to have different types of education.” – Sophia, student
“The best thing about LCIS is the people, the teachers, and the kindness towards everyone.” – Oliver
“I actually learn things instead of just being told things then tested on what I learned.” – Arrow, student