Care, patience, integrity, passion, commitment… NSA teachers are the best!
North Star Academy Laval (NSAL) is an academic organization that meets the needs of the student-no matter how diverse his/her style of learning may be. With much dedication and perseverance, Mme. Pepin has laid the school’s foundation- one that speaks to each child: “You can succeed. I will help you. I won’t give up on you.” That foundation has flourished into an institution whose teachers offer individualized attention to all of their students. The small classroom sizes ensure that my son is not left behind in any facet of his schooling. The integration of technology within the classroom, and the implementation of after-school tutorial sessions further enhance my son’s quality of education. Finally, the school’s extra curricular activities and sports programs provide my son with occasions to develop his social/team-building skills, which are just as essential as one’s academic education. These teachers are not only qualified and dedicated professionals, but wonderful human beings who lead by example. I can rest assured that my son is in good hands for every hour of the day that he spends at NSAL.Ultimately, NSAL has gone above and beyond in educating my son, as he prepares for the “real” world. The school continues to provide my son with a safe, healthy and hygienic environment at all times. Its cafeteria services have designed meals and menus that surely bring a smile to my son’s face. Most importantly, I cannot be thankful enough for Engrade; NSAL’s online Agenda that not only offers the tools my son needs to organize and remain up to date with classes, assignments, and extra-curricular activities/school events, but also allows me to be a part of my child’s education.
Mme. Pepin, alongside the teachers and staff strive to provide my son with opportunities and experiences that will surely make his education at NSAL unforgettable. At NSAL, I feel like my son and I are family-
My daughter and I honestly could not have chosen a better high school for her. Although she was always a happy, enthusiastic and hard-working student with average grades, at North Star Academy, with only half of the first school year behind her, I already see that she has soared academically. I fully attribute this to the dedicated faculty, small classroom size with more individual attention, and the after-school tutorials. This is not to mention the impressive array of activities, clubs, outings, etc. There is more than enough offered, to meet each student’s individual tastes, sporting interests, love of the arts, and aspirations. NSA truly does feel like ‘a family’, and this forward-moving school really caters to the students’ needs. They will no doubt well prepare my child for her future.Jane Hillenbrand (Jessica’s mom).
My daughter has been attending NorthStar Academy Laval for two years. Her sister will be joining her in September. In my opinion Northstar Academy is not just another private school rather an educational place where students can learn, grow and flourish. Their success comes from a staff of faculty and teachers that go way beyond what is expected. The students are encouraged and guided in all areas. Northstar Academy is everything that I had hoped for in secondary education for my daughter and much much more.Thank you Northstar Academy for making my daughter’s secondary education an amazing experience!Debbie Kohoutek
After years of struggling with his grades in the public school system, our son has achieved getting his name on the honour roll after only on term at NSA. NSA’s small classrooms and supportive staff have encouraged and helped him to focus in class and gain self-esteem. Thank you, NSA, for giving our son a second chance.Sincerely,Proud NSA parents.
To whom it may concern,
We are pleased to be able to write this letter of recommendation in reference to North Star Academy for parents who seek an educational program for their children as we did, outside the public system.
Our son has been a student at NSA for over three years now, we have had both the opportunity and immense pleasure of interacting with highly skilled, creative and dedicated staff that represent the core values of this school, and have had the pleasure of seeing our son develop and learn the necessary skills for an ever-changing world.
We have found NSA key in providing all the necessary tools to make learning a pleasant experience for our son.
- Educational & Field Trips are undertaken several times a year to support the learning of students.
- Teachers who are both qualified and passionate about their subjects, hence generating student engagement.
- Focus on the importance of small class sizes to individually help student’s weak areas and advance their strengths.
- A tight-knit school community, creating close relationships between students and their teachers who commonly act as role models.
- Finally, open communication between parents and administration through a program called “Engrade” which allows parents to stay up to date with their children’s academic progress on a daily basis enabling easy e-mail communication between teachers and parents.
We strongly endorse North Star Academy and attribute much of our son’s academic success over the past three years to their high educational standards. With the present state of our public school system NSA has proven to be an excellent alternative and we are pleased to provide this testimonial.
Nancy & Michel Lahaise
Letter –Personne d’Abord
We’re really glad we chose North Star Academy (NSA) for our kids. We just got back from a long period abroad, and this school presented the perfect environment to make them feel at home again. It took less than a week for our daughter to make friends and forget about her old school. As parents we really appreciate the fact that NSA offers the right size classes, provides individual and personalized teaching, and promotes self expression and advancement. Of course great dedicated family oriented teachers who are always approachable and available help a lot in making this school the right place for our kids.
Sending our daughter to Northstar Academy has been the best decision our family could have made. The academics of NSA is structured not only to inspire but to help the students aspire to have better grades all at the same time respecting that not all students learn in the same way or speed. The teachers are exceptional and the Engrade system keeps parents updated on our children’s progress daily. The small classrooms and the daily tutorials has become a god-send and literally changed my daughter’s academic results. However, the thing I appreciate the most about Northstar Academy is not academic, my daughter is receiving an education in life that puts emphasis on the community, helping others and being productive human beings who will excel in society. I have no doubt that once our children become alumnae of Northstar Academy they will become leaders in whatever field they chose because they have received a first class education. Our children’s future is bright indeed!!
(A proud mom)
The reason why I like North Star Academy is because the teachers are very organized and they make sure you understand what you are learning. Since it is a small school everybody knows everyone. It is easy to make friends, there is also no bullying. The classrooms are small with less than 20 students. I’ve made so many friends who are now special people in my life. Thank-you NSA
Why I like NSA:
I like NSA because it has a good education system, with fun activities, fun pop-quiz, and learning at NSA is my favorite way to learn. I also like NSA because they let students have a voice and to have an opinion on like: Things we would want, things we would like to change.(Student Council).NSA feels like my home, it is peaceful and fun, I feel welcomed and surrounded by people I cherish. I also like the teachers because they are always there for all the students and they go and see us if they feel we are anxious, sad, mad , they will even go see you at recess or at lunch. Those teachers give me the feeling to want to learn to be creative and imaginative!!!!!THANK YOU NSA FOR BEING SO PERFECT!!!! (See I am saying all those beautiful things about my new school and I didn’t even finish one year!!!! I just can’t wait for the following years 🙂
I have the good fortune of attending North Star Academy. NSA is a great school. The students and staff are like one, big, happy family. The students feel comfortable and interact with each other very easily, making possible, deep and wonderful friendships. The teachers and staff members are there for us, through thick and thin, to make sure we understand the curriculum, so that we can succeed in the “real world”. Everyone respects us; everyone cares about us. That’s why this school is best suited for anyone!
By: Sam Sabzevari
I attend North Star Academy (NSA). I came upon this school, after moving from Edmonton, Alberta. The move to Laval, Quebec, was difficult. I had to leave my existing life behind, and start all over. Thank goodness I found NSA. The school’s teachers, staff, and students were all very welcoming from the moment I walked through the doors.
I am so proud to be attending NSA. The teachers put extensive amounts of time and effort into our education, not only to better us as students, but to mould us into good human beings. North Star Academy’s educational curriculum continuously prepares us for the next milestone: college. The teachers are always well-prepared, and go above and beyond to teach us, and clear up any confusion or lack of understanding about the lessons. The teachers offer us tutorials to make sure we are always well prepared for our tests, assignments and exams. They even walk us through challenges such as when we’re having problems with friends or dealing with other personal/social issues. In addition, the school offers many extra curricular activities, clubs, and sports programs to participate in. As a student of NSA, I have access to all of these resources. NSA makes me happy, and I am so grateful for that.
By: Zakaria El Bouhssini
Why do I appreciate my school so much? Primarily, NSA is my home away from home. When I get up in the morning, I do not feel the burden to leave, as I know that I am making my way to another place of warmth and comfort.
The students and staff at NSA continue to make my schooling an enjoyable experience. There is no doubt in my mind that the teachers prepare us 100% for the struggles that we will face as we mature. We have been able to connect with them in such a way that we are able to smile and joke, and then turn around to prepare for an upcoming test. The teachers not only give us notes to study, but also help us grasp the concepts at hand.
Furthermore, NSA provides its students the opportunity to make some great friends. I have been able to build strong friendships, and not have to worry about fears of being hurt by others. The school’s size ensures all issues will be addressed instantly.
North Star Academy is not just a learning facility. It is much more; NSA is a safe haven for education.
By: Serena Mohamed
It has been three delightful years that I have been studying at North Star Academy. When I first started here, I felt uncomfortable because I did not know anyone. To add to this, as NSA is an English private school, I had to adjust to the Anglophone environment. Fortunately, I met some wonderful girls that welcomed me right away. Ever since then, my love for NSA has only evolved. I have made so many friends that I can trust and depend on, whether I need help with my studies, or a personal problem that I’m struggling with.
I have learned that NSA welcomes students from all walks of life, never once discriminating against one’s culture, or weaknesses. The school accepts each person for who he/she is. The teachers are always by your side, working continuously to help you succeed. They get to know you so well that they are able to detect when something is wrong. There is open communication. They respect honesty and your need for privacy. No matter how challenging a problem may be, the staff, specifically Mme. Sater, the vice principal of the school, stands by your side, and helps you get through it.
Mme. Sater is like a second mother to me because I feel comfortable sharing anything with her. When something consumes my chest, I am able to be honest, and direct about it; I don’t ever have to worry about being judged. Mme. Sater has been by my side ever since, and I cannot ever bear to see her sad or upset. She is one of the greatest people I have ever met.
NSA is a competitive school that pushes me to try best in order to succeed. All parents want educated and well-behaved children. North Star Academy caters to this perspective. I may not be the best student out there, but I try very hard to do well in school and be on my best behaviour. No one is perfect! However, my teachers believe in me and continuously strive to help me reach my potential. NSA has changed me for the better. It has taught me to stand tall, and face any challenge out there. It has taught me the value of an education, and the benefits I can reap from becoming successful. I am so grateful to NSA.
By: Sarine Benohanian