Linbrook School: Engage, Inspire, Achieve
Boys will be boys—an idiom whose definition has changed and evolved as what it means to be a man has changed and evolved. As parents, the question we’re left with in these challenging times is: How do we best facilitate the inspired journey from boyhood to manhood? This is the question that Linbrook School answers every day, creating a foundation for boys to build themselves into men.
Linbrook School, a not-for-profit charitable school, recognizes – and celebrates – that boys and girls learn differently. But rather than accept that as an inherent flaw of our culture and tradition, they embrace it as a challenge and use those differences as the scaffolding upon which they hang their philosophy of teaching “young men the significance of moral integrity.”
Amber Way, founder of the school, recognized the absence of all-boys’ schools in Oakville, a prominent suburb of Toronto. But within that absence, the school also recognized that with a blank slate, they could build an institution around contemporary realities. In understanding boys’ unique learning style, Linbrook has engineered a school for today which embodies the spirit and significance of young men. A diversity of music, art, sports and after school clubs aspires to enliven each student’s talents and interests. The physical and pedagogical environment at the school promotes what makes boys special and strives to mold the ordinary into extraordinary.
Laughter, kindness, responsibility, charity, music, academics, empathy, honesty, competition, family, fairness, morality, positivity, arts, and athletics are just a few of the foundational elements that inform Linbrook’s mandate. With a capped enrollment of just 180 boys, the school boasts attention-based learning practices and an involved community of parents and teachers supported by research-based curricula, contemporary facilities, music and art studios and “an exemplary academic program that reflects the latest in research for boys’ education and technology.”
Linbrook isn’t just where boys will be boys, it’s where boys will become young men.
Point of Interest:
Linbrook has engineered a school for today which embodies the spirit and significance of young men. A diversity of music, art, sports and afterschool clubs aspires to enliven each student’s talents and interests.
1. Limited enrollment where everyone knows everyone else.
2. Across the street from an all girls’ school (25% shared families)—an opportunity for the boys and girls to celebrate each others’ accomplishments.
3. Unlike the traditional approach to education.
4. All of the teachers are trained in approaches to boys’ education.
5. Fun, bright environment that suits boys’ needs.
6. Three recesses a day, ample time to run off energy and socialize with peers.
7. Caribou Math competition focusing on problem solving and out of the box thinking.
8. Engineer-in-Residence program with hands on experiments at school.
9. Stresses importance of supporting charities.
10. Promotes the importance of laughter, mastery, movement, meaning and challenge/game based learning.