“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” / “I shall either find a way, or make one.” – Francis Bacon
The story of the creation of La Citadelle is truly unique. Conceived by its Headmaster on a clear vision of education for the future, the school rooted itself first in the fundamental concepts of Canadian bilingualism, holistic education, and a spirit of excellence in both instruction andeducation. Year after year, La Citadelle consolidated its acquisitions through the establishment of a very comprehensive bilingual academic program balanced between the arts and the sciences, enriched by the teaching of a third language and some unique courses, such as Computer Music, Method of Study, and Character Education/Civic Education. It has thus risen to the call of its vocation, and is recognized today as a first rated all-encompassing private Kindergarten, elementary and secondary educational institution.
La Citadelle opened its doors with 5 students in the basement of a Church in Richmond Hill in 2000 and relocated to the Mallow site in March 2001 with only 9 students ranging from Grade 2 to 6. The years that followed saw a rapid expansion of the school infrastructure and a steady annual increase of its student population. La Citadelle, presently offering advanced international academic programs from Prep Kindergarten to Grade 12 in a new site on Scarsdale Road in North York, is proud of its path, its accomplishments, and, most importantly, its students’ high level of achievement.
Over the years, La Citadelle has had talented students achieve the highest academic level in languages, mathematics, sciences, computer studies, sports and the arts. Moreover, many produce art works, put on plays, perform on stage, play in bands, compose music, produce films, CDs and School yearbook, organize school events and dances, raise funds for charitable causes, and learn about multiculturalism through many activities and exchange programs with schools from other countries. All in all, La Citadelle is truly a community of well-rounded and cultured students with personal discipline and a high sense of civic and moral values.
The creation of this exceptional school is the story of many remarkable people getting together and sharing a common, holistic experience. Transcending the simplicity of its beginnings to reach its present structural maturity, La Citadelle never lost its ingenuousness, its integrity, and its human touch. Life at La Citadelle has always been full of laughter and excitement and visitors have been fascinated by the joie de vivre of its students and the level of care, affection, and respect they have towards their teachers and for each other.
Excellence, Compassion, Discipline, Achievement, Respect, and Harmony are the driving forces behind the mission of La Citadelle, and will remain its essence during the school’s flight. Many people have been touched by their experience at La Citadelle and will carry with them its values for many years to come.