Testimonials

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My son has had the most remarkable and fulfilling year imaginable – I feel deeply appreciative of what he has been given, the acceptance and nurturing of spirit and mind he has had, and of the school’s approach and intelligence in general.  His experience is so well-rounded… from the intellectual and academic, to the opportunity to have a rich performing arts education, team experiences in sports, and a truly integrated and relevant education (both in the classroom and in excursions) around history, literature, language and what is happening outside our own borders.  I have enjoyed how much the school invests in helping its students become independent and confident thinkers who are building useful life-skills and loving learning!

- Ilana Landsberg-Lewis
Parent & Executive Director, Stephen Lewis Foundation

Now in his third year at the school, Voice has been transformative for our son Gabe.

Voice recognizes the inherent differences in people. At Voice students are nourished, encouraged, and challenged. The school culture, created by its phenomenal teachers, is unique. That culture has enabled Gabe to take academic and personal risks that he would otherwise have shied away from or avoided.

Witnessing one’s child supported in his challenges and celebrated in his successes, while learning to do the same for others is a gift that is unquantifiable.  This gift, Voice’s contribution to the development of Gabe’s sense of “self” in the broadest sense, is one for which we will be forever grateful.

- Christine Schmidt
Parent

“Voice Integrative School – a place where students, teachers and parents work together to give each student the best opportunity to celebrate who they are, in an environment that supports, guides, enriches and teaches our child(ren) to work both independently and collaboratively.

Voice has been part of our family since 2009.  When you walk into the school, you can feel why it is so special.  It’s the people that greet you – both students and staff, the beautiful art work that fills the hallways and staircases, the sounds of classes being taught, the celebration of what they do every day in photos, and the projects that fill the shelves which reveal the true nature of the school.  Most importantly, it is listening to our own children talk with excitement about the new math project they are working on, how they are utilizing lessons learned in their academic classes to be performed in the next performance, how living history is such an exciting way to learn about the past….and the list goes on….

We feel these teachers really understand our children.  Recognizing their strengths, but also helping them to understand that taking risks is such an important part of life.

Thank you Marie for having a vision.  Your school impressed us the first day we visited, and four years later, we still feel the same way.

- Michelle and James Vaux
Parents

“My daughter Leah attended VIS for grades 7 and 8. It’s been a wonderful experience, in so many ways. VIS offers an inclusive school community, solid academics with a focus on learning how to study, and creative arts enrichment that includes some of the city’s most vital artists and theatres. And all of this is set in the Distillery District, providing a ‘schoolyard’ that’s urban, yet contained.”

- Judy Irwin
Parent

“My daughter is finding her own voice. What a gift! Thank you.”

- Gina Mollicone-Long
Parent

“It’s been 5 years and 2 kids later, since we’ve been at Voice, we still love it! Marie, your passion is what sold us in the first place and I still see it when I talk to you. You are a true educator and the inspiration for the school.”

- Lynn Berryman
Parent


“To all those who make VIS such a great place: I would like to help spread the word on how this school is more than a school. The environment that the staff creates, encourages learning, and promotes children to be responsible citizens. All three of my boys have grown in so many ways from this special place. This school truly is the best.”

Jim Rellinger
Parent

 

“…You have to know there are a lot of parents who feel very grateful that you were courageous enough to build this wonderful school for our kids to learn and grow in a very unique and special way!  THANK YOU!”

Charline McKissick 
Parent

“We wanted to let you and your staff know just how much we appreciate all the hard work you have done with both our children.

We feel so lucky that our children have been involved in an inspiring school such as VIS. Your commitment to excellence and global awareness is truly refreshing and exactly what this generation of kids needs in their lives; a sense of matter, responsibility and trust to all that you can be and more. Emma and Elliott have flourished under the leadership of both you and your team of teachers, and for that we are truly grateful.

All of your hard work and dedication is reflected in each of our children.

Keep up the great work!”

Donna and Bill Watson
Parents

“An unhappy student struggling with her academic identity, our daughter was not living her potential at her previous school. In a short time after starting at Voice, she became interested, engaged, proud of her successes and most specifically began down the creative road that we are certain will define her life. And she has never looked back. Due to your leadership and your amazing group of energetic teachers, she did indeed find her Voice! . . . The world would certainly be different and so much better if every child had the Voice experience.”

Lisa Stevens & Jamie Button
Parents

“I want to express my thanks to you. You have created such an outstanding school that is truly exceptional in the way it elevates the students to want to do their best – for themselves. Voice has given our son a sense of confidence that he will carry forward in his life as a student and as an adult. He believes in himself.”

Sue Scinocca
Parent

“I came to VIS in the middle of my grade 7 year. Having attended various middle schools with varied success, I began as a skeptic. In time I realized that this school was different. VIS manages to combine the atmosphere of a small school with a rigorous curriculum, thus instilling in its students a life-long love of learning. It was there that I first discovered my passion for global issues, foreign languages, and dance. Today I find myself an active Young Liberal, a fluent French speaker, and dance instructor. I left that school a confident young person with the spirit and the work ethic to take on the world. And with luck, VIS will continue to recognize and nurture the inexhaustible potential of its kids.”

Patrick Lum
VIS Alumni

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your school for providing our son with an educational experience that met all our expectations. Your dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff brought to him the quality education we were striving to find, to better prepare our son for future learning institutes and life experiences… Our son truly did enjoy his VIS two year experience and will miss your school, but he is a better prepared young adult to take on new future challenges.”

Richard & Michele Lees
Parents

“Where else are all Grade 8’s offered a placement in any of the high schools of their choosing?  This speaks, not only to the academic excellence, but also to the “emotional intelligence,” to which your philosophy embodies.  Voice students stand out!”

Kathleen O’Hara
Parent

“The school with its expectations, vision, teachers and direction has given the opportunity for my daughter to thrive and expand her horizons, and she has wholly embraced it. I’m a happy parent!”

Karin Serre
Parent

“After trying 2 public schools and 3 private schools, Voice is the only place where we’ve found a true community atmosphere  where everyone is supported to share who they really are, and express their own unique gifts. While academics are important, giving our children a strong sense of self is imperative. That’s what will carry them forward with confidence and the courage to make their own way in the world.”

Debra Gould
Parent

“Perhaps it is inappropriate so early in the school year for fan mail but I must say I feel compelled. My daughter has always enjoyed school so we expect her to be enthusiastic. We did not expect, however, the overwhelming reaction she has had with your program.
She simply loves Voice: the teachers, the curriculum, the attitude, the discipline and the students. Everything. Even math, previously compared by my child to cough medicine, is now one of her favourite subjects. On Tuesday evening she was so excited about her Social Studies homework that it was challenging getting her to go to bed. Voice is a very special place. Congratulations and thank you.”

Nick Hector
Parent

“The VIS students have always shown a determination to understand issues and concepts presented to them with an open and inquisitive mindset. They are constantly excited to explore the world around them as it is now, as it once was, and what it could be like through their questions and comments. The staff always amaze me with their energy for teaching, their commitment to each student and their ability to motivate their students to learn. A great school with which to be associated.”

Neil Fortin
Head of Outdoor Education – Camp Kawartha & The Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre

“I found your students bright, curious, optimistic, humane, compassionate and invigorating. And I do not use those adjectives lightly. Good for you, for Voice and for them. There is a bright future out there for all of us if these kids keep it up. Adults should be as open-minded and aware.”

Robert I. Blanshay
Barrister & Solicitor

“Your school provides so much nurturing and guidance in a safe and beautifully serene environment.  I think the kids leave at the end of the day relaxed and able to deal with life better……..learning cannot be done in an atmosphere of chaos and bullying.”

Darlene Pellman
Parent

“….my daughter has told me several times since last week how much she loves her school……she’s thrilled to be learning so much…”

Carol King
Parent

“As the parent of two VIS graduates, I am confident that my children are equipped with the academic preparation, critical thinking abilities and skills necessary in order to function effectively as part of a team.   Most importantly, however, my children now possess the awareness that they are part of something much bigger – a global community.”

Lynn Kieran
Parent

“The school is a fabulous and unique facility and everyone, students, staff and parents seem energized and raring to go. I’m sure that this is the result of an incredible amount of work and we want you to know that it is appreciated.”

Ann Fox and Bruce Dow
Parents

“Just a quick note to all of you at Voice to let you know that our son is a confident, capable student this year and very much enjoying his learning experience in high school.  He would not be the person he is today without the empowering support the of the Voice Intermediate School community.  We feel very fortunate to have found you when we did.”

The VanDeursen family
Parents

“Yesterday I saw a spark in the eyes of those 8th graders that I’ve only seen very few times when working with young people at that age; the intelligent questions, the undivided attention and the sincere sense of interest I experienced is only a testimony to the caliber of education and support they are receiving from you and the teachers at your school.
I am confident that students from Voice will grow to take well deserved leadership positions in their communities and become part of a very positive change that our country and the world badly needs.”

Suhail Abualsameed
Guest Speaker
Passages to Canada Program, The Dominion Institute