Dr. Sherman Jen, CMLES Chairman and Dr. David Barnett, Lakehead University Provost at the signing ceremony in Dalian, China.

New Maple Leaf School at Lakehead University

Maple Leaf Education North America, the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems is pleased to announce the signing of an MOU with Lakehead University, identifying Thunder Bay as the planned site of our newest university school. The signing took place at the CMLES headquarters in Dalian, China, coinciding with the 3rd Maple Leaf International Forum and the opening of the 14th Annual Maple Leaf Recruitment Fair.

This school, scheduled to open in September 2019, will be Maple Leaf’s first in Ontario and signals a planned expansion throughout Canada.

“Our unique ‘university school’ model gives students the advantage of a small and personalized private high school education along with the independence and advanced academic, cultural and recreational opportunities available through our university partners. Our schools provide a Complete Care model and encourage students’ personal development through our Global Leaders of Tomorrow program.” said Dawn Sutherland, President, Maple Leaf Education North America.

Maple Leaf has a very special relationship with Lakehead University, especially with the Faculty of Education. MLES schools in China host Lakehead University students during their international teaching practicum and each year new teacher graduates are hired to teach at Maple Leaf schools in China. Lakehead University is also the site of the MLES-STEM Teacher Training Program whereby qualifying students graduating from MLES schools in China are selected into a special 5-year program at the university that prepares them to return to China as qualified math and science teachers. Students at the new on-campus high school will join many other Maple Leaf graduates currently studying in ThunderBay.

Dr. David Barnett, Lakehead University’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic) commented, “Lakehead University is proud to work with Maple Leaf Schools, an organization that will provide opportunities for students from China to live and learn in an exceptional region of Canada, as well as opportunities for Lakehead Education students to complete teaching practicums in a unique classroom setting.”

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