Our Goals for Our Students at Edmonton Academy
Rebecca B., Grade 11
A Proud Edmonton Academy Student
This painting represents how Edmonton Academy saved my life. Ever since I came to Edmonton Academy, my life has changed for the better. I now believe in my learning capabilities. My schooling experiences in the past have not been the best in public school. I was told I would never be able to go on to post-secondary; I was put into all the lowest classes and was even locked in a closet. I have always been an outcast, and not having teachers understand my learning disabilities. I grew up always behind everyone else with not being able to read and write as well as everyone else. Kids would bully me non-stop. At one point, it was so bad that the bully left a note saying, “You don’t belong here, go die in a hole”. And that is what the left side of my painting represents, the pain and struggle I have had in public. It represents how I feel in public school. I feel like the world is against me and I’m going to fail.
When I came to Edmonton Academy, there were people who believed in me and gave me a chance even with my learning disability. They believed and helped me move past my past. I am now able to say I can do it and I have now lived up to my true potential. Edmonton Academy gave me hope that I will have a future and that is what the right side represents. It represents the happiness and care the teachers and staff give off. This school is like a breath of fresh air. It allows everyone to be who we are, and the teachers embrace our differences and believe in each kid. This school gives kids like me a chance to be great, not an outcast like in other schools, but a part of something great and I am proud to say I go to Edmonton Academy.