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Stories of growth and achievement contributed by several recent graduates

Melinda L.

2020 Graduate

Student Council VP (2019 Sept – 2020 Apr), Charity Club Leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Rotman commerce), University of Toronto UTSC (Co-op BBA), University of British Columbia (International Economics), Western University (Mgmt & Org. Studies), Simon Fraser University (Beedie)

“Don’t give up, study hard and you will be rewarded. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. After I came to CA, I became more outgoing and confident. It is not hard to reach your goal if you have a good plan in mind. Do not always try to take shortcuts in life because it will not help you in the long run. Always try to plan ahead and manage your time properly, so you get enough sleep, study time and leisure time.”

David W.

2020 Graduate

Student Council member (2020 Jan – 2020 Apr), Charity Club leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Computer Science), McGill University (Computer Science), University of Alberta (Computer Science ; $10,000), University of Waterloo (Mathematics; $2,000)

“When I came to CA, I learned the ability to feel happiness. Creating a club at school and working hard with the classmates on the activities in the club left me with the best memories, making me more enthusiastic and more confident. In high school, you must develop good learning habits, such as decomposition of tasks, do regular review, and other efficient learning methods, in order to ensure good results and energy to achieve good results in volunteers, clubs, and various competitions.”

Enya W.

2020 Graduate

Student Council VP Admin (2019 May – 2019 Dec), Tutoring Club leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Co-op BBA), McGill University (Commerce), University of British Columbia (Social Sciences), University of Alberta (Business Management; $1,000)

“Don’t waste time, don’t be a follower, think independently, studying is very important. After coming to CA, I became more responsible for myself, changed me from the previous school, and made me love learning. Thanks to everyone for helping me this year, and CA for providing an environment where I can learn happily.”

Peggy X.

2020 Graduate

Student Council Member (2019 May – 2020 Aug)

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Architecture, Landscape and design), Pratt Institute (Architecture ; USD$105,000), Syracuse University (Architecture), Southern California Institute of Architecture (Architecture), Savannah College of Art and Design (Architecture; USD$6,000), McGill University (Arts)

“Study hard, find a major you like early and finish the IELTS test as early as possible. After I joined CA, I became happier, cheerful and helpful. Thank you for the rich extracurricular activities provided by CA. Thank you for the guidance and encouragement from all the teachers so that I have a clearer vision for my future. Thank you classmates and friends for helping me over the years. Thank you for making me have a very good high school memories, I will work hard to become a better self in the future.”

Allison W.

2020 Graduate

Student Council member (2019 May – 2019 May), Student Council President (2020 Jan – 2020 Apr)

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Life Science), University of Toronto UTSC (Psychology), University of British Columbia (Social Sciences), Western University (Psychology), Simon Fraser University (Criminology)

“Take the IELTS test early, do more volunteer work, and study hard. When I came to CA, I learned to work hard, participate more actively in group activities, and met many friends. Thanks to all teachers who took care of me in these semesters, and to every teacher who taught me.”

Katherine J.

2020 Graduate

Student Council member (2019 Sept – 2019 Dec), Tutoring Club leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Mathematics), University of Toronto UTM (Commerce ; $2,000), University of Toronto UTSC (Co-op BBA ; $2,000), University of British Columbia (Social Sciences), Western University (Science; $3,500 / Management $3,500)

“Listen to your school counselor and take IELTS earlier. Listen carefully in class and complete the homework on time. CA is a great group for meeting different friends and understanding areas that you have never been involved in. In this environment, I feel a completely different kind of love. This memory in CA will be the motivation behind me, and I will work harder to become excellent. As the planning teacher said, “There are no students who can’t get accepted to universities, only students who don’t work hard!”

Jeffery G.

2020 Graduate

Student Council President (2019 Jan – 2019 Dec), Basketball Club Leader, Movie Club Leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Co-op BBA), University of British Columbia (Management), University of Alberta (Business Management / Social Sciences), Western University (Mgmt & Org. Studies), Simon Fraser University (Beedie)

“You must study hard, and each grade in grades 10, 11, and 12 should get a high score! Participate in extracurricular activities as much as possible while ensuring academic performance, and participate in as many school activities as possible: volunteers, clubs, etc. IELTS test as soon as possible! After I came to CA, I became more self-reliant, and at the same time, I constantly looked at myself to strengthen my deficiencies, and found that there are too many things in the world waiting for me to learn. I have grown a lot in the past two years in CA. Through the experience of the student council, I have learned a lot of things and gained a lot of new insights. I have also trained my communication skills, organizational skills, and teamwork skills. Through many volunteer activities, I became more willing to give back to society. Thank you very much for the teachers and classmates who took care of me in the past two years.”

Jerry X.

2020 Graduate

Student Council member (2019 May – 2019 Aug)

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Co-op Computer Science ; $2,000), University of Toronto UTM (Computer Science), University of British Columbia (Computer Science), University of Alberta (Computer Science ; $9,000), McMaster University (Co-op Computer Science ; $1,000), Waterloo University (Mathematics ; $2,000), McGill University (Computer Science)

“Read more books, read more newspapers, play less games and sleep more. I learned the importance of collective honour, because CA is a warm family, which makes me feel warm. I am very lucky that I spent my two years in high school in the family of CA. In CA, I learned to find ways to solve problems and recognize the importance of teamwork. Every class in CA is full of vitality, and I completed my high school life step by step in an atmosphere of happiness.”

Sicily F

2020 Graduate

Movie Club leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Social Sciences), University of British Columbia (Management; $15,000), Western University (Media Information and Technology), Simon Fraser University (Social Sciences)

“I feel very lucky that i came to CA! Before coming here, I never thought that I could be admitted to a famous school. The environment of CA changed me. When I don’t work hard enough, I always think maybe I will try again. I can do it too, and finally I really like going to school Communicate more with the teacher, don’t miss the class! Submit work on time! Start preparing early! Like our CA teachers. Everyone in CA always helps each other, and I am really reluctant to graduate.”

Kevin Z.

2020 Graduate

Charity Club leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Science), University of Toronto UTM (Computer Science), McGill University (Computer Science), University of British Columbia (Science), University of Alberta (Science ; $10,000)

“I learned a lot in CA, such as learning to organize a lot of volunteer activities, participating in various clubs, and many heart-warming festivals. I am also very active in participating in various activities in the school, which are very interesting, and it narrow the distance between classmates and me, and it is a very good chance for us to help each other and cooperate together. After coming to CA, I felt that I became more enthusiastic about learning and more willing to participate in various activities and clubs.”

Dexter G.

2020 Graduate

Basketball Club Leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Computer Science), University of Toronto UTM (Computer Science), Western University (Media Information and Technology)

“Take the IELTS test early and do more volunteering. After I came to CA, I became stronger, willing to learn, and became better me. I have received a lot of happy memories and interesting friends, and I will recall this precious memory for a long time. Thank you all my classmates and responsible CA teachers, we cherish you, goodbye!”

Amanda H.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto (Social Sciences), Western University (Management / Social Sciences)

“Take the IELTS test early and pay more attention to the messages sent by the school in the WeChat group. Thanks to the teachers of CA for their help, as well as the companionship of my classmates, for making my high school life in CA come to a successful end. The moment I received the university notice made me feel the worth of my efforts in CA for so long.”

Cicilia X.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Social Sciences), University of Toronto UTM (Commerce), Queen’s University ($1,500), University of Alberta (Business Management ; $1,000), Western University (Media; $1,500 / Social Sciences; $1,500), Simon Fraser University (Business Management), York University (Commerce)

“I am very happy i came to CA, and I have so good teachers to help me arrange the courses reasonably, and arrange the courses according to my major, so that I don’t waste time on unimportant courses, and let me have more time to show myself. Let me become more self-discipline, love to learn, thanks to all teachers of CA. I hope that future students will listen to the teacher and take IELTS as soon as possible!”

Momo L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Life Science), McGill University (Food Science / Nutritional Science), University of Alberta (Social Sciences), Queen’s University (Science / Social Sciences), Western University (Food Nutrition / Media Information and Technology), Simon Fraser University (Health Science)

“Before coming to CA, I was confused about the future and my grades were average. I always thought with a negative mind that I would definitely not be able to go to a good university. But after the course planning and encouragement of the CA teachers, I gradually picked up my self-confidence, and with clear goals and learning motivation, I finally got the offer of the ideal university. Thank you to all the teachers and classmates who have helped me with CA. With your care and support, I have become what I am today. It is often said that the original intention is not forgotten. May we encourage each other to work hard towards our respective ideals and make progress together in the future.”

Jason L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Science), University of Toronto UTM (Computer Science)

“Thank you CA for making me love learning and taking lessons. When I once wanted to give up going to college and felt that I had no hope of entering college, CA gave me that glimmer of hope. I couldn’t help it. I thank all the teachers for helping me when I needed help. Without CA, I would have went to college. No CA, no university, I may have no pursuit of life, I love CA.”

Jimmy M.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of British Columbia (Social Sciences), Simon Fraser University (Social Sciences)

“In the past two years in CA, I went from rebellious to slowly changing, thanks to teachers for their care and supervision in the school. I am really grateful to the teachers, we can feel it with our hearts. I never dreamed that I would be accepted by UBC! I didn’t understand it when I first came to CA, and I knew when i graduated. Thank you all CA teachers, you are very helpful and you always gave us the best suggestions. Now I that graduated, I really feel reluctant. I hope CA can be the best school in BC!”

Liam L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Social Sciences), University of Toronto UTM(Commerce), University of Toronto UTSC (Social Sciences), University of Alberta University (Business Management), Western University (Social Sciences)

“Take the IELTS test as soon as possible, do not wait to the last moment. After I came to CA, I began to actively participate in volunteer activities, met many friends, and gained many precious friendships. I am very happy to be able to join the big family of CA. At CA, I learned how to be responsible for my future. I know that only by working hard can I get my ideal results.”

Elenor X.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Social Sciences; $1,000), University of Toronto UTM(Commerce), University of Alberta (Economics), Western University (Social Sciences / Management; $14,000), University of Sydney (Commerce), University of Melbourne (Commerce)

“Study hard every day, take classes seriously, complete homework, and do the PPT carefully. If you have any difficulties do not hesitate to find teachers, they are always like sunshine. After coming to CA, I became more outgoing and lively. I feel that I am more clear about the future path, because I know what I should do to get into my ideal university and enter the ideal major. Thank you very much all the teachers in CA for your patient help.”

Chelsea F.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Arts management & Media), University of Alberta (Business Management ; $3,000), Western University (Management and Organization Studies / Media Information and Technology)

“CA is a school with a good learning atmosphere and environment. After I came to CA, I became more confident and self-disciplined. In the past few years in CA, I participated in a lot of interesting activities, and at the same time, I also gained beautiful friendship. Thank you very much, if you didn’t come to CA, I never thought I could enter the top 50 universities in the world. The days in CA will be my cherished memories.”

Hans H.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Social Sciences), University of Toronto UTSC (Physical and Environmental Sciences), University of Alberta (Computer Science)

“Study hard and work hard to improve yourself. IELTS is very important. Learn English if you have nothing to do. If you don’t work hard in CA, you will be easily eliminated. Come on, fight for your future! I learned interpersonal relationships in CA, and leadership and reasonable use of time. I met many interesting friends and many good teachers. They all care about you and make my life abroad warm. When I came to CA, I gradually became interested in learning from someone who didn’t like learning. The saying “There are no students who can’t get accepted by top universities, only students who don’t work hard” accompanied my two years of high school life. I hope I will study hard in the life of the university and become an excellent CA graduate.”

Becky Z.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Social Sciences), Western University ( Management & Organization Media information)

“CA is a school with a good learning atmosphere. As long as you want to learn, you can get good grades, there is a return to your pay, find your own goals, and work towards it! At the same time, I am sincerely grateful to my counselor teacher, because she gave me three times before and after planning, solved my confusion, found my goals, and helped me be admitted to my favorite university. I hope future students will make good plans early and clearly define their goals, follow the teacher’s steps, study hard, work hard.”

Frank L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Environmental Science), University of British Columbia (Food Nutrition and Health), University of Alberta (Computer Science ; $3,000), University of Victoria (Computer Science ; $2,000)

“Thanks to CA for helping me, not only teaching me knowledge, but also teaching me life experience. I learned time management after coming to CA. CA let me, who can only receive a college offer, get so many Top universities’ offers, thank the teachers for their guidance and help.”

Crystal L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSG (Arts and Science), University of Toronto UTSC (Psychological and Health Science ; $1,000), University of Alberta (Arts ; $2,000), Western University (Management & Organizational Studies Media, Information & Technoculture), Simon Fraser University (Science)

“CA is a place that changed my learning attitude. The learning atmosphere here made me regain my confidence, and let me know that as long as I work hard enough, there will be rewards. In the future, I hope that such a good learning atmosphere of CA can be maintained, and that this school can be better and better.”

Leila Z.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Social Sciences ; $500), University of Toronto UTM(Commerce), Western University

“In the previous school, I never thought that I could be admitted to the University of Toronto until I came to CA. I didn’t know that this dream was not impossible. I am very grateful to the planning courses and the help provided by the planning teacher for making me enter this ideal university. I hope that the future students will follow the counselor teacher’s guideline and get a good score in the class and try to think about IELTS as soon as possible.”

Snowy W.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTM (Social Sciences), University of British Columbia (Social Sciences)

“Please be sure to listen to your counselor teacher and follow the plan step by step, don’t worry. After I came to CA, I became more thinking-loving. In fact, the Chinese class can learn a lot of things that are beneficial to my life. Before I joined CA, I never thought that I could get an offer from a world top 50 university so smoothly. Thanks to our counselor teacher for helping each CA classmate to make plans, and thanks to the lovely teachers!”

Kevin L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Physical and Environmental Science), University of Toronto UTM (Computer Science), Carleton University (Co-op Engineer), University of Windsor (Co-op Engineer)

“Keep studying, and when you study hard, keep going! In CA’s big family, I feel more motivated and more confident. Before I came to CA, I never thought I can get accepted by my dream universities. I have made a lot of friends here, and they gave me a lot of encouragements, and together we are moving towards the same goal. I have never felt such close unity and conviction. With everyone’s concerted efforts, I have been admitted to my ideal university. This is probably the power of ideas learned in Chinese lessons!”

Lexi L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Social Sciences and Humanities), University of Toronto UTM (Social Sciences), University of British Columbia (Social Sciences)

“Study hard, don’t try to find shortcuts. Thanks to all the teachers in CA for their patience to help me, I have greatly improved my grades and you made me love learning more. I hope that CA can grow stronger and stronger, and that graduates can get accept into the best universities!”

Sara C.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Social Sciences ; $500), University of Sydney (Commerce), University of Melbourne (Commerce), Western University (Social Sciences / Management), University of Alberta (Management ; $4,000)

“Take the IELTS test early and try to get into a good university. People can achieve their goals as long as they work hard. The Happiness class teaches me how to be happy in my life. After arriving at CA, he became more cheerful and confident, and worked harder to study. I work harder because I saw the students around me working very hard. My classmates made me feel that I had a happy big family. The teachers in CA are particularly kind and friendly. Whenever I have a problem, the teacher will not answer impatiently. They will teach until I will. I am very happy every day in CA!”

Andy L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Auckland (Accounting & Finance), University of British Columbia (Science), McMaster University (Enviro & Earth sci Gateway), King’s College London (Environmental Science), Western University (Social Science)

“I really learned a lot in CA. Excellent teachers use interesting teaching methods to let the learning students enjoy it. Volunteer activities in the school made me realize the joy of helping others. The club activities have brought down the feelings between the students and made me recognize many good friends. The classmates are great and always encourage each other to help each other. This makes me feel happier in the learning process.”

Evan C.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Psychology), University of Toronto UTM (Social Science), University of British Columbia (Social Sciences), Western University (Management), University of Alberta(Psychology), Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria ($3,000)

“To spend as much time as possible on studying, I have discovered my more real ability in CA. In the past, I always felt that I could not do a lot of things very well, so I did not bother to do it, but now when I really work hard to do these things, I find that I can do a lot of things.”

Richard L.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTSC (Co-op BBA), Western University (Science / BBA), University of Melbourne (Economics), Simon Fraser University (Beedie)

“Work hard, study hard, calm down, plan well, do your homework seriously, don’t complain, and don’t have procrastination. Thank you teachers and classmates for their meticulous care and concern. My biggest gain in CA is learning time management. All the days I worked hard with my friends in CA for my dream university are my best memories. I hope that CA become better and better, and I sincerely hope that all CA students can receive their dream offers and have a bright future.”

Tammy H.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto UTM (Computer Science), Western University (Science)

“After i coming to CA, I take all homework seriously and get rid of the previous lazy problems. Learn to be responsible for yourself and others. Thank you teachers for making me more confident in English learning, and all the teachers in CA leave very good memories for high school life.”

Siyi P.

2020 Graduate

Accepted offers from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara college

“Hard work is very important, don’t miss classes. Cherish the life now, time does not wait for others. I have a lot of cheerful personality when I come to CA. I want to thank the teachers for giving me comfort when my life is not going well. I also thank my friends for their help. I will definitely become better in the future.”

Amanda G.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from The University of Toronto and York University.

“I am a very easy-going, cheerful and positive person who enjoys talking with others.
Columbia Academy arranges plenty of volunteer experiences to make sure we take these opportunities, which will definitely help in the future. I feel loved in school, as many people helped me, and I hope to study harder, and have great success, so everyone will be proud of me.”

Bryant Z.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offer from UBC.

“You can do anything you set your mind to, so be yourself, and be proud of who you are. Also, do not lose your faith, but instead believe that you are more clever than you think.”

Cynthia G.

2019 Graduate

Member, Student Council, Tutoring Club Leader(2018/09 – 2018/12)

Accepted offers from The University of Toronto ($3,000 scholarship), UBC and Western University ($2,000 Scholarship).

“High school life is full of happiness and I cherish my time in high school at CA where I met many good friends.
For CA juniors, try to get a higher GPA for each course and pass your IELTS as early as possible.
Also, take the opportunity to join student council where you can learn and grow a lot.”

Chandlar W.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC and Western University ($2,000 scholarship)

“Everyone says I’m gifted, so I used to believe I could do anything without hard work. However, since I have been through high school, the only thing I know is no matter a person’s natural gifts, you need to work hard to succeed. Work hard and all the hard work will pay off in the end.”

Daniel S.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto($2,000 scholarship), University of Victoria and Western University.

“I like to do things that I want to do without hesitation. For example, I like to play the piano, to work out, and to draw. I also like to help others whenever they need it. It is my honor to be enrolled at Columbia Academy. I really appreciate and would like to thank my friends for always being there, helping me,and supporting me. My advice is to do your IELTS as early as you can! Don’t wait until the last minute!”

Emily L.

2019 Graduate

Member, Student Council / Professional Dancer, Dance Club Leader

Accepted offers from Parsons School of Design($8000/year), University of British Columbia, University of Arts London, School of Visual Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art($11,500/year), Otis College of Art and Design($23,000/year), Savannah College of Arts and Design(SCAD)($11,000/year), University of Toronto, University of Alberta.

“I am a dancer and I like things related to art. I like to challenge myself by making sure I do well on the things I like. At Columbia Academy I have met lots of friends, and I have learned a lot from them. Thank you to the teachers and all of my friends, as I got offers from my dream universities with your support.

My success is a reminder to our CA juniors to work hard, play hard, and to get lots of rest. Also, get your IELTS done earlier, and don’t wait till the last minute!”

Emily S.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ($27,000 scholarship), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

“I am a foodie who loves doing art and design, and as well, piano and music are my life. Psychology books are oxygen to me, and I love all the challenges in life! My dream is to become an artist and have my own art studio in the future.”

Frank L.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from York University.

“I am an out-going person and enjoy making friends with others. Before I came to CA I never thought that I could go to a top university. A big thanks to CA! I changed a lot at CA ,and  now I understand the importance of learning knowledge.

To juniors, I am sure you will have a very meaningful life at CA. I did not only learn academic knowledge, but I also learned about the importance of self discipline and happiness.”

Frank M.

2019 Graduate

President, student council (2018/05 – 2019/04), Volunteer work pioneer (over 500 hours)

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC and SFU.

“How time flies! My two years at CA have come to an end. In the past two years, CA has made me become a mature man, and I have learned plenty of things here.

CA has also provided me with many great volunteer opportunities, which have given me the chance to help other people. After I tried volunteering a couple of times I certainly enjoyed the process of helping people. I really appreciate those opportunities because from these experiences really helped me to  treasure myself.

Additionally, I loved being the student council President at CA. And I would like to say to all of my council members throughout the three semesters I was President that they were wonderful. In essence, they helped me to get the job done nicely. On the whole, I also want to say thank you to CA for all of the trust and support that gave me so many chances to grow up and become a mature person. ”

Irene J.

2019 Graduate

Member, student council

Accepted offers from The University of Toronto, UBC, University of Alberta ($10,000 scholarship), Queen’s University ($4,000 scholarship), Western University and SFU.

“I appreciate all the teachers and staff who have helped me in my high school life. I am grateful for my friends who have made my life rich and fulfilling. Graduation is both an ending and a beginning. Good Luck 2019 Graduates!

To me, the most romantic thing in this world is to look at the stars in the sky.

My best memory at CA is the talent show last Christmas. I have seen many professional and wonderful performances performed by the students. I performed an excellent dance myself with my dance group.”

Isabella Z.

2019 Graduates

Accepted offers from Western University and University of Victoria.

“I am happy I made lots of friends at CA. I would also like to thank my teachers for their help. I also took some Happiness courses, which made me appreciate the life I have now.

To juniors, do not waste your time, and participate in all the activities and classes at your High School.

Finally, get along well with your classmates, and cherish your friends.”

Jacky C.

2019 Graduate

President, Student Council (2019 Jan-Apr)

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto ($12,000 Scholarship), University of Alberta ($10,000 Scholarship)

“When I was in public school, I did not want to study, and I failed many of my classes. I wasted two years of my time there. So, when I came to CA, I wanted to change. I worked hard to become one of the top students in the school. In fact, I was in the top student category for two terms and won a $2,000 scholarship.

A message to juniors, once you set a goal, never give up. There may be many obstacles in life, but remember your dreams, work hard towards them,  and you will achieve what you desire.”

Jason W.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, York University, SFU and University of Victoria.

“I changed a lot after I came to CA, from a student who did not like to study to a student trying to work hard, and to get top universities’ offers.

To juniors, study hard, sleep more, and spend less time on games!”

Jessica S.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offer from UBC.

“Except for working hard, participating in extra-curriculum is also very important.  For example, I joined some of the school clubs, and even set up a club. In fact, I set up a happiness club last term with my friends with the sole purpose to help us relax from our busy study schedules and also to promote team spirit.

Joining a volunteer club is also a very good choice for students. Gradually,  you will find that helping others will make you very happy.”

Joyce Z.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC and University of Alberta ($2,000 scholarship)

“I spend lots of time on taking pictures. I enjoy capturing moments and visual art documents. My best memory at CA is having lunch with my girls everyday. To Sara, Elenor and Peggy, Pass your IELTs as early as possible!”

Julia X.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto and University of Victoria

“I have a  passion for  my studies. I cherished my time with my friends and teachers at Columbia Academy. One thing very special about CA is the school provides lots of volunteer opportunities for students. Please take advantage of these opportunities. I hope everyone can get their dream university offers, and chase  their dreams.”

Klaus Z.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto ($1,500 scholarship) and Western University.

“I met a lot of friends at CA. They always supported me and helped me a lot. CA is a high school where you can realize your dreams. As long as you work hard and follow the school’s guidance, you will get your dream universities’ offers.”

Krystal F.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC, University of Alberta ($4,000 scholarship), Western University, University of Victoria ($2,000 scholarship).

“I have been very fulfilled and happy at CA for more than a year. I made many friends at this school, some of the most important friends in my life. These friendships not only helped my learning, but also the overall care and happiness in my life. CA made me feel the warmth of a big family, and also made me regain my enthusiasm for learning. At the same time, I also learned more knowledge at this school, and every teacher had a great teaching style.

To CA juniors, first of all, actively participate in extracurricular activities, which can make life more fulfilling and interesting. Secondly, attendance and reasonable time will all prepare for the future life in the university, it will make you more comfortable with busy work. Last but not least, be sure to know in advance the grades and documents you need to apply for the university, upload them in time to prevent missing the admission, and keep your grades good.”

Leanne H.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC, University of Alberta ($2,000 scholarship), Western University and Carleton University ($12,000).

“I spend lots of time practicing drawing and using my digital tablet. Also, I practice doing voice acting jobs.

Some reminders to future students in CA. Pass your IELTS test earlier than later and make lots of new friends. Be friendly to everyone and treasure each person who becomes your friend. My best memory at CA is the Whistler ski trip and look-out. My dream is to become a voice actor.”

Lex Y.

2019 Graduate

Member, student council

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto ($3,000 scholarship) and Western University ($10,000 scholarship)

“As an optimistic person, I am willing to take challenges, face difficulties, and remain calm when I stumble. My message to juniors is to  prepare for English 11 and 12, as it is very important for your university application. My best memory at CA is my involvement with student council where we discussed and planned events together. I have learned that I have to be clever and smart in making choices for my future.”

Lisa H.

2019 Graduate

Member, student council / Japanese club founder

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto and University of Alberta ($3,000 scholarship)

“I went to three different high schools, and learned a lot during these years. Trust yourself and study hard. That’s the most useful thing for you to do.”

Mike J.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, Western University, McMaster University($2,000 scholarship) and York University ($2,000 scholarship).

“Message to juniors: CA is not a big school, but it is filled with kindness. After I came to CA, I tried to change myself to be a better version of myself. I have learned and changed a lot. In CA, I learned not only academic knowledge, but also how to communicate with others. Furthermore, I learned to be more respectful to my teachers and classmates. My dream is to be the best version of myself.”

Paul X.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto ($3,000 scholarship) and UBC

“As a student in CA, I mainly put my efforts into the course of English 12 to improve my English skills, especially writing. I am motivated by the guided practice from teachers. Because of these experiences, I became more mature and satisfied towards my life.

At CA, I definitely have learned academic knowledge from the lectures of many generous and responsible teachers, but it is more significant that I am conscious of how to be happy and devoted in my community!”

Qiaoqiao S.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from UBC, Queen’s University and University of Victoria.

“I look serious but actually I am a very funny person. I like to dance but I am very shy inside. All the memories I had in CA are the best, especially hanging out with my friends after school.”

Rebekah C.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from UBC and York University.

“I was a professional dancer back in Beijing. In order to go to my dream university, I gave up everything in China and come to Vancouver.

Thanks to all the teachers in Columbia Academy, they are really helpful and care about all the students.”

Sherry Y.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC, Western University, SFU and University of Victoria($2,500 scholarship)

“I am good at science, so I think I can be successful in science. I hope my ambition can motivate me to achieve my dream. My best memory is to do volunteer work that the school arranged for us. It is always good to follow school’s guidance and work hard, you will regret it if you do not.”

Steven H.

2019 Graduate

Member, student council 2018 / Basketball club leader

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto ($12,000 scholarship) and UBC.

“As a strong math student, I am used to pursuing precision and perfection in everything I care about. I also like to challenge myself by taking attempts to do various sports, and I like basketball the most.

My best memory is the time when we played basketball in Richmond Oval.

To juniors, get everything started right now, volunteering, student council, extra curriculars. Do not wait for chances and your goals. Work diligently and continuously.”

Sue W.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC and Western University ($2,000 scholarship).

“I would like to challenge myself. And I would like to help others. I like making friends.

As a graduate, I wish I had taken IELTS earlier, then I would not have to worry about it all the time. CA is the best school I have ever been to. Everybody here is kind and helpful. And teachers try their best to help us to get our dream universities’ offers.”

Suzy L.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto and Western University.

“I love to try different things in my life. My hobby is to try different delicious food and  go to the gym. CA is the best school in my mind. CA proves that as long as you work hard, all your effort will be paid back.

To juniors, I learned how to be efficient in CA. I graduated within four semesters and got accepted by a top university. As long as you set a goal, never give up and work hard towards it and you will have a bright future.”

Sylvia L.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Western University and University of Victoria ($2,000 scholarship).

“I would like to study in a relaxed way and enjoy my life. I spend most of my time studying and accompanying my friends. I really had a pleasurable time during these years.

So many nice teachers are in CA, and I have had lots of great friends in my high school life. I really appreciate it. People around me contribute an excellent environment, let me be myself. It was extremely lucky for me to meet all of these lovely people in this adorable school. It has been such an important period of my life.”

Victoria D.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC and the University of Melbourne.

“Even though I used two extra years to graduate from high school, as I came to Canada too late, I do not consider it a waste of time. I feel I learned more from these two years which enriched my life experience, and also learned how to be a good person.

I am more prepared for life in the future now.”

Vivian Q.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC, Queen’s University and Western University($1,500 scholarship).

“As a student, I enjoy my school life with my friends. I usually use my free time to study and prepare something for my club. And enjoying silence in the park is my favorite activity in the morning.

Message to juniors, practice makes perfect. Be responsible for yourself.

My dream is to be an actuary and travel to Italy.”

Victoria L.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto ($3,000 scholarship), UBC and Western University.

“I would like to spend a lot of time on drawing and taking photographs. They help me to find the beauty of life in detail.

Message to juniors, make more friends and learn from them. Hard work will bring success to you.”

Yiding S.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, UBC, Western University and the University of Victoria.

“I am an open, out-going person, I like to communicate with my friends and also like to play games with them. Even though I am not the best in academic studies, I have tried my best. In CA, I met lots of good friends here. And thanks to all the teachers and staff.  I hope you will love CA as well because all teachers are trying their best to help us.”

Ziqi Z.

2019 Graduate

Accepted offers from the University of Toronto, York University ($1,000 scholarship) and the University of Victoria ($2,000 scholarship).

Message to juniors, do not waste your time to do something which is not useful. Always stay with positive people. Depression will not get you anywhere, you need to fight to get out of it. Anything is possible with hard work and never giving up.

My best memory in CA is skating in Whistler with my friends. Everyone really enjoyed that.

Jenny Z.

2018 Graduate

President, Student Council 2017

Accepted by the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and Architecture Studies, Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business, University of British Columbia, Western University in Canada and Parsons School of Design (USA), School of Art Institution of Chicago in the United States.

“For the past two years at CA, I had some ups and some downs. My dreams and beliefs kept me strong and allowed me to succeed. Thank you all for the companionship shown to me and the support of my teachers along the way. Thanks to everything that makes me a better person. The journey continues, stay hungry and stay foolish.”

Gina D.

2018 Graduate

Vice President, Student Council 2017

Accepted by the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, and Western University.

“For the past three years, I witnessed the development of CA and CA witnessed my growth. I have benefited a lot from studying at CA. I could not achieve anything without the advice of my teachers and help from my classmates. This wonderful team not only provided me with knowledge, but also unforgettable experiences. Thank you CA.”

Leo Q.

2018 Graduate

Secretary, Student Council 2017

Accepted by the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Western University .

“Before transferring to CA, I didn’t have a good idea and understanding of how to get into my dream university. Now, thanks to the help and guidance I received from the teachers, I graduated from CA with offers from different top universities. I have become more mature and made many friends while studying at CA. It was nice to have you all in my life. I hope I can see you all again someday.”

Yog R.

2018 Graduate

Accepted by University of Toronto.

“CA has everything that an international student can hope for: caring teachers, best advisors, and friendly students. Although I have a completely different background compared to other students, I never felt left out from any activity.”

Victoria X.

2018 Graduate

Accepted by the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, Western University, University of Victoria.

“I spent nearly two years at CA and I believe that CA is a very good place to learn and grow. Everyone at CA is working hard and thinking about the futures of each student. I grew up a lot while at school here and received an offer from my favorite university. The harder you work, the luckier you are. I wish everyone a bright future.”

Grace G.

2018 Graduate

Accepted by the University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria.

“After coming to CA, I realized that it is very important to find a suitable school. Before I came to CA, I was a girl with little confidence who felt that I could never get into a top university. However, I became confident and found my future direction while studying at CA. I believe that it was the encouragement and support of CA’s teachers and my efforts that made it possible for me to get offers from Canada’s top universities. Thank you, teachers of CA.”

Stephanie Z.

2018 Graduate

Member, Student Council

Accepted by the University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University, University Of British Columbia, Queen’s University, Western University.

“Studying at CA enabled me to find a field that I was passionate about and good at. With the support of teachers, I was able to maximize my potential and enter my ideal university. Thanks CA.

Ashley F.

2018 Graduate

Accepted by the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Western University, Simon Fraser University.

“I have spent almost five years in Canada and in that time, I have had a lot of stumbles in my life. These stumbles made me lose confidence and lose hope for my future. But when I was lost in my life, my friends gave me the recommendation to attend CA. CA’s teachers told me that as long as I am willing to work hard and plan ahead, the University of Toronto is an achievable dream. I was finally able to achieve that dream. I wish for all the dreams of future Graduate can come true!

Jason C.

2018 Graduate

Accepted by the University of Toronto, Western University, Simon Fraser University.

“The teachers of CA helped me understand concepts and ideas from different perspectives. The school does not only focus on the effectiveness of in-class learning, but also emphasizes off-campus practical learning. Based on the opportunity of volunteers every semester, we can personally experience the importance of caring for vulnerable groups. The school’s advisor has a well-planned schedule that is both fulfilling and purposeful. Teachers often encourage us to, “do your best and your best is good enough”. With their support, they helped us to enter the ideal university! I am grateful to the CA staff for their guidance.”

Jason S.

2017 Graduate

President, Student Council 2016

Accepted by the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Western University and Simon Fraser University.

“It is not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you.”

Georgia K.

2017 Graduate

Vice President, Student Council 2016

Accepted by the University of Toronto, University of Alberta and Western University.

“Before I came to Columbia Academy, I thought I could only study at an average university. The teachers motivated and guided me towards one of the top universities in the world. If I could do it, you can do it too.”

Barney Z.

2017 Graduate

Secretary, Student council 2016

Accepted by the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto and York University.

“Columbia Academy is a great school; teachers are caring, loving and giving. As long as you work hard, you can be accepted by the world top universities like I did.”

Suyu F.

2017 Graduate

Accepted by the University of Toronto, Western University and Queen’s University.

“I am just an average student, butIwanted so much to go to a top university. I am so lucky to have come to Columbia Academy. I learned here, as long as you work hard and follow the teachers’ guidance, you can reach your dream step by step. Thank you, Teachers.”

Sally Z.

2017 Graduate

Member, Student Council 2016

Accepted by the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, Western University and Simon Fraser University.

“Columbia Academy is a great school; I had many unforgettable and happy moments here. I appreciate everything that Columbia Academy gave me”.

Tony Z.

2017 Graduate

Accepted by the University of British Columbia, Queen’s University and Western University.

“I wish you can have a great time at Columbia Academy just as I had. It is a happy high school time without regrets for me. Your future depends on what you do now. Work hard and play harder.”

Clara F.

2017 Graduate

Member, Student Council 2016

Accepted by the University of Toronto (Rotman), Queen’s University, and University of Alberta.

“For the past 2 years as an international student in Vancouver, I have learned and grown up a lot. Thanks teachers and my friends for your company and support. I am so blessed to have met you here”.

Lucas C.

2017 Graduate

Accepted by the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and University of Alberta.

“When I first met the teachers at Columbia Academy, I was told if I worked hard, I would also have the chance to study at the world’s top universities, although I found it difficult to believe, I chose to believe, work hard and follow school guidance. I got many offers from top universities and I am so happy. Try your best and be the best version of yourself”

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

Our school has taken a number of steps to support the continued health and wellbeing of our staff and students. To this end, our school began online course instruction on March 8th, and expanded this to include synchronous online instruction on March 16th. Beginning March 18th, access to our physical school facility is no longer available so as to ensure the safety of school staff.

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