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Luke Fera

Luke Fera '06
Biology Major

"LSSU has a great reputation for placing students in graduate and professional schools. Many of my classmates from LSSU are now pursuing graduate and professional studies at some of the finest universities in Canada and the United States."

"The student-faculty interaction and the ability to conduct research at the undergraduate level really helped me to achieve success in a competitive graduate program. My professors at LSSU were always interested in helping us succeed."

Luke Fera of Sault Ste. Marie graduated from LSSU in 2006 with a degree in biology and is now working toward a master's degree in epidemiology at University of Western Ontario in London. He plans to continue his studies in the medical sciences.

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Charter Schools

Our Vision

Charter schools authorized by Lake Superior State University:

  • will exhibit excellence as measured by student academic achievement and by other metrics related to individual missions;
  • will provide alternatives to traditional public schools;
  • will be legally compliant and fiscally accountable;
  • and will be committed to a culture of continuous improvement.

Our Mission

Lake Superior State University will provide oversight and support to its authorized charter schools to provide high quality and diverse educational opportunities for their students, and to qualify them for acceptance in post-secondary programs.

Our Values

Student focus. We believe the well being and interests of students are fundamental. These interests include academic achievement, a safe environment that fosters a culture of mutual respect and dignity, and access to information about the quality of education provided by our charter schools.

School autonomy. We uphold the autonomy of our charter schools. Boards are independent of the university as their authorizer. Personnel, budget, curriculum and instruction decisions are respected as responsibilities of the board, educational leaders and staff members. Compliance burdens are minimized. While we provide support to boards, leaders, staff members and students, we are not responsible for the school’s success or failure, but for holding schools accountable for their organizational and student performance.

Excellent performance. We hold our chartered schools accountable for their performance. Our decisions will be data driven and we will encourage and support our schools in their efforts to inform their instruction and curriculum decisions with the use of data. We expect our schools to perform at a level above those of traditional public schools. We will close schools that fail to meet these expectations.

Individualized support. We recognize that each charter school is unique and that differences in vision, mission, values, curriculum and instruction, school culture and leadership styles reflect differences within the communities they serve and the availability of resources. While we will hold our charter schools equally accountable, we will interact differentially with them, considering these differences. We share with our schools the goal of maximum growth of their students and access to post-secondary academic opportunities.

Hands-on Training...

Brian Applegate

Brian Applegate
Fire Science

LSSU's dedicated three-story fire lab made all the difference to Brian Applegate.

"Our certification training classes offered real situations," Brian says. Students practice victim search techniques while controlling and extinguishing fires. Applegate says his favorite exercise was the live fire flashover simulation. "We saw how fires evolved as they burned," he says. "It’s as close as you can get to the real thing."

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