OUR STORIES / OUR HISTORY
Kenneth M. Mounce Honourable James S. Cowan Dr. William F. Mason John A. Edgecombe
Landmark East School was founded in 1979 by Dr. Charles Drake and a Board of Directors that consisted of Canadian parents and professionals. Dr. Drake was an innovative American educator and dyslexic. It was the founders’ belief that students with learning disabilities must be given the opportunity to learn academic and social skills that would enable them to become confident, independent learners.
Dr. Drake modelled Landmark East after schools he founded in the United States, although there is no affiliation with these schools. Landmark East is
governed by Landmark East Association, a registered Canadian charity, for the benefit of students with learning disabilities.
In 1995, Landmark East established a joint research centre for learning disabilities with the Psychology Department of Acadia University, also in the town of Wolfville.
Research conducted through Landmark East and Acadia Centre for Research on Learning Disabilities looks at understanding learning disabilities, applying this understanding to benefit children and educators, and addressing concerns specific to children with learning disabilities. Studies conducted at Landmark East have been published in journals such as the Journal of Learning Disabilities and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice.
Landmark East is an approved school with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and the Government of Nova Scotia recognizes its high school program and diploma.
Our Campus Today
Landmark East School is situated on five acres of land in the small university town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy coast – and is a safe place for students to live and study. The school is located just one hour from Halifax, the province’s capital and the largest city east of Montreal and one kilometer from downtown Wolfville on the western outskirts of the town overlooking the historic Acadian dykelands. There are daily flights arriving at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport from major cities all around the world.
Landmark East is a community-based school, and so our students benefit from the facilities available in Wolfville. This includes the use of Acadia University’s recreational facilities, which has an Olympic size swimming pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts, weight room and skating rink. Landmark East students have access to the Wolfville Curling Club. During the winter months, students ski and snowboard at Ski Martock, a forty-minute drive from the school.
The historic campus building was named the Johnson Academic Centre, in recognition of the generous support of The Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation during a dedication ceremony for Landmark East School’s 25 Anniversary. The Centre houses the academic classrooms, biology and chemistry laboratories, library, conference room, administrative offices, dining hall and kitchen.
The Boys’ Dormitory is comprised of fifteen dorm rooms, each accommodating two to three boys. Each dorm room also has its own washroom. The boys’ dormitory contains a games room, television lounge, weight room, cardio room and laundry room.
The Girls’ Dormitory is comprised of ten dorm rooms, each accommodating two to three girls per room. Each dorm room also has its own washroom. The girls’ dormitory also contains one television lounge and a laundry room. The art, music, and drama studios are located beneath the dormitory, accessed through separate entrances.