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"It's kind of easy to be yourself here - you pretty much don't have to worry about what other people are thinking, or about impressing boys," says Alison, a student at St. Clement's School, an all-girls school in Toronto, Ontario. The Grade 8 student, who's attended the school since Grade 1, says she enjoys the strong sense of camaraderie she enjoys with her peers, and the ability to focus on academics without any interruptions.

"I like all the house spirit. At a coed school, it might be uncool to be spirited, but here, everyone is," Alison says. "It's also probably a bit easier at an all-girls school because you get rid of all the distractions and the gossip, and it minimizes the drama."

The social and academic benefits to which Alison is referring are backed up by the facts. A March 2009 study released by the University of California, Los Angeles found that female graduates of single-sex high schools in the United States were more academically oriented, intellectually confident and politically engaged.

"In an all-girls learning environment, girls are encouraged to express themselves and to take healthy risks they might not otherwise try in a coed environment," says Susan Beck, executive director of The National Coalition of Girls' Schools.

"They're also surrounded by other girls performing at the highest level in every area, so there's lots of positive reinforcement."

When it came to academics and career ambitions, the study found that the single-sex school grads were more comfortable with their abilities in traditionally male-oriented areas: they had greater confidence in their math and computer skills, and were more likely to begin college aspiring to become engineers.

Science happens to be Alison's favourite subject, one she says she'd like to pursue further upon graduating: "I'd like to study it at Queen's University or the University of Toronto, and then possibly go into the health sciences field."

Alison's success at school and beyond is bolstered by LINCwell, an innovative female-oriented student enrichment initiative at St. Clement's that's designed to help students achieve their academic, co-curricular and personal goals. Customized to the developmental needs of girls, the holistic program includes yoga, tai chi and Pilates classes, school-life balance support, study skill-building seminars, and nutrition and brain development workshops.

"What we're hoping to do, through LINCwell and through girls' education in general, is to affirm that the unique strengths these girls have in communication, emotional connectedness and relationships are valuable to being leaders," says Dr. Leanne Foster, director of the LINCwell program. "We're laying the foundation that allows them to launch themselves and go further."

—Sharon Aschaiek

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Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 Girls
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
Located just 45 minutes east of Toronto, Trafalgar Castle School offers world-class curriculum in a small-school environment that inspires and encourages growth. * Day and boarding * All Girls * Grades 5 to 12 [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$22,545 to $54,395


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 22545

Hawthorn School (est. 1989)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Girls
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
$36,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Homestay Girls 36500

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,180 to $65,490

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Branksome Hall (est. 1903)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Day school (900 students)
  • Boarding school (66 students)
Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$32,570 to $64,305


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 32570

Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • Day school (370 students)
Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$13,500 to $25,660


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 13500

Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)  

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 Girls
  • Day school (320 students)
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
  • Progressive
$18,763 to $21,417


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 18763

York House School (est. 1932)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Day school (656 students)
York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Reggio Emilia
$20,600 to $21,400


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 20600

Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)  

  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 Girls
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $21,250 to US $51,250


HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 21250

St. Clement's School (est. 1901)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Girls
  • Day school (470 students)
St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
$29,900


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 29900

Villa Maria (est. 1854)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls/Coed
  • Day school (501 students)
  • Day school (1117 students)
Villa Maria offers programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is 30 to 34 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$5,000 to $5,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Girls Coed 5000

Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Girls
  • Day school
Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12 offering an enriched university preparatory programme. The average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
  • Progressive
$17,250 to $17,550


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 17250

The Study (est. 1915)  

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 Girls
  • Day school (385 students)
The Study offers a bilingual mother tongue programme in both English and French from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. The average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
  • Progressive
$19,230 to $21,655


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 19230

The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • Day school (825 students)
Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$32,060 to $60,730


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 32060

Trafalgar School For Girls (est. 1887)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Day school (120 students)
Based in the heart of downtown Montreal, Trafalgar School for Girls is a diverse school community that challenges and inspires girls to love learning, build confidence and shape a better world. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$18,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Girls 18000

Collège François-Delaplace (est. 1963)  

  • Waterville, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (150 students)
COLLÈGE FRANÇOIS-DELAPLACE is a private traditional / academic boarding school in Waterville, Quebec. The school offers programs for grades 7 to 12 with enrolment of 150 boarding students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,950 to $21,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls 7950

Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 Girls
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
Odyssey Heights School: starts at 9:55am with dance, yoga, or outdoor fitness; 25-35 Overnight OE3 trips are included in tuition, there's a "No Homework Ever!" policy; Equestrian curriculum, small group French, 1:1 iPads [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$26,450 to $28,375


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Girls 26450

Havergal College (est. 1894)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (870 students)
Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
$32,750 to $59,875

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 32750

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (est. 1891)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • Day school (550 students)
Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Preschool to Graduating Year since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$17,000 to $27,600


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 17000

Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)  

  • Duncan, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed/Girls
  • Day school (209 students)
  • Day school (161 students)
  • Boarding school (97 students)
Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$6,250 to $46,700

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed Girls 6250

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,795 to $52,814


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 16795

London International Academy (est. 2002)  

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Girls/Coed/Boys
  • Boarding school (175 students)
  • Day school (5 students)
  • Boarding school (175 students)
A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,200 to $41,900


HighSchools Boarding Day Boarding Girls Coed Boys 9200

Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc (est. 1954)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Girls
  • Day school
In our all-girls environment, academic achievement in both official languages is the norm. A Joan of Arc Academy bilingual education prepares the women leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. Come and see the difference. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
  • Progressive
$15,750


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls 15750

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • Day school (1150 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$4,500 to $10,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 4500

The Linden School (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Day school (115 students)
The Linden School provides a challenging academic program for girls from JK - Grade 12. We create opportunities to discover the joys of learning and foster the development of critical thinking and physical well-being. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Progressive
$15,400 to $20,950

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