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Holy Name of Mary College School
Holy Name of Mary College School
2241 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 2K8
Contact name:
Giselle Fernandes

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Holy Name of Mary College School

Holy Name of Mary College School

2241 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 2K8

Grades (Gender):
5 to 12 (Girls)
$16,350 to 44,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 22
Day: Varies (Gr. 5 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Giselle Fernandes

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School Address
2241 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 2K8

About this school:

HNMCS provides an enriched university preparatory programme that guides curious learners on a quest of educational discovery while shaping their minds and touching their hearts. A distinctive balance of support and nurturing relationships encourages girls to develop a strong moral compass while building resiliency. A unique tapestry of academic excellence, focused on 21st Century learning, combined with co-curricular experiences inspires creativity, critical thinking skills and global leadership.

Principal's Message


Marilena Tesoro, Head of School

The true spirit of the HNMCS experience is the relationship between caring, inspiring educators and the brilliant, curious minds of our engaged and talented students. We hold high expectations for our girls and their learning achievements, and our community accomplishments continue to make us proud. 

We strive to shape the Catholic women leaders of tomorrow to “Be the Change” - knowledgeable, hopeful, confident and resilient for their future.

It is through a rich learning landscape focused on girl’s learning that we not only foster quality standards for teaching and learning, but empower leadership, cooperation and teamwork with every girl. We are a school committed to preparing young women to meet the challenges and uncertainties of a constantly changing global future with a good moral compass.  

Catholicity, being the cornerstone of our work, promotes core values focused on the spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ that nurture faith development and cultivate global awareness, community outreach and service leadership. We are supported by the Felician Sisters, and the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School who bring a rich history of faithful service. Our school culture not only shapes the minds of our girls, but touches their hearts while preparing them to become compassionate women leaders of integrity. 


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What school says: HNMCS provides an exemplary university preparatory programme that combines traditional curriculum with experiential learning experiences and integrates technology with 21st Century skill development. Driven by a student-centric focus on teaching and learning, we surround bright, curious minds with caring, and inspiring teachers who believe and inspire a passion for learning.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Catholic education, check out comprehensive guide.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Italian • ESL

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What school says: Students are best served when the use of technology enhances the learning that takes place in the classroom. HNMCS embraces the use of technology throughout the curriculum, and our broad use of Smart Boards and interactive projectors in all classrooms recognizes the importance of technology in education. Our school is fully accessible through wireless connectivity, leverages on site servers and cloud based technologies, utilizes educational software and communities, promotes the safe use of social media, and offers a green room multimedia environment for study and exploration. All students are encouraged to bring their own device to school and engage in learning with their tablets, laptops or phones in a stimulating way. This results in the development of their expertise and competency and their development as self-directed users. Students have full access to our comprehensive technology lab and all teachers incorporate the use of technology in their teaching and assignments.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: The Holy Name of Mary College School Athletic Department provides opportunities for girls to pursue athletic excellence in a variety of sports while upholding Catholic core values and developing determination, resilience, balance, a sense of fair play, and pride in self and community. The athletic program at HNMCS is an integral part of the total growth experience. Student-athletes will mature physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. They will learn to take responsibility for personal growth by developing commitment, balance, and resilience as part of a strong and caring community. Pride in self and school, integrity and commitment are continually strengthened through participation on our teams. We believe that the life lessons learned through sport help to strengthen the Catholic values that will guide our students well into the future.

    • school's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • What school says: HNMCS provides young women with the highest quality of education and a moral grounding in the Catholic faith, its traditions and worldview in order to enable them to realize their full potential as influential leaders of faith and community. The Religious Education programme enables girls to discover the truth, nurture the attitudes and develop the skills necessary to grow as young Catholics in a constantly changing society. The curriculum is designed to promote a Catholic identity that assists students in becoming life-long learners in relation to their faith within a multi-faceted global world. This plays an integral role in the learning experiences of students and complements the various faith-related outreach, social justice and peer ministry activities that take place within the instructional setting of the school community.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What school says about flexible pacing: Our environment is student-centred and tailored to girls' learning

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What school says: Our main goal at HNMCS is to develop the whole person. Building a strong academic foundation allows our girls to become innovative thinkers who can draw on their wealth of knowledge and experience to tackle real world problems.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Spiritual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What school says: HNMCS promotes the importance of a balanced lifestyle that integrates a strong academic foundation based on our core values and key developmental priorities

    Special Needs Support Limited


    school offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    Accelerated curriculum

    All students enrolled at School are on an accelerated curriculum -- whether they are classified as gifted or not. This means they perform the work of older peers in the provincial system..

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.


    What school says:
    • Mini-Medical Programme: HNMCS has established an innovative program to help develop a passion for science in our students. The overarching mission of the Mini Medical Program is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the sciences and the vital role they play in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire - humbly. The program is structured with active participation from the students and in partnership with key medical and science professionals in the community.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Homestay (International)
    Day (Domestic)$16,350
    Homestay (International)$44,500

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 5 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    December 31, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with FAST. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Gender (grades)5 to 12 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Holy Name of Mary College School says:

    The admissions process to HNMCS, a private All-Girls Mississauga Catholic school, is straightforward once you've decided that this is the school for your daughter:

    1. Obtain an application package from the school or download it from the link below.
    2. Complete and submit the application form along with a $100 Application fee.  Deadline for the early applications (to ensure a mid-February notification) is December 9, 2016.  We will continue to accept applications after this date and notifications will be done after the March break.
    3. Submit the following:
    • The completed application form and a non-refundable application fee of $100 by cheque made out to HNMCS.
    • A recent photograph of the applicant
    • The final report card from the student’s previous two years of school and the most recent report card for the current academic year.
    • The Confidential Student Profile Report completed by the student's current principal and sent directly to Holy Name of Mary College School.
    • Copies of supporting documents like psycho/educational assessments, IEPs, etc.

    Students applying to grades 5-12 are required to take our in-house written test which evaluates the candidate’s general mathematical, reading comprehension and English skills. There is no preparation for the test.   Our Admissions test will take place in early December, date to be confirmed.  To register for the test please click here or email us at admissions@hnmcs.ca for more information.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Holy Name of Mary College School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type56789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Canada Acadia University Brock University Concordia University Dalhousie University Laurentian University McGill University McMaster University Queen’s University Ryerson University York University University of British Columbia University of Guelph University of Ottawa University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario Wilfrid Laurier University USA Boston University Graceland University Northeastern U, Boston Pennsylvania State University Savannah State University University of Central Florida University of Michigan UK Bader International Study Centre

    Stories & Testimonials


    Former PM John Turner Captivates HNMCS Students

    On January 18th, Holy Name of Mary College School students were captivated by former Prime Minister John Turner, who visited the school at the request of Mr. Will Brereton, father of student Sara Brereton, whose grade 5 class is currently studying Canadian prime ministers. The grade 5 students were extremely well prepared in their knowledge of Mr. Turner and showed great confidence and poise asking their questions. Mr. Turner’s replies were candid and his wit, razor sharp. When asked “What was it like to follow Pierre Trudeau as prime minister?” he joking replied “If he had retired 10 years earlier, I would have had an easier time.” Turner credited his faith, his Catholic education, his mother, and good luck for the incredible life he's led. He told the students the most important things in life are faith, family and health. He told students to be loyal to their school, because they'd make friends here who would be with them for life. In the larger assembly with the full school, he encouraged the girls to go into politics, saying the country needs more young people and women in public life. “If you get involved, you can get things done.” Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1117895--former-prime-minister-john-turner-turns-on-the-charm-at-mississauga-school Mississauga News: http://www.mississauga.com/community/article/1282107--better-than-bieber ...

    HNMCS Day of Hope

    This year, the Holy Name of Mary College Senior Outreach students pioneered a new project entitled ‘A Day of Hope’ which took place on Thursday, November 3. Every high school student ventured out into various communities to be a living sign of hope by their contribution of time and work. Students were bussed out in smaller groups for the day to 14 agencies throughout the Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Thornhill and Hamilton. Among the agencies were Good Shepherd Shelter, Supportive Housing Peel, Knight's Table, Mississauga Community Living and Scott Mission. They did everything from serve food in shelters, paint hallways, work in a fair trade coffee shop operated by the clients of Supportive Housing, and sort toys and clothes. They returned to the school for a meal, a discussion on the day's events and a variety of activities. The day provided them with an opportunity for tangible help, making a difference through small gestures, and a sense of providing hope. Outreach is a committed group of students dedicated to effecting change and hope in the local and global community. ...

    Holy Name of Mary College School Lends Support to Help Conquer Cancer

    Mississauga, ON - On Saturday, June 12, 2010, thousands of men and women will rally together and embark on an epic two-day cycling event, journeying over 200 km from Toronto to Niagara Falls, Ontario, in an effort to raise funds for the 2010 Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the Campbell Family Institute at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Over the course of the two days, riders will be supported by hundreds of volunteers and crewmembers. Holy Name of Mary College School, which is situated on a beautiful seven-acre parcel of property on Mississauga Road, will be the first and only pit stop in Mississauga along the 200 km route. At the stop, which is approximately 20 km from the start line, riders will be able to re-hydrate, eat, rest, stretch and receive medical or technical support. Holy Name of Mary College School student and parent volunteers, overseen by event crew, will help manage the pit stop, motivate riders and create an energetic and supportive atmosphere. “We are very pleased and honoured to volunteer our facilities, encouragement and support to this year’s Ride to Conquer Cancer,” says Margaret DeCourcy, President of Holy Name of Mary College School. “Supporting this great cause will allow our students the opportunity to inspire and motivate others and also to help make a difference in the fight to conquer cancer.” The pit stop at Holy Name of Mary College School will be open from 8:30 am to 11 am on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at 2241 Mississauga Road in Mississauga, Ontario. ...

    Holy Name of Mary College School, walk away with honours at Peel Music Festival

    Mississauga, ON – April 29, 2010 - As the 83rd season of the Peel Music Festival draws to an end, the students of Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga walk away with their heads held high and a first place ribbon in their hands. Today, at the esteemed Peel Music Festival, the choir from Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) wowed the audience and the adjudicators with their accomplished performance of Guilo Caccini’s Ave Maria and Oh Shenandoa, an early American folksong arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram, for a first place finish, in the Secondary School Choir category, under the expert direction of pianist Natalie McDunnough and professional opera singer, Charlene Santoni, both accomplished music teachers at HNMCS. This was a major accomplishment for the girls given that the choir was just formed in December 2009. They were new to this competition and they were up against some well established and very experienced competitors. “What sets these girls apart from other singers is their thirst and subsequent employ of technical instruction. It is the innocence in their sentiment and the fervent passion they bring to every performance that truly sets them apart” says Charlene Santoni. Over the years, the Peel Music Festival has established itself as one of Canada’s largest and most respected independent music festivals. This year’s festival featured over 3,100 entries in Music and Speech Arts and, with over $19,000 being awarded to scholarship winners, the Peel Music Festival is making a significant contribution to the lives of young performers. Awarding the first place standing to Holy Name of Mary College School of Mississauga, adjudicator Jean Ashworth Bartle, founder of the internationally acclaimed Toronto Children’s Chorus, praised the students describing their performance as a very beautiful, moving performance with a lovely body of tone, with very good intonation. Along with the choir, a number of HNMCS students entered the festival competing in various solo classes. Students who won awards at this year’s festival were Veronica Rinomato, Meredith Webb, Andrea Giampuzzi and Melanie Pavao. HNMCS President, Margaret DeCourcy, who was in attendance at the competition said, “We are absolutely thrilled with these outstanding results. We are very proud of our students and this success is a testament to their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to their singing. This recognition goes not only to the choir members; it is an accolade for the school as a whole.” ...

    Marc Kielberger to present Duke of Edinburgh's Awards at Special Ceremony in Mississauga

    Mississauga, ON - On Saturday, November 27, 2010, 78 participants from across the GTA and Ontario will be presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award by Marc Kielberger, co-founder of Free the Children, at a ceremony to be held at Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) in Mississauga. Among those participants are Kamila Swiderski and Meredith Webb from HNMCS who last year achieved the Bronze level of the Awards. Meredith, who is a competitive synchronized swimmer, undertook an 8- day canoe trip at Lake Temagami as her adventurous journey while Kamila, who plays tennis at the provincial level, completed a 6-day kayaking trip in Poland. "The Duke of Edinburgh's Award challenged me to become more organised and to strive for my best," said Kamila. Meredith is already making plans to enrol in an Environmental Studies program and to achieve her Gold Award. Margaret DeCourcy, President of Holy Name of Mary College School is very familiar with the success and value of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. As a current member of D o E Board of Directors and an experienced group leader as well as award assessment volunteer, she believes that achieving this Award is an asset to a student's personal development and is very valuable on applications for scholarship, university entrance, employment resumes. "The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has become an important pillar in the education of young women at Holy Name of Mary College School as it is designed to encourage the qualities of self-reliance, initiative, self-improvement and personal responsibility. Students who achieve this Award become active, healthy and involved in their community, which is essential for their future and the future of our communities," said DeCourcy. Jill Hermant, Executive Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award said, "We are appreciative of all the support HNMCS is providing the Award on this occasion, over and above the stellar programme they run themselves. With over 37,000 young people across Canada already involved, the Duke of Ed is challenging and different, but more important it's about having fun, trying something new, learning and improving skills and spending time with old friends and making some new friends along the way." ...


    To present a university preparatory curriculum; To prepare young women to meet the challenges of lifelong learning--personally, spiritually and professionally; To help our students strive for and achieve academic excellence; To integrate Christian values and Catholic social teachings into the curriculum; To create a sense of belonging within a supportive and caring environment; To celebrate the Catholic faith in a vibrant liturgical life; To provide rich learning experiences that contribute to the development of character and Catholic leadership in each of our students; To work in partnership with each family. ...


    Holy Name of Mary was founded by the Felician Sisters in 1964 as a private school for young women. The school established a reputation for academic excellence and commitment to social action and service. In 1972, students from the Dufferin Peel Roman Catholic Separate School Board began attending the school for grades 9 and 10, and in 1987 Holy Name of Mary became a fully funded public Catholic secondary school. In September 2008, Holy Name of Mary reopened as Holy Name of Mary College School, an independent, Catholic all-girls school. Holy Name of Mary College School is a not-for-profit school under the continued spiritual guidance of the Felician Sisters and supported in its establishment by St. Michael's College School. ...


    In 2008, St. Michael's College School of Toronto and the Felician Sisters of Mississauga, two icons in education with long traditions of academic excellence, came together to establish Holy Name of Mary College School as a private all-girls school. The mission of the school is to educate young women to their full potential within the teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith. The program includes an enriched academic curriculum and diverse co-curricular program. All-girls schools recognize and focus on the particular ways girls learn and research indicates they produce graduates who achieve greater academic success, are more self-confident and develop stronger leadership skills. Holy Name of Mary College School, a university preparatory school for girls in grades 5-12, uses an enriched and balanced approach to education that focuses on faith, academics, community and athletics. ...

    In the News


    April 26, 2016 - Alumnae Mentors

    The transition from school to university brings a range of new experiences & challenges and our alumnae showed up in record numbers to share ...

    March 30, 2015 - Duke of Ed - Gold Award Achievement

    Our drive to inspire leadership is enabling HNMCS girls to soar to new heights. Congratulations to Kendra Tatemichi '15 & alumna Daniella ...


    The HNMCS U13 team competed in the PSAA Cross Country meet at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton. The girls had an amazing day at the ...

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