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St. Clement's School

21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 1 to Gr. 12 (Girls)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 470 (Gr. 1 - 12)

School Address
21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8



About this school:


St. Clement’s School is an independent day school for girls. We are recognized for our long-standing commitment to academic rigour and excellence within a close-knit, nurturing community. At SCS, you will find our unique small-school advantage: with 470 girls in Grades 1 through 12 learning together under one roof, every girl is known and valued. From the foundation laid in Grade 1, throughout their time at SCS, our students are encouraged and taught to question and discern, connect within and across disciplines, and persist through complexity and uncertainty. Our girls stand out as intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate. At SCS, each girl will discover her own path and leave us ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world. Open House Dates: October 19 and November 16, 2018, from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. — Visit school website



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Our Take: St. Clement's School

our takeLocated in the heart of midtown Toronto, St. Clement's School offers a well-rounded, balanced, and supportive learning environment founded on academic excellence. Mentorship is prized, and the school is committed to delivering on a mission to develop exceptional women who are compassionate, curious thinkers and open to new experiences. Girls are guided on their own paths of discovery with the support of a strong school community. That approach is coupled with a progressive 21st century curriculum and lessons reinforced by lived experience. An inclusive, energetic dynamic is the product of a mixture of small classes sizes and interconnected grade levels.

Principal's Message


Martha Perry '85, Principal

Welcome! I am thrilled that you are interested in learning more about St. Clement’s School for your daughter. Beyond the strong tradition of academic excellence, there is a tangible sense of community spirit and pride at SCS that you can feel the moment you walk into our building.

Our mission is to develop outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate, and we believe that this is done by guiding our girls to seek their own paths of discovery. We also believe that there is merit in learning from occasionally taking a divergent path – one that may challenge our girls, and tasks them with learning from stumbles and mistakes. As we like to say: the best path is rarely a straight line.

Choosing a school for your daughter is a very important decision. It is my hope that as you read this online profile, you will get a little sense of who we are and will be inspired to take the next step to venturing in to meet our community – one that reflects relentless passion, courage, and curiosity in learning.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing more about St. Clement’s School. .

Warmest regards,

Martha Perry ’85



Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What St. Clement's School says: Our commitment to excellence in learning means being in tune with the world around us, and always looking ahead. In today's changing, complicated, and ever-more-connected world, our girls can be successful in learning and in life only if they are able to think critically, be creative, make connections across subject areas, wrestle with complex issues and problems, and collaborate with many people of differing views. The St. Clement's experience supports and encourages this learning, preparing our girls for the future.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What St. Clement's 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.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • 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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Latin • Spanish

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Art History
    • AP Music Theory
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP Research (Second part of the AP Capstone program)
    • AP Seminar (First part of the AP Capstone program)
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Spanish Language
    • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
    • AP Studio Art: Drawing
    • AP World History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Chinese Language and Culture
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP European History
    • AP French Language
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP Latin
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    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 St. Clement's School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    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 St. Clement's School says: St. Clement's School was founded on the principle of academic excellence, which continues to guide us today. Our girls are active learners and high achievers, demonstrated through their academic and co-curricular accomplishments. Our comprehensive approach to enrichment, wellness and support for all of our girls ensures that the unique needs of each student are met.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What St. Clement's School says: At St. Clement’s School, we believe that education is not just about teaching students; it’s about developing them into confident, resilient leaders. Our pioneering, highly regarded LINCWell program does just that. This comprehensive program is far more than guidance counselling. LINCWell programming is woven through the entire curriculum at St. Clement’s, from Grade 1-12 – meaning that from the time they arrive at SCS, our girls are developing critical learning skills, leadership capabilities, and life skills. This provides the foundation to help our girls realize high levels of academic, co-curricular, and personal achievement within a supportive, small school environment.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    St. Clement's School offers no/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
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    St. Clement's School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    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.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades1 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback1 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings1 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What St. Clement's School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Round Square
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid10%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid7%
    Total aid available$650,000

    Application Deadline:
    December 09, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    Renewable needs-based scholarships are available for students in need of assistance from Grades 7 to 12. St. Clement’s School is committed to enrolling exceptional girls from diverse backgrounds, regardless of their families’ financial situations. St. Clement’s School uses the services of Apple Financial and their Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) program as a third-party organization to assess the needs of families.

    Merit based Scholarships

    St. Clement's School Grade 7 Entrance Merit Scholarship
    Amount: $7,500
    Deadline: 12/09/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to —

    St. Clement's School is pleased to award one entrance scholarship to an outstanding applicant entering Grade 7 who demonstrates courage, compassion, excellence and leadership in the areas of academics, co-curriculars and community service.

    For more details, visit: www.scs.on.ca/admissions/
    St. Clement's School Grade 9 Entrance Merit Scholarship
    Amount: $7,500
    Deadline: 12/09/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to —

    St. Clement's School is pleased to award one entrance scholarship to an outstanding applicant entering Grade 9 who demonstrates courage, compassion, excellence and leadership in the areas of academics, co-curriculars and community service.

    For more details, visit: www.scs.on.ca/admissions/


    Total enrollment 470
    Average enrollment per grade39
    Average class size16
    Gender (grades)Gr. 1 to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview1 - 12
    SSAT7 - 7
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 01, 2017

    What St. Clement's School says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student St. Clement's School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size64
    *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)

    What St. Clement's School says:

  • Most popular universities: Western and Queen's
  • Yale University, Columbia University, and University of St. Andrews are popular international universities.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Adrienne Arsenault 1986 Foreign correspondent for CBC
    Margaret  MacMillan 1961 Historian, academic, and author
    Claudia Dey 1991 Novelist and playwright
    Julia Foster 1965 Member of the Order of Canada, Chair of the Board at York University (first woman), former Chair of the NAC, one of Canada's Top 100 Powerful Women (Women's Executive Network).

    Alumni Highlights

    • Annual Alumnae Reunion Weekend
    • Networking events
    • Homecoming
    • University and Regional Reunion
    • Carol Service and Christmas Party
    • An Evening of Golf

    Stories & Testimonials


    Learning by Leading

    At SCS, leadership is about more than having a title. From organizing our School-wide Spirit Week to helping a new student find her classroom on the first day of school, our girls are encouraged to lead - and learn about leading - within and beyond the School's walls. 

    The Leadership Program combines instruction and hands-on experience which spans the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Classroom curriculum, student leadership conferences, topic-specific workshops, leadership retreats and trips, and local, national, and international service projects are all components of a student's leadership development at SCS.

    Structured leadership opportunities begin as early as Grade 4 where students have the opportunity to mentor younger students as a reading buddy. Other early leadership opportunties are the Mentorship and Peer Tutoring programs, where girls in Grade 6 can become tutors. Middle School students are encouraged to build on their leadership capabilities initiated in the Junior School by participating in student government and a wide range of special interest clubs. Volunteers and elected representatives help lead community work, the School's EcoTeam and organize special events. In the Senior School, there are a wide range of student-run groups and activities providing leadership opportunities for students in a vast array of interests. In her graduating year, each student will hold a formal leadership role so that she can practise and refine her leadership capabilities.

    At the end of their time at St. Clement's, students will have received formal leadership training and multiple opportunities to put that training into practice - learning by leading. 


    Beyond the Classroom

    At St. Clement's School, our goal is to develop well-rounded girls who enjoy all aspects of life and have the confidence to try new activities. Active participation fosters a sense of belonging and helps build friendships that last a lifetime.


    Let us paint you a picture of how the arts bring SCS to life: with splashes of vibrant colour, doses of drama, and soaring, soulful music. Our robust Arts offering provides students at every grade level with the opportunity for creative expression, enhanced problem-solving skills and confidence building. 

    Our girls engage in the arts through both the formal curriculum, and co-curricular activities and clubs. Whether it's a passion for the stage or standing behind the camera, our girls have the opportunity to explore interests and participate in musical and drama productions; dance clubs and competitions; House plays; art shows; and musical and choral events. 


    We have a long-standing tradition of achievement in a variety of sports, and our girls have many opportunities to explore and participate on the field, track and court.

    Our athletics program prides itself on a philosophy of encouraging participation, developing skills at all levels, and building healthy lifestyles. Junior School students participate in soccer, cross-country, basketball, swimming, volleyball, and track and field. Middle and Senior School students may choose from 13 different sports offered each year, including Alpine Skiing, Golf, Swimming, and Softball.  

    Our teams compete against other independent schools, and many go on to participate in OFSAA championships. 

    School Spirit

    The extraordinary spirit of our School is shared by students, staff, parents and alumnae alike. A collective sense of pride is evident throughout the school day and beyond, especially in our inspiring assemblies, exciting House games, cheers and skits. 

    Spirit Week allows our girls to compete in friendly competitions and express House pride. The School-wide event features a fun line up of activities, events, and competitions, like lip syncing and locker decorating. 


    Academics at SCS

    We're known for academic excellence.

    With a robust curriculum that extends far beyond our walls, classroom lessons are reinforced with real-life experiences. Our small size is our advantage - an individualized approach for each student and our ability to nimbly approach learning in new ways sets us apart. The academic program at St. Clement's supports our mission to develop outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. We do this by ensuring that excellence is not just a word - it's our commitment and our passion.

    St. Clement's is a community of life-long learners, where hard work and dedication serve to engage students in innovative and interactive ways. We begin in the Junior School by building a strong foundation within a caring environment, and continue through Middle School where nurturing and support help our girls travel successfully through the early adolescent years. Finally, our Senior School provides academic challenge and specialized courses to ensure our students graduate, prepared and eager to tackle the next exciting phase of life. 



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