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St. Clement's School

21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8
School Type: Academic
Grades (Gender): 1 to 12 (Girls)
Tuition: $25,675 per year
Average Class Size: 16
Enrolment: Day 470 (Gr. 1-12)

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Leadership opportunities and training are available to all students at all stages of their careers at St. Clement's School. Student leaders are encouraged to take initiative, work cooperatively, use their creativity as a well as their intelligence, communicate effectively, and learn from their difficulties as well as their successes.

St. Clement's School is a highly democratic institution. School prefects are elected by the senior students and staff, while the Student Council president and vice president, as well as the House Heads, are elected by students. In addition, individual classes elect representatives and class leaders. Students sit on committees and participate in the planning process.


Small yet mighty: with approximately 425 students, St. Clement's has 44 teams in 14 sports. This is no doubt thanks to a voluntary student participation rate of 85 per cent. Every faculty member coaches at least one team and/or supervises one club.

Teams this year include: alpine skiing, basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, swimming, badminton, ice hockey, volleyball, softball, track and field, tennis, and golf. St. Clement's is competitive in each of these sports, often winning championships and tournaments. Students try out for teams, and those selected practise in the morning or after school. Games against CISAA teams are scheduled once to twice weekly. Through CISAA, senior athletes can qualify for OFSAA competitions. SCS athletes practise and compete at on-campus and off-campus facilities.

Students begin participating in co-curricular athletics in Grade 3, and physical activity continues in the academic curriculum until graduation. Intramural or House sports available during the day help students to try out new activities, gain confidence, and have fun. Leadership opportunities are available to all athletes, and some teams have captains that are elected or appointed. At the end of the year, athletic achievements, efforts, and improvements are celebrated at the Athletic Banquet.

Co-curricular program

Co-curricular program

The co-curricular program at St. Clement's School supports the academic program in promoting the development of students' skills and character. There is a wide range of activities available, including sports, the arts, and special interest clubs. Most students take part in a number of activities in different areas. Students are encouraged, by the school and by their student leaders, to try new things and to participate fully in school life. Students with areas of particular interest can take on leadership roles such as coaching a team of younger girls or running a club.


St. Clement's School is renowned for academic excellence. A commitment to the highest standards of academic achievement, coupled with an innovative approach to curriculum and teaching, creates a program that is both rigorous and flexible.
Junior School (Grades 1-6) - The Junior School is made up of one class of each grade and exposes students to a broad range of material, giving them the basic building blocks to support them throughout their academic careers. The curriculum is designed to foster personal as well as academic growth, and the supportive and nurturing environment helps students to develop self-confidence and openness to new activities.
Middle School (Grades 7-9) - The Middle School is made up of two Grade 7 classes, two Grade 8 classes, and three Grade 9 classes. The Middle School program is rigorous and challenging, incorporating a range of academic disciplines on a rotating timetable. Diversity is balanced with security, as Grade 7 and 8 homeforms stay together for most subjects. During these years, the focus is on independent work, time management, critical thinking and writing and study skills. Many secondary school courses are taught beginning in Grade 8.
Senior School (Grades 10-12) - The Senior School is made up of three Grade 10 classes, three Grade 11 classes, and one Graduating Class. The Senior School program allows students to specialize in their areas of interest through a number of elective courses, while continuing the focus on English, French, mathematics, and science established in the Junior and Middle Schools. St. Clement's Senior School requirements in mathematics, science and French exceed the provincial standards for secondary schools.

Famous Alumnae

Famous Alumnae
Adrienne Arsenault '86
CBC News correspondent and Middle East Bureau Chief

Claudia Dey '91
Playwright - The Gwendolyn Poems and Trout Stanley

Margaret MacMillan '61
Provost of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and author of Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed The World

Where Do Our Graduates Go

Where Do Our Graduates Go
Number of graduates in the Class of 2011 56 Concordia University Dalhousie University McGill University McMaster University Mount Allison University Queen’s University Quest University Ryerson University Trinity College, Dublin Tulane University University of British Columbia University of Guelph University of Nottingham University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario Vassar College Washington University Wesleyan University Wilfred Laurier University

Keeping in Touch

Keeping in Touch
"Our students, planting their roots here, grow to become intelligent leaders, innovators and women of great character."
- Peter Jewett, Past Chair of the Board of Governors and parent

An education at St. Clement's School is the foundation for university and professional success and lifelong membership in the SCS community. Whether you attend SCS for 13 years or one, you are a member of the Alumnae Association. The Alumnae Association was formed in 1927 with 55 members; today, there are over 2,300 active members.

There are many ways for alumnae to keep in touch:

  • The Red Blazer is a magazine for alumnae and the whole SCS community, and includes alumnae news and interviews, as well as information about upcoming events.

  • Alumnae can keep in touch through the Advancement Office, whether by phone or e-mail.

  • Reunions are held every year, for different classes and in different locations. Recent events have brought together alumnae in New York and in London, England.

  • The Reunion Weekend offers three days of activities for all alumnae, with anniversary classes specially honoured.
    Several events are held in Toronto each year.

  • University reunions bring members of administration and staff to different universities each year to visit alumnae.

  • Alumnae can create and update their profiles and find classmates through the Alumnae E-mail Directory.

  • Alumnae can help current students find success through the SCS "Alumnae as Mentors" network.

  • Alumnae are welcome to visit the school at any time, including official Open House days. They are also encouraged to participate in events such as Careers Day, or to speak at school assemblies.

  • All alumnae are welcome to the monthly Alumnae Association meetings.

  • Many alumnae are past or present members of the St. Clement's School Board of Governors. Alumnae also participate in the school's long-range planning process.

  • Some of our alumnae continue the SCS tradition by sending their own daughters to the school.

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