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St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School
1080 Linbrook Road
Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L1
Contact name:
Andrea Williamson

Phone number:
(905) 845-5830×
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

1080 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L1

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 12 (Girls)
$8,530 to $25,320 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 600 (Gr. PS - 12)

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Contact Name:
Andrea Williamson

Phone Number:

School Address
1080 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L1

About this school:

SMLS is a dynamic learning environment designed to address the unique needs of girls from Preschool to Graduation. Programs focus on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of girls, and are designed to develop our students to become courageous girls who challenge and change the world. Our renowned Robotics and Global Studies Progams are popular amongst the students. Outdoor Ed, Athletics, Communications Technology, Music and Visual Arts complement the overall SMLS experience. Est. 1891

Principal's Message


Dorothy Byers, Head of School

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School is a dynamic learning environment.  Our focus is the unique learning needs of girls from preschool to graduation (grade 12). We are not just a school without boys, but informed by research and experience, our programs are designed to focus on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of girls and young women. We design all our programs, whether they take place in classrooms, sports fields, the theatre, local community or international worlds, to challenge and develop each girl as she continues on her path of learning. It is an exciting journey that equips our girls with skills for life!

I invite you to spend some time with us virtually on our website at www.smls.on.ca and then come to visit with us in person. We will be delighted to welcome you and share the unique experience our school offers, and the successes of our graduates!


Kind regards,

Dorothy Byers 
Head of School

905.845.5830 ext. 801




Primary Curriculum:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics
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    Early Reading
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    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

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    • 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

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    Social Studies
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    Humanities and Social Sciences
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    Foreign Languages
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    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts
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      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
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    Computers and Technology
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    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
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    • school's approach to sex-ed: [school has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
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    Preschool/K Curriculum

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

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    Curriculum Pace

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

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    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

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    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

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    Developmental Priorities

    Primary Developmental Priority:

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    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 No Support

    No Support

    school does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.


    What school says:

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School has not provided this information.

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

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    School has not provided this information.

    Need-based financial aid

    School has not provided this information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    School has not provided this information.


    Total enrollment 600
    Average enrollment per grade38
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 12 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: We do not have this data for St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School says:

    Please see our website: http://www.smls.on.ca/Page/Admissions


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School is looking for: school has not provided this information

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSKK123456789101112
    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 of Alberta or Dalhousie.

    **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)

    Stories & Testimonials


    The Importance of Connectedness in All Girls’ Schools

    I recently referred to my copy of Dr. JoAnn Deak’s book How Girls Thrive.  In it, Dr. Deak highlights the importance of connectedness in the successful learning of girls.  In her words, “thanks to the hormone oxytocin, girls are neurobiologically primed to have a higher need for connectedness”.

    Teachers at all-girls’ school SMLS can attest to this fact.  As educators who focus on how girls learn, we understand that our Millies require a caring learning environment that nurtures their minds academically while tending to their affective needs as learners as well.  The independent all girls’ school advantage offered by SMLS provides an optimal learning experience where teachers –  whether in the classrooms, labs and hallways or on the sports fields, stage or an excursion  - artfully blend their teaching strategies with opportunities for our learners to feel connected and cared about.

    What other benefits can girls expect at SMLS? Find out here on Karen's blog: http://blogs.smls.on.ca/importance-connectedness-girls-schools/



    Experiential Learning at its Best!

    We started off the morning of our experiential learning  with a continuation of our CPR certification course. Yesterday we were given homework to research in groups a health emergency and be ready to present. The health emergency presentations we saw today included a variety of common health conditions such as: diabetes, asthma, concussion, anaphylaxis, heart attack and anxiety.

    The presentations involved a general overview of the health condition, the signs and symptoms and treatment, finishing off with a skit. We learned valuable information about common health conditions and how to assess the situation and what to do in the best interest of a victim in that situation. An important part of this experiential learning workshop is learning how to recognize an emergency situation, knowing how to assess the situation and finally, how to act. We got to apply our newly learned skills by practicing n partners and on the compression dummies by acting out various situations.

    Read more about these hands-on learning experiences and see photos: http://blogs.smls.on.ca/experiential-learning-best/


    Millies go Hiking in the Jungle

    Global perspective, real world experiences, and opportunities to try new things are all part of the St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School experience. During the senior girls global studies trip to Ecuador, Millies went hiking in the jungle...

    After getting our faces painted with nature designs, we went on a morning 2.5 hrs hike guided by a local Kichwa indigenous. In our hike we learned about certain species of plants, insects, animals etc. After a much needed rest we walked to a local community home where they showed us the way Kichwa people live, their customs and how they make their pottery. We later changed into our swimsuits and travel by boat to the Napo River where we went tubing while watching the gorgeous Amazon sunset. The amazon experience did not stop there, following dinner we had a farewell ceremony where a family dressed in their traditional attire danced for us.

    Read more about this experience and see photos: http://blogs.smls.on.ca/day-8-hiking-jungle/


    Millies, A Weekend in Beijing!

    In November, St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School Senior Girls travelled abroad as part of the Global Studies Program that our school is famous for.  A weekend spent in Beijing represented a huge learning experience and a great stretch for everyone involved. It all began on a Friday when we were introduced to our home stay sisters from BCCSC. We started off the day with making a presentation about Canada to the middle school and elementary school students, and they really enjoyed it. Some girls participated in the elementary school student’s Kung Fu class, and the middle school students taught our girls about Chinese tea, historical instruments and writing. This was followed by an afternoon of classes. At the end of the day, we all ventured off into our separate paths and said goodbye for the weekend. This was the start to our individual journeys of the home stay experience. We all had many different experiences; this included Hu Tong, karaoke, shopping, trying new foods, and getting to know our home stays and their families very well. Read more about our Beijing trip and see pictures of our real world, global experiences: http://blogs.smls.on.ca/weekend-beijing/



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