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

Phone number:
(905) 845-2386×
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

1080 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L1

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 12 (Girls)
$9,000 to 26,300/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 600 (Gr. PS - 12)

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Contact Name:
Jayne Murray

Phone Number:

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

About this school:

We believe that with the right environment, girls learning together at all ages and stages develop their own truly unique voice; they are inspired and empowered to courageously take on the challenges of a diverse world.

We create an extraordinary community that solely focuses on the development of girls. They build confidence and skills to be leaders in a diverse and changing world.

We aspire to build our community to empower future generations of girls to become women of courage.

Principal's Message


Dorothy Byers, Head of School

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School is a dynamic learning environment. We focus on the unique learning needs of girls from preschool to graduation. Informed by research and experience, our programs are designed to focus on 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 see what sets us apart. 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 (dbyers@smls.on.ca)
Head of School

905.845.5830 ext. 801



Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics
    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    Early Reading
    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

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

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    • Teaching approach: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    • 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 SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    Social Studies
    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    Foreign Languages
    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • 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
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    Computers and Technology
    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

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

    Religious Education
    • What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

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

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    What SMLS says: At SMLS, we use best practices from the philosophies of the Ontario 'Play Based' program, Reggio Emilia, inquiry based learning and direct teaching. We take this approach because we believe that providing a balanced program allows for the development of curiosity and the joy of learning in every child. Our process of instruction educates children in the fundamentals needed to go on to a successful academic career in the primary, junior, middle and senior programs. Our goal is to develop within students the core skills of a lifelong learner.

    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 SMLS says about flexible pacing: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    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 SMLS says: We are rigorous in our academic culture, while at the same time supportive of girls of different learning styles.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What SMLS says: [ SMLS has not provided this information]

    Special Needs Support Moderate


    SMLS provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • 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
    • What SMLS says: Through our Student Success Centre, we provide additional support to students as needed.

    • 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
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      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
    • What SMLS says: Through our Student Success Centre, we provide additional support to students as needed.

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    SMLS does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.


    What SMLS says:
    • Internationally recognized Robotics program Competitive sports Robust arts offerings (drama, music, etc.)

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual 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
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Round Square
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Day Day (Half day)
    Day (Half day)$9,000

    Need-based financial aid

    SMLS has not provided this information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    SMLS 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
    InterviewPreschool - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What SMLS 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: SMLS has not provided this information

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK123456789101112
    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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