Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
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Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2

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Grades (Gender):
1 to 12 (Coed)
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Avg. Class Size:
16 to 20
Day: 660 (Gr. 1-12)

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Lydia Hawkins

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RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2

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STS is a World IB School, offering Grades 1 to 12. Students flourish through well-rounded programming and enriched learning on our 200 acre campus, guided by talented and caring teachers. STS students become global citizens, embracing social responsibility, while striving for success in all that they do. In addition to vigorous academic curriculum, students experience a wide-variety of co-curricular activities, and benefit from a strong and supportive community, rooted in our school’s 108-year history.

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Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is a private Academic day school in Okotoks, Alberta and close to Calgary, Alberta. The school offers programs for grades 1 to 12 with enrolment of 660 day students. Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School has an average class size of 16 to 20 students and has a tuition cost to suit your family. This private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

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Marti McKay Weekexpand

In 1984 a fine arts week was founded at STS. It was created to commemorate Marti McKay, a student who died suddenly in 1981. She was a talented poet, and her creative legacy is a thriving Fine Arts Program at STS. Over 20 years later, Marti McKay Week has become an integral and much anticipated part of the School year. Every year, an artist-in-residence is invited to the School to discuss and demonstrate an art form they love. Over the years, the variety of talent represented has been incredible. Poets, writers, actors, musicians, dancers, puppeteers and sculptors have all come to the school to share their knowledge and skill with the students. The week gives students a change from their regular schedule, and allows them to explore art in a new way or medium. The interactive time with the artist involves students from all grades and can be tailored to their skill levels and interests. Marti McKay Week is evidence of the value STS places on the arts. The Fine Arts Program has an important place in the curriculum of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, and is as important as academics and athletics in the history and life of the School. ...

Outdoor Education Programexpand

The Outdoor Education Program is a powerful part of the STS curriculum. Traditional classroom subjects such as science, mathematics, history and geography are enhanced with practical application and experience in the outdoors - providing a unique and concentrated opportunity for social interaction, stewardship and adventure in a remarkable and effective learning environment. Students from Grades 1-12 participate in the OE program at STS. The elementary students begin building a foundation of learning and experience that will continue to develop in junior and senior high, including an extensive program in environmental education and outdoor pursuits. Junior high students participate in cross-country skiing expeditions, canoeing, cycling and backpacking trips, designed to develop their skills. The junior high OE trips are part of the physical education requirement for all students. In senior high, OE becomes an elective. However, physical education is still a requirement and there are some aspects of outdoor education in all three years of the senior high phys-ed program. The students may take part in ski touring, multi-day backpacking, river canoeing and cycling expeditions, as well as activities such as rock climbing, telemark skiing and mountain biking. There are few, if any, more extensive programs in Canada. Students' benefit from the Outdoor Education program in many ways. Students are exposed to basic safety and survival skills; instructed on specific activity skills, such as skiing, cycling and canoeing; and challenged to work with a team and in an environment other than the classroom. Students during their time at STS are required, and then encouraged, to participate in many of the curricular and co-curricular Outdoor Education trips offered each year. This program challenges students to achieve more than they thought possible. ...

Mini Mallexpand

In 1995, Mrs. MacLean and her Grade 5 class visited a local school to participate in an exciting math enrichment program. She was so impressed by the potential for the program and the opportunity for learning it provided, that she decided to bring it back to STS. Ten years later, Mini Mall has grown and evolved into an annual School tradition. Students, faculty and even returning alumni look forward to shopping at rummage sale prices. It is so popular that an encore edition of the "Mall" was included in the School's Centennial Celebrations Spring Fair this year. But what is Mini Mall? The central idea that guides the Mini Mall program is that owning and operating a small business requires a multitude of skills. As part of the Primary Years Program (IB), these skills begin with math, but include an introduction to marketing, credit applications and budgeting. As small business owners, the students must take into account costs for rentals, operating costs and related service fees. For example, they must pay for a health inspection if they are serving food. Other important learning that occurs is effective teamwork, paying off debts, saving for the business and contributing back to the community. This last lesson is a large part of the success of the Mini Mall program. Proceeds from Mini Mall are donated to the Kids Help Phone and used to fund the DARE Program for Grade 6 students at STS. Students are only allowed to sell "recycled" goods and must provide at least one service. It is an opportunity for kids to "spring clean" and sell unused or unwanted belongings for charity, or to create something new with existing materials. They must also enter an agreement with their parents to earn the money needed for their business by doing chores or errands for family and friends. The students receive a number of evaluations throughout the process and learning is separated into five transdisciplinary categories: Thinking, Social, Communicating, Self-management and Research skills. The Mini Mall legacy is alive and well at STS, and plans are already underway for the 2005-2006 School tradition. ...

Community Serviceexpand

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School regards community service as an integral part of student life. The School's humanitarian and global focus and the School's high expectation for academic excellence encourages and reinforces a balanced lifestyle that includes giving back to the community. Volunteering is a rewarding endeavour that brings self-fulfillment and allows the individual to expand the borders of their own experience and awareness. To this end, the Agencies Program is a mandatory requirement of the Grade 11 Social Studies curriculum. Students spend an afternoon every week volunteering in seniors' homes, rehabilitation centres and daycares for an entire semester. The Agency Program encourages students to leave the comforts of classroom and school for the unfamiliar environment of public community and institutions. Helping the elderly and working directly with immigrants, disadvantaged children and disabled youth and adults to improve their quality of life makes the students aware of the invaluable gift of volunteerism. Through their participation in the program, STS students are given the unique opportunity to offer their time and talent to benefit others in their community For many of our students, exposure to the needs of others begins in Grade 1. Since its debut in 1988, the Elementary Jump Rope for Heart has been an eagerly anticipated, boisterous and entertaining event benefiting the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Grade 1 students invited seniors from a local retirement lodge to join their physical education class regularly throughout the year. The program is a great success and ended for the summer with a celebratory picnic. The entire School takes part in the Terry Fox Run, which is organized by the School Prefects each September. Though the primary objective of the run held at STS is the participation of all students and staff, funds raised from the event go to a worthy cause. Through the generous support of our families, friends and staff, STS has consistently raised significant funds for cancer research. The Community Service Program at STS is preparing for a new stage of development. The very popular and successful Humanitarian Outreach Program is evolving to Round Square, a worldwide association of schools. The six pillars that guide Round Square, I.D.E.A.L.S., stand for Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. STS is well aligned to become part of this association, as our flagship programs and mission statement demonstrate, and we look forward to the next stage in our Community Service Program. ...

David Pierce 1976-1988expand

Dave Pierce's most recent accomplishment was as musical director of Alberta's Centennial show in Calgary, performed for the Queen and Prince Phillip. He worked on the show with Bill Avery, who is also the producer/director of Calgary Stampede's Evening Show. Avery and Pierce have collaborated musically for over a decade on the annual Stampede extravaganza, and their long friendship began when Avery was impressed by Pierce's performance as a drummer with the Calgary Fiddlers. "Dave has tremendous enthusiasm, talent and ability, and these traits have enabled him to thrive professionally," says Avery. Pierce's enthusiasm, talent and ability were evident early on at STS, where he spent much of his school career. He was involved in many of the School's musical productions. "Dave was a wonderful musician at an early age. He was my first student to need an independent teaching plan because he was just so far ahead in his musical development," says Suzanne Colborne, Pierce's elementary music teacher. He was a drummer/percussionist extraordinaire for a number of School shows including the first STS Broadway musical, Annie Get your Gun in 1982, at 10 years of age. Musical talent runs in the family; his father, Arnold, accompanied the STS musical productions for many years on the piano. "My time at STS provided me with amazing connections to life-long friends and associates that now impact my daily life. The team building and personal skills learned through the Outdoor Education program, Marty McKay Week and Speech Day are tools I draw on every day," says Pierce. Now Pierce has a multi-faceted career in music. A composer, arranger and producer, he has worked with Jann Arden, Michael Bubl�Ian Tyson and Petula Clark. His composition, "Century ? Portrait of Alberta", was performed by the Calgary Philharmonic for the Queen, and conducted by Pierce himself. "When I visit the School nowadays, I?m so happy to see the evolution of a quality music and drama program. The growth at STS is fantastic. Kudos to all staff and parents for structuring a great environment for the students to learn, make friends, and grow into adults." Pierce currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, and has just completed the 10-day run of the 2005 Calgary Exhibition and Stampede's Grandstand Show. ...

Albert Schultzexpand

Albert Schultz is well recognized by Canadians, as the lead in two well-known CBC dramas and as the three-time host of the Gemini Awards. He is now the artistic director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto, which is committed to performing theatre from classic writers. Part of Soulpepper's mandate is to provide opportunities for youth. Through their Youth Outreach Program, the company is dedicated to bringing the performing arts to children who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity. Schultz explains how this desire to give back to the community was nurtured and encouraged through the programs at STS. "I was in drama at STS. Pat Foster was my drama teacher and I got involved with the theatricals and they were one of my best times. In Grade 12, I also taught drama to the young kids. I went into the Grade 3 class and taught them. That's where the beginning started for me ? and the joy that I got out of that is the seed that has sprouted into what I'm doing now." "I have STS to thank for a lot of this stuff. There were a lot of things that were quite remarkable. In Grade 11, Jack Hay sent us out into the community for the Agencies Program. Those volunteer programs are vitally important for a young person even if they don't understand it at the time. The lessons that you've learned of citizenship and understanding and that you exist not as an individual, but as a community and have civic responsibilities, is what you take away with you. There's a deep sense of spiritual pride that occurs even in a Grade 11 student." Soulpepper also provides classical training and mentorship for artists by offering several professional development opportunities for actors and directors. His commitment to the next generation also has its roots at STS, as Schultz taught elementary drama classes while at the School, and returned as an artist-in-residence for the junior and senior high drama program a few years after he graduated. Schultz is currently busy with his summer season of classic plays, and is preparing for Soulpepper's move to a new location in the fall. He currently lives in Toronto. ...

Harvey Locke Class of '75expand

Harvey Locke is an internationally respected environmentalist. He has served on and founded many important committees including the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. In September of 1999, Time Canada named Locke one of Canada's leaders for the 21st century. Locke says his time at Strathcona School for Boys and at STS played an important role in shaping the man he has become, who is so actively involved in conservation today. "The public school system is the bedrock of democracy, but it doesn't always meet the needs of all students. I was struggling in public school. When I entered Strathcona in Grade 6, I was introduced to teachers who were interested in me personally. And they challenged us to think more broadly, outside of conventional ideas," says Locke. "The value of the School goes beyond paying tuition and wearing a uniform. Schools like STS are the safety valves for the public system." He has fond memories of the people and times at STS, and is still close to a few of his teachers. The boy who was once a struggling elementary student became a silver medal winner at law school and had a successful, 14-year legal career in Calgary. Locke has found his calling in his current conservation and management duties with various environmental organizations. He has written many works on conservation and the environment that have been published around the world. "STS stressed the importance of citizenship by introducing us to a variety of social contexts and viewpoints. They encouraged us to engage the world." Currently spending time in Nahanni National Park, NWT and in Waterton National Park, AB, Locke continues his work, hoping to improve and preserve the earth's natural places. He lives in Toronto, Ontario and will cross Canada on a speaking tour in the fall of 2005. ...

Alumni Overviewexpand

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) has a history spanning a century and is a large part of the evolution of independent schools in Calgary. St. Hilda's School for Girls was the predecessor of STS and celebrated its centennial in 2005. It was the first independent school in the province. St. Hilda's would serve as the foundation for Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls, which opened in 1959. The Strathcona School for Boys was established in 1929, and merged with Tweedsmuir in 1969 to create Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School. STS has over 4000 alumni. Many are living in Calgary, but there are STS alumni spread throughout Canada, the USA and internationally. For more information on alumni, school events and reunions please go to the alumni page at: http://www.sts.ab.ca/sts_alumni.asp Famous Grads: Jamie Clarke 1978-1983: author, adventurer, business owner, and speaker who currently lives in Calgary, Alberta Nick Graham 1975-1977: businessman, founded the Joe Boxer brand and currently lives in California, USA Michael Pierce Class of '84: film producer, The Cooler, 2003 and currently lives in California, USA ...

In the News expand


January 28, 2014 - Students Integrate On-Campus Cross-Country Skiing into Education

One of the many amazing benefits of being located on a country campus - just a few minutes south of Calgary - is the cross-country skiing. ...

January 28, 2014 - Shrek the Musical Wows Audiences

STS was proud to present Shrek the Musical for the first time in Western Canada. ...

January 28, 2014 - The Name's Jones. Dr. Jones.

The STS community would like to congratulate our Head of School, Dr. Bill Jones for earning his Doctor of Education. ...

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Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • Community service
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Exchange programs
  • IB diploma
  • IB primary years program
  • Round Square
  • Study Abroad
  • University counseling

    School Support

  • After-school program
  • Before-school program
  • Lunch program
  • Private/Individual lessons
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring

    Special Needs

  • Learning differences support (ADD/ADHD)
  • Learning study assistance


  • Acting
  • Choral Music
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Drawing
  • Fashion design
  • Film & video
  • Lighting design
  • Music Theatre/Opera
  • Music theory
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Production
  • Sculpture
  • Set design
  • Theatre design
  • Voice/Vocal/Singing

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Classics
  • Creative writing
  • Debate
  • Literature
  • Public speaking


  • English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Ecology
  • Physiology

    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Club
  • Poetry/Literature club
  • School newspaper
  • Science Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook


  • Band
  • Choir
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Musical theatre/Opera
  • Photography


  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Camping/Canoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Racquet Ball
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Sailing Club
  • Ski/Snowboard club
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

    Moral Development

  • Character education
  • Leadership
  • Social justice

    Admissions & Finances

  • Bursaries
  • Entrance exams
  • Financial aid
  • Scholarships
  • SSAT required

    Religious Affiliation

  • Non-denominational

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  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
  • Round Square Associations

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