The Linden School was specifically created 24 years ago to apply cutting-edge research on girls’ educational needs. Our outstanding academic program offers a stimulating environment where girls become more engaged with their studies by being encouraged to ask questions and take intellectual risks, thereby increasing confidence in their own voice and academic abilities. “Girls who are curious and eager to explore thrive at Linden. Girls who might be feeling disengaged can rediscover their love of learning here,” says Janice Gladstone, Principal. Our inquiry-based approach makes space for a variety of learning styles, and small classes allow teachers to really get to know the girls and play an important role in guiding their academic development as well as their social and emotional well being. We are highly regarded for our enriched curriculum and high-calibre teachers who promote strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Linden’s athletics program has a no-tryouts policy, with a 91% participation rate in sports. A variety of co-curricular activities and leadership roles that focus on art, music, drama, STEM, and social responsibility shape the girls’ educational experience. Our graduates enjoy a 100% university acceptance rate and enter university with confidence, intellectual curiosity, and the desire to innovate. — Visit school website
All schools, to some extent, defy the various stereotypes that the general population might have about private education. Still, the Linden School is a particularly stark example of that. Founded by Diane Goudie and Eleanor Moore in 1993, the school was intended as a needed and necessary alternative to what was happening in public schools, as well as other private institutions. Goudie had butt heads with other educators by demanding that education be based in a sense of equity, especially as girls and women are concerned. The Linden School is the result, and today it does exactly what Goudie and Moore hoped it would: provide an example of a school for girls that will make a difference in the students' lives and, in turn, encourage them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The goal, as Moore said at an address at York University, is to educate each student to "to speak with courage--[to] be credible, find a community, listen for all voices, change structures, be a leader and above all make a difference." Since they founded the school, Goudie and Moore have lead by example, earning honorary doctorate of law degrees from York University in recognition of their leadership in the field of education. On receiving the doctorate, Goudie addressed the convocation saying "Ask yourselves the tough questions: What do you want to achieve beyond your paycheque? What are you prepared to risk in order to make a difference in your communities or in the global community?" Those are, of course, very tough questions, and the Linden School is structured around them. For the wrong student, it could be overwhelming. For the right student, it can provide a very strong foundation for a lifetime of engagement, leadership, and success.