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Trafalgar School For Girls
Trafalgar School For Girls
3495 Simpson Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2J7
Contact name:
Tara Dworzak-Simons

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(514) 935-2644×
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Trafalgar School For Girls

Trafalgar School For Girls

3495 Simpson Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2J7

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
7 to 11 (Girls)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 22
Day: 140 (Gr. 7 - 11), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 7 - 11)

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Contact Name:
Tara Dworzak-Simons

Phone Number:

School Address
3495 Simpson Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2J7

About this school:

Based in the heart of downtown Montreal, Trafalgar is a diverse school community that challenges and inspires girls to love learning, build confidence and shape a better world. Small classes, dedicated teachers, and excellent programs: students gain a world of experience in an environment that nourishes individualized excellence, leadership, kindness and global mindedness. Trafalgar is committed to being a small school that makes a genuine difference in the lives of our students and their families.

Principal's Message


Geoffrey Dowd, Principal

Welcome…Bienvenue…Bienvenida. Now in my 22nd year as Principal at Trafalgar, I still find inspiration and excitement in the positive energy, activities, and learning that are part of every school day here. In a small school setting, we offer a broad program of studies and opportunities dedicated to serving adolescent girls from a range of communities and cultures. Quebec's oldest English-language girls school, Trafalgar offers a multi-lingual environment attuned to today’s Montréal, and prepares young women for life in Québec, Canada, and the world.

Most Trafalgar students are from Montreal families looking for an excellent all-girls school in downtown Montreal. Our school community already includes families from other provinces and countries who want their daughters to spend a year or more with us in the city, and to benefit from the many advantages of our small, forward-looking school. This year, we will also be looking to enroll more international students, as a diverse mix of students offers great advantages for learning to all our students.

Right from the start, we want to make prospective families feel welcome when visiting and asking questions about Trafalgar, and I try to meet every family and all applicant students personally. This connection and attention is something families come to see as the norm in a small school of about 150 girls, where every girl can find a niche and excel to her potential.

Once you’ve checked us out on the web, please visit us in person. My colleagues and I look forward to greeting you, either at our Open House on Saturday, October 1), the last Tuesday morning of each month for a drop-in visit, or any other day by when you can visit us for a tour (call first so we can have a student show you around). You'll feel the Traf difference from the moment you come through our doors.

Welcome to the #TrafFamily. À bientôt!…¡Hasta pronto!...See you soon!


Geoffrey Dowd


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What school says: The core curriculum at all levels consists of English, French, mathematics, social studies, arts (art, music and or drama) and physical education. Science and Technology is compulsory in Secondary I through IV. Trafalgar also encourages the use of information technology in all disciplines at all levels.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • 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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    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 school says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What school says: Trafalgar's mission is to provide a balanced, superior education in an atmosphere that enables each girl to reach her full potential as a confident young woman capable of meeting life's challenges and responsibilities.

    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    school can provide support for mild disablities. school does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, 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

    Gifted Learner Support Moderate


    School offers gifted learner support in the form of inclusive practices -- special, custom arrangements made for advanced learners (who otherwise remain in the regular classroom).

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 11
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 11
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 11
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 11
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 11


    What school says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Radio club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic)$15,875

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 11
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with FAST. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 140
    Average enrollment per grade28
    Gender (grades)7 to 11 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What Trafalgar School For Girls says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Trafalgar School For Girls is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type7891011
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    In the News


    April 21, 2015 - Trafalgar School for Girls wins Quebec Provincial Debate Tournament

    The team of Sydney Joy and Gabriella Martucci (Grade 9) have qualified to represent Trafalgar at Nationals in May 2015. #Traftastic ...


    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • The Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) Associations

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