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

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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)
$17,995 to 26,000/year
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

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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.

The Our Kids review of Trafalgar School For Girls

our takeTrafalgar was founded in 1871, and as many girls' schools from that time, the intention was very forward thinking: to provide opportunities for girls. There weren’t any universities yet admitting girls, yet, even so, Donald Ross, a businessman, gave a substantial piece of his estate to house the school. Other supporters of a like mind quickly followed. Times, happily, have changed, though a need to empower and inspire girls remains, something that Traf continues to do. The leadership of today’s school is notably consistent, as is the commitment to developing programs to meet the needs of today’s students. But the tradition is important too, and for many girls, the knowledge that they sit in the same space, conceptually, as so many young women before them, can itself be empowering and motivating. The ideal student is on able to thrive in a challenging, diverse learning environment, and preparing for post-secondary education.

Principal's Message


Katherine Nikidis, Principal

Trafalgar has always been forward-thinking about the education of women. I am proud to join such a vibrant community that values authentic engagement, intellectual curiosity and integrity.

At its core, Trafalgar truly understands that girls must be engaged in the world around them, embrace their challenges, and be proud of who they are and what they are accomplishing!

Years of research confirm that girls education leads to girls’ achievement. Studies suggest that girls who attend single-sex schools benefit in lasting ways as learners and as individuals. They experience

  • stronger self-esteem
  • greater self-confidence
  • broader leadership opportunities
  • higher aspirations

(National Coalition of Girls’ Schools)

Being a girls’ school is a clear advantage for Trafalgar - but the truth is, parents and girls choose Trafalgar because of how we provide a phenomenal educational experience for girls. First and foremost, our people are outstanding; through their combined qualifications, commitment and abilities, our teachers understand education, engagement and what makes for an exceptional learning environment, in and outside the classroom. Trafalgar’s long-standing history of innovation ensures that creativity, risk taking and the sharing of ideas is engrained in our culture. Part of that culture is experienced through our location. “Place” is important and being part of the downtown core, ensures that our campus is shared with our urban partners, providing our girls and faculty the resources and opportunities to engage in a pluralistic ethos. Together, the people and the place create a sense of purpose for our girls and our community. A purpose based on strong principles of generosity, kindness, humour and commitment!

We live in an interdependent world, and the manner in which our people, place and purpose act together at Trafalgar, provide for our girls’ social and intellectual growth within a safe, supportive setting so that they can explore their own beliefs and take risks that speak to those beliefs. Trafalgar nurtures global citizens. As our students learn to understand themselves, they grow to become women who are able to recognize the worth of every individual and value of the diversity of human culture, they aspire to an empathetic understanding of others while actively seeking community engagement.

I am honoured to be part of this community, The Traf Family, as I believe that it offers a vision of girls’ education that is unique and founded on authentic engagement and growth.


Katherine Nikidis



Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

If you want to learn more about Quebec education, check out our comprehensive guide.

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.

    Sex and Health Education Quebec curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Quebec
    Body parts K
    Human development
    Puberty Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Reproduction Gr. 2
    Pregnancy K
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Consent Gr. 3
    Sexual orientation Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Gender identity Gr. 3
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 3
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual harassment Gr. 1
    Body image issues Gr. 6
    Mental illness
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 6

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    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

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside
    Amount 60 60
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30

    What school says: This information is not currently available.


    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) Day (International)
    Day (Domestic)$17,995
    Day (International)$26,000

    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
    Average class size8 to 22
    Grades (gender)7 to 11 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 11
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)7 - 11
    Entrance Essay
    Entrance Essay7 - 11
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What Trafalgar School For Girls says:

    Access to English language education in the province of Quebec is governed by the provision of the Charter of the French Language (Bills 101 and 104). Basically, English schools receiving provincial grants can only admit students who have a government-issued Certificate of Eligibility for English Language Education. As Trafalgar receives partial government funding, all students require an eligibility certificate to attend our school.


    Acceptance Rate:


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

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type7891011
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Homestay 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 ...


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