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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2016

     

    1908


     

    Enrolment

     

    370

     

    384


     

    Grades

     

    1 to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Girls


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding, eSchool

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    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.
     
    Standard-enriched
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    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.
     
    Rigorous
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 17

     

    10 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,000 to $36,950

     

    $12,830 to $29,240


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $23,100 to $24,600

     

    $55,375 to $65,125


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    31

     

    26


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    35%

     

    31%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    65%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

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    User reviews

    User reviews

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    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    "an exceptionally welcoming environment"
    Anthony Lanni - Parent   (Jan 23, 2018)
    The school has been an exceptionally welcoming environment for our family. Perhaps most importantly...
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    "proud to be a part of the SMS community!"
    Stephanie Neilson - Parent   (Jan 23, 2018)
    All 3 of our daughters very much enjoy St. Margaret's School (SMS) and are very proud to be a part o...
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    "more of a home than simply a school"
    Victoria Lee - Student   (Jan 23, 2018)
    St. Margaret’s School is more of a home than simply a school. With small class sizes teachers are ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

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    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's isn't for the faint of heart. The focus of the school is on traditional academics paired with outdoor adventure in order to encourage teamwork, confidence, and grit. The ideal student is a girl who is self-motivated, active, and who has already developed a clear set of goals. Athletics and wellness, service, connection to nature, the arts, public speaking and self-directed study are intended to build character and strength. It's a great mix for girls who thrive on independence and challenge, including the kind of competitiveness that can, at times, be a product of it.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    • State of the Art Residences with 24 Hour Security
    • An Associated Language Canada Member
    • Various Programs to Best Suit Your Needs
    • Associated AP School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

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    Description

    Description

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    At Dewey, we focus on the success of each individual student; offering "Special Education", "Youth Scientists" and "Arts" programs to help best accommodate each students needs. Dewey aims to foster a diverse, multicultural learning environment, with staff from various backgrounds, that enables students to interact with individuals from all walks of life. Dewey students develop their independent problem-solving and collaboration skills to strike a perfect balance between independent work and teamwork.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's School (est.1908) is an all-girls, day and boarding school located in the city of Victoria, BC. Our unique environment offers rich resources and challenges to nurture each student's development as an individual, and a global-minded citizen. Rigorous STEM-focused academics are paired with leadership and experiential programs designed to build confidence and life skills. Our programs equip girls with the knowledge, attitudes, and courage to thrive - in their studies, their careers and in life.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Message

    At Dewey, we understand the challenges that are in store for students. Our mission is to support students with the challenges they face and to help them reach their goals. As a former Director of Education in the province of Ontario and private school inspector, I know how important it is to choose the right school for your child. Parents who select this college can have confidence that we will strive to guide their children in making wise decisions so that, after their studies here, they will gain admission to and become successful graduates of a university or college.

    Welcome to St. Margaret’s School! This is a community that cares deeply about girls; we have been dedicated to their education, development and well-being for over a century. Together, we help girls become powerful learners with the knowledge, attitudes and courage to thrive – in their studies and careers, and in life.

    Our small-scale learning environment provides teachers with the flexibility to personalize learning for each student – building upon individual passions, and challenging each girl to improve her own performance, exceed her own expectations and realize her own potential.

    Our academic program is supported by experiential programs that provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge, take on positions of responsibility and leadership, and develop a desire and a passion for making a difference. Each girl will discover a lot about herself, her peers and the world in which she lives through the experiences she has here.

    We believe in the all girl environment, because we see the results every day. Here, girls have the freedom to be daring, explore, try new things and try on new roles. We continually raise girls’ expectations of themselves, and have found that they are more than up for the challenge. They excel academically because they participate fully and enthusiastically in the classroom; they make challenging career choices because they are confident in their ability to succeed in any subject; and they believe in their futures because they are certain of their worth and their potential.

    I am continuously impressed by our girls; by their enthusiasm for learning, by their support and encouragement of each other, and by their willingness to challenge themselves. I encourage you to come and visit our school anytime – we would be thrilled to share our stories and our passions with you.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

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      St. Margaret's School

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Information not available

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Adopting John Dewey’s educational philosophy of pragmatism, Dewey Institute emphasizes the interactive relationship between individual development and social advancement, and explores the two-way dialogue between teaching and learning along its consistent endeavors.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      At St. Margaret’s School, we seek to empower each girl to set her own course and shape her own dreams. We offer a rigorous STEM-focused curriculum: the acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math but actually represents an inquiry-based method of teaching and learning where traditional separations between subject areas are bridged to forge deeper exploration and understanding of broad topics. In this inquiry-based model, creativity and critical thinking are emphasized. As an international centre for girls’ learning and leadership, we offer rich resources and challenges to support each student's development as an individual, and a global-minded citizen. Academics at SMS are amplified by extensive experiential learning offerings spanning leadership, service, and wellness/athletics to build up confidence, perspective, and life skills. A spirit of life-long learning is shared between students, families, and faculty: our yearly professional development and family workshop series shares the latest scholarship in brain development, teaching methods, and educational trends. Through this innovative approach that our curriculum remains relevant and we engage our entire community in issues affecting girls today.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        SMS strives to infuse students with confidence, enthusiasm, and a passion for mathematics. Through a rigorous program, students are provided a spectrum of opportunities to reach their full potential regardless of whether or not their career goals require high-level math for entry to university.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

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        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Balanced Literacy

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        No

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        Dewey Institute

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        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal balance

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

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        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Expository

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

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        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

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        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

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        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Core Knowledge

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

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        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        We believe in developing the whole student / whole girl and therefore offer an equal balance of perennialism and pragmatism in our humanities and social science program. We focus on teaching big ideas through critical thinking, and logic to support the inquiry-based learning approach here at SMS. We also provide hands-on, real-world learning opportunities through simulations, field trips, and expert guest speakers. In this way students can apply, create true meaning from, and connect more deeply to the content, with the goal of creating informed, curious, and active citizens.

      • Foreign Languages

         

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        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Our International English Language (IEL) program prepares students to graduate confident in the English language and to achieve success at universities and colleges in Canada, the US, and other parts of the world. Depending on their English ability, international students may begin the program in dedicated IEL classes or enter regular classes with additional support. Progress through the IEL Program is flexible and dependent on student achievement. Each student is provided with a level of support matching her individual needs and abilities, and each student advances through the program at her own pace. Classes are taught by experienced English Language teachers who teach every subject from an IEL perspective. This means the challenge of learning English does not impede success in other subjects. IEL classes are designed to help students adapt to a Canadian classroom and develop learning strategies that prepare them to succeed in the regular classroom.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

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        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Starting from our youngest girls in Early Learning, arts education is a priority at all levels of the school, developing appreciation, skill, and creativity. The Arts Program at SMS offers outlets for self-expression and the development of creative interests. It also encourages appreciation for art and builds awareness of art in everyday life. There is an intimacy of knowledge that comes through the study of art; students learn how to observe, listen, and become more thoughtful and reflective. There are a variety of opportunities for performance throughout the year, both within the school and in the community including adjudicated festivals. Each year in the month of May, we celebrate the arts with Fine Arts Week, which involves days of back-to-back events including dramatic productions, an art show, and performances by the choir and band.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Physical Education

         

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        The benefits of an active and balanced lifestyle are well documented: students who are active on a daily basis are healthier and perform better academically than their inactive peers. Physical activity is essential to the overall health and wellness of our students and an integral part of each student’s learning experience. There is truly something for everyone and every level of ability: opportunities to compete, play on a team for fun or participate in recreational activities. SMS provides opportunities for daily physical activity through physical education, athletics teams, club sports, intramurals, house challenges and outdoor recreation.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

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      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Information not available

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      A recognized leader in early childhood education (ECE), our unique curriculum focuses on STEM learning through outdoor exploration, play, and the leading methods from a variety of ECE philosophies (including Reggio and Waldorf). In ECE and Kindergarten, we focus on nurturing a love of learning through positive experiences, developing social skills, and building up each girl’s self-confidence. All these experiences come to together to provide a solid foundation for elementary school. Developed by a winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, our program is led by experts holding advanced degrees in education and ECE.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

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      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      St. Margaret's School

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Standard-enriched

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      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.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The school utilizes interactive white boards with cloud based platforms

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Multi-age classrooms in our International Language program allow students to advance at their own pace to ensure student success in both English language and subject courses. Independent study is promoted through our Program of Distinction and dedicated time the weekly timetable to pursue inquiry-based projects and areas of passion.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      St. Margaret's School

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      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.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Adopting John Dewey’s educational philosophy of pragmatism, Dewey Institute emphasizes the interactive relationship between individual development and social advancement, and explores the two-way dialogue between teaching and learning along its consistent endeavors

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      For over 100 years, SMS has built an international reputation of high academic achievement, but that is only part of our story. Our extensive learning support program, guidance, experiential programs, and ability to tailor to individual learning needs helps each girl reaches her potential. Successful graduation and admission to university is actually a very short term goal for our students. By embedding in our students a an appetite for life-long learning, a love of service, healthy habits, and strong values we ensure each girl has the skills to succeed in her studies, career, and in life.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The Institute strives to enable all of our students achieve right level of achievements and to adquire the knowledge, skills, and values they need to contribute to the well being of a global society.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      When we talk to parents there’s a common thread to their hopes and dreams for their daughter: more important than marks, they want their daughters to be happy and confident in being themselves. A balanced approach is the only way to build strong girls: head, heart, spirit, and body. Our students are academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers; emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others; socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change their community for the better; strong and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport, and wellness.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Dewey Institute

    St. Margaret's School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

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    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Information not available

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Our Learning Support team engages learners at the extremes of the learning spectrum, providing additional help in a skill or subject where a student is struggling, or creating enriched opportunities for exceptional students. The goal is to provide the support and challenges needed by each student individually so that they may experience success at their own level.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Information not available

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Our Learning Support team is dedicated to providing the necessary support and challenges needed by each of our students. We work closely with all prospective families during the admissions process to ensure they are choosing a school or program that is able to provide the right support for their child's learning needs, including students with learning disabilities.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Dewey Institute

    St. Margaret's School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    • Boarding students are required to fulfill minimums of extracurricular involvement to reap the benefits of a broad set of experiences, build a sense of community connection in their "home away from home," and, for our international students, to continue improving their English language skills.
    • Student Council is the heart of our school here. Elected by their peers, these girls play a pivotal role in defining and perpetuating a welcoming and inclusive culture at our school and work cooperatively to run both social and fundraising events for the entire school community, and are in charge of planning and leading our regular assemblies.
    • Our Outreach Committee is very active in engaging in important causes affecting girls and women around the world. Student-run and teacher-mentored, the Committee works to engage their peers by leading homeroom discussions on important issues, and has cultivated partnerships with Free the Children (we're a WE school), and the African Health and Community Project, among other social
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    65%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    While we welcome all students - domestic and international - Dewey offers specific programs which may suit students with certain interests. For the "Youth Scientist Program" : - Students who are interested in AI, robotics, coding, and/or life sciences For the Arts Program: - Students who are passionate about the fine arts (painting, drawing, graphic design, etc.) or music For the English Language Program: - Dewey is a member of Language Canada, and offers General English Program and Academic English programs - General English is for ESL students who are still learning the language - Academic English prepares students, providing them with written skills to help them succeed at the high school/university level including lab reports, business proposals, etc. For the Special Education Program: - Students who qualify for special education, both gifted/enhanced students, as well as students who may require some teaching assistance *This program may involve university students from the Department of Special Education.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    What makes a St. Margaret's girl? Is the Red Blazer in you? Perhaps the best answer to these questions comes from our Strategic Plan, written entirely from a girl's perspective. Read the complete document on our website: https://www.stmarg.ca/explore-sms/glance/strategic-plan As a St. Margaret’s girl... I am open, honest, and accountable, treating all people with dignity and respect. I am encouraged to relentlessly pursue my goals and actively participate to achieve great results. I am genuine, generous, and caring in my relationships and service to others. I lead through my words, my actions, my thoughts, and the support of leaders around me. I am understood and have the freedom to be creative and discover my strengths and abilities. I am eager to take on challenges, learn from my mistakes, and do what’s right in the face of adversity. I see the interconnectedness of the world and understand that my actions have an impact on my environment and my community. Our Core Values: Integrity, Excellence, Service, Leadership, Courage, Global-Minded, Girl-centred. Our Motto: Servite In Caritate ~ Service with Love St. Margaret’s is a global school where girls are nurtured and inspired to become life-long learners. Girls here are challenged to achieve their full potential and contribute to society in a meaningful way. We embrace our motto “Service with Love” in both individual pursuits and shared responsibilities. Our Vision: Confident Girls. Inspiring Women. This is a school where girls who want to change the world become women who do. Our committed staff, beautiful campus, and innovative curriculum create a nurturing environment that challenges students to achieve their leadership potential. Our Mission: Empowering her to set her own course & shape her own dreams. St Margaret’s School values diversity and inspires excellence of mind and strength of spirit. Students here are challenged to take responsibility for their own learning experience, to develop individual worth, academic excellence, personal wellness, connection with nature and service to their local and global community.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    For ALL Students: 

    • Complete the application form (available on deweyinstitute.com)
    • Provide two photos of yourself 
    • Provide high school transcripts from all prior years (if applicable) 
    • Pay the application fee (by cheque or e-transfer) 
    • Provide a statement from a parent or guardian detailing any special needs and any medical documentation related to your condition (if applicable) 

    For International Students: 

    • In addition to providing the above steps, please ensure you also have a proper study permit and visa. 

    Upon an evaluation, the school will issue a letter of acceptance to students who are qualified to study at Dewey for the upcoming school year. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] 

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION

    After applying online (https://www.stmarg.ca/admissions​) please provide the school with all supporting documents as well as your application fee (CAD $250) – your application is not complete until the School receives these items.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

    Applications are not complete until the School receives:

    • An Academic Reference – completed by a previous or current academic advisor (teacher, principal, counsellor, etc.). The reference person must return this form directly to St. Margaret’s School.
    • A Character Reference – completed by an adult who is not a relative. The reference person must return this form directly to St. Margaret’s School.
    • A copy of last year’s final report card.
    • A copy of the most recent report card.
    • A photocopy of applicant’s birth certificate, passport, or landed immigrant status.
    • A recent photo of the applicant

    PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT: TESTING AND INTERVIEW

    The placement assessment is used to determine a student’s strengths, weaknesses and readiness to begin classes at SMS. We understand that this can be an intimidating process for students and their parents and do all we can to make the process comfortable and informal.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey (1931)
    On July 1, 2015, Dr. Kelsey was named to the Order of Canada for her role in preventing the drug thalidomide from entering the United States in the 1960s.
    Gillian Carleton (2007)
    Canadian road and track cyclist. Carleton won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the women's team pursuit.
    Dr. Joyce Clearihue (1943)
    Forged a career in medicine before it was common for women to do so.
    Margaret A. Gilliam (1955)
    After graduating from Harvard University, Ms. Gilliam went on to be a successful Wall Street securities analyst and trusted adviser to Fortune 500 companies.
    Karen Clark Cole (1986)
    Co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based UX design and technology firm, Blink, and founder of the Girls Can Do event series, a non-profit for girls' empowerment.



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