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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1901

     

    1905


     

    Enrolment

     

    560

     

    715


     

    Grades

     

    K to 11

     

    K to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Boys

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate


     

    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

     
    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”.
     
    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

     

    15 to 20

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
     
    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

     

    $20,850 to $26,990

     

    $17,003 to $24,484


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    11%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 11

     

    K to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $5,700

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    47

     

    55


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Feb 10, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades K - 11

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Many schools have changed considerably over their lives, and of course that's particularly true of the older schools. Selwyn House was begun in 1908 by Captain Algernon Lucas, a graduate of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He was just 29 at that time, and he arrived in Canada in the same year that he graduated from Cambridge. He was, frankly, looking for a job. In Montreal, he found one, namely teaching seven boys. To say that the school has come a long way since it was founded is as much an understatement as you could ever hope to find. A visitor to Selwyn House today is impressed in all sorts of ways, and rightly so. The school is home to an exceptional academic program, and despite having begun its life in Lucas' apartment, is now housed in the kind of buildings that Lucas could only have dreamed of. The school participates in the full range of traditions, and has in turn gained notice well beyond the city of Montreal. (It even plays a role in two classics of Canadian literature, Mordecai Richler's Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang and Barney's Version.) The alumni of Selwyn House include, literally, titans of industry, including the Bronfmans and the Molsons, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and the philosopher Charles Taylor, among many other notable Canadians, past and present.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir became a school, in that name, in 1971, though it’s history stretches back more than a century. It is essentially an amalgamation of three schools that excelled in different ways: St. Hilda’s School for Girls, Strathcona School for Boys, and Tweedsmuir, a girls’ school. The current school motto, Nil Nisi Optimum, “nothing but the best,” was originally used by Tweedsmuir, as was the black watch uniforms—in that and other traditions that remain in place reflect the founding schools long, shared histories.
     
    The amalgamation came at a time of economic growth due to a boom in oil and gas exploration in the region. Each school was outgrowing its footprint, and so looked to combining forces. The world, too, was changing, and the move to a co-ed academic atmosphere was equally emblematic of the time. The newly minted Strathcona-Tweedsmuir also moved to a sizable parcel of land, where the school remains today.
     
    In time, the school would continue to grow its curricular offerings, including advance placement courses, adoption of Round Square, and the growth of the International Baccalaureate program. STS was also an early adopter of digital technologies in the classroom. Those things are an expression of perhaps the most important tradition that STS expresses, namely that of looking ahead, being flexible, and working to adapt the program to student need. The ideal student is one who will thrive in large, vibrant, and challenging academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    • Small class sizes
    • Commitment to student-school-parent partnership
    • Highly qualified, committed, and talented faculty
    • French immersion and biliteracy program (K to Grade 6)
    • Laptop program
    • Community service program
    • Financial assistance
    • Comprehensive athletic programs
    • Certificate of English Eligibility no longer required

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1905
    • Spectacular country setting
    • Alberta Education Curriculum (Kindergarten-12)
    • Superior outdoor education program
    • Excellent university placement
    • Professional, caring staff
    • International Baccalaureate School
    • Round Square School
    • Member of CAIS and NAIS

    Description

    Description

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Selwyn House School is a CEGEP/university-preparatory school that enables boys to be respectful, resilient and hard-working young men who pursue fulfilled, balanced, and purposeful lives anchored by Selwyn Veritas through a compassionate and supportive environment guided by passionate teachers, and academic and program excellence grounded in both English and French language and culture. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATES NOT REQUIRED. For more information : [email protected] or (514) 931-2775.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    STS is a Kindergarten to Grade 12, World IB School. Students flourish through well-balanced programming and enriched learning on our 220-acre campus minutes from Calgary, 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 supportive community, rooted in our school's 116-year history.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Message

    At Selwyn House, we pride ourselves on preparing young men to be respectful, resilient and hard working. We want them to pursue fulfilled, balanced and purposeful lives while always being true to themselves, true to others, true to their school and true to the world.

    Nous offrons un programme de formation générale à la fois chargé, sans toutefois être rigide, stimulant et approprié, tout en faisant parallèlement preuve d’une grande souplesse. Nous tentons de constamment maintenir un équilibre entre les études, l’athlétisme, les arts, la croissance sociale, et le développement spirituel et affectif. En même temps, nous voulons que nos étudiants embrassent le patrimoine de Montréal et du Québec, tout en se préparant à s'engager avec le Canada et le monde tout au long de leur vie.

    Our culture is one of excellence in all areas, and this ideal is clearly demonstrated each and every day by our wonderful faculty. They are true professionals, and together with our students and their parents, form a strong and caring community where each student’s strengths are recognized and celebrated.

    A Selwyn House graduate is a young man who cares. He is prepared academically, he is a lifelong learner, and he has developed a true sense of self-awareness.

    Nous croyons que nous pouvons amener votre fils à relever les défis du 21e siècle et à apporter une contribution importante et précieuse à la société.

    I encourage you to visit our school and to discover for yourself the unique qualities of the Selwyn House experience. It remains impressive.

     

    As Head of School, I am enthusiastic about creating meaningful opportunities and dwelling in possibility. Saying Yes to Your Best is a commitment that STS students, teachers, parents, alumni and staff illustrate each and every day. Rooted in our School's motto, Nil Nisi Optimum, or nothing but our best, this commitment to becoming your best self develops a genuine empathy and care for others, combined with an insatiable curiosity, and the courage to say yes to new adventures, discovery, possibility, belonging and future-preparedness. This is what sets STS apart. 

    Great schools exist with a strong, vibrant community, and a shared priority for the well-being and educational success of our students and alumni. We are proud to welcome exceptional students from across the globe, with a wide array of backgrounds, interests, and talents. I fervently believe in the importance of creating impactful and personalized learning opportunities, both in the classroom and through a diverse co-curricular program, and I can assure you that our dedicated teachers and staff are focused on ensuring your children have access to all they need to succeed and flourish. 

    I can think of no higher priority than the future of our children, and my vision is that as a team at STS, we contribute to moving them forward in their journey towards their hopes, dreams, and goals. We will do so in a respectful manner, honouring the individuality and diversity of our community. As we prepare to deliver on a new strategic plan and inspire commitment, trust, and belief in our collective abilities to change the world for the better, I say to you, the future is bright. 

    The STS spirit and ethos are infectious and inspiring. We have a history of innovation, tradition and extensive collaboration with the community, and we will continue to build on our humble roots, be unapologetic in our pursuit of academic excellence, and continue to offer a myriad of experiences to nurture the spirit and passion of our students. As the educational landscape is rapidly changing, it is imperative that we stay current, protect our core and ensure our young charges are cared for, ready for the challenges and opportunities that today presents as well as an exciting future. 

    I have never been more optimistic about our ability to deliver a rigorous and relevant educational experience for current and prospective students, and I give you my word that I will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best environment for your children. 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      At Selwyn House School, we are proud of our strong and enriched academic program. We challenge students to learn, to study, and to read, write and think well. We do this in an environment targeted to boys’ education through hands-on and action-oriented activities. We understand boys and how they learn best. As a small school, the opportunities to contribute are great. We have an inclusive atmosphere where students develop positive attitudes to participation, personal performance, teamwork, and fair play. In all grades, students study the French language in addition to another subject in French. The faculty values and encourages learning and experiences in French. At Selwyn House School, students learn to think critically and to express themselves clearly in both languages. They will conduct and analyze experiments, solve math problems, learn to make mathematical conjectures, read contemporary and classic novels, write critical essays, discuss current events, and debate political and social issues. Selwyn House School provides an excellent academic program that is supplemented with exceptional athletic, artistic, and experiential education.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      At Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, students thrive in a culture of academic excellence. Students are empowered in their learning and strive to exceed their own expectations for achievement. STS supplements the standard Alberta Education curriculum with the International Baccalaureate Programme beginning in the Elementary with the IB Primary Years Programme, moving to Middle School with the IB Middle Years Programme and ending with the IB Diploma Programme in Senior School. Excellence in teaching and learning is fostered through critical thinking and inquiry. Throughout our students' years at STS, we focus on new and effective practices, incorporating current research and literature into all of our courses. We educate our students in an environment that combines state of the art technologies, outdoor experiential education with opportunities to develop the individual as a whole.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Elementary students work closely with their homeroom teachers and our Early Literacy Instructor to assess, build, and challenge reading skills. Students use multiple learning tools and approaches to build reading fluency including high-frequency site words, phonics, one-on-one reading with teachers and peers and iPads among others.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        No
        For our Kindergarten to Grade 2 French immersion program, we use several recognized evaluation tools to test early literacy skills.

      • Science

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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)

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Physiology

      • Literature

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Technology is woven into the curriculum from Grade 1 on. Our 1-to-1 laptop program begins in Grade 6 with school provided laptops. Grades 10-12 students use laptops and/or tablets of their choice. Students in Grades 7-9 are required to take courses in design which includes engineering, architecture, digital media, and robotics.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Selwyn House School

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

        Selwyn House School maintains a strong commitment to physical education and athletics as part of the student’s overall educational development. Students may choose to compete inter-scholastically or opt for recreational and instructional programs. Both ensure that our students are physically active and challenged. To accommodate our programs, the school rents 16 outside facilities and benefits from the leadership of 28 full- and part-time staff members. This extraordinary level of adult participation helps students understand that a complete education involves both body and mind. The school’s objectives are ambitious. We strive to foster healthy attitudes toward play and to encourage a robust belief in hard work. Students are taught that athletics involves more than just physical activity. It is an experience that can provide lifelong lessons about effort, teamwork and fairness.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        The Athletics Program at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is consistent with our mission. Character and leadership are the cornerstones of our program and we look for ways to enhance them at every opportunity. Character is developed through successes and failures in team and individual sports including basketball, badminton, volleyball, field hockey, rugby, cross country running and track and field. It is through these athletic endeavours that students learn the values of sportsmanship and co-operation as well as determination and perseverance towards a common goal.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Our early French Immersion Kindergarten builds upon the belief that young children acquire a second language with ease and are able to use the language as a means of communicating their ideas, feelings, and opinions in an authentic environment. The program is designed to help students learn about themselves and interact effectively and appropriately with others. It provides a solid preparation for Grade One. Class size is from 12 to 15 students per class. English language activities take place daily. Physical education is taught six times per 10-day cycle (40-minute periods). Children regularly visit the library and computer labs.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Kindergarten at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an innovative, collaborative and inquiry-based program that instills a joy and love for life-long learning. It promotes the development of the whole child in a safe and nurturing learning environment. We believe each day should be filled with laughter, shared stories and learning experiences so their unique talents will emerge and flourish.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SELWYN HOUSE 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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Selwyn House School

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SELWYN HOUSE 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”.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Selwyn House School

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir 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

     

    Selwyn House School

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    SELWYN HOUSE 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

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    • Exploration beyond the classroom is not "extra" at STS. It's essential. We call these studies "co-curricular" rather than "extra-curricular". We believe our robust co-curricular program contributes to the poise and confidence of our students. The program is also an important part of what creates strong connections between students, and with the faculty. The combination of academics, options and co-curriculars give your child the chance to satisfy their curiosity and broaden their horizons in unexpected ways. While our teacher-led co-curriculars are energizing and mind-opening, they're also an opportunity to make strong connections with regular class studies. Faculty are intentional in strengthening coursework through co-curriculars. They are also quick to recognize when a student's interest is piqued during class, and will guide the student to a fitting co-curricular to further the classroom experience. Co-curricular activities contribute to your child's academic skills, leadership abilities and character.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Feb 10, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades K - 11

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades K - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    The Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School experience encourages students to find their passions, give back to their community, and prepare themselves for a life of purpose. To that end, our students are inspired to seek excellence in scholarship, leadership, and character.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    The Admissions Office seeks students who will contribute to the school and who will also be able to thrive in our program. The Director of Admissions and the members of the admissions committee who interview the candidate and his parents place equal weight on the candidate’s previous school record, the impression a candidate projects in the interview, and the results of the admissions entrance tests.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Early decision - November 30, 2019

    Regular decision - February 10, 2019

    Rolling admission begins February 11, 2020

    The full application to STS includes:

    1. Online Application

    2. Confidential School Report Form

    3. Final Report Cards from previous two years

    4. Most Recent Report Card or Progress Report

    5. Interview

    6. Individual or Group Assessment

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Jonathan Kay (1986)
    Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus. Regular columnist for The National Post.
    Tiga Sontag (1992)
    Juno-winning electronic dance music DJ
    Michael Meighen (1957)
    Canadian Senator
    David Culver (1942)
    Chairman and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada. Officer of the Order of Quebec.
    Joel Anthony (2000)
    NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Detroit Pistons. Member of the Canadian basketball team.
    John McCallum (1967)
    Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Dan Hays (1954)
    Retired Senator, member of the Privy Council of Canada, partner at Norton Rose Canada
    Nick Graham (1976)
    Owner of Fresh Happy People & former Chief Underwear Officer of Joe Boxer Corp.
    Shanoon Bowen-Smed (1982)
    President and CEO, Bowen Workplace Solutions
    Jill Nation (1970)
    Physician and professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary
    Justice Rosemary Nation (1971)
    Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
    Albert Schultz (1981)
    Actor, director and founding artistic director of Toronto’s celebrated Soulpepper Theatre Company
    Jamie Clarke (1986)
    Extreme adventurer, Everest summiteer, owner of Out There Adventure Centre & Live Out There web business
    Dave Pierce (1990)
    Emmy award-winning songwriter, composer, producer
    Judd Palmer (1990)
    Owner of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop
    Craig Adams (1995)
    Professional NHL player
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