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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Alexander Academy

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1891

     

    2013


     

    Enrolment

     

    550

     

    300


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    8 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Homestay


     

    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."
    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

     

    Progressive, Reggio Emilia

     

    Progressive


     

    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

     

    Varies

     

    10 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $9,000 to $26,300

     

    $16,500 to $22,800


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    8%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    34

     

    60


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Oct 31, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Alexander Academy

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    User reviews

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    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    The school has a long history, having been founded in Toronto 1891. After a move to Oakville, it later paired with a school guided by Ruth Lightbourn, a renowned teacher who founded a school almost by default—she began as a tutor for the children of John Guest, then headmaster of Appleby College, and her success was of the kind we associate with Nanny McPhee. She became the go-to tutor, and in time founded her own school. That and St. Mildred's formally joined in 1969, combining the traditions and the drive of both under one umbrella. More than anything, the intention is to provide girls with the skills, experience, and esteem that will carry over into academic and professional success. Ample opportunities are provided for students to discover their passions, wherever they may lie, as well as the encouragement to grow within those areas of interest.

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    In many ways, Alexander is very much an expression of its context, namely the cultural and social life of Vancouver. The approach is international, drawing students from a range of cultural backgrounds, though also teaching with an eye to global communication and issues. The school is very forward looking, adapting programs to address 21st century literacies, and providing support for individual student success, including flexible scheduling. Academics are front and centre, just as they should be, but there is an attention to student life within the walls of the school and beyond. The location is proximate to a range of resources, including galleries and museums, arts venues, and transportation. The ideal student is one preparing for university studies.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Alexander Academy

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    • Signature Programs in Global Studies, STEM & Robotics, Active Healthy Living, Arts & Design
    • Professional Internship Customized for Each Girl (Grade 11)
    • Enriched curriculum, Advanced Placement, DELF
    • Focus on whole girl and student wellbeing
    • 10 acre campus and world-class facilities

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    • Unique University Tarnsfer Program
    • BC Transfer Credits
    • English Language Development
    • BC Dogwood Diploma
    • Concurrent Studies Program with Alexander College
    • Centrally Located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver
    • Individualized Student Sucess Program
    • Robust Extra-Curricular Program
    • Mandatory uniform
    • Co-education

    Description

    Description

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    At St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School, girls from Preschool to Grade 12 experience an enriched academic and co-curricular program, personalized learning and teachers who are experts in educating girls. Our academic program utilizes the highest standard of proven best practices and innovative approaches. We identify each girl’s academic strengths and challenges, so that we can support her in achieving success and confidence in her own abilities. We focus on the social, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing of every girl from Preschool to Grade 12. We understand developmental stages of girls and work with each girl to ensure she is known, supported, and challenged to be her best self. Our faculty members are experts in their fields, with extensive experience in teaching and learning designed for girls. They get to know each girl and form a personalized connection to help her thrive in her education at SMLS and beyond. Discover how an SMLS education will benefit your daughter for her whole life.

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    Alexander Academy offers the BC Dogwood Diploma, a unique University Transfer Program in conjunction with our sister school, Alexander College, and an English Language Development Program for our international students. All students participate in a culturally rich and academically challenging university preparatory program from Grades 8-12. Our approach is to offer personalized learning, relevant out-of-classroom experiences, and the opportunity to earn advanced university transfer credits.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Alexander Academy

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    Message

    Thank you for your interest in St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School. 

    It is a great privilege and honour to be the Head of School at St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School. I am delighted to be a part of the school's warm and invitational learning community with such a longstanding and rich heritage of more than129 years.  SMLS is an all-girls learning environment where girls are encouraged to discover and pursue their personal excellence through a rigorous academic program. Our faculty and staff are deeply committed and dedicated to preparing girls for a strong inspired future as empowered young women. 

    The entire community celebrates our recent graduates, all of whom are anticipating the start of the next phase of their journey at Canadian and international universities of their choice. For those families who are considering St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School for their daughter, there are a number of virtual opportunities for you to connect and get to know the school, where you will be warmly welcomed.    

    Nancy

    Welcome to Alexander Academy. We are delighted that you have found us and invite you to get to know us better. As you will see, at Alexander Academy our lively classrooms celebrate the joy of learning and foster the quest for excellence and exploration. The first thing you will notice when you arrive at Alexander Academy is that the excitement is tangible: you will feel the energy and sense the vibrancy as soon as you enter our school. You will grasp the wonder of discovery in the classrooms as each student and faculty member engage in authentic critical thinking and learning. Our small classes provide the opportunity to challenge students to express themselves in an environment where teachers are a vital part of each student’s daily experience. Our personalized community also helps to build lifelong friendships among students and faculty.

    We are a professional learning community following a holistic approach to education. We educate the whole person: academically, artistically, physically and socially as we put the student and their strengths and interests first. No two students or journeys are alike and we will go out of our way to find and nurture each student’ unique abilities. To help students on their path, we craft a unique program designed for each student. Ultimately, it is our goal is to shape 21st century leaders who have the courage to take intellectual risks as they work effectively with others. Our aim is that every student should leave Alexander Academy happy, fulfilled and prepared for the next stage of their life.

    In navigating through the pages of this website, I hope that you will get a real sense of the richness and diversity of life at Alexander Academy. Above all else, I hope that you will gain a strong impression that, at Alexander Academy, the interest of our students comes first.

    Please do come and visit Alexander Academy. You will be warmly welcome.

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Alexander Academy

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Progressive

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      SMLS is a dynamic learning environment designed to address the unique needs of girls from preschool to graduation. Our programs focus on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of girls, and are designed to develop our students to become courageous girls who challenge and change the world.

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Alexander Academy is authorized to offer the BC Graduation Program. We also offer an English Language Development Program and a unique University Transfer Program in conjunction with Alexander College. Alexander Academy is dedicated to providing educational programs that inspire students to follow independent paths to success. We recognize that each student has their own academic goals, learning style, passion, and talent. Our teachers are committed to ensuring that each student has the opportunity to challenge themselves academically, enabling them to reach their personal level of academic excellence. Out-of-Classroom Learning Alexander Academy recognizes that students thrive in an environment that has relevance and context to their learning. Through authentic, out-of-classroom learning experiences, students are inspired and obtain in-depth knowledge of the curricular subjects they are studying through active and engaged learning, inquiry, real-world exploration, and challenges.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Alexander Academy

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY


      Approach

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN 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.

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      At SMLS, we use best practices from the philosophies of the Ontario 'Play Based' program, Reggio Emilia, inquiry based learning and direct teaching. We take this approach because we believe that providing a balanced program allows for the development of curiosity and the joy of learning in every child. Our process of instruction educates children in the fundamentals needed to go on to a successful academic career in the primary, junior, middle and senior programs. Our goal is to develop within students the core skills of a lifelong learner.

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Alexander Academy

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN 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.

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      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

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Alexander Academy

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN 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”.

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      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

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      We are rigorous in our academic culture, while at the same time supportive of girls of different learning styles.

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

      ALEXANDER ACADEMY

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

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    Alexander Academy

    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

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Alexander Academy

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN 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

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    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

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    • Internationally recognized Robotics program Competitive sports Robust arts offerings (drama, music, etc.)
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Oct 31, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Students applying to SMLS should be prepared to participate in an enriched academic program that balances fundamental skill development with inquiry-based learning. SMLS offers a wide range of co-curricular opportunities and we encourage students to participate widely. Students who are most successful at SMLS are bright and engaged learners who are keen to get involved.

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    We seek to identify students who will be the best educators of one another and their teachers—individuals who will inspire those around them during their high school years and beyond.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Please see our website: http://www.smls.on.ca/Page/Admissions

    ALEXANDER ACADEMY

    Applicants are required to submit the completed application, supporting documents and fees, and attend an admissions interview either via Zoom or in person.




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