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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Ashwood Glen

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1891

     

    2019


     

    Enrolment

     

    550

     

    260


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    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."
    Physical
    The goal is to cultivate "strong, ?exible - bodied and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport and wellness."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, Reggio Emilia

     

    Progressive, 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”.
     
    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.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    10 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    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.
     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $9,000 to $26,300

     

    $9,900 to $18,900


     

    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

     

    20


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    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 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Ashwood Glen

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    ASHWOOD GLEN

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    ASHWOOD GLEN

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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.

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    Ashwood Glen is a recent and welcome addition to the private school market. It’s in the process of reaching IB accreditation, a process that takes two years, though is already teaching to that curriculum. The benefits of the IB include integration within a global community of learners, as well as as internationally recognized and admired approach to learning. The instructional spaces were purpose built with the Ashwood program in mind, allowing for movement and a high integration between learners around shared learning tasks. The incorporation of a Maker Space signals an intention to help children develop the 21st century skills they’ll need when they advance to the secondary grades and beyond.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Ashwood Glen

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    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

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    • Small class sizes allowing for a more personalized learning environment
    • Equal focus on academics and personal, social and emotional learning to ensure balance for students
    • Concept-driven inquiry approach to enhance student learning
    • Principles and practices of the IB are used to extend the Ontario curriculum expectations
    • Offers activities such as Maker Space, math competitions, and intramural athletics
    • Embedded service learning opportunities across the school's Learning Program
    • Inclusive pedagogy in classrooms to effectively support learning for all students
    • Specialized student leadership and team building classes

    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.

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    Ashwood Glen is a progressive school, located on a new purpose-built campus in Burlington, featuring state-of-the-art facilities. The school aspires to become an IB World School for students in Preschool up to Grade 8, and its vision is to empower students to lead and foster excellence in their lives by providing a transformative educational experience that encourages curiosity, ignites passion, and inspires confidence.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Ashwood Glen

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    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

    Thank you for your interest in our school.

    At Ashwood Glen, we believe that all children can and will learn if they feel valued, respected, and included in their learning community. This belief is at the core of all our decisions. Making a difference in the lives of those we teach is the purpose of education.

    Children are naturally curious, and we can enhance student learning by providing numerous opportunities for them to explore and investigate the world around them, creatively and through innovations. To empower and engage students, we strive to ensure a safe learning environment where students can embrace challenges, take positive risks, and develop resilience through inquiry. Ultimately, our vision is to have our students possess the Ashwood Glen Profile when they graduate, leading flourishing lives and having the confidence to affect positive change in their local and global communities.

    Our learning program is unique in that it is comprised of three essential elements, and they are Academics, Personal and Social-Emotional Learning and Activities. Additionally, our pedagogical approach is guided by a set of core values and beliefs that promote equity, inclusivity and international-mindedness.

    We hope that you are able to visit our school in-person to learn more about how we foster excellence, inspire leadership, and empower students with skills to lead fulfilling lives.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Ashwood Glen

      ASHWOOD GLEN


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Progressive

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      International Baccalaureate


      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.

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      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).

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      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

      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.

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Our Children's House (18months - 6 years) adopts the Montessori approach to teaching and learning. The Grades 1 to 8 program is based on the Ontario curriculum, delivered using some of the principles and practices of the International Baccalaureate (IB).

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Ashwood Glen

        ASHWOOD GLEN


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        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

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Mathematics instruction is rich in thinking and talking, and students engage in working through problems that are open-ended, accessible, and rigorous. Teachers use pre-assessments to inform instruction, ongoing formative assessments to support student reflection, and summative assessments to evaluate the quality of the learning. In junior school, the combination of both skills and inquiry based learning is used to enrich math learning. Additionally, where appropriate, some of the Ontario math curriculum standards are delivered through transdisciplnary units of study. We strive to extend the expectations and outcomes of the Ontario math curriculum for our students.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Ashwood Glen

        ASHWOOD GLEN


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN 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.

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        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

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Our teachers engage students in cumulative comprehension strategy instruction throughout the school year. Additionally, a reading framework will be used to guide the development of a culture of deep thinkers, as well as, joyful readers in the community. Students will have choice and ownership in choosing books, time each day to think and talk about their reading, and comprehension instruction. Additionally, instruction includes teacher demonstrations, guided practice, independent practice, and opportunities for independent reading.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Ashwood Glen

        ASHWOOD GLEN


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN 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.

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        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

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Our teachers engage students in writing instruction throughout the school year. Additionally, a writing framework will be used to guide the development of students' skills in writing. Through targeted and individualised instruction, students learn to generate, gather, and organise ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience, practice the different stages of the writing process, use a variety of sources for information, reflect on and refine their written expressions, identify their strengths and areas for growth as writers.

      • Science

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Ashwood Glen

        ASHWOOD GLEN


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN 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.

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        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

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Our science program is guided by the belief that science is best learned in a theoretical, hands-on approach infused with student questions, exploration, and guided inquiry. The ultimate goal of our program is to develop scientific thinking and understanding while nurturing a lifelong curiosity and awe for our world. Learning experiences are rich in thinking and talk as students explore phenomena and construct meaning, include opportunities to explore using a variety of materials and models for problem solving, embedded with Science Engineering practices, and both targeted and individualised based on formative assessments.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

        ASHWOOD GLEN

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Zoology

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Physics

      • Social Studies

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Ashwood Glen

        ASHWOOD GLEN


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        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

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Our social studies program is guided by the belief that social sciences should balance the content of geography, history, and culture with the ultimate goal of sending students into the world with a mindset of curiosity and internationalism, cultural appreciation, and a desire to make the world a better place. The heart of our elementary program infuses inquiry, critical thinking skills, and opportunities for students to concepts in social studies, history, and geography. Learning experiences are rich in thinking and talking, as students explore and construct meaning, include time student explorations and wonderings, differentiated to meet the diverse needs in the classrooms, and responsive to ongoing formative assessments.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Ashwood Glen

        ASHWOOD GLEN


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        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)

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Information not available

      • Physical Education

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Ashwood Glen

        ASHWOOD GLEN


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASHWOOD GLEN

        Promoting healthy development and wellness is an important aspect of our Ashwood Glen Learning Program, and contributes to the overall personal and academic success of our students. Our physical education program allows students to develop movement skills and competence, and to apply these skills to games, sports, dance, and other physical activities in a safe, inclusive, and supportive atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to achieve their personal best and adopt healthy, active lives.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Ashwood Glen

      ASHWOOD GLEN


      Approach

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Montessori


      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.

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


      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.

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      We foster excellence, inspire leadership, and empower students with skills to lead fulfilling lives. Our approach is student-centered, and students are provided opportunities for input and take ownership of their own learning experiences.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Ashwood Glen

      ASHWOOD GLEN


      Pace

      Pace

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      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.

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      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

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Our class sizes are intentionally small to ensure that our teachers have deep knowledge and understanding of their students' learning needs. This allows for a more personalized approach to teaching and learning.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Ashwood Glen

      ASHWOOD GLEN


      Culture

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Supportive


      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”.

      ASHWOOD GLEN

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


      What 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.

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Our learning program is holistic in that we place equal emphasis on academics, personal and social-emotional development, and activities. The Ashwood Glen Learning Program aims to develop internationally minded students with high learner efficacy.


      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."

      ASHWOOD GLEN

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Ashwood Glen

      ASHWOOD GLEN


      Primary

      Primary

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

      ASHWOOD GLEN

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Physical
      The goal is to cultivate "strong, ?exible - bodied and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport and wellness."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ASHWOOD GLEN

      Internationally minded individuals with the desire and capacity to lead positive change.

  • 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:

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    Ashwood Glen

    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.
     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Ashwood Glen

    ASHWOOD GLEN


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    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

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    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

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    SMLS supports the emotional and social development of our students through our Student Success Centre, our social skills/guidance program and our onsite social worker.

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    Within our inclusive classrooms, we accommodate students with additional learning needs, including students who are highly abled. In addition, we provide individually targeted instruction for students who might need the additional challenge in their learning.


    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

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Through our Student Success Centre, we provide additional support to students as needed.

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    Classroom instruction and assessment practices are differentiated to meet the learning needs of students. Our small class sizes and inclusive pedagogy allow teachers to effectively meet the learning needs of all of their students, including those with higher abilities or having mild learning difficulties.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    Ashwood Glen

    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

    Ashwood Glen

    ASHWOOD GLEN


    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

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    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%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    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 1 - 8


     

    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.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

    ASHWOOD GLEN

    To begin the application process, families may contact our school directly at 905.320.1272 or via email at [email protected] We will be happy to provide an information package and answer any questions you may have. We also encourage prospective families to schedule a tour or attend one of our school information sessions to gain a better understanding of our Learning Program.




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