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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1891

     

    1968


     

    Enrolment

     

    550

     

    170


     

    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, Reggio Emilia

     

    Montessori


     

    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.
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    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 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    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.
     
    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

     

    $8,500 to $20,500


     

    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

     

    13


     

    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

     

    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

    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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.

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Now in its 50th year, Dearcroft is one of the older Montessori schools in the country, founded in 1968 by Peter and Barbara Phippen. It also has very consistent history, now being directed by Gordon Phippen, son of the founders. All of that, while not essential to the delivery of a quality Montessori program, nevertheless underscores what parents and students value in the approach, namely a clear sense of community, family, cross-generational interaction, and a sense of tradition. The program hews very closely to Maria Montessori’s model, and also brings the community—both local and beyond—into the classroom. The student body is on the larger end for a dedicated Montessori school, and the benefits of size are apparent in the range of programs offered.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    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

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • Spacious, naturally lit classrooms
    • Computers & multi-media
    • Extensive athletics program / Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) * NYC
    • Outdoor/experiential education
    • Performing arts stage/music/drama
    • Aboriginal/First Nation Studies
    • French from Preschool to Grade 8
    • Before and After Care
    • Transportation available

    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.

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Located on a magnificently wooded, historic estate in Old Oakville, we are situated just steps from beautiful lakeside parks. Our highly qualified and experienced staff provides a supportive learning environment, promoting maximum growth and development. As Oakville's original Montessori and third oldest independent school, we are celebrating over 50 years of tradition. Underlying our strong academics and award winning Expedition Education program is a bold, sophisticated curriculum that challenges and inspires!

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    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

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  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Dearcroft Montessori School

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.


      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).


      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.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      At Dearcroft Montessori, the comprehensive and methodical training of staff, excellent student to teacher ratios and long-term relationships allow us to focus on the individual child’s development in full alignment with Montessori best practices. All our classrooms feature: individualized, child-centred programs, enriched programming tailored to meet the needs of each student; multi-age environments; low student-teacher ratios; hands-on; experiential learning; individual and small group lessons and enriched music and French programming.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Dearcroft Montessori School

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Approach


      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.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      We are a traditional, best practices (orthodox) Montessori school.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Dearcroft Montessori School

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      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.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori Classrooms are multi-aged with three developmental years together. Toddler is 18 months to 3 year olds, Preschool is 3 to 6 year olds, Lower Elementary 6-9 year olds, Upper Elementary 9-12 year olds and Junior High for 12-14 year olds.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Dearcroft Montessori School

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      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”.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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."

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    Dearcroft Montessori 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

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    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

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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

    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

     

    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




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