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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Fort Erie International Academy

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1891

     

    -2019


     

    Enrolment

     

    550

     

    188


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    6 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French, Mandarin


     

    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

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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

     

    5 to 15


     

    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

     

    $30,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $58,545


     

    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

     

    27


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    81%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    96%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Oct 31, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Fort Erie International Academy

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

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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.

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Though relatively new, FEIA has a lot to offer, beginning with extensive physical resources. The campus includes two academic buildings, with some structures dating to the 1920s, and others, modernist, constructed in the 1960s. Learning and living areas are varied, spacious, and developed in ways that you simply don’t find in international schools of this vintage. To build a campus this large and well-appointed would be a feat for any school in its first years. Also beginning construction is a boarding facility that, once finished, promises to be jewel of the property. To say the school is proximate to the Canada-US border risks understatement—Buffalo, New York, is just across the Niagara River, the shore of which is just a block from the FEIA campus. Also close by is the largest customs port between the two countries. As such, the school has access a considerable array of transportation hubs, including both the Toronto and Buffalo international airports. The academic program is rigorous, created for students intending to go on to post-secondary studies in North America. The co-curricular program adds dimension to student life, and is rightly a priority of faculty. Given that the school is relatively new, FEIA perhaps isn’t the first option that comes to mind, though that will surely change, particularly with the completion of the dormitory. It’s a strong option, to be sure, and definitely a school to watch.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Fort Erie International Academy

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL 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

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • Our objective is to provide a well rounded education that addresses the whole student;
    • - Academia leverages project-based hands-on experiential learning opportunities;
    • - Personalized Learning and Growth plans are developed for each student to ensure success;
    • - Small class sizes ensure each student has the dedicated attention they need to flourish;
    • - Our mentoring program ensures success beyond the classroom with an added focus on mental health;
    • - Soft skills like critical thinking and problem-solving are integrated into learning opportunities;
    • - Community outreach and volunteer opportunities help students see beyond their own needs;
    • - Daily syncs, weekly check-ins and monthly reporting ensure Parents are always in the know;
    • - After school extended program including cultural arts, sports and culture;
    • At FEIA, We Are Making Tomorrow's Leaders, Today.

    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.

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Fort Erie International Academy (FEIA) is a private boarding school, educating students from grades 6-12 with a focus on integrating Eastern and Western cultures. The combination of our philosophy, academic and unique extracurricular programming gives our students a competitive advantage in an increasingly interconnected and global economy. FEIA empowers our students to realize their academic potential and are well prepared for post-secondary education and beyond.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Fort Erie International Academy

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL 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

     Throughout me years in education as Principal, I have successfully opened three schools. They are imprinted with the values of integrity, leadership, honesty and innovation. These three schools still proudly carry my legacy. Fort Erie International Academy (FEIA) is definitely the most exciting venture in my career so far! I am passionate about the "East Meets West" philosophy. When I picture our graduates, I envision confident, forward-thinking youth who appreciate diverse cultures, are globally aware, creative and responsible. FEIA graduates will be prepared to lead and embrace future global challenges with the critical thinking skills they have developed at FEIA. 

    I am honoured to lead out first International School in Fort Erie, Ontario in Canada. The unique culture of Fort Erie International Academy is based on common values and beliefs held by all those who work and learn here. It will be embedded in our day to day climate culture.

    School Mission - To inspire and empower students to realize their academic potential, to become agents of change, innovators and leaders on a global scale.

    FEIA Academic leaders are actively engaged in the validation process through the Ontario Ministry of Education, in order to become an accredited school. The Ontario Seconday School Diploma (OSSD) opens the door to top universities in Canada and the world. FEIA is a collective effort that spends on the active involvement of our founders, Ontario Certified Teachers, students, parents and education advisors. Our diverse staff is motivated, enthusiastic and committed to providing a well-balanced program that engages students to grow, learn and challenge themselves so they can achieve their true potential. FEIA students will become lifelong learners, equipped to embrace the future with a global mindset that promotes collaboration, creativity, confidence and respect.

    FEIA intends to establish itself as one of the finest private schools in the province. Chinese students will develop strong English Language skills as well as an understanding of North American culture, assuring a seamless transition into university life. As students benefit from a blend of Chinese and North American philosophies, they will develop a global perspective. Canadian and International students will have opportunities to appreciate Chinese culture and learn Mandarin throughout elementary and secondary school, as well as study in Chine through exchange programs and-op experiences.

    A key component of student success is a strong partnership between home and school. We look forward to welcoming your children and to establishing relationships based on mutual respect, discovery and trust. Open communication is a cornerstone of my practice. My office door is always open!

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    Fort Erie International 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

    Fort Erie International Academy

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL 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

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL 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.)

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • Life at FEIA extends beyond the classroom. We offer a wide variety of after-school activities including golf, traditional Chinese painting, martial arts, swimming and music lessons including travelling concert band and private lessons. FEIA also incorporates the STEM methodology into our extra curriculum to extend learning in math, science and technology with programs like First Lego League; an interactive science and robotics program.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    96%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Oct 31, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    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.

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    In order for students to be ready to learn and develop to their highest potential, Fort Erie International Academy (FEIA) is committed to ensuring that our students and staff thrive in a safe and welcoming community that embodies mutual respect, inclusivity, and is equitable and caring.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

    FORT ERIE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The FEIA International Student Application Process includes four inclusive steps that must be completed in full before we can grant enrolment acceptance to any student applicant:

    1. Email the completed form and the confirmation code provided by your banking institution authenticating your $300CAD non-refundable application fee.
    2. Once received, our administrative office will contact you to set up an interview and assessment testing with a member of our Academic Leadership Team.
    3. After review of the results of the interview/assessment, successful students will receive an official invitation to join our FEIA Family. Within this acceptance letter, there will be a request to pay all applicable tuition, health insurance, residency, school uniform, banking and Study Permit/Visa application fees. If applicable, you will be assigned a registered FEIA immigration consultant to work with you to complete both a Canadian Study Permit and Visa application.
    4. When the Study Permit and Visa are granted and shared with FEIA, and all fees have been received, we will issue a letter of final acceptance and share further details about your school experience.




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