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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1891

     

    2016


     

    Enrolment

     

    550

     

    240


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, 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."
     
    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."

    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.
     
    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

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    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.
     
    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

     

    $12,500 to $15,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $43,950 to $51,500


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    8%

     

    30%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    1 to 11


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $3,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    34

     

    16


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    25%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    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 Preschool - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    UNISUS SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    UNISUS 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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The setting for the campus couldn’t be more attractive, nestled comfortably on 17 acres in the Okanagan Valley. The school prides itself on a ability to remain agile, and to innovate programs and approaches. It’s a candidate for the full IB continuum, though, as any school in a similar position, is of course already teaching to that curriculum. While we think of  innovation in terms STEM instruction—engineering and digital design perhaps particularly—there is also a core belief in what outdoor education can offer, something that adds dimension to the academic delivery and the student experience. The boarding program adds depth and diversity to the student population. Founded in 2016, Unisus is comparatively a young school, though the leadership brings a wealth of experience in private schooling. The school was founded to offer an exceptional learning experience, something that it has proven, through hiring and program development, to be very adept at achieving.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS 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

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    • Beautiful 17 acres safe and secured gated campus
    • The school is situated in the Okanagan Valley, the natural surrounding to learn indoor and outdoor
    • Four pillars program: IB, Outdoor education, Tech and Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
    • Local Canadian day school students welcome 70 international boarding students around the world
    • University and Colleges in the surrounding area: UBC, Okanagan College, Digital Arts School
    • Our pathway program helps students, as early as grade 8, to prepare their path to univerisities
    • BC Curriculum is one of the top program in the world
    • Immersion and short term exchange program available
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program School
    • CARES Program of health wellness, emotional, financial, and academic supports

    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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The Unisus (IB World School) is the Okanagan’s innovation school, fully accredited International Baccalaureate Primary Years (PYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) school and MYP (Candidate). STUDENTS have the opportunity to graduate with both the IB Diploma and/or BC Dogwood Diploma. BOARDING available and HIGH PERFORMANCE ACADEMIES in DANCE ; GOLF; HOCKEY and DOWNHILL SKI RACING with professional coaches, offering professional level training (sports psych, weights, nutrition, etc) and supports academically,

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS 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

    Unisus School was founded on the desire to create an exceptional learning institution in the heart of the Okanagan. Significant resources have been utilized to ensure that from the beginning, Unisus is offering a world-class curriculum with dedicated and engaged teachers. To grow a new school takes patience, but we are sure that within a few short years Unisus will be recognized as a top BC School. 

    This growth requires dedication and perseverance, but perhaps it is the early arrivals to the school who benefit the most. We are still small and we can pay a great deal of attention to each student’s needs. Every child is known by all the staff. There is a great sense of community – and an entrepreneurial spirit of families who are benefiting from the strong learning environment.

    The school is based on a few sound principles. First, our location and site create wonderful outdoor education opportunities. We will continue to develop this part of our curriculum so that students in all grades gain an appreciation of the environment and a sense of adventure as they try new activities.  

    Second, the collective experience of the founding team is rooted in the International Baccalaureate, the world’s top educational framework. We are on target to be fully authorized in all 3 programs in the shortest possible time: We are already a candidate school for both the IB Primary Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme. We all believe that the overall philosophy of the IB provides us a global foundation.

    It is that international experience that is our third focus. Our Senior School will attract students from around the world, who will stay in a new and welcoming residence facility. They will learn using proven innovative strategies that pay attention to independence and engagement. We are developing partnerships with schools around the world so that our outlook goes well beyond Summerland. The mix of local and international students will create a unique global perspective. 

    You can also see that we are putting an emphasis on math, science, engineering and technology, while at the same time understanding that students need strong foundations in humanities and the arts. Indeed, the IB itself ensures that students have a well-balanced education.

    We believe that our mission is to prepare our students for an increasingly unknown future. We will create thinkers who can analyze information and determine what is useful, and what is not. Our graduates will have developed a personal and independent approach to their learning, and will be able to approach problems and issues from a variety of perspectives, and through critical and creative thinking, come up with inventive solutions. 

    All of this is in a very nurturing environment. All of us care about each and every student, and want to engage with parents as partners in this journey through primary and secondary education. 

    In the end, it is the quality of the teaching staff that makes the difference. We have been looking globally for the best teachers possible, and you will experience their special contributions on a daily basis. They have taught all around the world, and are trained as International Baccalaureate practitioners. The culture is collaborative and supportive, striving for excellence through constant reflection and commitment to modern approaches to teaching.

    We welcome you to explore this site, and contact us for a visit. We hope you will be part of this exciting journey.

    Dr. James McConnell

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Progressive

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      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.

      UNISUS 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.


      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).

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Our program: STEAM focused education Our trans-disciplinary focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) will prepare our students to take on leadership roles driving change and innovation. Inquiry-based curriculum We believe our students should have strong foundational skills. They should be global minded and collaborative thinkers. It is also important for our students to express their creativity and pursue their curiosity. Our approach: Our interdisciplinary inquiry based approach to learning is enabled by application of proven state-of-the-art technology to learning. Students are inspired to learn and to excel in areas of interest. As part of our effort to educate global thinkers and leaders, competency in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese will allow our students to communicate with over 90% of the global population. We offer these languages starting from kindergarten. Unisus School a fully approved International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme school and IB Diploma Programme School. We are currently awaiting full designation for our MYP Programme but teach in this capacity.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Writing

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS 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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We focus on basic writing skill as well as creative writing.

      • Science

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We used IB framework to teach science well discovery and research are important aspect of learning.


        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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Fine Arts

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Our mission is to foster creative thinker and therefore art is one subject where students can freely express their creativity.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        UNISUS SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        In our high school program, all students are required to own an ipad air as their technology tool. Programs and applications are taught where students gain skill in coding, robotics, animation, VR and AR.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Physical Ed integrates Outdoor Education in our program. We encourage students to be the stewart of our planet. We start our outdoor program as early as preschool age so that students enjoy the outdoor to balance their busy life. Our students are encouraged to complete the Duke of Edinburgh gold, silver, or bronze program. Archery is another sport we focused on so that students can compete nationally.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Approach

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Play-based


      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.

      UNISUS 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.


      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Pre-K OUTDOOR EDUCATION At our Pre-K Outdoor Education Programme, we believe that children are naturally resourceful, imaginative, intelligent, and inquisitive beings who thrive in a natural setting. Each day the children are encouraged to develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and our responsibilities related to its preservation. Children are provided with extended periods of time for working, playing and learning in a variety of areas of interest, thus creating an atmosphere that extends learning and encourages in-depth studies. By adapting to the natural pace of the children we allow them to explore their interests to the fullest.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      UNISUS 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

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Learning at Unisus is personalized. Each student's learning plan is carefully tailored to the need and interests of each student with lesson planning guided by IB and BC Curriculum. IB takes the approach to teaching and learning to the next level.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Culture

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      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”.

      UNISUS 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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      NURTURING A LOVE OF LEARNING AND CREATIVITY We instill a love of learning and encourage each student to express their creativity through the arts, music, and physical activity. We develop a spirit of inquiry and foster learning through strong sets of habits and skills, We teach students to know themselves; to be reflective, independent, At Unisus, student’s education is personally tailored to their unique abilities and interests.•, we provide innovative programs that blend inquiry and student-driven learning.


      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."

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      "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

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      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."

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      The IB curriculum is renowned at post-secondary institutions worldwide. We offer an enriched environment with small classes, a personalized approach, and a STEAM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) that integrates languages, arts and culture, technology and outdoor education. Balance of academics, sports, culture, outdoors and extracurricular Our innovative programs of inquiry and student-driven learning blend technology, arts and culture and the outdoors.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    Unisus 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

    Unisus School

    UNISUS 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

    UNISUS 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.)

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    • Outdoor Education, Tech and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and IB are the four pillars of our program. Everything we do including extracurricular activities relates to our core pillars.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    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 Preschool - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes

     

    Yes: grades K - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    We intake different types of students to make the class dynamic. We do not only look at academics but what makes each student special. Students who are excited and motivated to learn is what we are looking for.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    Please visit www.unisus.ca and apply online.  All applicants will be date and time stamped.  As our classes are at capacity in many grades, only full applicants will be considered for the wait list if applicable.




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