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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Woodland Christian High School

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1891

     

    1976


     

    Enrolment

     

    550

     

    360


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Homestay, 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."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    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

     

    20 to 24


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $9,000 to $26,300

     

    $17,850 to $18,175


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    8%

     

    20%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    9 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $2,500

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    34

     

    90


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Oct 31, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Woodland Christian High School

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    John van Pelt, the principal at Woodland, is a graduate of the school, and that’s telling. Community is an important aspect of Woodland, and van Pelt, having experienced it both as student and staff, offers a nice continuity to the life of the school. Community, of course, extends to the faith community, including service opportunities within local churches, something that is a primary draw for the families that enroll here. The student population is just north of 300, which is a nice place to be, one that allows a rich program of extra-curricular programming, while also maintaining a small-school, inclusive feel.
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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    " ... a very rich experience ... "
    Sarah Bruulsema - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    My son has found multiple and varied activities to get involved in. The opportunity to get involved...
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    "I feel as though they are able to know what success in the classroom looks like for each individual..."
    Anne-Elise Branan - Student   (Feb 27, 2020)
    I love attending Woodland. The teachers are both engaging in the classroom and encouraging outside ...
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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.

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    John van Pelt, the principal at Woodland, is a graduate of the school, and that’s telling. Community is an important aspect of Woodland, and van Pelt, having experienced it both as student and staff, offers a nice continuity to the life of the school. Community, of course, extends to the faith community, including service opportunities within local churches, something that is a primary draw for the families that enroll here. The student population is just north of 300, which is a nice place to be, one that allows a rich program of extra-curricular programming, while also maintaining a small-school, inclusive feel.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Woodland Christian High School

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    • Competitive Sports Programs
    • Provincially Recognized Music Programs
    • International Robotics Participation
    • Choir and Drama Productions
    • International Student Programs including Course Integration and Multicultural Clubs
    • A variety of co-curricular activities
    • Transportation to and from school including After School Activity Busing
    • Strong Academic Support and Differential Learning Programs
    • Active Student Government and Student Leadership Programs
    • Experiential Learning Trips including Theatre, Outdoor Education, International & Service Trips

    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.

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    Woodland is a vibrant community of learning where students are equipped for lives of Christian faith and service. Each student's abilities and interests are encouraged. Students come from Kitchener/Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Drayton, Listowel and surrounding areas (including international students). Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university and/or college. Students receive opportunities in varsity sports, music, drama, and international service trips.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Woodland Christian High School

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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

    Welcome to Woodland Christian High School. For over 44 years Woodland has offered an excellent academic program that seeks to integrate learning and the Christian faith. As an alumnus of Woodland and now as the principal I have seen how an education that aims to equip our students for lives of Christian faith and service can benefit individuals, church communities, and the broader civic community. I encourage you to take a few minutes to explore our website to become familiar with the diverse curricular and co-curricular programs that we have developed to meet the needs of our students. If you have any questions about our school please feel free to contact me.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Woodland Christian High School

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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.

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      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.

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

      At Woodland we value a holistic approach to education. We provide a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular options in order to Enfold, Engage and Equip students for lives of Christian faith and service. In addition to the OSSD, our Woodland Diploma requirements ensure that students take courses from a variety of discipline areas. This balance provides students with a well-rounded education in Math & Sciences, Arts, English & Languages, Humanities, Canadian & World Studies, Business, Computers & Technological Studies, and Physical Education & Health Related Studies. All of our Woodland courses are foundationally built on one or more Christian Worldview Themes. These themes connect the essential focus of our courses to the Biblical story of “Creation, Fall & Redemption, and Restoration”. They also highlight connections between the courses, discipline areas, and co-curricular activities of our school program.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Woodland Christian High School

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        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.

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        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

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Mathematics is a wide-ranging subject area; beautifully simple and yet complex at the same time. It is an activity that involves the exploration, contemplation, and enjoyment of abstract concepts, theoretical principles, as well as problem solving skill development. It is also a tool that offers practical connections to real-world problems and insight into patterns in our world. All of these aspects allow us to explore and experience the richness of beauty, complexity, harmony, and precision that God has imprinted into his creation. Mathematics informs how effective and honest use of measurements, information, models and statistics can be used to positively impact our world. It is highly recommended that Woodland students take one mathematics course each year, as critical thinking, problem solving, and numeracy are essential 21st century skills.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Woodland Christian High School

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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.

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        It is the goal of our Science department to prepare students for a life in fellowship with, service to God. In order to do this, students need to see themselves as unique and special creatures who are also an intricate part of the body of Christ. While studies in chemistry, physics and biology help students to appreciate the detail and wonder of living and non-living systems, they also reinforce the fact that nothing exists in isolation. In seeking to understand the created, we come one step closer to a deeper understanding and appreciation for our Creator! A firm understanding of scientific methods and theories is essential. Not only are we able to use appropriate technology to minister to the needs of others, but we are also able to speak to issues such as reproductive technology, genetic engineering, environmental problems and misuses of technology with a Christian voice.


        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

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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

      • Literature

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Woodland Christian High School

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        The English program is made up of a series of interconnected and consecutive courses which provide students with opportunities to develop an awareness of, understanding of, and appreciation for language and literature. This program equips students with the academic skills necessary for post-secondary education and/or careers in the workplace. These skills centre on proficiency, clarity, and imagination in writing as well as accuracy and depth in comprehension. Other aspects of communication are also integrated, most particularly oral communication and the study of media. A Christian world-view is expressed in all the courses. Students work at unpacking the literature being studied through the lens of a Christian worldview; evaluating human nature in all its aspects. Students are encouraged to critique content and search for truth in the various works of literature studied, moving beyond literary study into personal evaluation and response to literature which challenges, develops, and builds personal faith.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Foreign Languages

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Woodland Christian High School

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        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

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        In today's society, communication skills, awareness and appreciation for other cultures, and the development of individual learning styles are essential. The curriculum offered by the French department is based on themes of high interest to the learner. Within each theme, a variety of language functions and related structural ideas as well as different items of cultural uniqueness are introduced. The French program provides for a balanced development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing within the framework of a communicative-experiential approach. Students are encouraged to see language as a gift from God to be used for clear and positive communication between ourselves and others. Through the study of French, students will also come to a better understanding of the culture and heritage of those with whom we share this country. By critically studying a second language and culture, students gain a better understanding of their own language and culture.


        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

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        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

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Woodland Christian High School

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        We are made in the image of the Creator and we therefore have innate creativity which is expressed by different people in different ways. The Arts program at Woodland provides a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their creative talents the areas of visual art, music, and drama. Our Arts courses seek to educate, refine, and mobilize the inherent creativity in all students. All courses have a hands-on focus with both theory, Christian worldview and performance fully integrated in each.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Woodland Christian High School

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        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

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        The world around us is a constantly changing environment. We see computers, technology, and business playing an ever increasing role in the workforce, academics, the home, and the church. A background understanding of how computers work and how they can be used creatively is essential. The technology program has been designed to offer students an introduction to technological studies through practical experience. Students will expand their understanding of technological skills, they will develop an ability to analyze and solve problems and they will perform tasks logically and effectively. Students will be shown the need for appreciation, pride, and satisfaction that may be found in completing quality work through practical exercises.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

        ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

        Woodland Christian High School

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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

        WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

        Woodland seeks to provide extra-curricular activities programs that supplement the academic program of our school. We recognize that God has gifted students in a variety of ways, including abilities in athletics. Our Athletic Program provides an opportunity for students to develop and use their God-given abilities. We also believe that participation in extra-curricular activities, especially athletics, provides a good opportunity to encourage students in their relationships with Jesus Christ. These activities also enhance the atmosphere of the Woodland student body, providing students and parents opportunities to express positive school spirit. And finally, extra-curricular activities provide an opportunity to express our faith to other schools, coaches, and officials.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Woodland Christian High School

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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.


      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.

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

      ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

      Woodland Christian High School

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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”.

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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.

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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."

      WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

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

  • 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

    Woodland Christian High School

    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

    Woodland Christian High School

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    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

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    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.

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    Information not available


    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.

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    The Academic Support Program (ASP) serves the needs of students of all levels of ability who face challenges in their academic work, assisting them to identify their gifts, learning styles and unique learning needs. The goal of the program is to help students develop skills and strategies, not only to assist them in reaching their academic goals to the best of their abilities, but also to foster positive lifelong habits and skills. A student enters the ASP program through a previous IEP (Individual Education Plan) substantiated by appropriate assessment(s) and/or teacher referral through the Guidance Department.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

    Woodland Christian High 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

    Woodland Christian High School

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH 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.)

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    • 2016 OFSSA Placement or Finalists in Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Field, and Ultimate
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    74%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Oct 31, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    Yes

    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.

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    Conscientous students looking for a Christian Worldview throughout all subject areas.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ST. MILDRED'S-LIGHTBOURN SCHOOL

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

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    Woodland Christian High School exists primarily to educate the children of Christian parents and to assist them in fulfilling their responsibility to nurture their children according to the teaching of God’s Word. Therefore, it is expected that parents who send their students to Woodland wish to see their children educated in accordance with the school’s basis and purpose, and that they will fully support the aims of the school’s policies and programs.

    The admission of a student will be determined by:

    • The availability of an appropriate program, staffing and resources to meet the needs of the student.
    • The willingness of parents/guardians and students to support the school’s policies and programs as evidenced by their signature on the Student Enrollment Agreement and the Student Agreement Form included with the Application for Admission.
    • The availability of space in the classes required by the student.
    • The acceptance by the parents/guardians of the responsibility for paying tuition and other fees.
    • The availability of adequate information from the student’s previous school to enable the principal to make an informed decision about the student’s placement.
    • The principal’s determination that the student will be able to participate constructively in a structured program of studies based on a Christian worldview.

    All forms of inquiries may be submitted by mail, fax (519-648-3402) or by email to [email protected]

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Michael Van Pelt (1984)
    President and CEO of Cardus, a public policy think tank, has more than 30 years of experience in public life, including advocacy with the CFIB and different federal government agencies.
    Carmen Douma-Hussar (1996)
    Carmen Douma-Hussar (born March 12, 1977) is a Canadian middle-distance runner. 2004 Olympics Games.
    John Van Pelt (1986)
    John has a BA in History and B.Ed as well as an M.P.Ed. in School Leadership. He is also the current principal of Woodland.
    Christian VanderGeest (2008)
    After attending Harvard Law School, Christian has become a law associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in New York, NY USA.
    Michael Palmer (1999)
    Former CFL Pro Football Player with the Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Runs Champions in Life Canada.
    Dana Marie Hoekstra-Storrs (2007)
    Independent Canadian Music Recording Artist and Worship Leader. Attended Hillsong in Australia



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