The Linden School is the only all-girls feminist school in Canada specifically created to address the learning and developmental needs of girls. We supplement the Ontario curriculum by integrating it with a social justice lens that inspires girls to develop strong critical thinking skills. Our inquiry-based approach makes space for a variety of learning styles, and small classes allow teachers to really get to know the girls as they guide their academic development as well as their social and emotional well being. Our enriched STEAM program and feminist pedagogy empower girls to explore their academic curiosity with full confidence. Linden’s Curriculum Leader Beth Alexander is the proud recipient of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, who designed our new Coding, Engineering, Robotics, Electronics, Science Lab. “Linden’s girl-centered philosophy inspires girls to be active creators of technology, not just consumers,” says Beth. “Since computational thinking is an essential 21st century skill, we teach coding from the get-go, as the best time to start developing these skills is as early as JK onwards.” A variety of co-curricular activities including art, drama, music, sports, clubs, and leadership roles shape the girls’ Linden experience. It's no surprise that our graduates enjoy a 100% university acceptance rate.
- Specialists in girls' learning & development
- Small classes: higher academic achievement
- Enriched STEAM program
- 100% university acceptance
- Full-time Guidance & Learning Counsellor
- Emphasis on diversity & social justice
- Outstanding athletics program
- Open Houses: Nov. 2 & 30, Jan. 25
Our Take: The Linden School
All schools, to some extent, defy the various stereotypes that the general population might have about private education. Still, the Linden School is a particularly stark example of that. Founded by Diane Goudie and Eleanor Moore in 1993, the school was intended as a needed and necessary alternative to what was happening in public schools, as well as other private institutions. Goudie had butt heads with other educators by demanding that education be based in a sense of equity, especially as girls and women are concerned. The Linden School is the result, and today it does exactly what Goudie and Moore hoped it would: provide an example of a school for girls that will make a difference in the students' lives and, in turn, encourage them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The goal, as Moore said at an address at York University, is to educate each student to "to speak with courage--[to] be credible, find a community, listen for all voices, change structures, be a leader and above all make a difference." Since they founded the school, Goudie and Moore have lead by example, earning honorary doctorate of law degrees from York University in recognition of their leadership in the field of education. On receiving the doctorate, Goudie addressed the convocation saying "Ask yourselves the tough questions: What do you want to achieve beyond your paycheque? What are you prepared to risk in order to make a difference in your communities or in the global community?" Those are, of course, very tough questions, and the Linden School is structured around them. For the wrong student, it could be overwhelming. For the right student, it can provide a very strong foundation for a lifetime of engagement, leadership, and success.