A premier independent school for girls in Preschool to Grade 12
For 125 years, St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School has been providing the educational journey of a lifetime for girls and young women.
SMLS is renowned as one of the premier independent schools in the country, recognized for our caring and nurturing environment, our outstanding faculty, our innovative programs and our wonderful facilities. Our graduates go on to post-secondary study locally and globally, and during their journeys, they thrive and make a difference, because they are confident young women who know they can do anything.
SMLS’ strong academic program is designed specifically for the way girls learn, based on scientific research on girls’ unique learning needs, as delineated by numerous studies and current brain research. SMLS is not just a school without boys. In a recent study, Myra and David Sadker stated: “girls in single-sex school have higher self-esteem, are more interested in non-traditional subjects such as science and math, and are less likely to stereotype jobs and careers. They are intellectually curious, serious about their studies and achieve more.” Our teachers instill in their students curiosity and a love of lifelong learning; our curriculum addresses real-world issues important to humanity; our students are encouraged to think outside the box and work collaboratively using technology and multimedia to study local, national and global issues; our lessons are structured with meaningful cross-disciplinary integration of core subjects, and instruction is differentiated to ensure success for all students.
SMLS provides 21st century education to meet the needs of our dynamic and ever-changing modern world. With our state-of-the-art athletic and fitness facility, performance studio theatre and visual arts centre, students experience enriched programming. In spring of 2011, we opened our environmentally friendly new wing, which further enhances our offerings.
SMLS offers Advanced Placement courses in Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, French, Literature & Composition, Mandarin, Psychology (eLearning), Physics, Studio Art, as well as SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) preparation. In addition, focused support is provided for the achievement of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program and FIRST LEGO League/FIRST Robotics programs.
You will see it, feel it, and instantly know that this is where your daughter needs to be. And with far fewer distractions than in a co-ed environment, girls can learn, thrive, be the leaders, and compete fairly. What does this all mean? Simply put – success for her.
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The single-gender environment provides the opportunity to create strong, intelligent women who aren’t afraid of participating. SMLS is a warm, inviting, supportive place that allows students to be unique.SMLS Parent
Being in an all-girls school helps young ladies focus on themselves and their education, as opposed to other things. Boys and girls have different ways of learning. It’s important to recognize that and put them in the best place possible.SMLS Parent
The St. Mildred’s experience builds character and lifelong friendships. We want that for our daughters.SMLS Parent