St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School: Inspired Girls, Empowered Women
In choosing the right school for our daughters, we must weigh hefty concerns – and no longer are those concerns limited to locale or dictated by established practices or pedagogy. We live in the harsh yet exciting realities of a competitive global culture, and it is imperative that our children’s educations are tethered to those realities. The foundations and traditions of economies and cultures are forever changing, and our institutions must adapt to that inevitable evolution. St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School embodies the spirit and doctrine of that evolution in providing young women with the education, experience, and vision to excel in a technologically-inclined global community.
Situated in the centre of the Halton, Ontario region, St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School has been nurturing and inspiring girls to become empowered women since 1891. Serving discerning and driven parents and students for over 100 years has been the pride and joy of SMLS. At the forefront of that responsibility is a dedicated commitment to innovation and real-world learning while cultivating “a young woman’s intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development.”
SMLS’s undertaking is informed by inspired global aspirations and leadership in providing the best educational environment for girls to learn and excel. The virtue of an all-girls institution can be seen both during their school years and into their careers. As the “Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Co-educational High Schools” study notes, all-girls institutions foster a higher self-confidence, greater leadership opportunities, and alumnae are more likely to earn a graduate degree than those in co-educational institutions. In particular, within the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, the same study found that graduates of all-girls schools are three times more likely to consider careers in engineering than those in a co-ed environment.
SMLS’s award-winning Robotics program allows their students to compete in STEM events and their signature Global Studies program provides girls with the “opportunity to explore and connect with communities – local and global – through experiential learning trips, community service, cultural exchanges and international leadership opportunities.” Every grade 11 student participates in “a month-long, workplace experience that is customized to her personal career interests” and all girls receive “outdoor education, physical fitness, creative expression and spiritual reflection.” SMLS offers an educational experience that recognizes that its cohorts are forever evolving, and tailors its curricula to best prepare their graduates for a world informed and inspired by that evolution.
Point of Interest:
Within the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, the same study found that graduates of all-girls schools are three times more likely to consider careers in engineering than those in a co-ed environment.
1. Academic excellence and real-world learning designed for girls.
2. Enriched academic and co-curricular program with experts in educating girls.
3. World-class facility and signature programs.
4. Support of each girl’s interests, talents, learning needs and strengths.
5. Award-winning robotics program sees students compete in a series of science, technology, engineering and math challenges.
6. Each girl has the opportunity to explore and connect with communities
— local and global.
7. Students gain valuable, professional experience providing insight into their specific career choices.