There's nothing uniform about SCS
#1Most AP National Scholars of any independent school in Ontario
1stCanadian girls' school awarded the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma
100%Acceptance to top universities in the world
19AP courses offered, one of the broadest program of any girls' school in Canada
90+Elective courses offered
1.65M+Value of scholarships offered to graduates in 2017
Our commitment to academic rigour and excellence has defined the SCS experience for over a century. Here, academic rigour refers to what is taught, how it is taught, and how it is assessed. Our academic program challenges each one of our girls to think critically and creatively, and to problem solve both independently and collaboratively.
Where do our students’ paths lead? Read our remarkable Graduate Profiles here.
Curious about our academic offering? View our current Course Calendar here.
How we teach and learn defines us
Our commitment to excellence in learning means being in tune with the world around us, and always looking ahead. In today’s changing, complicated and ever-more-connected world, our girls can be successful in learning and in life only if they are able to think critically, be creative, make connections across subject areas, wrestle with complex issues and problems, and collaborate with many people of differing views.
The St. Clement’s experience supports and encourages this learning, preparing our girls for the future.
- Inquiring, exploring, collaborating and problem solving
- Academic program is enhanced by a full complement of co-curriculars
- Academic and leadership role models and mentorship from girls in Grades 7-12
- Participation, commitment and enthusiasm are the keys to success
- Opportunities for enrichment
- Options for Accelerated French or Advanced Math
- Opportunity to earn up to five Reach Ahead credits upon entering Grade 9
- Unique to SCS, students in Grade 9 take nine credit courses
- An enriching learning community where students are challenged in both academics and leadership
- A strong core program of English, French, Mathematics, and Science
- Unique to SCS, students in Grade 10 may take nine credit courses, allowing for increased flexibility in later years
- Opportunities for enrichment, creative expression, and learning through innovation
What can be obtained?
The St. Clement’s Diploma
The St. Clement’s Diploma extends our students’ learning beyond the minimum requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). We begin with a program of Reach Ahead credits in Grades 7 and 8 to ensure students have maximum flexibility of programming in their senior years.
All students study French through to the end of Grade 10, and undertake Mathematics at the Grade 12 level. In addition to enriched academic requirements, the St. Clement’s Diploma also requires students to complete 10 additional hours of community service in addition to the Ministry’s requisite 40 hours.
Beyond our enriched academic curriculum
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement provides internationally recognized opportunities for students to experience university-level courses while in high school. AP courses foster critical thinking, build academic preparedness and foster success. St. Clement’s School is a leader in the delivery of Advanced Placement courses, offering students a choice of 19 AP subjects in Grades 11 and 12.
Our St. Clement’s students consistently achieve at the highest level in AP results, and report that the AP experience contributes to their success at university.
Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone DiplomaTM
St. Clement’s School was chosen as the first girls’ school in Canada to implement the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma. This innovative diploma program provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills that are fundamental to university success.
AP Capstone builds on discipline-specific AP courses, cultivating curious, independent, and collaborative scholars through a challenging and exciting two-year program, beginning in Grade 11.
St. Clement’s School offers a number of Ontario credit courses designed to provide students with an exceptional academic experience commencing mid-June. This unique schedule allows course completion by mid-July, affording students more time during their summer months to work, attend camp, travel, or vacation with family.
St. Clement’s plays a leadership role in Canadian education, often acting as advisors to industry and parents. This extends to our role in the Advanced Placement program and in fact, our faculty is training other teachers in the development of curricula.
AP Summer Institute
Be prepared to lead AP courses. The Institute provides training for new and experienced AP and pre-AP teachers and administrators, where they will learn:
- How to improve the quality of the curriculum
- How to teach challenging content to motivated students
- Methods of receiving feedback on students’ AP Exam results
Nurtured, supported, and encouraged to approach learning in new ways
A key component of St. Clement’s unique offering is a learning environment where girls are nurtured and supported, and each of our girls is known and feels valued. Our LINCWell approach ensures this is the reality at SCS.
The Lassonde Library is a central hub for our community of learners. Students from Grades 1-12 share this collaborative and inviting space for classes and to access computer and library resources.
Experiential education is integral to SCS. It may be as close as an SCS classroom, or as far away as a volunteer opportunity halfway around the world. Our program includes volunteering at local organizations and schools; international exchanges; outdoor adventure and cultural trips; and co-operative education positions.
We believe that technology is an important component to leveraging and enriching student learning. With a focus on accessibility and flexibility, students and staff benefit from a balanced and integrated approach to technology and learning.
Learn more about the ways SCS approaches learning.
An outstanding faculty
SCS teachers truly model a joy of learning and demonstrate academic excellence through their work with students both inside and outside the classroom. Our small school setting and class size ensure that teachers truly know their students. The dedication, care and commitment of SCS teachers is a hallmark of our School. All members of the SCS faculty are expert educators, whose commitment to their own professional development is demonstrated through graduate studies and continuing education.