Student Experience
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Senior School

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Personalized learning to define purpose and path

The Senior School offers a challenging academic environment with a breadth of programming that enables students to customize their learning – discovering, developing and honing their unique strengths, talents and passions.

With an emphasis on academic rigour, the Senior School provides exciting learning opportunities focused on deepening student engagement and fostering a culture of inquiry in and outside the classroom. Through learning cohorts, Harkness discussions, experiential and project-based learning, students are encouraged to work hard and excel as they define their purpose.

Through their time at the Senior School, students find their voice and develop their independence, strengthening their connection to the world and sense of agency within it. They graduate as life-long learners who will go out into the world and become conscious citizens, committed to making positive contributions to their communities.

A supportive community of engaged learners

At the Senior School, students are known by their teachers and their peers, and have a wide range of opportunities to find their passion and place in the school community. There is no one path through the Senior School – instead hundreds of individual paths that each student will carve for himself.

While students are challenged by the rigor of the Senior School academic program, they are well-supported by faculty, staff, and their peers in a community that shares a passion for learning and personal growth. The Senior School offers a comprehensive support system for learning, including personal counselling, peer support through the Honour Council, and university counselling. We are committed to working with each student to develop a strengths-based approach to success during their time at St. George’s.

Grade 10 Cohort Program

In Grade 10, students have the opportunity to deepen their learning and engage with the provincial curriculum through a specific focus – such as STEM, Outdoor Education, or Performance Arts. Cohorts are intensive and highly supportive learning environments where students share many of their classes with the same small group (approximately 20 students) for the year. This approach enables teachers to develop unique learning opportunities for the cohort that blur typical classroom boundaries and create greater opportunities for interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Students grow as individuals, learners, and as community members.

Learning outside the classroom

For students in the Senior School, some of the most important growth happens outside the classroom. From the array of co-curricular activities and clubs, to Outdoor Education and Global Stewardship, students have incredible opportunities to personalize their learning, deepen their understanding of themselves, and make real-world connections.

At St. George’s, we believe our community shares a responsibility for the betterment of society. The Global Stewardship program students grow their understanding of world issues and make positive contributions to the broader community.

Preparation for university – and beyond

In the Senior School, it’s not just about planning for post-secondary – it’s about planning for life after St. George’s. For some students this means preparing university applications, while others may choose to do a gap year, work, or apply for vocational education.

During his time at the Senior School, each student is encouraged to explore his interests, take on new challenges, and engage in the school community. In doing so, he gains the self-awareness and skills to creatively and committedly engage in the post-secondary search and application process during his senior years. Students have access to a range of guidance as they begin their post-graduation planning, including group sessions with their peers, as well as individual counselling and application support.

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