Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is a private university prep school in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. It has students in Grades Kindergarten to 12, with its Grade 12 provincial exam scores consistently highly ranked.[1] Strathcona-Tweedsmuir is Southern Alberta's first full IB World School, and Alberta's only independent school authorized to deliver IB Programmes in Grades K through 12.[2] Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School place well in the annual Fraser Institute rankings.[1] STS is also an active participant in the CESI (Canadian Educational Standards Institute) program and often volunteers teachers for inter-school evaluatory interaction. STS is also a member of Round Square and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS).

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
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Coordinates50°46′30″N 114°01′58″W / 50.7751°N 114.0329°W / 50.7751; -114.0329
School typePrivate/independent
MottoNil Nisi Optimum
(Nothing But Our Best)
PrincipalRory Stabler (Senior School), Jessica Richmond (Middle School), Season Prevost(Elementary School)
Head of schoolCarol Grant-Watt
Average class size17
Schedule typesemestered starting 2023 - 2024 year
Hours in school day6 hours, 35 minutes
Campus size220 acres
AreaFoothills of the Rocky Mountains
HousesBurns, Buchan, Dover, and Howard
AthleticsCross-Country, Track & Field, Basketball, Rugby, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Badminton, Soccer
MascotSpartacus the Spartan
NicknameStrath, STS
Team nameSpartans
RivalsWebber, Old Scona, West Island College, Oilfields
AccreditationCAIS, PYP, MYP, IB
School fees$18,020 – $25,220 (Depending on grade level)

History edit

The school opened in September 1971 as the result of the amalgamation of two of Calgary's oldest independent schools: Strathcona School for Boys (founded in 1929) and Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls (founded in 1959). St. Hilda's School (1889–1949) preceded Tweedsmuir School for Girls.[3]

In 2003, seven students from the school were killed in an avalanche in British Columbia while on a skiing trip.[4] The students were on a school ski trip on Mount Cheops near Revelstoke when the avalanche occurred. Out of the seventeen skiers involved in the avalanche, ten were rescued. Despite the incident, Strathcona Tweedsmuir School has not abandoned its outdoor education program, which is mandatory for students in grades 4–9 and optional for grade 10-12 students.[5]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b The Fraser Institute – Report Cards – School Performance
  2. ^ "IB World School". Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ "History of STS". Strathcona Tweedsmuir School. Retrieved December 16, 2009.
  4. ^ "Seven Teenage Skiers Are Killed In British Columbia Avalanche". Agence France-Presse. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2017 – via The New York Times.
  5. ^ Weismiller, Richard Cuthbertson and Bryan. "10 years later: School safety policies improved after seven Strathcona-Tweedsmuir students died in 2003 avalanche". Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  6. ^ Raj, Althia (20 September 2015). "Winnipeg Centre: Pat Martin, Robert-Falcon Ouellette Make Riding Key NDP-Liberal Battle". Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved 30 August 2021.

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