Academics

SMS delivers the British Columbia curriculum in an enriched environment, where subjects are integrated, learning is active, and teaching strategies are responsive to the needs, interests and learning styles of individual girls.

Core teaching consists of Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Personal Planning. Specialist teachers provide instruction in French, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Music, Library Skills and Information Technology to all grades.

No two students learn at the same time or in the same way; each is an individual with unique interests and strengths. Our teachers have the flexibility to personalize learning for each student – building upon individual passions, and challenging each girl to improve her own performance, exceed her own expectations and realize her own potential.

Our teachers facilitate learning through activities that encourage students to explore the world around them and take ownership in the learning process. Learning is often project-based; students are presented with a driving question and apply knowledge from multiple subjects to investigate and communicate their findings. Prescribed learning outcomes (the curriculum) are met, but learning is more active and takes place authentically.

Outdoor Education begins in the Early Learning Program. Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students spend up to three afternoons each week learning through their own investigation of our outdoor environment, through our Outside While Learning (OWL) Program.

Technology integration is an important part of our students' learning. Various educational technology tools empower students to use their own skills and resourcefulness to investigate and delve deeper into topics being taught in class.

Weekly ‘explorations’ units provide opportunities for classes to meet and learn together – and from each other. Teachers collaborate to prepare activities that require students to work cooperatively in partners, small groups whole classes to discuss, problem-solve and create, and share what they have learned.