Why Elmwood

Why Choose Elmwood?
Elmwood is recognized as one of the most innovative girls’ schools in North America and ranked as one of the top 25 private schools in Canada. Acclaimed for its academic excellence, commitment to innovation, caring atmosphere and strong community spirit, Elmwood is a school where girls are encouraged to stretch themselves, try new things, create and explore.

Visit the Our Kids Review of Elmwood School to learn more about the traditions that Elmwood is proud to represent, as well as, our ability to provide an innovative academic and social environment.

All Girls Education
Research shows that in an all-girls environment, girls tend to take more risks, are more comfortable with making mistakes, and are more engaged in their learning.

At Elmwood, girls take on all leadership roles, explore non-traditional courses, and act as role models for their peers. Rather than the experience being about the absence of boys, it is about the presence of girls. Academically, this girl-centric environment leads to an unparalleled number of Elmwood graduates going on to study STEM subjects in university. In addition, girls are free to be themselves, and to grow and mature in a nurturing environment where they feel supported and safe.

We believe that this is one of the most significant reasons why Elmwood students transform into young women ready to take on the world and challenge the status quo.

When compared to coeducational counterparts, female graduates of single-sex high schools show:

  • Stronger academic orientations
  • Stronger predisposition towards co-curricular engagement
  • More confidence in mathematical ability and computer skills
  • Measurably more self-confidence in public speaking
  • Raise their hand and engage in class discussion more often

Learn more about the advantages of an All-Girls Education by listening to our detailed podcast!

You can also download How Girls Learn and visit the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools for the latest research and books and videos of interest. 

The International Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is undoubtedly the best educational programme available today to help prepare our students to face the challenges of the 21st century. It is the gold standard in education internationally and provides the best preparation for the most competitive universities.

Elmwood is proud to be the first girls’ school in North America, and one of only seven schools in Canada, to be accredited at all three levels of the IB Programme—the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).

IB facts:

  • Elmwood’s IB Diploma pass rate is 100% every year, compared to the global average of 78% and a Canadian average of 88%.
  • Over 60% of 2017 Diploma candidates scored at least 35 points, placing them in the top 13% worldwide.
  • IB Diploma students are 21% more likely to be admitted to ten of the most prestigious universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Stanford.

Learn more about the Elmwood's International Baccalaureate Programme here and download Why is the International Baccalaureate Programme Right for Your Daughter?

Beyond the Books
Life outside of the classroom at Elmwood complements and enhances the academic program and reflects the needs and interests of today’s girls. Clubs, sports teams, student government and the House system offer numerous opportunities to explore passions and connect with those who share them. From rowing to rugby, and from drama to drums, every girl can find a way to get involved in student life at Elmwood.

For more information about the life of an Elmwood girl, click here.

Graduate Success
The success of our approach to academics is reflected in the success of our graduates. From here, the sky is the limit for Elmwood students. Equipped with the tools they’ve developed at Elmwood, our alumnae go on to become lifelong learners, engaged global citizens and confident leaders ready to change the world.

For more information on our post-graduate pathways, click here.