Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

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Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
Sts logo.jpg
Nil Nisi Optimum
Nothing but your best
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
Headmaster Dr. William Jones (September 2007)
Assistant principals Mr. Trevor Julian, Mr. Cole Carlson, Mrs. Sharon Gibson
School type Private/Independent
Grades 1-12
Language English (Spanish, French and Latin available for second language)
Area Foothills of the Rocky Mountains
Campus Rural
Mascot Spartacus the Spartan
Team name Spartans
Colours Green, Blue, White             
Founded 1971
Enrollment 714
Director of Admission Lydia J. Hawkins

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is a private school in Okotoks, Alberta, just outside of Calgary. It has students in grades 1 to 12. Its grade 12 provincial exam scores are consistently some of the most highly ranked in the province, along with Old Scona of Edmonton.[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 1 through 12.[2] Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School ranks well in the annual Fraser Institute surveys.[1] Strathcona is also an active participator 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 CAIS (Canadian Association of Independent Schools).

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 1929) and Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls (founded 1959). St. Hilda’s School (1889-1905) preceded Tweedsmuir School for Girls (1905-1949).[3]

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School has an Outdoor Education program involving various outdoor activities, typically a different activity each year for Grade 4s and up. Grade 10 students can take OE15, a class with several outdoor trips, as an elective.[4][5] STS provides laptops to students from Grades 6 to 12. STS also utilizes Smart Boards.[citation needed]

Educational divisions[edit]

  • Elementary School: Composed of Grades 1 through 6, the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Elementary School is an active participator in the PYP (primary years program), or the developmental IB program, optional preparatory course, designed to enable students to develop the skills necessary to continue into the rigorous MYP and IB programs in later years at the school. Currently headed by Ms. Sharon Gibson.
  • Middle School: Composed of Grades 7 though 9, The Middle School is designed to continue the lessons learned in PYP (see "Primary School"), into the MYP. Headed currently by Mr. Cole Carlson.
  • Senior School: Composed of Grades 10 through 12, the Senior School is a fully certified participator in the IB program, and consistently delivers some of the highest scores across the province on the diploma exams, and enriched course material. Currently headed by Mr. Trevor Julian.

IB and Alberta curriculum[edit]

At STS, students take mandatory standardized provincial tests in Grades 3, 6, 9 and 12.

For Grade 11 and 12, students have the option between full IB Diploma, a mix of IB and Alberta Diploma or just Alberta Diploma. All students, including full IB students are required to write the standardized Alberta Diploma Exams.

STS is authorized to offer Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma.[6] The IB Diploma courses include Biology HL, Biology SL, Chemistry HL, Chemistry SL, Economics HL, Economics SL, English A1 HL, French Ab. SL, French B SL, History HL, Mathematics SL, Physics SL, Spanish Ab. SL, Spanish B SL, Theatre Arts SL and Theory of Knowledge.[6]

Notable alumni[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. ^ "Senior High - Physical Education". Strathcona Tweedsmuir School. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Outdoor Education". Strathcona Tweedsmuir School. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b IB Organization - School Statistics
  7. ^ Notable Events in JOE BOXER History

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