Welcome to New Families
Is Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) right for you? If your motto matches ours, that’s a great start: Nil Nisi Optimum - nothing but your best.
Firstly, if we haven’t already met, we invite you to visit our 220-acre campus to experience Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School. You’ll see a diverse range of students exploring their strengths in both state-of-the-art facilities and the outdoors. We’d love to show you around.
STS welcomes the kind of new student who embraces challenges and opportunities, is curious about the world we live in, and is the first to put up their hands to volunteer.
We’re an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. That means we’re committed to providing challenging and unique programmes of education to develop well-rounded, competitive students.
Our teachers, learning strategists and counsellors work together for the same goal: to develop your child’s confidence, interests and the ability to apply him- or herself with intention. And, like all of our alumni, your child will ﬁnd lifelong friends and mentors here.
While the teachers always challenged me and pushed me, it was with love and care. - Robert Falcon-Oullette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, class of '95
Our interdisciplinary approach gives students the desire and capacity think critically. It’s a skill that helps them link their studies to practical applications in the “real” world, bringing them closer to achieving their dreams.
Our 100% university acceptance rate shows our students’ competency. Alumni report feeling confident and successful, which tells us that our students are well prepared for their next steps, whatever they may be.
We were really afforded the opportunity to do so many things and to become well-rounded people that contribute to society. - Nageeb Sumar Sumar, class of '97
The value of the STS education may be precisely what you are looking for, but we understand it can be cost-prohibitive. We don’t want that to be a barrier to your child’s education, so we’ve developed a Financial Assistance program. Bursaries are awarded on strictly a financial need, and our Forever Woods Scholarships are intended for those who not only reach their academic goals but also show a great deal of character development and natural leadership qualities.
If you’re ready to apply for admission to STS, please take a look through these pages. At ﬁrst, some application tasks may seem daunting, but we’re here to help every step of the way.
Lara Unsworth '95
Director of Enrollment and Communications
What are we looking for in our applicants?
If your motto matches ours, that’s a great start: Nil Nisi Optimum - nothing but your best.
Our ideal STS student is ready and willing to challenge themselves intellectually, physically and personally. She or he understands that life is full of opportunity to discover their potential through a variety of endeavours. And that becoming a well-rounded citizen takes exploration, willingness and an adventurous outlook.
Academic ability is one of three core characteristics we nurture at STS. We place equally high importance on leadership and character.
Perhaps you’ve been described as one who has the gift of the gab, endless energy or a creative spirit. At STS, that’s called a great participant. Maybe you’ve been told that you ask too many questions. Here, that’s called relentless curiosity and is encouraged.
Maybe you’re shy, but want to try new things. The STS culture of participation grew inside a tradition of support and encouragement. You’ll always feel safe to stretch yourself here.
Some may have called you bossy, but we see a young person with initiative. We can help harness that into inspiring leadership. And if you’ve ever been accused of being too kind, generous or find yourself always standing up for the little guy, that’s the character we foster.
If you can apply yourself to all kinds of challenges while maintaining compassion, kindness and a sense of fun, you’ll feel right at home with the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir family.