My daughter is still in the junior grades, but I feel that there's a great academic improvement since she joined Linden. She reads very well now, and didn't at all at the end of grade 3 when she left public school, and her math and science knowledge is leagues ahead of her old school friends' as she has experience of coding, robotics and physical engineering, as well as the rest of the ontario curriculum. They have enhancements, such as a beehive on their roof, that really kicks the kids' interest level up a notch.
My daughter has just completed her course selection for grade ten, so I'm well equipped to say that while Linden is a small school, its academics are mighty. Of course, the concern at the high school level is: with such a small number of girls in each cohort, will my daughter be able to take the specialist courses or electives she'd like to take? I'm happy to say that the principal, Janice, aided by Nasrin Matini, math maven and scheduler extaordinaire, go above and beyond in making sure that if there is an interest of one, that interest will be supported. And, of course, the academics, thmeselves, are rigorous. I am impressed by how many of my daughter's courses, from grade six onward, have included an independent study project. Last year, in English class, my daughter tackled Angie Thomas' novel, The Hate U Give, and inspired many of her classmates to pick up the book and to have a deeper discussion. And, Linden's support of girls in math and science is legendary. This rigorous approach is not only part of the core porgram. It extends to the arts and other electives. My daughter is really looking forward to her independent art project, which has a demanding rubric. The art teacher, Brie, always has an incredibly impressive course outline to disseminate to parents in the fall, incorporating art history, technique, and new media, including an online portfolio. I am consistely impressed by the Science Fair and Social Justice Data Fair. Some years, the projects for these fairs are co-operative. For example, the grade 8's form groups to build and program robots for Science Fair. And, these cooperative projects are always energizing for the girls. The Social Justice projects, whether independent projects or class-wide think tanks have always been inspiring. Of course, you have to remember, this is where it all started. Linden supported "social justice" as part of its curriculum decades before it became a hot topic for girls schools in the city and internationally. Social Justice has always been a Linden passion.