The STEM Advantage: Canadian High Schools Invest in the Future


Responding to a global demand for science and technology graduates in the workforce, Canada is one of several countries at the forefront of educating students in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) from an early age. With state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and a commitment to investing in resources to help students succeed in STEM fields, many Canadian high schools have become designated STEM-focused schools.

One such school is St. Margaret’s School (Victoria, British Columbia), which boasts the unique qualification of being Canada’s first all-girls STEM-focused high school. The all-girls environment inspires girls to pursue challenging fields in an open, supportive atmosphere, and the school is proud to see many of its graduates continue in STEM fields at prestigious universities. One notable alumna of St. Margaret’s School is the founder and CEO of a Seattle-based technology company, and the school has a long history (over 100 years) of graduates who went on to make significant contributions to medical science before it was common for women to become doctors.

British Columbia’s all-girls Queen Margaret’s School (Duncan, British Columbia) also encourages girls to focus on STEM fields, but places an equally important emphasis on the arts. This balance provides particularly enticing opportunities for students interested in interdisciplinary fields such as architecture or applied design.

At the other end of the spectrum, St. George’s School (Vancouver, British Columbia) strives to be a premier international all-boys school, leading the way in STEM education, athletics, arts, and more. The school continuously invests in improving campus facilities to meet the demands of a 21st century learning environment, and has recently pledged to spend CAD $40 million on expansions and renovations.

Whether your child is set on a STEM-focused career path or simply has a passion for knowledge, Canadian high schools go above and beyond with experiential-learning opportunities, outstanding facilities, and top-notch university guidance counselors to help direct students in the right direction.


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