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The Private and Independent School Directory Spring 2024

Browse through Canada’s top independent and private schools to find the right fit for your child

Bannockburn School

3080 Bayview Ave. | bannockburn.ca

Bannockburn is recognized for outstanding academic standards, a steadfast commitment to Montessori education, and deep respect for the potential in every child. Bannockburn’s program offers an enriched curriculum that exceeds provincial standards and nurtures a love of learning. Children flourish in a child-centred community that cultivates independence, imagination and intellect. Every family at Bannockburn is proud to call it home.

Grades
Preschool (18 months) to Grade 6
Type/curriculum
Co-educational, Montessori
Average Class Size
Varies by age
Total enrolment
200
Tuition
$17,975 to $27,300
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
April 21, 2024: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Bishop Strachan School

298 Lonsdale Rd. | bss.on.ca

The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) is a leading independent Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls. The school’s rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum prepares students for university and beyond. The campus includes STEAMfocused learning spaces, arts, design and athletics facilities, including a new turf field. As an inclusive girls’ school, staff and faculty foster belonging by affirming its diverse community. For more than 150 years, BSS has inspired students to be fearless and educated them to be leaders.

Grades
Junior kindergarten to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
All girls, inquiry-based
Average Class Size
18 to 22
Total enrolment
950
Tuition
$37,500 (day student), $69,300 (domestic boarding), $72,400 (international boarding)
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
Spring campus tours will begin March 26, 2024. To book, email the enrolment office at [email protected].

Blyth Academy

2660 Yonge St. | blytheducation.com

There are eight Blyth Academy campuses across Ontario, with six located in the GTA.

Blyth Academy’s range of educational programs include in-person full-time and part-time programs, a live virtual campus, study abroad programs and selfpaced courses through Ontario's top online school (Blyth Academy Online). The school provides students with a diverse range of study options to suit their individual needs. Small class sizes with dedicated teachers and personalized guidance ensure students receive the attention they need to be successful.

Grades
Grade 4 to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
Co-educational, elite athletic training available
Average Class Size
12
Total enrolment
700
Tuition
Full-year tuition: $21,510 to $24,920; part-time study options available
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
Visit blytheducation.com to schedule a campus tour or attend an info session.

Bond Academy

1500 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough | bondacademy.ca

Bond Academy is a co-educational, independent school (kindergarten to Grade 12), delivering an enriched curriculum in a challenging and supportive environment. The school’s small classes and dedicated staff promote both the character and skills development of students within a kind, caring and nurturing environment. The school offers early literacy, arts and daily physical education programs as part of a strong academic curriculum. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports, STEAM and arts activities.

Grades
Montessori Casa, kindergarten to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
Montessori, MOE curriculum and extracurriculars
Average Class Size
15 to 18
Total enrolment
350
Tuition
$13,500 to $16,800
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
Visit bondacademy.ca for details or email [email protected] to book a private tour.

Canadian College Italy

Lanciano, Italy | canadiancollegeitaly.com

Since 1995, Canadian College Italy has been providing the highest-quality private boarding school education in an unparalleled European setting. Live in a safe and picturesque medieval town between the mountains and sea. Study in small classes with expert educators committed to your success. Develop your skills with extensive extracurriculars. Find worldliness in educational trips around Italy and make lifelong friends in our close and supportive international community.

Grades
Grade 9 to 12, including gap year
Type/curriculum
Academic, co-educational university-preparatory boarding school, Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Average Class Size
10 to 12
Total enrolment
100
Tuition
€42,900
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
Private virtual and on-site campus tours are available upon request. Call 1-877-272-8907 or email [email protected] to book.

East York Montessori School

484-486 Cosburn Ave. | eastyorkmontessorischool.com

Discover the transformative learning environment at a CCMA accredited Montessori school. The enriched program, overseen by certified Montessori educators, fosters the unique potential of each child. Emphasizing whole development, the curriculum integrates academic excellence with hands-on experiences. East York Montessori classrooms are meticulously designed to cultivate curiosity, independence and a lasting love for learning. The institution aims to contribute to a supportive community, facilitating the intellectual, social and emotional thriving of children.

Grades
18 months old to 6 years old
Type/curriculum
Montessori with advanced enrichment program for Casa
Average Class Size
16
Total enrolment
50
Tuition
$17,000 to $18,500
Financial assistance available
No
Open House Dates
Please contact East York Montessori for a personalized tour.

Holy Name of Mary College School

2241 Mississauga Rd. | inspireyourdaughter.ca

Holy Name of Mary College School is a progressive and vibrant independent Catholic school that provides girls in Grades 5 through Grade 12 with rich educational opportunities and a multitude of co-curricular activities to ignite interests and broaden horizons. With a distinctive balance of support, encouragement and nurturing relationships, the school’s mission is to empower young women to transform the world through intellectual curiosity and personal growth.

Grades
Grade 5 to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
All girls, university preparatory
Average Class Size
15 to 18
Total enrolment
180
Tuition
$25,300 to $26,200
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
April 6, 2024: 10 a.m. (in-person)

Hudson College

21 Ascot Ave. | hudsoncollege.ca

Hudson College encourages students to do one thing above all else: be yourself. The school’s elementary curriculum promotes a strong foundation in math, language and science while interweaving arts, athletics and character education. The high school continues this tradition of balance and enrichment with a flexible three-semester system, smaller classes and wide-ranging extracurriculars. With consistent attention to their individual strengths and interests, Hudson students graduate with academic confidence and a powerful sense of self.

Grades
Junior kindergarten to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
Academic, co-educational
Average Class Size
16 to 20
Total enrolment
440
Tuition
$19,000 to $21,500
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
Tours available daily Monday to Thursday. Visit hudsoncollege.ca/openhouse

J. Addison School

2 Valleywood Dr., Markham | jaddisonschool.com

J. Addison School is Canada’s pre-eminent private day and boarding school located in the picturesque city of Markham, Ontario. The school has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s premier private schools for its unique approach to education, where teachers endeavour to provide an inclusive environment that fosters intelligence and creativity while encouraging students to proactively achieve their full potential.

Grades
Junior kindergarten to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
Boarding, private, Ontario curriculum
Average Class Size
15
Total enrolment
300
Tuition
$18,000 to $25,500
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
By appointment only–both in-person and virtual.

Lakefield College School

4391 County Rd. 29, Lakefield | lcs.on.ca

The Lakefield College School’s (LCS) community and approach to educating teenagers is like no other. Students participate in transformative educational experiences designed to engage young leaders to care for and contribute to their communities and the earth. Students embrace their individuality within a community of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The LCS waterfront campus, one of the largest among Canadian boarding schools, provides an optimal learning environment, inside and outdoors, enabling students to thrive.

Grades
Grade 9 to Grade 12; Summer Academy Ages: 4 to 18
Type/curriculum
All gender, day and boarding school, liberal arts
Average Class Size
14
Total enrolment
432
Tuition
$40,500 (day) to $73,500 (domestic boarding)
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
April 18, 2024: 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. (virtual LCS Summer Academy & Program). On-campus tours can be scheduled by contacting [email protected].

Northmount School

26 Mallard Rd., North York | northmount.com

Northmount School is a Catholic independent boys preparatory school with a supportive, nurturing environment and highly committed staff. The school fosters a partnership between parents and students to establish a rich and vibrant community. Northmount helps each student to reach his full potential, emphasizing academic excellence, character development, values and service, which leads to a meaningful, balanced and fulfilling life.

Grades
Junior kindergarten to Grade 8
Type/curriculum
Academic, all boys, Catholic (open to all, regardless of faith background)
Average Class Size
15
Total enrolment
150
Tuition
$21,500 to $25,850
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
February 27, 2024: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
April 17, 2024: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Rosseau Lake College

1967 Bright St., Rosseau | rosseaulakecollege.com

Rosseau Lake College (RLC) is a small school in all the best ways: intimate, active and personal. RLC is Ontario’s most northern independent school and has a campus that remains unique among independent schools around the world. Established in 1967, students arrive from more than 20 countries and across Canada. They benefit from a world-class academic program located in the heart of Ontario’s famed Muskoka region.

Grades
Grade 7 to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
Academic
Average Class Size
12
Total enrolment
140
Tuition
$22,700 to $66,300
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
Student for a Day Event: February 28, 2024, and April 17, 2024.
To book a private tour, call 705-732-4351 or email [email protected]

St. Clement's School

21 St. Clements Ave. | scs.on.ca

It’s different at St. Clement’s School. There’s something special going on, a kind of energy filled with curiosity and courage. It’s the way students approach things, from learning to discovery to play. It’s the approach to teaching–more than just the requisite skills; the ability to think deeply, critically, creatively and become more self-aware. St. Clement’s School fundamentally believes each student is unique, and should be known and valued as such.

Grades
Grade 1 to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
Academic, all girls
Average Class Size
16
Total enrolment
470
Tuition
$36,225
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
April 30, 2024: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (in-person). Visit scs.on.ca/open-house to register and for additional open-house details.

St. Michael's College School

1515 Bathurst St. | stmichaelscollegeschool.com

Since 1852, St. Michael’s College School has been forming young men in goodness, discipline and knowledge for lives of leadership and service. The school is Canada’s only Catholic, Basilian, independent school, educating boys from Grade 7 to Grade 12 in a university-preparatory programme. The campus near downtown Toronto features stateof- the-art facilities, the latest technology, robust academic, arts, athletics programme offerings and more than 60 clubs and activities.

Grades
Grade 7 to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
All boys, liberal Arts
Average Class Size
22
Total enrolment
800
Tuition
$24,250
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
Fall 2024 open house dates to be determined. In-person tours may be booked on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. or on Tuesday at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Visit applySMCS.com for more information.

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

1080 Linbrook Rd., Oakville | smls.on.ca

St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School (SMLS) has a proud history of educational excellence for girls and young women. Since 1891, the school has been a pioneer in women’s education, delivering a personalized educational experience and a well-rounded curriculum of rigorous academic studies, real-world learning, competitive sport, healthy active living and leadership opportunities. The tradition of inspiring and empowering women continues to be the hallmark of SMLS today.

Grades
Junior kindergarten to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
All girls
Average Class Size
15
Total enrolment
540
Tuition
$25,685 to $33,280
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
April 16, 2024: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
May 2, 2024: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Register at smls.on.ca/apply/visit-smls

Waldorf Academy

250 Madison Ave. | waldorfacademy.org

Waldorf Academy is part of the fastest-growing independent school movement in the world, with over 2,000 schools in 70 countries. Waldorf Academy offers students the best possible foundation by integrating experiential learning with conceptual depth, engaging children's natural sense of wonder and joy, and fostering social emotional health as well as academic success. Nestled beneath Casa Loma in the heart of Toronto, Waldorf Academy provides a holistic, world-class education.

Grades
Childcare to Grade 8
Type/curriculum
Academic, co-educational
Average Class Size
10 to 18
Total enrolment
130
Tuition
$21,700 to $24,950
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
Contact [email protected] for details.

WillowWood School

55 Scarsdale Rd., North York | willowwoodschool.ca

Founded in 1980, WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education. Staff employ a team approach to teaching and conduct regular education strategy meetings to discuss how best to deliver the curriculum to each student. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm and technology is at the forefront of the school’s teaching methodology. Visit willowwoodschool.ca for more information and to set up your interview and tour.

Grades
Kindergarten to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
Academic, co-educational, university prep
Average Class Size
10 to 12
Total enrolment
250
Tuition
$21,200 to $26,850
Financial assistance available
Yes
Open House Dates
February 24, 2024: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit willowwoodschool.ca to book a private tour and meeting (in-person and virtual).

Wise Owl Private School

99 Sheppard Ave W., Unit A, North York | littleowl.ca

Wise Owl Private School offers a multicultural, co-educational experience. Aligned with the Ontario curriculum, teachers ensure a low student-teacher ratio for personalized attention. The school emphasizes early childhood development, including discovery-based learning, sensory manipulatives, and developmental centres. Students are encouraged to think creatively and become resilient, responsible global citizens. Wise Owl is committed to providing a safe, enriching environment nurturing each student's uniqueness for personal growth.

Grades
Pre-kindergarten (2 years old and up) to Grade 12
Type/curriculum
Academic
Average Class Size
6 to 12
Total enrolment
75
Tuition
$16,000 to $24,000
Financial assistance available
No
Open House Dates
Appointments only; call 416-995-2493 to schedule.