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Girls and boys learn differently. Females typically can sit still longer, have more rigid personal standards in the classroom, and learn better visually. Most importantly, girls tend to intellectually develop earlier than boys do. This unequal development is one of the most commonly cited rationales supporting all girls' preschools over coed ones. These schools give instructors an opportunity to craft classes that are appropriate for young girls, and therefore allow them to best match the needs of students.

Preschool is an especially important time in your child’s life, as it is his or her first exposure to formal education. As such, you should choose a school that best suits to your daughter’s learning style. A single sex school can do just that.

Here are some additional distinct advantages of all girls’ preschools:

Paying for an All Girls Private Preschool

Today’s private preschools continue to become more affordable than they have ever been. Our Kids’ handy list of tips for paying private school tuition could help you come up with strategies to make tuition payment affordable. You could also use some of these helpful hints:

  • Financial aid: If you could demonstrate clear financial need, then some private preschools might provide you with a bursary. Both preschools themselves and charitable organizations may offer you financial aid.
  • Sibling discounts: These increase according to the number of children you send to a given preschool.
  • Flexible payment plans: Some private preschools will allow you to spread tuition payments out over a longer period of installments.
  • Tax deductions: There are two very common private preschool tax breaks. First, sending your daughter to an all girls' religious preschool might count as a charitable donation for which you will receive a tax break. Second, if you enroll your child in a preschool for students with special needs, then your provincial government might help pay for it (i.e. tuition could count as a medical expense).


Preschool questions (read our in-depth answers)

To find out much more about all girls private preschools, visit one of our Our Kids’ annual school expos.


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List of Girls Preschools


  • Name
  • Cost
  • Elmwood School (est. 1915)   261 Buena Vista Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0V9
    (Buena Vista Road / Springfield Road)

    • Preschool to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (370 students)
    Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $12,956 to $22,980 /year
    Day Girls 12956 2-17 Ottawa

    Hawthorn School (est. 1989)   101 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R2
    (York Mills / Leslie)

    • 18 months to SK (Coed)
    • Gr. 1 to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Day school
    • Homestay school
    Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • Accelerated
    • Christian
    $10,000 to $31,400 /year
    Day Homestay Coed Girls 10000 1-17 Toronto

    Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)   2 Wembley Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6C 2E9
    (Bathurst St. / Eglinton Ave. West)

    • Preschool to K (Boys)
    • Gr. 1 to Gr. 8 (Girls)
    • Day school (5 students)
    50% off the first three months for new elementary students.  
    • Montessori
    • Accelerated
    $7,500 to $14,500 /year
    Day Boys Girls 7500 2-13 Toronto

    Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)   660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2
    (Brownsey Avenue / Government Street)

    • Gr. 8 to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Preschool to Gr. 7 (Coed)
    • Day school (254 students)
    • Boarding school (94 students)
    Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding Senior School for girls in Grades 8-12 and co-ed Junior School from Preschool to Grade 7 in Duncan, BC.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $5,325 to $53,600 /year
    Day Boarding Girls Coed 5325 2-17 Duncan

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (est. 1891)   1080 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L1

    • Preschool to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (550 students)
    Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Preschool to Graduating Year since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    • Gifted
    • Christian
    $9,000 to $26,300 /year
    Day Girls 9000 2-17 Oakville

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