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Catholic education in Canada

The Our Kids guide to private Catholic schools in Canada

On this page, we cover private Catholic schools in Canada.

For a discussion of faith-based education in general, including a detailed discussion of types of schools and curricula, check out our guide to religious-affiliated schools.

Quick summary:

  • Catholic schools are faith-based schools associated with the Christian denomination of Catholicism. Most Catholic schools, though, don’t require their students to be either Catholic or Christian.

  • In Canada, there are both public and private Catholic schools. Public Catholic schools are fully funded by the government and supervised by the Catholic School Board.

  • Private Catholic schools have lots of benefits. For instance, they provide a strong education in Catholicism, dedicated teachers who tailor instruction to individual learning needs, a close-knit community of peers and teachers, and an intensive and enriched dual-track curriculum.

  • Different schools have different approaches, policies, cultures, and developmental priorities. You should explore any prospective school closely, to determine whether it’s the right fit for your child and family.

  • We list private Catholic schools on this site. Moreover, our parent discussion forum allows you to discuss options and get answers to your questions.

School NameTypeReligious affiliationCost

Hawthorn School (est. 1989)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day 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. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$13,300 to $19,050

Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
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Northmount School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 students)
Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$15,000 to $23,500

Villanova College (est. 1999)  

  • King City, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
Villanova College is York Region's only independent Catholic school offering Grades 4 to 12 in King City, Ontario. Average class size is 18 students. Specialty programs include STEM and AP. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$18,300 to $19,000
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Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (est. 2000)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School offers programs for various grades in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,500 to $11,000

Academie Providence (est. 2002)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$8,800 to $10,300

Clear Water Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (474 students)
Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$6,775 to $20,000

De La Salle College (est. 1851)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (640 students)
De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from grade five to 12, with average class sizes of 22 students and tuition at $14,575. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$14,575 to $14,875

Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12 offering an enriched university preparatory programme. The average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,795 to $52,814

College Bourget   

  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (300 students)
Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa, that exceeds Quebec curriculum guidelines & ensures our students grow through different spheres: arts, sports, community service & science. [View profile]
  • Traditional

St. Michael's College School (est. 1852)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1035 students)
St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1920)  

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,100 to $49,900

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Hawthorn SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportLight integration
Guiding Light AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No support
Northmount SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous12 to 18No supportLight integration
Villanova CollegeTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous18No supportHeavy integration
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15No support
Academie ProvidenceProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 20Special needs schoolMedium integration
Clear Water AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 18Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
De La Salle CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous23No supportMedium integration
Holy Name of Mary College SchoolProgressiveAcceleratedRigorous18 to 22No supportHeavy integration
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
College BourgetTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveSpecial needs school
St. Michael's College SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous23Resource Assistance
Athol Murray College of Notre DameTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous16No supportHeavy integration



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Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Hawthorn School35%JK - 12
Northmount School5%JK - 8$10,000
Villanova College4 - 12
Academie Providence10%1 - 8$10
Clear Water Academy10%1 - 12
De La Salle College5 - 12
Holy Name of Mary College School10%5 - 12
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal$52,81425%7 - 11$5,500
St. Michael's College School20%7 - 12
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame$23,500 to $49,900