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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 sect 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, while private Catholic schools aren’t fully funded.

  • 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

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

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1030 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
Roman Catholic

Hawthorn School for Girls (est. 1989)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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
Roman Catholic$7,000 to $17,700

Northmount School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (97 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]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic$12,500 to $23,000

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]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Roman Catholic$9,500

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
Roman Catholic$17,400 to $46,000

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
Roman Catholic$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 starts at $8,050 [View profile]
  • Progressive
Roman Catholic$8,050 to $12,300

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1927)

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan offers grades 9 to 12, with 50 day and 275 boarding students, and an average class size of 16. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic

Villa Maria (est. 1854)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1400 students)
Villa Maria offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Montreal. Its average class size is 28 to 32 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic$4,175

Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
Holy Name of Mary College School offers programs for grades five to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 15 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Roman Catholic$16,350 to $44,500

St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)

  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic

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 $12,950. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Roman Catholic

The Priory School (est. 1947)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (165 students)
The Priory School offers programs from kindergarten to grade six in Montreal. Its average class size is 12 to 14 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic

St. Francis High School (est. 1927)

  • Hamburg, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • Boarding school (26 students)
Located in Athol Springs, NY, a small suburban community in the town of Hamburg just south of the city of Buffalo. The 65 acre campus is located 13 miles from the Canadian border directly on the shores of Lake Erie. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic

 Legend:

DS: Dedicated schools
DC: Dedicated classes
SE: Subject-enrichment
CC: Curriculum compacting
IS: Guided independent study
CL: Cyber-learning
AC: Accelerated pace
LI: Language immersion
AP: Advanced Placement
IB: International Baccalaureate
SN: Special needs and LD support
 




 




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
St. Michael's College SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous23High
Hawthorn School for GirlsLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
Northmount SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
Guiding Light AcademyProgressiveMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16Limited
Villanova CollegeTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous18ModerateHeavy integration
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15Limited
Academie ProvidenceProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 20HighMedium integration
Athol Murray College of Notre DameTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous16Limited
Villa MariaTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive30 to 34HighHeavy integration
Holy Name of Mary College SchoolProgressiveAcceleratedRigorous18 to 22LimitedHeavy integration
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedRigorousHighHeavy integration
De La Salle CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous22LimitedMedium integration
The Priory SchoolTraditionalStandard-enriched12 to 24LimitedMedium integration
St. Francis High SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration





 Legend:

 ADHD

Learning disorders:
 Dyslexia
 Auditory processing disorder
 Dyscalculia
 Dysgraphia
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:
 Autism
 Asperger's

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical
 




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
St. Michael's College School
Hawthorn School for GirlsTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Northmount SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Guiding Light AcademyEqual Balance
Villanova CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Academie ProvidenceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceAudio-LingualEqual Balance
Athol Murray College of Notre DameEqual Balance
Villa MariaEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Holy Name of Mary College School
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
De La Salle CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Priory SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
St. Francis High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance




 
 
Student council
School newspaper
Yearbook
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Choir
Band
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
St. Michael's College School
Hawthorn School for Girls
Northmount School
Guiding Light Academy
Villanova College
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Academie Providence
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Villa Maria
Holy Name of Mary College School
St. Peter's ACHS College School
De La Salle College
The Priory School
St. Francis High School




 
 
 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
St. Michael's College SchoolDay: Dec 1, 2014100%
Hawthorn School for GirlsDay: Feb 27, 2016
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Jul 22, 2016
8 - 1285%
Northmount SchoolDay: rollingJK - 895%
Guiding Light AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
JK - 890%
Villanova CollegeDay: rolling
Homestay: May 15, 2015
4 - 695%
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School100%
Academie ProvidenceDay: rollingJK - 8JK - 8100%
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame100%
Villa Maria100%
Holy Name of Mary College SchoolDay: rolling90%
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
100%
De La Salle CollegeDay: Dec 4, 20157 - 95 - 9100%
The Priory SchoolDay: rollingK - 675%
St. Francis High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
St. Peter's ACHS College School
St. Francis High School




 
Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Hawthorn School for Girls35%JK - 12
Northmount School5%JK - 8$10,000
Villanova College4 - 12
Academie Providence10%1 - 8$10
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Holy Name of Mary College School5 - 12
The Priory School