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RELIGIOUS-AFFILIATED EDUCATION IN CANADA

The Our Kids guide to private religious-affiliated schools in Canada



Is a private, religious-affiliated school right for your child?

Our guide is meant to help you with this important decision. We cover the different kinds of private, religious-affiliated schools in Canada and discuss the many issues parents face when considering one of these schools. We then provide a comprehensive list of religious-affiliated schools and tools for comparing those schools by their program offerings.



Quick summary:

  • Religious-affiliated schools, also known as faith-based schools, are associated with a specific religion.

  • The most common religious-affiliated schools are Christian and Catholic, but there are also Islamic, Jewish, Sikh, and Buddhist schools, among others. In Canada, other than some Catholic schools (which receive full funding from the government), these schools are private.

  • Religious-affiliated schools have a dual-track curriculum: they teach both secular and religious subjects. Most schools require students to take at least two religion courses a year, but in some schools, religion courses make up more than a third of the curriculum.

  • In many religious-affiliated schools, students engage in religious practices, such as prayers and rituals. Most schools, though, don’t require students to engage in them. In fact, many of these schools don’t require their students to belong to or practice the religion at all.

  • Religious-affiliated schools have lots of benefits. For instance, they can allow kids to develop their religious and cultural identity, and form bonds with peers with similar backgrounds, interests, and values.

  • We list religious-affiliated private schools on this site, and provide tools for comparing those schools. Moreover, our parent discussion forum allows you to discuss options and get answers to your questions.






 
Faith-based schools can allow students to develop their religious and cultural identity and feel part of a community.


 
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

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • Stouffville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,470 to $15,396
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Westminster Classical Christian Academy (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
Westminster Classical Christian Academy (JK to Grade 8) is a private Christian school in the High Park neighbourhood in Toronto, for families seeking a rigorous, time-tested Christian education in the Classical model. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$6,200 to $10,000

Mississauga Christian Academy (est. 1977)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
We are proud to offer families a superior elementary school education where God and His Word are central to the curriculum. Our faculty of qualified teachers is committed to loving and teaching each child. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,055 to $10,622
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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
$16,000 to $29,900

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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Olivet School (est. 1893)  

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school
Founded in 1893, Olivet School is a Christian private school in Etobicoke, offering PS-Gr5. Olivet School combines quality teaching with individual attention to help each child achieve their personal potential. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$620 to $10,455
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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
$9,500
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Holy Trinity School (est. 1981)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (730 students)
HTS offers a remarkable opportunity for students from JK-12 to shape their own experience through our comprehensive academic and co-curricular programming, lead by our incredible faculty and staff. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$26,995

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


Philopateer Christian College (est. 1999)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional


Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,315 to $16,170
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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

John Knox Christian School - Brampton (est. 1959)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Our exceptional staff, excellent programs, and first-rate curriculum have helped us earn a reputation for turning out graduates who are "rooted in faith" and "growing in knowledge." [View profile]
  • Traditional
$11,950
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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

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
$17,250

North Toronto Christian School (est. 1981)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (380 students)
North Toronto Christian School offers a full day program from junior kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,816

Luther College High School (est. 1913)  

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (361 students)
  • Boarding school (92 students)
Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,050 to $29,560
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Hamilton District Christian High (est. 1956)  

  • Ancaster, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
At Hamilton District Christian High we believe exceptional learning is for every student. Our aim is to differentiate learning so that each student can reach their full potential through Project-Based learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$12,200 to $16,800

Rosthern Junior College (est. 1905)  

  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 ()
RJC is a grades 10-12 private, boarding school accredited by the SK Ministry of Education. RJC’s International Student Program focuses on English language immersion, educational excellence, and cultural experience. [View profile]
  • Progressive

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Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS) (est. 2008)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (55 students)
Mississauga Christian French School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 15 students. Offering an Olympic-sized Gym. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$9,000

Robbins Hebrew Academy (est. 1957)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA) teaches students to think critically and globally, in a community that builds self-esteem and life-long character. RHA is Toronto’s first Jewish school to be CAIS accredited. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia


Burlington Christian Academy (est. 1975)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
BCA is Burlington’s leading Christian Elementary school. Over 160 students in grades JK through 8 partake in one of the most progressive educational programs in Southern Ontario. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,290
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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

Emmanuel Christian School (est. 1975)  

  • Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Emmanuel Christian School offers a bilingual program in both Elementary and High School. Our caring, Christ-centered environment enables students to thrive and reach their full potential through a variety of activities. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$7,780 to $15,000

Niagara Christian Collegiate (est. 1932)  

  • Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,672 to $24,120

Brampton Christian School (est. 1977)  

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
Brampton Christian School in Caledon, Ontario, offers JK to Grade 12, with average class sizes from 17 to 19 students and a one-student tuition cost of $10,290. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,497

Woodland Christian High School (est. 1976)  

  • Breslau, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (330 students)
Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$15,425 to $16,360

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

Toronto District Christian High School (est. 1963)  

  • Woodbridge, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (390 students)
We believe in project-based learning, enfolding, engaging and empowering students, and fantastic parent-teacher communication. We offer family friendly tuition with transportation included. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$15,050
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Great Lakes Christian High School (est. 1952)  

  • Beamsville, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (48 students)
  • Boarding school (85 students)
Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$5,300 to $39,300

British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)  

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$4,000 to $15,150

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate (est. 1945)  

  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (265 students)
Incorporating academic excellence, service and peacemaking, Rockway is a diverse learning community of 265 students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$15,580 to $32,500

Signet Christian School (est. 1975)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Signet Christian School offers academic programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in North York. Its classes give teachers easy access to each student, because at Signet, "small is beautiful". [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,000 to $12,000

Briercrest Christian Academy (est. 1946)  

  • Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
BCA combines a private Christian school experience with the best of public education and Saskatchewan curriculum. Our small school shares facilities with Briercrest College and Seminary on a campus of 900 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,216 to $31,538
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Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)  

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
  • Boarding school (269 students)
There is a power within you. The power to soar above self-imposed limitations, to create something new, to become a leader. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,350 to $40,525

Bearspaw Christian School (est. 1998)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (635 students)
Bearspaw Christian School is proud to be a top choice for Christian families in the Calgary area. BCS offers a fully-integrated discipleship-based education from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,400 to $7,450

Oakville Christian School (OCS) (est. 1982)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
Oakville Christian School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Oakville. Its average class size is 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,079
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Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (846 students)
Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a private school in Calgary with specialist educators in academics, arts, and athletics. Our mission is to Teach Truth, Inspire Excellence, Experience Christ and Serve through Love. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,650 to $6,260

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,900 to $17,900

Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) (est. 1971)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (430 students)
Bussing from Toronto (Bayview and Sheppard) available. Early Learning Centre to Grade 12. Discipline. Character. Respect. Complete your child's academic and spiritual foundation. Discover why PCA students excel! [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,140

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

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

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori


Wesley Christian Academy (est. 1988)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
Wesley Christian Academy offers programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Markham. As we are a Christian school, we share our beliefs with all our students but we warmly welcome families from ALL faiths and backgrounds! [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,880 to $12,200
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Kelowna Christian School (est. 1978)  

  • Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (750 students)
Established in 1978, our passion is to provide families with transformative, excellent education that equips and inspires students to be disciples who are world changers that love and serve God and others. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$4,750 to $6,550

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$14,990

The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (825 students)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$31,740 to $60,130
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Maranatha Christian Academy (est. 1996)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Maranatha Christian Academy is a private Christian School located in Brampton. MCA utilizes the ACE curriculum that focuses on individualized instruction. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$5,500

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]
  • Progressive
$16,475 to $17,920
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School NameTypeReligious affiliationCost

St. John's-Kilmarnock School (est. 1972)  

  • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (375 students)
St. John's-Kilmarnock School, in Waterloo, offers enriched educational programming for students from JK – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Its average class size is 17. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$15,860 to $52,685

Trinity College School (est. 1865)  

  • Port Hope, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (265 students)
TCS students appreciate that school needs to be more than just reaching their academic potential–it’s about exploring all facets of themselves so that the realization of talents reach far beyond the classroom walls. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Waldorf
$24,750 to $65,250
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Lakefield College School (est. 1879)  

  • Lakefield, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (105 students)
  • Boarding school (260 students)
LCS offers world-class programming (Grades 9 -12) designed to meet the strengths of each student while encouraging growth through a school-wide Leadership, Character and Values program and enriched boarding experiences. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$32,800 to $65,400
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Appleby College (est. 1911)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (487 students)
  • Boarding school (273 students)
Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$35,090 to $69,440

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (est. 1891)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 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. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$9,000 to $26,300

Ridley College (est. 1889)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (307 students)
  • Boarding school (358 students)
Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$15,500 to $63,700

Havergal College (est. 1894)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (870 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$32,750 to $59,875
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Royal St. George's College (est. 1964)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (426 students)
RSGC is an urban day school that combines academic excellence with a stimulating and supportive environment. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each boy to become the best version of himself. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$30,540

Kingsway College School (est. 1989)  

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Kingsway College School offers programs for PK to grade 8 in Etobicoke. Its average class size is 17 to 21 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$8,000 to $25,500

St. Clement's School (est. 1901)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (470 students)
St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$29,900

Glenn Arbour Academy (est. 2005)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
At Glenn Arbour Academy, we believe that “We Can Make A Difference” in the life of every student who walks through our doors. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,800





























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