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Greenwood College School

443 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2L8

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 475 (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
443 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2L8



About this school:


At Greenwood, we foster each young person’s independence to venture further. We encourage our students to think independently, to persevere through obstacles, to maintain moral courage and to connect with their communities. Our small, supportive community allows students to feel positive and engaged each day, while our trailblazing approach to personalized education challenges every student to realize their full potential. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Greenwood College School

our takeHaving been founded in 2002, Greenwood is a relatively young school, though has grown in response to the needs of the families that enroll here, and the place that it has within the academic mosaic of the city. It still thinks of itself as a small school, and the lived experience is personal and close-knit. That said, at 475 students, it’s certainly not tiny, and the curricular and extracurricular programs benefit from the size. The current facility, opened in 2016, is an apt expression of the goals of the school, as well as the families that support it. It includes flexible learning spaces and up to date athletic and arts spaces. Greenwood, in some sense, still flies a bit below the radar in the public consciousness, though given the success and growth it’s experienced, that won’t last long. The ideal student is one able to thrive within an active, academically oriented learning environment.

School busing:

Greenwood offers bus transferring.
Additional notes: No busing available.

Principal's Message


Allan Hardy, Principal

I am delighted that you are interested in finding out more about Greenwood College School. Greenwood is one of the great success stories within Toronto’s independent school community. Since opening our doors in 2002, we have grown from 72 students to our present enrolment in 2015-2016 of 429 students in Grades 7-12. 

When our graduates leave Greenwood, they do so with a few things in common. Our alumni are confident, tell you what’s on their minds, and are eager to contribute. They’re not intimidated by uncertainty. They have a sense of adventure and of themselves. We find that families who choose Greenwood share that independent spirit, and want their child to develop the qualities they need to explore what excites them – whether that’s volunteering with Doctors Without Borders, or pursuing a graduate degree at Cambridge. 

We hope you enjoy learning more about Greenwood, and we encourage you to visit our website to book a tour of the school. You will love what you see and hear.

Allan Hardy


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What Greenwood says: Greenwood is a trailblazer in Personalized Education. Personalized Education means that each student is uniquely challenged to encourage their growth, whether that’s through our Advanced Placement curriculum or our Student Success Centre. We look at the “what, how, when and where” aspects of learning, and determine how they need to change to meet the needs of each individual student. Our teachers take time to understand each student’s unique personality, strengths and learning style, and use that knowledge to maximize that individual’s highest potential for engagement and success.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Greenwood says: Greenwood offers specialized math programs.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: Students are taught to use calculators in math and business classes.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: Science instruction includes a mix of knowledge acquisition and inquiry-based learning at all grades and course levels.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Greenwood says: Students analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Greenwood says: Humanities and social sciences courses at Greenwood include Food & Culture (Grade 11), Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology (Grade 11), World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges (Grade 11), Challenge and Change in Society (Grade 12) and Philosophy: Questions and Theories (Grade 12).

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Greenwood says: French classes are required for students in Grades 7, 8 and 9, and are offered as electives in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Greenwood says: Students apply the elements and principles of design when exploring the creative process through drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media. Students use the critical analysis process to reflect on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary and historical context.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Greenwood says: Greenwood is designed for the digital native, with technology and collaboration tools fully integrated into our program. Students work on laptops throughout the day; students can purchase a laptop through the school or select their own learning device through the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Greenwood says: Exercise Science is offered as an optional course at Greenwood, while regular physical education classes are paired with Outdoor Education experiences throughout the year.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP French Language
    • AP Microeconomics

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Greenwood says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Greenwood says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Greenwood says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    What Greenwood says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Greenwood says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Greenwood offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Greenwood does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Greenwood College School students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Greenwood 60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Greenwood says:
    • There are many extracurricular opportunities at Greenwood. They include activities in the Arts, Athletics, Academics, Outdoor Education, Community Service and the school's extensive Clubs program. Some highlights of these programs include the ever-popular drama clubs, chess club and the school band.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Greenwood says: When comparing tuition at independent schools, it is important to consider what is and is not included in your fees. Unlike many schools, Greenwood’s tuition fees cover the majority of a student's activities, including all fees associated with the school's comprehensive outdoor education program from Grades 7 through 12.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 475
    Average enrollment per grade79
    Average class size18
    Gender (grades)Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment607397788184



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 01, 2017

    What Greenwood says:

    To complete your application, the following documents (in addition to your application) must be submitted:

    • recent photograph
    • copy of birth certificate or passport
    • student supplement
    • "Character Skills Snapshot" - take by December 1
    • final (June) report cards from the previous two years
    • most recent report cards (as they are received)
    • if the student has been the subject of a psychological/educational assessment or Individual Education Plan (IEP), a copy of the most recent assessment or IEP
    • two Teacher Recommendation Forms (postmarked no later than January 15, 2017)


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Greenwood College School is looking for: Greenwood's assessment of student-applicants emphasizes character, personality, academic readiness and interest in personal growth. Among the questions we consider are the following: - Does the applicant have the academic ability to complete the requirements leading to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma? - Do the applicant and his/her family have values and experience or inclinations that are consistent with Greenwood's 'whole person' approach to education? - Is the applicant involved in the school life of his/her current school and in extracurricular activities outside of school, and will he/she contribute in a positive way to the Greenwood community? - What is the character of the applicant? Is the applicant supportive of others? How has the applicant dealt with previous challenges and opportunities? - Is the applicant academically and otherwise engaged in life? Is he/she curious, interested in learning and excited about trying new experiences?

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    60 - 65 (40%)042 (31%)000

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size75
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements36
    **Ivy+ placements6

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    What Greenwood College School says:

  • When our graduates leave Greenwood, they do so with a few things in common. Our alumni are confident, tell you what’s on their minds, and are eager to contribute. They’re not intimidated by uncertainty. They have a sense of adventure and of themselves, and they're ready to explore what excites them – whether that’s volunteering with Doctors Without Borders, or pursuing a graduate degree at Cambridge.
  • Most popular university destinations include Queen's, Dalhousie, Western and McGill.

  • Notable Alumni


    Alumni Highlights

    • Greenwood alumni news is shared via the annual publication Evergreen.

    Stories & Testimonials


    From Our Parents...

    Hear from our past and current parents how a Greenwood education has positively impacted their children, from the leadership opportunities and academic challenges Greenwood offers, to our positive school environment.


    Portrait of a Graduate

    The outcome of a Greenwood education is character. Our graduates aren’t simply well prepared for university or college; they’re well prepared for life.

    Find out where life has taken some of our alumni since graduation, and how their time at Greenwood set them up for success, in Portrait of a Graduate.


    In the News


    October 11, 2017 - An Award Fit for a Prince

    The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards are presented to Greenwood alumni by a member of the Royal family. ...

    June 30, 2017 - The Results of Change

    A transformative year in Greenwood’s history is coming to a close. ...

    November 18, 2014 - Engaging Students Outside the Classroom

    Greenwood students are engaging in many areas outside the classroom, from community service, to business competitions, to the arts. ...


    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations

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