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Kingsley Primary School

3962 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9B 1M3

Progressive,  Reggio Emilia
Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 5 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: Varies (Gr. JK - 5)

School Address
3962 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9B 1M3



About this school:


Kingsley School focusses on personal learning styles, smaller class sizes, and option of full-day OR half-day Kindergarten. We help students with the skills and knowledge to empower themselves and reach their unique potential. Kingsley School promotes equity and inclusion, conflict resolution, mindfulness, integration of the arts and a strong character curriculum as tools for building a strong community of changemakers. We ensure that each child is seen, heard, and respected every day. BELONG - DISCOVER - THRIVE!

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"she loved all her teachers and she thrived"
Jane Mueller - Alumnus   (Jan 24, 2018)
Our child attended Kingsley from JK to Grade 5. She enjoyed everything during her time at Kingsley,...
Delivered on the promise to "belong, discover, thrive"
Nicole Morell - Parent   (Jan 24, 2018)
It was a tough decision to move our 4-year old son to a new school, but after a challenging junior k...

Our Take: Kingsley Primary School

our takeWhen parents are considering a school, they’re right to ask about instructional styles, teaching, programs, assessment. Those are important. Though when we pick up our kids from school each day, we’re not thinking about those things. Instead, we ask: “How was your day?” Maybe we ask it reflexively, but when it comes to how children learn, that’s actually where the rubber really meets the road. Kids learn best in a consistent, supportive, personal, safe, and community-focused environment. Providing that kind of environment is what forms a basis for all of the work at Kingsley. When they say “thrive” they mean it in the broad sense—gaining a strong academic foundation—but also in the sense of having fun, gaining confidence, and finding a voice within a community of peers. The programs are strong, the teaching staff seasoned, and the school has had consistent success for more than three decades. For the families that enroll here, all of that is important. Likewise, the strength and focus of the learning environment is often, quite rightly, a principle draw. After all, a child's ability to thrive in life begins in having a good day, today.  

Principal's Message


Louisa Florio, Principal

In my nine years at Kingsley, I have had the honour and pleasure of watching our students engage, discover, and thrive. Our approach to differentiated teaching has a significant effect on our students' learning. Our strong character curriculum and leadership teams help students gain the necessary tools and strategies to become confident young adults. There is a strong sense of belonging at Kingsley where every member of the community is able to express themselves and be respected. At Kingsley, our dedicated teachers are able to spend significant individual time with each student, every day, ensuring that there is continual understanding, learning and growth. 


Curriculum Progressive, Reggio Emilia

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia emphasizes the role of the child in directing their own learning. Heavily intertwined with progressive ideals in education, the program espouses ideas such as child-centred classrooms, discovery learning, and 21st century education.
If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

What Kingsley Primary School says: At Kingsley we follow the Ontario Curriculum. Our enhanced program offers music, French and physical education taught by specialty teachers beginning in junior kindergarten. Our aim is to give students the skills to teach themselves and to empower them to reach their own unique potential. Building relationships, learning to understand themselves, their actions and interactions are the basis for strong character development. Our seamless day provides students with a balance of nurturing and academics. Our school community allows the child to be seen, heard, and respected every day. Through Inquiry, Discovery, Exploration, and Analysis, we help each individual engage in the learning process. This same philosophy is carried through all portions of the day by our teachers including our before- and after-care programs.

  • 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 Kingsley Primary School says: Using a "hands-on" approach to math is at the core of our math studies. Students learn by doing, rather than memorizing. At Kingsley we use a wide range and variety of materials and assessment tools.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Kingsley Primary School says: Engaging our students in early reading is essential to their success. Students learn to read in a variety of ways. It is our job as dedicated professionals to tap into methods that suit each child. Offering a wide range of literature and unfolding the students' interests is essential to getting them engaged and not just turning pages. We use a variety of tools to excite our young learners about reading.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Kingsley Primary School says: We use a variety of assessment tools to track student progress.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Kingsley Primary School says: At Kingsley the process is at the centre of our teaching philosophy. Having a lovely piece of finished work to hang on our walls is a wonderful way to show our talents, but how we get there is the most important part. While focusing on the process and giving students many opportunities to write for different audiences, we guide and support with instruction. Ensuring that we meet the students' needs through balanced instruction is our focus.

    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: Our approach to science at Kingsley is inquiry based. Students are encouraged to Inquire, Discover, Explore and Analyze. As talented and committed teachers, our staff taps into the students' interests and finds creative ways to teach the curriculum around the interests. Teachers may also suggest a path or present ideas to the students that they then expand on.

    • 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 Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Kingsley Primary School says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Kingsley Primary School says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Kingsley Primary School says: Kingsley offers students French instruction beginning in junior kindergarten. Our students are introduced to language through songs, poems and fun interactive learning opportunities.

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Kingsley Primary School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Kingsley Primary School says: Our school technology is used on a regular basis. SMART technology is used in all subject areas. Today's learners are accustomed to technology and use it in their daily lives. It is important to us to embrace technology and help students learn to embrace various avenues to their learning.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Kingsley Primary School says: We have a fun and rigorous physical education program that begins in junior kindergarten and is taught by a specialty teacher. We also start off every day with a 10-15 minute physical activity to get a jump start on learning.

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

    What Kingsley Primary School says: Our approach to teaching sex and health education is to naturally incorporate the subject matter. Teaching body parts, nutrition, and human development are all a part of children\'s every day existence. There are many teachable moments where educators can present the subject matter. We feel it is important to teach to the whole child and choose not to categorize and compartmentalize every subject, but rather cross reference subject matter and educational topics for better understanding.

    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 Kingsley Primary School says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Kingsley Primary School says: Kingsley offers both a half-day and full-day kindergarten program. Our play-based (Reggio Emilia inspired) class offers many avenues for our young learners to thrive. Our small class sizes allow for individual attention and a balance of teacher led lessons as well as time for each child to explore. Our enriched curriculum consists of French, music, and physical education classes taught by specialty teachers beginning in junior kindergarten. Call and book a tour to see our classes in action.

    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    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 Kingsley Primary School says about flexible pacing: Our school approach is to meet each child from the place of their development and work from there. We believe in a differentiated approach for all children at our school.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Kingsley Primary School says: Kingsley has a tradition of having a supportive academic culture. This does not exclude our attention to academics or achievement. What it means for us is that we support each and every student to reach their unique potential. We address the whole child and all the aspects of their learning experiences.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Kingsley Primary School says: Kingsley has a 35 year history of a balanced approach to learning. We help build emotionally confident individuals who feel that they belong and are valued. We teach and practice leadership through our character curriculum. We promote physical activity through play, sport, and wellness. We guide our students to become creative and critical thinkers.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Kingsley Primary School 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
    • What Kingsley Primary School says: At Kingsley we believe in partnering with our parents. If a child is demonstrating learning difficulties we make sure to bring this to the parents attention. We work together to find the right solution for the family that we are able to support as a school.

    • 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

    Kingsley Primary School 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 5, Kingsley Primary School students perform an average of 15 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Kingsley Primary School15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins
    Site Average6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades1 to 5
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 5
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 5

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Kingsley Primary School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Drama Club
      School newspaper
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Kingsley Primary School says: We continue to offer a half-day kindergarten program at Kingsley. We also offer two bursaries each year. Please call for details 416-233-0150.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students3%
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students15%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 6
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$5,000

    Application Deadline:
    May 01, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    We offer two aids to those who have a total family income of less than $65,000 per year. Our application process requires applicants to provide a T4 slip along with a letter explaining why their child would benefit from the Kingsley experience. Once submitted to the principal it will be submitted to the board of directors for a review and a decision will be made.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 5 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 5
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Kingsley Primary School says:

    Registration for September 2018 is now underway.

    Please contact us in order to book a tour at our school. On your visit you will step right into our classrooms and see our programming in action. We will provide you with an enrollment package at the time of your visit. 

    Welcome to Kingsley!


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Kingsley Primary School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    3 - 5 (90%)3 - 5 (90%)3 - 5 (90%)3 - 5 (90%)4 - 6 (90%)4 - 6 (90%)4 - 6 (90%)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Taking care of our children!

    "We have been with Kingsley for six years with both our daughters. I feel so fortunate to have found a school that provides such a wonderful mix of education, fun, and character development that was affordable and not pretentious. Our oldest daughter has transitioned to public school with focus and a love of learning thanks to Kingsley!"






    "It gives me immense pleasure to write this recommendation for – “KINGSLEY”. The gravity of the choice a parent faces for who is allowed to nurture and support their child's growth through this period cannot be understated. We as a family are so proud and lucky that we discovered this gem for our son who is currently studying in SK. The Principal and the team of excellent teachers raise the bar on a day-to-day basis. Every child is treated as an individual and respected for his/her talent."

    -Kingsley Parent



    Kingsley Primary School - more affordable than you would imagine!

    "If you are looking for a nurturing, caring educational environment for your child, I urge you to check out Kingsley Primary School. It's closer than you think, more affordable than you would imagine, and as caring as you could ever hope for your child".



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