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Kingsway College School
Kingsway College School
4600 Dundas Street West
Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 1A5
Contact name:
AnnaMaria Esposito

Phone number:
(416) 234-5073×
Kingsway College School

Kingsway College School

4600 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 1A5

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 8 (Coed)
$8,000 to 24,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 21

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Contact Name:
AnnaMaria Esposito

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School Address
4600 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 1A5

About this school:

At KCS, we ensure small class sizes, where students learn the HABITS that matter most for success in life through our FOUR DOORS TO LEARNING program in academics, arts, athletics, and citizenship. Throughout all aspects of our students’ education, we instill our 3 school rules: Respect, Manners and Try Your Best.

Discover the difference a KCS education makes.

Principal's Message


Derek Logan, Head of School

It is said that learning is an end in itself. That may be. Our belief is that learning is inextricably a part of life. Strangely, this belief makes us different from other schools. Our faith in this idea makes Kingsway College School a place of joy, respect, fulfillment and... superior individual development.

The children who graduate from Kingsway College School leave knowing what matters in life. They know how to lead with vision and humility. Though they may go on to excel in specialized areas, they have the advantage of beginning as generalists. They have avid appetites for life’s experiences. And, they have the surety to dive into their future comfortable in themselves and their abilities. Our children (your children!) are ethical, responsible, concerned. They are exceptionally sound of mind, body and spirit.

One hundred percent of KCS students graduate with more than sufficient academic standing to go on to the schools of their hearts’ desire.



Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Kingsway College School says: We know every child is unique. The KCS curriculum is carefully designed by teachers so that it prepares, inspires and challenges each of our students every day. Core skills are taught through direct instruction, often in small groups. Ample time is also dedicated to developing the KCS Habits of Mind, Body and Action through project-based learning, school-wide student leadership, hands-on creation, field trips, student-initiated learning and much more. Thanks to our unique approach, KCS students are not only prepared for the high school of their choice, they’re active leaders making a difference in a multitude of ways at KCS.

  • 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  

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    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

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    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 Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    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: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    • 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 Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    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 Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    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 Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

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    • 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
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    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 Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
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    • Kingsway College School 's approach to sex-ed: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
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    Preschool/K Curriculum Reggio Emilia

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

    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).

    What Kingsway College School says: The KCS Early Learning Program includes prekindergarten, junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten. Much of the program is Reggio-inspired and emergent, and thus evolves based on the students’ demonstrated interests and areas for growth. Some direct instruction is also introduced as children become ready, including the introduction of printing with the Handwriting Without Tears program, as well as reading with Reading Mastery. Ample time to socialise, create, and play in our award-winning Outdoor Classroom make for a rich and healthy day of learning.

    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 Kingsway College School says about flexible pacing: While the general pace of the program is steady, adjustments are made as needed for individual students. In addition, our Super Skills and Workshop program, from grades 1-8, offers small-group dedicated instruction in reading and math.

    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    This option allows you to "opt out" of selecting one of "rigorous" or "supportive". Doing so means you will not be shown on pages relating to academic culture, (your exposure will be diminished).

    What Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    Special Needs Support Moderate


    Kingsway College School provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • 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 Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    • 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
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      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
    • Summary: With our commitment to differentiated instruction, faculty actively get to know each student and work with colleagues to develop a program that supports strengths and addresses challenges. KCS has four Learning Strategies faculty who work with teachers and students with exceptional needs. Our Super Skills and Workshop classes in grades 1-8 allow for targeted instruction, whether for advanced learners or those requiring remediation. Partnership with parents as well as extensive resources and best practices within the classroom, including an FM system in every room, allow faculty to meet the needs of all KCS students.

    • What Kingsway College School says: [Kingsway College School has not provided this information]

    Gifted Learner Support High


    Kingsway College School offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    Segregated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Inclusive practices:

    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Kingsway College School says: Our Super Skills and Workshop classes provide small-group instruction for advanced learners. Project-based learning and school-wide student leadership and service learning allow for open-ended opportunities for growth in critical skills and knowledge. Resources and contests for gifted math students, plus the ability to accelerate students in math, are further ways we challenge these students. Electives, a rich extracurricular program, and other student-directed learning opportunities such as a book-publishing program add to the possibilities.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 8, Kingsway College School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average2 mins5 mins8 mins17 mins18 mins26 mins32 mins36 mins42 mins55 mins60 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 8
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 8


    What Kingsway College School says:
    • Over 40 extracurricular clubs and teams are offered each term at KCS. Offerings are in the areas of academics, the arts, athletics and citizenship. The House Point system encourages students to get involved in many clubs and teams so they can discover new interests while also enjoying their favourite activities. Our athletic teams participate in the CISAA and the PSA tournaments, and the many banners in our gymnasium are testament to their commitment and skill. The first Lego Robotics team and numerous other technology opportunities allow students in all grades to explore the world of IT.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Day Day (Half day)
    Day (Half day)$8,000
    What Kingsway College School says: Our annual tuition fees for JK to grade 8 include text books, school supplies, field trips, team uniforms, clubs (with a few exceptions), musical instruments, computer usage and maintenance. Uniforms, our milk and hot lunch programs, and the grades 6, 7 and 8 end of year trips are not included in our tuition fees.

    Need-based financial aid

    Kingsway College School has not provided this information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Kingsway College School has not provided this information.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: We do not have this data for Kingsway College School




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)

    Application Deadlines:

    What Kingsway College School says: If you wish to receive an application, please navigate to the Admissions portion of our website (www.kcs.on.ca) and complete and submit the Online Inquiry form.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Kingsway College School is looking for: Kingsway College School has not provided this information

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Despite being fairly new to the school, KCS truly knows our children.

    Despite being fairly new to the school, KCS truly knows our children. The staff members and fellow students greet them by name and with kindness and respect each and every day. Their teachers put tremendous effort into identifying and understanding their strengths as well as areas requiring increased focus. This creates a customized learning environment in which we see our son and daughter flourishing; not only with respect to traditional academics but also in their confidence and other areas of personal growth. KCS is truly an all-inclusive community where students, staff, and parents are warmly welcomed and engaged. We are excited to bear witness to what our children will achieve while being part of this special place.

    — KCS Parents, Class of 2022 & Class of 2024


    In the News


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