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Linbrook School
Linbrook School
1079 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L2
Contact name:
Amber Way

Phone number:
(905) 844-BOYS×
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Linbrook School

Linbrook School

1079 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L2

Grades (Gender):
JK to 8 (Boys)
$20,100 to $23,700 /year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
1 to 18
Day: 180 (Gr. JK - 8)

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Contact Name:
Amber Way

Phone Number:

School Address
1079 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L2

About this school:


Linbrook School is a not-for-profit, independent day school and Oakville’s only boys' school. At Linbrook, we recognize that every boy has his own special skills; athletes, musicians, performers, artists, writers and humanitarians will all have the opportunity to shine and thrive as members of our school community. Exceptional teachers, an engaged parent community, and a beautiful school with character, modern amenities and expansive, outdoor learning spaces comprise the Linbrook experience.

The Our Kids review of Linbrook School

our takeThere has been a Linbrook School at this site in Oakville for more than 80 years—prior to 2010, it was the site of a public school with that name. The current Linbrook school keeps the name, as the founders liked the continuity it provided within the community, including the educational tradition that the school represented. That said, the current Linbrook shares little more than a name with that school. It’s the only boys’ school in Oakville, and the approach is based in providing a diversity of activity, and physical movement, both within the classroom and without. Students learn in a dynamic, group environment. Classrooms are large to promote small group facilitation. The facilities were entirely updated for the school's opening, and incorporate a full range of instructional technology. The grounds, including green space and play fields, also recommend the school.

Principal's Message


Amber Way, Head Of School

It is my pleasure to introduce Linbrook School, Oakville’s independent day school for boys. Thank you for including us in your search for a school that upholds your values and reflects your vision. Within our community, we support our boys’ learning styles and respect their unique personalities. We are committed to providing an exceptional experience our students will remember and appreciate for a lifetime.

We are fortunate to live in a society that continues to seek answers and provide insight into how children develop. Research on brain function has helped to clarify the physical differences of boys and girls, and we may confidently say that boys and girls learn differently and socialize in their own distinct ways. Research also confirms that boys thrive in an all boys’ learning environment. At Linbrook, we proudly offer a diverse program that allows students to explore their interests and discover their own special talents. We recognize the value of a strong mind, a healthy body and a vibrant spirit. Therefore, in addition to providing a challenging academic curriculum, we also emphasize athletics, visual arts, music, leadership, public speaking and outdoor education. Most importantly, we teach our young men the significance of moral integrity.

On behalf of the staff at Linbrook, we would be delighted to have an opportunity to share in your son’s education. I welcome you to join us for a discussion about how we may work together to enrich your son’s life. Our door is always open, and we look forward to meeting you soon.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Linbrook School says: Linbrook boys will benefit from an academic program that provides them with a strong foundation for future learning. Within our differentiated classrooms, curriculum expectations are individualized; teachers skillfully provide support and offer enrichment to suit each unique learner. Students are enthusiastically encouraged to put forth their best effort and reach their personal goals. At Linbrook, learning is a rewarding experience since content is meaningful and hands-on activities are regularly provided. Our diverse workspaces and student-centred instructional practices support boys’ learning styles and teach them to responsibly approach tasks. In addition, we stand by our small class sizes and proudly offer state-of-the-art technology.

  • 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 Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    • 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 Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

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

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

    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 Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    • 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 Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

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

    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 Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    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  

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

    • 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
    • Visual studio philosophy:

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

    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 Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 8 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 8 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 8 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 8 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 8 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 8

    What Linbrook School 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 Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

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

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    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 Linbrook School says: The Linbrook approach supports teaching methods and learning spaces that encourage movement, inspire the pursuit of knowledge, and offer a warm and supportive environment. With access to training by leading experts on boys’ education, our staff members understand and are passionate about how boys learn.

    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 Linbrook School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Physical

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Physical
    Strong, flexible-bodied, and active individuals, in tune the joys of movement, sport, and wellness.

    What Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Moderate


    Linbrook 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
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Linbrook 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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40

    What Linbrook School says: We strongly believe in the value of recess and it being outdoors (weather permitting). Boys require opportunities to engage in play.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    What Linbrook School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Martial Arts
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      Round Square
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    This information is not currently available.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 180
    Average enrollment per grade16
    Average class size1 to 18
    Grades (gender)JK to 8 (Boys)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment1818



    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Linbrook School says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


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

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)


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