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Prestige School - Toronto Campus

21 Eddfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 2M5

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$9,850 to $15,000 /year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 18
Day: 210 (Gr. PS - 12)

School Address
21 Eddfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 2M5

About this school:


Prestige School offers students an accelerated curriculum, close home-school contact and small class sizes. Younger students benefit from advanced Math and Science programs, French lessons from JK, nutritious hot lunches and extensive before- and after-school care. Older students experience individualized learning and 100% university placement. Admission runs all year and ESL classes are available. With a motto of "wisdom, courage, integrity," students are prepared for success in school and in life. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Prestige School - Toronto Campus

our takePrestige sets a high bar for its students, academically as well as socially and ethically. The program is designed and delivered to meet the needs of students functioning at the top of their peer groups. There is a close-knit feel within the student body, and an ongoing attention to the needs and development of each student as he or she progresses through the curriculum. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging yet supportive environment and looking to learn within a peer group that consists of like-minded and similarly abled students.

Principal's Message


Olga Margold, Principal

Dear parents,

Every morning I wake up excited to take my two children to school. As both their mother and principal, I rest easy knowing that they are entering a stimulating learning environment wherein they are well supported by our dynamic and dedicated staff. 

The dedication of our staff plays a huge role in the success of our students, my own children included. Our close-knit community, made possible by small class sizes, ensures that each of our students receives an individualized education. You will never have to wonder how your child is doing; our teachers will tell you because they care.

Located in the diverse city of Toronto, Prestige School prides itself on a student body that reflects the multicultural city of Toronto. Our school boasts international students from all corners of the world, with some of our students speaking several languages. It is for this reason that Prestige School offers language courses, in both French and Russian, as early as preschool. We want our students to be well equipped to thrive in today’s global economy.

However, academics are not enough to develop a well-rounded child. That is why we pride ourselves on our community. But what exactly is our school community? Our school community is the taste of every food imaginable during our International Café, the sound of ear-splitting cheers on Sports Day, the sight of our graduates walking proudly across the stage, diplomas in hand. It is the feeling of making a difference.

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I urge you to browse our photo gallery. The smiling faces of our students will tell you much more than I am able to in a letter. We invite you to come and see us in action and would be happy to book you an appointment to discuss your own child’s educational needs.

Happy learning!

Olga Margold


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What school says: At Prestige School, we offer an enriched and accelerated curriculum with subjects taught one to two grade levels above the standard curriculum. Our academic program provide students with a great opportunity to experience a multitude of courses and various learning styles and strategies. It challenges each student intellectually, artistically and physically through a rigorous and innovative curriculum and an extensive co-curricular program. Our academic curriculum is academically challenging, with students being taught by teachers who specialize in the content knowledge of each subject. Starting in kindergarten, students have specialists in French, computer science, music, art and drama. Starting in grade 4, students further specialize in science, which includes biology, chemistry and physics.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Gifted

  • 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 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 school says: Prestige School follows a phonics intensive steps to reading program which includes guided reading, weekend readers, word family books and more.

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

    • What 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 school says: Prestige School ensures that students’ grow into confident writers and researchers who can communicate competently using a range of forms and styles. Students will learn to use these forms and styles to suit specific purposes and audience, while correctly applying the conventions of language –grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation. Students learn and build upon the skills necessary to write using all four forms: expository, descriptive, persuasive and narrative.

    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: Our science program (KG- Gr.8) moves at an accelerated rate covering these 4 strands: life systems, earth and space, structures and mechanisms and matter and energy. Starting in grade 4, students specialize taking separate classes in chemistry, physics and biology.

    • 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 school says: Our reading program provides students with opportunities to expand their intellectual horizons and to extend and strengthen their literacy skills. As a creative representation of life and experience, at Prestige School, we see literature as raising important questions about the human condition, now and in the past. Our students are exposed to literary works drawn from many genres, historical periods, and cultures, by both female and male writers, that represent a wide range of perspectives and reflect the diversity of Canada and the world.

    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 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 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 school says: Students start French instruction in kindergarten and is offered every year up until grade 12. Students take French once a day starting in grade 1 all the way to grade 8. Students have an option of taking Russian instruction starting in kindergarten. Students have Russian instruction 2-3 times a week.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French • Russian • Spanish • ESL

    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 school says: Students take dance as a separate class, separate from physical education, once a week.

    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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: Our approach aims at helping students develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to healthy development, a sense of personal responsibility for lifelong health, and a respect for their own health in relation to others and the world around them. Our approach focuses on the following three components: active living, movement competence and healthy living. Students actively participate in a wide variety of physical activities while also understanding the responsibility for their safety and safety of others. Student also perform movement skills and learn how to apply movement strategies properly. For the healthy living component, students learn about nutrition and healthy eating.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB

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

    What 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 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 school says: Prestige School's enriched kindergarten program incorporates learning opportunities in the subject strands of mathematics, language, science, social studies, music, French, physical health and education, dance and the visual arts. Our kindergarten program helps to foster the development of many important social, emotional and academic skills. Our program provides opportunities for teacher-guided and student-guided learning experiences. In addition, we use a lot of hands-on exploration of concepts to support their understanding of the world around them.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    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 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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

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

    What school says: Prestige School aims to nurture a well-rounded individual. We educate our students the importance of staying balanced physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

    Special Needs Support Indirect Support

    Indirect Support

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day; the teacher receives special training in accommodating special needs and/or learning disabled students.

    • 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 Dedicated gifted school

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    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 school says: All of our students learn at an accelerated pace and follow our advanced curriculum, regardless of whether they are considered and classified as gifted or not. However, in certain cases, students are not only accelerated by subject, but by grade as well. Some students may be placed in a grade above their age level so that we may continue to challenge and enrich these students.

    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, Prestige School - Toronto Campus students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    school0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins
    Site Average2 mins5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins70 mins80 mins96 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesSK to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to JK
    Parent-teacher meetings1 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What school says:
    • We offer after school extra curricular clubs everyday of the week. Some of the clubs we offer include: tennis, art, computer science, book, Hebrew, soccer, dance, chess, fun science, and french club

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

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    This information is not currently available.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students$1,000
    3rd child (sibling)all students$1,000
    4th child (sibling)all students$1,000

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 210
    Average enrollment per grade13
    Average class size10 to 18
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment410121714121412101714141414



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview1 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)3 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Prestige School - Toronto Campus says:

    Prestige School offers a unique learning environment designed to meet the child's individual needs and encourage each student to pursue integrity and excellence.  We help all perspective students and their parents to become familiar with the School, our programmes, and our educational philosophy.

    Admission Criteria

    1. Academic standing as seen through a candidate’s current report card.
    2. Information gathered during an interview.
    3. Results of the in-house entrance test (applicable only to Grades 2 to 12).


    On receipt of the Application Form, students applying to our Kindergarten programme will be invited for a class visit. Applicants to the Kindergarten programme are encouraged to bring a photograph or story book to generate conversation (please no toys), and to assist with verbal skills assessment.  


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Prestige School - Toronto Campus is looking for: We look for students who possess and can represent our three core values: wisdom, courage and integrity.

    Student Entry Points

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    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size20
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements10
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *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)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Summer Camp

    Prestige School’s Summer Camp Program is just the fun, activity-filled, yet educational summer that your children are looking for!

    Our camp, that offers a wide variety of exciting activities that keep all kids engaged, educated, and entertained, starts on July 6 and ends on August 28, 2015.

    Our sports program includes Tennis, Outdoor Games, Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer. We also offer educational programs such as English and French studies, English as a Second Language, and Logic Boosters.

    We also provide classes in Computer Design, Computer Animation and 3D Modelling, Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, as well as Chess. Campers attend exciting weekly Field Trips throughout the summer and twice a week visits to the Swimming Pool.

    The camp runs from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Breakfast and hot lunch are provided daily. Door-to-door transportation is available.

    Additionally, The Prestige School offers Summer School Credit Courses for grades 9-12.



    International Café

    Prestige School hosts its annual International Café every March. Every class follows a travelling and hosting schedule. The guests of each country try different foods, hear presentations prepared by students, and learn important facts about each country. Students conclude the day with a concert demonstrating cultural art from each country. Parents and students always enjoy songs, poems, and dances unique to each country.


    Prestige School would like to thank all of our parents for their continued support and assistance in school functions.


    Student Life

    Our students come to think of Prestige School as their second home. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the high school and 3:50 p.m. for the elementary school, however most students spend much more time at Prestige School. Parents are welcome to drop their children off at the school starting at 7:30 a.m., and may pick them up at the end of their work day, until 6:00 p.m., when the school closes. During these hours of extended care, teachers supervise students, providing them with stimulating activities that are both fun and educational. After school, after students have played outside and completed their extracurricular activities (music club, chess club, and basketball club are some of our most popular) and any assigned homework, they are encouraged to read or play games with other children in the extended care program. Prestige School encourages interactions between students of all grades. Our high school students often help their younger schoolmates during the lunch break, which fosters a close sense of support. These interactions help younger students prepare for the challenges in future grades, and help older students contribute to the school community.


    Our Mission

    At The Prestige School, our mission is to strive for excellence in an environment where cooperation, respect and achievement are valued. All students at The Prestige School are encouraged to think about the three core values our school promotes: wisdom, courage and integrity. Wisdom represents learning, but it also represents thinking before acting, and using the knowledge gained from previous experiences to help make future decisions. Courage suggests not just being heroic when someone needs help, but challenging yourself to try new things, accept a new way of thinking, and standing up for the things that are important. Integrity is about being honest - with friends, family, teachers and others - and about remaining fast to your values and morals, even if others are urging you to abandon your principles. At The Prestige School, students are urged to reflect on these values and try to incorporate them into their lives as students, sons or daughters, friends and citizens of Canada.



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