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Dragon Academy

The Dragon Academy

35 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1B2

School Type: Gifted,  Alternative
Grades (Gender): 6 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition: $18,500 to $22,500 per year
May 05, 2014
Second Round Acceptances for 2014-15
Dragon Academy, 35 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Register by Monday, May 05
Time: 09:00 am

We have now completed our first round of acceptances for the 2014-15 school year.  A number of places are still available across the grade levels from 6 through 12.  Don't miss the opportunity to explore Dragon's unique progressive approach to educating inquiring individualists.  Contact Principal Dr. Meg Fox (416-323-3243 or by email megfox@dragonacademy.org) to arrange a meeting, school tour and visit for your child. 

May 06, 2014
A Citizen of the World
Dragon Academy, 35 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Join us Tuesday, May 06
Time: 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
The Dragon is deeply committed to fostering a sense of social responsibility.  A great education is the best foundation for responsible citizenship.  Be part of a round table discussion of how Dragons can realize these ideals.

May 28, 2014
Scientists in Action
Dragon Academy, 35 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Join us Wednesday, May 28
Time: 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Join us for an evening of presentations and celebration of our innovative collaboration with Toronto's leading research scientists.  Spearheaded by an extraordinary Dragon science teacher, Vanessa Alsop, who also lectures on science education at the York Universtiy Faculty of Education, Scientists in Action puts Dragon high schools students in the laboratory as eminent thinkers pursue their real-world research.  Over the year, as part of Scientists in Action, Dragons also participate in a series of lively roundtable discussions with researchers and academics at University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre for Bio-Molecular Research.  This open house offers an opportunoity to see the impressive work and learning of Dragon's budding scientists, to meet Dragon parents and teachers, and see how we are inspiring the scientists of tomorrow through our commitment to STEAM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) proficiency and ideation.  Come join us!


Dr. Meg Fox
Ph.D. in English Literature (University of Toronto), 37 years of teaching experience
To learn is an active not a passive verb.  At The Dragon, we pursue meaningful learning through discussion, participation, experience. Beginning with a handful of adventurous students in 2001, The Dragon has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence and educational leadership.

Our mission is to develop individual capability. Our students are high achievers and go on to post-secondary success, but a Dragon education is much more than scores and admissions.  Our academic program is demanding and compelling, but we are as interested in the development of character as we are in scholastic achievement. Using the resources of a great city, we engage students with their own potential, and with the role they can play in society.  Dragon alumni frequently tell us how the school has been a home to them, and how it inspired them on a journey of self-discovery.  By engaging our students in a purposeful search for knowledge and truth, we have become leaders in progressive education.

The Dragon Academy needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. We encourage prospective students and their families to visit us.  This is a better measure of the right fit than a raft of admissions tests and reference letters. To visit us, please contact the Registrar. We look forward to meeting you.

Average Class Size:6 to 12
Enrolment: Day 75 (Gr. 6-12)

Using the city-as-school--museums, research facilities, performances, academic and cultural institutions--Dragons engage with cutting-edge practitioners. Exploring, discussing, questioning, Dragons become true critical thinkers, university-bound in fields from engineering to visual arts. Dragon’s small discussion-based classes, inclusivity, expert mentor-teachers, STEAM subject integration (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) and experiential learning are progressive and gifted. Be a Dragon.

The Dragon Academy is a private Gifted/Alternative day school in Toronto, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades 6 to 12 with enrolment of 75 day students. The Dragon Academy has an average class size of 6 to 12 students and has a tuition cost of $18,500 to $22,500. Founded in 2001, this private school does not require students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

Specialty Academics
Specialty Academics
Community serviceDistance learningGifted program
Habitat for HumanitySummer camps/programSummer studies
University counseling
School Support
School Support
Private/Individual lessonsTutoring
Special Needs
Special Needs
DyslexiaLearning differences support (ADD/ADHD)Learning study assistance
Courses and Programs
DrawingElectric musicFilm & video
Graphic designHistory of TheatreLighting design
Music historyMusic Theatre/OperaMusic theory
Set designSong writingTheatre design
Humanities and Social Sciences
AstronomyCanadian historyClassical history
ClassicsCreative writingDebate
EthicsEuropean historyIndependent study
JournalismLiteratureMedival history
PhilosophyWorld religions
Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Digit
CalculusChemistryComputer programming
Computer scienceEcologyFinite
Clubs and Activities
Academic / Social Clubs
Chess Club
Community ServiceDebate ClubEnvironmental Club
Foreign Language ClubPoetry/Literature clubSchool newspaper
Science ClubStudent CouncilYearbook
Art ClubAudiovisual ClubDance
Drama ClubJazz EnsemblePhotography
BasketballCamping/CanoeingSki/Snowboard club
Moral Development
Moral Development
Character educationLeadershipSelf-esteem development
Social justice
Admissions & Finances
Admissions & Finances
BursariesInterview required
Sibling discounts
Religious Affiliation
Religious Affiliation
Amount: $2,500 , Merit based
Grades : 9 to 12
Amount: $2,500 , Merit based
Grades : 9 to 12
Amount: 50% , Need based
Grades : 9 to 12
Tuition discount if paid in full N/A Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Early payment discount N/A Payment by credit accepted Yes
Sibling discounts No
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