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The Linden School

10 Rosehill Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1G5

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 12 (Girls)
$14,000 to 19,400/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 115 (Gr. JK - 12)

School Address
10 Rosehill Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1G5



About this school:


The Linden School was specifically created 24 years ago to apply cutting-edge research on girls’ educational needs. Our outstanding academic program offers a stimulating environment where girls become more engaged with their studies by being encouraged to ask questions and take intellectual risks, thereby increasing confidence in their own voice and academic abilities. “Girls who are curious and eager to explore thrive at Linden. Girls who might be feeling disengaged can rediscover their love of learning here,” says Janice Gladstone, Principal. Our inquiry-based approach makes space for a variety of learning styles, and small classes allow teachers to really get to know the girls and play an important role in guiding their academic development as well as their social and emotional well being. We are highly regarded for our enriched curriculum and high-calibre teachers who promote strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Linden’s athletics program has a no-tryouts policy, with a 91% participation rate in sports. A variety of co-curricular activities and leadership roles that focus on art, music, drama, STEM, and social responsibility shape the girls’ educational experience. Our graduates enjoy a 100% university acceptance rate and enter university with confidence, intellectual curiosity, and the desire to innovate. — Visit school website



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My daughter is very bright, engaged and articulate, but she's also very reserved and shy. She was i...
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Our Take: The Linden School

our takeAll schools, to some extent, defy the various stereotypes that the general population might have about private education. Still, the Linden School is a particularly stark example of that. Founded by Diane Goudie and Eleanor Moore in 1993, the school was intended as a needed and necessary alternative to what was happening in public schools, as well as other private institutions. Goudie had butt heads with other educators by demanding that education be based in a sense of equity, especially as girls and women are concerned. The Linden School is the result, and today it does exactly what Goudie and Moore hoped it would: provide an example of a school for girls that will make a difference in the students' lives and, in turn, encourage them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The goal, as Moore said at an address at York University, is to educate each student to "to speak with courage--[to] be credible, find a community, listen for all voices, change structures, be a leader and above all make a difference." Since they founded the school, Goudie and Moore have lead by example, earning honorary doctorate of law degrees from York University in recognition of their leadership in the field of education. On receiving the doctorate, Goudie addressed the convocation saying "Ask yourselves the tough questions: What do you want to achieve beyond your paycheque? What are you prepared to risk in order to make a difference in your communities or in the global community?" Those are, of course, very tough questions, and the Linden School is structured around them. For the wrong student, it could be overwhelming. For the right student, it can provide a very strong foundation for a lifetime of engagement, leadership, and success.

Principal's Message


Janice Gladstone, Principal

Linden is best-known for its exceptional and academic girl-centred program where girls receive individualized support and encouragement to become engaged learners both inside and outside the classroom. We nurture essential leadership qualities among girls so that they become comfortable taking intellectual risks and advocating for themselves and their own ideas. Our faculty members don’t simply stand at the front of a classroom and lecture. They are active learning partners, offering opportunities for our girls to develop their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills by contributing meaningfully to class discussions and activities. Even the youngest members of our community know that they have the power to be heard and create change. From our Science Fair, in which all girls share their findings with the community to senior leadership initiatives such as peer mentoring, coaching, and facilitating co-curricular activities—Linden students have daily opportunities to develop and use their voices. These include athletics, school activities, performing arts, clubs, and community activities.
A critical component of our program includes developing a keen awareness of equity and social justice issues from a global perspective. We encourage students to challenge themselves and others through independent thinking, well-informed opinions, and critical debate.
We have seen first-hand the impact of a Linden education on our students. Our alumnae repeatedly tell us how Linden has instilled them with a strong academic foundation, leadership skills, intellectual curiosity, and a desire to change the world for good, and how these key ingredients have sparked their personal and professional success.
No matter what grade your daughter is in — Linden’s unique philosophy and student-led culture is bound to inspire her. I invite you to learn more by exploring our website and joining us at our upcoming open house events. 
Janice Gladstone


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What Linden School says: Linden supplements the Ministry of Education’s prescribed curriculum to ensure that teaching and course content respond to the developmental patterns of girls. Research supports what we know from experience—that girls thrive socially and academically in single-sex environments. We know that students find self-confidence when they feel competent (not perfect) in the things they do. Our outstanding faculty, who specialize in girl-centred teaching, offer many opportunities for girls to experience success, whether in academics, co-curricular activities, or leadership initiatives. Our small classes allow us to teach in ways that make space for a variety of learning styles and include small group work, hands-on lab assignments, case studies, cooperative strategy games, and sharing personal experiences related to the curriculum. This helps students develop strong analytical, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, which are essential to gaining confidence and achieving success in a wide range of disciplines and careers.

  • 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 Linden School says: Math specialists teach our elementary students as well as high school students. All Linden students select math in high school and a majority of our alumnae select STEM subjects in their post-secondary studies. Our teachers inspire students to exceed their academic expectations; students who come to Linden and have feared math in the past end up excelling in the subject and taking more than the necessary number of math courses in high school.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Our program draws from diverse resources based on current research and the needs of our students.

    • Calculator policy: Although there are sometimes rich learning opportunities using calculators, students in Grades 1-8 usually perform calculations without calculators. Students with math-based exceptionalities may use calculators. High school students use calculators for most math-based problem solving.

    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 Linden School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Linden School says: Based on small class sizes that allow deep understanding of individual student needs, we use a variety of assessments.

    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 Linden 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: We know that engaging girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from an early age directly influences their choice of post-secondary education and career paths. Girls who have confidence in their ability in these fields are more likely to perform well in math and science courses. Improving girls’ belief in their abilities is essential as they move from elementary school into middle and high school. Girls are more engaged when taught math and science concepts in the context of real-world phenomena, using real materials to make connections between mathematic and scientific theory, technology, and their everyday lives. This is why even our youngest students conduct experiments in our science lab, participate in math fairs, and learn computer programming. As a result of our engaging pedagogical approach to STEM subjects, every Linden high school student chooses more than the required number of courses in math and science.

    • 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 Linden School says: Research shows that learning improves when girls construct their own understanding of concepts by asking questions, and through discussion and experience rather than by memorizing rules or definitions. We offer a safe environment where our students are encouraged to influence class discussions, to take risks, and to ask questions without fear of failure. We encourage even our youngest students to pose challenging questions and to share their answers courageously. As a result, our students learn to love inquiry. Whether examining media or traditional curriculum materials, our girls ask, “Where is the girl or woman in this story? Who speaks? Who is spoken about? Who benefits? Who loses?” By encouraging students towards intellectual risk-taking and questioning the status quo, we go beyond traditional all-girls schools to incorporate the values of equity, diversity, and social responsibility within our curriculum.

    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 Linden 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 Linden 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 Linden School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish

    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 Linden School says: We encourage creative experimentation and ensure that student artwork is exhibited and celebrated throughout the school on an ongoing basis. Students also become art appreciators and critics by being introduced to the major periods in art history. Linden’s music program teaches students not only to play music, but to analyze and appreciate it as well. Our small classes allow teachers to help each student with playing and singing. Once a girl becomes comfortable on stage, she becomes even more confident using her voice in all areas of her life. This is especially true for our drama program where developing confidence in one’s voice is a critical component. Girls perform and write a wide variety of pieces, including monologues, movement pieces and short plays, culminating in highly successful public performances.

    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 Linden School says: Bridging the Gender Gap in Computer-Related Fields: Girls and women continue to be under-represented in technology-related fields. Our program gives girls the encouragement, motivation, and skills needed to pursue opportunities in these areas. From the earliest grades, Linden girls are taught to use technology in safe, ethical, and creative ways, and are encouraged to view themselves as producers of technology, not just consumers or end users. Therefore, girls learn programming skills in each grade. We begin with basic logic that explains how computers “think,” and progress toward creating programs using user-friendly interfaces that allow girls to build code, and finally work toward text-based code (such as the Python language) in the middle years. Media literacy is also an important part of the computer studies program and students learn to use a variety of digital tools including word processing software, design and layout tools, spreadsheets, slide-shows, audio-editing software, and movie-making programs.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Linden School says: Athletics at Linden is a well-rounded curriculum of physical education, health class, and daily physical activity. Our athletics program is recognized for innovative instruction and student engagement. Smiles, sweat, and self-confidence are the products of team training and phys-ed classes at Linden! Linden students have the opportunity to participate in sports such as soccer, ball hockey, basketball and track and field. Joining a sports team does not require tryouts. No one is cut from an after school sports team or judged on their beginning skill level. This unique environment allows students to improve their technique. Breeding self-esteem and a strong sense of self is our way of using sports to empower our students.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP French Language

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

    What Linden School says: Our health education program is based on the most-recent and credible research about what is best for girls and young women. We follow the Ontario sex education curriculum - we have been implementing its core values for more than a decade.

    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 Linden 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 Linden School says: The Linden School offers a girl-centred, full-day Kindergarten program for four and five-year-old children. Our program helps establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years within a safe and caring play and inquiry-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all children. Our program consists of a balance of exploration and investigation, play, guided instruction, and explicit instruction. Inquiry-based learning allows children to actively participate in their own learning by asking questions and sharing ideas. To learn more visit http://www.lindenschool.ca/earlylearning

    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 Linden 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 Linden School says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

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

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

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

    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
    • What Linden School says: We provide a variety of supports for students with many different learning needs according to their IEPs (Individual Education Plans). We are not currently able to modify the expectations of the Ontario curriculum. Although our teachers are trained in accommodating different needs, we do not offer withdrawal support to a specialized special education classroom. Our smaller class sizes allow teachers to help students overcome challenges through encouragement and greater attention in specific areas of need. Girls are encouraged to ask questions, and are mentored to develop their own learning and coping strategies. Study Hall is offered four days a week.

    • 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
    • Summary: The Linden School views accommodations for students as a partnership with families. We expect families to provide medical, social-emotional, and academic support outside of school as needed.

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

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

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 Linden School says: Gifted girls who need more challenge and intellectual engagement flourish in our inquiry-based classes. They work with caring and dynamic teachers in a warm community-based environment. We enrich the Ontario curriculum by providing a broader selection of topics, more in-depth analysis, and greater expectation of our students to ask questions, be creative, and stretch their intellectual abilities. Linden students are university-bound, and our graduates are leaders and innovators in a wide range of disciplines.

    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, The Linden School students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Linden School 15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades2 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 12
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 12

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade JK SK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
    Size 6 6 6 6 8 8 12 n/a 15 15 12 12 12 12


    What Linden School says:
    • Our wide range of co-curricular activities nurture leadership development and intellectual growth. Students are encouraged to advocate for, and create clubs that meet their interests and showcase their talents. Leadership in social justice and community building is an inherent part of our school culture and Linden students actively initiate and organize community projects.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Linden School says: The Linden School is one of the most affordable private schools in Toronto, and nearly 20% of our students benefit from our generous financial assistance policy, which truly exemplifies our commitment to diversity and inclusivity.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$10,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$250,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Financial assistance is based on need and can cover close to full tuition. The need for financial assistance is not a factor in our application process. We look for students and families who are a good fit for our progressive values, who can contribute positively to our community, and who can succeed in our challenging, but nurturing academic program. When we find the right student, we do whatever we can to make it work. Our goal is to ensure that your daughter thrives in our warm and supportive environment where she is included and valued at every step of her educational journey.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 115
    Average enrollment per grade8
    Average class size12
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment1212121212121212121212121212



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)7 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Linden School says:

    Our admissions team will be happy to answer all your questions and show you everything Linden has to offer. If you decide Linden is right for you, we will guide you through the admissions process.

    1.  Visit Us

    Visit our unique downtown campus, meet Linden students and faculty, and explore our program and philosophy. Your visit will include a personalized tour of the school. An admission application is not necessary for booking a school visit or attending an open house event. Learn more about visiting Linden.

    2.  Apply 

    Mid-Year Admissions: As space permits, requests for mid-year admissions are considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be restricted to certain entry points during the school year. Please contact the admissions office to find out more.

    The application deadline for the 2018–2019 school year was February 2, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space permits. Space is limited, and applicants to Grade 7 and 9 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible!

    • Please complete and submit our application form.
    • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $100.
    • Provide supporting documentation:
      • School reports from the two previous years, and the most recent report card.
      • Copy of birth certificate.
      • Our confidential teacher reference form, completed by a former teacher.
      • Any other psychological or educational assessment that will assist us in evaluating your daughter and ensuring we can offer the right support.

    3.  Interview & Assessment

    Once we have received your application form, we will be in touch to schedule an interview with our Director of Admissions. During this time, you and your daughter will participate in an informal, conversational interview which will help us get to know you better and is an opportunity for you to learn more about our program and ask questions. The interview can last up to one hour. 

    Applicants to Grades 7–12 are required to complete our Academic Assessment in mathematics and English. The assessment usually takes 1–2 hours.

    4.  Admission Offer

    • Mid-year applicants for the 2017–2018 academic year will receive offers as soon as the above-mentioned requirements are completed.
    • Applicants for the 2018–2019 academic year will receive offers on the common offer day for independent schools in Toronto, which is February 23, 2018. Responses to these offers must be made by February 28, 2018.
    • Those who apply after the deadline will receive offers on a rolling basis as space permits.

    5.  Experience Linden

    Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you and your daughter will have a number of interesting and enjoyable ways to experience Linden and to get to know new classmates, families and teachers. We want you to feel like part of the Linden family well before the first day of school.

    Contact us!

    If you have a question about applying to Linden please get in touch:


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student The Linden School is looking for: The school is looking for students capable of meeting its high academic standards, who enjoy sharing their interests and ideas, and who demonstrate the potential to be active participants in the Linden community. The need for financial assistance is not a factor in our application process. We look for students and families who are a good fit for our progressive values, who can contribute positively to our community, and who can succeed in our challenging, but nurturing academic program. When we find the right student, we do whatever we can to make it work. Our goal is to ensure that your daughter thrives in our warm and supportive environment where she is included and valued at every step of her educational journey.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    6 - 10 (100%)6 - 10 (100%)8 - 10 (100%)6 - 10 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)15 (100%)15 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size12
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements18
    **Ivy+ placements3

    *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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Our graduating classes apply to universities across Canada and receive offers to a wide range of programs. Recent graduates show strong interest in science and business programs at the post-secondary level.
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): University of Western Ontario – Psychology University of Victoria – Women and Gender Studies Wilfrid Laurier University – Business and Economics University of Waterloo- Co-op Kinesiology, Health Sciences, Biology, Business Ryerson University - Business, Sports Media, Communications University of Guelph – Arts and Sciences University of Toronto – Arts and Science, Neuroscience McGill University – Health Sciences, Physical, Earth, Math and C Science Concordia University – Art Education Sheridan College – Visual and Creative Arts

    What The Linden School says:

  • Linden offers an enriched, challenging academic program that helps students gain the knowledge, work habits, research, writing, and critical-thinking skills they need to succeed at university. Although we emphasize math and science, we offer a range of high school courses including AP courses, visual and performing arts, social sciences, languages (Spanish, and French), business and computer studies. Our students receive extensive individual guidance in choosing university programs and exploring career options. We have a 100% university acceptance rate, and our students enter university with unshakable confidence, intellectual curiosity, and the desire to innovate. When asked about the most important lesson they have learned at our progressive school, most Linden graduates say, “My voice matters.” Our graduates not only achieve academic success, but also become leaders in their post-secondary careers. Whether leading their school’s debating club, excelling in athletics, performing in drama productions, or simply having the confidence to ask questions in a lecture hall of 300 people, Linden graduates use their strong voices to make their mark. Our alumnae have gone on to achieve success in a wide range of careers spanning the performing arts, global advocacy and education, business and technology, and science and engineering.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Alannah  Bloch 2011 Alannah Bloch is the talented creator and director of a newly minted Fringe show, The Wyrd Sisters which also happens to be a Shakespearean mash-up. More: http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/curtain-up-on-victoria-fringe-theatre-festival-1.2041997#sthash.SIwBjpi2.dpuf
    Emma  Ruby-Sachs 1999 Emma Ruby-Sachs is Deputy Director at the global advocacy organization Avaaz, and has authored The Water Man’s Daughter, a book which explores activism. More: http://magazine.utoronto.ca/all-about-alumni/emma-rubysachs-novel-water-mans-daughter/
    Zinta  Zommers 1996 Zinta Zommers, received the Ontario Rhodes Scholarship for her outstanding academic performance and pursued graduate studies at Oxford University in England.
    Lauren  Margison 2010 Accomplished singer and song-writer Lauren Margison has shared the stage with Gordon Lightfoot, Rufus Wainwright, Louise Pitre, Sheila McCarthy, the Canadian Tenors and Richard Margison, her world-famous father. More... http://www.timescolonist.com/singing-is-the-margison-family-business-1.1394832

    Alumni Highlights

    • At Linden, our definition of alumnae includes an ever-expanding network of former students, teachers, parents, and friends. Our talented and unique alumnae often return to attend their favourite Linden events, eager to share their stories and successes with the community. Many alumnae go on to become lifelong friends and we have regular opportunities to stay connected, including an annual holiday gathering.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Linden Provides Educators Expertise on Anti-Bullying

     "It's a pleasure to consult with other schools. It gives us a chance to clarify our goals as we weave social-emotional learning into our curriculum, and also helps us reflect on what a special community we have at Linden." —Beth Alexander, Linden Teacher and Curriculum Leader

    From time to time, Linden is called upon to offer pedagogical expertise to our educational partners. We recently met with guidance counselors at a nearby independent school and provided them with our expertise in anti-bullying practices. Linden teachers Ruthie Szamosi, Beth Alexander, and Soteira Briginshaw joined me in discussing our approach towards the creation of a warm and inviting space for our students where they can feel safe, free, and uninhibited. Read the full story here. 


    Gillian Gardhouse: Focus On Geological Engineering & Business

    Excerpt: I chose to attend Linden because I like the overall atmosphere — I instantly felt I belonged. I was also attracted to the small class sizes and rigorous academics. Linden gave me the critical thinking and communication skills to adapt to new situations in life, not to mention the ability to speak confidently in public! Read the full story here.




    Christina Doherty: Transition from a small all-girls school to the University of Waterloo

    Christina graduated from The Linden School in 2015. At a recent meeting, she shared some of her thoughts on her transition from Linden to being a first year Kinesiology student at the University of Waterloo.

    The tightly knit community at Linden and the close relationship among my peers and with our teachers taught me to feel confident about approaching my professors after class with questions, or raising my hand to ask a question in a large lecture hall of over 500 students. It’s surprising how a large lecture hall is much less intimidating when you take the time to talk to professors after class and make an effort to sit as close to the front of the room as possible. I’ve found all of my profs really friendly and interested in me as a person. You can choose to be anonymous if you want to, but Linden taught me it is much more rewarding to know teachers at a more personal level. Read the full story here.


    Where excited engaged learners thrive

    Our daughter is extremely happy and proud to be a part of the Linden community. She comes home each day sharing amazing stories of her friends and of the stories of girls from around the world. She is proud to be a girl, an excited engaged learner and participates in many clubs and activities the school has to offer! The small classroom sizes and dedicated teachers mean that her needs, as well as every other girl's needs and unique styles of learning are valued, encouraged  and respected. We have found Linden to be  a great school, filled with a wonderful  accessible, dedicated faculty  and a welcoming supportive community. Each teacher is here because they are dedicated to girls education! Our daughter is busy participating in a wide range of activities math  and science fair, art fair, animal club, martial arts  and the list goes on;and she is very aware of many  issues that are relevant to girls rights around the world!


    In the News


    November 21, 2017 - Announcing The Linden School's New Logo!

    Our new logo is meant to better reflect the essence of who we are today, and where we are headed as Toronto’s foremost feminist school. ...

    October 1, 2017 - Honey Harvest at The Linden School!

    By installing beehives on the roof of the school, The Linden School is actively taking part in sustainable development. ...

    October 1, 2017 - Two Inspiring Weeks at the Klingenstein Summer Institute

    Linden's Early Learning teacher Savannah Barker attends a prestigious program at Teachers College, Columbia University ...


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