“Happy Children Learn Best” The Priory is a co-educational school specializing in elementary education. Committed to best practices, The Priory is a place where children are encouraged to be children, where childhood is cherished, and where meaningful learning takes place in an enriched and nurturing learning environment. No certificate of eligibility required. Visit our Open House: Sunday, Oct. 21 & Wednesday, Oct. 24 — Visit school website
The Priory was founded in 1947 with 25 students, though it grew quite quickly in the early years. When the school moved to its current location in 1961, it was officially opened by Governor General Georges Vanier, giving an indication of the profile the school had developed in a relatively short period of time. The founders, Frances E. Ballantyne and Alphonsine Howlett, believed that children “learn by doing,” something that was revolutionary for the time. Howlett said of The Priory that “it is a school for the children. We are opposed to the idea of ‘children for the school.’ We had seen evidence around us that children had too little interest in their studies and we wanted a school where pupils would want to learn and would enjoy learning.” While the school has grown over the years, it has remained true to those initial ambitions. The school’s most robust capital campaign, begun in 2010, added to the instructional spaces, including provisions for 21st century literacies. A strong sense of community within the school is also a notable draw.