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The Rosedale Day School

131 Bloor Street West, Suite #426, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1R1

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
14 to 18
Day: 135 (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
131 Bloor Street West, Suite #426, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1R1



About this school:


In the heart of downtown Toronto, RDS partners with world-class institutions(UofT, AGO, ROM) to enhance and enrich each student’s experience. Our small class sizes and supportive, nurturing environment are designed to foster authentic learning. In addition, we offer a complete range of co-curricular activities in the arts, athletics, technology, music. Our dedicated faculty draws on best practices to inspire learners and ensure students are prepared to adapt confidently and engage responsibly in our changing world. — Visit school website



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Our Take: The Rosedale Day School

our takeLocated in the heart of downtown Toronto, Rosedale is proximate to a wealth of physical resources that wouldn't be available to schools of a similar size located elsewhere. The student body is small, with just 120 students, though the school partners with the University of Toronto, the AGO, and the ROM, all of which are located within a short distance of the school. The school very happily makes use of all of those resources, including the athletic facilities at U of T. The school adopts a range of progressive practices, including a promotion of cross-curricular instruction and cooperative learning. In all, it's a very nice mix, combining the intimacy of a small student body with a lot of resources and facilities close to hand. While perhaps not a gifted school, per se, the ideal learner is one who can benefit from an enriched curriculum.

Principal's Message


James Lee, Head of School

I would like to welcome you to The Rosedale Day School (RDS) community.

Choosing the right educational environment can be a challenging decision based on the needs of your child. There is no doubt that the right school and right fit will provide ample opportunities for your child to develop academically within a safe, value based educational environment.

At The Rosedale Day School, we believe that EVERY CHILD IS UNIQUE. We are a small educational institution and our environment provides the opportunity for our teachers to effectively educate your child, pay attention to important details that are vital towards their academic and social development, while maintaining a positive rapport and mentorship that inspires and sustains a passion for learning.

We are located in the heart of downtown Toronto and adjacent to the University of Toronto campus where we utilize world class athletic facilities to complement our athletics program. We have a wonderful outdoor education program that focuses on character development and provides the opportunity for our students to become value based empathic individuals and socially responsible citizens by the time they graduate from RDS.

I invite you to go through our website and contact our Admissions Department for a tour of the school. You and your child will experience our school culture and clearly see how happily our community operates within an optimal learning environment.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What RDS says: The Rosedale Day School provides a well balanced education to each and every student in small, nurturing classes. The school motto is "every child is unique" and this reflects our approach to instruction. The curriculum is designed and delivered with each student in mind to ensure they receive the best foundation for future success. This is accomplished by employing tried and tested methods along with new proven techniques such as inquiry-based learning. We follow the Ontario Curriculum as a foundation but enrich and extend whenever possible. Extension includes use of world class facilities such as ROM, AGO and the University of Toronto Athletic Facilities.

  • 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 RDS says: RDS uses the JUMP Math program to ensure all students have a solid understanding of the material and concepts presented. The approach is to break questions down in to the basic steps and teach each step in short lessons before continuing. The allows the students to master all of the processes and fill in any and all gaps in their knowledge. In the older grades, RDS then builds upon this solid foundation to further critical thinking and problem solving skills. The goal is to develop students with analytical expertise paired with higher order thinking proficiency.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: RDS uses JUMP Math starting in JK and supplements this with a wide variety of materials to ensure a solid and deep understanding of all Mathematical principals and concepts.

    • Calculator policy: RDS allows calculators in the older grades as needed. The students otherwise are expected to use mental Math to solve problems.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What RDS says: RDS utilizes the Jolly Phonics Program in Kindergarten to build the skills necessary for early reading and writing skills. The program starts with the letter "S" the first week of Junior Kindergarten and continues from there with the letters most commonly used letters in the English language. Most students are reading and writing short paragraphs by half way through Senior Kindergarten and are fluent by the time they enter Grade 1.

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

    • What RDS 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 RDS 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

    • What RDS says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What RDS says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What RDS says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What RDS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • 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 RDS says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What RDS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

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

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

    What RDS 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 RDS 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 RDS says: The Rosedale Day School provides a well balanced education to each and every Kindergarten student in small, nurturing classes. The school motto is "every child is unique" and this reflects our approach to instruction. With high teacher to student ratios the curriculum is designed and delivered with each student in mind to ensure they receive the best foundation for future success. This is accomplished by employing tried and tested methods along with new proven techniques such as inquiry. The kindergarten student visit the ROM weekly to enrich and enhance learning.

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

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What RDS says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What RDS says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    RDS offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • 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 No Support

    RDS 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.


    What RDS says:
    • Last year, RDS offered 56 different clubs, sports, and teams for our students. With world class facilities on our doorstep, very few schools the same size can offer what RDS does.
    • Our dedicated and passionate staff bring a wide range of skills and interests to each and every club or sport they coach.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid




    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    3rd child (sibling)Day$3,810

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 8
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid10%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid10%
    Total aid available$100,000

    Application Deadline:
    December 31, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    See Apple Financial website

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 135
    Average enrollment per grade12
    Average class size14 to 18
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment11161515161816161414



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 8
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What RDS says:

    The application requirements for RDS are straight forward and streamlined for today's families. The process begins when initial contact with the school is made. From this point, we will quickly reply to your inquiry in order to set a time and date for an individualized tour.  The tour will provide you with all the information you are looking for about the school and will answer all of your questions (perhaps even ones you did not know you had). 

    From there, potential students are invited to come and visit the school. Students entering Kindergarten will spend half a day with their future classmates, while students in Grade 1 and above generally spend a full day. The purpose of the visit is to allow RDS to fully assess the current academic skills and levels of potential students. It also allows the school to observe the social dynamics/interactions while getting to know the children on an individual and more personal level. 

    The school does not have a formal entrance test, but a comprehensive assessment is completed informally during the potential student's visit to the school. No student will be granted admission without visiting the school.

    After the visit, the school will then contact the parents to inform them of the outcome and if an offer will be made or not. If admissions is granted, then a formal Letter of Acceptance and other materials will be mailed. 


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student The Rosedale Day School is looking for: RDS's Motto is "Every Child is Unique"; we know each child is their own individual. RDS is not looking for potential students who fit into a cookie cutter mould. Children have different needs, and they all learn and thrive in different ways. What RDS is looking for is students with good character. Our four Core Values are the foundation from which success is derived. We look for students whose personalities align with our community and embody them. Our four Core Values are: Diligence - Always doing your best. Integrity - Telling the truth and having strong moral principals. Respect - yourself, your work, peers, teachers, the community, and all those you come in contact with. Involvement - Being an active part of classes, sports, clubs and the whole RDS community.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0 - 14 (75%)0 - 2 (33%)0 - 2 (33%)0 - 2 (33%)0 - 2 (33%)0 - 2 (33%)0 - 2 (33%)0 - 2 (33%)0 - 4 (25%)0 - 2 (25%)

    Stories & Testimonials


    “…teachers explain it very well so I understand it.”

    “I enjoy learning at RDS because the work is very diverse and not monotonous. In math, we learn something new every day, and in Language Arts we do fun journals and interesting projects such as collages on diversity. I also enjoy learning at RDS because every time I don’t know something, the teachers explain it very well so I understand it. The teachers make the concepts really easy to understand every time we learn something new.” – Matthew C (Grade 6 – 2014)


    “He absolutely thrived, gained an enormous amount of confidence…”

    A priority for us choosing RDS was that our son Vincent would be academically challenged.  The teachers truly considered each individual child’s needs and brought our son to his full potential.  He absolutely thrived, gained an enormous amount of confidence and fit right in immediately.  After visiting many private schools that accepted our son’s applications I was drawn to RDS by a comment made during our orientation.  “I am aware how important SK is in the overall development of a child’s successful academic future.  I ensure their foundation is solid before leaving my class”.  Wow, what an impression!  Every child is special at RDS and so are the teachers!  Ms. Lindy’s passion to teach is evident each and every day. There is something to be said about small schools.  It is quite the community and positive learning environment. We are grateful and thankful!


    "…the perfect mix of support, encouragement and challenge…”

    When we were looking for a school for our son P.J., we’d never heard of RDS, and to be honest, we were a bit reluctant to check it out when it was recommended to us at the end of our search. We’d already found another school that seemed like a good fit for P.J. for grade two, and we weren’t sure how many visits and buddy days one seven-year-old could take. Fortunately, we decided to give RDS a try just so we’d know we’d covered all the bases. As soon as P.J. came back from his visit with Mr. Badali’s grade one class, we could see how happy and comfortable he felt. After months of looking for the right place, we made the decision to enroll P.J. at RDS within a week. I can’t tell you what a wonderful year P.J. ended up having, trying out all kinds of new sports and activities and finding the perfect mix of support, encouragement and challenge from his grade two teacher, Ms. Shier. We feel like we’ve stumbled on a hidden gem with RDS! The kids are happy and kind to each other, and the teachers are thoughtful and responsive. It’s a warm and cozy environment that also broadens the kids’ horizons with outside arts, science and camp experiences. We’ve been so pleased with RDS that we decided to send P.J.’s twin sisters there for junior kindergarten too. It feels good knowing all our kids will be together in such a special spot. We’re so glad we went for that one last school visit! 


    On Preparations for High School

    I cannot believe that [my daughter] is nearing the end of her time at RDS. We have just got through a fairly exhausting process of applying to six schools (three public schools with special programs, and three private schools). I am sure you will be pleased to know that [my daughter] has decided to accept a place and scholarship at [ xx ], the school you always thought she should attend! Thanks for preparing her so well for this stage. ...

    On Making the Decision

    At the time that we were looking at a school, our daughter was in need of a change and a challenge. My wife and I were searching for both a great school and a community. With the larger schools we were concerned about her not getting the attention she deserved and frankly, getting lost. In RDS we found a unique community that immediately captured her interest and engaged her in the love of learning. The resources that they have access to, including the UofT, AGO, ROM and numerous other facilities provide an incredible range of experience for RDS students. My daughter loves school so much that when our son was born, it was a foregone conclusion where he would go to school. Our children mingle with kids of all ages, and they know everyone's name in the school. They are engaged in learning and when I see how quickly they are progressing, I know that choosing RDS was the right decision for them. I would be happy to share my RDS experiences with others.


    On the Nurturing Environment

    I cannot tell you how grateful and appreciate we are for the many years we have been able to enjoy at RDS. I still have my notes from my first phone call with you so many years ago. You have built a wonderful place that nurtured and cared in a very special way for our three boys and I will be endlessly grateful for such a gift. Thank you! We will miss the community at RDS. ...

    Instilling Values

    Our son attended RDS from Grades 6 to 8. During that time we were very pleased with the school and what it offered to him. His tenure at the school was an integral part of building his self-esteem and confidence. The small classes, dedicated teachers and integrated aspect of the whole school meant that students at all levels developed respect and empathy for each other. Initially skeptical of the school's ability to offer a reasonable sports programme, we were amazed with the diversity and facilities that were offered. RDS's association with the UofT facilities meant that they have better sports facilities than most schools. If we had to do it all over again, would we pick RDS? You bet we would. ...

    On Confidence Building

    My debt to your school is greater than I can ever repay. ...you have given my son the security and assurance that he so badly needed. As a result he is a very fine young man with a good heart and quite a surprising ambition. Thank you for all you have done to see him on his way to adulthood. ...

    A Balanced Education

    The Rosedale Day School is a co-educational, non-denominational school located in Toronto's Yorkville district. Our school's motto is quisque infans singularis est-meaning that every child is special. We strive to embrace all that makes our students special and tailor our programming to fit their needs.

    Our programs concentrate on creating a balance in the educational needs of our students. The activities that our students participate in are designed to provide a balance between academic subjects, school and the community around us. Students participate in Physical Education classes at the University of Toronto Physical Education center, take ceramics at the Gardiner Museum, perform their musical and theatrical productions at Victoria Chapel, tour the Royal Ontario Museum and regularly use the Yorkville Library. Community is also fostered at RDS through our "buddies" program where older and younger students are matched up during charity and other events throughout the year. We work hard to maintain balance between all aspects of education in our programming. A typical day at RDS includes the study of the academic basics in addition to a foreign language, Physical Education and one Arts class.

    Recent changes to our programming include a "roll-out" of a Mandarin language program, an enhanced Physical Education program and an assessment program designed to help further tailor programming and actively track students' progress. Upcoming events at RDS include the Annual Art Show and Sale at the Gardiner Museum on May 8th. ...


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