WillowWood School
WillowWood School
55 Scarsdale Road
Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3
Contact name:
Joy Kurtz

Phone number:
(416) 444-7644×
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WillowWood School

WillowWood School

55 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3

School Type:
Traditional,  Special Needs
Grades (Gender):
1 to 12 (Coed)
$18,900 to $20,000 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 16
Day: 250 (Gr. 1-12)

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Contact Name:
Joy Kurtz

Phone Number:

School Address
55 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3

About this school:

WillowWood School has been delivering student-centred, individualized education in a warm and caring environment for thirty-five years. We've recognized since the start that one size does not fit all, that students flourish when their school embraces their strengths, addresses their needs and respects their dignity. Small classes, dedicated teachers, robust program offerings and full curriculum make it a perfect school for all kinds of learners, from Grades One to Twelve. Come meet us to learn more!

More information on WillowWood School
WillowWood School is a traditional, special needs, day school in Toronto, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades 1 to 12 with enrolment of 250 students. WillowWood School has an average class size of 10 to 16 students and has a tuition of $18,900 to $20,000 per year. Founded in 1980, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

Principal's Message


Joy Kurtz, Director

When visitors walk into the building for the first time they often remark on the special feeling the school has.

That feeling (which I call magical) is a combination of the history and philosophy of the school, the energy of the staff, and the spirit of the students.

When I founded this school it was based on the belief that learning can and should be fun and that school should be a positive and rewarding experience.

We know that one size does not fit all and that students flourish when their school embraces their strengths, addresses their needs and respects their dignity. My staff and I have been successfully delivering student-centred, individualized education in a warm and caring environment for over 30 years.

That's the magic we make at WillowWood.
If your family is seeking a new style of school with a strong history of inspiring students, come by for a visit. I'd love to meet you.

- Joy Kurtz, Director



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School Entry Points:

  • Entry Points (Day): Students Admitted
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Tuition & Financial Aid



Type Tuition
Day Students $18,900 to 20,000 CDN

Stories & Testimonials



"From the day we first came to see the school and meet the staff, we knew it was the right place for Brendan. Your view was that students should be challenged to their level of ability by a teach-ing staff that was both understanding and sensi-tive to students' special social and academic needs. It was exactly what we were looking for!"

Michelle and Paul W, Parents

"This is the first year that Andrew is excited about school."

Rick and Elizabeth S, Parents

I think WillowWood is the best thing that ever happened to me. This school has given me everything – confidence, happiness, great friends and memories I will keep with me forever … Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn, play, and grow up here. You truly saved my life!

Cameron A, Alumni

"John … has gained confidence in himself and smiles a lot more! He is finally seeing results with his hard work and gets excited when a new project is assigned. We never have to ask him to do homework, he dives in as soon as we get home!"

Laura and Ed H, Parents

"Study skills! A lot of the teachers helped me figure out some really great study skills to learn the information I needed to know for the future. Not just for in high school, but for university as well. They really prepped me for what I could expect when I got to university."

Rebecca G, Alumni

"The student to teacher ratio is way better than what you'd get at a public school. The teachers are always there for you to ask them questions, and to provide insight into any of the things you're studying at the time.""It wasn't extremely challenging to the point where I wanted to give up or anything; it was very encouraging, always."

Kennedy P, Alumni

"WillowWood had kind of a feeling of a second family. I felt like I got to know everybody, including the staff and the teachers, in a way that wouldn't have been possible at a bigger and more formal school. There was an informal feeling here. A positive one."

Jessica QF, Alumni

"… in Simon's early years at WillowWood, we questioned whether he would make it to college because of his severe Learning Disability. Simon's teachers thought otherwise; they assured us that Simon would continue to university – and they were right. To date, he has received several law school acceptances, including Osgoode Hall Law School."

M and J M, Parents

"There are no words to describe the impact that WillowWood School has had on the life of our family and to Amanda. Her life has been transformed thanks to the amazing staff and teachers who went above and beyond every day. She has been accepted into all of the Colleges and Universities that she applied to, which was something we did not know to be possible when she joined the school."

Bettie L, Parent


Curriculum & Programs

Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • Career planning
  • Community service
  • Summer camps/program
  • Summer studies
  • University counseling

    School Support

  • After-school program
  • Lunch program
  • Private/Individual lessons
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring

    Special Needs

  • ADHD (moderate to severe)
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
  • Learning study assistance
  • Special needs support


  • Acting
  • Ceramics
  • Choral Music
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Electric music
  • Film & video
  • Graphic design
  • History of Theatre
  • Lighting design
  • Music history
  • Music Theatre/Opera
  • Music theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Set design
  • Song writing
  • Voice/Vocal/Singing

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Canadian history
  • Creative writing
  • Ethics
  • European history
  • Independent study
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Medival history
  • Philosophy
  • Public speaking
  • World religions


  • English
  • ESL
  • French
  • Spanish

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Algebra
  • Anatomy
  • Animation
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Ecology
  • Finite
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Web design

    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Animation
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Online Magazine
  • Science Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook


  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Drama Club
  • Musical theatre/Opera
  • Photography


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Camping/Canoeing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Outdoor Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Running
  • Running
  • Ski/Snowboard club
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Weightlifting
  • Yoga

    Moral Development

  • Character education
  • Leadership
  • Self-esteem development
  • Social justice
  • Whole Child

    Admissions & Finances

  • Interview required
  • Sibling discounts


  • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations

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