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New York, New York(USA)
(216 km away)

Léman is the only school in Manhattan with sister campuses in Europe, Asia and Latin America, something that speaks to the focus of the school. This the school provides a strong core curriculum while teaching through a broad lens, one that takes in the diversity of the city and as the world beyond. The student body is divided over two campuses, which offers a more intimate experience within each, though retaining a robust array of learning resources for both. The student population is varied and broad, with students from more than 50 countries. Together with the IB offering, this is a school that encourages an informed and critical approach to our place in the world, and positive forms of interpersonal, intercultural communication. In many ways, it’s an expression of the city that provides its context. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, stimulating, and wonderfully diverse learning environment.


  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 900 students
  • US $5,500 to 93,000

  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid
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The Gow School  (est. 1926)

South Wales, New York(USA)
(259 km away)

The Gow School was founded in the 1920s, though from the outset has based instruction in a very modern understanding, namely that not all learners are created equally, and that intelligence and an ability to succeed in school are two very different things. It's an idea that remains as fresh today (perhaps a little bit disheartningly) as it was when Peter Gow Jr. founded the school all those years ago. He believed that small class sizes and an open mind, when it comes to instruction, can make all the difference, especially for those who are at risk of falling through the cracks of a traditional approach to academics. The students at the top of his mind were those with some form of linguistic disruption—students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia or issues with central auditory processing. Gow believed that success for these students was a function of teaching, and for decades the school has been proving his point. All students—typically they are kids who have been struggling in a traditional setting—are aiming for college and university, and the school has a history of delivering them there. The program has changed over the years, though the spirit of investigation, of finding better ways to support learners, remains.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 6 to 12
  • 150 students
  • US $48,000 to 68,000

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid
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Fort Erie, Ontario
(281 km away)

Niagara Christian Collegiate can be a bit deceiving, at least at first glance. The setting is rural, with the nearest community of size being Niagara Falls to the north. The Niagara Parkway—the route through which NCC is accessed—is a sleepy, scenic drive along the eastern edge of the Niagara peninsula. The campus, for anyone driving by, can seem sympathetically sleepy, a world away from the hustle of urban life. Which, to some extent, it is. What you don’t see—and perhaps what even locals don’t accurately grasp—is the breadth and the diversity of the academic programs as well as the school’s student population. Half are international students, arriving from as close as the US to as far afield as Japan and Tunisia. The curriculum has a similar breadth, and the goal of the school is to deliver a comprehensive, international education through the lens of Christian values. The ideal student is one who is interested in all of that: growing within their faith and gaining a sense of their place in the world alongside peers of a like mind.


  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 6 to 12
  • $33,050 to $41,050

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Elite university feeder school
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Robert Land Academy  (est. 1978)

Wellandport, Ontario
(294 km away)

Some students thrive in environments where they have lots of latitude to be independent and self-motivating. Others thrive in the opposite: an environment that is it structured and ordered, with very clear limits and recognizable boundaries. Robert Land, truly, is for them. The daily routine is regimented, and discipline is enforced. The results, often, are astonishing. This is a school that prides itself on its ability to turn lives around, and that pride is well placed. Robert Land isn't for every student, but, of course, no school is. For students who require structure in order to succeed, the school can make a remarkable difference in a very short period of time.


  • Boarding school
  • Grades 5 to 12
  • 125 students
  • $53,965 to $57,965

  • Traditional
  • Military
  • Special needs school
  • Offers financial aid

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Ridley College  (est. 1889)

St. Catharines, Ontario
(298 km away)

Ridley expresses so many of the great traditions of private school, and it comes by all of them absolutely honestly. The school was founded in 1889, making it one of the oldest schools in the country. It began life as an Anglican boys’ school—it was named after an Anglican Bishop—but is non-denominational today, and has been co-ed since 1973. That said, many of the traditions that inform the life of the school date to the founding, including chapel meetings that serve to bring the school together around shared events and shared values. The school maintains a cadet corps, the largest of its kind in Canada. The chapel, and indeed all of the buildings that comprise the campus, are, frankly, gorgeous. It’s easily one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The strategic plan, implemented in 2014, provided an opportunity to take stock of the school at the time of its 125th anniversary, including a dedication to maintaining a global perspective across the breadth of the curriculum. Throughout its long history Ridley has maintained a reputation as one of the best schools in Canada, one that no doubt will remain for very many years to come. The ideal student is one who arrives predisposed to make the most of the wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that will be made available to them. 


  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 690 students
  • $17,850 to $70,000

  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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  • Nov 15, 2019
  • Jan 31, 2020
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Wheatley School  (est. 1986)

St. Catharines, Ontario
(300 km away)

Wheatley was founded in 1986 by Eda Varalli, who remains as the principal of the school today. Her inspiration was, truly, the best there ever is—to create a school that just did things better than they were being done. She took the Montessori method as a starting point, particularly in its focus on the individual, the belief that instruction is best when it takes the curiosity and the spirit of the learner. The school has grown over the years, including notably in 2001 with the move into the school’s current facility. The community that the school describes includes parents and extended family, and annual events underscore that, such as a grandparent’s day every April; during Family Literacy Week, parents and grandparents are invited to come into the school to read with students. In all, there’s a nice little spark throughout the life of the school, evident in things like the parent open house titled, beautifully, “Come See What I Can Do Day,” or the standing invitation for parents to have coffee with the principal. Sometimes there is a lot of power in the details, as well as in consistent leadership, and Wheatley serves as a lovely example of that. 


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 160 students
  • $5,900 to $13,500

  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Gifted school
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Brock Academy  (est. 2008)

St. Catharines, Ontario
(302 km away)

Brock Academy is an online/onsite school that envisions education with no boundaries. We have been successfully operating since 2008. Brock Academy has authority to grant credits towards Ontario Secondary School Diploma for all subjects/grades. We offer affordable education for students in Grades 1-12 with a strong focus on STEM. Our small class sizes, robust academics and focused attention on each learner, allows students with learning challenges IEPs to thrive in an environment suited especially to their needs.


  • eSchool school
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 35 students
  • $9,500 to $14,100

  • Traditional
  • Science and technology
  • Special needs school
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Beamsville, Ontario
(303 km away)

Families look to Great Lakes based on its reputation for offering a strong academic program combined with the opportunity to grow spiritually within a community of shared interest. Due to the boarding program, the student population is diverse, bringing an international perspective to coursework and social life. The values piece is, of course, important, though equally so is the place that it occupies both within instruction and within the life of the school. The curriculum is delivered through a Christian lens, with a specific attention to empathetic service, both locally and internationally. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a close-knit community of shared values and interest, and where social currency is gained through academic and personal achievement. For the right student, the experience of Great Lakes can be as transformative as it is empowering.


  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Homestay school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 210 students
  • $10,300 to $40,400

  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based school
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid
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Ancaster, Ontario
(315 km away)

HDCH was founded in 1956, and has been doing great and impressively consistent work ever since. It has a good size, with 470 annually, and a good breadth of curricular and extracurricular offerings to match. Instruction is project-based, allowing students to work together around authentic tasks which build and support a facility with the core curriculum. Families are also drawn by the values which undergird the academic program. The school rightly reaches out to resources and organizations within the local community, using those interactions to build an empathetic world view, and a genuine appreciation of diversity. Certainly, there’s a lot to love.


  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 465 students
  • $12,510 to $16,800

  • Progressive
  • Faith-based school
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid
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Tapply Binet College  (est. 1997)

Ancaster, Ontario
(315 km away)

Private schools are created in order to address different kinds of learners, and different learning styles, and Tapply Binet is a great example of that. It’s a small school, which for the students who attend, is its great strength. The average class size is just 3 students, with none exceeding 6. As such, the program is very much student focused, and student led, in something akin to a tutorial approach to learning. Instructors engage closely with students, allowing them to interact with the material and with each other around the concepts being presented. Lessons are built to address the specific curiosities and perspectives that the students bring with them into the classroom. The goal of the program is to reward personal curiosity, and grow students’ ability to access and process information through that lens. The expertise of the staff is also a draw for the families that enroll—all instructors have doctorates and are specialists in the areas in which they teach. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, one who longs for an environment that will nurture their academic instincts, and who is preparing to continue to university.  


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • $4,800 to $22,000

  • Traditional
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Hamilton, Ontario
(316 km away)

At Hillfield Strathallan College (HSC), we encourage our students to learn with joy and live with purpose. Although we are one College, we are comprised of 4 schools. Two Early education schools, Montessori and Junior offering programming for students 18 months to Grade 4/age 9, a Middle School offering Grades 5-8 and a Senior School for students in Grades 9-12. We know that the best learning happens when students have opportunities to pursue their passions and participate in learning experiences that challenge them. Established in 1901, HSC is a leading co-educational school that prepares our students to understand their world, inspire, lead, and make a difference in their own unique ways. Our outstanding academic programs are shaped by student inquiry. Expert faculty then deliver a curriculum that ignites curiosity and encourages students to explore their potential. Students enjoy wide-ranging co-curriculars in the arts, athletics, service and leadership. Our beautiful 50-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities, including seven gyms, a performing arts center, community dining hall, and playgrounds inspired by nature. We invite you to learn why HSC students can’t wait to come to school!


  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • NS to 12
  • 1230 students
  • $15,872 to $27,802

  • Progressive
  • Montessori
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid


Open Houses

  • Mar 03, 2020
  • May 05, 2020
  • Apr 07, 2020
  • Nov 12, 2019
  • Dec 03, 2019
  • Feb 04, 2020
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Hamilton, Ontario
(317 km away)

While some schools pride themselves on being small, Columbia finds its strength in being large—with a student population in excess of 1800, it is easily the largest boarding school in Canada. What Columbia might lack in intimacy it gains in the ability to provide a wealth of supports and programs that smaller schools simply can't. The school maintains extensive liaison offices, a dedicated guidance staff, and even its own medical clinic. The faculty, through size and experience, is remarkably adept at providing a quality, well-rounded education with an eye to success in postsecondary education. The school provides ESL to students who need it, and liaises directly with universities in Canada and beyond in order to facilitate the transition to postsecondary education. In all, the school excels at doing what it was created to do: to support the university-bound international learner who is living away from home within a culture, and at times a language, that is unfamiliar.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 1700 students
  • $8,100 to $18,800/semester

  • Traditional
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Brantford, Ontario
(318 km away)

Established in 1974, Montessori House of Children is within the first cohort of schools offering the method in Canada, with the first schools starting up in the late 60s. Then as now the intention was to provide a strong, values-based foundation with an eye to the skills and abilities that children will need to be successful in the primary and elementary grades. The program intends to offer a family-oriented approach in a comfortable, familiar environment, as supported by the building itself. Also true to its original mandate, MHC hews closely to the philosophy and methods developed by Maria Montessori, something that is a draw for the families that enroll here. A range of learning differences are supported, and small class sizes ensure a high level of individual attention.


  • Day school
  • NS to SK
  • 41 students
  • $8,200 to $10,000

  • Montessori
  • Language immersion
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Burlington, Ontario
(319 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Day school
  • Grades 5 to 12
  • $13,595 to $20,795

  • Liberal Arts
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Braemar House School  (est. 1996)

Brantford, Ontario
(319 km away)

Braemar House was founded in 1996 by a group of parents looking for a school for their children centred around their shared values and beliefs. That’s great of course, as are the specific values that they had in mind: citizenship, stewardship, and community. When we think of education, we think of academics, though those initial families were aware that academics, while important, are only one part of the bigger picture. The school has grown and formalized since then, as with the creation of the Citizenship Program in 2005, as well as the creation of the Virtues Project, which contribute to the other character building initiatives within the delivery of the core curriculum. There is of course an abiding attention to delivering a strong academic program—there has been a significant attention to developing 21st century literacies—though it’s the attention to values that remains, rightly, an important draw. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, able to thrive in a vibrant educational atmosphere. 


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 112 students
  • $13,160

  • Traditional
  • Montessori

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Burlington, Ontario
(320 km away)

Founded in 1975, parents, understandably, have turned to BCA first because it is one of the few private school options in the Burlington area where the elementary curriculum is taught through a Christian lens. And, to be sure, that’s one of the schools prime offerings. That said, the program has other strengths as well, including very broad arts and athletic programs that are unique to schools of this size. The variety and attention is a plus, though so is access—in a school of 140 students, and with this level of programming, all students are able to experience and participate in organized sports, leadership training, music, and theatre. The school has also dedicated itself to higher order athletics, with a level of coaching and training that, again, is atypical within schools of this size. So, while the values piece is certainly a draw, the school has a lot to offer in addition, including a proven academics, a rich extra-curricular programming, housed within a close, community atmosphere.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 160 students
  • $8,700 to $13,600

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid

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Burlington, Ontario
(321 km away)

Each year Fern Hill mounts a theatrical presentation that includes all the students from grade 4 up. No, it's not a theatre school, but the strength of the production, and the enthusiasm with which it's mounted, is as good an introduction to the school as any. Academics are important, just as they should be at any school, but culture is important too, including a desire to capitalize on the individual strengths of the staff. Cross-curricular links are a focus of the field studies program, which also takes advantage of the location of the campus within the Ontario Greenbelt. Field studies are used as an entre to the development of confidence, skill development, and team building. The ideal student is one who can benefit from a bit more support, a bit more encouragement than they might find elsewhere in order to reach their full potential.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 180 students
  • $21,620 to $23,368

  • Traditional
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Burlington, Ontario
(321 km away)

Ashwood Glen is a progressive school, located on a new purpose-built campus in Burlington, featuring state-of-the-art facilities. The school aspires to become a Pre-K– 8 IB World School, and its vision is to empower students to lead and foster excellence in their lives by providing a transformative educational experience that encourages curiosity, ignites passion, and inspires confidence.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 260 students
  • $9,900 to $18,900

  • Progressive
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Burlington, Ontario
(321 km away)

Burlington Royal Arts Academy is a private secondary school offering provincial academic curriculum. Guided by outstanding faculty and guest artists, our elective credit focus is the ARTS. Students pursue artistic excellence through an arts major all year. A Major refers to the student's focus for artistic training (Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Dance, Drama). Students select a second arts course to support their arts major OR expand their artistic abilities. 


  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 20 students
  • $150 to $9,988

  • Traditional
  • Arts-intensive
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Oakville, Ontario
(323 km away)

OCS was founded in 1982 to serve a need principally for a quality school that taught the Ontario curriculum through a Christian lens. Since, the school has built its reputation on precisely that: offering a Christian perspective on the core Ontario curriculum. The school has a strong community feel, a product to some extent of its size, though leadership has given close attention to developing instruction and extra-curriculars, including the development of a strong athletic program. The school continues to reflect its original mandate while also remaining agile, adopting new programs and practices to meet the needs of students in a changing world. 


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 250 students
  • $3,342 to $13,407

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school

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Glenn Arbour Academy  (est. 2005)

Burlington, Ontario
(323 km away)

Glenn Arbour positions its approach to instruction within a sense of possibility, building from a student’s sense of what they’re capable of and then extending it. Students feel that they are at baseline and building from there, rather than feeling that they are below baseline and reaching up to achieve it. Perhaps it’s a fine point, but the lived experience, for many students, can be transformational. The goal is academic excellence and personal confidence, and Glenn Arbour has built its reputation on delivering students into their high school careers with both of those. Families are also drawn to an impressive roster of extracurricular activities, one that is somewhat remarkable for a school of this size. As such, students not only have access to the activities of their choice, they are also challenged to try others that they may not consider in other environments.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 106 students
  • $15,000

  • Traditional
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Burlington, Ontario
(323 km away)

Trinity helps Burlington parents raise children who understand the world as a place created for them by the God who loves them. Trinity exists to awaken curiosity, nurture faith, and inspire learners to reflect Jesus everywhere. Trinity draws teachers, students, and parents from more than 40 Burlington-area churches. Seeking to be a place of welcome and care, Trinity creates lasting value for families by focusing on Christ-centred leadership and faith-infused pedagogy.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 240 students
  • $8,000 to $20,000

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid
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Appleby College  (est. 1911)

Oakville, Ontario
(324 km away)

While boarding isn't as much of a focus as it once was—the day students now outnumber the boarders, as they have done for some time—Appleby's stance is nevertheless predicated on the benefits that boarding can afford: independence, self-discipline, and responsibility. The school prides itself on a reputation for academic innovation, one that it has rightly earned. The program is designed to prepare students for the world that they will move into after graduation, and indeed it is a leader in that regard. Diversity is seen as a core strength, and the school has instituted a range of programs intended maintain a diverse academic, cultural, and economic student population. The ideal student is one who is forthright, active, confident, and self-directed.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 765 students
  • $37,350 to $74,550

  • Liberal Arts
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid


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Halton Waldorf School  (est. 1984)

Burlington, Ontario
(324 km away)

Any school is more than the buildings or the setting, though perhaps especially with Waldorf programs, setting is an important piece. Halton’s program is established and proven, having been founded in 1984, and the facilities are notable as well, providing, in many ways, the ideal environment for the Waldorf approach. The buildings aren’t small, though they really confer a nice sense of place, some that is beautifully extended by the school’s proximity to green space. Waldorf intends to set students apart a bit from the bustle of daily live, and all the distractions that might be found there, and refocus students’ attention, and awaken a perception and appreciation of children’s talents and their place in the world. You’d be hard pressed to find a learning environment that better expresses and supports those goals. It’s idyllic, and matches the strength of the academic program and the experience of the staff.


  • Day school
  • NS to 12
  • 180 students
  • $8,800 to $14,620

  • Waldorf
  • Offers financial aid
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MacLachlan College  (est. 1978)

Oakville, Ontario
(325 km away)

“MacLachlan prides itself on being at the cutting edge of innovation in teaching and learning theory,” says Michael Piening, head of school. “This generation of learner, and the world they are growing up in, is very engaged, social and interactive. We looked internally at how we could best respond and adapt to enhance student exploration, creativity and knowledge.” That’s quite a mouthful, to be sure, but it’s a good one nevertheless. Schools are challenged to adapt their programs to the needs of students, and there are a lot of red herrings out there, such as an over-emphasis on digital literacy, for example. To be a 21st century learner can mean many things, though at McLachlan it means engagement with ideas, peers, and community. The annual Word Fest is a great example of that, in that case using the language arts program as a starting point for an engagement with issues and topics that require students to think creatively, empathize, and communicate their ideas. Earlier this year the grade one classes took part in a workshop with the Hamilton Children’s museum, roll-playing a shipwreck, stuck on coral in the midst of a storm. That, and indeed many programs at MacLachlan, can rightly turn heads. They provide telling examples of how the school expresses its dedication to engagement, exploration, and social interactivity, all of it as charming as it is impressive. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a diverse, active, and challenging academic environment. 


  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 350 students
  • $12,000 to $26,300

  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Offers financial aid
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Oakville, Ontario
(325 km away)

Now in its 50th year, Dearcroft is one of the older Montessori schools in the country, founded in 1968 by Peter and Barbara Phippen. It also has very consistent history, now being directed by Gordon Phippen, son of the founders. All of that, while not essential to the delivery of a quality Montessori program, nevertheless underscores what parents and students value in the approach, namely a clear sense of community, family, cross-generational interaction, and a sense of tradition. The program hews very closely to Maria Montessori’s model, and also brings the community—both local and beyond—into the classroom. The student body is on the larger end for a dedicated Montessori school, and the benefits of size are apparent in the range of programs offered.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 170 students
  • $8,800 to $21,250

  • Montessori
  • Gifted school
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Oakville, Ontario
(326 km away)

The school has a long history, having been founded in Toronto 1891. After a move to Oakville, it later paired with a school guided by Ruth Lightbourn, a renowned teacher who founded a school almost by default—she began as a tutor for the children of John Guest, then headmaster of Appleby College, and her success was of the kind we associate with Nanny McPhee. She became the go-to tutor, and in time founded her own school. That and St. Mildred's formally joined in 1969, combining the traditions and the drive of both under one umbrella. More than anything, the intention is to provide girls with the skills, experience, and esteem that will carry over into academic and professional success. Ample opportunities are provided for students to discover their passions, wherever they may lie, as well as the encouragement to grow within those areas of interest.


  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 550 students
  • $18,000 to $28,430

  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Gifted school
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Linbrook School  (est. 2014)

Oakville, Ontario
(326 km away)

There has been a Linbrook School at this site in Oakville for more than 80 years—prior to 2010, it was the site of a public school with that name. The current Linbrook school keeps the name, as the founders liked the continuity it provided within the community, including the educational tradition that the school represented. That said, the current Linbrook shares little more than a name with that school. It’s the only boys’ school in Oakville, and the approach is based in providing a diversity of activity, and physical movement, both within the classroom and without. Students learn in a dynamic, group environment. Classrooms are large to promote small group facilitation. The facilities were entirely updated for the school's opening, and incorporate a full range of instructional technology. The grounds, including green space and play fields, also recommend the school.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 180 students
  • $21,950 to $25,950

  • Traditional
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Oakville, Ontario
(326 km away)

“Let’s talk this out under the magnolia tree,” is the Clanmore version of, “we need to have a talk.” How great is that? Certainly, from the magnolia tree on up, there’s a lot to love here. The Clanmore building, as well as the context it sits within, is gorgeous. The home was built in 1904, and the school bought it in 1998 from descendants of the original owner. Which, frankly, just feels right for some reason. Atmosphere, is an important aspect of Montessori education, and all of the additions and adjustments to the structure have been undertaken with that in mind. It sits on the edge of the Joshua’s Creek Conservation area, and the school rightly makes use of that location within its programming. The curriculum hews to a close reading of Maria Montessori’s intentions, the attention to student-guided instruction prime among them.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 175 students
  • $8,500 to $18,000

  • Montessori


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Oakville, Ontario
(326 km away)

Chisholm was created to address the needs of the kinds of learners who are prone to falling through the cracks of a traditional education. Special needs is the term we might use, though the definition used at Chisholm admits a broader understanding than we typically grant, including students from across the entire academic spectrum. What they share is a need for a more structured academic experience. The school is headed by Dr. Howard Bernstein and Dr. Shirley Bryntwick, both clinical psychologists. The ideal student is one who requires more than they are able to get from a traditional academic setting, and who benefits from a very structured, personal, planned approach to their education. A robust interface between parents and the school is encouraged, and close communication is ongoing throughout the academic year.


  • Day school
  • Grades 6 to 12
  • 150 students
  • $22,645 to $23,790

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school
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Oakville, Ontario
(326 km away)

Rotherglen School was founded in 1979 by Marie Laningan at the Erin Mills campus. The school has grown in the intervening years to include four locations, all of which share the same approach. Were all the students housed at one campus, Rotherglen would be one of the largest independent schools in the area, home to 1000 students annually. The various locations, however, afford a unique sense of community within each, with small class sizes, and a close-knit feel. While aesthetics don’t mean everything, they nevertheless do mean something, and the school is physically beautiful, with dedicated, consistent learning spaces.


  • Day school
  • K to 8
  • 700 students
  • $13,700 to $22,800

  • Progressive
  • Montessori
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Wildwood Academy  (est. 2002)

Oakville, Ontario
(327 km away)

Wildwood was founded in 2002 in order to serve primary and middle-grade learners who require more support than they would find within a traditional classroom. The environment—both physically and pedagogically—was designed to address the needs of students with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, dyslexia, and autism Spectrum Disorder. In some senses, that describes quite a range of students and abilities, including those who may function both above and below their peers. While the classroom setting and extra-curricular activities provide opportunities for social development, the pace of instruction is individualized. The intention is to prepare students for high school, developing a personalized suite of strategies and skills necessary for them to make the most of academic life once they leave Wildwood after grade 8.


  • Day school
  • Grades 2 to 8
  • 60 students
  • $27,000 to $30,000

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school

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Oakville, Ontario
(328 km away)

The work of Walden, as suggested by the school’s name, is informed by the work of Henry David Thoreau, specifically the idea that working within a natural setting, allowing curiosity to guide you, is the basis to working with others and knowing your place in the world. The offering of the IB program underscores that world view, as does an emphasis on getting into nature. It’s a noisy world. Kids need quiet, and Walden rightly makes that a priority. Instruction is student driven, seeking to inspire curiosity, while also capitalizing on the interests that students bring into the classroom. While academics are strong, it’s the values that the school promotes that is a particular draw to the families that enroll here. Walden has two locations, Brampton and Oakville, and the Oakville location was formerly Glenburnie. The school has retained some of the best elements of the former, including a dedication to 21st century skills, fostering leadership and independence, developing communication and interpersonal skills, as well as much of the staff, students, and the culture.  As prior, the school is at the cutting edge of curriculum delivery, with a gaze firmly set on the skills, behaviours, and values that students will need as they move forward in schooling and in life. The ideal student is one able to make the most of an enriched, creative, student-driven educational environment.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 170 students
  • $9,400 to $18,800

  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
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Oakville, Ontario
(328 km away)

KCC is impressive, beginning with a sparkling campus inclusive of a broad range of cutting edge facilities. It’s a larger school, and demonstrates all the benefits of size, including extensive in-class resources and extra-curricular programming. There’s a lot to do here, and the students who attend are typically keen to make the most of it. The faculty are required to take part in ongoing professional development, and are given lots of latitude to be creative in the delivery of the curriculum. And on it goes. The athletics facilities are extensive and absolutely up to date, the arts programming diverse and dedicated, and the cafeteria exemplary. The ideal student is one who is operating at the top of his or her peer group and looking to learn and grow within a values-based environment populated by those of a similar mindset.


  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 710 students
  • $15,800 to $52,000

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
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Mississauga, Ontario
(328 km away)

Maria Montessori opened her first school in 1907, so the Montessori method has been with us, fully formed, for more than a century. The ideas that Montessori brought to the table have found their way into mainstream education in a variety of ways. That said, the whole is truly greater than the sum of any of the parts, and it’s the sum that Peel Montessori offers. Parents who turn to Peel are looking for fidelity to the core program as initially described: the community feel, the organization, and the individualized approach that makes the method so successful with young people. Children have fun, though the school rightly brings leadership and responsibility into the classroom as well. The goal is for students to gain not just with the skills and knowledge necessary for success, but also the confidence to excel.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 150 students
  • $8,500 to $18,500

  • Progressive
  • Montessori
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Mississauga, Ontario
(328 km away)

La Villa rightly prides itself in offering a very authentic presentation of the Montessori method, and for many families that is a primary draw. As such, students are engaged in an active, hands-on, cooperative environment, where the core curriculum is delivered in consort with a growing understanding of their place in the community of the school and beyond. Close attention is given to the acquisition of skills as well as interpersonal, physical, and emotional development.


  • Day school
  • NS to K
  • 31 students
  • $8,100 to $15,608

  • Montessori

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GlenOak Academy  (est. 2017)

Mississauga, Ontario
(329 km away)

GlenOak's mission is to provide an education as extraordinary as your child! We provide a small school setting and a supportive learning environment where students benefit from our low student-teacher ratios and depending on program stream, the additional support of one of our experienced educational assistants. We start with heart at GlenOak, building meaningful relationships with our students. We pride ourselves on an outside-the-box approach to teaching and learning with a focus on student success. Join us!


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 20 students
  • $6,500 to $28,700

  • Progressive
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Oakville, Ontario
(330 km away)

At Fern Hill, academics are important, just as they should be at any school, but culture is important too, including a desire to capitalize on the individual strengths of the staff. Cross-curricular links are a focus, as is a desire to allow students to experience things that may, for the moment at any rate, seem to reside outside their immediate areas of interest. The program is focused on the development of confidence, skill, and social engagement.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 400 students
  • $11,177 to $23,368

  • Traditional
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Mississauga, Ontario
(330 km away)

HNMCS began in 1964 as Holy Name of Mary School, and it has grown and changed in the decades since. For a time the school was publicly funded, and while it operated continually through the years, it was re-established in 2008 with a new name—the current one—and as a fully independent school for girls. Today, as in 1964, HNMCS is supported by the Felician Sisters, and is also supported by the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School, who co-founded the independent school. The vision of the school has also remained through the years, though was rededicated in 2009. Families who turn to HNMCS are looking for strong academics and values, and indeed they find both. The values that the school promotes those of the Catholic tradition, with an emphasis on empathy, justice, and excellence. The ideal student is one who shares those core values, will thrive within a challenging academic atmosphere, and is preparing for post-secondary education.


  • Day school
  • Grades 5 to 12
  • 235 students
  • $17,950

  • Progressive
  • Faith-based school
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Offers financial aid

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Mississauga, Ontario
(330 km away)

Despite what many might perhaps naturally assume, not all Montessori schools are created equally, even within the class of schools that hue very closely to the core of the model. As Maria Montessori would herself have approved, each school takes on a unique character through the passions and personalities of those that work and learn within it, and Kaban is a good example of that. The name, Kaban, is a Mayan word meaning “earth,” and was chosen to represent the unique cast of the program, one that seeks to highlight stewardship to the environment both within the school and outside in the natural world. It’s a nice touch, and one that brings forward some of the core elements of the method that perhaps get short shrift. Yes, manipulatives are a part of it, though they are tools toward achieving the goal of mastery of the concepts and, in working with peers, a confidence in who we are and how we relate to others. Kaban nicely focuses its efforts very clearly around those concepts, both within its physical space as well as in the delivery of the curriculum. The size of the school is big enough to allow for diversity in programming while also allowing all of the students to feel that they are known and have a role and responsibilities in the life of the school. Instruction is student-centered and individualized, something that is an important draw for the families that enroll within the school. In all of that, and more, there’s a lot to love.


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 147 students
  • $15,000 to $17,000

  • Montessori
  • Language immersion
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Mississauga, Ontario
(330 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Day school
  • Grades 6 to 12
  • $16,995 to $23,395

  • Liberal Arts
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Mentor College  (est. 1982)

Mississauga, Ontario
(330 km away)

Mentor College and TEAM School are closely associated, something that brings unique strengths to both. They are overseen by a single administrative body, and they share some facilities, services, and extracurricular programs. The benefits are in a shared infrastructure and organizational efficiency. The facilities are modern and robust, as are student services and transportation. There is a robust, rich program of extra-curricular activity, something that, again, is a benefit of not only the school's size, but also the intra-school associations and programs. That said, the division of the campuses gives each—high school, intermediate, and primary—its own sense of propriety and identity. It's a unique model, one that gains both the benefits of a large student population, as well as those of smaller communities of students. In numbers, this is one of the largest schools in Canada, though the lived experience of the families that attend doesn't bear that out. Frequent and casual communication between parents and teachers, as well, underscores a personal, student and family-centered approach.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 1500 students
  • $16,445 to $23,750

  • Traditional
  • Elite university feeder school

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Meadow Green Academy  (est. 1995)

Mississauga, Ontario
(331 km away)

Georganne MacKenzie founded Meadow Green in order to offer an academic program that was both rigorous and inclusive of Christian values. The approach is as consistent as it is committed to addressing the specific needs of each learner, both academic and social. In crafting the curriculum MacKenzie wanted to reflect the academic traditions of strong core language, numeracy, and assessment, while also bringing in modern best practices. The ideal student is one operating at the upper end of his or her peer group, and who is able to thrive in a challenging, diverse, and cooperative learning environment.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 150 students
  • $8,800 to $15,490

  • Traditional
  • Montessori
  • Faith-based school
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Mississauga, Ontario
(331 km away)

Sherwood Heights intends to give students a strong foundation for further study, granted through a traditional, content-based academic program. Expectations are clear and explicit, including a demonstrable facility with the core curriculum and the development of watertight study habits. For many families that culture—one in which social currency is gained through academics—is a primary draw. Extra-curricular programs augment the core areas of instruction. The ideal student is one who is academically inclined, operating at the top of their peer group, and looking for an environment that prizes all of that.  


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 500 students
  • $11,700 to $15,000

  • Traditional
  • Gifted school
  • Accelerated curriculum

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Bronte College  (est. 1991)

Mississauga, Ontario
(332 km away)

Any way you look at it, there’s a lot going on at Bronte College. The student population is predominantly boarding, which in turn provides a foundation for the life of the school. Students arrive each year from more than 30 countries from around the world, and the instruction adopts an international gaze as well. AP, IB—the academic programs are focused intently on the progression to university, and to ensure success in post-secondary life. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a very diverse, challenging, globally minded academic environment.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 400 students
  • $16,500 to $19,800

  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
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Mississauga, Ontario
(332 km away)

The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, marking the end of an astonishing period of growth and development. The school really did start in a basement, moving from there into a range of branches throughout the GTA, in time consolidating onto the two campuses that the school occupies today. Schools don't grow that much, or that quickly, if they aren't servicing a specific need, and certainly that's true of TFS. The acronym stands for Toronto French School, which is the name that the school was founded with, though in time it was offering a lot more than the name suggested. Language remains an important part of the curriculum, though the culture of the school reaches beyond language. The environment is rich, varied, and supportive. The student body is culturally and academically diverse, all of which is encouraged through a robust bursary program.


  • Day school
  • PS to 7
  • 200 students
  • $18,820 to $33,970

  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Language immersion
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Offers financial aid
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Mississauga, Ontario
(332 km away)

When Edgerton Ryerson established a national, public education system, he highlighted the need for consistency: every school should be the same, offer the same things, from coast to coast. Sadly, that conception of what schools should be, and what they should provide, remains doggedly with us today. Thankfully, schools like Shepherd Montessori step away from that model, choosing rather to offer something as unique as the community they are formed to serve. Shepherd is a school using the Montessori method to deliver a program that is also based in the values of the Catholic church. In that, it’s happily one of a kind. Further, the student population is small, allowing a heightened level of individual attention, something that is also a primary draw. The community of the school is diverse, and while not all families are active within the Catholic church, all nevertheless appreciate the school’s attention to developing the students’ understanding of their spiritual selves. The approach in the classroom is child-centered, child-directed, and project oriented. The ideal student is one able to thrive with a close-knit learning environment.


  • Day school
  • NS to 1
  • 24 students
  • $6,800 to $11,500

  • Montessori
  • Faith-based school
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Vincent Massey Academy  (est. 1985)

Etobicoke, Ontario
(332 km away)

Established in 1985, Vincent Massey has developed a long standing reputation in the community for excellence in early education. A staple in South Etobicoke for over 30 years, Vincent Massey offers a Reggio-inspired environment where everyday learning challenges students to test their assumptions and explore their curiosity as we open doors to exploration and inquiry.


  • Day school
  • NS to 3
  • 230 students
  • $9,000 to $15,000

  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
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TEAM School  (est. 1981)

Mississauga, Ontario
(332 km away)

Mentor College and the TEAM schools (Tutorial and Educational Assistance in Mississauga) are closely associated. They are overseen by a single administrative body, and they share some facilities, services, and extracurricular programs. The most obvious difference between them is focus: where Mentor College provides a program for students proceeding within the academic stream, and the TEAM providing a program for those proceeding within the applied stream. That said, it's the other differences—including style of instruction, class size, and individual attention—that ultimately distinguish the schools. Many students arrive at TEAM after struggling to meet their true academic potential within a more traditional academic setting. The ideal student is one who will benefit from the added support and attention, with particular attention to numeracy, literacy, and the development of sound learning skills. Due in part to the association with Mentor College and TSS, the facilities are modern and robust, as are student services and transportation.


  • Day school
  • Grades 1 to 12
  • 200 students
  • $19,725 to $22,600

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school

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Mississauga, Ontario
(332 km away)

There are many ways of defining success, though the one that TIA has built its program around is this: university acceptance. Many students arrive from overseas, and part of the goal of the school is to acclimate them to life in Canada. For all students, local or international, the program is designed to build academic strength and confidence as well as the study skills that will help them achieve their academic potential once in university. What the school may lack in extended extracurricular programs it gains in close attention and support. The ideal student is one intending to enter a Canadian university confident in their academic abilities and study skills.  


  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 15 students
  • $10,400 to $16,800

  • Traditional
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Star Academy  (est. 1997)

Mississauga, Ontario
(332 km away)

Star Academy was founded in 1998 and was led by the founder, Belinda Bernardo, until her retirement in 2017. She was succeeded by Julie Benneyworth and Heather Rees, creating a nice continuity in leadership, as well as a substantive dedication to the values that Bernardo instilled in the school, those of respect, curiosity, collaborative learning, and active engagement. Administration has also consistently demonstrated their desire to regularly revisit best practices, adapting instruction, including adoption of 21st century learning, to meet the students where they are, and to take them where they will need to be. Families that enroll often do so in light of those values as well as the things that are unique to the school, including a more intensive commitment to physical education, an 11-month instructional year, and a low teacher-student ratio. Other draws include small class sizes, individual attention, and cross-curricular instruction.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 60 students
  • $13,990 to $17,990

  • Progressive

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Toronto, Ontario
(333 km away)

Marie Lardino, the founder of VIS, began her teaching career within the public system in Ontario. As such, she witnessed first-hand the impacts that the province-wide reforms begun in 1998—in particular standardized testing—had on her students. Grades, she felt, became a regrettable focus, increasing student stress and anxiety. That was the impetus that lead her to found VIS in 2000. It builds from the strength of having a common curriculum, though presenting it in a more personal, supportive, student-centred environment. To date, the success of the school has been remarkable, gaining the attention of professional educators, and providing an example that many have chosen to emulate. Marie Lardino, now retired, continues to guide the school as its arms-length director, and believes that students learn best in environments where “belonging and safety are acknowledged, practiced, and celebrated.” The academic program is rigorous, though student success is a product of the empowerment that they feel each day when they arrive at school.


  • Day school
  • Grades 1 to 8
  • 100 students
  • $19,500

  • Traditional
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid

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Oak Learners  (est. 2016)

Etobicoke, Ontario
(333 km away)

Oak Learners is a private alternative school and learning centre offering a full and part time day school as well as a wide variety of after-school programming including Music, Tutoring and Art. Our school provides a supportive learning atmosphere, working with your child’s unique learning style to inspire their strengths and interests. Our classrooms use interdisciplinary teaching methods and inquiry-based programming to create a unique student-driven and teacher-facilitated, enriched learning environment.


  • Day school
  • JK to 6
  • 12 students
  • $3,600 to $18,900

  • Reggio Emilia
  • Special needs school
  • Gifted school

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Toronto, Ontario
(333 km away)

One of the resources of Keystone International Schools is the city itself, something that administration has very consciously built into the programs. Toronto has a wealth of resources, of course and Keystone strives, rightly, to make the most of them. While not a preparatory school in name, the program nevertheless addresses itself to a student population preparing for success at university. Supports are in place for international students, and the school adopts an international gaze, looking well beyond the school walls, educating students to be adept at international communication and engagement. The ideal student is one able to thrive within a diverse, collaborative academic environment.


  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 100 students
  • $10,900 to $18,800

  • Progressive
  • Selective school (admit <75%)

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Toronto, Ontario
(333 km away)

We might typically think of a prep school as a high school that intends to prepare students for university. Clearly, Liberty uses the term in a slightly different sense, and intends to provide a strong foundation in the early years, preparing students for success when they move on to the middle and high school years. Attention is given, of course, to core academics, though likewise to building confidence and creating independent, engaged learners. As per the Montessori approach, instruction is inquiry based, seeking to build on the children’s talents and interests. The attention to the atmosphere of the school is clear, and the spaces are beautifully appointed to provide an environment conducive to learning together, and which also reflects the character and diversity of the surrounding neighbourhoods.  


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 140 students
  • $12,000 to $16,500

  • Montessori

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Toronto, Ontario
(333 km away)

Avalon began in 2000 with a single toddler room and one casa classroom and has happily grown ever since. The program today extends through Grade 8, offering a consistency for children through the primary and elementary grades. Likewise, the breadth allows for a greater interaction between generations than elsewhere, something that is rightly a cornerstone of the Montessori approach. The best Montessori schools are those that retain a fidelity to the core of the method while also meeting the needs of the community it serves, expressing their diversity and their values. Certainly, that’s a great strength of Avalon, and one of the reasons that families consistently turn to it. In the nearly two decades of the school’s life it has earned an impressive reputation for good work, professional development, and a strong delivery of the core curriculum. No doubt, it continues to provide all of that and then some.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 90 students
  • $6,395 to $20,150

  • Montessori
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(333 km away)

Now enrolling for Fall 2020, Guidepost Montessori at Toronto is a new campus in Midtown for ages infant to 12. At Guidepost, we offer an authentic Montessori experience as well as a global education that extends beyond the classroom walls. Our young students not only live and play in a thriving cosmopolitan city, but they also learn and explore within it. The city of Toronto is part of our curriculum at Guidepost, which means students visit museums, historical sites, restaurants, and parks, and participate in performance arts and gallery exhibitions, all planned to enrich their understanding and perspective of culture. In elementary, students even plan these outings together. They research schedules and map out locations, taking on the responsibility of their education in a way that empowers their independence while deepening their own connection with the city they call home. Guidepost Toronto is among a growing, worldwide network of schools. Students learn about the cultures that exist within their sister campuses, and their families have the opportunity to visit and study at other Guidepost schools where their children enter a familiar Montessori classroom while exploring and engaging with a new city. At Guidepost, our teachers and our students are ever-evolving citizens of the world.


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 50 students
  • $12,600 to $22,000

  • Progressive
  • Montessori
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(333 km away)

UTS began its life in 1910 as a laboratory school within the University of Toronto department of education. Then, as now, it shared a building with that faculty. When it was founded the intention was that there would ultimately be more than one school, including a girls' school, as the initial enrollment was just boys. Hence the plural "schools" in the name, though there has only ever been one. UTS is remarkable for all kinds of reasons, including an alumni that includes 2 Nobel Laureates, twenty Rhodes Scholars, eleven Olympians, and three ambassadors. In the century since it was founded, UTS weathered some interesting times, including student protests in the 1960s. At one point a student presented the headmaster with a blank sheet of paper saying "this is a list of our demands." It might sound a bit silly now, but the school was at the centre of the debates that would, in time, bring some important advances to public schooling in Canada, including the abolition of matriculation exams and a 4-year secondary school program (rather than 5). Those changes, and many others, are symbolic of the school's excellence, and it remains one of the foremost schools in the country. While not a gifted school, at least in name, the ideal student is one who thrives within a challenging, brisk academic environment. 


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 660 students
  • $26,960

  • Liberal Arts
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid
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Momentum Montessori  (est. 2016)

Toronto, Ontario
(333 km away)

There are many aspects to the Montessori method, though the primary one is approaching children with a sense of respect. That was revolutionary when Maria Montessori was first describing the method, a time when children were seen as smaller, less complete, less facile adults. Momentum is a modern school, of course, though it retains a fidelity to the core of the Montessori approach, namely that provision of respect, and that desire to allow children to be seen as whole people, rather than incomplete adults. The environment has been created to be one of implicit caring and support, on one hand, while also providing lots of opportunity to make new discoveries and to try new things. The adoption of new techniques and technologies has been done in a sympathetic way in order to enhance engagement with the core program and the core values, rather than disrupt them. The inclusion of the Suzuki Method is admirable, allowing children to experience music in a more authentic way then they may find elsewhere. Families rightly turn to Momentum for all of that, both the adherence to the core of the method, and willingness to allow it to grow naturally as appropriate to the needs of community that it serves.  


  • Day school
  • NS to K
  • 90 students
  • $13,000 to $20,000

  • Arts-intensive
  • Language immersion
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Milton, Ontario
(333 km away)

Oxford Learning Academy was established in 1984 to provide supplemental tutoring, and while it still offers part-time learning, it has also developed a full-time program. Instruction is student-centred, student-paced, and requires more of individual learners than typical classroom instruction. Oxford, of course, has long lead the charge in this regard, and continues to provide an alternative that, for many learners, is transformational, allowing them to achieve their potentials in ways that other instructional approaches simply don’t.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 65 students
  • $12,000 to $12,850

  • Traditional
  • Language immersion
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Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

The total student population is perhaps on the larger side for Montessori schools in the area, though residing on two campuses. As such Cornerstone reflects the benefits of size, namely in a broader access to resources, while maintaining a very close-knit feel within the classroom. Families are drawn to the Christian values which provide a foundation for the program, and augment the interpersonal aspects of the Montessori method. The teaching methods and the educational philosophy follow those developed by Maria Montessori, and then grow out from there, giving the school its unique character. The program stretches from preschool through Grade 12, allowing students to learn and grow in a consistent environment. The goal is to graduate students who have a good sense of themselves, their place in the world and what they can bring to it, and prepared to provide empathetic leadership within their community. The school has grown into a reputation for providing exactly that, with consistent, caring faculty in a family-oriented setting. The program is challenging, and includes a rich language program, intended to support students in reach their full academic and social potentials.


  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 130 students
  • $13,750 to $24,000

  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
  • Faith-based school
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

TAIE International Institute is one of the largest international boarding schools in the heart of downtown Toronto. Founded in 1998, TAIE has provided, under the supervision of the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) program, University Preparation Courses (UPC) and English as a Second Language (ESL) course. For over 20 years, we have inspired students to become inquisitive thinkers, displaying responsibility, awareness and integrity to overcome challenges in the future.


  • Boarding school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 400 students
  • $35,000 to $46,000

  • Traditional
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Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

There are various aspects to the Montessori model of instruction, though Westside nicely addresses not only what Montessori is, but also what it can mean in the longer-term. Maria Montessori didn’t think small—her classrooms, she felt, could be a doorway to many things, including world peace. That’s a very big thought of course, but within it is that idea of the longer-term, the belief that education is about the future of a society through addressing the future of each child. At Westside, that’s very much the intention: to give young students the basis for success in their education, and ultimately, success in life. The vibrancy of the surrounding Kensington Market community finds its way, very happily, into the classroom as well. Core literacy and numeracy are important, though there is also an attention to esteem, executive functioning, and social interaction. Rightly, families look to Westside, often principally, because of the program’s attention to those foundations.   


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 95 students
  • $19,200 to $21,300

  • Montessori
  • Language immersion


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Milton, Ontario
(334 km away)

Silver Maple Montessori is housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. We believe that during the early years of life; after their home environment, a child’s school plays an integral part in shaping their outlook on life, the world and their role in it. We affirm that the framework of our educational program is the Montessori approach in its most authentic understanding.


  • Day school
  • NS to SK
  • 63 students
  • $6,800 to $12,900

  • Montessori
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The YMCA Academy  (est. 2003)

Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

The very heart of private education is providing options for parents looking to support their learner, and YMCA Academy sits at the very heart of that concept. It was founded and developed to support learners with needs that may not be adequately met within other settings. Likewise, it comprises an academic environment in which those students aren’t constantly reminded of their exceptionality. Here, they participate in a community that is supportive, sympathetic, and socially oriented around their personal needs. That, in itself—irrespective of the programs or the curriculum—can be transformational. This isn’t a school for others, making a concession for them. Rather, it is a school for them. That’s huge.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 80 students
  • $25,000

  • Progressive
  • Special needs school
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid
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Guiding Light Academy  (est. 2007)

Mississauga, Ontario
(334 km away)

One of the reasons that private school is attractive is because there is no assumption that one size fits all, and Guiding Light is a great example of that. It presents both traditional and Montessori instruction in consort with the values and lessons of the Catholic church. It’s not for everyone, though for some, it provides a strikingly tailored fit. The ideal family is one that is active within the Catholic faith and looking for a school that will support that spiritual life. Families who enroll are drawn by the strength of the academic program, as well as by the breadth of extra-curricular offerings, all offered within a very close-knit school community. There is no other school like it, and for the families that enrol, that's perhaps Guiding Light's greatest strength. 


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 100 students
  • $9,500

  • Traditional
  • Montessori
  • Faith-based school
  • Language immersion
  • Accelerated curriculum

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The Abelard School  (est. 1997)

Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

Historically, a liberal arts curriculum comprised a course of study required by citizens in order to take an active part in civic life. It included not just what a person would need to know, but how they would need to be, including an understanding that the cultivation of intellect is a worthy goal unto itself. The Abelard School was created to reflect those kinds of goals. In 1997, a group of seasoned teachers founded the school in order to deliver the basics of a secondary education—the knowledge and the skills required to move on to university life—as well as to impart a love of learning and to encourage creative engagement across the academic spectrum. Those ideals, and indeed those teachers, remain today. The school is small—there is a total enrolment of just 50—and whatever it may lack in terms of a breadth of programming it gains in depth and individual attention.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 50 students
  • $20,000 to $25,000

  • Liberal Arts
  • Gifted school
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid
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Montcrest School  (est. 1961)

Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

For most families who consider private schooling, it’s the values piece that really tips the balance, and Montcrest is a great example of that. Yes, it’s got a strong, demonstrated history of academic excellence and innovation, including close attention to individual learning styles. In addition, though, it has demonstrated a keen and ongoing attention to the development of values, character, and community. The Peacemakers program is one example, and indeed a particularly good one. Students within it are trained in peer mediation and conflict resolution, which they then very visibly promote throughout the school environment. That kind of attention contributes to the development of leadership skills based in collaboration. The community garden, quite delightfully, is where all of those values are poignantly expressed. The location of the school on the edge of one of the city’s storied ravines is also a plus, something that the school rightly makes much use of.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 326 students
  • $25,000 to $39,975

  • Progressive
  • Offers financial aid

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Kendellhurst Academy  (est. 2004)

Mississauga, Ontario
(334 km away)

Private schools, of course, intend to offer an alternative, and Kendellhurst is a great example of that. The program is founded in an approach to ECE that borrows the best from Montessori and other alternative approaches, yet does it in a very tailored, intentional way in order to best address the needs of the students that attend. It's less about doctrine than meeting the specific needs of student population. There are three locations, though all feel a piece of the communities that they sit within, something that the Streetsville location is a particularly good example of. The educational context is local, small, and integrated with the needs of the families that enroll here. The feel is homey, comfortable, and supportive, and camp sessions allow families to extend that experience into the summer months, providing an opportunity for continuity between school terms. Organic meals and after school programs are included with tuition, something that can provide a welcome support to the daily management of family life.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 270 students
  • $12,000 to $16,000

  • Traditional

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Milton, Ontario
(334 km away)

The country school tradition is based in creating learning spaces that are inflected with some rural ideals—quiet, collaborative, community based, and including an interface with nature—that are reflected well within the MCS setting. Families are drawn to the community of the school, one that is small enough to allow students to know each other, and for parents to know each other as well. MCS also faithfully reflects the core of the Montessori tradition, including learning through hands-on manipulation and multi-age classrooms. In all of that, there’s a lot to like, including well-appointed classrooms and outdoor learning spaces.


  • Day school
  • PS to 3
  • 69 students
  • $8,160 to $13,600

  • Montessori
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Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • $17,995 to $23,395

  • Liberal Arts
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Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

Located 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.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 175 students
  • $23,105

  • Progressive
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

GIST bases instruction on the curriculum developed in Thüringen, a state at the geographic and cultural heart of Germany. It’s also inspected regularly by officials from that region who come in order to ensure that the school meets the standards set out within the curriculum, something it does for all of the 140 German schools around the globe. They were formed to offer education to German expats, though their popularity grew in response to local demand. The schools offered a quality, a unique pedagogical approach, and a sense of globalism that was hard to find in other institutions. The school provides dual-immersion, admitting students for whom either of the instructional languages are mother tongues. The ideal student is one who is intellectually curious, keen to learn languages, and who is excited by the prospect of learning and living within a rich, diverse, and uniquely authentic cultural environment.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 80 students
  • $9,050 to $17,700

  • Liberal Arts
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

Humberside was founded in 1987 by Felix Bednarski Molly Galle, and they remain as directors of the school today. As such, there has been a long and consistent attention to the initial intentions for the school, one of those being a fidelity to the core of the Montessori program as described by Maria Montessori through her work. That fidelity to the core of the approach is a particular draw for the families that enroll here, as is the demonstrated attention to maintaining AMI standards in classroom resources and faculty development. Parental involvement in the life of the school is welcome and encouraged, allowing a sense of community that extends nicely beyond the walls of the school proper.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 328 students
  • $9,200 to $15,400

  • Montessori
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The Dragon Academy  (est. 2001)

Toronto, Ontario
(334 km away)

The Dragon Academy was founded in 2000 to appeal to a very specific kind of learner, one who is intellectually omnivorous, creative, and academically gifted. The school began with just 12 students in its first year, and it remains very close-knit and intimate. Instruction is discussion-based, hands-on, and it makes the most of the wealth of learning resources that are nearby, including the A.G.O., the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, and the ROM. It has a lot to offer, though, again, for a very specific kind of learner. The right student will find the Dragon Academy to be a home, arriving within a community that contrasts with their prior school experience in some very significant ways. The focus is on engagement and curiosity. While the program is progressive, at least from a modern perspective, it's also in some ways exceedingly traditional, with a focus on the classics and Socratic investigation. The Dragon Academy is truly a school like none other. It's not every student's cup of tea, though of course no school ever is. For the students who attend, the program can be transformational and supportive in all the right ways.


  • Day school
  • Grades 4 to 12
  • 80 students
  • $22,000 to $27,000

  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Gifted school
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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Etobicoke, Ontario
(335 km away)

Blyth Academy Etobicoke offers experiential private high school education for Grades 9 to 12 in Toronto’s west end. Conveniently located on Bloor Street West, we are steps away from the TTC and only 15 minutes from downtown Toronto. The Academy’s campus facility provides students the opportunity to learn within a bright, modern, and spacious environment specifically designed to allow for one-on-one learning in small class sizes.


  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • $17,995 to $23,395

  • Liberal Arts
  • Elite university feeder school
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Howlett Academy  (est. 2001)

Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

Jan Howlett was a force in the world of education, and her desire to establish a school was due to frustrations with the public system. She pulled her two sons out of it when they were in grades 4 and 6, choosing to educate them at home. Seeing her dedication and skill, parents were soon calling to ask if she would accept their children as well. She did, and Howlett Academy was born. The school isn’t for the faint of heart. Howlett used terms like “mastery” long after they had gone out of fashion in the public system. The strengths of the Howlett program are a clear, well-organized curriculum, attentive supervision, and a clear set of academic goals and expectations. Students are encouraged to reach for excellence, and the school maintains an impressive track record of achievement.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 128 students
  • $14,000 to $18,000

  • Traditional
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Offers financial aid

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Branksome Hall  (est. 1903)

Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

Clans and tartans, prefects and polo shirts—the initial gestalt is very traditional. Some of the buildings on campus are heritage buildings, which adds to the luster, though they pre-date the founding of the school. Still, the spirit of the school is strikingly modern. The IB program starts early, as does the view to globalism. Branksome has a sister campus in South Korea, offering a hint of the dedication to an international gaze. Lists of notable alumni don't always reflect the work of the school—princes, for example, appear on those lists no matter what they achieve at school or afterward—though Branksome might prove the exception, in part because of the consistency of the achievement it demonstrates. Arts, letters, philanthropy, and leadership are all well represented in the list of notable alumni, just as they are within the school itself. Branksome Hall sets its sights very high, to be sure, and the ideal student is one who shares the core vision and is able to function in a very diverse, challenging, expansive environment.


  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 900 students
  • $33,630 to $66,805

  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

Welcome to Community Life Christian School! In our school, we welcome children from all families, Christians or non-Christians. We engage our children in fun, critical thinking, creativities, and real-life applications when they do every subject. Academic wise, our teachers are professional with truthful love and high sense of responsibility. We make sure every child can process and master every academic concept that is required by Ontario Curriculum. We turn education into an exciting, life-changing adventure!


  • Day school
  • NS to 12
  • 50 students
  • $800 to $1,400

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
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Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

Atelier Kids is redefining early learning education. We take our inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, where each child is born creative, intuitive, resourceful & has a strong potential for development from a young age. Our program is tailored to the interests of each individual child & how each child learns. We believe that great communication, authentic relationships, and the right environment lead to life-long learners. Help your child to become a curious & capable learner - ready for our future.


  • Day school
  • NS to PS
  • 70 students
  • $27,600

  • Montessori
  • Offers financial aid
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The Dalton School  (est. 2012)

Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

The Dalton School is a dual-language school, so it doesn't use the language immersion model that most Canadians are familiar with. First off, no prior Mandarin or English proficiency is required to enroll. Further, both languages are given equal weight, unlike in many public school immersion programs where students all share a first language and are all learning the same second language—at The Dalton School, 50% of the day’s instruction is in Mandarin, and 50% in English. The curriculum is balanced in order to allow students to achieve academic proficiency in both languages. So, it’s different, and as such, visiting the school can be, and often is, a striking experience. Most Canadians, truly, have never experienced an academic environment quite like it, with very young children functioning easily, casually in two languages. Both languages naturally open up a range of learning areas—both social and academic—not the least being an exposure to a wider range of culture influence, providing the groundwork for an expanding and empathetic world view. All academics follow an enriched presentation of the Ontario curriculum. Dalton has a very close, community feel, and parents are welcome to be involved in the life of the school. A new home for the school is set to open in 2018, allowing space to further grow the program and the enrollment.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 100 students
  • $22,250

  • Progressive
  • Offers financial aid

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Hitherfield School  (est. 1991)

Milton-Campbellville, Ontario
(335 km away)

Ann Scott founded Hitherfield in 1991 after a career within the Halton school board, and she remains at the head of the school today, giving a nice continuity to the development of the programs. The intention throughout has been to offer something that wasn’t offered in the public board, principally a more individualized, caring approach to learning. The school is small, and the size is one of its strengths. While it’s not a country school in name, the feel is comparable to schools that situate themselves within that movement—namely a learning environment that very much reflects the community that supports it. Parents are important to the life of the school, and are encouraged to take a role that will express their skills and interests. The ideal student is one looking for something more personal approach, one more attentive to the abilities, experience, and passion that students bring into the classroom.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 100 students
  • $11,600 to $15,120

  • Traditional
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Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

McDonald was founded in 1994 to deliver a quality university preparation for students in Canada as well as those arriving from around the world. Ever since, it’s been doing exactly that. The school maintains a small, almost exclusive feel, especially when compared with some of the larger international schools found in Ontario and beyond. The two campuses augment that feel, and students enter a close-knit academic and social community. All of the important supports are in place to appeal to the international learner, from language support, to assistance with daily life, to university counselling. The downtown campus, perhaps especially, is proximate to a rich range of resources, including the nearby University of Toronto campus. The school prides itself on offering a strong academic basis for university entry, as well as a rich and rewarding social experience. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a very vibrant, diverse, challenging and urban academic context.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • $10,000 to $29,300

  • Traditional
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

Our vision is to encourage our students to be life-long Georgians ready to use their scholarship, compassion, conscience and courage to make a difference. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each boy to become the best version of himself. We believe that school should be challenging and meaningful. We believe that knowledge matters; our collective future relies on us knowing more than we do today and acting purposefully on what we learn. We believe that each boy should be known and loved and that learning takes place within relationships. We believe that boys can be good and ambitious at the same time. They should be held to a high standard. Sometimes, pushing our boys to be more, to do more, or to act more thoughtfully and courageously, is the most loving thing we can do as adults. We believe in character and in doing the right thing. We believe in caring for one another, in integrity, and putting others before ourselves. We continue to be inspired by our founders who insisted that “Manners Maketh Men.” This is our Code. We are Georgians.


  • Day school
  • Grades 3 to 12
  • 426 students
  • $32,840

  • Progressive
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • eSchool school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • $2,995

  • Liberal Arts
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Etobicoke, Ontario
(335 km away)

When parents are considering a school, they’re right to ask about instructional styles, teaching, programs, assessment. Those are important. Though when we pick up our kids from school each day, we’re not thinking about those things. Instead, we ask: “How was your day?” Maybe we ask it reflexively, but when it comes to how children learn, that’s actually where the rubber really meets the road. Kids learn best in a consistent, supportive, personal, safe, and community-focused environment. Providing that kind of environment is what forms a basis for all of the work at Kingsley. When they say “thrive” they mean it in the broad sense—gaining a strong academic foundation—but also in the sense of having fun, gaining confidence, and finding a voice within a community of peers. The programs are strong, the teaching staff seasoned, and the school has had consistent success for more than three decades. For the families that enroll here, all of that is important. Likewise, the strength and focus of the learning environment is often, quite rightly, a principle draw. After all, a child's ability to thrive in life begins in having a good day, today.  


  • Day school
  • PS to 5
  • $12,000

  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Offers financial aid

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Summit Micro School  (est. 2010)

Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

Amanda Dervaitis, one of the founders of Summit Micro School, is a champion of the micro school, and she created the school in light of the benefits a small school can offer. The program is, in a sense, the reinvention of the one-room schoolhouse with mixed age classrooms and very close student-teacher relationships. Likewise, the programming is very responsive to the needs of the students, and adaptable to a wider range of resources, including those within the neighbouring community—while the student body may be small, the classroom extends well beyond the walls of the school, including regular interaction with local businesses and services. It’s perhaps not a typical model, though for many families, it’s rightly a very attractive one. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a flexible, vibrant learning environment.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 60 students
  • $14,300 to $20,400

  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
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Waldorf Academy  (est. 1987)

Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

We often consider the ideal student for a certain educational setting, though with Waldorf schools, it's important to also consider the ideal parent. Instruction student directed; benchmarks are less important than engagement. Multiple intelligences, multiple-sensory learning, cross-curricular instruction, visual learning—it's perhaps the epitome of what we think of as alternative education: constructivist rather than didactic. Waldorf Academy is one of the first of its kind in Canada, and was created when a group of parents decided to come together to create the kind of school that they wanted for their children. It's grown since then, and the organization and infrastructure has been formalized as well, including the creation of a purpose-built learning environment. Nevertheless, the core concept remains. The successful student is one who thrives in an interactive, transactional, arts-enriched setting. The ideal parent is one who sees the value in a constructivist approach, narrative-based assessment (letter grades are given in Grade 6 and up) and who prizes a considered and careful approach to the use of technology.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 240 students
  • $5,040 to $19,950

  • Waldorf
  • Arts-intensive
  • Offers financial aid


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The Mabin School  (est. 1980)

Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

When Geraldine Mabin founded the Mabin School in 1980 it was considered strikingly experimental. Children were taught in open environments, followed their curiosity, and learned more through guided experience than direct instruction. A teacher at the school once commented that "Our pattern is to have no pattern." Today, despite the changing educational landscape in Canada during the intervening decades, the school remains at the vanguard of alternative education. While Mabin left the school in the 1998, it still reflects the ideals on which it was based, and she remains involved with the school today. "Time in the classroom for actual learning as opposed to teaching is shrinking," Mabin said in 2011. "There's a very high expectation on academics and testing. A lot of time is spent on drumming in lessons and worrying about kids who haven't made it. Children should be given time to learn things, to not be pushed." The instruction is strong, and supported through extensive cross-curricular programming. Parental involvement in the life of the school is encouraged. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a rich, vibrant, and varied learning environment.


  • Day school
  • JK to 6
  • 150 students
  • $26,450

  • Progressive
  • Offers financial aid

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Etobicoke, Ontario
(335 km away)

Neil deGrasse Tyson has said, "imagine how different the world would be, if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'" Kingsway College School poses the same question, and has worked to augment a strong academic program with a cross-curricular attention to values. It can risk sounding a bit grand, as when Derek Logan, the head of school, notes that a goal is to teach students to "lead with vision and humility." These are little kids, after all, given that the program ends at Grade 8. Nonetheless, the attention to values, and providing opportunities for social development, in addition to a sense of mastery with core skills, is a strength of the school. The ideal student is one who is able to thrive in an active, academically challenging environment.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 400 students
  • $9,980 to $28,060

  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia

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Mississauga, Ontario
(335 km away)

Northstar isn’t your average Montessori school, in part because of its size—with an annual student population of 300, it’s a fair bit larger than the average—as well as its resources. The school was founded in 1996, though has grown its programs considerably in the intervening decades. There are some things that understandably stand out, such as the training pool, which is a recent addition, though they only underscore a more general awareness of the broad range of programming and facilities throughout the school. There are lots of bells and whistles, all of them welcome, though the core program is here too, with a fidelity to the Montessori method as demonstrated through CCMA accreditation. The program is offered from preschool through Grade 8, allowing families a consistency of approach and experience through the primary and elementary years.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 300 students
  • $9,500 to $14,900

  • Montessori

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Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

Oxford Learning Academy was established in 1984 to provide supplemental tutoring, and while it still offers part-time learning, it has also developed a full-time program. But, even in the part-time offerings, the tutorial method isn’t something ancillary to traditional instruction, but is very much a alternative approach that, for many children, is more beneficial than typical classroom learning. Certainly, there are schools in Canada—Kells in Montreal, and Kenneth Gordon Maplewood in Vancouver are two prime examples—that were founded as full-time schools, yet use the tutorial method in the delivery of the curriculum. It’s beneficial because it is student-centred, student-paced, and requires more of individual learners than typical classroom instruction. Oxford Learning Academy, of course, has long lead the charge in this regard, and continues to provide an alternative that, for many learners, is transformational, allowing them to achieve their full potential in ways that other instructional approaches, and other instructional environments, simply don’t.


  • Day school
  • PS to 1
  • 10 students
  • $10,000 to $15,000

  • Progressive
  • Gifted school
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The York School  (est. 1965)

Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

The York School was founded in 1965 as a pre-school and it has continued to grow since then, all the while reflecting the changing cultural and academic ideals of the age. The 60s saw a rise in hands-on, inquiry-based preschool instruction, as well as a greater attention to the realities of life and community than Dick and Jane could provide. For York, that approach to pre-school instruction was a starting point. With the creation of the lower school in 1978 and the upper school in 1998, York provided an ongoing education based on the initial analogue. Like the surrounding city, the school prizes diversity and an international perspective, something that arises naturally from a diverse student population. York is located in the heart of the city, providing a focal point for the urban, integrated culture of the school. The ideal student is one who can make the most of a challenging, diverse, and vibrant learning environment.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 730 students
  • $28,000 to $32,000

  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid


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De La Salle College  (est. 1851)

Toronto, Ontario
(335 km away)

De La Salle College is a Lasallian school, part of an association of schools in more than 80 countries worldwide. The schools are affiliated with a Roman Catholic teaching order founded by Saint Jean-Baptist de La Salle in France in 1679. Canonized in 1900, La Salle was later proclaimed by the Vatican as the patron saint of teachers. So, in all, the College has quite a pedigree. It is committed to a Catholic Education, and religious observance is a daily component of student life. The academic program is rigorous, and augmented by an equally rigorous dedication to the development of ethical leadership, self-confidence, and social responsibility. The ideal student is one intending to advance to university.


  • Day school
  • Grades 5 to 12
  • 680 students
  • $14,975 to $15,175

  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based school
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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St. Jude's Academy  (est. 2006)

Mississauga, Ontario
(335 km away)

St. Jude’s is, notably, an IB world school which, as of September 2018, will be offering the entire continuum, from the primary years through the high school grades. That’s a draw for the families that enroll here, principally because of the strength of the academic program and the international focus that it allows. The IB was developed to educate toward a facility with the core curriculum—language and numeracy—as well as interpersonal communication, creative engagement with others, and an empathetic view toward the diversity within the global setting. St. Jude’s does all of that, including the values piece, which often isn’t perhaps stressed as much whenever people discuss the IB. The school promotes an understanding of our place in the world, as citizens, in the awareness that other people, of course, are citizens, too, just like us. The culture of the school is close-knit, with small class sizes and an very safe, family feeling throughout. It’s also a very vibrant, active school community--the entire school meets every day for a morning assembly, something that solidifies the sense of place and belonging, something further enhanced by the house system. There’s a lot going on, and every point within the school affords a front-row seat. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, challenging, socially engaged academic atmosphere.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 500 students
  • $9,265 to $13,695

  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Selective school (admit <75%)


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Oakwood Academy  (est. 2007)

Mississauga, Ontario
(336 km away)

Not all students are created equally, and Oakwood was created, more than anything else, with that idea firmly in mind. It was founded by Trillian Taylor and Michele Power, who remain directors at the school today. The school is intentionally small, allowing for a very individual attention to the unique needs of each student, including an overt attention to social and emotional development. Families who enroll here do so knowing that their learners are capable of a lot, while in the awareness that they would benefit from a different approach than is found elsewhere. Students entering Oakwood join a community of true peers, something which in itself can be transformative to their learning experience and academic success.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 50 students
  • $19,590 to $66,850

  • Progressive
  • Special needs school
  • Offers financial aid
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The Linden School  (est. 1993)

Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

All 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.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 115 students
  • $16,800 to $22,600

  • Progressive
  • Offers financial aid


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London, Ontario
(336 km away)

London International Academy was founded in 2002 with an explicit attention to preparing students for success at university in North America. In the years since the student population has grown considerably, as has the school’s mandate. Today annual enrollment is 350 students who arrive from around the world. The school has developed a full palette of services with the international student in mind, including language instruction, university guidance, cultural exchange programs and a challenging curriculum. The ideal student is one with an eye to succeeding in post-secondary studies in Canada.


  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 300 students
  • $11,000 to $41,900

  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Gifted school
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Olivet School  (est. 1893)

Etobicoke, Ontario
(336 km away)

Olivet was established in 1893, though through moves and development, the school doesn’t reflect its age. Nevertheless, there is a continuity which, if less overt, remains within the life of the school.  The academic program is strong, though families also turn to Olivet due to an appreciation of the context that the school provides, including an attention to spiritual and personal growth. The aim of the school is to provide a foundation for life, and for learning after the children go on to other schools after grade 5. The property accesses green space, allowing the lessons to extend to those about  environment and environmental stewardship. Parental involvement in all aspects of the life of the school is very high, a function of the school’s size. All of that combines to create a community atmosphere that extends beyond the classroom, and beyond the walls of the school. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a challenging, close-knit academic environment. 


  • Day school
  • PS to 5
  • 45 students
  • $4,300 to $10,800

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid


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Mississauga, Ontario
(336 km away)

While some Christian schools offer only a Christian-inflected education, MCA was established in 1977 to provide a program that actively promotes the values and lessons of the church across all the curricular areas. It’s also unique in that it’s one of the few schools in the region that are formally affiliated with a church, Meadowvale Bible Baptist. Class sizes are small, and the annual enrollment of 140 students allows for individual instruction and a close-knit community feel within the school. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, collaborative academic environment, and is looking to grow into their faith within a community of true peers.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 150 students
  • $12,540 to $17,850

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school

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Arrowsmith School  (est. 1980)

Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

The Arrowsmith School was founded in 1980 by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young to provide support for struggling learners. The school has been an object of interest ever since, due to the concept that Arrowsmith-Young built her program around. "If we look at a lot of special education programs, the majority assume the learner is fixed," she said. "What my program is saying is that we can change the learner so they can learn." While there are many things that set the school apart, that sense of what is possible is prime among them. The Arrowsmith School works closely with students to develop their strengths, address weaknesses, and build academic, social, and vocational competence. That the method works may be evidence of neuroplasticity, and science may yet underscore that. In the meantime, daring to dream as well as creating a supportive, caring, understanding environment can itself provide what many students need in order to succeed, and that's what the Arrowsmith school principally addresses. 


  • Day school
  • Grades 1 to 12
  • 75 students
  • $2,200 to $26,500

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school

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Wychwood School  (est. 2014)

Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

Wychwood was founded by Dr. Rebecca Wells-Jopling, an educator who is as unique and uniquely qualified as the school she created. Wells-Jopling has taught in the public school system, at Emory University in the US, and high school in Bordeaux, France. She is also an accredited baseball coach, and coaches year round. Wychwood is small, admitting a max of 12 students a year, and while the academic program is challenging and very strong, the goal is to graduate students able to work well with others, confident at their place at the table. The location of the school is a strength, and instruction rightly makes good use of the vast range of resources available nearby, including the Young People’s Theatre and the High Park Nature Centre, as well those on a smaller scale, inviting local experts into the classroom. There is an obvious passion behind the delivery of the curriculum, one that demonstrates Wells-Jopling’s close, exceptionally informed understanding of evidence-based practice. She’s collaborated with leaders in the field, as with the mathematics curriculum, which was created by Dr. John Mighton, fellow at Toronto’s Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. That level of attention and expertise is evident across the curricular and extra-curricular offerings. The ideal learner is one able to thrive in a very small, creative, and engaging learning environment.


  • Day school
  • Grades 1 to 8
  • $12,900

  • Traditional
  • Offers financial aid
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Blyth Academy London  (est. 2013)

London, Ontario
(336 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 82 students
  • $15,995 to $20,795

  • Liberal Arts
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Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

It's one of the oldest schools in Canada, and is steeped in legend, having descended directly from a secret school founded in the mountains of central France during the French Revolution. Today, it's the only independent Catholic boys' school in Ontario, and one of only a few in Canada. A dedication to teaching the core curriculum though a Catholic lens remains, as does a commitment to strong academics across the board. An extensive program of modernization completed in 2002 brought the school firmly into the 21st century. That said, the school is best known in the popular imagination because of its storied athletic program. The school has produced more than 180 professional hockey players, a raft of hall-of-famers among them. The school is large, and the academic program is rigorous. The ideal student is self-directed, able to thrive in a demanding, rigorous, and at times competitive environment.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 1000 students
  • $20,150

  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based school
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid
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ABC Montessori  (est. 1995)

Mississauga, Ontario
(336 km away)

There’s a lot to learn in the early years, one of them being a confidence to learn and to engage effectively with others. ABC, in keeping with the core tenets of the Montessori approach, was founded in 1995 to create a caring, supportive, family-centred environment, and that remains foremost in the school’s approach. An impressive roster of extracurricular activities is a draw, as is the attention to values. ABC’s reputation has been rightly gained through an individual attention to the needs of each student, and providing a solid foundation for their ongoing academic life.


  • Day school
  • NS to 5
  • 150 students
  • $6,600 to $10,000

  • Traditional
  • Montessori
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Hudson College  (est. 2003)

Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

There are many reasons parents choose to enroll their children at a private school, from family tradition to elite sports. Parents who choose Hudson College, however, are less interested in the extremes at the edges of the private education market, and more interested in the foundational elements of a strong academic program and a positive learning experience: consistent social support, a sense of community, the agility to address student interests, and a consistent approach to curricular development. Jeff Bavington founded the school "to be a place where students with all different interests can come and feel part of a larger community, feel at home, and where students themselves can help create" the school environment. And it is.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 370 students
  • $17,500

  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Offers financial aid


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Upper Canada College  (est. 1829)

Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

UCC is one of the oldest and most storied schools in Canada. Its alumni include a who's who of Canadian political, business, and cultural life. Its history is, in many ways, the history of independent schooling itself; to attend is to become a part of a Canadian cultural tradition, one that retains a prominent place in Canadian education. The school leads in the provision of financial assistance, with a robust program of scholarships and bursaries intended to attract the brightest students in Canada and from around the world.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • SK to 12
  • 1170 students
  • $33,300 to $61,860

  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

The school’s approach, largely, is based in an understanding that it’s a complicated world, one which requires a set of complex foundational skills: being able to think for yourself, working cooperatively, and engaging empathetically with others. That includes a grasp of the curricular content as well as an ability to write well, speak well, and appreciate the elegance in a well-crafted argument.

The learning environment is varied, diverse and comprised of a community of true peers, those who share a sense of curiosity and, while not being bookish, are inclined to academics and respond well to a challenge while appreciating support. Once here, they find those interests and curiosities shared and rewarded. "There's very little pressure to conform at a girls' school,” says an alumnus. “Being unique and having deep interests is what's considered cool.”

The academics are not only strong, they have long provided an example that other schools have sought to emulate. That said, there’s a belief in being able to relax too—that it’s a journey, not a race, and that it’s as valuable to look around as it is to look forward. In terms of skills, outlook, and confidence, girls leave the school ready to take on the world. And they do.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • JK to 12
  • 900 students
  • $32,860 to $62,250

  • Progressive
  • Faith-based school
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid

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The London School  (est. 2012)

London, Ontario
(336 km away)

The London School doesn’t look like a typical school—it occupies a house in downtown London—and, in fact, it isn’t a typical school, which is why families turn here. The students arrive having demonstrated their skills and academic abilities, yet, for a range of reasons, aren’t reaching their potentials in a more traditional learning environment. Instruction is cooperative, allowing students to take responsibility for their learning in consort with their instructors. One of the goals is to motivate learners, and to help them find their own unique paths to success. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a very close-knit, student-oriented setting, and who is capable of operating at the top of his or her peer group. 


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 30 students
  • $14,200 to $16,200

  • Liberal Arts
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Lynn-Rose Schools  (est. 1997)

Mississauga, Ontario
(336 km away)

Founded in 1997, the mission of Lynn-Rose Heights is to provide individually oriented, student-lead instruction, challenging all to reach their potentials within the core academic fields and beyond. The blend of the Ontario and IB curricula is a draw for the families that enrol here, as is the quality of instruction and a very porous interface between families and faculty. The math and literacy programs have students working a grade ahead of their peers in the public system, with further acceleration offered to students able to function at that level. The attention to values, as those underscored within the IB programmes, is also a draw. There is a lot going on, though a close attention to specific skills, abilities, and needs of each student—as well as a broad range of resources to address them—is a distinguishing factor of the Lynn-Rose offering. 


  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 600 students
  • $15,470 to $20,600

  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Accelerated curriculum


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Sunnybrook School  (est. 1952)

Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

Sunnybrook School was founded in 1952, becoming one of the very first preschools in Canada. It was exotic for the time, both for being a nursery school, as well as being founded by an Austrian educator, Irmingard Hoff. From opening day the school was at the leading edge of education at the time, and it has worked to remain there ever since. Sunnybrook was the first school in the country to adopt the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. It's since dedicated itself to development of 21st century literacies, an international curriculum, and the adoption of Singapore Math. Which sounds like a lot, and it is. The ideal student is one who is operating at the top of her peer group, and who is able to make the most of the range of programming on offer.


  • Day school
  • JK to 6
  • 140 students
  • $26,250

  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate


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Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

Having been founded in 2002, Greenwood is a relatively young school, though has grown in response to the needs of the families that enroll here, and the place that it has within the academic mosaic of the city. It still thinks of itself as a small school, and the lived experience is personal and close-knit. That said, at 475 students, it’s certainly not tiny, and the curricular and extracurricular programs benefit from the size. The current facility, opened in 2016, is an apt expression of the goals of the school, as well as the families that support it. It includes flexible learning spaces and up to date athletic and arts spaces. Greenwood, in some sense, still flies a bit below the radar in the public consciousness, though given the success and growth it’s experienced, that won’t last long. The ideal student is one able to thrive within an active, academically oriented learning environment.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 498 students
  • $36,650

  • Progressive
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
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Toronto Prep School  (est. 2009)

Toronto, Ontario
(336 km away)

As the name suggests, Toronto Prep School is very much a preparatory academy intending to prepare students for university. The ideal student is one who arrives at the school with a clear sense of where they are going and is able to effectively manage their time and their schedule. The environment is rigorous, and the school operates very much with the demands of a teen lifestyle in mind. Classes start late in order to align with teens sleep patterns; a partnership with GoodLife Fitness, located within the same building as the school, provides an opportunity to maintain physical fitness. Those kinds of things are beneficial to students who are prone to making the most of them.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 395 students
  • $26,250 to $27,250

  • Traditional
  • Elite university feeder school

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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

Queen's Collegiate offers a high quality of education coupled with an open and nurturing learning environment. We achieve high reputation by our student-centered approach, unique programs, computer labs, committed teachers and motivated students. Our OCT and TESL certified teachers ensure that students learn the skills they need for their future. Queen's Collegiate is a one-stop hub which accommodates students of elementary, secondary and language schools. Discover more at www.queenscollegiate.com


  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Grades 5 to 12
  • 80 students
  • $6,000 to $12,000

  • Traditional
  • Offers financial aid
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B.E.N. School-House  (est. 2005)

Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

The Balanced Education Network (BEN) is ideal for children who thrive in a small, family-like environment.  Priority is given to fostering life-long universal qualities and skills alongside the Ontario Curriculum, through active-learning, including plenty of outdoor time, art and workshop.  We are committed to nurturing each child's unique talents and strengths while encouraging self-responsibility, collaboration, mutual respect and service which will serve a child well into those challenging teenage years.


  • Day school
  • PS to 6
  • 35 students
  • $7,350 to $11,900

  • Progressive
  • Arts-intensive
  • Offers financial aid


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  • Feb 22, 2020
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Robbins Hebrew Academy  (est. 1957)

Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

The three Rs are important, though who we are, how we grow, and how we build a sense of belonging within our communities are important too. Certainly, that’s the principal that has guided the school since it was founded in 1957. The academics are strong, and RHA has long demonstrated a willingness to look forward, adapting programs to the needs of the students—including the adoption of many of the practices that fall within the category we might think of as 21st century literacies. Identity is a focus, too, and is a foundation of the Robbins program across all of the curricular areas. The ideal student is one looking to learn and grow into a sense of themselves as learners and members of the communities they are a part of.  


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 390 students
  • $13,050 to $17,990

  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

Not all immersion programs are created equally, and Lycée Francais is an example of that. The school was founded in 1995 with support from the French consulate to offer a French education to the children of French nationals living in Toronto (a portion of the faculty, then as now, are themselves French nationals). The program is based on the curriculum used in France, as developed by the French Ministry of Education. That said, the most substantive difference is that the program is dual, admitting students with either English or French as a first language, with French as the primary language of instruction from pre-school on up. Immersion often gets lumped in with gifted programs, though it's not at all just for high flyers. That said, the LFT program is challenging and very much intended, especially in the upper grades, for students preparing to enroll at university.


  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 550 students
  • $17,152 to $19,860

  • Traditional
  • Language immersion
  • Elite university feeder school
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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

CGS was founded in 1986 by Marie Bates, who remains as the principal at the school today. As that suggests, the school has remained very true to the founders’ initial intentions, namely to create a place that provides a strong academic foundation in a caring, open, and supportive environment. While reading, writing, and numeracy are key—just as they should be—so is the development of creativity and social engagement. Bates believes that children learn as much in music class as they do in math class, and she’s right of course. As such, the program promotes links across the curriculum, allowing children to see those connections while also broadening their horizons of interest. The strength of the program is reflected by the reputation that CGS has earned over the thirty-plus years of its life.


  • Day school
  • PS to 3
  • 100 students
  • $10,200 to $22,500

  • Traditional
  • Accelerated curriculum

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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

In a general sense, OAT is a specialty school in the way that, say, a ballet school is a specialty school—it brings together students who share a passion, and builds the curriculum around their engagement with that curriculum. And, like a ballet school, or a hockey school, it’s not for everyone. But, for the students that it’s for, the experience can be transformative. At OAT students work and learn alongside true peers, those who share an abiding interest in technology. The core curriculum is the provincial one, though delivered in a technology intensive learning environment.


  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 40 students
  • $12,000 to $14,000

  • Progressive
  • Gifted school
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school

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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

Hanson International Academy embraces the holistic model characterized by the wide array of programs we offer our students. Our rigorous academic curriculum is balanced by opportunities for students to get creative, work in teams, develop new skills and learn how to lead. By educating the whole child, we nurture the minds, hearts and spirits of all the students who daily walk through our doors.


  • Homestay school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 50 students
  • $2,350/course

  • Traditional
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Shoore Academics  (est. 1975)

Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

The Shoore Centre was founded in order to provide academic support to students with a range of learning challenges. Class sizes are small, as is the school itself. What the setting lacks in social outlets and extra-curricular activities it gains in a personal, dedicated attention to the specific needs of the students. While there have been innovations undertaken to enhance opportunities for social development, the core program accentuates literacy, numeracy, and life skills. The ideal student is one who is struggling academically and socially, and who could better reach his or her potential without the distractions and the demands of a traditional high-school environment.


  • Day school
  • Grades 5 to 12
  • 60 students
  • $27,500 to $32,000

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school
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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

Julia Simon founded Alive Montessori in 2001, and she remains very much the head and hands of the school today. She established the school as a means of delivering the Montessori principles, prime among them being the provision of a family-like atmosphere in which to learn. Families who enroll here are drawn to the small size of the school, allowing students to gain a heightened sense of their place within the life of the school. Instruction is personal, with pacing cues taken from the individual students, and a close attention to the talents, perspectives, and interests that they bring with them to the school each day. Students are encouraged to have a voice, and to use it in their daily lives. Numeracy and literacy are important, though passion is, too, something that Simon has rightly built the Alive program around.  


  • Day school
  • PS to 6
  • $8,500 to $15,500

  • Montessori
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

Not all Montessori programs are created the same, and one of the ways they vary is in their adherence to the core principles as outlined by Maria Montessori during her life as an educator. The school name, in this case, was chosen to distinguish the program as one that hews very closely to her ideals. From multi-age classrooms, to an emphasis on group work, to a keen awareness of developmental stages—in all of that and more, Maria Montessori School presents the very letter of the Montessori approach. The size of the school is also a very comfortable one—big enough to allow for a nice breadth of programming while also maintaining a close, community learning atmosphere.


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 120 students
  • $7,000 to $16,000

  • Montessori
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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

Since Children’s Garden was established in 1986, there has been a nice consistency of approach and leadership through the directorship of Pauline Foulkes. When she began there were just two students, though enrolment grew quickly to the 100 student mark, where the enrolment remains today. Throughout, Foulkes has maintained a very hands-on, involved role within all aspects of care and instruction. Location and size are important, though the quality of the programming, of course, is too, and there are few instances of nursery schools with as long a record of providing such unwavering service. The school is housed, now as from the start, in the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury, though the program isn’t affiliated with the church and is non-denominational.


  • Day school
  • NS to SK
  • 80 students
  • $6,000 to $20,000

  • Language immersion

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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

BrightonLaunch is, for the families that enroll, a life-changer. The students enter an environment that is as empathetic as it is supportive, one in which they experience a community of peers, some of them for the first time. That alone can be transformative. The intention, as they say so beautifully, is to create “lives of success”—that they use that terminology is a great entrée to the focus of the program. Students are engaged through their strengths and talents, rather than any supposed or perceived deficits. They call the school a “launch pad” which is great, too—the program looks ahead to next steps, including entrée into social and work settings beyond the walls of the school. Instruction is informed by a wealth of expertise and experience. In all that and more, there’s certainly a lot to love.


  • Day school
  • Grades 12 to 12
  • 30 students
  • $18,500 to $27,500

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school
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Mississauga, Ontario
(337 km away)

Rotherglen School was founded in 1979 by Marie Laningan at the Erin Mills campus. The school has grown in the intervening years to include four locations, all of which share the same approach. Were all the students housed at one campus, Rotherglen would be one of the largest independent schools in the area, home to 1000 students annually. The various locations, however, afford a unique sense of community within each, with small class sizes, and a close-knit feel. While aesthetics don’t mean everything, they nevertheless do mean something, and the school is physically beautiful, with dedicated, consistent learning spaces.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 400 students
  • $6,700 to $16,800

  • Progressive
  • Montessori
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St. Clement's School  (est. 1901)

Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

Located in the heart of midtown Toronto, St. Clement's School offers a well-rounded, balanced, and supportive learning environment founded on academic excellence. Mentorship is prized, and the school is committed to delivering on a mission to develop exceptional women who are compassionate, curious thinkers and open to new experiences. Girls are guided on their own paths of discovery with the support of a strong school community. That approach is coupled with a progressive 21st century curriculum and lessons reinforced by lived experience. An inclusive, energetic dynamic is the product of a mixture of small classes sizes and interconnected grade levels.


  • Day school
  • Grades 1 to 12
  • 460 students
  • $30,750

  • Liberal Arts
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid

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Toronto, Ontario
(337 km away)

St. Clement’s was founded in 1955, and has been doing great work with young children ever since. The approach is based in creating a caring community of learners, with small class sizes and a close-knit student body. It’s telling that the school tends to express its size in terms of families; they say that they are able to serve up to 200 families. Indeed, there is a real sense of partnership and involvement with families, as wholes, rather than simply a group of children. It’s that approach that informs the reputation of the school. The facilities nicely reflect St. Clement’s age and pedigree, while the interiors and appointments are at the cutting edge of early childhood instruction.


  • Day school
  • Day school
  • PS to 2
  • 145 students
  • $8,500 to $20,500

  • Progressive

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Toronto, Ontario
(338 km away)

Since 1988, Seneca Hill has provided a customized approach to learning; unlocking the potential in your child. Through personalized goal-setting, enriched STEM+ programming, athletics, and extracurricular activities, our students are motivated and challenged daily! We make things easy for parents with extended hours, lunches and personalized care. It's not unusual to share a high-5 with a teacher passing in the hall, or spot our principal playing the guitar for our students. Experience the difference we can make!


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 120 students
  • $10,635 to $14,750

  • Progressive
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Havergal College  (est. 1894)

Toronto, Ontario
(338 km away)

Founded in 1894, Havergal is one of the oldest girls' schools in Canada, and it shares a tradition with those of its vintage. The school was formed with a strong tie to a religious community though, even then, was looking beyond tradition, charting new territory, as it were, for girls to occupy. As such, the school was disruptive, educating girls to take new, more robust roles within society. Famously the first principal, Ellen Mary Knox, asked her students "What are you going to do?" She meant it very much in the way we'd think of that question today: you've got an opportunity to do something, to play a role, what is it going to be? Knox was emblematic of the kinds of women who were leading schools at the time. In turn, they played a larger role in the development of education in Canada than their male counterparts did. All of this is important in that it really does underwrite the goals of the school today: to challenge girls, and to be socially disruptive in the best sense of that term. It's easy for us to look back and see that girls' schools were necessary all those years ago. What Havergal continues to demonstrate—as other schools that operate with the same goals and intentions—is that they remain necessary today.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • JK to 12
  • 950 students
  • $33,850 to $61,900

  • Liberal Arts
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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Fieldstone School  (est. 1997)

Toronto, Ontario
(338 km away)

The aim of Fieldstone is to provide an inclusive, supportive, 360-degree student experience, and both curricular and extra-curricular programs have been created with that goal in mind. Class sizes are kept small, and the relationships between instructors, administrators, and students is close. The feel is nurturing, yet the academic gaze is wide. The intention is to educate students to positions of informed leadership, both locally and globally. A rich language program is a hint of that, including a one-on-one reciprocal English-Chinese mentorship, pairing native speakers of both languages. The ideal student is one with sights firmly set on university.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 300 students
  • $17,750 to $24,755

  • Traditional
  • Gifted school
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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Toronto, Ontario
(338 km away)

The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, marking the end of an astonishing period of growth and development. The school really did start in a basement, moving from there into a range of branches throughout Toronto, in time consolidating onto the two campuses that the school occupies today. Schools don't grow that much, or that quickly, if they aren't servicing a specific need, and certainly that's true of TFS. The acronym stands for Toronto French School, which is the name that the school was founded with, though in time it was offering a lot more than the name suggested. Language remains an important part of the curriculum, though the culture of the school reaches beyond language. The environment is rich, varied, and supportive. The student body is culturally and academically diverse, all of which is encouraged through a robust bursary program.


  • Day school
  • NS to 12
  • 1470 students
  • $19,760 to $33,970

  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Language immersion
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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Crestwood School  (est. 1963)

Toronto, Ontario
(338 km away)

The school was founded in 1980 with an eye to providing a strong, focused academic program for the lower grades. In the intervening decades it has very much kept with the times, including an early adoption of e-learning tools and texts, at times in partnership with national publishers. Student success is gauged through mastery of the course material, and the ideal student is one who is able to thrive within a supportive yet academically challenging environment. In 2001 the program was extended into the upper grades with the creation of the Crestwood Preparatory College.


  • Day school
  • JK to 6
  • 350 students
  • $18,000 to $30,950

  • Traditional

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Brighton School  (est. 2003)

Toronto, Ontario
(338 km away)

The Brighton program begins from the understanding that not all students are able to adapt themselves to the curriculum; rather, in order to reach their potentials, they require an academic environment that adapts itself to them. That can take many forms, and Brighton offers the full range, from small, student-centred groups, to a balanced daily schedule, to a staff with the tools and supports—and the time—to really work individually with each of the students. There are lots of challenges out there, and Brighton has a history of helping their students meet all of them, no matter what form they might take. The service programs, spirit days, and extracurricular programs all extend and enhance the strength of the core program.


  • Day school
  • Grades 1 to 12
  • 65 students
  • $24,225

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school
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Crescent School  (est. 1913)

Toronto, Ontario
(338 km away)

One of the chief benefits of a gender specific school is the provision of opportunities for students to resist the stereotypes that they would encounter in co-ed schools. Crescent, of course, addresses the specific needs of boys around learning and development, though that experiential piece is equally important: to maintain an environment in which boy’s attention and curiosity can be actively engaged, and where they can participate in all curricular areas outside of any need to impress others or gain status across gender lines. Crescent begins, as they say, from the understanding that "when you remove girls from the classroom, some remarkable things can happen." And they’re right to. They also have a long tradition of doing just that. The ideal student is one who is academically curious, has broad potential, and could benefit from increased opportunity to express both their curiosity and their potential.


  • Day school
  • Grades 3 to 12
  • 750 students
  • $34,150

  • Traditional
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid


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  • Nov 15, 2019
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AVRO Academy  (est. 2010)

North York, Ontario
(339 km away)

AVRO was founded in 2010 by David Berger and Jason Ellenbogen, both of whom remain at the head of the school, continuing to guide it with a keen fidelity to their initial vision. They aren’t your typical educators which, again, is part of the draw. Berger is a long-time educator, and is also very integrated within the life the community that provides a context for the school, including a co-director of Spiritfest, an annual community arts festival. Ellenbogen, too, brings a unique set of skills and experience, including that of being a psychologist with clinical experience with teens and their families. They tailored the delivery of the curriculum based in a sense of best practices that they’d been growing in their professional lives. The faculty continues in kind. Chriasee Sen-Varma, an instructor and academic coordinator, is a physicist. Mindy Alexander, head of social studies, has taught art in prisons. And it continues from there. The feel is small, personal, and the approach builds from the talents and curiosity that the students bring with them into the classroom. The school was created out of a sense of doing things well, but differently, and with an added bit of spark. As such the school has attracted students and instructors of a like mind. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, close-knit, challenging while supportive learning environment.


  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • $15,175 to $19,175

  • Progressive
  • Special needs school
  • Gifted school
  • Offers financial aid
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The Clover School  (est. 1996)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

One of the Montessori ideals is to provide a stimulating learning environment; the school environment, on the whole, should be comforting, familiar, friendly, and supportive, and The Clover School, frankly, provides a study in all of those things. The continuity of the school is also impressive. Isabelle Kunicki-Carter and Sandra Bosnar-Dale founded the school in 1996, and they've provided consistent leadership ever since. In that and every other way, it's one of the strongest Montessori programs in the city. 


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 300 students
  • $18,376 to $21,870

  • Montessori
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Bond Academy  (est. 1978)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Begun in 1978, Bond has grown to include a wealth of programs, including those beyond the prospectus of the academy. Because of the association with them, the Academy is proximate to a full range of physical resources and a rich athletics program. Boarding supports international students, including a language centre offering ESL classes and tutorial in addition to core curriculum, as well as provisions for foreign credit equivalency. With AP courses and independent study options, the ideal student is one who is preparing for university enrollment.


  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 550 students
  • $13,000 to $34,300

  • Liberal Arts
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Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • $17,995 to $23,395

  • Liberal Arts
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The Dunblaine School  (est. 1969)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Dunblaine was founded in 1969 by concerned parents of children with needs that weren’t being met within the public school system. They wanted a safe environment, run by staff that understood, clearly, the needs of the students; one that offered an opportunity for them to grow academic skills, life skills, confidence, respect, and self-advocacy. And, for almost 50 years, that’s exactly what they’ve been doing. The current location is also the one that best represents what Dunblaine is all about: it’s a house in a quiet residential neighbourhood. The faculty maintain close communication with parents on all aspects of the students’ experience within the school. The staff represents the full range of all the right expertise, instructional and therapeutic. Frankly, this is what it’s all about. It’s a great school as well as a great example of what education should be about. If you have a chance to speak with a parent of a student of the school, by all means, do it. If you don’t, ask the staff to put you in touch. It will be the best introduction to the school, and its successes, you could hope to have.


  • Day school
  • Grades 1 to 8
  • 40 students
  • $21,800

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school
  • Offers financial aid
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Northmount School  (est. 1990)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Headmaster emeritus Glenn Domina quotes Theodore Roosevelt's "Citizen in a Republic" speech—" The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and blood"—to underscore his guarantee that at Northmount "your son will not get his sister's education." No, that's not the cornerstone of the school, but Domina's statements highlight the values that inform the life of the school, values that are also very firmly centred in the Catholic traditions on which the school's program is based. The school is strong, both socially and academically, and including a rich extracurricular program, particularly when viewed in light of the school's size. Faith is central to the approach. The ideal student is one who shares the values that the school promotes and is personally inspired by them.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 125 students
  • $17,400 to $21,300

  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based school
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

La Citadelle was established in 2000 with just 5 students and operating out of a church basement. The program has grown considerably since then, with an annual enrolment of 200 students spanning prep-K to Grade 12. Further, in 2015 the school moved into a new space, doubling the size of the physical plan and providing an opportunity to grow the student population and its programs significantly. Despite that growth, the approach to instruction remains true to the original intentions. Since its inception La Citadelle has been progressive, and while achievement is one of the six core values, so are compassion and harmony. There is a high level of individual support, in part a function of a low teacher/student ratio. The ideal student is one that is operating ahead of her peers, able to thrive within a challenging, varied, and multilingual teaching environment. 


  • Day school
  • NS to 12
  • 180 students
  • $12,500 to $26,800

  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Language immersion
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Offers financial aid
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WillowWood School  (est. 1980)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

By any measure, there’s a lot to love about WillowWood. That said, for the families that enroll here, it’s that they say this: “all students have a right to learn with dignity.” Truly they mean it, precisely because they rub up against that concept in every class they teach, every day of the school year. The work of the school is dedicated to supporting learners who, for a range of reasons, need something different, and who, for whatever reason, aren’t adequately supported in other academic environments. Their personal needs are assessed, as are their strengths and interests, and instruction begins from that point, seeking to build on their abilities in order to grow engaged learners equipped with the confidence and the skills to establish a place in the community of the school and beyond.  


  • Day school
  • Grades 1 to 12
  • 250 students
  • $18,500 to $24,000

  • Liberal Arts
  • Special needs school

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Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Sterling Hall is where boys belong. We understand that each boy will experience tremendous growth and change from JK-Grade 8. As elementary school specialists, we support boys in developing their interests, character strengths and leadership skills during these formative years. We celebrate boy energy! Our dynamic teachers use proven education strategies designed for boys including internationally acclaimed programs and research-based approaches. Your son will enjoy hands-on active learning and be inspired to develop his compassionate heart and capable mind through our character program. At SHS, we ensure boys have a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. Specialist subjects include drama, music, visual arts, tech, science and French. Daily activity includes HPE, recess and team sports geared to age and ability. Boys are free to express themselves through co-curriculars with over 50 clubs and 30 sports options. Our Graduate Placement Director works with Grade 8s to secure top secondary school offers. There are so many reasons to choose Sterling Hall but the one that matters most is your son!


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 315 students
  • $30,400

  • Progressive
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Ellesmere Montessori, established in 1973, is located in a residential area and has ample green space for outdoor activities. It offers an educational program in which a child prepares a firm foundations for a lifetime of creative and purposeful learning based on the pedagogy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Classrooms are carefully prepared environments to foster each child's development. All staff are certified by the AMI and the school itself, embracing children from 18 months to 12 years of age, is AMI Recognized.


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 60 students
  • $9,120 to $15,744

  • Montessori
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Junior Academy  (est. 1988)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Dianne Johnson founded the Junior Academy in 1988 in the belief that small is better, and indeed the school has remained small, with an annual enrolment of just 100 students. Johnson lead the school for most of its life, lending a continuity to the program and keeping the focus clearly on the quality of the students' learning experience, and maintaining, above all, an atmosphere of care and support. While not all students arrive from the immediate area, the school prizes its position within the community, and encourages active parental involvement within the life of the school.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 100 students
  • $21,500 to $40,000

  • Progressive
  • Special needs school
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid
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The Giles School  (est. 1989)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

The Giles School provides an enriched language immersion program from preschool through the middle grades. The French program starts in preschool, and a Mandarin program begins in grade 1 with a period a day spent in an immersive Mandarin environment. It's perhaps safe to say, in terms of language learning—both in terms of when immersion is introduced, as well as providing multilingual immersion—the program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Classes are small, and academics are rigorous, covering the entire core curriculum and then some. The ideal student is one who can benefit from enrichment and who will thrive within a play-based, curiosity-driven environment.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 180 students
  • $12,900 to $23,400

  • Liberal Arts
  • Language immersion
  • Accelerated curriculum

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Bannockburn  (est. 1993)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Bannockburn is founded in Montessori, and hews close to the spirit of the method and its fundamental principles. There is an abiding attention to creating a supportive, student-centric environment, one that can stimulate and build on children’s curiosity. That said, there are a few welcome adaptations as well, such as lower teacher/student ratio that one might expect to see within a Montessori classroom. The school is very much an expression of the surrounding community—it was begun in 1993 by local parents and educators, and retains very close ties to the surrounding community today. The life of the school is informed by an active and robust parents’ association, with meetings held on the first Monday of each month. Given the location of the school, the fact that it sits on a five-acre property is an added plus, one that both adds to the atmosphere of the school, and allows for the programming, as appropriate, to spread beyond the interior instructional spaces. So, yes, the school has a strong Montessori program, though there is also a clear Bannockburn identity, one that nicely reflects the community that it serves.   


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 200 students
  • $14,900 to $25,100

  • Montessori
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Offers financial aid

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Hawthorn School  (est. 1989)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

As the only all-girls' Catholic independent school in Toronto, Hawthorn provides a unique and very specific program, one that focusses on the needs of girls while providing instruction through a Catholic lens. It was founded relatively recently—it celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014—through the instigation of a group of parents who wanted the kind of academic specificity that the school continues to promote today. And, truly, there's no other school like it: girls are challenged to pursue passions in the full range of academic pursuit, STEM primary among them. Character, too, is a primary focus, including an expression of self. The ideal student is one who thrives within a supportive yet academically challenging environment.


  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • NS to 12
  • $14,500 to $36,500

  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based school
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Offers financial aid

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  • Nov 15, 2019
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Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

There is a rich program of extra-curriculars, though the focus is on academics, including the development of sound study and test-taking skills. The Maximizing Academic Performance Program (MAPP) begins in the lower school, and augments a traditional approach to education, one that is didactic and where assessment is objective. The ideal students are those who have their sights set clearly on success within a university career, are motivated toward that goal, and are seeking to augment or improve their academic prospects.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 505 students
  • $28,100 to $31,595

  • Traditional
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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  • Jan 15, 2020
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Toronto eSchool  (est. 2013)

Toronto, Ontario
(339 km away)

Toronto eSchool is both an online high school and a tutoring centre offering grade 9 to 12 credit courses to local and international students on a part-time or full-time basis at your home or at our Toronto Campus. Our various tutoring and Maximize Your Success programs provide individualized and customized academic support.


  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 3000 students
  • $599 to $949/course

  • Traditional
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(340 km away)

Since it was founded in 1995, CMS has grown to include five locations in the GTA. The program is founded on the core ideals that Maria Montessori promoted in her work, those of respect, community, purposeful engagement, and self-directed learning. That said, Montessori didn't create her program as a museum piece, but rather as a starting point, and that's a spirit that CMS upholds as well. Dr. Montessori, as has been said, "adjusted and adapted her educational system to better serve children's needs, and well-functioning Montessori classrooms typically share many features reflecting those adjustments." One of which was, of course, a willingness to adjust and adapt. As such, the CMS program includes, as at the Maplehurst location, a computer lab, a library, and a music room. In all, the focus is very clearly on the child, and supporting child development, which is just as it should be.


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 800 students
  • $8,900 to $19,900

  • Montessori
  • Language immersion
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Magnificent Minds  (est. 2011)

North York, Ontario
(340 km away)

The mantra of private education is “fit”—finding the right environment for your child’s specific learning needs. Magnificent Minds is a great example of that concept, to be sure. While there are psychoeducational services and support in place for students who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the school’s approach can benefit a range of learning needs; most often children arrive here coming from environments that, for whatever reason, were unable to provide the supports they needed. The school is small, and for the families that enroll here, that is one of its great benefits. Instruction is student-centred, adapting to the needs of each individual. There is an emphasis on play, and an awareness of the benefits of growing a positive sense of self within a close community of peers. The context of possibility, of celebrating and building upon a child’s unique talents and ability, for many students has been transformational.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 30 students
  • $19,000 to $25,000

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school
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North York, Ontario
(340 km away)

Webtree International School of Excellence, is a private, university preparatory, co-ed day school for Grade 9-12 students. We use an innovative, creative, and nurturing educational approach in providing our students with an individualized quality education which prepares them to become responsible, engaged citizens and future leaders and innovators.


  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 100 students
  • $18,000

  • Liberal Arts
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Bayview Glen  (est. 1962)

Toronto, Ontario
(340 km away)

It's a big world out there, with lots of big ideas in it, and Bayview Glen prides itself on offering students an introduction to all its breadth and complexity. The school is part of the Round Square network of schools, which reflects that ambition; the program includes cross-curricular links to concepts of community, self-reliance, and entrepreneurialism. For some students, it can be a lot, perhaps especially for those within the younger grades—the school admits students from preschool through to grade 12. A broad range of curricular and co-curricular activities back up the school's promise to deliver the world: Mandarin classes, a model United Nations program, as well as a range of arts and athletics. While learner support is provided, the ideal student is one who is able to thrive in an intellectually diverse, academically challenging environment.


  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 1050 students
  • $18,375 to $27,290

  • Traditional
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(340 km away)

Metro Prep, in once sense at least, is very much what you might think a preparatory academy is for: the program is intended to prepare students for post-secondary education, particularly university. From there, however, all bets are off, and the school adopts none of the cliches or the stances that are hallmarks of the traditional, stereotypical prep school. The students don't wear uniforms, for one, the intention being to encourage individuality rather than conformity. Likewise, while the school intends student success, it's not defined in test scores, but by a creative engagement with the curricular content, and the world. Confidence over bravado; critical thinking over rote learning – in so many ways, this isn't your grandfathers' prep school. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a very active, engaging student environment, and intending to continue their studies at university.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 250 students
  • $23,060 to $28,800

  • Traditional
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Toronto, Ontario
(340 km away)

The school was founded in 1982 in order to create a program that reflected the work of Sidney Ledson, an author and expert on topics relating to teaching technology and motivation. His methods gained traction internationally, at the core of which is the idea that we needn’t wait to introduce children to new skill areas (specifically around language and numeracy) and the sooner we start, the better. His books on reading expanded the concept and application of phonics, and his work remains a foundation for the language arts programs at the institute today. There, and elsewhere, the approach intends to challenge students to reach further, to expand and improve their abilities in order to reach their fullest academic potentials. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, and, in the later grades, is preparing for success within university studies.


  • Day school
  • PS to 6
  • $4,501 to $12,800

  • Traditional
  • Language immersion
  • Accelerated curriculum

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Pickering, Ontario
(340 km away)

Often what attracts parents to Montessori education is the close, community feel that many schools are able to provide, and that’s very true of MLCP. The school began in 1984 with 25 students, and growth has been less of a concern for its administrators than quality. The student population today is just 200, this in a program that spans preschool through Grade 8. Yes, there are all of the things we expect of the Montessori approach, though that’s coupled with a very close attention to the needs of individuals, both students and parents combined. Before and after care is available, and while it’s not included in tuition, the rates are very reasonable. Likewise, those programs are entirely flexible—parents pay only for what they use. In that, and in other ways, this is a school that really operates with the needs of its families foremost in mind.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 200 students
  • $9,000 to $13,000

  • Montessori
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Toronto, Ontario
(340 km away)

Since it was founded in 1990, Ellington has grown its reputation on providing a solid, comprehensive academic experience. The school has developed its program, on one hand, with the needs of parents foremost in mind—before and after care, meals, and beginning in early childhood. Likewise, they’ve developed summer programs which allow for children to stay within a familiar setting throughout the year. From the child’s perspective, the community is very close-knit and personal, true to the foundational concepts of the Montessori method. It’s very much a home away from home, delivering students confident and prepared to succeed at secondary school.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • $8,750 to $15,300

  • Montessori
  • Language immersion
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Offers financial aid
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Don Valley Academy  (est. 2002)

Toronto, Ontario
(340 km away)

Don Valley is one of those little gems within the city that doesn’t get nearly the attention that it deserves. It’s a small school, and the size is one of its strengths. Students choose Don Valley because they are looking for something different, something more personal, where they can exercise their talents and abilities in the ways they choose to exercise them. It requires a certain amount of responsibility, of course, though the program rewards those that arrive with it. This isn’t the school for a student looking for a full complement of intramurals, for example, but instead is looking for a respectful, quiet, challenging academic environment peopled by students and faculty that are true peers. The ideal student is one looking for a challenge, is operating at the top of his or her peer group, and is able to make the most of a flexible learning environment.


  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 60 students
  • $9,900 to $13,200

  • Traditional
  • Elite university feeder school
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Toronto, Ontario
(340 km away)

Community is a primary component of any quality independent school, whether it’s a community of interest, identity, or, even better, both. Parents who look to MJDS rightly are attracted to the sense of community that the environment there can instill. It’s about heritage, but it’s also about lots of other intangibles which inform a child’s understanding of her place in the world. Families are always keen to learn about the academic program of a school, though place and community, truly, are equally important, or arguably more so. The Montessori approach starts there as well, bringing mutual respect to the fore within the classroom setting. The administrative leadership is strong, as is the teaching, with a close attention to accreditation and development. In all, MJDS presents a very nice constellation of attributes.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 115 students
  • $9,000 to $18,150

  • Montessori
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(340 km away)

The program at NTCS has been developed to extend the lived experience of Christianity of home and church into an academic setting. The values expressed there, as well as Biblical teaching, provide a foundation for the delivery of the curriculum across all instructional areas. For the families that enroll, that’s a primary draw, as is the opportunity for the learner to enter a student population of true peers in terms of academic ability and worldview. The extracurricular offerings are broad, and supported by the size of the student body, which is 400 annually. An emphasis on athletics and active lifestyles is also a draw. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging yet supportive setting, and preparing for university studies.


  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 393 students
  • $10,512

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
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Kitchener, Ontario
(341 km away)

In some ways, Rockway was born out of a pacifist impulse, established by Swiss Mennonites who were concerned about the military tenor that seeped into the public school system leading up to and during WWII. Times of course have changed, though the foundational principles remain, as well as the values that lay behind them: compassion, understanding, and an open mind to the experiences and perspectives of others. If all you knew about the school was its name, a closer look would reveal a lot of surprises. The school has a robust international program, welcoming students from around the world as well as an extensive exchange program. The curriculum is taught through a Mennonite lens, while also partnering with a local Muslim school, and creating regular opportunities for students to interact with local Jewish, Hindu, and Sikh communities. It’s a unique school, to be sure, which is exactly why families, both within and without the Mennonite community, enroll their children here.


  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • 305 students
  • $16,530 to $35,000

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid
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Toronto, Ontario
(341 km away)

SCS was formed in 1974 as an expression of the surrounding community, and created by a group of parents who wanted a school that would offer a strong academic program within a values-based environment. The name has changed, and enrollment has grown, though that focus remains. The school isn’t affiliated with a specific denomination, and attracts students from any and all, as well as those that don’t belong to a specific faith tradition. There are many ways that schools express Christian ideals, and in the case of SCS it’s very much those of inclusion, service, and ethical behavior. The school has a very close, community feel, and what it might lack in terms of extra-curriculars it gains in individual attention and a sense of belonging within the school community.  


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • $8,000 to $12,000

  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid

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Ontario Virtual School  (est. 2010)

Toronto, Ontario
(341 km away)

Since it was founded in 2010, it has grown to an annual student population of 3000, easily dwarfing the largest brick-and-mortar private schools in Canada by a third and more. The student body is comprised nationals, in addition to those in Canada, in more than 15 countries. The teaching staff of 25, all Canadian certified, and the school is accredited in Ontario, able to confer the OSSD. In all, this isn’t a new or developing concept, rather one that reflects a growing need. OVS students register for a much broader range of reasons, all of which signal the diversity of needs that OVS is serving. This includes students who are seeking to fill out a few courses in addition to their current school work, those striving to upgrade existing marks, and those who are scheduling around other commitments, from elite athletics to time spent in medical care. For overseas students, it’s an opportunity to earn an Ontario Secondary diploma, and therefore apply to Canadian universities, without incurring the costs the cost of boarding and travel. The delivery may be different that many are used to, but the teaching is strong, with a range of supports to ensure learner success. As such, OVS offers a valuable option to a growing number of students, in Canada and around the world.


  • Day school
  • eSchool school
  • Grades 8 to 12
  • 6000 students
  • $399 to $499/course

  • Traditional
  • Special needs school
  • Gifted school
  • Elite university feeder school

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Toronto, Ontario
(341 km away)

Families turn to Montessori for a range of reasons, and Pine Lake is a strong example of a majority of them. The teaching is strong, with instructors well-versed in the core methods, as demonstrated through CCMA accreditation. That said, families are also drawn by the close-knit community, the creative, hands-on programming, and the crisp, well-appointed learning spaces. Academics are important, though set and setting are important, too, something which provided the impetus for Sue Eirdmousa to found Pine Lake in 2012. The program continues to grow, as with the fairly recent addition of the lower elementary grades. That likely will continue as the student population ages and current families are understandably reluctant to move on to other schools, this given the success that the program to date. Indeed, it was due to pressure from the parent community that the program was extended, something which is as good an indicator of the health of a school that you could ever hope to find.


  • Day school
  • NS to 3
  • 70 students
  • $13,500 to $15,400

  • Montessori
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Toronto, Ontario
(341 km away)

The student body at Little Owl reflects the diversity of the surrounding community, and the school uses that as a foundation to encourage and celebrate a multicultural perspective. Little Owl is small, which is a draw for the families that enroll, as is the program that runs from preschool through the primary and elementary years. There is a close, family feel, with an individual attention to the needs of the students. Likewise, there is an attention to building students’ emotional and social esteem within a values-based environment. The ideal student is one looking for something different, and who will thrive in a hands-on, community based academic environment.


  • Day school
  • PS to 9
  • 75 students
  • $9,900 to $16,200

  • Traditional
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North York, Ontario
(341 km away)

Since it was founded in 1995, CMS has grown to include five locations in the GTA. The program is founded on the core ideals that Maria Montessori promoted in her work, those of respect, community, purposeful engagement, and self-directed learning. That said, Montessori didn't create her program as a museum piece, but rather as a starting point, and that's a spirit that CMS upholds as well. Dr. Montessori, as has been said, "adjusted and adapted her educational system to better serve children's needs, and well-functioning Montessori classrooms typically share many features reflecting those adjustments." One of which was, of course, a willingness to adjust and adapt. As such, the CMS program includes, as at the Maplehurst location, a computer lab, a library, and a music room. In all, the focus is very clearly on the child, and supporting child development, which is just as it should be.


  • Day school
  • PS to 6
  • 250 students
  • $8,700 to $17,500

  • Montessori
  • Language immersion
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Brampton, Ontario
(341 km away)

The work of Walden, as suggested by the school’s name, is informed by the work of Henry David Thoreau, specifically the idea that working within a natural setting, allowing curiosity to guide you, is the basis to working with others and knowing your place in the world. The offering of the IB program underscores that world view, as does an emphasis on getting into nature. It’s a noisy world. Kids need quiet, and Walden rightly makes that a priority. Instruction is student driven, seeking to inspire curiosity, while also capitalizing on the interests that students bring into the classroom. While academics are strong, it’s the values that the school promotes that is a particular draw to the families that enroll here.


  • Day school
  • JK to 5
  • $18,000 to $18,500

  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
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North York, Ontario
(341 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Day school
  • Grades 5 to 12
  • $16,395 to $22,625

  • Liberal Arts
  • Elite university feeder school
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Mississauga, Ontario
(341 km away)

Newton’s Grove began its life in 1977 as the first private school in Mississauga, known then as Mississauga Private School. It soon moved to Etobicoke, though returned to Mississauga in 2015, moving into its permanent location in 2017. The moves are symptomatic of the school’s growth, based in a growing reputation for its academics coupled with a robust athletic program. Values, too, are a draw, with a dedication to promoting respect and responsibility throughout the curricular areas. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, vibrant, socially oriented environment.


  • Day school
  • K to 12
  • 400 students
  • $16,300 to $18,300

  • Traditional
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Toronto, Ontario
(341 km away)

Prestige sets a high bar for its students, academically as well as socially and ethically. The program is designed and delivered to meet the needs of students functioning at the top of their peer groups. There is a close-knit feel within the student body, and an ongoing attention to the needs and development of each student as he or she progresses through the curriculum. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging yet supportive environment and looking to learn within a peer group that consists of like-minded and similarly abled students.


  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 290 students
  • $11,250 to $15,500

  • Traditional
  • Gifted school
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Ajax, Ontario
(341 km away)

Cambridge International Academy is positioned to address a diversity of learners, including those who arrive domestically and those arriving from overseas. Families are drawn to the small class sizes and the individual instruction they allow, as well as the international gaze afforded through working and learning with students from a range of cultural backgrounds and experiences. English language learning and homestay programs support international students. While the academic program is strong, families are also drawn to the focus on interpersonal, emotional, and social development. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging environment, and who is preparing for success at university.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • $10,650 to $12,650

  • Traditional
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Trinity College School  (est. 1865)

Port Hope, Ontario
(342 km away)

Trinity is one of the oldest boarding schools in Canada and, having been founded two years prior to confederation, is indeed older than the country itself. While it looks entirely different than it did when it was founded—there are no original buildings, nor does it sit at the same site as it did in 1865—the core values remain: quality academics with an eye to educating students into positions of social, professional, and political leadership. Academic achievement is highly valued—this is a school, as many will tell you, where it is cool to be smart—though tolerance, personal expression, and consideration of others are equally important. Service is central to the ethos of the school, as underscored by a robust program of service learning managed by a director dedicated to developing opportunities within the local community and beyond. The ideal student is one who responds well to challenge.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 5 to 12
  • 590 students
  • $25,750 to $59,750

  • Traditional
  • Selective school (admit <75%)
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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Whitby, Ontario
(342 km away)

It really is a castle, and the interiors are as striking as the exterior: turrets, arches, wood and stone. The school is also genuinely old, having been founded in 1874, though the building pre-dates the school. Yet, as ever, appearances can be deceiving, or at least can risk being made too much of. Trafalgar administration has, throughout its long history, consistently revised the curriculum and programs with an intention of providing, in a very literal, sense, the best the world has to offer. That includes the adoption of the Singapore math and science curricula; Mandarin instruction; the "i-Think" integrated problem solving initiative developed the Rotman School of Business; and writing instruction based on the program developed at the University of Chicago. Trafalgar offers an up-to-date, creative, and intentional program for girls preparing for university.


  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • Grades 4 to 12
  • 230 students
  • $23,450 to $62,490

  • Liberal Arts
  • Offers financial aid

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Whitby, Ontario
(342 km away)

The most striking thing about Hatch House, at least initially, is that, yup, it’s a castle. It was built in 1874 by industrialist Nelson Gilbert Reynolds after he sold his previous home, Trafalgar Castle (which, in time, also became home to a prominent private school, Trafalgar Castle School). The name, Hatch House, comes from a later owner, industrialist Frederick Hatch who lived there from 1904 to 1969.

The best use for the building, by far, is the one it has now: housing Hatch House Montessori. The building adds a nice spark to the identity of the school, and the interior spaces are charming and include many updates to suit the needs of the academic program—the most recent being “The Hatch,” a discovery room opened just this year. A strong academic program is augmented by an impressive language program that includes French and Spanish instruction. Principal Zsuzsanna Vigh says that “education is a journey, not a race.” She’s right, of course, and that perspective informs all areas of student life.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • $9,950 to $13,500

  • Montessori
  • Arts-intensive
  • Language immersion
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Etobicoke, Ontario
(342 km away)

The founders of Solid Rock Academy recognize the importance of today’s education being anchored in a Christian worldview. Curriculum is taught with various approaches from theoretical, creative to practical and focuses on high academic achievement. In addition, skills and character education are a vital aspect of learning. Our school endeavors to maintain a safe and intellectually stimulating environment for students. Our educators are helpful and committed to the success of each student.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 8 students
  • $4,400 to $5,900

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid
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Whitby, Ontario
(342 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • $14,995 to $20,795

  • Liberal Arts
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Blyth Academy Waterloo  (est. 2016)

Kitchener, Ontario
(342 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Day school
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • $14,995 to $20,795

  • Liberal Arts
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Guelph, Ontario
(343 km away)

The size of MSW is a draw, as is the CCMA accreditation. The program retains a high fidelity to the philosophy and methods that Maria Montessori developed—the founder was instructed by Maria Montessori’s granddaughter—and builds out from there, as with the inclusion of yoga and daily immersive French within the curriculum. Before and after school care is a plus, as is a high level of individual, student-guided instructional attention. The school is located in a residential neighbourhood, creating a good sense of place, something that is a cornerstone of the method. The feel is family-based, and building from the students’ natural interests and curiosities. The values of respect, empathy, and stewardship are nicely built into all aspects of the instructional day.


  • Day school
  • JK to 1
  • 47 students
  • $5,750 to $12,500

  • Montessori
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Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
(343 km away)

SJK presents as a very traditional school, an impression granted by the name, the uniforms, the size of the campus. In fact, the school is both younger and more progressive than it might initially seem. Founded in 1972, it has taken all of the more modern educational concepts to heart: small class sizes, student-directed instruction, before- and after-school care from JK to Grade 6, an extensive busing program. The cafeteria menu is even built around locally sourced, non-GMO food. Academically, the program is intended to challenge learners who need to be challenged, and includes IB programs from JK through Grade 12. The intention is to address the whole child, providing strong academic and social support. The school has grown over the years, and is also in the midst of a 5-year development plan, to complete in 2020. While the physical plan is still quite new—it was completed in 1990—the current development is around community and instruction (rather than buildings and infrastructure) including an ongoing dedication to experiential learning, values-based instruction, and 20th century literacies. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, and who can benefit from a vibrant, diverse educational and social environment. 


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • JK to 12
  • 400 students
  • $17,415 to $64,750

  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Offers financial aid


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Breslau, Ontario
(343 km away)

John van Pelt, the principal at Woodland, is a graduate of the school, and that’s telling. Community is an important aspect of Woodland, and van Pelt, having experienced it both as student and staff, offers a nice continuity to the life of the school. Community, of course, extends to the faith community, including service opportunities within local churches, something that is a primary draw for the families that enroll here. The student population is just north of 300, which is a nice place to be, one that allows a rich program of extra-curricular programming, while also maintaining a small-school, inclusive feel.


  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 375 students
  • $10,760 to $27,680

  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based school
  • Offers financial aid


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  • Dec 05, 2019
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Tall Pines School  (est. 1987)

Brampton, Ontario
(343 km away)

Tall Pines isn’t your typical Montessori school, in part because it sees the Montessori approach not as an end in itself, but rather as a starting point. There are lots of things here that Maria Montessori wouldn’t recognize, from school uniforms to 21st century literacies; from a robust athletics program, to a larger, more diverse student body. All of those things are very intentional, and Tall Pines has built its program to be innovative, offering the best of both Montessori and progressive instructional approaches. Administration is aware that they have options, and therefore the students do as well.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 480 students
  • $13,921 to $19,988

  • Montessori
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Oshawa, Ontario
(343 km away)

Durham was founded in 1984 in order to address learners who are at the top of their peer group and require an enriched program in order to reach their potentials. Families are drawn by the small class sizes—they average between 8 and 12 students—as well as the full grade continuum, from preschool through Grade 12. The nursery and primary levels are taught through a Montessori approach, and while it’s not carried through the upper grades, the values are nevertheless shared throughout the school. Students arrive to an academically inflected environment, and a peer group that shares a predilection to achievement. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging yet supportive instructional environment.


  • Boarding school
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • NS to 12
  • 135 students
  • $9,700 to $11,500

  • Progressive
  • Montessori
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A.I.S. School  (est. 2016)

Markham, Ontario
(343 km away)

A.I.S. School is a co-educational school that provides truly Chinese Immersion environment. A.I.S. School offers a safe, positive and nurturing environment for students from Junior Kindergarten to high school. With advanced math and science, enriched English and Chinese curriculum, we strive the students to reach their personal best. A well-balanced curriculum provides rich experiences in French, music, drama, public speaking, sports, mindfulness and character education.


  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • JK to 12
  • 280 students
  • $10,000 to $25,000

  • Traditional
  • Montessori
  • Gifted school
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Brampton, Ontario
(344 km away)

RMS was founded in 1969, placing it within the first cohort of Montessori schools in the country. As with those of its vintage, RMS has a long reputation for providing a quality program, one that has a high fidelity with the core aspects of the method. The school has grown to comprise four campuses, allowing for a nice range of resources while also maintaining a close-knit community environment at each location. RMS has also grown into its own identity, one based in adopting new methods and approaches, as appropriate and when sympathetic to the school’s mandate to educate with an eye to achievement and leadership. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging, active, and social learning environment.


  • Day school
  • PS to 8
  • 460 students
  • $7,900 to $14,600

  • Progressive
  • Montessori

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Toronto, Ontario
(344 km away)

CISA is a private, co-ed high school offering credit courses and IELTS prep to grade 9 – 12 students (full time/part time/private lessons/online courses available), and extracurricular activities abound. CISA is inspected by the Ministry of Education and our Markham campus is also an IELTS authorized test centre in Ontario. Here we have more than 100 registered students around the world.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 250 students
  • $17,000 to $39,800

  • Traditional
  • Elite university feeder school
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Markham, Ontario
(344 km away)

Town Centre offers the best of many worlds, beginning with a pre-school Montessori program. TCPS is also an IB World School, offering the IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme. Town Centre is also a candidate for the IB Primary Years Programme. The programs run from pre-school through Grade 12, and the student body is on the large end of the private school spectrum, certainly much larger than a majority of the schools nearby. All of that provides a lot of room for the school to develop the curricular and extra-curricular programs. For the families that look to TCPS, those are the things that really catch their eye: dedicated teaching, a broad range of programming, and a clear demonstration of academic strength and innovation. For families enrolling in the earlier years, the fact that the school offers before- and after-care is certainly also a plus; for those of older children, equally welcome is the offering of various after-school programs, including after school courses, tutorials, clubs, and competitive sports. Throughout, TCPS provides a truly unique program—there’s no other school quite like it—one based in an attention to learner-based instruction and collaborative learning, and a vibrant student environment.


  • Day school
  • NS to 12
  • 1050 students
  • $7,050 to $17,450

  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate

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Brampton, Ontario
(344 km away)

Not all Christian private schools are expressly associated with a specific denomination, or a specific church, but MCA is both: it was founded by the North Park Worship Centre as a means of furthering their work and addressing the needs of their community and congregation. The school retains a fidelity to a close reading of the gospels, something that informs instruction across all curricular areas. The school is close-knit and family oriented, and what it might lack in extracurriculars it gains in a very individual approach to education. Enrollment is open to all, and not limited to the church community, and is particularly attractive to families looking for a school that provides the core curriculum as informed by Christian values.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • 50 students
  • $5,500 to $6,500

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Accelerated curriculum

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Markham, Ontario
(344 km away)

Established in 1988, Sunrise has developed one of the most established and trusted programs in its catchment area. The teaching is strong, and the facilities top-notch. A principle draw for the families that attend is the continuity that Sunrise offers from birth through grade 8. As such, students spend their formative years within a consistent community of care, building meaningful, long-term relationships with instructors and peers. The opportunities for interacting with other age groups is a distinguishing factor of the Montessori approach, and is a key to the Sunrise experience. The school community is a good size, and there are many benefits, including a wide range of programs and activities, including French immersion, an indoor playground, and sports and physical activity. The afterschool programs are rich and varied, including piano, marital arts, and gymnastics, among others. All of that and hot lunches, too. There’s a lot to love, with the experience and expertise of the staff topping the list.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 200 students
  • $10,500 to $16,500

  • Montessori
  • Language immersion
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Thornhill, Ontario
(344 km away)

Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.


  • Day school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • $15,995 to $20,795

  • Liberal Arts
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Somerset Academy  (est. 1990)

Markham, Ontario
(344 km away)

Somerset has established its reputation in offering a challenging, supportive academic program to prepare students for success in high school and beyond. The school is small, something that is a primary draw for families looking for a more personal approach to instruction. The core curriculum is augmented by an overt attention to fostering communication and interpersonal engagement. The offering of French and Mandarin language instruction is also a notable draw. The ideal student is one operating toward the top of his or her peer group, who will thrive in a very close-knit, community oriented educational environment, and is able to work effectively through an accelerated curriculum.


  • Day school
  • JK to 8
  • $12,300 to $13,900

  • Traditional
  • Offers financial aid
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Unionville, Ontario
(344 km away)

Music can be a powerful thing, and Yip’s has created its program around that understanding. Benefits include social, creative, and cognitive development, and Yip’s uses it as a basis for delivering the Ontario curriculum. The use of the Montessori method provides some nice overlap, including a foundation in the core Montessori values of empathy and respect. Yip’s has grown to occupy four locations since the first was opened in 1990. As such the school has a deceptive range and breadth of instructional resources—while each location feels close-knit, the school is effectively quite large. That said, the lived experience for students is one of participation within a small, familiar, safe, and comfortable community of learners.


  • Day school
  • NS to SK
  • $7,650 to $12,650

  • Montessori
  • Offers financial aid
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Trillium School  (est. 1991)

Markham, Ontario
(345 km away)

Trillium, in some senses, hits the sweet spot in terms of size: it’s small enough to maintain an intimate, student-centred feel, yet large enough to have a robust program of extra-curricular activities. The Montessori focus in the early years carries over somewhat into the middle and upper grades, most evident in the attention to community and a sense of belonging within the school family. While the academic program is proven, the community of the school is also an important draw. Instruction is challenging, yet supportive, and cast within a global lens, perhaps most evident within the language programs offered. The ideal student is one looking for something different, able to thrive in a diverse academic atmosphere, and preparing to enter university.


  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • NS to 12
  • 330 students
  • $10,500 to $36,000

  • Montessori
  • Accelerated curriculum
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Woodbridge, Ontario
(345 km away)

TDChristian was founded in 1960, and the school has grown considerably over the years. Throughout has been an abiding attention to stewardship within the school community and beyond. Service trips are a cornerstone of the curriculum, and that tone is set from the first week in Grade 9, with all students spending two days working with organizations supporting the city’s homeless population—TDChristian has partnerships with the Yonge Street Mission, Scott Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Church of the Redeemer, Good Shepherd Centre, St. Francis’ Table, and the Salvation Army. Of course that’s just one aspect of the program, though it’s telling of the approach taken within the school. The families that turn to the school often do so in an awareness of the character learning that is woven throughout the curricular and extracurricular programs. Despite the age of the school, all the facilities have been recently updated, including the integration of technology in the classroom. That process is continuing with a capital and development campaign that is currently underway. The ideal student is one who will thrive in an active, diverse, values-based learning environment.


  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • 401 students
  • $15,500 to $20,190

  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based school
  • Elite university feeder school
  • Offers financial aid

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Wishing Well Schools  (est. 1978)

Markham, Ontario
(345 km away)

Founded in 1978, Wishing Well is one of the older Montessori programs in the region, as well as the country, so has had a lot of time to develop its programs. Today it provides the foundational elements of the method, including a strong sense of place, as well as a wealth of opportunity to peer interaction. The Casa classrooms are of a size that the work well, allowing for mentorship relationships to develop naturally among the students. In addition, the administration has demonstrated a keen desire to develop the program with an eye to the kinds of things that students need when they advance to grade 9 and beyond, including a keen interest in developing 21st century literacies, including digital literacy and a robust science curricula. The extended care option, included in tuition, is understandably a very welcome feature for the families that enroll; it’s also a sign of the school’s attention to the needs of the parent community.  The school has built a reputation on providing a strong, varied program based firmly in the ethos of the Montessori method, with an eye to educating students to be creative, confident, and social learners.


  • Day school
  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 243 students
  • $13,600 to $13,800

  • Progressive
  • Montessori
  • Gifted school
  • Accelerated curriculum

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Delano Academy  (est. 2014)

Vaughan, Ontario
(345 km away)

Delano was founded in 2014 with the mandate of providing a very forward looking approach to the early and elementary years. The focus is on collaboration, 21st century literacies, and allowing students to grow into an international, empathetic understanding of the world and their place within it. The core competencies are delivered, as is a sense of how they relate to who we are and what we’re able to achieve. The fact that the school also has an active cadet corps underscores the uniqueness of the offering. The ideal student is one operating toward the top of his or her peer group, and able to thrive in vibrant, active, socially engaging learning environment.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 140 students
  • $15,995 to $19,995

  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Gifted school
  • Accelerated curriculum

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King Heights Academy  (est. 2004)

Woodbridge, Ontario
(346 km away)

Parents are drawn to King Heights principally by its reputation for delivering high-quality academics. Not all schools perhaps have the same working definition for quality, though King Heights, in many ways, presents the most sound: challenging, collaborative, creative, and active. While not all students are required to enroll within it, the IB program provides a foundation for the life of the school that is inclusive of the values of global, linguistic, and cultural diversity. Also notable is a willingness to continually evaluate best practices, combining elements of traditional curriculum delivery with innovative tools and approaches. The culture of the school is one based in an empathetic world view, with parents and extended family welcome to participate actively in the school community.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 150 students
  • $15,598 to $18,998

  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
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TMS  (est. 1961)

Richmond Hill, Ontario
(346 km away)

Founded in 1961, TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a uniquely designed framework that combines the Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. TMS operates from two campuses in Richmond Hill with exceptional learning environments for students of all ages and stages. Our Lower School (at Bayview Avenue and Hwy 407) offers a Montessori start for students from 18 months to Grade 6. Our Upper School (at Bayview Avenue and Elgin Mills Road) is the only independent school in York Region that offers the International Baccalaureate Programme for students in Grades 7 to 12.

Our co-ed student population of over 775 thrives in academics while developing the life-changing mindsets of entrepreneurial thinking, positivity, and resilience that build a foundation for Significance not just at university, but in life.

The unique design of the TMS student journey provides a framework within which your child can say I Am Known.

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  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 775 students
  • $18,300 to $31,350

  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Offers financial aid

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Markham, Ontario
(346 km away)

Not all Christian schools are created the same, and Wesley is one that builds from the values of the Christian faith, using them to inform the delivery of the curriculum and the lived experience of the school. The school began as a pre-school program in 1988 and has grown since then, including a move into an expanded facility in 2004. Today the size of the school is at the mean for Canada, with approximately 350 students. It’s small enough to maintain a close, connected feel throughout the school, while large enough to allow for a full spectrum of curricular and extra-curricular programming. Families who enroll here are drawn by the strength of the academic offering, the breadth of programming, and the attention to personal and interpersonal development.


  • Day school
  • NS to 8
  • 350 students
  • $10,375 to $13,300

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Accelerated curriculum


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  • Feb 01, 2020
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J. Addison School  (est. 2002)

Markham, Ontario
(346 km away)

J. Addison School was founded in 2002 to serve both local and international students. The facilities are modern and extensive, including boarding and support programs designed with the needs of international students specifically in mind. The school is lead by alumni of York University, and the partnership between the institutions has grown over the years, including unique scholarships and internships. That relationship will presumably continue to grow with the completion of the York University-Markham Centre Campus. Lee Vendetti, principal at J. Addison has said, “This partnership offers all the key players in both institutions an opportunity to share expertise and resources that will make the transition to university and the working world a smoother and more meaningful experience.” The ideal student is one who will thrive in a challenging, academically oriented, international environment, and who is intending to continue to post-secondary education in Canada.


  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 500 students
  • $15,000 to $42,450

  • Traditional
  • Montessori
  • Elite university feeder school
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Markham, Ontario
(347 km away)

There is a great range of approach within Christian education, from those that have chapel in the morning and little more, to those that weave Christian teaching and principles throughout the curriculum and the life of the school. PCA is very much the latter, a place where Christianity informs the entire school experience, and the delivery and the content of the curriculum. This is the school for students for whom the veracity of their faith is tantamount to who they are and the way the wish to learn; faith and fidelity to scripture are at the fore within PCA. The strength of the academic program is evident through decades of academic success. The school is on the larger side of the mean in Canada, and the benefits of that size are seen in the breadth of curricular and extracurricular programs that are on offer. The ideal student is one who is able to thrive in a challenging environment, and who is preparing to advance to university.


  • Day school
  • PS to 12
  • 610 students
  • $11,390 to $19,670

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
  • Elite university feeder school
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Caledon, Ontario
(347 km away)

BCS was founded in 1977 by the Kennedy Road Tabernacle and was initially known as KRT Christian School. It’s grown since, and the name was changed to reflect the school’s non-denominational perspective, though the school is now, just as it has always been, a part of the KRT ministry. Bob Boshart became principal in 1982 and over the next 26 years he consistently lead the development of the programs, accreditation, and the expansion into the upper grades. That said, the development has been very much guided by the school community, and the involvement of the families who have enrolled past and present is a great source of strength for the school. A fairly recent and substantial capital campaign has brought the school to where it is today, with a renewed infrastructure and a full complement of up-to-date instructional resources. Families are drawn to the reputation that the school has gained over its life, as well as a program based in the values of the Christian faith.


  • Day school
  • JK to 12
  • 675 students
  • $11,328

  • Traditional
  • Faith-based school
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Toronto Waldorf School  (est. 1968)

Thornhill, Ontario
(347 km away)

Not all Waldorf programs are created the same, and the Toronto Waldorf School is a great example of that. The program extends through grade 12 which, for some, may be surprising given that the method is so firmly associated with the ECE years. As such, it calls into question what Waldorf is, and what it can mean in the life of a child. For TWS, it means a commitment to active learning, process over product, and cross-curricular, collaborative learning. Families that enroll typically are also attracted by an overt attention to ethics, environmental stewardship, interpersonal values, and the encouragement of individual expression. While the curriculum is strong, it’s often that values peice that tips the balance. The ideal student is one who will thrive in an interactive learning environment that builds from the students shared curiosity.


  • Day school
  • NS to 12
  • 360 students
  • $18,000 to $21,000

  • Waldorf
  • Offers financial aid
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Markham, Ontario
(347 km away)

Founded in 1999, TMS has developed a reputation for offering a strong academic program that maintains a high fidelity to the core of the Montessori approach as demonstrated by CCMA accreditation. The program is regularly assessed through certification and EQAO testing, and families are drawn by the keen attention to the development of core numeracy, literacy, and early exposure to French. The size of the school hits a bit of a sweet spot, allowing for a full range of curricular and extracurricular programming, while also maintaining a close, personal, community-oriented feel. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a hands-on, social, challenging yet supportive academic environment.


  • Day school
  • NS to 6
  • 120 students
  • $1,100 to $1,200

  • Traditional
  • Montessori
  • Accelerated curriculum
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