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The oldest private schools in Canada

Ranking private schools by age

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While it’s misleading to rank private schools overall, it can be helpful to rank them in terms of specific criteria. Here we rank them in terms of age: we provide a list of the top 20 oldest private schools in Canada.

A school’s age is important. If a school has been around a long time, it likely has something valuable to offer. It may also have established a strong reputation in Canada and worldwide.

Keep in mind, though, there’s far more to evaluating a school than its age or even prestige. Just because a school is the oldest doesn’t mean it’s the best. Age is just one factor to consider when choosing a school. You’ll also want to look at a school’s cost, community, culture, programs, and academics, among other things. In the end, you should try to find a school that’s the right fit—for your child and family.

To help you out, we list schools by location and type. While combing through these lists, which can be filtered using our advanced search, make sure to check out our comprehensive school profiles. You can also compare schools in terms of a wide range of metrics, like academics, admissions, course pedagogies, special needs support, and more. Finally, we provide an invaluable advice guide, which contains detailed articles on different types of schools, choosing a school, applying to schools, and many other topics.

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School Location Grades Founded
1 King's-Edgehill School
Accelerated curriculum
Windsor, NS
Boarding school
6 to 12 1788
2 Upper Canada College
Accelerated curriculum
Selective school (75% or fewer applicants accepted)
Elite university feeder school
Toronto, ON
Boarding school
SK to 12
All boys
1829
3 Bishop's College School
Gifted school
Elite university feeder school
Sherbrooke, QC
Boarding school
7 to 12 1836
4 Pickering College Newmarket, ON
Boarding school
JK to 12 1842
5 De La Salle College
Christian/Catholic school
Toronto, ON 5 to 12 1851
6 St. Michael's College School
Christian/Catholic school
Selective school (75% or fewer applicants accepted)
Toronto, ON 7 to 12
All boys
1852
7 Villa Maria Montreal, QC 7 to 11
All girls
1854
8 The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Christian/Catholic school
Montreal, QC
Boarding school
7 to 11
All girls
1861
9 Trinity College School
Selective school (75% or fewer applicants accepted)
Elite university feeder school
Port Hope, ON
Boarding school
5 to 12 1865
10 The Bishop Strachan School
Christian/Catholic school
Selective school (75% or fewer applicants accepted)
Toronto, ON
Boarding school
JK to 12
All girls
1867
11 Stanstead College
Elite university feeder school
Stanstead, QC
Boarding school
7 to 12 1872
12 Trafalgar Castle School Whitby, ON
Boarding school
4 to 12
All girls
1874
13 Rothesay Netherwood School
Elite university feeder school
Rothesay, NB
Boarding school
6 to 12 1877
14 Lakefield College School Lakefield, ON
Boarding school
9 to 12 1879
15 Trafalgar School For Girls Montreal, QC 7 to 11
All girls
1887
16 Ridley College
Accelerated curriculum
Selective school (75% or fewer applicants accepted)
Elite university feeder school
St. Catharines, ON
Boarding school
JK to 12 1889
17 Ashbury College
Accelerated curriculum
Selective school (75% or fewer applicants accepted)
Ottawa, ON
Boarding school
Homestay school
4 to 12 1891
18 St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School
Gifted school
Oakville, ON PS to 12
All girls
1891
19 Olivet School
Christian/Catholic school
Etobicoke, ON PS to 5 1893
20 Havergal College
Selective school (75% or fewer applicants accepted)
Elite university feeder school
Toronto, ON
Boarding school
JK to 12
All girls
1894



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