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Girls' school rankings

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Along with schools themselves, Our Kids resists parents' over-emphasizing school rankings. Ranking lists should ultimately play a minor role (if at all) in any families' school decision. No matter our objections to them, though, parents still seek rankings lists, and they find them provided by sources that dubiously present "best schools rankings" without disclaimer or even caution.

Thanks to our long history of working with girls' private schools, Our Kids is able to elicit rich, exclusive data on these schools. With that in mind, we provide lists below, ranking schools on discrete criteria. We make no pretense of telling you what is best.

These tools should be used wisely and judiciously. Focus your research on our wealth of more pertinent information, resources and tools. See, for example, expert advice on girls' schools,  our overview of girls' preschools, as well as our comprehensive advice guide on private education.

Some things to bear in mind as you review lists below:

Top ten girls' schools with the lowest admission rates

A low acceptance rate makes some girls' schools difficult to get into; some parents may perceive that as making these schools better. However, other factors contribute to an increased demand for some schools, including but not limited to the effectiveness of marketing, the location of the school, and the school's history.

  • Many excellent girls' schools have acceptance rates as high as 100%.
  • The list below does not account for how many students are enrolled per year.  

In any case, parents should not put too much emphasis on this single metric. That said, the list below may be of interest to some families in providing an overview of your chances of getting into some top girls' schools in Canada.

School Location Grades Acceptance rate
1 Crofton House School Vancouver, BC JK to 12 17%
2 Havergal College Toronto, ON JK to 12 30%
3 Bishop Strachan School Toronto, ON JK to 12 40%
4 Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School Westmount, QC K to 11 49%
5 Study Westmount, QC K to 11 50%
6 St. Clement's School Toronto, ON 1 to 12 50%
7 Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie Montreal, QC 7 to 11 50%
8 St. Margaret's School Victoria, BC JK to 12 65%
9 Elmwood School Ottawa, ON PS to 12 70%
10 Linden School Toronto, ON JK to 12 80%


Top ten most expensive girls' schools

Some parents feel that more expensive girls' schools must necessarily be the best. Certainly, more expensive schools can offer more impressive facilities, hire highly qualified instructors, and afford a selection of other advantageous features. However, many schools for girls with very reasonable tuition rates offer a superior education that will help your daughter(s) succeed.

School Location Grades Tuition
1 Branksome Hall Toronto, ON JK to 12 $33,630 to $36,630
2 Havergal College Toronto, ON JK to 12 $33,850
3 Bishop Strachan School Toronto, ON JK to 12 $32,860
4 St. Clement's School Toronto, ON 1 to 12 $29,900
5 Elmwood School Ottawa, ON PS to 12 $13,960 to $26,960
6 Trafalgar Castle School Whitby, ON 4 to 12 $23,450 to $26,865
7 St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School Oakville, ON PS to 12 $15,000 to $26,300
8 Crofton House School Vancouver, BC JK to 12 $22,900
9 Study Westmount, QC K to 11 $20,140 to $22,675
10 Linden School Toronto, ON JK to 12 $16,800 to $22,600

Oldest girls' schools

Schools that have been established for a long time might seem to have the most well-developed reputation. There is some validity to this, but of course many girls' schools with a much shorter history are just as good at offering an excellent education. Here, for interest's sake is a list of girls' schools ranked by their founding date.

School Location Grades Founded
1 Sacred Heart School of Montreal Montreal, QC 7 to 12 1861
2 Bishop Strachan School Toronto, ON JK to 12 1867
3 Trafalgar Castle School Whitby, ON 4 to 12 1874
4 Havergal College Toronto, ON JK to 12 1894
5 Crofton House School Vancouver, BC JK to 12 1898
6 St. Clement's School Toronto, ON 1 to 12 1901
7 Branksome Hall Toronto, ON JK to 12 1903
8 Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie Montreal, QC 7 to 11 1905
9 St. Margaret's School Victoria, BC JK to 12 1908
10 Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School Westmount, QC K to 11 1909

Most notable alumni

We hesitantly present a list of girls’ schools below, ranked by most graduates with a Wikipedia entry. Producing notable alumni is one measure of schools’ excellence but of course it’s a very limited way of judging how a school is best for your child. We urge you to focus on many other factors in finding a girls’ school that will help your daughter succeed.

School Location Grades Notable alumni
1 Bishop Strachan School Toronto, ON JK to 12 14
2 Havergal College Toronto, ON JK to 12 9
3 Study Westmount, QC K to 11 8
4 Branksome Hall Toronto, ON JK to 12 7
5 St. Clement's School Toronto, ON 1 to 12 3
6 Elmwood School Ottawa, ON PS to 12 2
7 St. Margaret's School Victoria, BC JK to 12 2
8 Sacred Heart School of Montreal Montreal, QC 7 to 12 2
9 Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie Montreal, QC 7 to 11 2
10 Linden School Toronto, ON JK to 12 1

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