The oldest private schools in Canada

Ranking private schools by age

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 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 academicsadmissionscourse pedagogiesspecial needs support, and more. Finally, we provide an invaluable advice guide, which contains detailed articles on different types of schoolschoosing a schoolapplying to schools, and many other topics.

Schools ranked by date they were founded

School Location Grades Founded
1 Laureate College Burlington, ON 9 to 12 10
2 Peak Centre Academy Kanata, ON 5 to 12 12
3 yini test Mississauga, ON JK to 9 1234
4 King's-Edgehill School Windsor, NS 6 to 12 1788
5 St. John's-Ravenscourt School Winnipeg, MB K to 12 1820
6 Upper Canada College Toronto, ON SK to 12 1829
7 Bishop's College School Sherbrooke, QC 7 to 12 1836
8 Pickering College Newmarket, ON JK to 12 1842
9 Sacred Heart School of Halifax Halifax, NS JK to 12 1849
10 De La Salle College Toronto, ON 5 to 12 1851
11 St. Michael's College School Toronto, ON 7 to 12 1852
12 Albert College Belleville, ON JK to 12 1857
13 Sacred Heart School of Montreal Montreal, QC 7 to 12 1861
14 Trinity College School Port Hope, ON 5 to 12 1865
15 Bishop Strachan School Toronto, ON JK to 12 1867
16 Stanstead College Stanstead, QC 7 to 12 1872
17 Trafalgar Castle School Whitby, ON 4 to 12 1874
18 Rothesay Netherwood School Rothesay, NB 6 to 12 1877
19 Lakefield College School Lakefield, ON 9 to 12 1879
20 Ridley College St. Catharines, ON JK to 12 1889
21 Mennonite Collegiate Institute Gretna, MB 9 to 12 1889
22 Ashbury College Ottawa, ON 4 to 12 1891
23 St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School Oakville, ON PS to 12 1891
24 Olivet School Etobicoke, ON JK to 5 1893
25 Havergal College Toronto, ON JK to 12 1894

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the oldest private school?
Laureate College is the oldest private school. The school was founded in 10.

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