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 King's-Edgehill School Windsor, NS 6 to 12 1788
2 St. John's-Ravenscourt School Winnipeg, MB K to 12 1820
3 Upper Canada College Toronto, ON SK to 12 1829
4 Bishop's College School Sherbrooke, QC 7 to 12 1836
5 Pickering College Newmarket, ON JK to 12 1842
6 Sacred Heart School of Halifax Halifax, NS JK to 12 1849
7 College Bourget Rigaud, QC PS to 12 1850
8 De La Salle College Toronto, ON 5 to 12 1851
9 St. Michael's College School Toronto, ON 7 to 12 1852
10 Albert College Belleville, ON PS to 12 1857
11 Sacred Heart School of Montreal Montreal, QC 7 to 12 1861
12 Trinity College School Port Hope, ON 5 to 12 1865
13 Bishop Strachan School Toronto, ON JK to 12 1867
14 Stanstead College Stanstead, QC 7 to 12 1872
15 Trafalgar Castle School Whitby, ON 4 to 12 1874
16 Rothesay Netherwood School Rothesay, NB 6 to 12 1877
17 Lakefield College School Lakefield, ON 9 to 12 1879
18 Ridley College St. Catharines, ON JK to 12 1889
19 Mennonite Collegiate Institute Gretna, MB 9 to 12 1889
20 Ashbury College Ottawa, ON 4 to 12 1891
21 St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School Oakville, ON JK to 12 1891
22 Carmel New Church School Kitchener, ON JK to 8 1892
23 Olivet School Etobicoke, ON JK to 5 1893
24 Havergal College Toronto, ON JK to 12 1894
25 St. Andrew's College Aurora, ON 5 to 12 1899

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the oldest private school?
King's-Edgehill School is the oldest private school. The school was founded in 1788.

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