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 Upper Canada College Toronto, ON SK to 12 1829
3 Bishop's College School Sherbrooke, QC 7 to 12 1836
4 Pickering College Newmarket, ON JK to 12 1842
5 De La Salle College Toronto, ON 5 to 12 1851
6 St. Michael's College School Toronto, ON 7 to 12 1852
7 Sacred Heart School of Montreal Montreal, QC 7 to 11 1861
8 Trinity College School Port Hope, ON 5 to 12 1865
9 Bishop Strachan School Toronto, ON JK to 12 1867
10 Stanstead College Stanstead, QC 7 to 12 1872
11 Trafalgar Castle School Whitby, ON 4 to 12 1874
12 Rothesay Netherwood School Rothesay, NB 6 to 12 1877
13 Lakefield College School Lakefield, ON 9 to 12 1879
14 Trafalgar School For Girls Montreal, QC 7 to 11 1887
15 Ridley College St. Catharines, ON JK to 12 1889
16 Ashbury College Ottawa, ON 4 to 12 1891
17 Olivet School Etobicoke, ON PS to 5 1893
18 Havergal College Toronto, ON JK to 12 1894
19 St. Andrew's College Aurora, ON 5 to 12 1899
20 Selwyn House School Westmount, QC K to 11 1901
21 St. Clement's School Toronto, ON 1 to 12 1901
22 Hillfield Strathallan College Hamilton, ON NS to 12 1901
23 Branksome Hall Toronto, ON JK to 12 1903
24 Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie Montreal, QC 7 to 11 1905
25 Rosthern Junior College Rosthern, SK 10 to 12 1905

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