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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 Dewey Institute Bracebridge, ON 7 to 12 2
2 King's-Edgehill School Windsor, NS 6 to 12 1788
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 De La Salle College Toronto, ON 5 to 12 1851
7 St. Michael's College School Toronto, ON 7 to 12 1852
8 Albert College Belleville, ON JK to 12 1857
9 Sacred Heart School of Montreal Montreal, QC 7 to 12 1861
10 Trinity College School Port Hope, ON 5 to 12 1865
11 Bishop Strachan School Toronto, ON JK to 12 1867
12 Stanstead College Stanstead, QC 7 to 12 1872
13 Trafalgar Castle School Whitby, ON 4 to 12 1874
14 Rothesay Netherwood School Rothesay, NB 6 to 12 1877
15 Lakefield College School Lakefield, ON 9 to 12 1879
16 Ridley College St. Catharines, ON JK to 12 1889
17 Ashbury College Ottawa, ON 4 to 12 1891
18 St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School Oakville, ON PS to 12 1891
19 Olivet School Etobicoke, ON PS to 5 1893
20 Havergal College Toronto, ON JK to 12 1894
21 Crofton House School Vancouver, BC JK to 12 1898
22 St. Andrew's College Aurora, ON 5 to 12 1899
23 Selwyn House School Westmount, QC K to 11 1901
24 Hillfield Strathallan College Hamilton, ON NS to 12 1901
25 St. Clement's School Toronto, ON 1 to 12 1901


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