Preschool rankings

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Parents sending their child off to preschool understandably want the best for their young children as they embark into formal education. For parents concerned about this big step in life, Our Kids offers a comprehensive guide on how to find the best preschool. That page and the advice you find there should really be your starting point. 

Throughout our ranking pages, Our Kids cautions parents against any reliance on others' ideas of "best schools." Nowhere is that caution more appropriate, perhaps, than when applied to preschool aged children. Any preschool rankings – ours and anyone else's – should be taken as a minimally helpful tool in a much larger tool set.  Our Kids provides much richer advice for parents focused on helping you find the right fit, based on a thorough understanding of the needs of your child.

Rankings can be used a discovery tool, to help you note schools that may not have been on your radar previously. Our Kids has the ability to offer unique, authoritative data, cultivated from working with private preschools across the country for more than two decades. Below, we rank preschools on specific data that matches up with parents' most popular concerns. Please review these rankings with appropriate skepticism, and use them as one bit in a much larger thought process focused on finding the school that's best for your child(ren).

Ten most expensive preschools

Many people believe there is some truth in the old adage, "you get what you pay for." Below is a list of the most expensive private schools offering a preschool program. The most expensive schools may indeed offer some advantages, including high quality facilities, highly regarded teachers and other advantages.

Here are more important things to bear in mind:

  • It's naïve to directly equate cost with value
  • There are many superb private preschools with very reasonable tuition rates
  • Preschool tuition is often lower than regular school tuition
  • Data below is reported by the schools themselves and may be incomplete (it may not include accurate preschool fees) 
School Location Grades Tuition
1 TFS - Canada's International School Toronto, ON NS to 12 $20,360 to $35,320
2 TMS Richmond Hill, ON PS to 12 $25,700 to $31,350
3 Hillfield Strathallan College Hamilton, ON NS to 12 $16,428 to $28,775
4 TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) Mississauga, ON PS to 7 $19,390 to $28,170
5 Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care Toronto, ON NS to PS $27,600
6 Junior Academy Toronto, ON NS to 8 $22,500 to $27,500
7 Elmwood School Ottawa, ON PS to 12 $13,960 to $26,960
8 St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School Oakville, ON PS to 12 $15,000 to $26,300
9 Bannockburn Toronto, ON NS to 6 $25,100
10 Magnificent Minds North York, ON PS to 12 $19,950 to $25,000

Top ten newest preschools

Preschools that are newer may seem to be more current, although that is not necessarily the case. Some parents see value in schools where the facilities are newer and there is less focus on tradition. For interest's sake, find below a list of schools (with preschool) that are most recently founded.

School Location Grades Founded
1 Ashwood Glen Burlington, ON NS to 8 2019
2 Oak Learners Etobicoke, ON PS to 8 2016
3 Momentum Montessori Toronto, ON NS to K 2016
4 Guidepost Montessori at Toronto Toronto, ON NS to 6 2016
5 Alive Montessori & Private School Toronto, ON PS to 6 2014
6 Walden International School Oakville, ON PS to 8 2014
7 High Park Oxford Learning Academy Toronto, ON PS to 1 2013
8 SimplySmart Child Care & Montessori Mississauga, ON NS to K 2012
9 La Villa Montessori School Mississauga, ON NS to K 2012
10 ArtsCalibre Academy Victoria, BC PS to 10 2011

Preschools with the smallest class sizes

Parents paying private school tuition are often focused on the issue of teacher-student ratio. Of course, when it comes to Montessori and some other preschools, larger class sizes are actually the norm and allow for more learning interactions and mentoring opportunities.

For parents who want their preschool aged child to benefit from more highly personalized teacher-child interactions, you'll find below a list of preschools with smallest class sizes.

School Location Grades Avg. class size
1 New Haven Learning Centre Etobicoke, ON PS to 10 1 to 5
2 Children's Garden Nursery School Toronto, ON NS to 2 1 to 8
3 St. Clement's Early Learning School Toronto, ON PS to 2 1 to 8
4 Royal Cachet Montessori School Markham, ON NS to 3 3 to 8
5 Magnificent Minds North York, ON PS to 12 4 to 8
6 B.E.N. School-House Toronto, ON PS to 6 4 to 12
7 Little Owl Private School Toronto, ON PS to 9 5 to 12
8 Yip’s Music & Montessori School Unionville, ON NS to SK 5 to 13
9 High Park Oxford Learning Academy Toronto, ON PS to 1 5 to 10
10 Oak Learners Etobicoke, ON PS to 8 6

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