Mississauga and Halton-Peel Montessori schools

Find the top Montessori schools and programs in Mississauga.


On this page, we cover private schools in the Mississauga area that offer Montessori programs and support. This includes Montessori schools in Etobicoke, Erindale, Malton, Meadowvale, Clarkson, Lorne Park, Streetsville, Port Credit, Erin Mills, Hurontario, Sheridan, Erindale, Credit Valley, and Lakeview.

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a discussion of curriculum and teaching practices, start with our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Mississauga

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Mississauga Montessori schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori education
  6. Further resources




There are lots of private Montessori schools in Mississauga. These schools vary in terms of their classroom practices, curricular approaches, program offerings, and special needs support. The schools listed below reflect this diversity. They can be filtered for a wide range of features.




 
Oakville, Ontario
Winston Churchill/Lakeshore Road East
 
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"Clanmore is one of the few schools offering authentic Montessori programming from Toddler - Middle School. Our culture is warm and inviting and our philosophy empowers us to support each child as a unique individual." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,000 to $20,000
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Oakville, Ontario
Trafalgar Road/Dundas
 
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"TRMS uniquely provides enriched French as a second language (FSL) instruction for all levels from Preschool to Elementary. We give students a head start in their educational journey, instilling a "Love of Learning!"" —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $15,695 to $17,375
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Mississauga, Ontario
Lakeshore Road/Southdown
 
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"Peel Montessori and Carrington College div. students learn above grade level for subjects of strength. Individualized curriculum, advanced academic strategies, and character development give students a personal edge." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $9,500 to $18,500
  • Day school
  • 150 students
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Oakville, Ontario
QEW/Ford Drive / Ninth Line
 
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"La Villa Montessori is an AMI recognized School that adheres to Dr. Montessori's principles. We provide a nurturing environment that fulfills the child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $6,000 to $17,000
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Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"Meadow Green Academy provides a strong Christian education in a nurturing environment. Strong academics combined with sports, enriched music, visual arts, and dramatic arts programs provide a well-rounded experience" —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $9,800 to $16,990
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Mississauga, Ontario
Glen Erin/Dundas
 
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"Kaban Montessori School is a CCMA accredited school in the west area of Mississauga . Our environments foster each child's interests and abilities while supporting them to achieve their full potential." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $1,720 to $1,770
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Pickering, Ontario
Kingston/Altona
 
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"École Montessori is Durham Region's premier French private school dedicated to transforming your child into a bilingual critical thinker with our enriched curriculum that fosters the genius within each student." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $8,400 to $21,000
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Oakville, Ontario
Lakeshore Road East/Bel Air Drive
 
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"Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers. We have three campuses in Oakville, delivering exceptional Montessori Programs." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,300 to $24,800
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Mississauga, Ontario
Tomken Rd./Eglinton Ave. E
 
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"Northstar Montessori offers an accredited Montessori curriculum from Toddler age to Grade 8. Our goal is to develop strong character and contributing citizens who understand that their involvement makes a difference." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,800 to $16,900
  • Day school
  • 300 students
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Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario St/Matheson Blvd E
 
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"ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. We offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5 with an emphasis on developing literacy, numeracy, sciences, and arts." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $9,950 to $11,500
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Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from JK to grade eight. The average class size is 18 students." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $14,900 to $20,315
  • Day school
  • 400 students
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Oakville, Ontario
 
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"Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs for students age 4 to grade eight. The average class size is 18 students." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $17,650 to $27,560
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Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $11,000
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Some schools aren't Montessori schools, but use a Montessori approach for their preschool or daycare program. This approach gives young learners plenty of freedom to choose tasks and activities that interest them, which promotes their independence and confidence. It also strongly emphasizes concrete learning, where children work with lots of hands-on materials, and do practical life activities. Children usually work independently or in small groups in these programs.



 
Burlington, Ontario
Walkers Line/Fairveiw Street
 
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"Ashwood Glen offers a Montessori program for children aged 18months - 6 yrs. The Grades 1 - 8 Learning Program applies the IB framework to extend the learning outcomes of the Ontario curriculum." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $14,000 to $20,000
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Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Pkwy/Millcreek Drive
 
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"Western Heights offers an enriched Montessori program that fosters a love of learning. The school actively engages its close-knit parent community to offer an enriched curriculum that adapts to each student's needs." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $13,000 to $18,000
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Toronto, Ontario
Prince Edward Dr N/Bloor Street West
 
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"Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. " —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $7,325 to $14,934
  • Day school
  • 100 students
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Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario/Queensway
 
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"Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School in Mississauga offers Casa Montessori programs for children a ged 2.5 to 6. Before- and after-school care and summer camps also available." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $7,070 to $11,960
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For general advice on how to choose and evaluate private schools, check out our choosing a school guide and our expert advice guide. For advice on choosing Montessori schools (including preschools), see our Montessori choosing guide. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great starting point for finding a school, at any level. We have annual private school expos in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halton-peel. These expos allow you to speak with lots of private schools in Canada, many of which are Montessori schools, all in one place. Find a Montessori school near you.

Parent discussion forum

Another great resource in your school search is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is an ideal place to discuss options and debate topics related to Montessori schools. Our community of parents, education experts, school officials, and alumni can help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Open house events

Attending open houses is a great way to learn more about schools. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits.


School nameDateLocation
Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $9,900 to $18,900
  • April 24, 2024 11:30 amAshwood Glen
    3430 Fairview St. Burlington ON L7N 2R5
    Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $9,900 to $18,900
  • April 24, 2024 11:30 amAshwood Glen School
    3430 Fairview Street Burlington Ontario L7N 2R5



    The cost of Montessori schools in Mississauga tends to be lower than the cost of other private schools in Mississauga. In fact, Montessori schools are usually on the lower side of private school tuition in general.

    Private school tuition can range from $5,000 to over $30,000 per year for day students. There are no public Montessori schools in Mississauga, though some public schools use certain Montessori principles.

    Many schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Other schools, though not as many, offer scholarships, which are given based on merit—for instance, in academics or athletics. You can learn more about need- and merit-based financial aid in our dedicated guide. You can also read our guide on preschool costs.

    Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori private schools in Mississauga (including Etobicoke and Port Credit):


     
    Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • $15,990



     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
    Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
  • $13,195 to $14,195
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 18No supportMedium integration
    Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $9,900 to $18,900
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 16Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Peel Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $7,500 to $15,000
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
    La Villa Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $8,100 to $15,608
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource Assistance
    Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 12No supportMedium integration
    Western Heights Montessori Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • No support
    Kaban Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • $1,720 to $1,770
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
    Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • AcceleratedSupportive10 to 16No support
    École Montessori
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $8,400 to $17,000
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 18No supportLight integration
    Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
  • $8,500 to $20,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20No supportLight integration
    Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $10,500 to $16,350
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
    ABC Montessori
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $5,140 to $10,850
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportLight integration
    Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight integration
    Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • $15,500 to $21,200
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No support
    Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No supportHeavy integration
    Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $7,070 to $11,960
  • Standard-enriched10 to 15No support





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    Learning disorders:
     Dyslexia
     Auditory processing disorder
     Dyscalculia
     Dysgraphia
     Language processing disorder
     Non-verbal learning disorders
     Visual motor deficit
    Development disorders:
     Autism
     Asperger's

    Behavioural and emotional:
     Troubled teens
     Depression
     Suicidal
     Substance abuse
     Oppositional defiant disorder
    Physical:
     Dyspraxia
     Blindness
     Deafness
     Cystic fibrosis
     Multiple physical
     
     
    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
  • $13,195 to $14,195
  • Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $9,900 to $18,900
  • Peel Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $7,500 to $15,000
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $8,100 to $15,608
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • Western Heights Montessori Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Kaban Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • $1,720 to $1,770
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • École Montessori
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $8,400 to $17,000
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
  • $8,500 to $20,500
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $10,500 to $16,350
  • ABC Montessori
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $5,140 to $10,850
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • $15,500 to $21,200
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $7,070 to $11,960








  • Mississauga Montessori schools often have mixed-age classes witgh lots of interaction, student-to-student teaching, and group and independent work. Below, the Montessori philosophy and teaching approach is discussed in more detail. For more comprehensive coverage, see our main Montessori school guide.

    Montessori philosophy

    The Montessori philosophy of education is unique. Some of the main principles of this philosophy are the following:

    Student-centred: Similar to Waldorf and Reggio Emilia schools, students are free to move around the class, choose their own work, and determine the pace of their studies. This can make for a dynamic learning environment. Kids often choose work that’s engaging and stimulating, in this setting, which can give rise to a love of learning.

    Uninterrupted work time: Montessori schools give kids lots of uninterrupted work time, especially at the elementary level. In many schools, they’re given at least one 3-hour, uninterrupted work period to focus on their chosen work, free of interruptions. Uninterrupted work periods are believed to improve children’s concentration, self-discipline, and work habits.

    Concrete learning: Learning tends to be concrete and hands-on. At the primary and elementary level (and sometimes at the secondary level), kids work with lots of different concrete materials, including “manipulatives”—or self-correcting puzzles. They also work with blocks, rods, spindle boxes, and many other materials. Concrete learning engages many of the senses. And, research has shown that it can speed up learning, especially for younger kids.

    No external rewards: In primary and elementary school, kids aren’t given tests or assignments, or graded on any of their work. Kids also aren’t praised very much, and when they are praised, it’s for effort—not outcome. Progress is assessed informally, through observation and developmental rubrics, rather than formally, through grades or report cards.

    Montessori teaching approach

    Montessori teachers rarely provide direct instruction. They almost never stand at the front of the class and lecture to all the students. And when they do lecture, the lectures are usually short, interactive, and engaging.

    More often, though, teachers move around the class, and give lessons to or guide students. They usually work with students one-on-one or in small groups. They often encourage students to repeat and practice activities, and they plan projects to meet each student’s learning needs. Their primary role is to connect students with their work, rather than to impart knowledge to them. Teachers are thus viewed more as “guides” or “mentors” than “teachers” in the traditional sense.

    Montessori schools, in Mississauga and nearby Oakville and Milton, have mixed-age classes, with kids aged 0-3 (toddler), 3-6 (primary), 6-9 (lower-elementary), 9-12 (upper elementary), and so on. The mixed-age classroom informs the teaching approach and learning environment, from preschool to high school

    Most Montessori classes have lots of group work. Kids work together in small groups on projects and tasks, with some guidance from the teacher. Kids help each other, and older kids often mentor their younger classmates, by helping with them with their work and modelling appropriate behaviour.

    This can reinforce knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, for both older and younger kids. This approach can be great for children with special needs.

    Montessori in Mississauga

    Montessori schools in Mississauga are numerous, probably bolstered by the fact that Montessori got its North American beginning in Richmond Hill. Mississauga Montessori schools listed with Ourkids.net are by and large accredited with the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA).

    Not all schools using the name Montessori follow Maria Montessori's original teachings to the same degree, so check into each school closely to see how authentically it follows the Montessori approach.

    Principles of integrity, co-operation, responsibility, and respect are modeled by teachers, emulated by students, and practiced by all."

    Some schools focus on the classroom environment, student-centered academics or the freedom of learning and interaction that Montessori opens up while others preach a very strict adherence to the exact principles espoused by the movement's founder. These include the above but may also include a focus on learning by touch, teachers as mentors and a variety of other strategies that adhere very closely to Maria Montessori's teachings.

    True, Montessori education focuses on three-year age-groupings that encourage learning as a deeply social process. Montessori schools, in fact, go against the notion of small class sizes espoused by other private schools.

    In a Montessori classroom, a number of age groups are all included and older students are encouraged to take on a teacherly role. A wide variety of research confirms the benefits of Montessori's emphasis on independent thinking, self-motivation and social learning.

    Mississauga's Montessori schools are indeed varied, including schools that are faith-based as well as traditional Montessori classrooms. When choosing a school be sure that you understand its implementation of the Montessori method and philosophy. There are a variety of approaches possible and you may be able to find a school in Mississauga that ideally matches your own understanding of the Montessori method.

    Parents and students praise the many benefits of Montessori learning. As one parent has said, "Principles of integrity, co-operation, responsibility, and respect are modeled by teachers, emulated by students, and practiced by all."

    Luminary Montessori graduates include Google co-founder Larry Page, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales and many other creative leaders in a variety of fields. Obviously, this presents an education with a variety of unique benefits for children.

    Meet with Mississauga's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Halton-Peel Private School Expo and Toronto Private School Expo in October. These one-day events are a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.












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