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Catholic education in Canada

The Our Kids guide to private Catholic schools in Canada


On this page, we cover private Catholic schools in Canada.

For a discussion of faith-based education in general, including a detailed discussion of types of schools and curricula, check out our guide to religious-affiliated schools.



Quick summary:

  • Catholic schools are faith-based schools associated with the Christian denomination of Catholicism. Most Catholic schools, though, don’t require their students to be either Catholic or Christian.

  • In Canada, there are both public and private Catholic schools. Public Catholic schools are fully funded by the government and supervised by the Catholic School Board.

  • Private Catholic schools have lots of benefits. For instance, they provide a strong education in Catholicism, dedicated teachers who tailor instruction to individual learning needs, a close-knit community of peers and teachers, and an intensive and enriched dual-track curriculum.

  • Different schools have different approaches, policies, cultures, and developmental priorities. You should explore any prospective school closely, to determine whether it’s the right fit for your child and family.

  • We list private Catholic schools on this site. Moreover, our parent discussion forum allows you to discuss options and get answers to your questions.






  School NameTypeReligious affiliationCost

Hawthorn School (est. 1989)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Roman Catholic$12,500 to $36,500

Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Roman Catholic$9,500
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Northmount School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 students)
Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Roman Catholic$16,000 to $29,900

Villanova College (est. 1999)  

  • King City, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
Villanova College is York Region's only independent Catholic school offering Grades 4 to 12 in King City, Ontario. Average class size is 18 students. Specialty programs include STEM and AP. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic$18,000 to $19,500
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Clear Water Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Roman Catholic$6,775 to $20,000

St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)  

  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (5 students)
  • Day school (12 students)
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Roman Catholic$8,900 to $27,400
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. Grade 12 will be offered beginning in 2019-2020. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic$16,795 to $52,814

College Bourget   

  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa, that exceeds Quebec curriculum guidelines & ensures our students grow through different spheres: arts, sports, community service & science. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic$4,700 to $35,000

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (est. 2000)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School offers programs for various grades in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Roman Catholic$6,800 to $11,500

Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12 offering an enriched university preparatory programme. The average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Roman Catholic$17,250

De La Salle College (est. 1851)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (680 students)
De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from grade five to 12, with average class sizes of 22 students and tuition at $14,575. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Roman Catholic$14,875 to $14,975
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St. Michael's College School (est. 1852)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1035 students)
St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Roman Catholic$19,500

Academie Providence (est. 2002)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Roman Catholic$9,000 to $10,500

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1920)  

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic$10,100 to $49,900


























 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Hawthorn School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $13,300 to $19,050
  • Liberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportLight integration
    Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $9,500 to $9,500
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No support
    Northmount School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $16,000 to $29,900
  • Liberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous12 to 18No supportLight integration
    Villanova College
  • King City, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
  • $18,300 to $19,000
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous18No supportHeavy integration
    Clear Water Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • $6,775 to $20,000
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 18Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
    St. Peter's ACHS College School
  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (5 students)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $11,400 to $27,400
  • TraditionalMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorousResource AssistanceMedium integration
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveSpecial needs school
    Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $6,500 to $11,000
  • MontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15No support
    Holy Name of Mary College School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $17,250 to $17,250
  • ProgressiveAcceleratedRigorous18 to 22No supportHeavy integration
    De La Salle College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (680 students)
  • $14,575 to $14,875
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous23No supportMedium integration
    St. Michael's College School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1035 students)
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous23Resource Assistance
    Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,000 to $10,500
  • ProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 20Special needs schoolMedium integration
    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
  • $10,100 to $49,900
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous16No supportHeavy integration





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    Hawthorn School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $13,300 to $19,050
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $9,500 to $9,500
  • Northmount School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $16,000 to $29,900
  • Villanova College
  • King City, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
  • $18,300 to $19,000
  • Clear Water Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • $6,775 to $20,000
  • St. Peter's ACHS College School
  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (5 students)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $11,400 to $27,400
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $6,500 to $11,000
  • Holy Name of Mary College School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $17,250 to $17,250
  • De La Salle College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (680 students)
  • $14,575 to $14,875
  • St. Michael's College School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1035 students)
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,000 to $10,500
  • Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
  • $10,100 to $49,900




  •  
    Tuition (boarding school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    Hawthorn School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $13,300 to $19,050
  • 35%JK - 12
    Northmount School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $16,000 to $29,900
  • 5%JK - 8$10,000
    Villanova College
  • King City, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
  • $18,300 to $19,000
  • 4 - 12
    Clear Water Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • $6,775 to $20,000
  • 10%1 - 12
    St. Peter's ACHS College School
  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (5 students)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $11,400 to $27,400
  • $27,40035%1 - 8$6,000
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • $52,81425%7 - 11$5,900
    Holy Name of Mary College School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $17,250 to $17,250
  • 10%5 - 12
    De La Salle College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (680 students)
  • $14,575 to $14,875
  • 5 - 12
    St. Michael's College School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1035 students)
  • 20%7 - 12
    Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,000 to $10,500
  • 10%1 - 8$10
    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
  • $10,100 to $49,900
  • $23,500 to $49,900











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