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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
  • JK to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Homestay 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

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

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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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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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

De La Salle College (est. 1851)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (670 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$14,575 to $14,875

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

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

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Roman Catholic$16,795 to $52,814

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

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

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1920)  

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
  • Day school (50 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
  • JK to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • $13,300 to $19,050
  • Liberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportLight integration
    Northmount School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $16,000 to $29,900
  • Liberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous12 to 18No supportLight integration
    Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $9,500 to $9,500
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No support
    Villanova College
  • King City, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
  • $18,300 to $19,000
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous18No supportHeavy integration
    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
    De La Salle College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (670 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
    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
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    Holy Name of Mary College School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $17,250 to $17,250
  • ProgressiveAcceleratedRigorous18 to 22No supportHeavy 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
    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $10,100 to $49,900
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous16No supportHeavy integration





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     Language processing disorder
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    Hawthorn School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
  • $13,300 to $19,050
  • Northmount School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $16,000 to $29,900
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $9,500 to $9,500
  • Villanova College
  • King City, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
  • $18,300 to $19,000
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,000 to $10,500
  • De La Salle College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (670 students)
  • $14,575 to $14,875
  • St. Michael's College School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1035 students)
  • Clear Water Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • $6,775 to $20,000
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • Holy Name of Mary College School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $17,250 to $17,250
  • 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
  • Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
  • Day school (50 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
  • JK to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Homestay 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
    Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,000 to $10,500
  • 10%1 - 8$10
    De La Salle College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (670 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
    Clear Water Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • $6,775 to $20,000
  • 10%1 - 12
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • $52,81425%7 - 11$5,500
    Holy Name of Mary College School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $17,250 to $17,250
  • 10%5 - 12
    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $10,100 to $49,900
  • $23,500 to $49,900











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