Founded in 1995, Braemar College is a private secondary school located in downtown Toronto, on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Our programs are designed to ensure students realize their academic, personal and social potential.
Small learning also pods available. Join a class of only 3-5 students
Since 1995, we have been teaching and caring for young people from Canada and around the world.
Owing to our tradition of excellence, we have pathway partnerships with top universities.
Our university partners include University of Toronto, Ryerson, York, and Waterloo.
Our Fast-Track term system allows students to graduate 50% faster compared to semestered schools
We have five annual intakes, September, November, February, April and July.
We are centrally located, in a safe, easily accessible downtown neighbourhood.
Learning at Braemar College during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: We are delighted to announce that, as of September 8, 2020, Braemar College is again offering in-class learning.
In addition to our regular courses, which have been capped at 10 in-class learners, we have added the option of Pod Learning.
These Pod classes will consist of no more than 4 to 6 students and one teacher. They will take place in spacious classrooms, making it easy to socially distance, as well as under strict health and safety protocols. Parents are also welcome to build their own pod class.
The quality of the academic program at Braemar College is a draw, as is the flexibility of the program: there are five annual intakes, and courses are offered throughout the entire calendar year. The location, though, is a principle draw as well, and rightly so. The school sits on the property of the University of Toronto, right in the very heart of the city. As such, it is adjacent to a wealth of world class resources, not limited to those of the university campus, but also museums, theatres, parks, urban hubs, transportation, and even the provincial legislature, which is a block or so away. Students get a sense that they are in the thick of things, and indeed they are, with so many cultural and academic resources so close at hand. Student life here is as close to a university program as you can have without actually being enrolled in university. For many, that can be an inspiring and galvanizing experience—students not only are preparing academically for post-secondary studies, they are growing into that social environment as well. Braemar College is large, though very comfortably so, and students report a vibrant and personal student experience with ample latitude for personalised support and enrichment.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at Braemar College: Progressive
Braemar College has a Progressive approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Progressive - 27%   Traditional - 44%   Liberal arts - 17%   Montessori - 10%   Reggio Emilia - 1%   Waldorf - 1%
What Braemar College says: Our philosophy of education is based on the principles of personal autonomy, responsibility, and excellence. These are ideals with timeless appeal. Some of the features that have grown out of our philosophy of education are reflected in the following ways:
An environment that places emphasis on autonomy;
Small, well managed classes with limited enrollment;
Teachers who teach by guiding, not lecturing, students;
A rigorous emphasis upon practical academic skills;
Knowing the measure of success is attaining one’s best;
A school setting where personal responsibility is key.
In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 19%   Social justice - 3%   Equal balance - 78%
What Braemar College says: This information is not currently available.
The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at Braemar College: Accelerated
Braemar College has an Accelerated approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Student-paced approach).
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The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
What Braemar College says: With five annual terms, students can work more quickly through diploma prerequisites (Fast-Track term system). Also, qualified students are able to take full-time plus one additional course (Express Option)
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What Braemar College says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at Braemar College: Supportive
Braemar College has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 49%   Rigorous - 51%
What Braemar College says: This information is not currently available.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
What Braemar College says: We have developed a program which aims to prepare students to thrive in top Canadian universities. This requires a balanced approached, which would seek to foster key emotional and social virtues at least as much as the intellectual ones that tend to be represented by the numbers on a report card. We aim to help our students develop into well-rounded enthusiastic young adults ready for the next stage and all its challenges.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
Braemar College offers No support
Braemar College offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
What Braemar College says about their special need support: The Guidance team will create an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to help students who have learning difficulties. An IEP is a carefully crafted plan to help accommodate the student through instructional, and environmental modifications. The meetings are ongoing and involve monitoring progress. The key players in the IEP process are the teacher, counsellor, parent (if under 18) and student. Strategies, academic and personal goals as well as strengths and weaknesses are discussed so that the student is set up for success.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 12, Braemar College students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.
What Braemar College says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What Braemar College says:
Braemar College is more than a school – it is an experience. Our wide range of extra-curricular Activities and Programs ensures that students have every opportunity to engage more deeply in the vibrant lifestyle of our school and our city.
Becoming a Braemar student means being willing to embrace and pursue the ideas, culture and values we represent.
All of our activities are designed and supervised in such a way as to develop an appreciation and desire for these qualities. We are not just building great students, we are building great people.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
What Braemar College says about their tuition: We have differential tuition based three international regions. Our tuition for Canadian and Permanent Residents is in the lowest category. Our international fees can be found on our website. Because of we have five annual terms, local student are able to enjoy flexible terms of payment, splitting the year in half or even quarters.
2nd child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Braemar College does not offer need-based financial aid.
Braemar College opened its doors September 3rd, 1995. We are proud to announce our 25th Anniversary Scholarship initiative to celebrate the quarter centenary of our operations.
We have made available a limited number of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 CAD each. The exact amount of each scholarship would reflect the applicant’s academic merit.
To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant: 1) must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; 2) must be a student applying to Braemar College for the first time; 3) and must apply through the link provided in the yellow band below.
Interested students are kindly requested to submit their applications through this link:
For more details, visit:https://braemarcollege.com/25anniversary-3/
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12
Average class size
15 to 17
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
SSAT (out of province)
Day students: Rolling Homestay students: Rolling Offer mid-year entry:
Applicants are invited to apply online through our website. A PDF copy of the same form can also be downloaded if that is more convenient.
Along with the complete application form, the Admissions team would require a copy of the most recent academic information (these do not need to be notarized), as well as a copy of a passport or photo ID. We will also accept, on a temporary basis, older academic records where studies elsewhere are currently underway, on the condition that we receive the most recent as soon as these are available.
Once this has been received, the Admissions team will issue a pre-acceptance letter and an invoice, showing the expenses of the requested services itemized. A place in selected term can only be confirmed once the payment has been received.
Acceptance Rate: 80%
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
Type of student Braemar College is looking for:
Since 1995 the team at Braemar College has taken pride in putting the individual student at the centre of everything we do. In short, we put our students first. That said, some reflection on our experience would seem to indicate that students who tend to take initiative, students who have interests and enthusiasms, have tended to get more out of the program.
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
Average graduating class size
Students accepted into post-secondary studies upon graduation
Percentage of students who attend post-secondary institutions outside of Canada
Students who attended a Ivy+ school
Number of students in the past 5 years that that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)
Braemar College Graduates’ Post-Secondary Studies:
10% - Liberal Arts and Sciences 25% - Engineering and Applied Sciences 15% - Business/Commerce 5% - Fine and Performing Arts 10% - Applied Health Sciences 0% - Applied Professional Studies (Post-grad certificate / diploma) 35% - Other
Aggregate of All Schools’ Post-Secondary Studies:
24% - Liberal Arts and Sciences 25% - Engineering and Applied Sciences 25% - Business/Commerce 4% - Fine and Performing Arts 13% - Applied Health Sciences 2% - Applied Professional Studies (Post-grad certificate / diploma) 7% - Other
Services Offered to Students
What Braemar College says:
Braemar has official pathway agreements with the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, and the University of Waterloo.
Braemar College organized a series of joint recruitment seminars all around the world with each of these four university partners.
With the ripples of the pandemic still marking the water, it is all the more vital to focus on long term objectives, lest we be thrown off course. To this end, we look forward to academic 2020-2021 and our 25th Anniversary. We will celebrate this milestone with scholarships, special events, prizes and ceremonies throughout the year ahead. All our staff look forward to welcoming new students and setting them on a path to attain the academic, social and athletic goals fitted to their calling.
In this, we hope to invite prospective students to inquire about our Anniversary Scholarships, our unrivalled Pathways agreements with Canada’s highest ranked universities, and the many awards, distinctions and prizes awarded to our college, its teachers and our students over recent years. We extend this open hand to all students and parents and we look forward to hearing from you in the days ahead. In the meantime, we wish you and your family good health, safety and the best of luck!