Toronto, ON | Grades NS - 6 | Shortlist
When selecting a school for our children, it was important that the school we selected was not elitist, and though private - was a school that demonstrated more egalitarian principles in both its student body and faculty make up. We wanted a school that was nurturing without coddling children, where the student body was comprised of a mix of both boys and girls of different backgrounds and ethnicities that reflected the City of Toronto and the world at large. I believe we found all of the above at CMS. Students are continuously challenged both academically and in their extra-curricular activities. The diversity of the student body is celebrated with each holiday and students are encouraged to embrace their ethnicity by dressing in their traditional clothing or sharing their traditional foods.
In pre-covid times, it could take quite a few minutes to make it out of the school with the kids saying numerous good byes to their friends and teachers. The elementary students belong to different coloured 'houses' and there are weekly activities led by the student house leaders for their houses to earn points. My kid tells me of the fun team activities they do. The events throughout the year, holiday concerts, spring concerts, graduation, and year end carnivals are events the bring the CMS student and parent community together. The annual book sale and bake sales are great events for the kids as the elementary students handle the cashbox and their teamwork and leadership are evident. The number of classes have tended to decrease as you get into upper elementary, but it seems to have provided for a tight knit group of friends.