Crestwood Preparatory College is a non-denominational, non-semestered university preparatory school. Students are encouraged to achieve their highest potential by balancing academic, co-curricular and social pursuits within a structured, disciplined and nurturing environment. Crestwood offers a full range of courses at the academic and university preparatory levels. The staff and administration are committed to academic excellence, while fostering integrity, creativity and responsibility to self and community. Organizational and study skills, good work habits and consistent effort are emphasized in all courses. Our program, however, does not end in the classroom. The gym, field, music/art/drama rooms, computer labs and yearbook office, to name a few, are the co-curricular classrooms of young minds eager to take on new challenges and celebrate fresh prospects. Students are consistently provided with many opportunities to create and consolidate. All these factors and the positive personal relationships developed at the school all serve to make high school at Crestwood the memorable and productive experience it was meant to be.
Small class size
Enthusiastic, dedicated faculty
Crestwood Entrance Assessment and interview required
Extensive co-curricular program
Accelerated math and science programs
Advance Placement courses (AP)
Learning at Crestwood Preparatory College during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: COVID 19 - Hybrid(or Blended) learning model.
Based on current information, we have determined we will be able to have 4 grades in the school at once and 2 grades at home doing online synchronous Zoom learning.
As per the Ministry of Education Guidelines, all Grade 7 & 8 students will be receiving in school learning every day.
Grades 9-12 will be at school 50% of the time (2 days one week and 3 days the following week).
The grades that are at home each day will be receiving live synchronous learning with their teachers.
The schedule for students being at home will be based on
Social Distancing & Additional Safety Measure
Students, employees, and visitors to campus will be expected to wear masks at all times. Crestwood will provide one reusable cloth mask and students will be responsible for providing any additional masks.
We will apply all physical distancing requirements wherever possible on campus.
Classroom configurations and all unnecessary/optional items have been removed to ensure proper distancing of desks (2m) and to ensure cleaning routines are manageable.
Signage will be utilized throughout all facilities directing the flow of students and staff in order to best achieve physical distancing. Protocols around movement will include some staggering in schedules as students and staff transition between areas.
217 Brookbanks Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2T7
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217 Brookbanks Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2T7
Crestwood offers busing. View details
Crestwood offers bus transferring.
Service options offered are occasional rider, door-to-door pickup .
Thank you for your interest in Crestwood. At Crestwood, we recognize the potential of each of our students. For this reason, our Admissions Team goes to great lengths to ensure that our school is the right “fit” for prospective students and their families. At Crestwood, we strive to bring out the best in our students and have been doing so since our founding in 1980.
There is a rich program of extra-curriculars, though the focus is on academics, including the development of sound study and test-taking skills. The Maximizing Academic Performance Program (MAPP) begins in the lower school, and augments a traditional approach to education, one that is didactic and where assessment is objective. The ideal students are those who have their sights set clearly on success within a university career, are motivated toward that goal, and are seeking to augment or improve their academic prospects.
Our Kids Featured Review
This 50-page review of Crestwood Preparatory College, published as a book and available to read in full, here on OurKids.net, is part of our series of in-depth accounts of Canada's leading private schools. Insights were gardnered by visiting the school and interviewing students, parents, faculty, and administrators.
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 Crestwood: Traditional
Crestwood has a Traditional approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 42%   Liberal arts - 17%   Progressive - 28%   Montessori - 10%   Reggio Emilia - 1%   Waldorf - 2%
What Crestwood says: Our curriculum approach essentially involves two important attributes, enrichment and preparation. Students are regularly provided in class and out-of-class opportunities to participate in activities and subjects that will only add to their life's experience in a positive manner. Many of these pursuits will become the basis and raw material for more specific or sophisticated skill development or awareness.
The audio-lingual method of teaching foreign languages emphasizes the use of repetition and a system of immediate reinforcement and feedback. The method makes particular use of oral drills where students are expected to correctly imitate (or intentionally alter) an utterance made by the teacher in the target language. Quizzes and worksheets are also used extensively.
Sex and health education approach at Crestwood: Ontario curriculum
Crestwood has an Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 55%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 45%
Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral
Crestwood has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
What Crestwood says: This information is not currently available.
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 Crestwood: Standard-enriched
Crestwood has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
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 Crestwood: Supportive
Crestwood 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 - 51%   Rigorous - 49%
What Crestwood 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 Crestwood says: This information is not currently available.
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.
What Crestwood says about their special need support: Crestwood feels it imperative that the learning style of each student is understood and encouraged in order to inspire success. Our Student Services Department meet with students on an ongoing basis and these meetings allow us to communicate directly with students about their academic experience, and then liaise with teachers and parents regarding each student’s strengths and needs. During these sessions, we have the opportunity to discuss strategies and tools that students can apply to experience future success.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: Crestwood has developed program accommodations that address varied learning needs. We understand the importance of providing students with a foundation in basic skills through a structured environment and with a process-based approach to learning. Academic and life skills success does not solely rely on mastering content; it is critical that students begin to acquire skills such as time management, self-advocacy, study habits and communication skills with the end goal of independently accomplishing them.
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: Acceleration (The main focus is on acceleration. This means that all students work at a much quicker pace than public school peers (usually working at least one grade-level ahead).
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, Crestwood students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.
This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).
What Crestwood 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 Crestwood says:
2018-19 Champions Senior Boys Basketball D1- CISAA
2018-19 Champions Junior Girls Basketball D1- CISAA
2018-19 Champions U14 Girls Basketball D1- CISAA
2018-19 Champions Senior Boys Basketball - NPA
Senior Girls Basketball - OSBA
2018-19 Champions Senior Girls Basketball D1- CISAA
2018-19 Champions Junior Boys Basketball D1- CISAA
2018-19 Champions U14 Boys Basketball D1- CISAA
2018-19 Champions Junior Boys Rugby D1- CISAA
2020-21 Senior Girls Basketball - OSBA
2020-21 Senior Girls Basketball D1- CISAA
2020-21 Champions U14 Girls Basketball D1- CISAA
2020-21 Champions Senior Boys Basketball D1- CISAA
2020-21 Champions Senior Boys Basketball AAA - OFSAA
2020-21 Champions Junior Boys Basketball D1- CISAA
2020-21 Champions Junior Boys Basketball D1- CISAA
2020-21 Champions Senior Girls Hockey D1b- CISAA
2020-21 Champions U14 Co-Ed Curling D1- CISAA
Competitive sports: 14 Recreational sports: 5
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Crestwood Preparatory College offers 20 clubs and extracurricular programs.
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 Crestwood says about their tuition: The decision to send your son or daughter to Crestwood represents a significant investment in many respects. The work and effort that the school and its staff will devote to your children’s success, and the sound management of all our resources by experienced administrators, will ensure a positive learning environment as well as the prospect of continued success for the young men and women that be
2nd child (sibling)
3rd child (sibling)
4th child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
7 to 12
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications All applicants seeking any level of financial assistance must register and submit with Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) through an online process with Apple Financial.
The analysis service provides an arm’s length evaluation of financial aid applications and provides an unbiased evaluation of the applicant’s financial resources and ability to fund their private education.
The FACS provides a confidential recommendation to the committee of officers at Crestwood Preparatory College. All applicants are required to apply with a new application each year. To contact Apple please visit their website at www.applefinancialservices.ca.
Merit based Scholarships
Crestwood Preparatory College does not offer merit-based financial awards.
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. 7 to Gr. 12
Average class size
% 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.
7 - 12
SSAT (out of province)
7 - 9
7 - 12
Day students: February 08, 2021 Offer mid-year entry:
Entrance Procedures for Crestwood Preparatory College:
Students seeking entry to Grades 7, 8 or 9 may be required to write an entrance assessment. This assessment is at grade level and is designed to determine if the student is capable of handling the Crestwood Preparatory College curriculum. It consists of two parts: math and literacy.
Students seeking entry to Grades 10, 11 or 12 will be required to submit their transcripts and most recent report cards with their applications. Interviews will be arranged with the administration as soon as possible after necessary documentation has been forwarded. Space in the Grades 10, 11 and 12 will be based on classroom space and curriculum choices.
Acceptance Rate: 30%
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)
35 - 40 (50%)
10 - 15 (30%)
10 - 20 (40%)
5 - 10 (20%)
1 - 5 (10%)
1 - 3 (10%)
Type of student Crestwood is looking for:
A future Crestwood student is one that is willing to join the school community both academiclly and socially.
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)
Crestwood Preparatory College Graduates’ Post-Secondary Studies:
8% - Liberal Arts and Sciences 17% - Engineering and Applied Sciences 38% - Business/Commerce 1% - Fine and Performing Arts 36% - Applied Health Sciences 0% - Applied Professional Studies (Post-grad certificate / diploma) 0% - Other
Aggregate of All Schools’ Post-Secondary Studies:
24% - Liberal Arts and Sciences 25% - Engineering and Applied Sciences 25% - Business/Commerce 5% - Fine and Performing Arts 14% - Applied Health Sciences 2% - Applied Professional Studies (Post-grad certificate / diploma) 6% - Other
Services Offered to Students
What Crestwood says:
Crestwood graduates approach life with confidence and a sense of adventure. Opportunities and success abound in an atmosphere dedicated to effective teachers and teaching practices, a safe, disciplined and nurturing environment, and a superbly enriched academic, guidance and co-curricular program.
90% of our students graduate with Ontario Scholars designation
100% of our students attend post-secondary studies after graduation, in Canada, the U.S. and around the world
$1.6 million in scholarships and bursaries are awarded annually to CPC graduates with outstanding academic, athletic and leadership achievements
Crestwood Preparatory College educates young men and women to develop their potential to the fullest, grasp opportunity, develop positive personal relationships, respect the good people around them who are only interested in their welfare and success, become community aware and effective citizens, and then continue to exercise these attributes as they go into adulthood and assume professional careers and vocations. More than anything else (besides excellent teachers and adult role models), a young person must be confident in his or her ability and prospects during this journey. And so… our most important mandate is to provide an environment where students can walk into school every morning and know that it’s going to be a good day. With this mindset, with this anticipation, success on all fronts is virtually limitless. Crestwood College and its teachers are proud to be part of this promise.
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