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Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

Grades Nursery/Toddler TO Gr. 12 — Oshawa, ON (MAP)

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    Nursery/Toddler — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    8 — 16 students
  • Tuition
    $10,400 to 14,000/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    187 day students, 0 homestay students
  • Curriculum
    Progressive & Montessori

School address

  • 505 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 2A4 (MAP)
  • 900 King Street East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 1H2 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

Durham was founded in 1984 in order to address learners who are at the top of their peer group and require an enriched program in order to reach their potentials. Families are drawn by the small class sizes—they average between 8 and 12 students—as well as the full grade continuum, from preschool through Grade 12. The nursery and primary levels are taught through a Montessori approach, and while it’s not carried through the upper grades, the values are nevertheless shared throughout the school. Students arrive to an academically inflected environment, and a peer group that shares a predilection to achievement. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging yet supportive instructional environment.

School's Perspective

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How Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"G.B.M.S has Montessori programs for students age 18 months to age 5. D.E.P.S offers a challenging and diversified curricular program for students from Grade 1 to 8 following the Ontario Curriculum at an enriched level. Both schools have a huge well equipped gymnasium and outdoor sports field. At Durham Academy Secondary School we offer full time and part time grades 9 to 12 credit courses approved by the Ministry of Education."

  • Rigorous Academics: We follow the Ontario Curriculum at an enrichment level.
  • Divers co- curriculars
  • Outstanding teachers
  • Full time or part time learning for secondary school
  • In person learning or online learning
  • Scholarship offerings
  • University acceptances
  • Huge gymnasium at both locations, fully equipped
  • Excellent customer service
  • Home stay

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Durham Elementary Private School and Durham Academy Secondary School boasts small class sizes averaging 10-14 students per class. Our teachers communicate with families daily offering excellent quality , academic attention and customer service. Students are given the opportunity to be teacher mentored before and after school hours. Our academic program is focused on preparing students for success and acceptance into post secondary education. Our schools offer a safe and secure environment."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"All 3 of our schools promote a very welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment. We deliver a strong Montessori program for ages 18 months to age 5. Our elementary and secondary schools teach the Ontario Curriculum at an enrichment level. We provide excellent individual support through teacher/ student mentoring to ensure our students meet their potential. Our campuses are located in residential neighbourhoods with green spaces and athletic facilities to compliment our academics."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Our schools offer flexible programs should a student require flexibility for sports or need to learn virtually. Our students receive French starting at age 3 by a qualified French teacher 3 times a week. We boast a strong music and physed program taught by specialized teachers . Our special presentations throughout the year showcase our students, achievements, meets strands of the curriculum and teach our students at a young age how to prepare and present to an audience."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Our school administration and faculty continuously communicate with families to keep them updated on their child's progress and daily events/ occurrences. Every child who attends our school is greeted at our doors each morning . If a child cannot physically come to school we offer the child to learn virtually and still be a part of the class. Our school boasts a warm, inclusive, welcoming school family environment."

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Suzanna Mason, Principal

As Principal since 2008 I've led our three schools which continue to grow in enrollment, programming, facilities and community involvement. We boast fantastic communication and customer service. Our teachers are experts in their fields and are devoted to helping our students reach their full potential. We are welcoming and warm, as well as serious about setting high standards and achieving goals.

Our three schools have a 35 year history of graduating students with high academic achievement. We welcome students from across the Durham Region, the Greater Toronto Area and around the World. Boarding and Home Stay programs for students in Grades 8 through 12. 

I encourage you to discover what our educational programs can offer your child.


Suzanna Mason


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