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Havergal College

Grades JK TO Gr. 12 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

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  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 12
  • Gender
    All girls
  • Class Size
    18 — 22 students
  • Tuition
    $41,520 to 79,905/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CAIS, RoundSquare, TABS
  • Enrolment
    1000 day students, 50 boarding students
  • Curriculum
    Liberal Arts
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School address

  • 1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9 (MAP)
  • 460 Rosewell Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 2H5 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Havergal College

Our Kids Feature Review

  • A strong and impressive tradition gives life to the culture of the school.
  • Academics are rigorous, as is the dedication to social and emotional development.
  • The school allows girls to take risks in a safe setting.
  • The school isn’t just about academics but about educating girls to make a difference in the world.

The 50-page review of Havergal College is part of our series of in-depth accounts of Canada's leading private schools. It provides a unique and objective perspective on the school's academics, programs, culture, and community.

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Key insights from our research

  • The great joy of a school like ours, and the breadth of the program our students are encouraged to engage in, is that they can personalise their journey. … We want to make sure our students experience a whole host of academic and co-curricular experiences before they specialise.
    —From Interview with Havergal College Principal: Katrina Samson.
  • Havergal really focuses on how girls learn, and everything is so specific to helping the girls learn and making sure they have the very best experience possible, so that they can achieve their full potential. … If you are a debater, you are also an artist. There are just so many things that you could experience to discover who you were.”
    —From 2021 roundtable discussion about Havergal College. (The quote comes specifically from Buffy Grand O’Driscoll, a parent).
  • At Havergal, they really support you in whatever you’re doing. Your daughter will be the best version of herself coming out of the school … having a very strong character, and being very confident in whatever she chooses to pursue. Whether that’s being the best artist, the best hockey player, or the best mathematician, they will be the best version of themselves.
    —From Interview with Havergal College alum: Yasmine Alameddine.
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Profile of Kartrina Samson, Principal, Havergal College

Havergal’s mission is “to prepare young women to make a difference and take on an ever-changing role with confidence and resilience.” Dr. Samson says that a single-gender school allows students and faculty to expand that mission.

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How Havergal College sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"At Havergal College, each student is supported to make empowering choices and become the architect of her education. An all-girls school (JK to 12) in Toronto, Havergal offers a rigorous curriculum designed around the pillars of academics and wellbeing. Our students learn new ways to express themselves with creativity, enthusiasm and self-confidence. A Havergal Old Girl/Alum graduates with an inquiry mindset, ready to solve problems and meet the demands of a rapidly-changing world."

  • Beautiful 22-acre campus in the heart of Toronto.
  • Innovative curriculum and future-ready programming for students.
  • Small class sizes with a focus on wellness and student agency.
  • Award-winning Art, Music and Drama departments.
  • More than 80 co-curricular athletic teams.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered.
  • Supportive Boarding School community.
  • Scholarships and bursaries available.

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Campus: Havergal has the largest girls’ independent school campus in the city. This allows students to explore and learn outdoors on our 22 acre sprawling campus in the heart of midtown Toronto (including 3 athletic fields, a woodland trail with brook, 2 outdoor classrooms, tennis courts and other green spaces).

Technology: HC-X is the innovation hub of Havergal for the development and delivery of future-ready education. Out of HC-X comes future-ready programming for students and educators."

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

"Havergal offers a warm and welcoming community with a culture in which all people are respected and valued for their identity. We believe that with this sense of community, our students develop the courage and confidence to make an impact on the world.

Our families highlight our friendly faculty and staff and student-focused programming as our competitive advantage."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Families are often surprised by how connected their daughters feel with the school community. Our students are mentored and guided in many decisions through the school's Guidance, Wellness and Teacher Advisor programs. They make lasting connections not only with their peers across different grades, but also with the school's faculty and staff. The end goal is to ensure that students have direction for their future outside of Havergal's ivy walls."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Havergal supports students in and out of the classroom by offering mentoring opportunities, providing cross-grade community building opportunities on a weekly basis and taking a genuine interest in the wellbeing and development of each student. Our families are often surprised by how our faculty go above and beyond what's expected of them in the classroom through mentorship. Our Wellness Team and other staff members are available to help students who need additional support."

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities

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Science facilities

Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Havergal College

Video reviews of Havergal College

Roundtable Q&A (2021)

Watch our Havergal College Q&A discussion with Buffy (Parent), Yasmin Porter (Alum), Carrie Porter (Parent) to gain fresh insight into the school’s culture, values, and strengths.

Alum, Yasmin Alameddine (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Yasmin Alameddine to learn about the unique experience of attending Havergal College.

Alum, Charlotte Anderson (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Charlotte Anderson to learn about the unique experience of attending Havergal College.

Written reviews of Havergal College


Parent, Alnar Meghji (2019)

Our daughter’s experience at Havergal has been extremely rewarding. She started at the school in J...


Parent, Ruth Ley (2019)

My daughter loves attending Havergal and each year gets better for her! She looks forward to each an...


Parent, Dana Rippon (2019)

My daughter loves being a student at Havergal College. She really enjoys all of her classes and and...
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School leadership

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

Interview with school leader

Watch our Havergal College leadership interview with Katrina Samson to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
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Message from school leadership

Dr. Katrina Samson, Principal

For over 100 years, Havergal College has provided young women with an exceptional education in an environment that encourages both inquiry and curiosity, and celebrates community. In 1894, Havergal’s founding principal, Ellen Knox, defined the school’s mission with the question she posed to her students -- “What will you do?”

That question continues to guide Havergal and its students through the challenges that come from a constantly changing world. Its influence is evident in our students and graduates to this day: women making a difference for good in the world by living their lives with purpose and as involved citizens.

I encourage you to visit our beautiful 22-acre campus, to tour both our heritage and contemporary buildings and to speak with our faculty and students to see, first-hand, the benefits of a Havergal education.

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