The school is centrally located and is easily accessible by car or public transit. It is surrounded by lovely neighbourhoods, a nearby outdoor skating rink and its own beautiful campus with several sports fields, tennis courts, wooded areas and a small ravine. While I believe most students stay at the school over lunch or other breaks, there are some shops and restaurants nearby if they do wish to venture out.
Havergal College has a neighbourhood school feel, many of the students live within close proximity to Havergal, and the girls develop relationships at school that they treasure outside of school as well. Havergal College is in the heart of the city, but the beautiful grounds at Havergal, with so much green space, fields, and a forest ravine on the campus make it feel like you are farther away.
The school has a community feel even though many students do not come from the immediate surrounding area. The oldest High School girls may sometimes get snacks or lunch locally but there are so many activities and clubs happening at school daily that girls often prefer to stay and be part of those activities and clubs. They actually prefer to stay in school!
The school property is a stunning oasis in midtown Toronto. The grounds sit on several acres of beautiful treed land with a small creek running through it. The facilities are incredible with their athletic centre, theatre, dining hall and fields just to name a few. The school is going though a huge building upgrade so it will be even more beautiful next year.
Havergal is conveniently located in the heart of Toronto, at Avenue and Lawrence. The surrounding neighbourhoods are predominantly family dwellings, with more of the small businesses located north of the school on Avenue road. Many of the families whose daughter’s attend Havergal live in the area and many have sisters at the same school or brothers at other independent boys schools near by such as UCC, Crescent, and Sterling Hall. The campus is enclosed by beautiful trees and immaculate landscaping of their numerous fields, ravine and nature trails, giving the school a very serene atmosphere of calm and beauty amongst the busy life beyond the school grounds. The girls are given full use of their beautiful campus and frequently take nature walks through the Lisa Hardy trail, discuss topics of interest in their outdoor amphitheater, partake in track and field events and a Terry Fox run across the grounds. In doing so, the girls develop a connection to nature and a respect for the environment. The girls in the Junior school (grades JK- grade 6) do not venture away from school grounds unless accompanied by a family member, care giver or teacher(s). The middle and upper school girls are given a little more leeway to leave the school grounds, but from our observation, most remain on campus until dismissal. Security and the safety of the girls is extremely important and is evident with the numerous security personnel, a crossing guard on duty on Rosewell Avenue, teachers and security guards present in the pick up and drop off areas of both junior and upper school, and the strict policies of signing students in and out of the school.