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Apr 25 - Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

Take a tour of our facilities (classrooms, science labs, computer labs, art studio, theatre, cafeteria, library, gymnasium and complete fitness studio), meet the Principal (Wayne McKelvey) along with students and faculty. The event is a great way to learn more about our academic/university prep curriculum and experience the supportive environment first hand. [view event]


Apr 27 - Westside Montessori School

Looking for the right fit for your elementary-aged student? Westside has limited availability for students in Grades 2 through 6. Come to our open house and learn more about how our small class size, tailored curriculum and approach to education will benefit your child. [view event]


Apr 27 - Lakefield College School

Visit Lakefield College School to learn more about their unique strengths, including individualized academic support, advanced placement courses, experiential learning, international opportunities and an enriched arts and athletics program. [view event]


Apr 27 - Trinity College School

Learn about life at TCS, observe some of our co-curricular activities in action, tour our beautiful campus, and meet the headmaster. [view event]


Apr 28 - GIRLS' SCHOOL ADVANTAGE EVENT

The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools is partnering with seven member schools in the Toronto area to host a Girls’ School Advantage advocacy outreach event.  [view event]


May 08 - Burlington Royal Arts Academy

We welcome parents and youth to  Burlington Royal Arts Academy (BRAA) on May 8, at 6:30 p.m. to learn about Burlington’s new and only arts-academic private secondary school. [view event]

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New Guides to Education

Special Needs

Special needs schools

Our guide to special needs schools is a terrific online resource. It provides extensive coverage of special education in Canada. It also provides in-depth answers to a wide range of questions about special needs schools and programs.


Preschools

Preschool

Check out our guide to preschool education. It provides comprehensive coverage of preschools, daycares, and other childcare options in Canada. It also discusses a wide range of topics related to preschool and early learning options.


Quebec Schools

Learning in Quebec

Quebec has the highest proportion of children attending private schools in North America. As a result, the province is home to a range and depth of school options found nowhere else in the continent. The Quebec context provides more options and opportunities for authentic bilingualism, as well as more reasons to pursue them. In Montreal, for example, both English and French are spoken authentically, and students brush up against them every day in the course of their lives in school and beyond. The benefits of that experience can be profound. That said, language is just the tip of the iceberg. In this guide we offer a primer on studying in Quebec, including detailed, comprehensive information on how to navigate the unique system of education that is found there.
• Read the comprehensive guide to private schools in Quebec.


Montessori

Montessori education

The Montessori guide is the first of its kind: it's the most comprehensive online resource covering Montessori education in Canada. It covers a wide range of topics, including Montessori schools, philosophy, curriculum, and classroom practices. It also provides links to lots of Montessori schools, and allows you to compare them in terms of a wide range of criteria. Note, we also have guides to Montessori preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school.
• Read the comprehensive guide to Montessori education.
• Read the guides to Montessori preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school.


Boarding

Boarding school

We're pleased to announce the launch of 18 pages devoted to boarding, as well as a detailed guide to boarding schools in Canada. It's by far the most detailed, most useful guide of its kind ever created in the Canadian boarding marketplace. We cover the different kinds of boarding schools in Canada, and we discuss the issues parents face when assessing a school. We then provide a comprehensive list of boarding schools and tools for comparing those schools by their program offerings. Throughout, follow the links to detailed profiles of each school, as well as reviews and testimonials relevant to finding the right school for your child. We want to help you find the best boarding school for your family's needs. Read the boarding guide now.


Gifted

Gifted education

Our guide to gifted education in Canada provides unparalleled coverage of gifted schools, programs, and other educational options for gifted students. It covers a wide range of topics, including detecting and testing giftedness, different types of gifted programs, alternative curricular approaches for gifted learners, and choosing and applying for gifted programs. It also provides links to lots of schools with different types of gifted programming, and allows you to compare and analyze them in terms of a wide range of criteria. Read the gifted guide now.


Gifted

Faith-based education

Check out our guide to faith-based education, as well as our guides to Christian, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic education. Each of these guides provides extensive coverage of one or more types of faith-based education. They cover different private school options, and the many issues parents face in choosing one of these options. They also provide links to lots of different types of faith-based schools, and allow you to compare and analyze them in terms of a wide variety of criteria.
• Read the guide to faith-based education.
• Read the guides to Christian, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic education.


Waldorf

Waldorf education

Our Waldorf school guide provides in-depth discussion of numerous topics, including the Waldorf philosophy, curriculum, and classroom practices. It also provides links to Waldorf schools and programs across Canada. Read the Waldorf guide now.


Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia education

Our Reggio Emilia school guide provides in-depth discussion of such topics as the Reggio Emilia philosophy, curriculum, and classroom. It also provides links to Reggio Emilia inspired schools and preschools across Canada. Read the Reggio Emilia guide now.


Popular Articles

How are you going to cover tuition?
Think you can't afford private school? You may want to look again. Canadian independent schools are becoming increasingly accessible as more of them beef up their financial aid and scholarship programs in an effort to attract the best and brightest, regardless of financial background. [Full Article]
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You want to give your child the best but you also have income constraints to think of. So how do you choose between private schools versus public schools? Put another way, how do you decide private education is really worth it? [Full Article]
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Private school tuition costs range widely depending on two essential factors: where the school is located and what type of private school it is: and it may surprise you, in some cases. [Full Article]

Latest Articles

What does it mean to be a global learner?
April 9, 2019
by Glen Herbert

There was a time when the concept of international education and global learning was principally about experience: getting students out into the world, travelling, first to Europe, and then further afield. The world was posited as a rich museum of culture, art, history, and innovation. At Pickering Colle [Full Article]

Five common mistakes parents make with their child's education
April 4, 2019
All parents want the best for their children. That’s certainly true when it comes to their children’s education. However, good intentions sometimes lead to decisions or actions that negatively impact a child’s learning. I will share with you the five most common mistakes parents make when it comes to [Full Article]
Reimagining girls’ education
March 28, 2019
By Glen Herbert

All private schools defy the stereotypes that the general population might have about private education, though The Linden School is a particularly stark example of that. Founded by Diane Goudie and Eleanor Moore in 1993, Linden was intended as anecessary alternative to what was happening in public schoo [Full Article]

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