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Liberal Arts curricula

Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a traditional program. Read more


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  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,400 to $18,800

Glenburnie School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, responsive, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Class sizes range from 8 to 18 students depending on grade level.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School - Oakville 9400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor Street East/Mount Pleasant Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,630 to $66,805

Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Branksome Hall 33630 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $34,300

Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Bond Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Boul Elkas/Rue Houde
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $14,094 to $33,000

This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie Marie-Claire 14094 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road West/Fourth Line
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $37,350 to $74,550

Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Appleby College 37350 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Lakefield, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $33,100 to $67,000

LCS offers world-class programming (Grades 9 -12) designed to meet the strengths of each student while encouraging growth through a school-wide Leadership, Character and Values program and enriched boarding experiences.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Lakefield College School 33100 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Stratford, Ontario
    Ontario Street/Waterloo Street South
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,750 to $34,325

Stratford, Ontario, Private Secondary School dedicated to inspiring students to achieve their individual potential through academic excellence while fostering a spirit of service to society.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Nancy Campbell Academy 13750 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    St Clair Ave W/Avenue Rd
  • SK to 12 Boys
  • $33,300 to $61,860

Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Upper Canada College 33300 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,850 to $61,900

Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Havergal College 33850 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • NS to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $14,500 to $36,500

Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Hawthorn School 14500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Day Girls Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $18,500 to $24,000

We are a new style of independent school for diverse learners where all students learn with dignity; where a warm and nurturing school serves as a foundation for remarkable lives; and where the whole person who matters.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
WillowWood School 18500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Breslau, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,760 to $27,680

Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Woodland Christian High School 10760 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills Road/Don Mills Road
  • JK to 8 Boys
  • $17,400 to $21,300

Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Northmount School 17400 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,200 to $18,250

Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Delta West Academy 10200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Thornhill, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/John St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,995 to $20,795

Blyth Academy Thornhill, located 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Thornhill 15995 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Avenue Road/Davenport Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $2,995

Blyth Academy Online is a private school for Grades 9 to 12. We offer over 100+ affordable course which can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 95% of our students succeed with Blyth Academy Online.

  • eSchool
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Online School 2995 HighSchools eSchool Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Ridout/Queen
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,995 to $20,795

We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames.

  • Day/Homestay/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy London 15995 HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed
  • Beamsville, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Boys/Coed
  • $10,300 to $40,400

Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Great Lakes Christian High School 10300 HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Boarding Boys Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Av de Monkland/Boul Cavendish
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $18,695 to $23,845

Lower Canada College is a coed, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only English school in Quebec offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Lower Canada College 18695 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,040 to $37,590

Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Luther College High School 8040 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $13,300 to $15,100

Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Clear Water Academy 13300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Queen Street West/Chinguacousy Road
  • JK to 5 Coed
  • $18,000 to $18,500

Walden International School is pursuing authorization to become an IB World School. With a unique student-centred focus, it prepares all students to become globally responsible citizens.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School - Brampton 18000 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine/Avenue Claude Champagne
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • $4,950 to $15,400

École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie 4950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Rindge, New Hampshire(USA)
    Deer Run Ln/Hampshire Rd
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • US $61,500

A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers.

  • Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Hampshire Country School 61500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
    Boul Saint-Jean/Jolicoeur
  • K to 11 Coed
  • $7,780 to $15,000

Emmanuel Christian School offers a bilingual program in both Elementary and High School. Our caring, Christ-centered environment enables students to thrive and reach their full potential through a variety of activities.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Emmanuel Christian School 7780 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Lakeshore Rd/Brant St
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $13,595 to $20,795

Blyth Academy Burlington, located in Village Square in the heart of downtown Burlington, offers not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle years program and facilities for students in Grades 5–8.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Burlington 13595 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Rome, RM
    Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €25,145 to EUR €39,095

SSS Rome provides students with a culturally diverse and rigorous academic education. Graduates obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma and American High School Diploma to enter renowned universities worldwide.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Stephen's School, Rome 25145 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Lawrence Ave
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $17,995 to $23,395

Our campus located in midtown Toronto provides the warmth and community of a neighbourhood school. We are a short distance from our partners at the Royal Ontario Museum and Outward Bound at the Evergreen Brickworks.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Lawrence Park 17995 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Keele/Sheppard
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $16,395 to $22,625

Blyth Academy Downsview Park offers outstanding education coupled with unique opportunities for student-athletes to engage in sports-specific and fitness training throughout their regular school day.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Downsview Park 16395 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Bloor St./Jane St.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,995 to $23,395

Blyth Academy Etobicoke, located in Toronto's west end, focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Etobicoke 17995 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bay St/Charles St W
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,995 to $23,395

Blyth Academy Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 students, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, moments away from some of Toronto’s most exciting cultural and entertainment venues.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Yorkville 17995 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Strandherd/Tartan
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $4,315 to $14,935

Ottawa Christian School is an independent Christian day school, educating children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 for a life of faithful Christian discipleship and service.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Ottawa Christian School 4315 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen St./Ossington Ave.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $26,960

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially responsible global citizens.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
University of Toronto Schools 26960 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Leslie St/401
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,000

Webtree offers individualized education programs which fully supports a student’s academic needs, and helps them achieve educational and personal goals. Small class sizes are designed to inspire and engage students.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Webtree International School of Excellence (W.I.S.E.) 18000 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $12,000

Signet Christian School offers academic programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in North York. Its classes give teachers easy access to each student, because at Signet, "small is beautiful".

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Signet Christian School 8000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,900 to $23,500

An Ontario ministry inspected private secondary school in Woodbridge, Vaughan. We accept International Students, have small class sizes, low tuition, high university acceptance rate. AP Courses also available!

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Vaughan College Private School 8900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Garden Street/Hwy. 2
  • 4 to 12 Girls
  • $23,450 to $62,490

Located in Whitby, Trafalgar Castle School is an all-girls day and boarding school inspiring students in Grades 4-12. For nearly 150 years, Trafalgar Castle girls have become women of impact.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Trafalgar Castle School 23450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    University Ave./Dundas street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,750 to $24,000

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 13750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Avenue Road/St. Clair Ave.
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $14,975 to $15,175

De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from grade five to 12, with average class sizes of 22 students and tuition at $14,575.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
De La Salle College 14975 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,050 to $17,700

German International School in Toronto offers programs from PK to grade 8. It provides a German curriculum enriched with Canadian content.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
German International School Toronto 9050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Dundas St. E./Brock St. N.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $14,995 to $20,795

Blyth Academy Whitby is a private school for Grade 6-12 students, conveniently located for students across the Durham Region.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Whitby 14995 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Wellington Street/Central Avenue
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $14,200 to $16,200

The London School offers grades 7-12 personalized education in London in an academic program specializing in classes for anxious, stressed students experiencing school refusal.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The London School 14200 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Churchill Ave N/Richmond Rd
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,395 to $22,625

Blyth Academy Ottawa focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning for Grades 7-12. Big experience in a small school!

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Ottawa 16395 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Kipling/Highway 7
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,500 to $20,190

We believe in project-based learning, enfolding, engaging and empowering students, and fantastic parent-teacher communication. We offer family friendly tuition with transportation included.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Toronto District Christian High School 15500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Kitchener, Ontario
    King St W/Francis St S
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $14,995 to $20,795

At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are building an active and dynamic school community. We offer not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle school program and facilities for students in Grades 7–8.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Waterloo 14995 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $22,770 to $62,630

Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades 6 to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 16 students and is an outstanding engaged and supportive community.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 22770 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 6 Coed
  • $16,000

March Academy offers an alternative program for students in grades 1 through 6. Small classes with academic programming includes weekly lessons in the arts, the natural environment and daily physical education.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
March Academy 16000 Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie Street/York Mills Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $12,900 to $23,400

The Giles School is a French immersion private school in Toronto for children age 2 (Pre-K) to Grade 8. Open Admissions through Grade 1, small classes, and Mandarin introduced as a third language in Grade 1.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Giles School 12900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./St. Clair West
  • 7 to 12 Boys
  • $20,150

St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
St. Michael's College School 20150 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./Eglinton Ave.
  • 1 to 12 Girls
  • $30,750

St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
St. Clement's School 30750 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $16,995 to $23,395

Blyth Academy Mississauga is a flourishing private middle and high school housed in unique heritage buildings. We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Mississauga 16995 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 Boys
  • $19,880 to $25,760

Selwyn House School provides a well-rounded education of exceptional depth and scope for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 11. It is located in Westmount, Quebec.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Selwyn House School 19880 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Church/Bloor
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $20,000 to $25,000

Founded in 1997, the Abelard School is a small independent school for grades 7 though 12, located in downtown Toronto. It offers small class sizes and an enriched, integrated curriculum to bright, motivated students.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Abelard School 20000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

However, whereas the progressive approach tends to prioritize instrumental knowledge—knowledge that can be “used”—Liberal Arts curricula place more emphasis on theoretical and academic learning. At the heart of the Liberal Arts approach is the premise that humans are rational beings and that cultivating the intellect is not only a sufficient goal in and of itself, but is the goal.

Liberal Arts curricula emphasize deep engagement with humanity’s loftiest and most enduring ideas (artistic, scientific, philosophical and mathematical). Attaining this cultural literacy—no matter the teaching method or pathway—is a key aim of the approach.

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