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St. Michael's College School

Grades Gr. 7 TO Gr. 12 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

St. Michael's College School:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 7 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
    All boys
  • Class Size
    21 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CIS Ontario, IBSC
  • Enrolment
    750 day students
  • Curriculum
    Liberal Arts
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School address

  • 1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see St. Michael's College School

It's one of the oldest schools in Canada, and is steeped in legend, having descended directly from a secret school founded in the mountains of central France during the French Revolution. Today, it's the only independent Catholic boys' school in Ontario, and one of only a few in Canada. A dedication to teaching the core curriculum though a Catholic lens remains, as does a commitment to strong academics across the board. An extensive program of modernization completed in 2002 brought the school firmly into the 21st century. That said, the school is best known in the popular imagination because of its storied athletic program. The school has produced more than 180 professional hockey players, a raft of hall-of-famers among them. The school is large, and the academic program is rigorous. The ideal student is self-directed, able to thrive in a demanding, rigorous, and at times competitive environment.

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Preparing high school students for a changing world

"Our aim is to immerse students in diverse cultures, professions, and ways of life, crafting not just scholars, but responsible citizens. With experiential learning, the goal is for kids to be well-rounded global citizens. We want them to be exposed to various cultures, professions, and ways of life, making them better citizens overall," says Daniel Lumsden, the head of community engagement & learning at St. Michael's.

School's Perspective

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How St. Michael's College School sees itself

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Who are you, as a school?

"Since 1852, St. Michael's College School has been educating and forming young men in goodness, discipline, and knowledge for lives of leadership and service. We are Canada's only Catholic, Basilian, faith-based independent school, educating young men from Grades 7 to 12 in a university-preparatory programme, and forming them with a foundation for life. Under the direction of the Basilian Fathers, our students discover the courage and develop the faith to be a modern man of St. Michael's: one who is free in mind, body, and soul to pursue truth, choose goodness, create beauty, and build a civilization of love and care in service to our community and to the world. Our students unleash their passion for meaning and curiosity by embracing Deep Learning. This inquiry-based learning pedagogy inspires students to explore freely the profound questions of our world and to develop the knowledge and skills for living a meaningful and productive life in the 21st century. In graduating young men who change the world through lives of faith, character, and service, St. Michael's College School brings integrity, unity, and healing to a fractured and uncertain world."

  • Founded in 1852
  • Leader in Catholic Boys' Education
  • Enriched Catholic Liberal Arts education
  • Experiential 21st Century Pedagogy
  • Financial assistance program available
  • Extensive co-curricular programme
  • Engaging Service opportunities
  • Tradition of academic, artistic, and athletic excellence

Summer camps and programs

St. Michael's College School operates summer camps and programs. Click here to learn about St. Michael's College School Summer Camps .

School Facilities

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see St. Michael's College School

Video reviews of St. Michael's College School

Parent, Nancy Nash (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Nancy Nash to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend St. Michael's College School.

Alum, Michael Tighe (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Michael Tighe to learn about the unique experience of attending St. Michael's College School.

Written reviews of St. Michael's College School


Alumnus, Liam Abbott (2024)

Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 — Overall looking back, my experience at St. Michael's College School was rewarding. I had high expect...


Parent, Don Marino (2020)

We love who our three boys have turned out to be. The teachers give so much of themselves, and the p...


Parent, María Corral (2020)

Our family has been part of St. Michael's College School since the year 2017, with our 2 older sons ...
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School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Mr. Pat Daly, Principal

Successfully preparing young men for the world of tomorrow is something that St. Michael’s College School prides itself in doing. Through an integration of faith, academics, and co-curriculars, SMCS believes it helps develop the Catholic leaders of tomorrow.  In a challenging and often self-centered world, our young men develop an understanding of the dignity of each person and of their own self-worth through a strong contemporary curriculum, moral and ethical discussions, and authentic service initiatives.  It is the belief of the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s College School that we do more than just teach subjects, coach sports, and moderate activities – we teach, coach, and role model for young men.  It is this essence of teaching, instilled in us by our founding Basilian Fathers, that makes a St. Michael’s College School education much sought after and unique.

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