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The Abelard School

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

The Abelard School:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 7 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    12 students
  • Tuition
    $22,000 to 27,000/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    50 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 557 Church Street, 4th Fl., Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2E2 (MAP)

Our Perspective

How we see The Abelard School

Historically, a liberal arts curriculum comprised a course of study required by citizens in order to take an active part in civic life. It included not just what a person would need to know, but how they would need to be, including an understanding that the cultivation of intellect is a worthy goal unto itself. The Abelard School was created to reflect those kinds of goals. In 1997, a group of seasoned teachers founded the school in order to deliver the basics of a secondary education—the knowledge and the skills required to move on to university life—as well as to impart a love of learning and to encourage creative engagement across the academic spectrum. Those ideals, and indeed those teachers, remain today. The school is small—there is a total enrolment of just 50—and whatever it may lack in terms of a breadth of programming it gains in depth and individual attention.

School's Perspective

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How The Abelard School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"The Abelard School offers an enriched, intellectually engaging education for students in grades 7 through 12. Our balanced curriculum encourages excellence, from the maths and sciences to the social sciences and humanities. Socratic instruction and our integrated curriculum foster critical thinking and problem solving skills in a friendly, inclusive school environment where students encourage one another to learn and our highly qualified teachers prepare them to achieve remarkable success in university."

School Facilities

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Science facilities

Shared spaces

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see The Abelard School

Video reviews of The Abelard School

Alum, Emma De Luca (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Emma De Luca to learn about the unique experience of attending The Abelard School.

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Ms. Michelle Lefolii, Principal

The Abelard School is a place where ideas and people matter, where debate is encouraged, and where creativity and innovation come to life. It is a place where learning progresses logically through an integrated curriculum, and students talk about Plato, Woolf, and quantum theory in the hallways as well as in the classroom. Abelard is a school for the student who wants to be inspired but also challenged to work and think beyond the norm. It is a school for scholars.

The Abelard School has been preparing students to enter university since 1997. The focus of our  programme (grades 7-12) is to ensure that our students graduate as astute critical thinkers, ready to enter and succeed in the university program of their choice. Our senior courses are designed as preparation for the Advanced Placement examinations, on which our students have consistently achieved top scores.
Along with encouraging high academic achievement, Abelard strives to ensure that our students do not limit their future choices by specializing in one particular discipline; our individualized course selection process ensures that students profit from the breadth of courses in our liberal arts curriculum throughout all four years of high school. As a small school, we are able to integrate our courses with one another to allow for greater interdisciplinary learning, and provide our students with increased student-teacher interaction to better help them realize their goals. With our prime location in downtown Toronto, we take full advantage of the many learning opportunities that can be had outside of the classroom in art galleries, museums, the theatre, the opera, and the like.

We invite you to learn more about the Abelard School through our website and in person. We look forward to meeting you!

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