The Learning Common logo

The Learning Common

Grades Gr. 3 TO Gr. 8 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

The Learning Common:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    Gr. 3 — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    6 — 10 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    30 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 851 Royal York Road, Toronto, Ontario, M8Y 2V3 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see The Learning Common

It’s true that not all students learn in the same way, though it's also true that not all schools address the full range of learning within the populations that they serve. TLC was created to offer an option to students who, for a whole range of reasons, weren't finding the kinds of support, teaching, and student experience that they needed to learn best. In that, and much else, this isn’t your average school, which is exactly what makes it, for those who enroll, such a strong offering. The school is small, class sizes are very small, meaning there is pronounced personal attention. There is a focus on gaining a sense of confidence in academic and social abilities, and relationships with peers and instructors, rightly, is seen as the foundation of learning. Robyn Keystone, Head of School, is an Orton-Gillingham practitioner, applying a multi-sensory approach to instruction, and included in that is a desire to work with students to find approaches that work best for them. The staff is exceptionally experienced, empathetic, and work in collaboration with the families that enroll. It’s a unique offering, and for those who attend, an exceptionally welcome one.

School's Perspective

Compare with:  

How The Learning Common sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"TLC offers specialized education for learners with ADHD and Dyslexia. We work with kids from grades 3 to 8 who are struggling to achieve their potential within a traditional academic environment. We nurture "out of the box" thinking while developing foundational and essential hard and soft skills that are necessary for navigating the landscape of our future. We specialize in creating a positive, student-centred environment that helps children develop a passion for learning in the classroom and beyond."

  • Small class sizes
  • Expertise and specialization in Reading and Math
  • Innovative teaching methods that are grounded in proven and effective strategies
  • Progressive curriculum that’s relevant to today’s changing society
  • Collaborative and compassionate team that is dedicated to offering 360 support to each learner.

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Our teaching methodology is grounded in the scientifically proven strategies of Orton-Gillingham based education. We offer multisensory learning strategies and active experiences so that students are processing the educational space using their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile learning pathways. We also offer direct and explicit instruction within the classroom, a student-centred and individualized learning environment, and a basic to complex skill development trajectory."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Parents choose TLC School because of our commitment to supporting students in finding their passion for learning, providing a safe and nurturing environment, and our strong parent-school connection and community. We provide a well-rounded education that prepares students for success and ensures their individual needs are met."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The school's commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment stands out to parents. They witness firsthand the sense of belonging and camaraderie among students, facilitated by caring educators who prioritize social-emotional development alongside academic achievement. Parents are delighted to see their children thriving in an atmosphere that values empathy, respect, and diversity."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"One aspect that leaves parents in awe of The Learning Common is the school's dedication to personalized education. Each child is recognized as a unique individual with distinct strengths, interests, and learning styles. Through personalized learning plans and small class sizes, educators tailor instruction to meet the specific needs of each unique learner."

School Facilities

Photo-tour of facilities


Instructional resources

School Videos

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Robyn Keystone, Head of School
BA, MA, Orton-Gillingham Practitioner

At The Learning Common, we want to support each student in finding their place and value in their community. Our effective teaching strategies help learners to gain confidence in their academic pathways and nurture creativity, innovation, resilience, collaboration, and empathy. Our small class sizes and teaching expertise results in a comfortable and positive environment for our 'out of the box' thinkers. 

Approximately 20% of the mainstream classroom does not learn in the same way as the majority, and this is the demographic we know best. We understand that this type of thinking needs to be nurtured through research based  and proven tactics to help each learner flourish and reach their potential.

THE OUR KIDS REPORT: The Learning Common

Next steps to continue your research:

 Add to shortlist
The Learning Common logo
The Learning Common:
The Our Kids Report


Continue researching The Learning Common with, or visit school website.

Thank you for using Our Kids. The Trusted Source for Families since 1998.  

By logging in or creating an account, you agree to Our Kids' Terms and Conditions. Information presented on this page may be paid advertising provided by the advertisers [schools/camps/programs] and is not warranted or guaranteed by or its associated websites. By using this website, creating or logging into an Our Kids account, you agree to Our Kids' Terms and Conditions. Please also see our Privacy Policy. Our Kids ™ © 2023 All right reserved.