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The Linden School

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

The Linden School:

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  • Grades
    SK — Gr. 12
  • Gender
    All girls
  • Class Size
    10 — 12 students
  • Tuition
    $21,850 to 29,450/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    113 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 10 Rosehill Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1G5 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see The Linden School

All schools, to some extent, defy the various stereotypes that the general population might have about private education. Still, the Linden School is a particularly stark example of that. Founded by Diane Goudie and Eleanor Moore in 1993, the school was intended as a needed and necessary alternative to what was happening in public schools, as well as other private institutions. Goudie had butt heads with other educators by demanding that education be based in a sense of equity, especially as girls and women are concerned. The Linden School is the result, and today it does exactly what Goudie and Moore hoped it would: provide an example of a school for girls that will make a difference in the students' lives and, in turn, encourage them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The goal, as Moore said at an address at York University, is to educate each student to "to speak with courage--[to] be credible, find a community, listen for all voices, change structures, be a leader and above all make a difference." Since they founded the school, Goudie and Moore have lead by example, earning honorary doctorate of law degrees from York University in recognition of their leadership in the field of education. On receiving the doctorate, Goudie addressed the convocation saying "Ask yourselves the tough questions: What do you want to achieve beyond your paycheque? What are you prepared to risk in order to make a difference in your communities or in the global community?" Those are, of course, very tough questions, and the Linden School is structured around them. For the wrong student, it could be overwhelming. For the right student, it can provide a very strong foundation for a lifetime of engagement, leadership, and success.

Featured articles

Reimagining girls’ education

The Linden School's ongoing impact on how we think about how girls learn.

What makes a great teacher great?

What should parents be looking for in educators? We asked one of the best. The Linden School's Beth Alexander.

Teaching girls to change the world

After a year in the role of principal of the Linden School—and what a year it’s been—we spoke with Tara Silver about what girls need, how girls learn, and how the Linden School has pioneered in all of that.

Creating real-world impact in classrooms

STEM—often seen as the bastion of hard skills, encompassing the intricacies of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—is traditionally viewed as a domain to equip students with emerging technical competencies. However, The Linden School has taken a refreshing detour from this linear perspective.

School's Perspective

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How The Linden School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Since 1993, Linden’s holistic approach to instilling academic excellence, intersectional thinking, leadership, diversity and inclusion has given students a strong foundation with critical-thinking skills essential for success in today's complex world. Enriched small classes foster student-teacher engagement and love for learning. Students enjoy programs in technology, outdoor ed, multimedia, art, drama, music, athletics and more, taught by highly-regarded specialist faculty. Grads enjoy 100% university acceptance."

  • Small classes: higher academic achievement
  • Award-winning faculty
  • Enriched STEAM program with multi-media, maker & science lab
  • Outstanding athletics program
  • Vibrant outdoor learning & field trips
  • Leadership opportunities
  • University preparation program; 100% university acceptance
  • Full-time Guidance & Learning Counsellor
  • Emphasis on diversity and equity; LGBTQ2 positive
  • Welcoming, inclusive community and an instant sense of belonging

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Founded in 1993, Linden is a values-driven independent K-12 school for girls and non-binary students. We are the only school in Canada specifically created to incorporate research-based, innovative, experiential programs for diverse students. Our small and supportive community uses a social justice and interdisciplinary lens to inspire and engage students. Thanks to our award-winning teachers and transformational teaching practices, we are building Canada's best socially progressive school."

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

"Families chose Linden for the palpable feeling of community, for the innovative approach to providing an enriched, hands-on curriculum, for the small size, and for the high calibre of faculty. “Many schools talk about the ways in which their students find themselves, but in my opinion, Linden delivers this, time and time again. Girls truly do find their voice at Linden.” –Grade 8 Parent"

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"We offer a unique athletics program where all students are welcome to participate in a variety of teams—there are no tryouts or “cuts” made since we believe that everyone can be an athlete. Our sports teams are very competitive and make it to the playoff rounds in almost every tournament and league sport, often winning medals and banners!"

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Our faculty are highly regarded for their responsive, transformational teaching that inspires the next generation of high-achieving changemakers. We care less about tradition and more about the future. We prioritize what matters most to our students and our inclusive community celebrates equity and diversity."

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities

Arts facilities



Science facilities

Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

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

Video reviews of The Linden School

Alum, Toni Spilfogel (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Toni Spilfogel to learn about the unique experience of attending The Linden School.

Written reviews of The Linden School


Parent, Roseanne Carrara (2018)

My daughter came to Linden from an overcrowded Toronto Catholic District School Board classroom wher...


Parent, Caitlin O'Leary (2018)

My daughter is very bright, engaged and articulate, but she's also very reserved and shy. She was i...

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Nasrin Matini, Interim Principal
B.Sc. (Mathematics), COE

Founded in 1993, Linden is a values-driven independent K-12 school for girls and non-binary students. We are the only school in Canada specifically created to incorporate research-based, innovative, experiential programs for diverse students. Our small and supportive community uses a social justice and interdisciplinary lens to inspire and engage students. Thanks to our award-winning STEM teachers and transformational teaching practices, we are building Canada’s best socially progressive school.

Linden’s small class sizes allow for more teacher-student engagement and a strong sense of community across all grades. Linden’s exceptional physical education program with a no “try-outs” policy fosters confidence, teamwork and resilience in our students. Above all, we strive to instill a life-long love of outdoor activity in girls, whether through team sports, camping or STEM and art classes by the nearby ravine.

At Linden, we nurture civic engagement, leadership and community-building through a range of experiential learning projects, from environmental stewardship to media arts and citizen journalism. Even the youngest members of our community know that they have the power to create change and make a difference in their communities.

It is a joy to stay connected with our alumnae and hear about their exciting careers in a range of professions —  engineering, computer science, performing arts, international development, and law, to name a few.

Learn more by exploring our website and joining us at our upcoming open house events. 

Nasrin Matini

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