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The Rosedale Day School

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

The Rosedale Day School:

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  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    16 — 20 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CAIS, CIS Ontario, NAIS
  • Enrolment
    170 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 131 Bloor Street West, Suite #426, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1R1 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see The Rosedale Day School

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Rosedale is proximate to a wealth of physical resources that wouldn't be available to schools of a similar size located elsewhere. The student body is small, with just 170 students, though the school partners with the University of Toronto, the AGO, and the ROM, all of which are located within a short distance of the school. The school very happily makes use of all of those resources, including the athletic facilities at U of T. The school adopts a range of progressive practices, including a promotion of cross-curricular instruction and cooperative learning. In all, it's a very nice mix, combining the intimacy of a small student body with a lot of resources and facilities close to hand. While perhaps not a gifted school, per se, the ideal learner is one who can benefit from an enriched curriculum.

School's Perspective

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How The Rosedale Day School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"RDS is a downtown co-ed day school that fosters future-ready leaders by honouring the unique character and potential of each child. At the heart of RDS is a personalised and meaningful learning experience. Our supportive and nurturing environment is designed to foster confidence, passion and a curiosity for learning. Engaged and dedicated faculty draw upon best practices to inspire learners and ensure students are prepared to adapt confidently and engage responsibly in our changing world."

  • Nurturing, close-knit community where every child feels a strong sense of connection and belonging
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices
  • Inquiry-based approach to draw on the natural curiosity of students
  • Design thinking approach to problem solving; human-centred solutions driven by empathy
  • Ongoing Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
  • Integrated Mental Health and Wellness programming
  • Dynamic Physical Education Program that utilizes U of T sports facilities
  • Urban enrichment and Place-Based learning (AGO, UofT, ROM, Future Design School)
  • French, Music and Art instruction beginning in Junior Kindergarten
  • Comprehensive after-school Co-Curricular and Athletics programming

School Facilities

Photo-tour of facilities


School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

John Reid, Head of School

Since its founding in 1995, The Rosedale Day School has grown into a thriving educational community with over 170 students and 30 dedicated, creative teachers and staff. Our classrooms foster student engagement through innovative pedagogical practices and creative, authentic units of learning. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, RDS enriches each student’s learning experience by making use of our surrounding community with access to world-class facilities such as The Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the University of Toronto athletic facilities.

Recognition of and striving towards the authentic character and potential of each student has always been at the centre of the RDS ethos; teachers and students work together to strive for their individual best, looking ahead to the future beyond grade 8 and an ever-changing, evolving world. The RDS Vision, Mission and Values drive us to help shape future-ready students with the skills needed to adapt confidently and engage responsibly in their world. The four school values of integrity, diligence, respect and involvement guide student relationships and are integral to shaping the learning environment at RDS.

At the core of RDS is the warm sense of community and support that surrounds each student as they grow. Powerful teacher-student relationships form the backbone of learning and development, and a strong partnership between the school and parent community ensures that every RDS student builds the confidence and independence that is critical for success in high school and beyond.

I invite you to explore our website, read our 2021 - 2026 Strategic Plan and reach out to our Admissions Department to learn more about the RDS community and the potential for learning and growth that awaits.

John Reid

Head of School

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