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The Sterling Hall School

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

The Sterling Hall School:

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  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 8
  • Gender
    All boys
  • Class Size
    18 — 20 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CAIS, IBSC, CIS Ontario
  • Enrolment
    320 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 99 Cartwright Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 1V4 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

The Sterling Hall School offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup.

The regions The Sterling Hall School offers busing from are:

  • Toronto

Additional notes: Busing is not organized through the school but we work closely with a bus company . For more details, please contact SHS.

Our Perspective

How we see The Sterling Hall School

Boys' schools often state that they know boys, or are boy-friendly, though too often those statements aren't qualified. The Sterling Hall School, thankfully, defines what they mean: energy, curiosity, and exploration. Certainly, boys from JK to Grade 8 typically have those in abundance, and the program at Sterling Hall is intended to focus things a bit, channeling those natural attributes toward higher order growth and understanding. Confidence, resilience, motivation, goals—we think that boys naturally have these, but they don't. That Sterling Hall places those kinds of values out front is telling of the overall instructional approach. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a structured, challenging, collaborative, and close-knit learning environment. Parent involvement in the life the of the school is both welcome and encouraged.

School's Perspective

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How The Sterling Hall School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"We specialize in educating boys from Junior Kindergarten - Grade 8, delivering innovative academic practices and boy-focused programming that inspires individual growth, curiosity and a passion for learning. At SHS, we ensure boys are engaged in their learning, providing a challenging, leading-edge curriculum taught by caring and highly dedicated faculty. We support boys in developing their interests, character strengths and leadership skills during these formative years. Our school culture is warm and welcoming, with a strong community that enriches the experience of every SHS boy by creating a sense of belonging. Sterling Hall’s values of learning, character, and community are the foundation of all we do - that is why we are known as the school where boys belong"

  • Character education program focuses on each boy's strengths
  • Dedicated teachers who are inspiring mentors
  • Focus on developing the whole boy
  • Leadership development from JK-8
  • Foundational literacy skills in JK-2
  • 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • Singapore math program components taught in Grades 1-7
  • Warm and welcoming school culture
  • Founded in 1987

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Personal Connection: Every boy is known and cared for.
Leadership & Mentorship: Opportunities are abundant, creating an environment to thrive.
Transformational Programs: Our character and social-emotional programs bring about personal growth for each boy.
Inspirational Learning: Our teacher-boy relationships spark a passion for learning.
Nurturing Growth: We celebrate boys and cultivate a growth mindset.
Self-Discovery: By providing a supportive foundation, boys can truly know themselves."

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

"Discover why families choose SHS. Here's what some have told us:

"What makes SHS so unique is its integration of emotional intelligence and character development into all aspects of the curriculum and co-curriculars. Kindness and empathy are prioritized...and they are consistently role-modelled by faculty and staff." (Alyssa, Parent)

"SHS is more than just a school - it is a community that supports everyone to ensure our sons achieve their full potential." (Maryse & Evan, Parents)"

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"At SHS, we prioritize character development and academic success through research-based practices that are tailored to boys' learning. Actively engaged in global education initiatives, we are a longstanding member of the International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC). Rick Parsons, our Principal, serves on the IBSC Board of Trustees, contributing to the development of boys worldwide. Our affiliation reflects our commitment to shaping a rich environment for boys' success and character growth."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"1. Boys engage in global perspectives, tackling complex concepts in intimate class settings with low student-teacher ratios.
2. Sterling Hall is committed to providing safe, guided adventures through our Experiential Learning Program. Our scaffolded approach means that boys receive increasingly challenging learning opportunities that enable boys to develop their individual character strengths.
3. Our inspired service-learning program builds compassion and empathy in our boys."

School Facilities

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School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see The Sterling Hall School

Video reviews of The Sterling Hall School

Alum, Jack Garbedian (2024)

Gr. 3 to Gr. 8 — Watch our alum interview with Jack Garbedian to learn about the unique experience of attending The Sterling Hall School.

Alum, Caleb McLeod (2024)

Gr. 3 to Gr. 8 — Watch our alum interview with Caleb McLeod to learn about the unique experience of attending The Sterling Hall School.

Alum, David Niddam-Dent (2022)

Watch our alum interview with David Niddam-Dent to learn about the unique experience of attending The Sterling Hall School.
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Written reviews of The Sterling Hall School


Alumnus, Elliott Ingram (2024)

JK to Gr. 8 — During my ten years at Sterling Hall, I grew exponentially as a person and a student thanks to the d...

School leadership

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

Interview with school leader

Watch our The Sterling Hall School leadership interview with Susie Heinrich to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
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Message from school leadership

Rick Parsons, Principal

Dear Families:

I have been asked with some regularity to describe the “typical” Sterling Hall boy. My answer always remains the same: there is no such thing as a “typical” Sterling Hall boy.

Boys belong here, whatever their interests, whatever their aptitudes, whatever their learning requirements might be. We have a created an environment where boys have a sense of acceptance and belonging that gives them the confidence and security they need to take risks, try new things, be themselves and reach for their potential in all their endeavours.

Our approach is unique among schools in Toronto. We focus entirely on boys during their formative years from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 – a period when a boy’s life is filled with energy, curiosity and exploration.

We inspire our students by using the most successful techniques and approaches for teaching boys.  We treat every one of them as individuals, exposing each of them to a curriculum that is specifically catered to boys’ learning during the key foundational years.

Our exceptional teachers are actively involved throughout the journey, providing support and encouragement. Parents are part of a warm and open school community that is made up of current and Alumni families, Old Boys, faculty/staff, friends, donors, volunteers and members of our Board.

We welcome you to visit The Sterling Hall School and thank you for your interest.  We encourage you to get to know us and to see what makes us so proud of our program and our boys.  I believe that you will see a school that knows what makes boys tick and what they need to become caring, confident and empathetic young men who are capable of, and interested in, making a difference in their world.


Rick Parsons
The Sterling Hall School

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