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Trafalgar Castle School

Grades Gr. 4 TO Gr. 12 — Whitby, ON (MAP)

Trafalgar Castle School:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 4 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
    All girls
  • Class Size
  • Tuition
    $29,348 to 78,215/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CAIS, TABS, CIS Ontario
  • Enrolment
    205 day students, 40 boarding students
  • Curriculum
    Liberal Arts
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School address

  • 401 Reynolds Street, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 3W9 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Trafalgar Castle offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, occasional rider.

The regions Trafalgar Castle offers busing from are:

  • Regional Municipality of Durham

Additional notes: We offer daily busing shuttle transportation to and from the Whitby GO Station for students travelling to school on the GO train.

Our Perspective

How we see Trafalgar Castle School

It really is a castle, and the interiors are as striking as the exterior: turrets, arches, wood and stone. The school is also genuinely old, having been founded in 1874, though the building pre-dates the school. Yet, as ever, appearances can be deceiving, or at least can risk being made too much of. Trafalgar administration has, throughout its long history, consistently revised the curriculum and programs with an intention of providing, in a very literal sense, the best the world has to offer. That includes the adoption of the Singapore math and science curricula; Mandarin instruction; and writing instruction based on the program developed at the University of Chicago. A dedication to real-world learning has been built into the curriculum formally through the Beyond the Classroom initiative, which makes use of local resources and expertise, guided by the students' personal curiosities. Trafalgar offers an up-to-date, creative, and intentional program for girls preparing for university.

School's Perspective

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How Trafalgar Castle School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Trafalgar Castle School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in grades 4 through 12, located in Whitby, Ontario. For 150 years, Trafalgar has been unlocking opportunities for students to forge their own paths, explore their unique passions, and design their futures. Small by design, we are known for our exceptional academics, strong learning supports and for ensuring that now, and in the future, there is nothing a Trafalgar girl can't handle."

  • Founded in 1874
  • Diverse Co-Curricular
  • Strong Leadership Programme
  • Pool, Fitness Room and Gymnasium
  • All-School Camping Retreat
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Award-Winning Robotics Team
  • Member of CIS eLearning Consortium
  • Integrative Thinking Programme
  • Health and Wellness Centre

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"While we demonstrate dedication to academics, cultivating emotional intelligence, resilience, and positive interpersonal skills are at the forefront of our efforts. Social Emotional Learning is something that sets Trafalgar Castle apart, and creates a supportive and empowering school community as students mature into adulthood. Students are given a safe space to use their voice and build their confidence."

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

"Trafalgar Castle’s circle of care is second to none. We have advisors, coaches, faculty and staff that are always present for the diverse group of learners in our building. We recognize that adolescence is hard, and are determined to be a soft place to land while engaging in future-ready curriculum that ensures students are prepared for post-secondary life."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Experiential learning is at the forefront of our education model, and it is demonstrated through our Beyond the Castle week. BTC brings students to new places and allows them to interact with different cities, communities, and people, thus expanding their knowledge on various subjects. This dedication to a student’s relationship to their community and real-life experience is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of Trafalgar that sets us aside from other schools."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Firstly, we are a real castle! Here at Trafalgar, we embrace the traditions that have existed within the castle walls since it was built. Next, we are small by design - but our academic, co-curricular, and leadership programming is incredibly robust at the same time. Finally, our team puts forth incredible effort to ensure our students felt taken care of at all times. This includes snack stations, a well-rounded lunch, and shuttle for students to take to and from the Whitby GO Station."

School Facilities

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Trafalgar Castle School

Video reviews of Trafalgar Castle School

Alum, Roopan Gill (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Roopan Gill to learn about the unique experience of attending Trafalgar Castle School.

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Melissa Knight-Johnson, Head of School

We are excited to introduce you to our all-girls' day and boarding school; a school unlike any other in Canada. At just over 240 students from Grade 4 to Grade 12, we are small by design where every student is recognized and honoured for the individual they are and no student slips through the cracks.

We believe the best entry point to a large and complex world is a warm and personal learning environment with ample opportunities for personal discovery and growth. This is what you will discover in our classrooms, in our hallways and on our fields. We have been at the forefront of girls’ education for almost 150 years.

Melissa Knight-Johnson

Head of School

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