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Toronto, Ontario — Crescent School is a Toronto independent day school for boys in Grades 3 to 12. Our relational learning environment develops students' characters through academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics. View School Profile.


  • Emphasis on leadership and character education
  • Strong alumni community
  • Generous financial aid
  • Enhanced service & mentoring opportunities
  • World champion robotics team and technology courses
Grades:
3 to 12 (Boys)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$35,075
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
769
Avg. Class:
15 to 20
Crescent School 35075 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. View School Profile.


  • 13-acre downtown campus
  • Athletics and Wellness Centre
  • IB programs: JK to Grade 12
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Tennis courts, playing fields, saltwater pools
Grades:
JK to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$34,650 to $69,850
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
964
Avg. Class:
12 to 22
Branksome Hall 34650 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — The York School is a JK to Grade 12 International Baccalaureate school in midtown Toronto. Our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world. View School Profile.


  • International Baccalaureate World School (JK - Grade 12)
  • 100% university placement rate
  • Co-educational learning environment
  • Progressive, contemporary approach
  • International community
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$30,000 to $33,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
730
Avg. Class:
16 to 22
The York School 30000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate. View School Profile.


  • Girls' school, founded in 1901
  • Enriched and balanced academics at all grade levels
  • Unrivaled Advanced Placement course offerings
  • 100% university acceptance
  • Extensive athletic, arts, and co-curricular programs
Grades:
1 to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$31,900
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
460
Avg. Class:
16
St. Clement's School 31900 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. View School Profile.


  • High-achieving, all-round boys
  • Challenging but rewarding IB program
  • First rate academics, athletics and arts
  • 19 different sports and 65+ clubs
  • Boutique urban boarding program
Grades:
SK to 12 (Boys)
Type:
Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$34,135 to $66,835
Living:
Boarding/Day
Enrollment:
1170
Avg. Class:
20 to 25
Upper Canada College 34135 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road West/Fourth Line
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $38,850 to $77,540

Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Appleby College 38850 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • King City, Ontario
    Keele St./King Rd.
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $19,900 to $20,400

Villanova College is York Region's only independent Catholic school offering Grades 4 to 12 in King City, Ontario. Average class size is 18 students. Specialty programs include STEM and AP.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Villanova College 19900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
    407/Dufferin
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,500 to $19,500

Balanced Academics, Arts, Athletics & Character Development. We value best practices & evidenced based approaches. University preparatory & 21st Century Tech Rich & Future Proof school. Enriched and rigorous curriculum.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Delano Academy 18500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview/Lawrence
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $20,360 to $35,320

TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School 20360 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

TMS  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Bayview/Hwy 407
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,485 to $31,350

TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
TMS 17485 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    240th Street/Dewdney Trunk Road
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $23,500 to $33,500

Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Meadowridge School 23500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $35,000 to $64,000

Havergal College has been preparing young women to make a difference since 1894.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Havergal College 35000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • King, Ontario
    King Road/Dufferin Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $30,400

The Country Day School offers JK-12 in a co-ed, non-denominational environment located on 100 beautiful acres just north of Toronto in King.

  • Day
  • Traditional
The Country Day School 30400 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Okotoks, Alberta
    Range Road 12/306 Ave W
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $16,548 to $24,028

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational, full IB (primary, middle, and diploma programme) day school for Kindergarten - Grade 12 close to Calgary, AB.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School 16548 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Cawthra/Lakeshore
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • $11,310 to $28,170

TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) 11310 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,300 to $18,350

Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Delta West Academy 10300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John's Sideroad/Yonge Street
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $37,655 to $70,095

St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
St. Andrew's College 37655 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys
  • Montverde, Florida
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $7,875 to US $51,350

Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Montverde Academy 7875 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $25,200

With over 120 years of excellence in all-girls’ education, our rigorous academic program is complemented by strong arts, design technology and athletic programs. Financial assistance is available.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Crofton House School 25200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./St. Clair West
  • 7 to 12 Boys
  • $20,900

St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
St. Michael's College School 20900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $13,500 to $19,175

Rundle College is a university preparatory school from Kindergarten-Grade 12 in Calgary, Alberta. Our small class sizes of 12-16 students, gives our students the advantage of an enriched, personalized education.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Rundle College & Rundle Academy 13500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,000 to $25,000

Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver to all genders. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 17000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $22,250 to $26,500

Collingwood creates infinite opportunities for our students to excel. Our four Strand approach is delivered through university preparatory programs that are collaborative, interdisciplinary, relevant and pioneering.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Collingwood School 22250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen St./Ossington Ave.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $29,300

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12 from all backgrounds. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially responsible global citizens.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
University of Toronto Schools 29300 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $4,501 to $12,800

Now offered online, the PK – Grade 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson's books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day.

  • Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
Sidney Ledson Institute 4501 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day eSchool Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,870 to $72,165

Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ridley College 18870 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Blackfoot Trail S.E/Glenmore Trail
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $18,026

West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. Its class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program

  • Day
  • Traditional
West Island College 18026 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Central Avenue/Wintemute Street
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $57,875

Our East Meets West environment fosters global awareness and advances our student body into responsible and globally aware citizens who are well-equipped for life beyond academia.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Fort Erie International Academy 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Avenue Road/St. Clair Ave.
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $15,950 to $16,150

De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from Grade 5 to 12, with average class sizes of 23 students and tuition at $13,325.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
De La Salle College 15950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Donald St/Frances St
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,400 to $10,900

Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
  • Reggio Emilia
Academie Providence 9400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

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What is the SSAT?

SSAT stands for Secondary School Admissions Test. This standardized test is a popular admission requirement for private schools. Schools rely on the SSAT to assess a student's overall abilities, rather than knowledge in specific subjects.

There are several important sections of the SSAT. The multiple-choice aptitude test that evaluates:

Quantitative skills:

Tests problem-solving involving math, elementary algebra, geometry, and concepts

Reading comprehension skills:

Tests the ability to understand what is read

A writing section:

Students must write an essay responding to a topic statement. Essays aren't graded. However, a copy is sent to schools along with test scores.

There are two levels of testing for the SSAT:

Middle: For students currently in Grade 5-7
Upper: For students currently in Grade 8-11.

Why do some schools require them and others don't?

SSATs are required by almost all private schools for entry into junior and senior grades—Grade 5 and up. It's up to the individual school to determine whether it is required.

Are there any advantages to attending schools that require SSAT?

The amount of weight SSAT scores are given in the application process varies from school to school, so those requiring SSATs aren't necessarily more heavily focused on academics than those who do not.

Since many schools use various criteria to evaluate its applicants, SSATs are often the most objective tool administrators have to judge their applicants. They're also helpful when a personal interview isn't possible with an applicant.

It's important to remember that the SSAT is not an achievement test. It offers a snapshot of a student's academic capabilities, regardless of his or her current grades.

Taking the SSAT provides students and their prospective schools with an important assessment of his/her academic strengths, as well as weaknesses. This information may be particularly valuable to students taking the test in Grade 7-10, since it also provides a predicted Grade 12 SAT score.

Learn more about SSAT preparation

How does it work?

Students write the exam at a designated test location school.
All tests are sent to SSAT headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey where they are marked. Results are sent to schools indicated by the students.

Learn more: Private school application, testing, and results.
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