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Written by Garth Nichols, Assistant Director of Personalized Learning at Greenwood College School and founder of Cohort 21. Read more


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Windsor, Ontario — JK- 12/IB/AP , inter-faith/R.C.co-ed day, and boarding located in Windsor, ON Family of Schools includes Nursery, Elementary and Secondary Schools, athletic facilities, performing arts wing (music and dance studios). View School Profile.


  • Small student teacher ratio
  • Average class size of 12 students
  • Offering courses from three different curricula (IB, AP and OSSD)
  • Individual student care
  • Family atmosphere
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$10,950 to $50,000
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
250
Avg. Class:
10 to 16
Académie Ste-Cécile International School 10950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build the academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $2 million available in financial assistance. View School Profile.


  • Founded in 1867
  • Specializing in the learning needs of the 'whole girl'
  • Co-curricular programs and clubs
  • 100 per cent university placement
  • Extensive leadership opportunities
Grades:
JK to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Progressive, Reggio Emilia
Tuition:
$35,800 to $69,145
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
1000
Avg. Class:
18 to 20
The Bishop Strachan School 35800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
 
 

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:
Progressive
Tuition:
$37,350
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
800
Avg. Class:
15 to 20
Crescent School 37350 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
 
 

King, Ontario — 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. View School Profile.


  • Nurture academic excellence
  • Build sound and honourable character
  • Raise social and global awareness
  • Advocate fitness for life
  • Employ talented people
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$31,250 to $32,250
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
790
Avg. Class:
17
The Country Day School 31250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Our lower school students begin studying Cambridge English, Mathematics, and Science. In the upper school, students continue their Cambridge studies through IGCSE and A Level, while earning credits towards their OSSD. View School Profile.


  • One of the top university preparatory private schools in Toronto
  • University pathways counselling and one-on-one support
  • Student leadership opportunities throughout the school year
  • Teacher-led tutorials
  • A warm, welcoming, and inclusive community
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$19,395 to $27,050
Living:
Day/eSchool
Enrollment:
210
Avg. Class:
5 to 10
Fieldstone School 19395 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
 
 

Belleville, Ontario — At Albert College, every student is an 'A' student. From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 our students experience all 5 of the Albert 'A’ s; Academics, Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure programming. View School Profile.


  • Over 160 years of experience
  • Scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance available
  • Live-in, full time boarding staff
  • International student body from 20+ countries
  • Inclusive, welcoming and supportive family environment
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$18,700 to $75,400
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
303
Avg. Class:
15
Albert College 18700 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Prestige School offers programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 18 students. View School Profile.


  • Our curriculum exceeds Ontario guidelines as a result of our individualized, accelerated learning.
  • We are ministry inspected and a proud member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.
  • 100% university placement rate
  • French instruction beginning in junior kindergarten.
  • Dedicated faculty that draw upon best practices
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$14,500 to $18,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
290
Avg. Class:
12 to 18
Prestige School - Toronto Campus 14500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. Our educational process is Beyond the Books! Education as it should be. View School Profile.


  • Character Education
  • Free Before/After School Program
  • Weekly Swimming Lessons
  • Early start French Classes
  • Art & Music & Drama
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$7,000 to $16,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
350
Avg. Class:
10 to 15
Bond Academy 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Our goal is that our students understand learning as an outcome in and of itself. Learning that doesn't follow a straight path. And if it gets messy, that's okay, because at SCS it's safe to explore and be who you are. 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:
$34,500
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
460
Avg. Class:
16
St. Clement's School 34500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Bank St./Wilton Cres.
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $23,586 to $28,152

Blyth Academy The Glebe focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and strong student support for Grades 9-12. Big experience in a small school! Part of community of nine Blyth Academy campuses in Ontario.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy The Glebe, Ottawa 23586 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,345 to $73,145

GNS is an independent JK-12 International Baccalaureate boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, that challenges and supports each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 9345 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Stratford, Ontario
    Ontario Street/Waterloo Street South
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $9,750 to $37,275

Stratford, Ontario, Private Secondary School dedicated to inspiring students to achieve their individual potential through academic excellence while fostering a spirit of service to society.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Nancy Campbell Academy 9750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • US $42,000 to US $65,000

SPIRE ACADEMY is an international, high school and post graduate sports performance training and education academy, located within a world class event and wellness complex.

  • Boarding
  • Progressive
SPIRE Academy 42000 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Erin Mills Parkway/Argentia Rd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,095 to $14,395

We are different! As a leading IB World School and university preparatory school with a focus on student life, SJA students are inspired to confidently make their mark in the world.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Jude's Academy 10095 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Kipling/Evans
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $65,000

New Haven is a leading private school and non-profit centre supporting individuals with ASD and their families year-round. Our focus centres on growing potential and changing the lives of those with ASD to SOAR.

  • Day
  • Progressive
New Haven Learning Centre 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/DVP
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $30,500 to $33,000

Crestwood Preparatory College offers a university preparatory program for students in grades 7 to 12. Crestwood always strive to Inspire Excellence and to Nurture the Individual.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Crestwood Preparatory College 30500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $16,160 to $30,900

Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from PreK to Gr. 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Elmwood School 16160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie/York Mills
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $26,800

La Citadelle's Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Rue Sherbrooke/Ave Connaught
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $15,500

College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
College Prep International 12500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Boul Elkas/Rue Houde
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $14,094 to $16,910

This academically re-known French & English bilingual school serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $14,000 to $18,000.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Académie Marie-Claire 14094 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $19,725 to $28,200

Learning is not one to many. It's many to one. From the teachers to the principal to the coaches and beyond, learning at WillowWood is a team approach.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
WillowWood School 19725 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $24,520 to $69,100

Our unique, daily Advisor Program ensures every student is surrounded by a strong network of highly qualified, dedicated faculty and staff whose mission is to provide academic, emotional, and social guidance and support.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 24520 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    Renfrew Street/Grandview Hwy
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $7,200 to $8,800 /semester

LCV High School is a unique place to learn. With a deep history of creative arts education, we have an enhanced modern curriculum that prepares students for success in post secondary education.

  • Day
  • Traditional
LaSalle College Vancouver High School 7200 Day Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Townline Rd./Niagara Parkway
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $42,425 to $50,425

Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students.

  • Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Niagara Christian Collegiate 42425 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Major MacKenzie Dr. W/Bathurst St.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $14,250 to $17,000

Prestige School offers individualized programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Richmond Hill with an average class size of ten students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Prestige School - Richmond Hill Campus 14250 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,500 to $21,500

We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Toronto STEM School 13500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    College/Spadina
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,800 to $30,000

Braemar College offers a warm environment in downtown Toronto for students with high academic ambitions. Flexible terms allow students to join anytime, providing fast and focused pathways into Canada’s top universities.

  • Day/Homestay/eSchool
  • Progressive
Braemar College 13800 HighSchools Day Homestay eSchool Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    Wellington/Yonge
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $20,000

Flexible, techy environment. Freedom of choice. ALL ABILITIES welcome and no ideals taught outside the scope of academia. We are a COMMUNITY of incredible future leaders with innate creative genius!

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Waldorf
Agora Prep 18000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Thetford, Vermont(USA)
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • US $20,963 to US $49,545

TA’s award-winning faculty are recognized for their innovative teaching practices, learners are engaged, and diversity is celebrated. TA students work collaboratively and independently to reach their full potential.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Thetford Academy 20963 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $15,315 to US $52,925

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Montverde Academy 15315 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • K to 1 Coed
  • $35,000

The only Kindergarten that will prepare your child with special needs to grade one,we are using the Miller Method and DIR/FloorTime.our ratio is 1:4 student.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Waldorf
ACK-Autism Centre for kids 35000 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    De Maisonneuve West/Park Row West
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $22,550 to $43,550

At Kells, flexibility is the key. We develop programs allowing students to work within their comfort zone, which may be above, below or at grade level. The result is students who outperform even their own expectations.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Kells Academy 22550 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Keele/Sheppard
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $20,325 to $25,864

Blyth Academy Downsview Park offers outstanding education coupled with unique opportunities for student-athletes to engage in sports-specific and fitness training throughout their regular school day.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Downsview Park 20325 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Franklin Ave/Yonge St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,900 to $13,200

Don Valley Academy is a private high school whose primary aim is to prepare our students for post-secondary studies. We are dedicated to providing educational programs that meet the individual needs of each student.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Don Valley Academy 9900 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • SK to 12 Coed
  • $2,800 to $23,900

Carrey Education is one of the top choices for parents as it provides academic programs tailored for individual students. Our goal is to help students build their character and discover new interests through learning.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Carrey International Education Inc. 2800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    152 Street/Highway 10
  • K to 7 Coed
  • $17,000 to $18,250

We understand the importance of developing a well rounded individual. Our Tech, Art and Sport Expert Streams are integrated with the Academic curriculum to amplify our students’ growth into capable and confident adults.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Glarea Elevated Learning 17000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Lawrence Ave
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $23,586 to $28,152

Blyth Academy Lawrence Park is one of 10 Blyth Academy campuses in Ontario. Our campus located in midtown Toronto provides the warmth and community of a neighbourhood school.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Lawrence Park 23586 HighSchools Day Coed
  • York, -
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $74,000 to $88,000

Set in 220 acres of North Yorkshire countryside, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate welcomes girls and boys from 3 months old to 19 years, with 81% A*/A achieved at A Level. Fees range from £16,005 to £19,200 per term.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate 74000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John's Sideroad/Yonge Street
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $39,655 to $74,355

With a tradition dating back to 1899, St. Andrew's remains the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. Our 126-acre campus provides our students with an ideal setting for learning and growth.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
St. Andrew's College 39655 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $19,950 to $25,000

Edelweiss Private Academy offers elementary education to students with ASD and other exceptionalities, maintaining small teacher to student ratios. We promote strong academic, physical and social-emotional development.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Edelweiss Private Academy 19950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Erda, Utah
    Droubay Rd/Erda Way
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • US $120,000

Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Alpine Academy 120000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $9,132 to $19,250

Oak Learners inspires meaningful learning every day for students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. Passionate teachers nurture children’s natural curiosity about their world with hands-on experiences.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Oak Learners 9132 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    St. Clair Ave West/Avenue Road
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $6,000 to $33,000

Founded on the science of neuroplasticity, Arrowsmith Program provides students with the skills necessary to overcome their learning disabilities and transform their academic, cognitive, emotional and social lives.

  • Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
Arrowsmith School 6000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
  • Kanata, Ontario
    Cyclone Taylor Blvd/Frank Finnigan Way
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $17,250

We are a private school serving grades 5 to 12 whose mission is to provide an exceptional combined educational and sports experience essential for developing high-performance athletes.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Peak Centre Academy 17250 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $23,586 to $28,152

At Blyth Academy Mississauga, we know each of our students and through our individualized approach, we can meet their needs and make school a great place to be. We're one of 10 Blyth Academy campuses in Ontario.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Mississauga 23586 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Lantzville, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $24,000

With a 40-acre campus, Aspengrove School teaches the International Baccalaureate curriculum through a team of passionate faculty committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for their students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Aspengrove School 10000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Avenue Road/St. Clair Ave.
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $16,300 to $16,900

De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from Grade 5 to 12, with an average class size of 20 students and tuition at $16,300 - $16,900.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
De La Salle College 16300 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Bracebridge, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $6,400 to $28,000

Dewey’s educational goals follow the philosophies of John Dewey, preparing students through “student-centred learning" and "learning by doing", while emphasizing the cultivation of the "three New Liberal Arts".

  • Boarding/Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
Dewey Institute 6400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day eSchool Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $75,710

Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $23,800 to $28,150

Collingwood creates opportunities for our JK to Grade 12 students to excel. Our four strand approach is delivered through a comprehensive educational experience that in collaborative, interdisciplinary and relevant.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Collingwood School 23800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie Street/York Mills Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $19,900 to $23,705

The Giles School has small class sizes, leadership programs and intensive STEM learning that support both immersion and introductory language programming in English, French and Mandarin.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Giles School 19900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $10,295 to $10,445

Since our founding in 1896, we have nurtured the unique talents and passions of our students to help them become the leaders of tomorrow, forming them into men and women for others.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Loyola High School 10295 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,175

Through our dynamic individual education plans, mentorship, and therapeutic counselling we ensure all students feel comfortable, respected and cared for, so they stay actively engaged in their educational journey.

  • Day
  • Progressive
AVRO Academy 17175 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Sheppard
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,000 to $20,000

Little Owl Private School creates motivated, confident, and happy problem-solving individuals. We invite your child to become a Little Owl student.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Little Owl Private School 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    West Hastings St./Granville St.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $22,800

Alexander Academy is a private high school offering the BC Dogwood High School Diploma and a unique University Transfer Program in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Alexander Academy 16500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Leslie St/401
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $14,000 to $35,000

Webtree offers individualized education programs which fully support a student’s academic needs, and helps them achieve educational and personal goals. Small class sizes are designed to inspire and engage students.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Webtree Academy 14000 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./St. Clair West
  • 7 to 12 Boys
  • $21,500

Canada’s only independent, Catholic school for boys in Grades 7-12, taught in the Basilian tradition of forming the mind, body, and soul. Since 1852, we have educated students in goodness, discipline, and knowledge.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
St. Michael's College School 21500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • North York, Ontario
    Bathurst/Wilson
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $20,000 to $26,000

Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to students whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing personal best through a balanced approach to education.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Magnificent Minds 20000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Garden Street/Hwy. 2
  • 4 to 12 Girls
  • $26,125 to $70,625

Trafalgar Castle offers a close-knit, academically challenging environment where girls feel a strong sense of belonging and discover their unique talents and interests.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Trafalgar Castle School 26125 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Keele St/Dundas St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $1,200 to $27,120

Reputed Diverse Traditional Day School. 100% of students graduate and move on to excel in their Post Secondary Education and life. Extremely positive, caring, and knowledgeable teaching staff.

  • Homestay/eSchool/Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Great Lakes College of Toronto 1200 HighSchools Homestay eSchool Boarding Day Coed
  • St Catharines, Ontario
    Ontario St./Welland Ave.
  • NS to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $350 to $5,200

Heuristic & autodidactic, inspired by Sudbury & democratic models. Students are self-directed, holistically empowered. Voluntary attendance, year-round calendar, agency, & consent inspire free learning.

  • Day/eSchool/Boarding/Homestay
  • Progressive
Agate Private School 350 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Boarding eSchool Homestay Coed Girls
  • Merrickville, Ontario
    St. Lawrence Street/Elgin Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,450 to $58,200

Merrick Preparatory offers grades 9-12 and a University Qualification Year to students preparing for successful admission to degree programs in the world's top universities, in a safe and secure family environment.

  • Day/Boarding/eSchool
  • Traditional
Merrick Preparatory School 16450 HighSchools Day Boarding eSchool Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $15,400 to $18,000

Heritage Academy provides a multisensory learning environment and supports students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety in Grades 1 -12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 15400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Waterloo, Ontario
    King Street/Weber Street
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $13,700 to $22,550

Waterloo Independent Secondary School's emphasis is academics and university preparation. Courses are designed to engage students in projects as a window into the real world. Up to 16 students per class.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Waterloo Independent Secondary School 13700 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $12,248 to $13,848

Building on internationally acclaimed preschool reading success, SLI has grown into a hub for ground-breaking student achievement in literary, STEM, and artistic achievement across Pre-K - Gr 6 (offered on site/ online)

  • Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
Sidney Ledson Institute 12248 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day eSchool Coed
  • Edmonton, Alberta
    Groat Road/107 Avenue
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Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn.

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Progressive Academy 8700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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Sycamore School offers grades 8-12 personalized education in an alternative program that addresses the needs of secondary school students who may thrive in a small community of learners while working toward graduation.

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The Sycamore School 18200 HighSchools Day Coed
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Markham, Ontario; IB School; OSSD; OSSD online credit course; NOIC ACADEMY’s annual university enrolment rate is 100% and more than 85% of graduates are admitted by University of Toronto.

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At Haven, we equip our students with critical thinking skills, a global perspective, and a respect for core values of honesty, loyalty, perseverance, and compassion.

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Haven International School 7700 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding eSchool Coed
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A private Christian college prep school with students from 60 countries, providing students with a unique opportunity to learn high academics, faith education and multicultural immersion.

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Houghton Academy 7499 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Boarding Day Homestay Coed
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  • $2,025 to $2,700 /course

Columbia International College is Canada’s largest private boarding school, offering Grade 9 to 12 programs. #1 in scholarships awarded by universities. The University of Toronto's official Global Partner School.

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Columbia International College 2025 HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed
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  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,945 to $56,500

UNISUS was founded by the leaders of the top Private Schools in BC. Based on IB Education/Innovation/Technology, Entrepreneurship/ Outdoor Education. Boarding, Athletics and Global Partnerships/Opportunities.

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Unisus School 12945 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
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  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $16,995 to $22,095

Blyth Academy Orbit is our newest campus, offering grades 5 to 12. It revolves around the same principles and academic structure as our physical schools, but operates in the virtual space.

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Blyth Academy Orbit 16995 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
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Our curriculum are designed to build essential skills and concepts that help with the cognitive, social, creative, emotional, and physical development of your child with the aim to be a successful learner for life!

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Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Sheppard Ave
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Ontario Virtual School is an Ontario Ministry-inspected credit-granting institution offering high school courses for Grades 9-12 in an interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access.

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Our safe and supportive community challenges and inspires the minds, hearts, and voices of our students enabling them to define and achieve their own version of success and make positive differences in our world.

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  • Toronto, Ontario
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Nile Academy offers small class sizes and a low student-to-teacher ratio, while also following the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring our students are well prepared for the rest of their educational pursuits here in Canada.

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  • Burlington, Ontario
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Our outstanding faculty fosters learning through small classes, a focus on arts disciplines and introducing unique programs not offered elsewhere (e.g. Animation, Dance, Music, and Film & Video).

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Burlington Royal Arts Academy 13800 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John Sideroad/Yonge St.
  • NS to 8 Coed
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Aurora Montessori offers an enriched Montessori program for students, Toddler to Grade 8, with an option of an OSSD credit in Grade 9 Math. A unique Mindfulness and Technology program develops key 21st-century skills!

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Aurora Montessori School 14800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Dixon/Martin Grove
  • 5 to 12 Coed
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We are proud of our student-centered approach, enriched curricula, computer labs, committed teachers, and motivated students. Come to Queen's Collegiate to excel and prosper!

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  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $2,000 to $61,413

Our intercultural environment offers an individualized approach to learning and highly differentiated instruction, with emphasis on STEM+A & AP courses. Our students enjoy a dynamic academic & residential life program.

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  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $570 to $32,000

At Vaughan College instructions are embedded with strategies appropriate to the students' unique needs. We develop students' confidence and their urge to do better, which results in a high university acceptance rate.

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  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen Street East/Victoria Park
  • JK to 8 Coed
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  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Adelaide St E
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The summer provides an excellent respite from the direct, intense learning during the academic year, and one that is essential for both students and teachers alike. I have written before about the importance of learning over the summer, and have written about incredible programs, like Toronto Brigantine, that expose kids to different types of learning, but I haven't really written about the wherefore and whys of what this type of learning can look like. I was inspired by Harris Cooper's statement that, "We need to dispense with romanticized notions associated with the traditional summer break, look at what's really going on, and consider the consequences. Lots of kids get bored over summer."1

What does summer learning mean?
Harris Cooper, Professor at the University of Michigan-Columbia, states that "We found that kids do forget over the summer. Across the board, all kids lose some math skills."2 To this end, educators talk about summer learning as a less direct, less intense style of learning that is child-centered, more emergent (based on their interests) but still supports the basic academic skills of reading, writing, math and science.

Summer Learning is self or parent monitored. The parents' role is to encourage, inspire, create opportunities, and/or interact with their child(ren) throughout the summer months, but leave the learning to them. There is no marking, no assessment, just good conversation and reflection. The summer learner can track their learning through blogging, tweeting, or writing in a journal.

Why is summer learning important?
It is important for a few reasons. Firstly, in the minds of parents, it is to prevent a plateau or decline of hard earned knowledge and skills. Students work in a learning cycle where their intake of knowledge and skills is practiced, assessed, reinforced and then evaluated. The results of this can diminish over time once this cycle has stopped for the summer. Active learning and practice of reading, writing, math and science can help decrease this effect.

For our students on summer break, we want to instill the habits and disposition that learning is a life-long pursuit, and something that is possible at any and all times. Consider these two important research findings from Today: Parenting: "On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months. Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer."3

When and where does it happen?
Summer learning can happen anywhere in the real world, or digital world. It can happen day, night, or over the period of the week. It is really about setting up these opportunities. Summer camps, like Kilcoo, offer unique, single-sex experiences ranging from two weeks to a month for almost any age group. There are excellent camps in cities as well, that utilize parks, paths and streams. Or, you can take part in a Jane's walk, or visit places of historical interest.

Want to keep your child busy and their mind engaged this summer? Find summer education camps and programs near you. →

How can you make it happen?
There are many ways that parents and kids make learning happen over the summer. Here's a list that I've created using the scale of simple to more complex:

 

 

READING

WRITING

MATH

SCIENCE

Simple:
Little to no preparation, can be spontaneous

Read aloud to your child(ren) and ask them comprehension questions.

Don't forget, reading doesn't mean just a book: blogs, newspapers, pamphlets, magazines are all valuable sources of reading material.

Write a postcard to your teacher about what you've read or where you've been.

Play "concentration" or simple card games like "Go Fish", or use a deck of cards like flash cards.

Don't forget that math is a lot about pattern recognition, so look for those throughout your day.

Pose questions about the world around you: "Why do sunflowers change positions?" or simply open a bottle of pop and ask why it explodes!

Moderate:
Requires some pre-planning and some materials.

Read a book and then add it to or comment on it on goodreads.com

Help them capture moments and create a story using scrapbooking, or the mobile app Flipagram

Keep a journal where they answer a question a day that they, or you, pose.

Take your kids grocery shopping and count apples, total costs, and more!

On your way to a destination, use the highway markers to calculate distance to go, and even time to destination. Make a calculator a necessary road trip item!

Visit Super Simple Science5 and create a tornado, or a soft-shelled egg that you can eat!

Make dinner, and teach them the principles of cooking, boiling, and baking.

Complex: Requires much pre-planning, time and materials

Make a mini-novel. Take their favourite book and help them rewrite it into a mini-version:

1) Use blank pieces of paper that are folded into four. Do this 3 times, and place each folded piece inside the next
2) Using scissors, cut the short ends of the folded pieces
3) Staple the long ends - this acts as the spine
4) Create a cover illustration on page one
5) Fill the pages with plot summaries, images and character outlines
* make the content as challenging or as simple as you like

Plan a field trip with them. This can be a more expensive endeavor, so help them plan the trip in advance by writing an itinerary. Then, follow up with photos taken during the trip, and then write a review on the destination's website, or on a related trip website like Yelp.

Get them interested in sports. If they play, get them to tell you what happened in the game by the numbers - teammates numbers, number of passes they made, shots they took, etc…

Or, if they don't play, check out how to read a baseball box score6.

Plant a garden and monitor the water, environment and temperature in a journal, and predict your findings.

Read "Barthlolmew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Suess and then create your own. It's a story about climate change that is great for asking and answering questions about the environment. To make Oobleck, just Google it!

Here is the Youtube7 and here is a great lesson with questions included8.

 

 

I believe that regardless of the nature of what you choose to do, whether simple or complex, or somewhere in between, it is important that the summer learner is given time to reflect on what they've accomplished. In their paper entitled "Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance," a team of researchers from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina state that when a student reflects by "taking time after a lesson to synthesize, abstract, or articulate the important points…It truly is possible, they conclude, to learn "smarter, not harder"—teachers, trainers, and tutors just have to add a little reflection to their lessons"4. That means that those discussions over dinner, or on the road trip can be some of the most valuable times for family bonding, and for thinking and reflecting.

The research shows that the summer slide in skills and content knowledge is a real thing. I've tried to give you some ideas of how to reduce its effect; however, it is ultimately about creating a life-long love of learning. Parents shouldn't be looking to constantly challenge their children, nor should they let them explore aimlessly. It is about establishing a balance of relaxation and fun, with learning. The most important question that parents can ask themselves as they get ready for summer is along the lines of 'How can I keep my child curious and asking questions?'

If you have any questions or other ideas, please connect with Garth Nichols @Think_Teach or www.cohort21.com

Happy summer learning!

Works cited

1"More than a Hunch: Kids Lose Learning Skills over Summer Months." National Summer Learning Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2014.

2 Ibid.

3 "Stanch Your Kid's Summer Learning Loss." TODAY.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2014.

4 "Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'" The Atlantic. Web. 19 May 2014.

5 "Kidz Zone Super Simple Science Section'" Web. 28 May 2014.

6 "Baseball Line Score'" Sport Spectator. Web. 28 May 2014.

7 "Dancing Ooblek'" YouTube. Web. 28 May 2014.

8 Thiesen, Cheryle. "Investigating Matter, Solid or Liquid: Barthlowmew and the Ooblek'" Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project. Web. 23 May 2014.

 

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