Boarding in Toronto

Choice, variety, resources — Toronto is Canada's gateway to the world


On this page we cover boarding schools in Toronto and the GTA. This includes boarding schools in downtown Toronto (such as the Annex and Bloor West), midtown (such as St. Clair West and Forest Hill), North York, Scarborough, Vaughan, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Markham, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, and Aurora.

For a complete guide to boarding in Canada, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of boarding schools in Toronto

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Toronto
  6. Further resources







 

Royal Crown School


Scarborough, Ontario
Brimley Avenue/Finch Avenue East
 
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"RCS’s purpose is to unleash the potential in each student and set them on the path for a successful life. We provide rigorous academics with individual attention in a diverse, energizing, and caring environment.

  1. Rigorous progressive academics
  2. Small class sizes (10-15 students in each class)
  3. Individual attention and care from teachers and guidance counselors to guarantee academic success
  4. Best-in-class elite & developmental basketball programs led by renowned coaches

—From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $24,750 to $45,900
 
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Upper Canada College


Toronto, Ontario
St Clair Ave W/Avenue Rd
 
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"Located in the heart of Toronto, UCC provides transformational learning experiences in a supportive, caring environment. Our highly sought-after graduates are awarded International Baccalaureate and OSSD diplomas.

  1. High-achieving, all-round students
  2. Challenging but rewarding IB program
  3. First rate academics, athletics and arts
  4. 19 different sports and 80+ clubs

—From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $38,600 to $75,200
 
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Havergal College


Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
 
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"Havergal has been preparing young women to make a difference since 1894 through its innovative curriculum and future-ready programming with a focus on wellbeing and student agency.

  1. Beautiful 22-acre campus in the heart of Toronto.
  2. Innovative curriculum and future-ready programming for students.
  3. Small class sizes with a focus on wellness and student agency.
  4. Award-winning Art, Music and Drama departments.

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $41,520 to $79,905
 
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Branksome Hall


Toronto, Ontario
Bloor Street East/Mount Pleasant Road
 
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"Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only leading International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for girls in JK-Grade 12, developing the leaders of tomorrow through the nurturing of curiosity and critical thinking at every age.

  1. Picturesque 13-acre urban campus
  2. Athletics and Wellness Centre that prioritizes healthy food and living
  3. IB programs: JK to Grade 12
  4. Leadership opportunities for all grades and students

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $38,990 to $78,600
 
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Toronto, Ontario
Spadina/St Clair Ave W
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $37,500 to $72,400
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"Located in the heart of Toronto, McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 . Our average class size is 10 to 20 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 230 students
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Toronto, Ontario
Yonge/Sheppard
 
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"A STEM-oriented private high school in North York, catering to local and international students both in-person and virtual classes. We take pride in our students' impressive university placement achievements." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $12,900 to $24,000
  • Day, Homestay, eSchool
  • 275 students
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Toronto, Ontario
Finch Avenue/Islington Avenue
 
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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." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $9,400 to $35,000
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Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools in Canada. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options) we recommend you review our hub on choosing a school. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

Private school expos

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. The Toronto private school expo allows you to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools. If you live in the west end of the GTA, we also host an expo for Halton-Peel, where schools from that region exhibit. Both expos are held in the fall.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids private school discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics around gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and schools to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses is obviously a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to boarding programs, refer to our main boarding school hub.





Broadly speaking, the cost of boarding reflects the cost private school tuition in general, though with premiums added to cover housing and meals.

Many schools offer financial aid, including scholarships and bursaries. Financial aid is needs-based, and financial aid programs are created as a means of broadening the student base and attracting students, independent of means, who will contribute most to the culture of the school. Generally speaking, the larger and more expensive schools provide the most aid.

You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide.

Below you'll find the range of costs at Toronto boarding schools:


 
Tuition (boarding school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • 7 - 12
    Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • $66,620 to $71,87518%5 - 12$15,000
    Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • $75,905 to $79,90510%7 - 12$16,000
    Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • 5%7 - 12
    The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • $66,125 to $69,14510%7 - 12$21,000



     
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • 200530050
    Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • 1829$1,300,000122087
    Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • 1894$2,637,23330%105070
    Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • 190330%90060
    The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • 1867$25340%101072
    McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • 1994$0100%23058
    Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • 201175%27518
    Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000
  • 200590%23516




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15No supportMedium integration
    Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20 to 25No supportHeavy integration
    Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 22No supportMedium integration
    Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 22No supportHeavy integration
    The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • ProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 22No supportHeavy integration
    McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • TraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20No supportMedium integration
    Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive9 to 12No supportHeavy integration
    Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16No supportMedium integration





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    Learning disorders:
     Dyslexia
     Auditory processing disorder
     Dyscalculia
     Dysgraphia
     Language processing disorder
     Non-verbal learning disorders
     Visual motor deficit
    Development disorders:
     Autism
     Asperger's

    Behavioural and emotional:
     Troubled teens
     Depression
     Suicidal
     Substance abuse
     Oppositional defiant disorder
    Physical:
     Dyspraxia
     Blindness
     Deafness
     Cystic fibrosis
     Multiple physical
     
     
    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000




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     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12
    Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • Day: Dec 1, 2021
    Boarding: rolling
    SK - 11
    Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • Day: Dec 1, 2022
    Boarding: rolling
    10 - 11JK - 1230%
    Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • Day: Dec 1, 2023
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 11JK - 1230%
    The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • Day: Dec 1, 2022
    Boarding: rolling
    JK - 1140%
    McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 12100%
    Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • Day: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    8 - 1275%
    Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: Jun 30, 2021
    1 - 1290%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • 30%30%30%30%30%10%25%25%
    Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • 100%
    The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • 65%50%50%40%60%45%30%50%40%30%40%25%21%
    McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • 100%100%100%100%
    Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • 75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%80%80%80%75%
    Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000
  • 100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • 25%25%25%
    Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • 50%50%50%50%
    McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • 100%100%
    Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • 80%80%80%80%80%
    Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000
  • 100%100%100%100%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • Traditional MathInquiryEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
    The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • Traditional MathInquirySocial JusticePragmatismCommunicativeCreative
    McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Fine Arts
    Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance




     
     
    Student council
    School newspaper
    Yearbook
    Radio club
    Photograph club
    Art club
    Choir
    Band
    Dance club
    Yoga club
    Drama club
    Debate club
    Chess club
    Math club
    Science club
    Robotics club
    Computer club
    Environmental club
    Outdoor club
    Community service
    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000




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    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Royal Crown School
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $22,800 to $22,800
  • Upper Canada College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (1140 students)
  • $36,750 to $71,875
  • Havergal College
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $41,520 to $79,905
  • Branksome Hall
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $38,990 to $78,600
  • The Bishop Strachan School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (940 students)
  • $35,800 to $69,145
  • McDonald International Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Rutherford Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (25 students)
  • $2,000 to $24,000
  • Nile Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • $8,400 to $30,000




  • Toronto is home to some of Canada’s foremost and longest-running educational institutions as well as some of its newest and most innovative. Upper Canada College, Ontario’s oldest independent school, dates from a time when Canada was still a collection of British colonies. Columbia International College, the largest boarding school in North America, is in Hamilton, just a short drive away.

    It is also home to four colleges and four universities, including both the largest and and the third largest in the country. Within them are some of Canada’s premier business schools and arts institutions. The public and private schools of the city rightly make frequent use of all the educational resources that the city provides, including partnerships with local universities, colleges, galleries, museums, and archives.

    Toronto is the financial capital of Canada and, in many ways, it’s the country’s cultural capital as well. The Toronto Stock Exchange is here—one of the largest stock exchanges in the world—as is the CBC, Canada’s national broadcaster, the National Ballet of Canada, and a wealth of national and international corporate headquarters. The Royal Ontario Museum is home to Canada’s most extensive natural history collection and hosts international exhibitions from around the world. These are just a hint of the vast cultural resources found scattered throughout the city.

    The city is Canada’s gateway to the world, hosting a broad range of international festivals, congresses, and events, including the renowned Toronto International Film Festival held throughout the city each fall. It’s also the country’s foremost a major international transportation hub, proximate to the two largest customs ports between Canada and the United States, and home to the largest and busiest airport in the country. Toronto is also within a few hours drive to some of the most pristine and affecting natural environments in North America, including Algonquin Park and the Niagara Escarpment region.

    Graduation Requirements

    The Ontario Ministry of Education legally requires all private schools in the province to register and provide annual statistical reports, and every Ontario private school must file a yearly Notice of Intention to operate. While private schools are considered businesses or non-profit organizations, the provincial ministry inspects all private secondary schools annually in order to authorize them to award credits toward completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

    High school graduation requirements are set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, not the federal government. To earn a high school graduation diploma in Ontario students are required to complete at least 30 credits in grades 9 through 12. A credit represents the completion of an entire course, not a portion of it.

    The provincial ministry requires that all students complete 18 mandatory credits which represent the core of the high school curriculum: English, math, science, history, geography, arts, health and physical education, French, career studies, and civics.

    The remaining 12 credits are subject to students’ discretion and chosen from a list of recognized courses. These include technology and computer studies, graphic and performing arts, world studies, international languages, social studies, and cooperative education. These discretionary credits allow students to design a course of study that reflects their interests and to prepare for their post-secondary career.

    In addition to course work, students are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer community service activities over the course of their four-year high school career.

    Many boarding schools impose their own graduation requirements in addition to those outlined by the province. At Columbia International College, for example, students must complete 36 credits in order to graduate. At Appleby College, students are required to study at least one international language, that is, a language other than French and English, the two official languages of Canada. Many private schools also choose to exceed the provincial service requirement, over and above the hours of volunteer service than mandated by the provincial board.












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