One of the key jobs of a secondary school is to help its students mature academically and prepare them for the road ahead — namely, university or college acceptance. At the high school level, the world is your oyster. Students have unlimited options in terms of career paths and areas of study. With the ideal solid educational foundations in place, students can achieve anything they set their minds to. This is why it is incredibly important to choose the most optimal secondary school location for your child’s study.
Keep in mind, though, that there are various costs associated with enrolling your child at a private school — whether it be at the elementary level or at the high school level. Tuitions are high, and there are registration fees that you need to consider as well as extra costs for textbooks and learning materials in addition to student uniforms. Having your child attend one of the city’s best private secondary schools is indeed a privilege. It is extremely beneficial to their personal growth and academic success, but it all comes at a price. However, don’t let this deter you from looking into the matter further. As long as you are financially capable of having your child attend a private institution, the benefits far outweigh any negatives that may crop up, and we’re hard-pressed to think of any cons, to be completely honest!
Toronto is home to some of Canada’s finest private high schools, so if you’re in the market for one and currently researching which school would be the best fit for your child, you’re in luck! Here, we list the top eight private secondary schools in the city. Most of Toronto’s most prestigious private schools are gender-specific, so we have chosen three all-girls schools, four all-boys schools, and one co-ed school to place on our list. Hopefully, this will help you narrow down your search for the best academic fit for your budding scholar!
1. Upper Canada College
Address: 200 Lonsdale Road
Notable Alumni: Conrad Black (author and newspaper baron), Jim Cuddy (musician and founding member of Blue Rodeo), Michael Ignatieff (politician), Mark DuBois (world famous opera singer), Albert Edward Gooderham (president of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), Bill Hewitt (broadcasting mogul and television announcer), Jay Hodgson (music critic), Melvyn Douglas (Academy Award winning actor), and Brendan Fraser (actor).
Tuition Fees for 2014–15 term: Day — $32,950, Domestic Boarding — $56,440, International Boarding — $59,940. Additional costs include an application fee, registration fee, textbooks, uniforms, and incidentals.
This prestigious all-boys school was founded in 1829 by Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada Sir John Colborne, who later became known as Lord Seaton. Upper Canada College (UCC) is the oldest independent school in Ontario and the third-oldest in Canada. It’s commonly referred to as the country’s most prestigious preparatory educational institution. His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the school’s Official Visitor and a member of the UCC Board of Governors.
The original intention of UCC was to teach boys who would later go on to enrol at the newly founded King’s College (now known as the University of Toronto). The school would nurture each student and prepare them for a post-secondary life of study at one of Canada’s premiere universities. If this sounds at all familiar to you, it may be because UCC was modelled after the great English preparatory school Eton College, which also prepares its student body to go forth and achieve further academic excellence.
There are currently 129 faculty members at UCC, a dozen of whom have PhDs and forty of whom have earned their Masters degrees. Dr. Jim Power has served as principal since he was elected in 2004, Ge has this to say about his pupils:
It’s a constant challenge to focus the energy and enthusiasm of boys, but it’s crucial because we have great expectations for them. We want them to develop in mind, body and spirit so that they become men of conscience, courage and compassion — men who will make a difference.
At present, there are 1,100 students enrolled at UCC, and though they are all young men, they do have the opportunity to engage with young women. UCC hosts a number of special events together with its sister school, The Bishop Strachan School, which is an all-girls independent school in Toronto.
The UCC Archives are always a very popular attraction for the school’s students and parents. Located on the school’s second floor, the archives showcase unique items dating back to 1829, the year when UCC was founded. The archives promote and preserve the school’s storied history and heritage. Military medals, uniforms, documents, and photographs are all lovingly maintained and displayed for all to see whenever they wish to delve into the school’s past.
Upper Canada College has run a popular summer day camp on its site for 37 years, and it welcomes all children between the ages of four and sixteen. There is always a strong turn-out at the summer camp each year, and children taking part are taught leadership skills and effective ways of learning and developing socially and personally. Many parents have remarked at how lovely the surroundings are, taking special note of the school’s heritage architecture and expertly maintained gardens and sporting fields. The campus consists of sixteen acres of rich, fertile land in the heart of downtown Toronto. Here, you will find an arena, a professional theatre, airy art rooms, a state-of-the-art training and exercise gymnasium, all-season playing fields, and digitally enhanced classrooms.
The school currently has 89 students enrolled in its boarding program. Many of these boarders come from far and wide — not just from Canada. Some hail from the United States, others from Europe, and still others from Asia.
As a boarder, I have tried many things that I never had before. At my old school, no one did sports, clubs or any activities other than studying. I am on the cross country, swimming, and track and field teams. In sports, I made friends with my teammates who introduced me to the brotherhood of Upper Canada College,
says boarder and upcoming 2015 graduate Xu Zhang.
2. Saint Michael’s College School
Address: 1515 Bathurst Street
Notable Alumni: Eugene Melnyk (owner of the Ottawa Senators), Michael Enright (radio personality), Andrew Cogliano (NHL player), Sean Burke (NHL goalie), Robert Deluce (Porter Airlines founder), Estanislao Oziewicz (news journalist), Bobby Bauer (NHL player), Red Kelly (former NHL player and winner of eight Stanley Cups), Michael Ontkean (actor), and Sergio Di Zio (actor).
Tuition Fees for 2014–15 term: Grade Seven to Ten — $17,600, Grade Eleven — $17,600, Grade Twelve — $17,600. Additional costs include incidentals, graduation fees, retreat fees, outdoor education fees, and a one-time capital improvement fee (for new families only).
Saint Michael’s College School (SMCS) is one of the only Roman Catholic all-boys independent schools in Ontario. It is currently the largest school of its kind in Canada, with a staggering 1,080 students currently enrolled in grades seven to twelve. Renowned both for its academic achievements and athletic prowess (particularly in hockey and football), SMCS has remained at the top of the heap when it comes to the most desirable private schools in the City of Toronto.
The school provides its students with a liberal arts education and is administered by the Basilian Fathers, a religious organization that dates back to the early nineteenth century. One hundred percent of SMCS graduates go on to attend the university of their choice, and it’s definitely worth mentioning that more than half of the graduating class achieves an overall grade average higher than eighty percent! Furthermore, a quarter of the SMCS student body maintains an average higher than eighty percent throughout their entire high school career. As a result, these gifted students are awarded placement in the St. Thomas More Society, which recognizes academic excellence. If all this does not convince you that the SMCS means business, we’re not sure what will!
The school’s courses are taught at the academic level in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Guidelines. Advanced placement (AP) courses are offered in calculus, English, and European history should the students choose to enrol in a more demanding and intensive program. The SMCS also offers its students a specialized outdoor education program that essentially stresses the importance of the environment and what each of us can do to properly maintain it. The school’s motto — “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge” — holds true. And though many may not understand why goodness and discipline are placed ahead of knowledge, SMCS believes that in order to acquire the latter, the individual must be generous of mind (goodness) and strong in spirit (discipline).
The U14 Softball team defeated Bayview Glen 2-0, to take home the CISAA championship.
The school’s faculty and board of directors strongly believes that by operating an all-boys school, they will help its student body foster rewarding and loving fraternal relationships that will stand the test of time and aid in each young man’s personal development.
Along with the standard forty hours of community service all Ontario high school students are expected to complete, the boys at SMCS are also required to perform an additional forty hours of Christian service hours. Edmond Odette, an SMCS graduate from the class of 1944, says,
I am a graduate of Saint Michael’s College School and I firmly believe that the Basilian Fathers have created an extraordinary school that is renowned for its overall excellence.
The list of clubs and extracurricular activities is virtually endless at the SMCS. There is a great selection of clubs for every taste and interest. Some of the most popular clubs and activities include archery, chess, choir, and fall drama.
3. Havergal College
Address: 1451 Avenue Road
Notable Alumni: Frances Drake (popular 1930s actress), Margot Kidder (actress), Gillian Apps (athlete and Olympic gold medalist), Claire Wheeler Mowat (novelist), Dora Mavor Moore (Canadian theatre pioneer), Kate Reid (actress), Rachel Blanchard (actress), Alexandra Orlando (rhythmic gymnast), Sarah Richardson (Canadian interior designer), Jordan Stovall (actress), and Ashlee DeMarco (actress).
Tuition Fees for 2014–15 term: Day — $28,600, Boarding — $51,000. Additional costs include a one-time registration fee, an application fee, textbooks, and school uniforms.
Havergal College is an all-girls day and boarding school that was established in 1894. This year, it celebrates its 120th birthday. The school was named in honour of Frances Ridley Havergal, an outstanding woman of the Victorian era. Havergal was not only a gifted musical composer, but also an author and humanitarian whose hymns were used by the Church of England. Since its inception, Havergal College’s mission is to prepare young women to make a difference in their lives, the lives of others, and ultimately, the world.
People often talk of the magic of Havergal and the sense of community that connects the parents of its nine hundred students and flourishing Old Girls’ network. This is a school where everyone has a part to play and a place that is honoured,
says Helen-Kay Davy, school principal.
The hallmarks of a Havergal education are enriched, broad-based educational programs and rigorous academic standards, a stimulating and supportive learning environment, and a strong community that fosters the qualities of leadership, good citizenship, and integrity. Furthermore, the school’s values include imagination, diversity, excellence, altruism, leadership, and a fulfilling spiritual life. Ellen Mark Knox, Havergal’s first Principal, was an Oxford University graduate and had a significant hand in establishing the school’s doctorate and core values system. Knox was a great believer in the education of women and she was also a very devout member of the church. She remained principal for thirty years and her enduring legacy has carried on at Havergal into the twenty-first century. Havergal College is a multi-faith community with Anglican roots. Spiritual guidance is offered to students and quiet reflection is encouraged not only to provide a sense of peace and tranquility amongst the student body, but also to promote strong personal growth and a sense of fulfillment.
Havergal College has occupied its current location at the corner of Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue since 1926 but the building and the site underwent extensive renovations and modernizations just a few years ago, in 1999. This past September, a state-of-the-art athletic centre opened to the delight of both the students and staff. The property that Havergal College rests on consists of twenty-two acres and is the largest girl’s school campus in Toronto. The school is made up of an interesting mix of heritage and modern architecture and boasts private wooded spaces and a set of lovingly maintained floral gardens.
The school body is divided up into ten school houses. Each house has been named after women who have made outstanding contributions to the school and the Havergal community. The purpose of these ten houses is to create smaller units within which students can develop initiative and leadership. The Havergal faculty encourages students to participate in advanced placement (AP) programs to challenge them and to prepare them for university enrolment. One hundred percent of Havergal graduates continue their academic careers at the universities of their choice. Alongside the school’s extensive academic curriculum, Havergal boasts an incredible assortment of clubs and extracurricular activities, the most popular clubs being Music and Performing Arts.
4. Bishop Strachan School
Address: 298 Lonsdale Road
Notable Alumni: Thea Andrews (actress and TV personality), Margaret Campbell (politician), Emily Murphy (women’s rights activist, first female judge of the British Empire, and one of Canada’s Famous Five), Viola Allen (actress), Caroline Cameron (Sportsnet anchor), Marina Endicott (novelist), Michelle Giroux (stage actress), Kate Hewlett (actress, writer, and songwriter), Laurie Holden (actress), Marjorie Pickthall (poet and writer) and Valerie Pringle (television host and journalist).
Tuition Fees for 2014–15 term: Day — $29,470, Boarding — $53,400. Additional costs include a registration fee, a continuing deposit, health insurance (for boarders), textbooks, and school uniforms.
Founded in 1867 by John Strachan, Toronto’s first Anglican Bishop, Bishop Strachan School (BSS) has maintained an impeccable reputation for the education and guidance of young girls. The school’s curriculum includes studies for students in Junior Kindergarten all the way through to Grade Twelve. The school opened with the intention of educating young girls and teaching them how to become leaders. Many of you have probably already guessed that in the late nineteenth century, the views and intentions of the BSS were considered radical and taboo. Women rarely sought out an education past the elementary school level. Instead, they were expected to marry young, start a family, and take care of the home.
Student Ambassadors is a group of enthusiastic Grade 11 and 12 students who are passionate about BSS and who introduce the school to prospective families by giving tours and sharing some of their own experiences.
BSS has stood on Lonsdale Road since September 1916, and since then has acquired enough unique artefacts and mementos to establish a special Museums & Archives department. The department is managed by Old Girl Susan Allen Dutton (class of 1979), whose family legacy at BSS goes back a whopping six generations! Items that are showcased in the museum have been kindly donated by BSS alums and consist of scholarly artefacts, uniforms, photographs, memoirs, and letters.
Senator Linda Frum, Conservative member of the Senate of Canada, spoke to BSS Grade 5 class and sparked great questions and insights about Canadian legislative procedures.
Deryn Lavell, Head of School, says:
We put our girls first, always. We hire the best faculty and staff, and support them with state-of-the-art resources. We are welcoming and warm, as well as serious about setting high standards and keeping them high. It’s true what people say about BSS. There’s a palpable and very positive energy to this place.
The school’s famous tagline — “Girls can do anything!” — is ten years old this year and goes along well with the BSS set of core values: pursuing excellence, taking risks, being creative, learning from each other’s differences, honouring your heritage, embracing change, and being curious. Helping to ingrain these values in each of their students, the teachers at BSS are an exceptionally qualified group of individuals who deliver an outstanding academic program year after year. Your teachers pushed, encouraged, advised and accommodated her schedule,
exclaims a proud BSS parent.
Much of who she is is due to her own grit and discipline but in my opinion, your teachers drew out and nurtured a lovely young woman who has found her voice.
Most secondary schools in the Province of Ontario include the arts (music, visual art, drama, dance, and film studies) as add-on, elective courses. But at the BSS, the arts are treated as part of the permanent school curriculum. One of the other stand-out portions of the BSS academic schedule is its athletics program, which includes courses in skiing, archery, badminton, ice hockey, golf, and tennis. Creativity and engaging in a healthy lifestyle are cornerstones at BSS, and each student is made all the better and richer for it. As proof of this, Canada’s finest universities offer admittance to one hundred percent of BSS graduates every year based on the school’s impeccable record of academic achievements.If you wish to board your child at BSS, there are spaces available at the school’s boarding facilities. Boarders enjoy the services of personal trainers, dance instructors, private tours, weekend excursions, and, finally, chefs that prepare personalized meal plans for each girl.
What’s really special about boarding is the fact that seventy-eight different girls from so many different backgrounds can get along,
explains Dana Shum, the 2009–10 Boarder Captain at the BSS.
There is a special camaraderie between the students and the staff at BSS that remains one of the school’s great pride and joys.
5. Saint Andrew’s College
Address: 15800 Yonge Street
Notable Alumni: Stephen Amell (actor), Lawren Harris (Group of Seven painter), Kiefer Sutherland (actor), Gilbert de B. Robinson (mathematician), Timothy Findley (author), George Nozuka (R&B singer/songwriter), Rob McEwan (prolific entrepreneur), Wilf Dinnick (TV news reporter), Jack McClelland (publisher), Alastair Sweeny (historian and publisher), Steve Gainey (NHL player), Greg Hotham (NHL player), Brad Smith (CFL player), Karl McCartney (CFL player), and Michael Del Zotto (NHL player).
Tuition Fees for 2014–15 term: Day — $31,865, Boarding — $51,210, International boarders requiring visas — $54,750. Additional costs include a laptop fee, a personal service fee, a lunch fee (day students only), a registration fee, a refundable deposit, and a voluntary SAC Parent Fund donation.
Saint Andrew’s is a place where boys discover that learning is fun,
explains Headmaster Kevin R. McHenry.
From the moment they wake up, until they fall into bed at the end of the day, our students are encouraged to become the best they can be academically, artistically and athletically. They truly embody our mission statement: the development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen.
Saint Andrew’s College (SAC) is an all-boys school that was founded in 1899 by Angus Bernard MacEachern. Its focus lies on academic achievement, athletics, and leadership development.
Saint Andrew’s College is an accredited independent school recognized by the Canadian Educational Standards Institute, an organization intended to provide accreditation and evaluation of Canadian private schools wishing to use CESI standards and designation. It is also worth noting that, since 2002, SAC has worked hard to become a designated green school. The Saint Andrew’s Green Environmentalists (SAGE) has acted as a hub for further environmental research in and around the school’s community.
The school’s first site was on a plot of land east of Old Yonge Street in Toronto, in a house called Chestnut Park. In 1905, the school moved to Rosedale, one of the city’s most fashionable neighbourhoods. Saint Andrew’s College made its final move to the small town of Aurora, Ontario, back in 1926, establishing itself on a campus of 110 acres of suburban land. The school currently holds the title of Canada’s largest all-boys boarding school and boasts four residences on its campus. The facilities at SAC are impressive, to say the least: air-conditioned classrooms, a dining hall, a chapel, the Staunton Gallery (an atrium used for special events), a baseball diamond, seven playing fields, two gymnasiums, a fitness centre, a 25-metre swimming pool, wooded running trails, and an arena.
There are approximately 352 day students currently enrolled at SAC along with 261 boarders from over thirty different countries. The student-teacher ratio is 9:1 which means that there are small class sizes at SAC. Ultimately, this means that teachers can connect with their students easily and much more effectively than they could if class sizes had been larger. The arts, athletics, and sciences are considered the three chief areas of study at SAC. The school’s faculty believes that, by studying these programs, the students will expand both their physical selves and their creative selves.
We pride ourselves on the innovative ways we teach our students, using activity-based learning, cutting edge technology, role-playing, and humour to engage and inspire,
says Headmaster McHenry.
The SAC faculty incorporates technology into its teaching and learning system by supplying its entire student body with laptops or tablets. All classrooms are digitally equipped, and so is every area of the school campus. This allows students constant and unrivalled access to all online coursework and lesson plans no matter where they are or what time of the day it is. Everything is at their fingertips! Peter, a 2014 SAC graduate, states,
No matter what happens in my post-Saint Andrew’s College career, I will always belong to a community of brothers.
One hundred percent of SAC graduates are offered acceptance to the university or college of their choice.
6. Branksome Hall
Address: 10 Elm Avenue
Notable Alumni: Meredith Shaw (radio personality), Ann Rohmer (lead anchor of news channel CP24), Jackie Burroughs (actress), Heather Apple )writer, artist, and educator), Alexandra Clarke (writer), Lindsey Deluce (TV news anchor), Stacey Farber (actress), Jennifer and Fiona Lees (founders of Balmshell cosmetics), Lucile Pratt (philanthropist), Amy Verner (journalist), and Budge Wilson (writer).
Tuition Fees for 2014–15 term: JK to Grade Ten — $28,590, Grade Eleven to Grade Twelve — $30,590, Residence Fee — $24,745. Additional costs include a registration fee, activity fees, textbooks, uniform costs, medical insurance (for boarders), school trips, and laptop replacement fees.
Branksome Hall is an all-girls day and boarding school offering academic studies from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Twelve. Margaret Scott, who served as Branksome Hall’s very first school principal for seven years, founded the school in 1903. Situated in Toronto’s exclusive and incredibly picturesque Rosedale neighbourhood, Branksome Hall occupies thirteen acres of prime Toronto real estate. The campus comprises a whimsical mix of heritage and modern architecture, a serene forested area, a tennis court, two playgrounds, and a spacious quad area that senior students can use to relax and socialize in while on break. Branksome Hall’s award-winning Athletics and Wellness Centre is open to all students and the faculty and houses two saltwater swimming pools, yoga and dance studios, an erg room for avid rowers, a gymnasium, and an expansive high-tech fitness centre.
Branksome Hall – Senior graduation
Branksome Hall is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school where every student from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Twelve benefits from an IB curriculum. Graduates of Branksome Hall are exceptionally lucky in that they receive both an IB Diploma and an Ontario Secondary School Diploma upon the successful completion of their academic studies. The school’s vision is to become a pre-eminent educational community of globally minded learners and leaders, and with the integration of the IB program, Branksome Hall has set itself up for success!
Branksome Hall’s teachers are considered experts in their fields and many of them have taught internationally.
They are devoted to helping our students reach their full potential, as they grow from learners into leaders,
says Principal Karen L. Jurjevich.
There are currently 450 senior students enrolled at Branksome Hall, with fifty-eight of those students being boarders from more than a dozen countries from around the world.
I love living in residence! I’ve made a lot of friends from around the world, and I’ve learned to be more independent.
exclaims Jodi, a Grade Eleven student.
Branksome Hall – Building wellness
Class sizes are enviously small, and this allows for more one-on-one time between the students and their teachers, promoting strong mentorship and the formation of caring relationships. The school’s faculty consists of approximately 120 teachers, both male and female.As well as being an authorized IB educational institution, Branksome Hall also offers its students the chance to take part in its fabled exchange program. This program allows students to have the opportunity to go on exchange to partner schools located throughout the world. The program is open to all students enrolled in Grades Eight to Ten with approximately thirty exchange places available each year. Exchange visits range in length from four to eight weeks.
The parents of Branksome Hall students are encouraged to join and take part in the Branksome Hall Parents’ Association (BHPA) so that they may serve as an effective liaison between the parents’ body, the staff, and the students. Volunteers also dedicate their time, efforts, and talents to aiding Branksome Hall in their numerous events and fundraisers throughout the school year. Volunteers are also needed to help out in the library, the school’s shop, and at its seasonal presentations. Hundreds of people sign up each year to support the school and, in turn, this not only strengthens the school but the whole community as well.
7. Crescent School
Address: 2365 Bayview Avenue
Notable Alumni: Brigadier Ian Strachan Johnston (one of the most celebrated figures from World War One), Neil Lumsden (professional football player), Christophe Beck (Emmy Award winning composer), David Harlock (NHL and Olympic hockey player), Chilly Gonzales (Grammy-nominated musician), Rob Stewart (filmmaker and photographer), Evan Solomon (author and TV personality), and Kevin Abrams (Assistant General Manager of Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants football team).
Tuition Fees for 2014–15 term: $29,950. Additional costs include a $4,500 re-registration fee, an $8,200 new student enrollment fee, trips, events, and learning materials. Each new family is expected to make a $2,000 school donation.
The Crescent School (CS) is an all-boys private day school that hosts children and young men from grades three to twelve. It was originally founded by John William James, the school’s very first headmaster, in nineteen thirteen. Located in picturesque midtown Toronto between Lawrence Park and the Bridle Path, the school rests on thirty acres and is comprised of both historical and modern architecture. The CS is one of the city’s few educational institutions that operates on the Advanced Placement Program; this program offers its high school students college-level curricula and examinations to better prepare each one for their post-secondary school career). The CS core values include Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Compassion.
“Crescent’s mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise, recognizes the potential in every student and projects the future of his unique abilities,”
says Michael Fellin, Crescent School Headmaster.
Michael Fellin, Crescent School headmaster
Like a great many of the world’s most prestigious independent high schools, the CS student body is broken down into six school houses. Each house is named in honour of a notable Canadian historical figure that has had a significant impact on young Canadians (i.e. Cartier, Hudson, Mackenzie, Massey, Simcoe, and Wolfe). That house system at CS dates back to its very first decade in the early 1900s and not only creates lasting relationships amongst its student body, but it also drives the students to perform better both personally and academically; throughout each school year points are awarded to certain houses based on merit and academic achievement and the house with the most points accumulated at the end of term is celebrated and given a prize by the CS faculty.
“Boys thrive here because we know and understand them,” says Fellin. “Our teachers are part of a long and growing tradition in which energy, enthusiasm and engagement complement the challenges and complexities of boys’ growth and development.”
The Crescent School has seen many changes throughout its storied history. A school once fraught with economic uncertainty and turmoil has blossomed into one of Toronto’s most reputable private institutions. In 2002 the school opened the Fieldhouse, a white tent-like structure comparable in size to three school gymnasiums! The Fieldhouse was erected over the school’s former outdoor tennis courts and currently houses a host of athletic fields and tracks. Just a few years later, in 2011, the CS celebrated the opening of the Lau Family Wing (named in honour of former student Ming Wai Lau, class of 1997). This $10.6 million extension houses both Middle School and Upper School classrooms and facilities. Lastly, the Latifi Family Commons was officially opened in September 2014 and is comprised solely of the University Counselling and Crescent Student Services offices. Worth more than $3 million it is a state-of-the-art facility in which students may visit to seek guidance and direction regarding their post-secondary school career.
The CS is well known for its massive athletics program. In total, there are fifteen sports teams established at the school that any student may try out for, including basketball, hockey, baseball, rugby, swimming, and cross country track. The school has a longstanding record of success in both the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) and the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA). Alongside its popular athletics program, the CS also boasts a fruitful history with the FIRST Robotics international competition. This contest brings together professionals and high school students, teams them together, and determines which team best solves a specific engineering design problem most effectively. The CS team won the regional Chairman’s Award in 2003 and in 2011, the team placed second in both the Waterloo and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) groups. In 2013 the CS team placed first at the BAE Systems Granite State competition and went on to become the 2013 FIRST Robotics World Champions!
“Our expertise in boys’ education is supported by world-class facilities and expressed through a robust academic and co-curricular program including the arts, athletics, robotics, and outreach,”
explains Headmaster Fellin.
8. University of Toronto Schools
Address: 371 Bloor Street West
Notable Alumni: Catherine Bush (novelist), Donald B. Gillies (computer scientist), Lawrence Hill (author and essayist), John Tory (politician), John Allemang (journalist), Jay Bahadur (journalist and author), Rod Beattie (actor), Catherine Bush (novelist), David Frum (journalist and author), Albert Greer (conductor and composer), Paul Koring (award winning journalist), Dennis Lee (poet), Paul Tough (editor of the New York Times Magazine), Jill Presser (litigator) and Claire Messud (novelist).
Tuition Fees for 2014–15 term: Day — $22,792. Additional fees include a one-time enrolment fee of $2,000, textbook costs, and any course-related international travel expenses (optional).
This is a co-ed day school affiliated with the University of Toronto. It encompasses a specialized academic curriculum designed for students in Grades Seven to Twelve. In order to attend classes at the University of Toronto Schools (UTS), each hopeful student must first pass an entrance exam given by the school’s faculty before the start of term. The school was founded in 1910 with the sole purpose of being a “practice school” for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education. It is the only university prepatory school located on the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus, and all attending students are allowed unprecedented access to the University’s facilities.
Here’s the class of 2014, at the very end of long assembly, reminiscing about their time at UTS.Here’s the class of 2014, at the very end of long assembly, reminiscing about their time at UTS.
The UTS promotes and encourages creative learning among its pupils as well as vigorous physical activity that will both prove beneficial to the entire student body. To prove this theory correct, many UTS graduates receive scholarships from some of the finest universities in Canada and internationally.
Since its inception in 1910, the University of Toronto Schools has been recognized as a model school and an exemplar of transformative learning experiences. Today we are striving to ensure that our students are prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing world,
explains Principal Rosemary Evans.
The UTS offers a wonderfully immersive liberal arts and sciences based curriculum that incorporates athletics, clubs, and a school house system into its program, which ultimately fosters rewarding and lasting relationships among its students. There is also a great student services program available at UTS that provides helpful, personal, and academic guidance to the school’s student body, assisting each pupil in discovering where his or her greatest strengths and abilities lie. There are approximately 640 students enrolled at UTS (with equal numbers of boys and girls), and once each student graduates, he or she will receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma as well as a UTS Diploma. Ninety-five percent of UTS grads become Ontario Scholars and eighty percent of them receive university scholarships.
Jr. National Debating Championships hosted by UTS and De La Salle College on the May 9 weekend. Two UTS teams (Martine Duffy / Owen Torrey, and Dasha Metropolitansky /Armin Safavi-Naini) made the semis.
There is a UTS Bursary Fund in place to help parents who are not able to afford the school’s tuition on their own. The school kindly asks that all interested parents apply to the fund, and if their application is accepted, UTS will aid in making financial payments so that no child is left behind.
So, now that you’ve heard all you need to know about the best independent secondary schools in Toronto, it’s time to make a decision. Rest assured that by having your child attend one of these remarkable institutions, he or she will be receiving the best education possible — not to mention the ideal foundation needed to further their academic career.
Enrolling your child at a private school means paying a sizeable tuition fee, and this may scare some parents away. But remember that this is essentially an investment in your child’s future, not just a sum of money that you’re throwing away. Recent studies and statistics have proven that students who attend private schools are more likely to gain acceptance at the university or college of their choice. Also, they’re more likely to win scholarships and receive special bursaries to help them achieve their academic aspirations.
The curriculums offered at Toronto’s private high schools are a lot more intensive and focused than the ones you will find at a regular institutions managed and funded by the Toronto District School Board. Private curriculums offer students more in the way of academic prowess, creativity, and physical motivation, allowing each pupil to develop and mature in a specialized and highly concentrated environment.