Private and independent schools in Midtown

A directory of the local schools in central Toronto

maplehurst-playgroundCentral Montessori School

School: Non-denominational, co-educational
Program: Montessori-based education
Grades:  Ages 1.5–12
York Mills campus 416-510-1200,
Thornhill campus 905-889-0012,
Maplehurst campus 416-222-9207,
Sheppard campus 416-222-5940,
Willowdale campus 416-250-1022

At CMS we believe in the importance of building a strong educational foundation in the child’s formative years — doing just that for the past 20 years. We inspire young minds to be creative, inquisitive and innovative. Due to our success at our Willowdale Campus, we have expanded our Casa and Elementary French immersion program. Our newest campus houses our French immersion program in the quiet residential area of Sheppard and Dudley. Maplehurst campus has state-of-the-art facilities that include large, bright classrooms, a gymnasium, computer lab, library, music room and an outdoor playground. Through an academically rigorous French immersion program, students enjoy the benefits of a Montessori-based education method while acquiring French. Our students achieve superior results in Canadian Aptitude Tests, demonstrating their achievements, which go well beyond the norms for students nationwide.

Crestwood Schoolcrestwood-pic

School: Co-educational
Program: Full Ontario curriculum
Grades:  JK–Grade 6
Average class size: 15
Contact:, 416-444-5858

Crestwood School practises the traditional art of teaching by challenging young minds to learn and by structuring experiences that make learning possible. The school’s philosophy is based on tried-and-true methods of teaching the basics, thus providing students with a solid foundation in the three Rs. Homework and development of students’ organizational skills and good work/study habits are an integral part of the program. At the same time, Crestwood School is concerned with the “whole child” — striving to maintain the balance of a child’s physical, social and emotional development. Each teacher is the key. With a well-planned program, a positive rapport with each and every student and a sense of commitment and dedication, Crestwood School’s goals are met! Crestwood is located in the beautiful wooded valley at Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Avenue.

Dunblaine Schooldunblaine-2016

School: Co-ed
Program: Full Ontario curriculum, Direct Instruction Methodology
Grades: 1 – 8
Enrolment: 40 students
Average class size:  7-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio
Contact: 416-483-9215,

The Dunblaine School is the foremost non-profit elementary school that meets the unique needs and abilities of students who have been diagnosed as learning disabled. Our nurturing environment promotes not only academic but emotional intelligence in every student. Operating as a private school that offers small class sizes and highly-trained special education teachers, Dunblaine provides individualized learning that produces successful and happy students who are lifelong learners.


Havergal Collegehavergal-college-town-crier-sept-2016-1

School: Girls only, day and boarding
Program: Full Ontario curriculum
Grades: JK to 12
Enrolment: day 860, boarding 50 (Grades 9–12)
Average class size: 18–22

Havergal College, one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent schools for girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, empowers girls to develop into dynamic global leaders with inquiring minds, wisdom and self-knowledge. A Havergal girl is encouraged to investigate and explore the world around her while discovering her own unique capabilities. She is not afraid to ask questions and take risks. She is an excellent communicator who is adaptable and confident. She balances a variety of opportunities while living her life with compassion and integrity, knowing she possesses the academic and life skills to make a difference. As an Old Girl, she will join our proud continuum of 9,500 alumnae who are networked to each other in more than 70 countries around the world.

Hudson Collegehudson-college-1

School: Co-ed, non-denominational.  Upper school has a unique three-semester system.
Program: Ontario Curriculum (OSSD), Reggio inspired kindergarten, AP courses, AIM French program in the lower school.  French and Spanish in the upper school
Grades:  JK–12
Enrolment:  320 (upper and lower combined)
Average class size:  15–18
Contact:  Admissions Department 416-631-0082 ext. 106 or email

Hudson College offers superior academic programs from our Reggio Emilia-inspired JK-SK program to university entrance. All students are provided with a safe, nurturing and rewarding learning environment that allows them to reach their maximum potential. Recognized for excellence in delivering a balanced curriculum, small classes and promise of a Total Personal Support system to develop the whole child, we ensure students receive the individual attention needed to develop their special skills, strengths and interests. Our newly expanded facility features spacious classrooms, a wireless campus, a state-of-the-art computer lab, a science lab, a gymnasium, an elementary school library and a music room. Outdoor recreational amenities include a beautiful, new turf field. We offer AP courses in senior-level Math, English, Business and Science. Our graduates leave with a strong sense of character, dedication to community and leadership qualities.

kohai-ad-photoKohai Educational Centre

School: Co-ed
Program: Special programs
Grades: JK–12, adult education
Enrolment: 25–35
Average class size: 4–6
Contact: Barbara Brown, Principal, 416-489-3636

Taking an individualized approach to education, we design lessons and learning goals that are tailor-made for students with a range of learning challenges including those diagnosed with ASD and GDD. Our unique blend of academic content and life skills training is taught through one-to-one and small group learning. Within a group we have an individualized program, focusing on the needs of each student while teaching them how to be in a small group. Offering schooling for the short or long term, we offer specialized programmes for students from age 4 years to adulthood. Principal Barbara Brown believes that Kohai’s approach is “a really valuable way to give people an opportunity to be their best.”

town-crier-photoMetropolitan Preparatory Academy

School: Co-ed School, Semestered, Homestay program
Program: Full Ontario curriculum, along with extensive extra-curricular activities
Grades:  7–12
Enrolment: 250
Average class size:  12–18
Contact:, 416-285-0870

Since 1982, Metro Prep Academy has been committed to nurturing the intellectual, physical, social and creative potential of students through a supportive yet challenging academic environment. The school places emphasis on the individual, where strengths are refined and weaknesses are overcome through academic and social supports. The faculty at Metropolitan Preparatory Academy is integral in fostering a safe environment where students feel confident expressing their individuality, thinking critically and receiving the assistance needed to excel. In order to facilitate an optimal learning environment, organizational skills and study habits are emphasized, along with teacher-parent communication. Over 99 percent of graduates gain admittance to top-level Canadian and international universities.

Montcrest Schoolthrive

School: Co-educational
Program: Progressive program that uses the Ontario Curriculum as a starting point
Grades:  JK–8
Enrolment:  310
Average class size:  8–18
Erene Augustyn, Director of Admissions,, 416-469-2008 ext. 230

Montcrest is a co-educational community, small enough to honour the individual and big enough to provide an exceptional academic experience with balanced opportunities in leadership, the arts, and athletics. Our school challenges children to discover and acknowledge their own voices, so they can understand and make meaningful connections with the world. Montcrest offers a challenging curriculum through critical inquiry in a dynamic and nurturing environment. A dedicated faculty provides excellent instruction and individual attention in small classes. Our broad aspiration is to be recognized as the leading elementary school community in Canada at bringing out the uniqueness of each child.

dsc_0369St. Clement’s School

School: Girls only, independent day school
Program: Advanced Placement
Grades: 1–12
Enrolment: 470
Average class size: 18
Contact: Elena Holeton,
Director of Admissions,
416-483-4414, ext 2227,

St. Clement’s School is an independent, university preparatory day school for girls in Grades 1 to 12. The school was founded on the principle of academic excellence, which continues to guide us today. Our girls are supported to discover and define their own pathways, in the context of an overarching spirit of community. We foster intellectual curiosity and we instill the courage to take risks, which leads to discovery and innovation. Our unique environment of all grades in one building allows each of our girls to mentor and be mentored, uncover her true passion, be curious, and develop the courage to chart her own way.

_jcl3254St. Michael’s College School

School: Boys-only
Program: Enriched, Catholic, liberal arts
Grades: 7–12
Enrolment: 1,030
Average class size: 23
Contact: Admissions Office, 416-653-3180 Ext. 438 or Ext. 200,

Founded in 1852 by the Basilian Fathers, St. Michael’s College School stands as Ontario’s only independent Catholic high school for young men. The school offers an enriched, Catholic, Liberal Arts programme that prepares young men for university and to carry on as leaders in the world.
The school mission is to educate the whole person through the teachings of the Catholic Church, and a demanding curriculum that extends beyond the classroom into a diverse array of co-curricular activities. The St. Michael’s campus gives students the opportunity to make use of modern research tools, electronic study aids, and state-of-the-art athletic, art, and music facilities.
Each year, over 95 per cent of St. Michael’s graduates are accepted to their university of choice, and approximately half of these graduates are recognized as Ontario Scholars. After graduation, the St. Michael’s connection continues as a lifelong bond shared within a dynamic Alumni Association of over 8500 active members worldwide.


School: Co-educational, day
Program: French, Ontario, bilingual IB
Grades: Age 2 to Grade 12
Enrolment: 1,385
Average class size: 12–22
Contact: Admissions Office,, 416-484-6533, ext. 4247

As the pioneer of French immersion in Canada, TFS provides an education that is unparalleled in its academic excellence, preparing students for success in our inter-connected world. TFS blends three esteemed curricula — France, Ontario and the International Baccalaureate — offering an experience that is rich in challenge and opportunity. Through our Introductory French program, no prior knowledge of French is required, up to and including Grade 7. Co-curriculars include competitive and recreational sports, the arts, Model UN and robotics.
Toronto and Mississauga campuses. Full Gr. 7 entrance scholarship available.

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