Private and independent schools in the West

A directory of the local schools in the west end of Toronto and the GTA

Appleby College2x2

School: Co-educational
Program: To qualify for an Appleby Diploma, students complete courses extending beyond the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Appleby students also have the opportunity to achieve the Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership, the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma, and the Diploma of European Proficiency (DEP).
Grades:  Grades 7–12
Enrolment: 764
Average class size: 16
Contact:  Sarah Scandrett, Director, Admissions, 905-845-4681 ext. 249,

Since our founding in 1911, Appleby College has offered an educational experience that inspires students to embrace their passions and reach their full potential. We focus on the development of the “whole” student, blending academic excellence, athletic achievement and creative expression with opportunities for leadership and community engagement. A hallmark of an Appleby education is the emphasis on global learning and cultural understanding. The school’s curriculum places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, languages, global issues and international service.

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.

Holy Name of Mary College Schoolhnom-1297

School: Girls only, non-semestered
Program: Full Ontario Curriculum, Enriched, AP Courses, Reach Ahead University Courses
Grades: 5 to 12
Enrolment:  220
Average class size: 18–22
Contact: Giselle Fernandes, Office of Admissions, (905) 891-1890,

Holy Name of Mary College School provides a high achieving, university preparatory programme to guide bright, curious and dedicated students by shaping their minds and touching their hearts. Our distinctive balance of support, encouragement, and nurturing relationships prepares students to meet the challenges and uncertainties of a changing world with resiliency and a strong moral compass. A unique tapestry of academic excellence, athletics, arts, outdoor education, and co-curricular activities combined with leadership experience provides countless engaging opportunities for girls to be inspired and leverage their voices. We strive to be the best place for your daughter to obtain a first-rate education that will prepare her with 21st Century competencies.

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.”

Newton’s Grove Schoolsoftball-girl

School: Co-ed day school
Program: Ontario Curriculum, Advanced Placement Courses, Enriched Music Program
Grades:  K–12
Enrolment:  300
Average class size:  12–18
Contact:  416-745-1328,,

At Newton’s Grove, we embrace the best in traditional and cutting-edge education. All of our students receive a first class education that provides them with the knowledge, analytical ability and skills necessary to thrive in their post-secondary studies. Our new campus will build on all of this and continue to further our commitment to nurturing the whole child, with a state-of-the-art athletic centre, unmatched greenspace, and a spectacular performance arts venue to house our signature music program.

Royal St. George’s College126a3001

School: Boys-only, day, non-semester
Program: Full Ontario curriculum with AP courses, languages  French and Spanish
Grades: 3–12
Enrolment: 426
Average class size: 16
Contact: Toni Nosworthy,, 416-533-9481, Ext 229

RSGC is an urban day school with a challenging program of academics and extra-curricular activities designed to prepare boys to thrive and lead in a changing world. We foster innovation and excellence by engaging our community and partners. We offer an academically grounded, interactive and hands-on curriculum. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each boy academically, artistically, athletically, socially and emotionally to be the best version of himself. Our boys blaze trails, take risks and dig in.

_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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