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hen I reflect on my countless back-to-school experiences after a long summer, a couple of things come to mind: excitement about seeing friends, getting reacquainted with my school and extracurricular schedules and overall sadness about summer coming to a close. But for all the kids preparing for back-to-school this year, things are looking markedly different. After months of online learning, uncertainty about when and where school will take place and the not-so-minor worry of a global pandemic hanging over their heads, kids have had a year like no other. For us at Post City, that means our annual private education guide will look a little different as well. Among these pages, you’ll find the regular stories about choosing the right school, financial guidance, extracurriculars and more. But you’ll also find advice about navigating the turbulent aftermath of an unpredictable year. We want to make sure that Toronto families are prepared with the most current information on education options for your little learners. I remember being 12 or 13, touring private school after

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private school for the first time with my two sisters. Coming from a public school background, the grandeur of those stately buildings, the strange kilts and blazers and the shiny classrooms lined with Apple desktops was daunting. We didn’t know anyone at all in private school, and to us it felt like a whole different world. We’ve tried to demystify that world in our Choosing a School section, where you’ll get to hear from current local students about their best tips for choosing the right school that fits your child’s interests, plus the 10 questions parents need to ask when they’re ready to choose a school for their child. We spoke to private schools in the area about how they’re making diversity, equity and inclusion a priority within and beyond the classroom. You’ll also find a timely story about one of the major challenges facing kids right now — getting comfortable with resocialization after a year of lockdowns and quarantines. Of course, school should be fun, too, especially after the year students have had! Our School Life section is teeming with fashion, design and food — we cover everything from hacks

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how each school approaches homework. 5. Are specialized streams available?

If your child has a particular interest, such as arts, sports or robotics, you may consider a school that offers a specialized education in these areas. Bishop Strachan has a strong arts program, whereas Upper Canada College is known for its athletics. 6. What is the school community like?

Are parents super involved? Are there frequent community events? Is there a strong alumni network? All of these questions will give you a better sense of a school’s community and what resources will be there for your child and for you. 7. How does the school teach religious education?

Take the time to ask about available learning and mental health supports

How to find the best school for your child

Some Toronto private schools, such as De La Salle and St. Michael’s College, have their own religious affiliation. That may impact their religious education and their day-to-day, so be sure to select a school that aligns with your family’s beliefs and philosophies if that is a priority for you.

10 questions every parent will want to ask 8. How did your school deal with COVID-19?

by Julia Mastroianni With so many options out there, each so different from the next, choosing the right school that fits your child’s best interests may seem like an impossible task. As parents, you want to make sure the school aligns with your beliefs and expectations while also serving the specific needs of your child. These 10 questions will get you on the right track and help you when it’s time to make that big decision.

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1. What are the class sizes like?

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Many private schools will prioritize smaller class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios, which can allow for better student engagement and more one-onone and individualized learning. You’ll want to find out what the average class size looks like, along with what each school’s strategy is, when it comes to more personalized instruction for each student. 2. What mental health support is available for students?

Grades 7 to 12 especially are formative years when it comes to emotional and social

development. You’ll want to be sure the school you choose is up to date on its mental health awareness, warning signs and risk factors, and you’ll want to find out what supports the school could provide for your child. 3. What kinds of learning supports are offered?

Regardless of whether or not your child currently requires an individualized learning plan, you’ll want to find out if the school you choose is equipped with the tools to support all students who need specific learning supports. A school that isn’t interested in accommodating different learning styles might not be the ideal environment for your child. 4. What is the homework policy like?

Different schools may have different policies when it comes to homework expectations, including minimum or maximum time spent on homework each night, parental support and workload requirements. Depending on your personal philosophy on the value of homework, find out in advance

The answer to this question will tell you quite a bit about the school. The school’s approach to making the switch to online learning, the speed at which it sets up any resources for students to turn to, if it is implementing a vaccine policy and more will give you a good sense of the school’s priorities and ability to adapt in a crisis. 9. What’s the extracurricular life like?

If your child already has a few passions you want to ensure can be supported or if you’re hoping to expand your child’s horizons, knowing what kinds of extracurriculars are offered will be essential before making any final decisions about a school. And while you’re at it, ask what the policy for starting new clubs or organizations is like too! 10. What makes your school different from the others?

This question could prompt a more candid response from school administrators and will help you understand what is “special” about each school you’re considering.


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20 The number of weeks schools have been closed from March 14, 2020, to May 15, 2021. This is more than in any other Canadian province or territory.

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The percentage of schoolaged children in Ontario who have experienced some form of mental health issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a SickKids report.

Bridging the social gap A parenting expert shares her tips for resocializing your kids post-pandemic in preparation for school by Mackenzie Patterson

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Bisson recommends slowly easing back into socialization before school starts by planning small play dates or gatherings outside the home. This way, children won’t be overwhelmed by large crowds when returning to school because they’ll have been exposed to small groups incrementally beforehand. “It’s all about baby steps and getting back into social circles slowly,” Bisson says. “This way they’ll begin to integrate back into

society and relearn things like sharing and taking direction from other adults.” She also recommends enrolling your children in sporting activities or day camps for the final weeks of summer to help them reacclimate to being outside of their immediate bubble. Validate their emotions

Although some children will find the return to school easier than others, many will find it anxiety inducing. Bisson says validating children’s emotions is essential, but it’s also important to take steps to help put their mind at ease. “Acknowledge their fear and worry and where they’re coming from, but try to reassure them that everything will be okay,” she says. “It’s our job as parents to find creative ways to put their mind at ease.” If your children are prone to separation anxiety, Bisson recommends taking them to the school or playground they’ll be returning to beforehand so they can grow accustomed to it as a safe space and build an association with it as somewhere they can have fun and feel at ease. This will help to mitigate the unknown factor and, as a result, minimize a child’s fear of being somewhere unfamiliar. Open the floor for communication

Developing an open and honest dialogue with your child, no matter what age, is a crucial component of raising healthy, welladjusted adults, Bisson says. She recommends

asking your children open-ended questions about how they’re feeling in order to engage them in a positive way and show them you care. “I encourage parents to be in strong communication with their children and ask them questions like, ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘What are you thinking?’ ‘How do you feel about school ending the way it did?’” Bisson says. “It’s important that we give them the opportunity to express their feelings. Internal emotions that aren’t addressed can manifest into other things like eating disorders and self-harm because they don’t know how to express the pain they’re in.” It can be tough to vocalize painful feelings or thoughts, especially if your child is not used to communicating so candidly. But you can set the tone for future conversations by making it clear that it’s a “no-judgement” zone. Encouraging honesty and openness will only benefit your family down the line. For many teens, the pandemic meant missing out on milestone moments like prom, graduation or months of practising their favourite sport. Giving them a chance to express themselves and communicate freely about their emotions will let them know you’re in their corner and that it’s safe to speak their mind. The adjustment back to so-called “regular” life won’t happen in a day, but providing support for your kids now will help make that transition a little easier.

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$31 The amount of money, in millions, targeting child and youth mental health services that Ontario has invested during the COVID-19 pandemic.

51 The percentage of students who reported an increase in loneliness during the pandemic, according to Public Health Ontario.

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After nearly 18 months of off-and-on lockdowns, restrictions and limited socialization, the shift back to life as we knew it pre-pandemic may feel more like a jolt. For children and teens, a year-and-a-half stretch can feel much longer than it does for adults, and some parents are concerned the pandemic may have long-lasting or permanent effects on their kids’ mental health. However, children are also highly resilient. Some experts are suggesting that with the appropriate coping mechanisms and supports in place kids will come out on the other end of the pandemic stronger and more adaptable than ever before. As children and teens get back into the swing of things this fall, there are a few things parents can do to support them along the way. Shantelle Bisson, a parenting expert and the author of Parenting Your Teen Without Losing Your Cool, offers her tips for helping your child resocialize effectively post-pandemic.

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Toronto private schools are making changes to bring social issues to the forefront by Zakiya Kassam In today's digital world, children are privy to more than ever. And although parents may feel inclined to shelter them from disturbing world events, acknowledging societal shortcomings and educating on how we can all do better is the best way to equip children for the future. Toronto private schools are no exception. They’re taking action to embed diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within their organizations in pivotal, foundational ways. “It’s been about educating ourselves as teachers but also as an institution,” says Christopher Federico, assistant head of upper school and assistant head of academics at Bayview Glen. Last fall, Federico and more than 40 Bayview Glen teachers participated in a training program with the Harvard Graduate School of Education on critical consciousness of racism and racial injustice. The school has also engaged an outside consulting organization to work with staff. “[We are] taking the temperature of the school in

terms of how comfortable we are, how equipped we are, how diverse and inclusive we are as an institution.” This kind of critical examination is happening at many levels. Federico says that the school is reviewing hiring policies, the events included on the school year calendar and

“We want to make sure that voices are no longer being silenced in the classroom.” what's being offered in the curriculum. “We want to make sure that voices that have been not just ignored, but often silenced are no longer being silenced in the classroom,” he says. The Country Day School has also undergone curriculum adjustments on top of ongoing diversity training.

“Each department has done a pretty thorough assessment and has made modifications to ensure that we’re speaking to the times,” says David Harvey, director of academics for the middle and senior schools. He adds that the school's drama department has demonstrated a commitment to social issues by putting on productions of In the Heights, Anne Frank and The Laramie Project. At the York School, DEIrelated responsibilities will also be taken on by advisory staff. “One of the things that will be included is DEI content in our homerooms,” says Angela van Straubenzee, who is the school's manager of admission. “We have hired a consultant group called Equity Connections that’s going to be working with us for the next three years, giving the staff professional development to help in that department as well.” Schools are also extending their efforts to work with many marginalized groups. The Country Day School has a social justice club and an inclusivity group resembling the Gay Straight Alliance. “Even though issues of race have been prominent in the news, we still remain quite committed to issues of gender and sexuality, so we have brought in trainers for faculty on issues of sexual orientation and gender,” says Harvey. “We will likely do that for students as well next year.” The three schools have all established diversity clubs and committees that engage students and faculty. “Last year, some students approached me about starting a BIPOC club that they have taken the lead on in terms of raising issues around students of colour in the school and social issues that are important to them,” Federico says. “They lead workshops with all of the [high school] students on intersectionality and antioppressive education.” The long-term goal for the private school system at large is to approach diversity and inclusion from a community perspective, rather than just individual school changes. Van Straubenzee mentions a quarterly newsletter for parents, students and staff focused on topics like Indigenous issues and Black Lives Matter. “That's sort of continual education for everybody in the community as well,” she says.


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“I would look at some of the opportunities that schools have, because most will have a good education system. But some schools are stronger in certain areas, and you need to know what’s important to the student. Look at the environment itself and see if it’s something you can see yourself in.” Evalyn Tien plays the baritone and does volleyball, swim and Ultimate Frisbee.

“My best advice is make a list of everything you value in your academic journey. For me, that was a balance of academics, athletics and co curriculars. I’ve found UCC has a really great community; having a ‘house’ is one of the best experiences I’ve had at school.” Dean Kiyingi plays tennis & volleyball, does coding and is part of the Black Excellence Society.

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“I’ve always been interested in robotics and coding, so the school decision really came down to the robotics program. Individual support from teachers is really important too; when I wanted to start my non-profit, I don’t think I would have been able to do it without the support from my school.” Eric Mao runs STEM of Tomorrow, a non-profit offering free coding classes for kids worldwide.

“Good teachers are so important! I have so many really nice teachers; I remember my thirdgrade teacher really helped me with my reading. I also have dyslexia, so I know it’s important for schools to have lots of programs to help kids with learning disabilities.” Noelle Baek loves drawing, sewing, jewelry-making and all kinds of arts and crafts.

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There’s no one better to get educational advice from than children themselves! We spoke to four kids about what they love at their schools and what they think others should look out for when deciding where to spend those formative years.

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leadership and creativity. Entrance scholarships can vary from $5,000 to up to $20,000. Other schools, like Blyth Academy, offer entrance scholarships based on financial need alone, depending on the student’s academic status. Having more than one kid to put through school can seem daunting, but it might be to your advantage when it comes to private education. Many schools in Toronto will offer discounts of up to 10 per cent for your second or third child that you enrol in the same school. Plan your budget

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When it comes to private school education, the cost of tuition tends to be a deciding factor. Parents can expect to pay from $3,000 to $40,000 a year, excluding other expenses such as uniforms, books and school trips. However, these costs should not discourage middle- or lowincome families from sending their children to private schools. If private education is a priority for your family, here are a few places to look to help you foot the bill. Consider your options for financial aid

Some private and independent schools offer options for students in need of financial assistance. At Bayview Glen Independent School, parents are welcome to apply for annual bursaries, says director of admissions Judy Maxwell. They can submit an application to Apple Finance, a third-party financial service that helps private schools manage their financial assistance budgets. St. Clement’s School also uses Apple Finance as well as the Financial Aid for Canadian

Students (FACS) program to provide needs-based scholarships to students from Grades 7 to 12. In order to be assessed for financial aid eligibility through FACS, you’ll have to fill out a form at a cost of $120 for the first school and $15 for each additional one. The third-party service reviews the applications then sends an analysis to your selected schools with recommendations on which applicants are eligible for financial aid and how much funding they should receive. Search for scholarships fit for your kid

There are also merit-based scholarships available for students who demonstrate academic excellence and involvement in their community. St. Clement’s awards two entrance scholarships worth $6,000 to a student in Grade 7 and Grade 9. Student applicants are required to write an essay detailing their achievements. The York School awards academic scholarships along with character-based ones for community engagement,

Andrea Andersen, a financial planner at Edward Jones, encourages parents to weigh their options before making a decision. “A couple of things that I would encourage people to [do] even before they get to the budgeting part is to ask the question, ‘Why is this goal important?’” Andersen says. “Are you going to get a better return from that by making that decision, rather than going with a more cost-effective option?” Once they understand their financial situation, parents will be able to make more informed choices. To fund the cost of private education, you might need to give up other goals and expenses such as early retirement or vacations, Andersen says. She adds that it’s important to budget for extra fees like transportation and uniform. Check out tax breaks and government programs

Low-income families can benefit from certain government programs such as the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). The CCB makes tax-free monthly payments to eligible families for children under 18. To keep getting the benefit, parents are required to file their tax returns on time every year. Other programs include the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB), which provides a monthly payment for children under 18 to families in need. Ontario also offers tax breaks depending on the school and the circumstance, such as when it’s a medical necessity for a child to attend a specific facility. Although these payments can’t cover the tuition cost of private education, they may be used for other expenses and help parents save more money, Andersen says.


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How to stand out in a uniformed crowd by Tina Robinson KILTING IT For girls dreading the drab of their school kilt, add a little character by dressing it up with a belt or unique pins or buttons. Sometimes, a textured pair of tights or nylons can make a cool statement, even in a subtle way. Again, it depends on the school and how strict it is to dress up your kilt, so make sure you ask! HAIRDOS... AND DON’TS One of the easiest ways your child can make a style statement in their uniform is by utilizing their own hair. Fashionable barrettes and hair bands are a great way to flash a little standout style. For short hair? Dippity do it. Create a unique hairstyle using a little product to jazz up your mane!

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JACK-ET UP During the colder months, sport some fall/winter fashion with a stylish jacket. Keep in mind that, even though it isn’t technically part of the school uniform, showing off outerwear can still make your child stand out in a big way. Let your child choose a jacket that shows off his or her specific taste.

These tips make this year’s back to school a breeze by Jessica Padykula

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The COVID-19 pandemic means that parents might have retired their children’s school uniforms to the back of the closet for months on end, opting for sweatpants and T-shirts, instead, if their kids are the cameras-off kind of Zoom school students. But soon enough, you’ll have to dig through that closet and pull out the old blazers, polos and slacks as Ontario returns to an in-person learning model. Sending kids back to class means sorting out school uniforms and getting back into the morning routine. And although they do make life easier by eliminating any stress surrounding what to wear each morning, there are still a few things to consider when it comes to uniforms. But there are a few simple ways to help prolong the life of your child’s school uniform, as well as save time and money in the process.

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with a number of private schools and other schools requiring a uniform, means there are likely some options for buying at least a few items second-hand. You can start by checking out online sellers, like Craigslist and eBay, or school Facebook groups to see who might be selling gently used uniforms. Some larger thrift stores may also have some of the items you’re looking for. And if not, you can still save on items like backpacks or fall layers by opting to shop second-hand. 3. Consider a uniform swap

You might also want to consider uniform swaps as a way to save. Reach out to other parents and see if there’s a way you can pass on your child’s outgrown uniforms to younger students and then receive uniforms from older students in return.

1. Label everything

4. Add some small customizations

This one might seem obvious, but it can be easy to forget. The whole point of uniforms is having everyone dressed in a cohesive manner, which means every item of clothing looks identical. This can be tough when it comes to things like blazers, coats, hats or gym gear. Having names on items reduces the chances of them getting lost in the first place, and any item that does get misplaced can be easily identified and (ideally) returned.

Although uniforms are supposed to look the same for a reason, you can still add some personalization as a way to distinguish your child’s uniform from someone else’s, as well as to make the items a little more fun to wear. Small details, like a piece of colourful ribbon on a backpack or jacket, can make them more identifiable and add a subtle splash of colour and will help your kids feel more like themselves in a sea of kids dressed just like them every day! Refresh yourself with school uniform protocol first, to see what’s allowed and what isn’t.

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5. Choose the right materials

When shopping for uniform items, make things easier on yourself by seeking out fabrics that offer a few “extras” like being stain resistant, water repellant or even wrinkle resistant. This can make for longer-lasting uniforms as well as help out with the upkeep and cleaning, especially if you have more than one child in a uniform. 6. Buy bigger

Depending on the age of your kids, if you anticipate a mid-year growth spurt, you may want to consider going up a size on a few items, or if budget allows, buy the size you need now as well as the bigger size so there are no surprises when something doesn’t fit right. You can also go for more adjustable items if the uniform protocol allows, like pants with elastic waistbands. Make sure to store those extra buttons and threads somewhere safe, so that you don’t have to toss away the whole shirt when your kids come home with a button missing!

MAKE THE SWITCH Another good way to stand out is by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. Many schools offer more than one uniform option so try wearing the least popular uniform choice. Keep a lookout for the option that is “not trending,” and your child will stand out, without even altering the uniform! ACCESSORIZE IT Instead of focusing on the clothing items they can’t change, switch gears to the items they can. Find a bright necklace that will highlight your fun sense of style. And there’s nothing wrong with a subtle chain, class ring or even a nice watch, especially to help you stay punctual!

7. Stock up on basics

Since stains and lost items do happen, it can be tremendously helpful to have a drawerful of extra white button-down shirts, T-shirts and cardigans to avoid dealing with a constant stream of uniform-related laundry and so that you always have what you need on hand. Play with accessories, hair and outerwear


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AHEAD OF THE PACK After an unusual year of online learning, bring the fun back to school for your kids with these patterned backpacks! Jeanne Beker has picked a style for every student with these quirky and colourful finds.

“This is very designer and really screams style in a huge way with this big floral moment. It just looks like a celebratory backpack,” says Jeanne.

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“There’s something so charming about this: it's cute, it's comfy, and I like the trim on it too.”

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Melijoe "I love, love, LOVE the flowers on this. It's just so optimistic, so pretty, so unexpected to see those large florals. The print is so beautiful, it almost looks like a digital print! If you wear something like this in the winter, you'll cheer everybody up! The compartments and pockets as well make this super functional."

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Founded by a former teacher, Book Dumpling Tutoring offers virtual, in-home, and group tutoring for all grade levels. Parents can take part in a Book Dumpling workshop that covers various topics, from supporting kids with ADD to helping kids going through test prep. This tutoring company matches your child to a tutor based on learning style and does not require a contract commitment. THE MATH GURU

This niche tutoring company focuses on math and science tutoring both in-studio and online. If your child is struggling with an upcoming exam, booking a Math Guru Exam Party might be a great idea — what could better prepare kids for an exam than a group setting and cake? ‘Tai Asks Why’ tackles all the philosophical questions for your most inquisitive kids

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10 podcasts for kids to educate & entertain The hottest new learning tool on the market by Trevor Popoff If you’re on the hunt for a few more ways to incorporate some education into your everyday routines, podcasts could be the next big thing. With the ability to transport listeners to different dimensions, expand knowledge or simply switch off after a long day, podcasts are an emerging medium in the modern content marketplace. As parents strive to provide their children with screen-free entertainment during a time in which many kids are bound to their computers by school, podcasts can offer relief to their eyes and joy to their ears. They’re hands-free, incredibly engaging and chock full of information. Here are five family-friendly podcasts that will both educate and amaze.

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Does your child come to you with freakishly philosophical questions about the world around them? Have no fear because for over 25 episodes CBC’s Tai Poole has been digging for answers. The 14-year-old award-winning host has tackled everything from the scientific (“How is the universe going to end?”) to the pertinent (“How will we fix climate change?”) to the personal (“What’s happening in my teen brain?”).

them into full-blown adventures in the form of seven- to nine-minute episodes. Each episode also contains discussion questions at the end to test your young listener’s knowledge. 3. Go With Nuggets for Kids

Many of us have missed global travel over the past couple of years, so while international flights remain a little dicey, use Go With Nugget for Kids to transport your little ones across oceans and around the world. This podcast features kid-led audio tours of the world’s most fanciful places. There’s even an episode set in Toronto! 4. Kids Short Stories

This podcast invites parents and kids to work together on a story idea and submit it to be fleshed out into a full episode by creator Mr. Jim. The podcast prioritizes strengthening kids’ imagination.

strength, with a winner being selected at the end of each episode. 7. Mental Music

This mental health focused podcast is made for teens, by teens. Your teen will learn about a range of topics, including the impact of social media on their mental health, mindfulness, and learning the importance of prioritizing their mental and emotional well-being. 8. Part-Time Genius

For your curious teen, this podcast explores unconventional topics within science, history and pop culture. Hosts Will and Mango ask odd questions such as: “What are the weirdest inventions of all time?” “Do athletes have superior brains?” and “How do dollar stores stay in business?”

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Based in Toronto, Learning Tree Tutors has been rated one of the top tutoring companies by My Canadian Tutor, The Best Toronto and Three Best Rated. Their personalized services will make learning a breeze for the school year and beyond with their specialized summer programs. MATHNASIUM

Math can be one of the toughest subjects for kids to understand, but at Mathnasium, their goal is not to just get students through the year, but to teach them to really love and appreciate the subject. With customized learning plans starting with individual student assessments, your child will receive support in the areas they need. Students come out of Mathnasium feeling confident and prepared for the future.

9. The Secret Life of Canada 5. A Table of Fables

The creation of Toronto’s very own James Funnyhat, A Table of Fables features tales from ancient history as well as stories from the modern day world. Each episode comes complete with an original musical score as well as Funnyhat’s unique style of narration.

2. The Story Store

FOR TEENS 6. Smash Boom Best

Another podcast from CBC’s deep library of content, The Story Store’s hosts, Mr. Orlando the Moose and Gary the Unicorn, take story ideas from real kids and turn

For your outspoken and opinionated tween, this podcast brings teens, kids and adults together to debate fun and current topics, such as super speed versus super

This podcast explores the under told stories of Canadian history, covering topics that include, but are not limited to, the Indian Act, the history of the Inuit and Japanese internment in Canada. Co-hosts Leah-Simon Bowen and Falen Johnson explore the stories often left out of your teen’s textbooks. 10. Science Friday

For your science-loving teen, this podcast covers a range of topics within science and technology, such as human biology, robotics and climate change. Vanessa Vakharia is the founder of The Math Guru


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The new kids’ home office With at-home workspaces now a mainstay, here’s how to make an incredible study environment for your kids by Sadaf Ahsan

A mostly distraction-free space stocked with all the essentials will do wonders for your child’s workflow

There’s been plenty of talk about how so many of us have shifted to working from home, but it’s not just adults — kids, too, have become at-home toilers. So whether their school has opted for in-school, virtual or hybrid learning, what’s become essential is an at-home workspace that works for them too. This past year has taught us the importance of making your home optimal for work, play and everything in between. This lesson is something we’ll likely be carrying into the future with us, even when quarantines and lockdowns have finally been put to rest. So what does that perfect study space look like for kids and teens? Well, to begin with, there is no “perfect” space; distractions are inevitable. But in order to build something that works for your children, it’s important to include them in the process.

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Toronto-based parenting coach Tia Slightham explains, “You’ve got to involve your child in the process to know what works for them, which also sets them up to be independent. Some kids learn better with noise around them, whereas others prefer the quiet. It's important to know the type of learner your child is, because our children don't always learn how we learn.”

That means taking into consideration whether they prefer a more centralized space in the home or a more independent one and also the boundaries and limitations they’re able to selfmanage. In other words, if a screen is distracting for them, set boundaries around it, and don’t let it enter the workspace. “It’s about knowing those limitations in advance and setting them up with your child so they know what to expect and it doesn't become a power struggle,” Slightham says. Take the time to communicate with your children about what they think they need and how they know they learn best. Help your child figure out that a learning style is a skill that will extend beyond the home, into the classroom and even into daily life.

become so common, a computer also doesn’t hurt, though you might want to limit access. But because not all families have room for individual study spaces for each child, it’s also useful to have headphones or earbuds nearby in case of noise and to minimize distractions. The space itself should be the expected — quiet, well lit, with minimal distractions (which includes visual clutter). It should also be fitted with a comfortable, supportive chair that allows children to sit upright with their feet on the floor – because ergonomics is not just for adults! Also, help them avoid resorting to the bed or lying on the couch while working, though do encourage regular stretching breaks and face-to-face time spent with family and friends.

Minimize distractions and prioritize comfort

Incorporate movement into daily routines

When it comes to incorporating the essentials, don’t just rely on the supplies your children say they need, but consult their teacher, too, and be prepared with things you may need down the line (e.g., art supplies) but not necessarily next week. Frequently used supplies (e.g., pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, etc.) should be within reach and neatly organized so it’s easy for a child to quickly grab. Now that virtual learning has

Speaking of which, when it comes to having an environment that is conducive to a routine, you’ll want to ensure your child is getting physical activity and time outdoors for physical and mental health. As family life coach Katherine Endy says, “Since the landscape of at-home learning has changed so drastically in the past two years, it's important that adults create even more opportunities for children to be outdoors,

getting as much physical activity as possible. This can be accomplished by working in a 10or 15-minute game of tag or a walk around the block several times throughout the day. Teaming up with another family for a game of soccer or pick-up basketball is also a fun and manageable way for everyone to get a little more physical activity outside.” Learn to prioritize while emphasizing downtime

In fact, that’s one of the great perks of shifting to at-home life — there are more opportunities for bonding. This also creates new avenues for activity and interaction whilst avoiding doing a little too much. Slightham says, “I really hope what we keep from this time is the idea that we don't have to be over-programmed. In today's society, if a child wants to excel at something — let’s say sports — the belief is that they’ve got to be practicing at a young age and for many hours a week. That’s not healthy for families, and it builds pressure on kids.” She recommends a daily practice called “Golden Time,” which involves parents truly stopping, initiating a special time and connecting with their children for 10 minutes at a time, which she has found makes a physical and emotional difference

in the families she works with. And sure, although it may seem that you’re already accomplishing this by making their dinner, driving them to where they need to be or helping them with their homework, this sort of break in time is more meaningful and can look like reading a book or going on a walk together. Make it oneon-one. It doesn’t take a lot for kids to feel special. But that also means instilling a sense of priorities and ensuring your kids get the things that need to be done first before the things they want to do. Letting them know that they have to finish their homework in order to hang out with their friends can create a necessary motivation that will benefit them well into adulthood. Which is just one aspect of this new at-home working paradigm that is sure to last far beyond the pandemic itself. As Endy says, “The kids' home office is here to stay.” In order to maintain it, she recommends turning workspace tidying into a regular chore (e.g., discard unused items, recycle paper that's no longer needed, hang up a favourite piece of artwork from the week), which will ultimately help kids take ownership of their workspace and cement it as an essential part of the family home.


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Gold medal mentors Six new extracurriculars for your kids to try, inspired by the newest and coolest Olympic sports by Jessica Padykula

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Skateboarding is one of the sports that made its debut at the 2020 Olympics, with athletes as young as 13 winning medals

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Although the Olympics have come to a close, our collective enthusiasm around the games is likely to linger long after the last medal is given out. And whether you were swept up in swimming, in awe over gymnastics or simply mesmerized by the sheer talent on your TV screen, you may have also noticed a fair number of younger competitors showing off their skills. Athletes as young as 13 have taken gold at this year’s Summer Olympics, and many young Toronto competitors have led the way for Team Canada. And a whole host of new and exciting sports have been added to the roster this year, making the Games even more glamorous than ever before. It’s no surprise if your kids have caught the Olympic fever! If you’re looking for new extracurricular activities to change up your child’s after-school schedule, this is the perfect opportunity. Sports are not only great for adding some movement into your child’s life, more importantly, your child will learn lifelong skills, including teamwork, leadership, commitment, a sense of fair play and time management. Whether this is the first time your child has expressed interest in sports or you’ve got the kind of kid who can’t sit still, why not get your child involved in some sports inspired

by the Olympic Games? Here are six to check out. 1. Skateboarding

Despite being a generally recognizable sport, skateboarding was brand new to the Tokyo Olympics — and dominated by younger competitors. In fact, 13year-old Japanese skateboarder Nishiya Momiji took home the gold in the street skateboarding competition, with Brazil's Rayssa Leal (also 13) taking the silver. Bronze medallist Funa Nakayama, also from Japan, is 16. Skateboarding is not only a fun way to get active outdoors, but also a great way for kids to learn balance, focus and determination. There are numerous skate parks around the city for those who have some experience, but there are also skateboarding camps and lessons. Impact Skateboard Club in the east end and Skate Loft offer both.

totally comfortable in the water, there are numerous ways for them to get involved in aquatics in Toronto. If they need incentive, they might just be inspired by 14year-old swimmer Summer McIntosh, who was the youngest athlete on Team Canada, or Quan Hongchan who is just 14 years old and competed in the women's 10metre platform diving. Check out Davina’s Swim House or the Toronto Swim Club for lessons for all skill levels. There’s a reason swimming continues to be one of the most popular sports to get your child involved with. Not only is it fun for all ages, it’s also a lifelong skill that arguably everyone should have. Enrolling kids in aquatics could be a life-saving choice, and it also could set them up for one of their first jobs as a teenager as a lifeguard. Teaching your kid responsibility and safety skills while having a whole lot of fun — what’s not to love!

2. Aquatics

Toronto-born Penny Oleksiak’s record-breaking performance at the 2020 Olympics made her the most decorated summer Olympian in Canada and a true role model in the eyes of young swimmers across the country. Whether your kids are already enthusiastic swimmers who want to level up their game or not yet

3. Surfing

Surfing is another sport brand new to the Olympics, where competitions were held at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba on Japan's Pacific coast. And although it may look intimidating watching the professionals ride huge waves, some beginner lessons can get you safely up on a board,

balancing and even catching a wave of your own. Check out Surf Ontario for more information about camps and lessons, or book a SUP lesson at SUPGirlz as a precursor to surfing to gain balance skills and build core strength. 4. Soccer

After watching the Canadian women’s soccer team win their first gold medal in history against Sweden, your kid might be clamouring for a chance to be just like Christine Sinclair or Torontoborn midfielder Quinn. For your littlest ones hoping to get their first taste of the soccer experience, try Sportball, which offers programs for kids just over a year old. Your kids will get to learn the basics of a few different sports with some of their programming, or you can register them for single-sport activities if they know for sure soccer is what they want. For kids who are a little older, place them in one of the many recreational clubs across the city, such as North Toronto Soccer Club, where they’ll be able to play with kids of a similar skill level before potentially advancing into a more competitive level. 5. Fencing

Fencing is one of the few sports represented in every Olympics

since Athens, 1896. If your kids were intrigued while they watched Toronto’s own Jessica Guo represent Canada for her Olympic debut in Tokyo, there are plenty of opportunities to get them involved in the sport. It’s never too early to start. Guo turned just 16 on the first day of the Tokyo Olympics and at just 14 years old became a double silver medallist at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Fencing lessons not only offer a unique extracurricular activity, but also teach hand-eye coordination and agility, while improving focus, posture and tactical smarts. My Fencing Club offers both fencing camps and lessons perfect for beginners. 6. Climbing

Climbing might sound scary, but the exciting sport (which made its debut in Tokyo) takes a few forms. In general, climbers use a range of hand and foot holds of different shapes and sizes to scale a vertical wall. But before that happens, lessons offer the basics and showcase the fun that can be had as you problem solve your way up a wall, using not only strength and tactical thinking. There are several indoor climbing gyms in the city, such as Rock Oasis and True North Climbing, offering lessons for all skill levels, including beginners.


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“The approach I’m taking with my two-year-old son is to watch what makes him excited and figure out early on what he might be the best at. But I don’t want to pressure him into doing something he doesn’t enjoy just because he naturally excels at it. Your child doesn’t have to be the best, but you want them to enjoy it the most.” Jamar McNeil is a CHUM 104.5 radio host.

“We had to put down some rules around extracurriculars. Kids were allowed to have something no more than three times a week. If they chose hockey, that was three times right there. But if it was fencing or dance, they could choose something additional like drawing. Swimming lessons — mandatory. Logistics matter!” Kathy Buckworth is the author of six parenting books and a mother of four.

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“My daughter has done everything from dancing, hockey, tae kwon do, chess clubs and more. Be prepared to follow your child’s ‘dream’ for six to eight weeks, before they want to follow a new ‘dream!’ It’s OK for them to change their mind! Children do not have to be über-talented at everything. Kids are curious!” Rebecca Eckler is the founder of RE:BOOKS newsletter.

“My biggest advice — no more than two activities per kid. When my daughter was five years old, she wanted to do everything. It became a scheduling nightmare, she was exhausted and it was expensive. Finally, we said, ‘You have to pick your two favourites.’ It wasn’t an easy choice for her, but she did — and everyone was happier as a result.” Duncan McCue is a CBC radio host and father of two.

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Vivian Hicks dreams of one day making it big and writing her own music

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Toronto’s Vivian Hicks talks making a music career from the power of social media by Julia Mastroianni

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You may not recognize Vivan Hicks, but it’s likely your kids do. Having amassed over one million followers on TikTok, Hicks is one of the select few creators who walk the TikTok hall of fame. It’s tough to get into, due to the unpredictability of the app’s algorithm and the seemingly random nature of what does well and what goes viral, but once you’re in, you’re in. But Hicks didn’t just luck out. From a young age, she was already touring the country with Canada’s Mini Pop Kids, singing kid-friendly versions of pop hits for adoring fans. She’s been honing her craft since the age of two and now, at 17, she’s figuring out how to harness the power of social media for good. The Toronto musician says it’s still not lost on her how unique it is to be in her position as someone who is so recognizable, by face and by voice, to people not just in Canada, but across the world. Hicks says she was probably five years old when she realized that she was really

passionate about the arts. “I used to do dance competitions, and I would sing and dance onstage, and I just loved the aspect of performing and putting a smile on people's faces,” she says.

“I feel so honoured that people were sharing my music and my talent and liked it. ” But it was during her years as a performer with Mini Pops that she realized she wanted to pursue music as a career. “I was going on tour across Canada, putting out albums, making music videos, stuff like that, and it was a real glimpse of the industry,” she says. “So that really showed me the more serious side of music, and I think

that's what was the turning point for me.” She says she was bringing her homework with her on planes, flying to Alberta and trying to get projects done in time in between shows. By Grade 9, Hicks decided to be home-schooled instead, giving her the time to balance both school and her career. Hicks quickly realized how pivotal social media could be for that career. She says she “blew up” on Instagram, with videos of her singing going viral. “I would wake up to 20,000 more Instagram followers in a day. I feel so honoured that people were sharing my music and my talent and liked it,” she says. The young artist decided to use social media to her advantage, joining TikTok when it was still the platform Musical.ly and gaining followers quickly there for the musical videos she was posting. As a creator with so many followers, Hicks says she was always getting opportunities to fly to places like L.A. to perform as a Musical.ly star. When the app was rebranded, Hicks says she just “went with it.” she just “went with it.” “TikTok is really such a random place, it’s such a hit or a miss with what goes viral, so some of my videos on there have done well but not all of them,” she explains. Despite that fact, she still quickly built up another massive following, with 1.3 million people following her TikTok page currently. Although Hicks is most recognizable for her social media presence, she says her proudest moment so far would be becoming the runner-up on Canadian singing competition show The Launch. “I didn’t really care about the title I got, but just to work with people from the industry, like Shania Twain, was literally mind-blowing and I loved that experience,” she says. She says performing in the Plaza Hotel in New York City (“It’s where Home Alone was filmed!”) was another highlight. Hicks says she’s really determined to create and perform music for a living, drawing inspiration from artists like Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift. “I know music is really hard to get into, so you really have to have the attitude of really wanting it and really trying,” she says. “And I know that is my attitude because this is my complete dream, and I really can't see myself doing anything else.” “Moving forward, I really just want to put out a lot of music. It's really hard with COVID happening right now, but I'm working on it and working with songwriters right now,” she says. She knows that wherever she goes social media will always play an important role in her career. “I don't think I'd be here without social media because people wouldn't know my name without Instagram and TikTok, which sounds funny, but it's true,” Hicks says. “So get yourself out there,” she advises. “Don’t be afraid to post original content and be yourself.”

THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC Start your kids on the right note with these programs

ELITE MUSIC ACADEMY This music company is notorious for putting their students on the path for professional success. If you’re interested in music for more than just the fun of it, Elite Music Academy is the place to go. Take private lessons or group classes with highly-qualified Toronto teachers and get ready to be the city’s next breakout star!

THE SCHOOL OF ROCK Offering classes and programs for children as young as three and as old as 18 to experience “the most revolutionary music education school in the world,” the School of Rock program, located in Markham, provides lessons in both one-on-one settings and with group band practices to make rock music.

THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY The Royal Conservatory School in Toronto offers music lessons for children and youth ages four to 17 in a variety of instruments. Learn to play piano, guitar, cello, violin, drums and even sing! If your child is also interested in learning independently, be sure to try the Music Enrichment Program for private lessons.


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Welcome to the GTA’s largest private school & extracurricular program guide One of the most important decisions parents have to make is about how to best educate their children. The number of options available today is truly staggering. That’s where we hope the Post’s 32nd annual Private Education Guide will come in handy. In this guide you will find listings of many of the area’s top private schools and extracurricular programs, including an easy-reference information bar containing vital details such as class size, student-teacher ratios and real tuition costs. We hope you will find everything you need to make the best possible decisions in the pages that follow.

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Bayview Glen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 4 4 3 - 1 0 3 0

The Beez Kneez Nursery School . . . . . .416-487-8847

Beit Rayim Hebrew School . . . . . . . . . .905-303-5471

CGS (Children’s Garden School) . . . . . .4 1 6 - 4 2 3 - 5 0 1 7

Bishop Strachan School . . . . . . . . . . . .416-483-4325

Gradale Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6- 9 1 7- 9 4 0 9

Branksome Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .416-920-6265

Robbins Hebrew Academy . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 2 2 4 - 8 7 3 7

The Country Day School . . . . . . . . . . . .9 0 5 - 8 3 3 - 1 9 7 2

Torah High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .905-761-6279

Crescent School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .416-449-2556

The Toronto Heschel School . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 6 3 5 - 1 8 7 6

Crestwood School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .416-444-5858

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Greenwood College School . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 4 8 2 - 9 8 1 1

The Academy for Gifted Children . . . . .905-773-0997

Snider School of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6- 4 83 - 58 2 5

Metropolitan Preparatory Academy . .416-285-0870

Yamaha Canada Music . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 2 9 8 - 1 3 1 1

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Northmount School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .416-449-8823

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St. Michael’s College School . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 6 5 3 - 3 1 8 0

St. Clement’s Early Learning School . .416-489-0822

St. Clement’s School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .416-483-4835

Temple Sinai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 4 8 7 - 3 2 8 1

The Sterling Hall School . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 7 8 5 - 3 4 1 0

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Toronto Prep School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 5 4 5 - 1 0 2 0 The York School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1 6 - 9 2 6 - 1 3 2 5 Check out our website for extended education information. Visit www.TRNTO.com.


2021 PRIVATE EDUCATION GUIDE SPECIAL FEATURE

Post City Magazines’ 32nd annual Private Education Guide features the area’s top private schools & extracurricular programs, including an easy-reference information bar containing vital details such as class size, student–teacher ratios & real tuition costs.

Northmount School Northmount School is Toronto’s only independent, JK to Grade 8 Catholic boys’ elementary school. Catholic principles provide the foundation and purpose to our school’s everyday life that lead us to a conscious belief that we have a responsibility to prepare our students to build a better world. Thus, our students learn and grow in a community that places great value on the God-given dignity of each person, individuality, self-discovery and kindness, while immersed in a strong academic program.

Philosophically, we understand that education alone is not enough. It is education with values that matter. Our creative and stimulating curriculum goes well beyond the standard requirements and is designed to ensure that students move onto high school with a breadth of knowledge. Our small class sizes and specialist teachers mean particular strengths are identified and nurtured. This is Northmount School.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1990 GRADES: JK-8

ENROLMENT: 135 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $19,000 – $23,200

Imagine a Child…

Learning to be WORLD READY: International, Innovative, & Inclusive

• Immersed in French beginning at age 2 (become bilingual in French and English) • Deep exposure to Mandarin beginning at age 6; exposure to Spanish, Arabic & Russian • Loving learning in a small class with 30,000 square feet of space

Now imagine this is your child

Join us at the Giles School for your private tour. Call us at 416-446-0825 • www.gilesschool.ca 80 Scarsdale Rd. (near York Mills & Leslie)

The Giles School Why Giles? The Giles School has over 30,000 square feet for 120 students. Our school is a deliberately small, French Immersion school that fosters an inclusive, innovative and international education. We are primed to open with plenty of space to implement rigorous safeguards at the same time as offering a strong academic program. At Giles, your child has access to a force of talented and dedicated teachers; small classes (10-15 students maximum in each

class); a solid bilingual education in French and English; deep exposure to Mandarin and an introduction to Spanish, Arabic and Russian languages. Coding, robotics, chess, music, Model UN, all part of the curriculum. Our students gain a global understanding of languages and culture, becoming “World Ready”.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1989 GRADES: Pre-K to Gr. 8

ENROLMENT: 110-120 students STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 6:1 TUITION: $19,900 - $23,705

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Abroad Program with our South Korean sister school, Branksome Hall Asia, as well as Noodle — our pioneering accelerator program for student entrepreneurs. Our graduates are welcomed by leading universities in Canada and around the world, most with scholarships. We provide more than $1 million in student financial assistance each year. Branksome continues to set the pace for innovation in girls’ education, ensuring today’s students are well-prepared to solve tomorrow’s complex problems.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1903 GRADES: JK-12

ENROLMENT: 910 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 7:1 TUITION: $35,700-$39,200

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Branksome Hall Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Our IB Advantage for Girls sparks students’ curiosity and passion for new challenges through our unique combination of outstanding academics, wellbeing, international-mindedness and a strong focus on innovation. Our inquirybased Liberal Arts curriculum is enriched by our four core values: a sense of community, inclusiveness, creativity and making a difference. We offer an immersive Study

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Greenwood College School At Greenwood, we believe every student can venture further. Our small, co-ed community allows students to feel positive and engaged each day, while our trailblazing approach to personalized education helps every student to realize their full potential. Greenwood’s teachers get to know their students not only as learners, but as people. With this foundation in place, our progressive approach to learning challenges students based on what they need to stretch themselves, whether that’s a personalized extension project or

support from the Student Success Centre. Outside of the classroom, Greenwood offers an array of high-calibre athletics, arts and extracurricular programs. Experiential learning opportunities, including outdoor education and service learning, encourage students to find new depths of perseverance and to build connections with the broader Toronto community. When our alumni leave Greenwood, they’re ready to thrive in highly selective postsecondary programs, and to explore what excites them.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 2002 GRADES: 7-12

ENROLMENT: 500 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 7:1 TUITION: $38,800

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The Bishop Strachan School

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For over 150 years The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) has been inspiring young women to be fearless and educating them to be leaders. Renowned for its powerful learning approach, the school’s new wing boasts state-of-the-art learning spaces designed to foster collaboration, investigation and inquiry. BSS offers innovative STEAM-focused academics, a robust athletics program and an expansive collection of co-curriculars. Students are provided with numerous

opportunities to engage with the world and find their place in it. We have more than $1.7 million in financial assistance available, and seek to provide opportunities to as many qualified applicants as possible. With expert faculty supporting students’ emotional, social and creative development, BSS provides an inclusive and caring environment. Learn more at bss.on.ca.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1867 GRADES: JK to Grade 12

ENROLMENT: 925 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 10:1 TUITION: $34,760 (Day School)


Bannockburn School A leading independent Montessori school for over 25 years, Bannockburn is recognized throughout and beyond North Toronto for outstanding academic standards, steadfast commitment to Montessori education, and deep respect for the potential in every child. Bannockburn’s Toddler, Primary and Elementary Montessori programs offer an enriched curriculum that exceeds provincial standards and nurtures a love of learning. Children ages 18 months to 12 years flourish in a child-centered community that cultivates

independence, imagination and intellect. Located in a beautiful facility, Bannockburn provides an ideal setting for inspired learning, with brilliant Montessori classrooms, ample outdoor space, a full-size gymnasium, and Music, Art and French specialty teachers. Every family at Bannockburn is proud to call it home: a warm, welcoming place where children love to learn, and where they thrive as creative, confident and compassionate individuals. Please visit www.bannockburn.ca to learn more.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1993 GRADES: Toddler to Gr. 6

ENROLMENT: 200 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Varies by Age TUITION: $16,700 - $26,250

Snider School of Music Learn what you always wanted to learn in a relaxed, music-minded atmosphere in the heart of North Toronto. All of our music lessons are private (1 on 1) and are held in our newly renovated, spacious studios. There’s no registration fee for new students, and all levels and ages are welcome. Snider School of Music has evolved from its inception in 1949 when Dave Snider opened his first music studio near Bathurst & Bloor. Now, we are proud to teach over 750 students a week and take

pride in our dynamic and diverse teaching staff. Browse through our teacher list at www.sniderschoolofmusic.com and find one who’s right for you!! Our lessons are: packaged in sets of 5, 1⁄2 hour or 1 hour in duration, private (1 on 1), same teacher every week, customized lessons for every level, late night classes available (suitable for working adults), ages 5 & up.

SCHOOL TYPE: Extracurricular YEAR FOUNDED: 1949 GRADES: 5 & up

ENROLMENT: 700 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 1:1 TUITION: $30–$32 per 1⁄2 hour

TanenbaumCHAT TanenbaumCHAT, the GTHA’s premier Jewish community high school, offers enriched academic programming, an array of extra-curriculars, excellent educators, renowned ruach (spirit), and friendships that last a lifetime. An emphasis on Jewish values and community service strengthens our students’ Jewish identities. Our extremely successful New Stream program, which accounts for 25% of our 2021 intake, welcomes students who are new to Jewish education and provides an

opportunity for every Jewish child to experience TanenbaumCHAT. Come and find out what makes our school special! Find yourself at TanenbaumCHAT!

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES: 9-12

ENROLMENT: 1250 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Call for Details TUITION: $18,999

Apply now: tanenbaumchat.org/apply Application deadline: December 1, 2021

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“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Register for New Stream student tours: Tanenbaumchat.org/new-stream

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GRADALE ACADEMY JK to Grade 8

Gradale Academy Outdoor education is the new and safe way to learn. At Gradale Academy we focus on situational-based learning to help students make daily connections with nature. Gradale Academy's combination of strong academics with a unique learning environment makes an ideal private school for your child to learn and prosper. Gradale Academy's techniques develop confidence and self esteem which is the basis of a successful learner. Offering JK to Grade 8 and following the Ontario Curriculum, we

are located at the Evergreen Brick Works ...a learning environment unlike any in the GTA. Our approach is unique, our results are shown in the many happy families and students, past and present. To book a tour now email: gradale@bell.net 416 917-9409 or visit gradaleacademy.com and see why many students have flourished and succeeded at our school!

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 2000 GRADES: JK to Gr 8

ENROLMENT: 65 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 10:1 TUITION: $10,000-$16,500

At Evergreen Brickworks EMPHASIS ON EARLY OUTDOOR EDUCATION We follow the Ontario Curriculum... with a focus on positive academic achievements and mental well being through outdoor classes.

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The Toronto Heschel School Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Toronto Heschel School is a hidden gem, offering a progressive Jewish education within a tightknit, caring community. Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Wonder is the root of all knowledge.” We aim to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in your children, and a lifelong love of learning. The school is inclusive and egalitarian, promoting mutual respect. Small acts of kindness and concern for others are the basis of interactions at our school. Heschel offers an award-winning,

integrated curriculum built upon arts-based learning and Jewish culture and literacy. We teach for understanding, whereby students internalize concepts and learn to think creatively and critically. Bilingual kindergarten classes foster a high level of Hebrew competency. As the first Jewish Day School in Ontario to reach Platinum EcoSchool status, environmental stewardship is emphasized. Contact us to discover what a Heschel education could mean for your child!

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1996 GRADES: JK-8

ENROLMENT: 300 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 7:1 TUITION: $16,295-$19,355

Crestwood School 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.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1980 GRADES: JK-6

ENROLMENT: 350 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $19,000-$29,500

Due to Covid we are presently not holding open houses. We welcome you to book a private tour. Please call the school

educational programme, we pay equal attention to the social, emotional, and physical development of our students. Through our innovative curricular and extra-curricular offerings, we develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people. As engaged citizens of the world, our students go on to pursue their passions with confidence. With such an engaged and diverse community, an education at The York School cultivates supportive friendships that last a lifetime.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1965 GRADES: JK-12

ENROLMENT: 730 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $33,750

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The York School The York School is a coeducational, independent day school located in the heart of midtown Toronto. We offer a challenging and progressive learning experience in an inspiring environment with dynamic and flexible learning spaces. We were the first school in Canada to offer the International Baccalaureate programme for students from JK- 12. The IB Diploma is the ultimate passport for globally-minded students who will travel, work and live all over the world. While we offer an internationally-recognized

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SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1901 GRADES: 1-12 ENROLMENT: 460 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $32,850

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TFS - Canada’s International School TFS’ mission is to develop multilingual critical thinkers who celebrate difference, transcend borders and strive for the betterment of humankind. The pioneer of French immersion in Canada, TFS offers an education that is unparalleled in its excellence, preparing students for today’s global world. Bilingual and coed since 1962, TFS teaches the curricula of France and Ontario through the framework established by the IB programs. We want our students to exude academic ambition, benefit from an all-round development as individuals and citizens, and view the world from an international perspective. TFS students balance rigorous science, arts and humanities programs, in a caring and nurturing environment. Students benefit from exceptional facilities, a 26-acre ravine, and a diverse, non-denominational environment. Campuses in Toronto and Mississauga. Ask about our full entrance scholarships for Grade 7 and above.

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St. Clement’s School St. Clement’s School is an independent girls’ day school in midtown Toronto. At SCS, we are evolving and redefining what it means to really learn and thrive in a world where the only certainty is change. We don't just want our students to thrive, we want them to boldly thrive - to see disruption as opportunity and possibility, to seize change with agility and imagination, to tackle the complex world of tomorrow with confidence and character. We're taking a leadership role in learning so our learners will lead an ever-changing world. How? Their educational journeys will be marked by academic rigour and a renewed curriculum that continually challenges and assesses the act of learning in an inclusive and safe environment. Students will value learning as an outcome in itself, understanding it's about the success of the journey, not just the destination.


Robbins Hebrew Academy RHA students learn to apply creative, critical, and global thinking within a close-knit community that promotes positive social development and lifelong character. From Nursery to Grade 8, we offer a world-class curriculum and personalized approach informed by cutting-edge research and data. As the first Jewish day school to be accredited by CAIS, we uphold the highest standards shared by Canada’s finest independent schools. RHA’s Early Years Program is modeled on a leading approach to early childhood education that

has been developed and evaluated extensively. Inspired by Reggio Emilia, we encourage curiosity, communication, and problem solving. Our students develop the competencies required for 21st century success and a lifelong love of learning. We provide our graduates with an academic and practical foundation and aim for excellence in everything we do. For more information, please contact Michael Ferman at 416-224-8737 ext. 137 or mferman@rhacademy.ca. Visit www.rhacademy.ca.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES: Nursery - Grade 8

ENROLMENT: 400 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 14:1 TUITION: $14,300-$18,440

The Beez Kneez Nursery School The value and desirability of nursery school is widely recognized not only on educational grounds but also for developing social skills and self-confidence. Established in 2000, the Beez Kneez Nursery School provides a warm and creative atmosphere to foster young children’s imagination, curiosity and intellect. Our programs facilitate children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth through an enriched curriculum, which includes French and dance classes

taught by our own specialty teachers. Most importantly, the children benefit from a high degree of individual attention from dedicated, professionally qualified teachers. All of our teachers hold Ontario teaching certificates and/or early childhood education diplomas, and the majority of our teachers also hold university degrees. Morning, full day, and extended programs available. Lytton Park * Davisville Village

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 2000 GRADES: PS to Kindergarten

ENROLMENT: 75 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $4,250-$20,000

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At The BEEZ KNEEZ (416) 487 8847

OFFERING MORNING, FULL DAY, & EXTENDED PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN 18 MONTHS - 4 YEARS

Montcrest School Montcrest School is a welcoming community that specializes in cultivating incredible young people. We believe in small class sizes and unparalleled student-teacher relationships. We believe individuality is something to protect, not suppress. And we believe in meeting our students with the ideal supports — and perfect challenges — for each age and stage, so they emerge as secure, self-directed young people who excel in academics and in life. Simply put, Montcrest helps children become who they’re meant to be.

Our broad aspiration is to be recognized as the leading elementary school community in Canada in realizing the unique potential of each child. Please visit our website or contact our admissions team to learn more about the Montcrest experience for your child and family.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES: JK-8

ENROLMENT: 338 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $27,150 - $44,160

Montcrest School - You’ve got this.

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“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” — B.B. King

www.montcrest.ca admissions@montcrest.ca

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The Toronto Prep School is an independent, co-educational, university preparatory school for discerning students and parents.

Visit our website www.torontoprepschool.com for more information and be sure to click on the links to our FaceBook and Instagram pages. Contact: Fouli Tsimikalis, Director of Admissions at ftsimikalis@torontoprepschool.com

Toronto Prep School A combined 60 years of teaching experience has prompted Steve and Fouli Tsimikalis to create an environment that promotes learning, develops leadership and awakens social consciousness through the employment of energetic and hand-picked experienced faculty and staff. Toronto Prep offers a rigorous academic curriculum with the opportunity for students to participate in a variety of school clubs and athletics. Each student will receive a MacBook 13" with an extended warranty. Steve and Fouli have determined that it truly takes a village to raise a child. “A faculty working closely with parents/ guardians, smaller classes, supervised extra help before and after school and on Saturdays help students reach their personal potential for success,” notes Fouli. Their passion for teaching is evident: “The opportunity to contribute to the development of young men and women is a privilege,” says Steve.

ENROLMENT: ### AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: ## TUITION: $##### SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 2009 GRADES: 7-12 ENROLMENT: 430 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 10:1 TUITION: $29,450-$30,650

Crescent School Crescent School has been a leader in boys' education since 1913. Our mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise, enables each boy to reach the full potential of his unique abilities. Character development drives everything we do. Crescent School has three divisions: Lower School (Grades 3-6), Middle School (Grades 7-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12). In each division, we are committed to mentoring, role modelling, relational learning – which bring out the best in boys – and instilling core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion. We nurture wellbeing while cultivating excellence in academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics. Our expertise is supported by exceptional resources, including high-tech learning spaces, modern libraries, a professionally equipped theatre and superb athletic facilities. A Crescent School graduate knows who he is, is ready and able to lead, and understands what is required to create his own legacy.

ENROLMENT: ### AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: ## TUITION: $##### SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1913 GRADES: 3-12 ENROLMENT: 790 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 9:1 TUITION: $36,090

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“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein

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WillowWood School A co-ed independent school for diverse learners, WillowWood was founded in 1980 based on the core value that all students have a right to learn with dignity, that a warm and nurturing school can serve as a foundation for remarkable lives and that it is the whole person who matters. We have a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weak-

nesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Our effective teaching strategies, enthusiastic staff members and innovative programs bring out the best in students, build self-confidence and inspire a love of learning. If your family is seeking a new style of school with a strong history of inspiring students, we’d love to meet you. Visit www.WillowWoodSchool.ca for more information and to set up your in-person or online interview and tour.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1980 GRADES: Foundation 1-2, 3-12

ENROLMENT: 250 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 10:1 TUITION: Approx. $23,000

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Bayview Glen Music to Model United Nations, Athletics to Advanced Placement. We value collaboration, problem solving and academic risktaking to foster the entrepreneurial mindset and respect for diverse viewpoints that are essential for success in the 21st century. Bayview Glen students graduate as compassionate cosmopolitans, fully prepared for top ranked universities at home and abroad. Equally important, they step forth with the skills and attitudes needed to embrace and influence a world of accelerating change.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1962 GRADES: Age 2 - Grade 12

ENROLMENT: 1,000+ STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Call for details TUITION: $19,050 - $28,300

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Bayview Glen is an academically invigorating, co-educational independent school for students from age 2 to Grade 12. Situated on two closely connected campuses in North York, our vibrantly diverse community is inspired by expert teachers and fuelled by a forward thinking curriculum. Bayview Glen welcomes all students into a nurturing community that allows inquisitive minds to flourish. Our broad offering of curricular and co-curricular activities ranges from Drama to Design Thinking, Robotics to Round Square,

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St. Clement’s Early Learning School

COLLABORATE EDUCATE GRADUATE St. Clement’s Early Learning School

70 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto M4R 1H2

416-489-0822 or www.scels.ca

As the leading benchmark for Early Childhood Education since 1955, SCELS has stuck to its promise. Our promise is to provide an exceptional, individualized program that works best for your child. With an intimate staff of twenty, and small class sizes in one of Toronto’s historic landmark churches, we’ve developed a reputable program that encompasses a balanced academic and social/emotional curriculum. As you walk into our school, you feel instantly welcomed by our devoted team and outstanding students all flourishing together in a structured, academic, and play-based environment. At SCELS, each child has their own Individual Program Plan that we put in place to support positive growth every term – from Nursery through to Grade 2. Come and see for yourself! Join us for our virtual Open House on Tuesday, October 19th, 9:15 am - 11am. Contact us for your link at admissions@scels.ca or visit www.scels.ca to learn more about us.

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The Sterling Hall School

WHERE BOYS BELONG

At SHS, we understand that each young boy will experience tremendous growth and change from JK to Grade 8. As elementary school specialists, we support boys in developing their interests, character strengths and leadership skills during these formative years. We celebrate boy energy! Your son will enjoy active and foundational learning, inspired to develop his compassionate heart and capable mind through our health & community program and character education. We ensure that boys are engaged in learning, grounded in a strong foundation of literacy and numeracy, taught by dynamic teachers using proven learning strategies designed specifically for boys. Our oncampus and online learning program along with our safety first measures provide you the confidence that your son is welcomed, challenged and cared for. The Sterling Hall School is where boys belong.

ENROLMENT: ### AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: ## TUITION: $##### SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1987 GRADES: JK-8 ENROLMENT: 320 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 7:1 TUITION: $31,200

The Sterling Hall School is a small-by-design school for boys where individuality and character building are celebrated and supported. Our teachers provide innovative foundational learning geared specifically for boys. We offer a warm and inclusive community where parents are welcomed and encouraged to actively participate. And, we continue to prioritize the well-being of our community with our health and safety protocols.

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CONTACT US TODAY TO LEARN WHY YOUR SON BELONGS AT STERLING HALL.

99 Cartwright Avenue, Toronto, ON M6A 1V4 Canada | 416-785-3410 | sterlinghall.com

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker


Temple Sinai Community Through play and inquiry-based learning, Temple Sinai Community Preschool strives to provide an engaging, happy and supportive environment for children, ages ten months to four years, to learn and gain an understanding of the world around them. We are dedicated to fostering each child’s love of learning and endeavour to help them reach their fullest potential. We have a low teacher-student ratio that creates a supportive and engaging environment. Parent involvement is a vital part of our philosophy,

and we provide unique opportunities for active parent participation. Fundamental to our program is our Jewish philosophy, where the introduction to and celebration of the Jewish festivals is central. Our beautifully renovated school boasts spacious classrooms, a fully equipped gym, a stimulating discovery room, an engaging library and an exciting new playground! For more information, please call Shoshi Lugassy, Director of Early Childhood Programs, at 416.487.3281 or email shoshi@templesinai.net

SCHOOL TYPE: Preschool YEAR FOUNDED: 1969 GRADES: 12 mths to 6 years

ENROLMENT: 150 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 5-8:1 TUITION: Please call for details

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Yamaha Music School Yamaha Music School Markham is the flagship Yamaha Music School location in Canada. The globally proven Yamaha Music Education System Curriculum is delivered in our new, state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest Yamaha musical instruments. Our hallmark is the program for young children, which emphasizes ear training and the development of good rhythm. The curriculum includes a variety of activities, including singing words and “solfege” syllables (Do-Re-Mi), keyboard playing, sight singing

and playing, ensemble work, and musical creativity. The Yamaha Music Foundation has completed extensive research illustrating that a child’s ear develops most rapidly between the ages of four and six. Since hearing development is so closely related to learning music, this is the ideal time to start developing music skills. While programs for young children are our foundation, we also offer group and private lessons for anyone from ages 2 to 102, on Keyboard and Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Wind Instruments.

SCHOOL TYPE: Music School YEAR FOUNDED: 1969 AGE RANGE: 2-102

ENROLMENT: 800 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 1:1-7:1 TUITION: $1,000-$1,500

WITH MUSIC

Yamaha Music School provides group classes for students of all ages to inspire a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation. Our state-of-the-art facility in Markham delivers the globally-proven Yamaha Music Education System using the latest Yamaha musical instruments. Book a consultation and start your musical journey today! yamahamusicschool.ca

Children’s Garden School, on Eglinton east of Bayview, has been a special place for children and their families since 1986. They are well known for their highly effective handling of the pandemic. Whether students are in school or learning online, CGS is a place where students thrive. Committed to small class sizes, a nurturing approach and student health and well-being. Strong academic curriculum and early literacy, high participation in the arts, athletics, public speaking and outdoor

education. The CGS experience prepares students exceptionally well to move on to larger private schools. Preschool-Grade 4. Full and half-day Preschool options. Extended care. Real Food for Real Kids hot lunch. Visit their blog at cgsschool.com to find out what makes CGS special. Want to learn more? Contact the school at info@cgsschool.com / 416-423-5017.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1986 GRADES: Preschool to Grade 4

ENROLMENT: 100 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 to 15:1 TUITION: $11,000-$23,700

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris

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Metropolitan Preparatory Academy Metro Prep Academy is a semestered, co-ed, university prep school for students in Grade 7 to 12. The academics are structured and challenging yet the environment is supportive and nurturing. Faculty and administration doors are open, encouraging strong relationships with students and their families. No uniform means young men and women can express their individuality. In this setting, Metro Prep’s students are taught to trust their instincts, think both critically and creatively, ask questions and seek the help they need to succeed. Extensive athletic and extracurricular opportunities foster the physical and social potential of each child. For over 35 years, Metro Prep has been preparing children for the academic demands of university as well as teaching them the skills needed for lifelong success. In 2018, Metro Prep introduced a new specialized arts initiative, SMITH, which offers students the opportunity to explore their creative talents. For more information, visit www.metroprep.com.

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St. Michael’s College School

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Since 1852, St. Michael's College School has been educating and forming young men in goodness, discipline, and knowledge for lives of leadership and service. We are Canada's only Catholic, Basilian, faith-based independent school, educating young men from Grades 7 to 12 in a university-preparatory programme. Under the direction of the Basilian Fathers, our students discover the courage and develop the faith to be a modern man of St. Michael's: free in mind, body, and soul to pursue truth, choose goodness, create beauty, and build a civilization of love and care in service to our community and the world. Our students unleash their passion for meaning and curiosity by embracing Deep Learning, an inquiry-based learning pedagogy. In graduating young men who change the world through lives of faith, character, and service, St. Michael's College School brings integrity, unity, and healing to a fractured and uncertain world.

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“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X

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Beit Rayim Hebrew School Founded in 1977, Beit Rayim Hebrew School has a strong history of providing high quality Jewish education for the GTA. Our community has thrived and grown exponentially over 40 years. We are committed to creating a safe space for all our students, allowing them the freedom to discover their Jewish expression on their own terms, while still providing a grounding in Jewish fundamentals. Beit Rayim Hebrew School is devoted to guiding children to help them become strong, independent people. Combining a love of Jewish

heritage, holidays, Israel, self-identity, and Hebrew language allows children to embrace themselves to their fullest. Learning from best practices, Beit Rayim Hebrew School approaches education for every learner, every expression, and every individual to find their own path. Programs are designed for students from JK to grade 7. We are a 1- day program from JK to Grade 2 and 2-day program from Grade 3 to 7. Now registering for the 2021/22 school year! Contact Margot Bychutsky, at margot@beitrayim.org for info.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1977 GRADES: JK - Grade 7

ENROLMENT: 70 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 10:1 TUITION: $650-$1650

PRESTIGE SCHOOL Independent Private School • Grades PS to 12

Prestige School Prestige School offers students an accelerated curriculum, close home-school contact and small class sizes. Younger students benefit from advanced math and science programs, French lessons from JK, nutritious hot lunches and extensive before and after school care. Additionally, students can look forward to intricate arts and crafts lessons, music and dance classes, and computer studies sessions that will encourage students to be creative through computer animation and document publishing. Older students experience

individualized learning and 100% university placement. Our after school program strives to support the needs of children through academic, recreational, and social opportunities that enhance school day learning and build upon individual strengths and interests necessary for lifelong success. Our programs are designed to: improve children’s grades and academic achievement; increase children’s interest and ability in reading; increase homework quality; promote better social skills and improve self-confidence.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 2003 GRADES: PS to 12

ENROLMENT: 280 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 or 18:1 TUITION: $12,500 - $17,000

• Small class sizes • Accelerated Math & Language programs • French from Kindergarten • Physics, Chemistry & Biology as separate subjects from Grade 4 • Graduates receive OSSD • Outdoor playground • Before/After School Programs • Door-to-door transportation • Homework Help • Hot lunches • Tutoring • Variety of clubs Richmond Hill Campus (PS to 10) 11 Headdon Gate (Bathurst & Major Mackenzie)

Toronto Campus (JK to 12) 21 Eddfield Avenue (Yonge & Sheppard)

416-250-0648

www.prestigeprivateschool.ca • prestige@prestigeschool.com

J. Addison Our Mission is to inspire, support, and nurture our multi-cultural students to be well-educated and empathetic global citizens. Located in Markham, our Montessori, Elementary, and High School mission is to: Inspire students to take a leading, active, and caring role in our changing world; Support students in achieving their academic potential, and developing their individuality and Nourish the minds and spirits of our students in a safe, friendly, and caring environment. At J.

Addison, we are a community of learners, working together to prepare young people for tomorrow’s world through a broad and stimulating curriculum, challenging our students with high expectations, and providing them with exciting and engaging learning experiences. These learning experiences take place in the classroom, on the stage, in the gymnasium, on our field trips, in our dormitory, and in our dance studio. Take the time to visit and feel the enthusiasm.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private/Boarding/Day YEAR FOUNDED: 2002 GRADES: Pre-school – 12

ENROLMENT: 300 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 15:1 TUITION: $15,000 + Day & Boarding Sch.

OUR PROGRAMS PROGRAMS • Montessori Casa Elementary tary Montessori C asa + LLower ower Elemen • Ontario Curriculum Elementary Secondary Ontario C urriculum Elemen tary & S econdary Day Camps Credit Courses • Summer Da yC amps & C redit C ourses • Full Full Time Time Boarding Boarding School School ((Gr. Gr. 7-12) Yo York ork Univ University ersity

Partnership P artnership

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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — Plutarch

info@jaddisonschool.com info@jaddisonschool.com | jaddisonschool.com jaddisonschool.com | (905) 477-4999 2 Valleywood Valleywood Drive, Drive, Markham, Markham, Ontario, Ontario, Canada, Canada, L3R 8H3

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Northwood Montessori Plus! For over 30 years, parents have been choosing Northwood Montessori as an alternative to traditional preschool and public kindergarten programs. A small pupil/teacher ratio plus our innovative approach to the teaching of young children have resulted in happy, confident graduates well-prepared in every way for ‘big school’. Our rich curriculum, a blend of Montessori and E.C.E methods, caring, talented teachers and a nurturing, stimulating environment help preschoolers develop a positive attitude to school and learning. We

build a strong foundation for future academic success. Busy parents appreciate the support of Licensed Child Care for extended hours, flexible scheduling, and nutritious meals. Camp Northwood provides optional, flexible summer fun when parents need coverage for July and August. Northwood offers Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten. Northwood is licensed with the Ministry of Education and regularly inspected by the Ministry of Health.

SCHOOL TYPE: Preschool/Extracurricular YEAR FOUNDED: 1989 AGE RANGE: 18mths-5yrs

ENROLMENT: Varies STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Varies by age TUITION: Please call for details

Torah High Torah High is Where — Teens Earn High School Credits and Build a Foundation for Success. Teens connect proudly to their Jewish roots. Teens Become Leaders in Their Community. Torah High is a fun and enjoyable way for teens in public school to earn a high school credit and connect to their Jewish identity. It is where Teens Choose Their Jewish Adventure! Our Amazing Features: 4 locations across the GTA, Ontario Ministry accredited, 15 subjects in Jewish and general studies—

English Literature, Hebrew Language, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Business, B’nai Mitzvah program for teens in Grades 6–8, Subsidized trip to Israel, Social and Holiday Programs, Small class sizes, Caring Teachers, Affordable Jewish Education. Torah High was built to allow our students to explore their Jewish identity with experiences that begin in the classroom and extend beyond. Finally, an option for families to access affordable Jewish education is here.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 2002 GRADES: 6-12

ENROLMENT: 500-600 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8-10:1 TUITION: $649-$1,800

Programming for Academic and Creative Excellence Grades SK – 12 P.A.C.E. is based on the premise that gifted children are in need of high-powered learning experiences to challenge their minds and ensure intellectual growth and achievement. 12 Bond Crescent, Richmond Hill, ON www.pace.ca 905-773-0997


Theatre Programs for Performers with Disabilities

Thatz Showbiz Theatre Project Thatz Showbiz Theatre Project specializes in theatre education for youth & adults who are neurodivergent and/or have intellectual disabilities. Through running our programs for many years we’ve learned how theatre rehearsal and performance can translate into many aspects of daily life such as; strengthening opinion forming and advocacy skills, communication, community building, empathy, work ethic, creative expression, fulfilment & more. We assess and bring out the talents of each individual and create a high quality, enjoyable

production that showcases performers of all abilities. Everyone is welcome; regardless of literacy levels & we support verbal and non-verbal communicators. We have created a unique curriculum that allows participants to take part in the many aspects of theatre & make creative decisions. Through our devised theatre process participants don’t just perform theatre but also get to create it. We run a variety of multimedia programs and have virtual & in person options available. Visit: www.thatzshowbiz.com for more info.

647-216-4384 sarah@thatzshowbiz.com www.thatzshowbiz.com 4300 Steeles Ave W. Unit 22 in Vaughan

SCHOOL TYPE: Special & Arts Education ENROLMENT: 10 per class YEAR FOUNDED: 2012 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 5:1 AGE RANGE: 13+ TUITION: Varies

Kalev Estienne Rhythmic Gymnastics Centres Rhythmic gymnastics is a beautiful Olympic sport combining elements of ballet, gymnastics, acrobatics, balance, flexibility, and apparatus. With individuals and groups competing and performing utilizing grace, skill, strength, agility, and fluidity, Rhythmic Gymnastics is the epitome of poetry in motion. There are four main apparatus that are used: the ball, hoop, ribbon and clubs. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill so rhythmic gymnasts enjoy a high level of physical fitness. Gymnasts SCHOOL TYPE: Extracurricular YEAR FOUNDED: 70 years ago AGE RANGE: 4 years to adult

may compete individually at the Provincial, National, World and Olympic levels as well as AGG group competitions. This sport encourages healthy recreational development with long-term opportunities to tour the world. Beginners are welcome. We train levels from recreational up to and including Olympians. We have a special program for little kids, from 4 to 7 years old, called Butterflies. This program is focused in the development of early - age girls in rhythmic gymnastics.

ENROLMENT: Varies STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Varies TUITION: Email for details or consult website

www.kalevestienne.com

The Country Day School Situated on a 100-acre campus north of Toronto among the rolling hills of King Township, The Country Day School is a leading JK-12 co-ed, non-denominational independent school. Since 1972, the dynamic and friendly CDS community has been nurturing student talent and fulfilling promise. Our innovative approach to learning integrates leading-edge technology, sophisticated facilities and exceptional teaching. We offer a superior educational experience that is sensitive to individual needs, enables learning

and equips students for life. Emphasizing education with balance, CDS provides diverse opportunities in academics, athletics, and visual and performing arts. Plus, students of all ages also love to explore our sprawling campus for outdoor education activities. This is a place of possibilities where students unearth their passions and everyone feels known, supported and inspired. This is a school where each graduate can answer the biggest question of all: Who will you be? Learn more at www.cds.on.ca.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1972 GRADES: JK-12

ENROLMENT: 780 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $30,250

achievement. In addition to the academic disciplines, P.A.C.E. students excel through their experiences with dynamic field studies, a competitive fine arts program, a comprehensive athletic program and a plethora of national and international competitions. P.A.C.E. has ranked nationally in math, science, and Robotics, and in both creative and expository writing competitions. These wonderful opportunities serve as catalysts to the pursuit and achievement of our students’ future goals and successes.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1993 GRADES: SK-12

ENROLMENT: 340 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 15:1 TUITION: $15,500

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Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. The Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. is devoted entirely to meeting the needs of identified intellectually gifted students in SK through grade 12. Through a differentiated curriculum built on greater depth and breadth of instruction, our mission is to enhance the abilities of our students, while simultaneously addressing their social and emotional needs. P.A.C.E. is based on the premise that gifted children need high-powered learning experiences to challenge their minds and ensure intellectual growth and

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TORONTO’S TOP EDUCATORS CRESCENT SCHOOL How would you describe your leadership style? I value a distributed approach to leadership. I trust smart and good people to help me tackle various challenges and opportunities that arise. I am constantly learning, growing and becoming.

Michael Fellin

What has been your proudest moment so far as Head of School? My proudest moment so far as Head of School is our school's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every student was able to attend school full-time, in person, five days a week, until the province closed schools.

In the past year, what has surprised you the most, and what has worked well that you’d like to see continued? I was most surprised by the resilience of our staff and students when faced with unprecedented school/life challenges. We proved that we can do hard things.

“We strive for our school to be a place where students and staff can come to be well.”

How does your school support the mental health and well-being of students and staff? We view health and well-being holistically — physical, intellectual, mental, emotional, social, environmental and financial. Moreover, because we believe that relationships are the gateway for our boys' learning, our well-being strategy starts with our staff, so that they in turn, as well-being practitioners, can engage and support our students.

THE GILES SCHOOL How would you describe your leadership style? Leading by example. Listening to your constituents: the faculty, parents and students, and addressing their concerns, however big or small, is vital for a school to thrive. Showing kindness to others in and around the community and "paying it forward" in terms of giving teachers world-class resources with which to teach thereby ensuring that students have a trustworthy and thoroughly enriching learning environment in which to thrive.

Isabelle Faulkner

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How do you show your school spirit? It’s the little things that add up to school spirit: taking the time every day to recognize individual achievements or the accomplishments of team efforts. When the students themselves are cheering for one another to succeed, you know you have something special that can truly be celebrated as a school.

What is your role in the development and implementation of curriculum in the school? My aim is to build upon what has been achieved in the last 30 plus years of the Giles School history and to develop a French Immersion program that reflects our parents' educational aspirations for their children. If you could describe your school in 5 words, what would they be? Inclusive, International, Innovative, World Ready.

THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL In the past year, what has surprised you the most, and what has worked well that you’d like to see continued? I have been overwhelmed by the tenacity and determination of our students. Our student leaders have been irrepressible and creative in how they have rallied the student body around both fun activities as well as serious and timely conversations.

Dr. Angela Terpstra

How does your school support the mental health and well-being of students and staff? Our students’ mental health and well-being is vital to their academic success, and so we have been vigilant to ensure that they have support and outlets. Each student has a counsellor or learning support teacher with whom they are in regular contact.

“Our students have all been partners with us through this challenging time, and we are grateful for their commitment.”

Describe how your school encourages an inclusive environment for equity, diversity and equality. Equity is an essential value for all of us at BSS. Our environment has grown to be inclusive while also being supportive of individual identities. Students can join specific affinity groups, while also coming together under the umbrella of a Student Diversity Leadership group. The work of being an equitable school also starts with our staff and our curriculum, and we all engage in regular training.

NORTHMOUNT SCHOOL What motivated you to become a Head of School? Taking on the role of Head of School provided me with an opportunity to work with all stakeholders in a school community - students, parents, alumni and teachers. As an individual who thoroughly enjoys the educational process at all levels, the leadership opportunity enables me to pursue all of my passions as an educator.

Dr. Terence Sheridan

What have been some positive projects/initiatives that have come out of this past year? In a year where it was easy to forget about the most needy in our communities, the school itself, the Northmount Student Government and our Parents' Association stepped forward with even more charitable initiatives than might normally be seen in a regular school year. Whether it was the socially distance walk-athon for the UHN, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Knapsacks for Kenya, support for the Fred Victor Charity to End Homelessness, the heightened commitment to the vulnerable populations within our community was a beautiful sight.

“Inherent in a Northmount education is the understanding and respect for each person's dignity.”

Please share some words of wisdom you would like to pass on to your students. It is only through pushing ourselves, moving outside of our comfort zones and experiencing failure, can we better understand ourselves, to be the best we can be and find personal happiness.


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If you could describe your school in 5 words, what would they be? Inquisitive, empathetic, engaged, active, fun.

Struan Robertson

Describe how your school encourages an inclusive environment for equity, diversity and equality. We support and honour the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values and points of view in our community where all individuals should feel safe, comfortable and accepted. We actively seek to understand the identities of ourselves and others and to lean into uncomfortable topics related to diversity and inclusion. By doing so, we believe that this will lead to social, emotional and academic excellence and will prepare our students and staff to continue to be contributing members of an increasingly diverse and global world.

“There are rich learning opportunities in our school, and when we build people's confidence, we allow them to lead.”

Which superhero would you be and why? Which superhero imparts the values of activity, resiliency, diversity and empathy? Can they win the Leafs the Cup?

How do you show your school spirit? Our Citizenship team, students and staff have been incredible - especially in this year of challenges - and you can't help but get on board for a bit of sport and fun to celebrate our achievements.

ST. CLEMENT’S SCHOOL In the past year, what has surprised you the most, and what has worked well that you’d like to see continued? While we have spoken a lot about bringing guests into classes virtually over the past many years, the ability to do so with enhanced skills, confidence and technology has been wonderful and will, I suspect, be something we continue to do. Students experienced many opportunities for learning by connecting with experts including authors, actors, playwrights, medical professionals, farmers and activists.

Martha Perry

“Showing SCS school spirit is easy for me as I adore our school and believe that our SCS spirit is one of the things that sets our school apart.”

Describe how your school encourages an inclusive environment for equity, diversity and equality. Being a small community, we have the opportunity to get to know each other and work to ensure that every person is known and valued. SCS’s diversity statement is a reminder and, indeed, a mandate that “We value each community member’s identity and well-being. Together we learn and grow by embracing multiple perspectives, experiences and cultures. Our differences are our strengths.” What has been your proudest moment so far as Head of School? There are so many moments — and, to be honest, most come with hindsight. Right now I am enormously proud of our students, staff and community and how they all managed, learned and inspired through what has been an incredibly challenging time.

BANNOCKBURN SCHOOL What motivated you to become a Head of School? Throughout my teaching and administrative career, I observed how important it was that children were always put at the forefront of all key school decisions. As Head of School, I believed that I could make a difference in the quality of education and care provided for the students and their families.

Meg Kahnert

Looking back at the last year of school during the pandemic, what were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them? I think the biggest concern for me was how the pandemic would impact our students’ emotional well-being. While the health and safety of everyone was our first priority, second was ensuring we were understanding and supporting the impact all the changes due to the pandemic would have on our students.

“My greatest feelings of pride occur when I see children thriving and loving coming to school.”

How does your school support the mental health and well-being of students and staff? We worked very hard as a community to be aware of the challenges and engage in meaningful discussions and activities so everyone felt supported during a very difficult year. If you could describe your school in 5 words, what would they be? Welcoming, individualised, caring, excellence, community.

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL What motivated you to become a Head of School? Learning has always been an interest and passion of mine. Leadership in school is about creating success for each and a place for all. It is always exciting to be entrusted with creating opportunities for others, allowing the discovery of passions and meaningful experiences that become foundations for life.

James McKinnon

How do you show your school spirit? It is always with humility and pride that we join together to celebrate the rich traditions, current accomplishments and future possibilities. The spirit of SMCS is one of community and service, and the best way to show your spirit is to join in the good work of our students and staff. Whether it be in the classroom, community, field or stage, the big blue “M” reminds us that we are a faith community of character in service.

“Every expert was once a beginner. Don't be afraid to start something new, learn, and enjoy the journey.”

Describe how your school encourages an inclusive environment for equity, diversity and equality. The most powerful method of encouraging an inclusive environment is to model it. We can start with policies and reviewing expectations, which is important, but we also must watch our actions and words and be able to hold each other accountable. In the words of Anthony MacLean, “We don't need to call people out, we need to invite people in.”

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TORONTO’S TOP EDUCATORS TEMPLE SINAI COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL Looking back at the last year of school during the pandemic, what were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them? During times when families would normally be invited into the preschool for special events or holidays, we instead held them virtually so that they could still attend. We were happy to find out that by doing that it allowed for grandparents and relatives from around the world to join, when before distance would have been a factor.

Shoshi Lugassy

What have been some positive projects/initiatives that have come out of this past year? Our nursery classes were still able to participate in programming with seniors at Baycrest for our intergenerational Shabbat Circle on Friday morning through Zoom. This fostered a sense of community and connection for both our children and for the seniors.

“This past year, we made sure that the children felt secure and were happy in the environment by making it a safe place to be.”

Please share some words of wisdom you would like to pass on to your students. Be kind, be honest, and be silly!

If you could pick a song that would best describe your school community, what would it be? “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “H'nei Ma Tov,” as we are happy to be together in good times and challenging ones.

THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL What is your role in the development and implementation of curriculum in the school? The Toronto Heschel School was founded on very intentional educational principles that are embedded in its charter, so the role of the Head of School as an educational leader is paramount. I work very closely with our educational leadership team as well as our teacher-leaders to develop, enhance and train faculty in the implementation of curriculum. Practices that are close to our hearts and minds include our interdisciplinary curriculum, teaching for understanding, learning through the arts and outdoor education.

Dr. Greg Beiles

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If you could describe your school in 5 words, what would they be? Awe, wonder, passion, curiosity, innovation. What have been some positive projects/initiatives that have come out of this past year? To provide a safer learning environment during COVID we took advantage of our large field to significantly expand our outdoor learning programme. We built three permanent structures to serve as outdoor classrooms along with log circle learning spaces under our giant willow tree and in our learning garden. All physical education classes were conducted on the field and outdoor basketball court. We have always valued and promoted outdoor learning.

THE PRESTIGE SCHOOL How would you describe your leadership style? I would describe my style of leadership as both democratic and facilitative. Although I have a clear direction in how the school should be run and organized, I share information with staff about anything that affects their work responsibilities and also seek their opinions.

Debbie Keough

What is your role in the development and implementation of curriculum in the school? One of my key roles as a viceprincipal is to ensure the delivery of quality instruction that engages students, fosters their achievement and gives them the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. I make certain that strategies are in place that support our students' learning and facilitate superior instructional practices.

“Acts of kindness not only boost personal confidence, optimism and happiness but also incite others to repeat the good deeds, facilitating community spirit!”

What has been your proudest moment so far as Head of School? My proudest moment as Head of School has been watching as our parents, students and staff have pulled together and persevered during the pandemic. When we moved to remote learning, our parents took on a much larger role in the education of their children and were essential to our continued success. Similarly, our teachers’ thoughtful planning, resilience and never-ending patience and devotion to our students have been invaluable.

NORTHWOOD MONTESSORI PLUS! What do you think is the role of the Head of School? For me, the Head of School sets the ‘tone’ for the school - what is the image, and how do you ensure that actions follow that vision.

Heather Spear

In your opinion, what is the most powerful indicator of student success? The most powerful indicator is not just one thing, but it is a combination of confidence, independence and an interest in the world around them.

Describe an initiative that you’ve implemented at your school: We are trying to keep our parents better informed about what is happening and to keep them involved by using a special parent communication system to send photos, weekly lesson plans, etc.

"I find that I no longer make any predictions about the future. We adapt as we go along and our children seem to have adapted well!"

Describe any original, resourceful or creative projects that were started during COVID-19 by the students and/or the school. At the beginning, we talked a lot with our preschoolers about COVID-19, but our latest initiative was to involve them in a special project to gather and send medical supplies to a small village in Cuba devastated by COVID-19. How do you ensure that you meet your goals and student goals each year? We are constantly monitoring how our children are doing, and we work closely with parents and professionals constantly.


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In the past year, what has surprised you the most, and what has worked well that you’d like to see continued? We developed an even greater personalized approach in caring for the needs of each student and will maintain this approach as we move out of the pandemic. We rallied to take care of each other no matter what and have built an even stronger team and culture at RHA that truly cares for the students.

Claire Sumerlus

How do you show your school spirit? I try to participate in everything I can at school, stay in the know, and get involved in activities. I am particularly proud of the students and staff at our school and find every opportunity to highlight and cheer them on.

“I believe in developing, building and giving people the opportunity to try different things, shine and not be afraid of making mistakes.”

How does your school support the mental health and well-being of students and staff? We focus on character and a growth mindset. Positivity and the road to dignity are ways for students to feel good about themselves. These attributes are instilled in all our lessons and activities in age appropriate ways. We also conduct a unit of study for our Grade 8 students that utilizes the Harry Potter book series to openly talk about mental health and what to do if you need help.

CHILDREN’S GARDEN SCHOOL How does your school support the mental health and well-being of students and staff? Wellness and mindfulness training are part of our curriculum at all grade levels. This has always been beneficial to our students but even more so during the past year and a half. Our school is small so the staff gets to know all the students very well and keeping a close eye on their mental health and well-being can easily be facilitated. It is so very important to educate the whole child and that starts with supporting students in all areas of their life, not just academics.

Marie Bates

In the past year, what has surprised you the most, and what has worked well that you’d like to see continued? Virtual field trips were something I was surprised about how well they worked. They were so well received by both our staff and students and they are definitely something that we would continue, even in a non-COVID world. Not having to travel on school buses to different venues, but still getting exposure to so many enriching and fun environments was a bonus.

“Being instrumental in giving our youngest learners one of their first school experiences is something that continues to inspire me every day.“

How do you show your school spirit? I do my best to be present at all school functions and pitch in wherever and whenever I am needed. I have lived and breathed CGS for over 35 years now so keeping the school spirit alive in me has become second nature.

TORONTO PREP SCHOOL How would you describe your leadership style? I would like to think that I am first and foremost very supportive. I see the role of Principal as being primarily twofold: 1) ensuring that our staff members are set up for success and comfortable in their roles, and 2) ensuring that our students feel comfortable here so we can push them out of that comfort zone.

Pete Tsimikalis

What have been some positive projects/initiatives that have come out of this past year? This past year we partnered with Carnegie Initiative, Own Aces, Jack.org and The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. Furthermore, we had many guest speakers join us on Zoom, such as Oxford graduate and World Bank employee Chris Heitzig.

“I am constantly celebrating our students and staff, so I apologize in advance to anyone I meet in the street for singing their praises!”

What motivated you to become a Head of School? For me, becoming a Head of School was a family affair. My parents started TPS 12 years ago, and, along with my sister, have served as the leadership team since its inception. TPS has a wonderful family atmosphere, where both students and staff form a welcoming and academically enriching community. I was lucky enough to be part of it in an admissions role and now to serve as Principal. Which superhero would you be and why? Batman! He has no superpowers yet puts himself in harm's way to help his community.

TORAH HIGH How does your school support the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff? Torah High puts the mental health and well-being of their students and staff as a top priority. Teachers are trained during professional development sessions to recognize the signs of anxiety, depression, perfectionism and other factors that can affect a student's mental health.

Yehudis Cagen

Looking back at the last year of school during the pandemic, what were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them? Torah High staff worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition to online learning. Although students were apart, they were still able to engage in meaningful learning with their peers online. Our students not only persevered during this pandemic, but were successful in their studies.

“I have always believed in the power of youth, and throughout the years, my own students have inspired me to work hard and keep evolving.”

What have been some positive projects/initiatives that have come out of this past year? A beautiful initiative that began this year was our “Holidays at Home” boxes. Teachers and students were able to unbox the holiday together online. Whether it was decorating Passover seder plates, planting a sapling for Tu B'shvat or sampling some traditional treats for Purim, our Torah High students were united in their celebrations. What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? The Harry Potter book series.

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MASCOT HARMONY WHICH THREE PRIVATE SCHOOL MASCOTS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? This year we’re mixing things up a bit: The three mascots with the most votes will star in our School Spirit video!

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Post City and Streets of Toronto will be making a donation to the winning school’s favourite charity. The School Spirit video will be released on Post City’s Instagram account, Streets of Toronto, which has 350,000 followers.

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T.O.’s very own Raptor, Carlton and Ace starred in last year’s video!


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