Toronto boasts several prestigious private or independent schools for students in kindergarten to grade 12. 

Attending private schools require tuition fees every academic year. 

Funding for private schools comes from the students’ tuitions. Another considerable difference is that publicly funded schools in Toronto and all of Ontario follow the same curriculum at each grade level as outlined by the provincial government and ministry of education. 

Private schools are not subject to follow the same criteria and administer their own curriculums based on the school’s own values, mission, and history according to its administration. 

Yet private school students still meet the same educational requirements by graduation at the secondary school level. Many believe Toronto’s private schools offer students a better education than the public systems and of course is subject to debate. 

Many Toronto private school graduates receive their International Baccalaureate, which is an international educational foundation headquartered in Switzerland

Many Toronto private schools are K12 schools, meaning they teach every grade level from kindergarten to grade 12 unlike public schools. However, Toronto is home to many different types of private schools. 

There are co-ed private schools, gender based schools, denominational schools, language schools, and special needs schools. Several Montessori school branches can also be found in Toronto. 

The following is a list of some of the more prestigious or well-known private schools in the city of Toronto.

Private Boys Schools

  • Upper Canada College
  • St, Michael’s College School
  • Royal St. George’s College
  • Crescent School

Private Girls Schools

  • Branksome Hall
  • Havergal College
  • The Bishop Strachan School

Co-ed Private Schools

  • De La Salle College
  • The York School
  • Crestwood Preparatory School

A private school education in Toronto is typically seen as for the wealthy or upper-middle class, since tuition costs can be as much per student as a university education in Canada. This is in order to fund the upscale facilities private schools offer their students that public schools may not.   

For example athletic and art programs are readily available because the schools can afford the supplies, staff, and maintenance of these facilities. Many of the private schools listed above require letters of recommendations for enrollment at certain grade levels before admittance is permitted.