Education in Toronto
Education in Toronto, like education everywhere, happens in many ways, including via internal motivation, parental guidance, through play and interacting with other children, and from courses and other formal learning. Education in Toronto is distinguished by the diversity of its citizenry and by the diversity of education options.
Toronto is home to four publicly funded K12 school boards, one non-publicly funded religious K12 school board, a variety of K12 private and preparatory schools, plus a diversity of other religious, cultural, vocational, career and specialty schools/institutions.
As a global city, Toronto is also home to a number of post-secondary educational institutions, comprising five degree granting institutions of university status, plus the principal campuses of four publicly funded Ontario colleges as well as the campus of one other publicly funded Ontario college.
- 1 School boards
- 2 Religious schools
- 3 Private and/or independent K-12 schools
- 4 Universities and colleges
- 5 Speciality
- 6 Miscellaneous education
- 7 Historical list of defunct institutions
- 8 References
English language public school boards
- Toronto District School Board (TDSB), formed in 1998 from a merger of school boards:
- Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), previously the Metropolitan Separate School Board (MSSB)
French language public school boards
- Conseil scolaire Viamonde (previously Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest)
- Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (seven schools were part of the Les Conseil des écoles catholiques du Grand Toronto)
Before 1998, in Metropolitan Toronto, Les Conseil des écoles catholiques du Grand Toronto (the Metropolitan Separate School Board, now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) and the North York Board of Education operated French-language schools. In 1980 the separate school board operated five Catholic schools and North York operated two of them. Maurice Bergevin, the vice principal of the Etienne Brule School, stated that a study from Montreal in 1971 stated that if francophones in Toronto had the same proportion of schools that anglophones had in Montreal, there would be 31 francophone schools in Metropolitan Toronto. According to a 1971 Canadian federal census, Toronto had 160,000 francophones.
Religious non-public school boards
- Al Ashraf Islamic School
- Al Azhar Islamic School
- Al-Azhar Academy Of Canada
- Alashraf Islamic School
- Salahedin Islamic School
- Amanah Islamic Academy
- Islamic Institute of Toronto
- Madinatul-Uloom Academy Of Canada
- Madrasatul-Banaat Islamic school
- Um al-Qura Islamic school
- Abu-Huraira Islamic school
- Mariyah Islamic school
- Islamic foundation Islamic school
- ISNA Islamic school
- Islamic community school
- Iqra Islamic school
- Tayyibah Islamic academy
- As-Sadiq Islamic schools
- Baitul Mukarram Academy
- Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto
- Netivot HaTorah Day School
- Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto
- Eitz Chaim, an elementary school with almost 1000 students on three campuses
Private and/or independent K-12 schools
A partial list of well-known private and/or independent elementary, high school and university-preparatory schools includes:
- Bayview Glen School (BVG)
- Bishop Strachan School (BSS)
- Branksome Hall
- College of Toronto (CofT)
- Columbia International College (CIC)
- Crescent School (Toronto)
- De La Salle College
- The Giles School
- Greenwood College School (GCS)
- Havergal College
- Hawthorn School for Girls (HSG)
- Halton High School
- Independent Learning Centre (ILC)
- Khalsa Community School (KCS)
- Master Academy Toronto (Experiential learning)
- Metropolitan Preparatory Academy
- Montcrest School
- Royal St. George's College (RSGC)
- St. Clement's School
- St. Michael's College School (SMCS)
- Toronto French School (TFS)
- Toronto New School
- Toronto Waldorf School
- University of Toronto Schools (UTS)
- Upper Canada College (UCC)
- The York School (TYS)
Universities and colleges
Toronto is home to a number of educational institutions, including the largest (University of Toronto) and third largest (York University) universities in Canada. Toronto universities total approximately 187,000 undergraduate students.
- University of Toronto, the largest and one of the oldest universities in Canada, which acquires the highest annual financial endowment and commonly ranked among the top universities in the world, with its main campus in Downtown Toronto and two satellite campuses in Scarborough and Mississauga
- York University, the third largest university in Canada which also contains Glendon College and the Osgoode Hall Law School, which contains the largest law library in the Commonwealth of Nations
- Ryerson University, located in Downtown Toronto, has a student base of 36,000 full-time students, and 60,000 continuing education students.
- University of Guelph-Humber, a satellite campus of the University of Guelph
- OCAD University, fourth-largest art school in North America and the oldest in Canada
- Tyndale University College and Seminary, a private degree granting institution which began as a Bible college and seminary
Toronto has the principal campuses of four post-secondary Ontario college, as well as the campus of one other Ontario college, scattered across the city in 29 campuses:
Recently, Toronto's community colleges have begun offering their own bachelor's degree programmes, as well as joint degree programmes with neighbouring universities.'
- University of Guelph-Humber is a University-College Partnership between University of Guelph and Humber College. Graduates receive a degree from Guelph as well as a diploma from Humber.
- Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences, an English-language private post-secondary career college specializing in pharmaceutical, food and healthcare training.
Other schools include the:
- Royal Conservatory of Music and its associated Glenn Gould School, which are internationally recognised centres for musical training
- Ontario Science Centre Science School
- National Ballet School
Toronto, like many other Canadian cities, hosts a growing number of publicly funded and private English as a Second Language (ESL) schools and is home to as many as 10,000 ESL students at a time. These are either visa students primarily from Latin America, Asia and Europe, or newly arrived landed immigrants and Canadian citizens.
There is a strong alternative school movement. The Toronto District School Board has many alternative schools. The oldest is ALPHA Alternative School, which opened in 1972. There are also private alternative organizations.
The first conference for publicly funded alternative schools in the Greater Toronto Area happened in Nov, 2012.
Historical list of defunct institutions
- Collège des Grands-Lacs (publicly funded francophone Ontario college, 1995–2002)
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- For example, TDSB Alternative Schools.
- "Toronto has 7 public schools for French-speaking children." The Canadian Press (CP) at Montreal Gazette. Wednesday May 21, 1980. p. 66. Retrieved from Google News (66 of 141) on July 24, 2013.
- "Etz Chaim". Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- addition of enrollments of number of full-time students from other Wikipedia articles
- Tyndale University College and Seminary Act, 2003.
- TDSB alternative schools
- Toronto Star article: School marks 40 years
- The GTA Conference on Alternative Public Schooling