The Abelard School

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The Abelard School
Abelard Sign.JPG
557 Church Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2E2
Coordinates 43°39′31″N 79°23′43″W / 43.65861°N 79.39528°W / 43.65861; -79.39528Coordinates: 43°39′31″N 79°23′43″W / 43.65861°N 79.39528°W / 43.65861; -79.39528
School type Private high school
Motto Sapere aude - Don't be afraid to think!
Established 1997
Principal Michelle Lefolii
Faculty 10
Grades 9-12 (+13)
Enrollment 50
Language English
Educational philosophy Socratic method

The Abelard School is a private school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that was named after the 11th century scholar and philosopher Peter Abélard. Its teaching philosophy is based on the Socratic method.


The school was founded in 1997 by a group of four teachers: Brian Blair, Michelle Lefolii, Shai Maharaj, and Alina Rossinky. In September 2006, The Abelard School moved to a location near the University of Toronto. In 2017, The Abelard School moved a new location at 557 Church St, in Church and Wellesley


The school has a yearly enrollment of up to 50 students educated by seven full-time faculty members, and three part-time faculty members.


The school educates in Grades 9-12 and prepares pupils for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and teaches the ministry requirements. Class sizes range between one and fifteen students. Advanced Placement courses (AP) are offered to students who excel in certain areas, and who consistently achieve outstanding results in the subject area. Some students choose to stay an extra year (commonly referred to at the Abelard School as 'grade thirteen') in order improve their grades and/or take more courses.[1]

In addition to the standard mandatory French language class in grade nine, students must take French in grade ten. In a similar vein, Latin is also a mandatory course for grade nine students. Grade nine students also take a Foundation Studies in the Sciences course, which covers both grade nine and ten science, and which emphasizes the interconnections between all the scientific fields, instead of simply taking a single grade nine science course. Students attend classes at grades relevant to their level of attainment rather than simple chronology.


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