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Education in Toronto

The headquarters for Toronto District School Board, the largest school board in Canada.

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It 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.


Public educationEdit

Four school boards in Toronto provide public primary, secondary, and adult education.


The French-language secular school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, is headquartered in Toronto.

The following public school boards operate secular schools:

Alternative SchoolsEdit

There is a strong alternative school movement. The Toronto District School Board has many alternative schools.[1] The oldest is ALPHA Alternative School, which opened in 1972.[2] There are also private alternative organizations.

The first conference for publicly funded alternative schools in the Greater Toronto Area happened in Nov, 2012.[3]


Headquarters for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the city's English-language separate school board.

The following public school boards operate separate schools in 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.[4]

Private educationEdit

School boardsEdit

Independent and private schoolEdit

A partial list of well-known private and/or independent elementary, secondary, and university-preparatory schools includes:

Upper Canada College in Toronto. Founded in 1829, it is the oldest independent school in Ontario.

Religious schoolsEdit



  • Sathya Sai School of Canada[5]


  • 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[6]


Defunct institutionsEdit

Toronto Academy, an early high school located on Front Street between Bay and York Streets[8] and had ties to Knox College, Toronto. Established in 1846 as an alternative to provincial schools, broke ties to the Knox in 1849 and closed after 1852.[9] William Lyon Mackenzie's son, future Chief Justice Thomas Moss as well as first African Canadian doctor Anderson Ruffin Abbott.

Post-secondary educationEdit

Toronto is home to a number of post-secondary institutions, including the largest (University of Toronto) and third largest (York University) universities in Canada. Toronto universities total approximately 187,000 undergraduate students.[10]


The University of Toronto is one of several universities located in the city.


In Canada, colleges refers to a technical, applied arts, or applied science school. Toronto has the principal campuses of four post-secondary colleges, as well as the campus of one other Ontario-based college, scattered across the city in 29 campuses. In addition to those five colleges, from 1995 to 2001, Collège des Grands-Lacs operated within the city. The following colleges operate a campus within the city:


The Royal Conservatory of Music is a non-profit music education institution headquartered in Toronto.

Toronto is home to a number of supplementary schools, which provides additional educational support for students in mainstream public, and private schools. The city also 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. Schools located in Toronto include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ TDSB alternative schools
  2. ^ Toronto Star article: School marks 40 years
  3. ^ The GTA Conference on Alternative Public Schooling
  4. ^ "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.
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  7. ^ "Etz Chaim". Retrieved 21 November 2013.
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  10. ^ addition of enrollments of number of full-time students from other Wikipedia articles
  11. ^ Tyndale University College and Seminary Act, 2003.