For many people with children, finding the right schools is just as important as finding the right house. You can find a home that checks everything off your list, but if there are no reputable schools in that catchment area, that may be the ultimate deal-breaker. If you’re moving to Toronto or the GTA and are looking to move near well-ranked high schools, here are just some of the city’s best and brightest.
For information on top-ranked elementary schools, be sure to read our blog, Educational Options for Children in Toronto.
St. Michael’s Choir Senior High School – 66 Bond Street, Toronto, M5B 1X2 – Toronto Catholic District School Board
It may surprise many people in other provinces to know that Toronto has a strong Catholic school representation. St. Michael’s Choir, a private all-boys Catholic high school in downtown Toronto, sits down the street from Ryerson University and is perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings sandwiched in between various architectural styles.
Key Highlights of St. Michael’s Choir:
- Admissions are based on auditions: all candidates must first audition before they can be considered for entry into the school. Candidates must show strong musical aptitude in singing, sight reading, ear training, piano (minimum three years’ experience), and music theory.
- Top ranking. According to the Fraser Institute, St. Michael’s is the top-ranked high school in the city based on several factors, most notably, academic performance.
York Mills Collegiate Institute – 490 York Mills Rd, North York, M3B 1W6 – Toronto District School Board
North York is one of the most sought-after residential neighbourhoods in the GTA. Because of its proximity to the city, public transportation, and access to Located between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Avenue, York Mills Collegiate’s motto is Labore et Prudentia, which means, “through effort and intelligence.” Their motto is perhaps in line with their emphasis on academics, student success, and university prep.
Key Highlights of York Mills:
- Helping Students Thrive. Diverse support programs for students, such as Special Education, Guidance, peer tutoring, and ESL.
- Embracing Diversity. Language program offerings in French, Spanish, and French Immersion.
- Leadership building opportunities. Students have a chance to develop marketable skills by participating in many extracurricular activities, such as clubs, sports teams, and the arts.
École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé – 116 Cornelius Parkway, North York, M6L 2K5 – North York Board of Education
What makes Canada such a great country is its commitment to serving its citizens in the official language of their choice, no matter where they live. École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé offers French-Canadian or French-speaking families the opportunity to receive a post-secondary education in the heart of Toronto. Located in family-friendly North York, this prestigious French Immersion school is part of a large educational network that promises that “By the time they graduate from high school, your children will be fluent in oral and written French and English.”
Key Highlights of École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé:
- French-language cultural products. As part of their full immersion philosophy, high school students are exposed to Francophone products from Canada and around the world.
- Beyond French Immersion. With the exception of English and Spanish class, all courses and school activities are conducted in French.
The York School – 1320 Yonge Street, Toronto, M4T 1X2 – Independent
Situated on the world-famous Yonge street in between Summerhill and St. Clair subway stations, sits The York School, an independent school for students from junior Kindergarten all the way to grade 12. What sets this school apart from others is its progressive learning techniques, commitment to student wellness, and a robust extracurricular program with connections to the community.
Key Features of The York School:
- University Counselling. The counselling team at The York School is there to help students explore potential opportunities, as well as information about university admissions, academic course selection, and individualized counselling.
- Wellness Programme. Emotional wellness is the foundation of academic success, which is why there’s a strong focus on fostering meaningful relationships with teachers and fellow students.
- Fully “wired” school. Students and teachers can take full advantage of innovation and technology with their one-to-one laptop programme, wireless LAN, and access to digital cameras, tablets, voice recorders, and more.
If you’re thinking of moving into a new neighbourhood to give your child access to better school, contact Susan Macarz. Susan is a Toronto Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Ultimate Realty Inc., Brokerage. She’s equipped with a wealth of knowledge of Toronto’s best and brightest schools throughout various neighbourhoods and can help you find a home that you’re just as passionate about.