Private Schools in Downtown Toronto – Give Your Child the Private School Advantage

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Schools in Downtown Toronto
Have you considered sending your child to one of the many fine private schools in downtown Toronto? Many parents are worried about the state of public education in our city. Last year's teachers' job action provoked concerns about the stability of the system. And even though Canada has a comparatively good public school system, it's evident that there are many challenges facing TDSB schools.
Overcrowding is a problem at some schools. Budget cuts mean that class sizes keep growing. Teachers are expected to cope with ever-increasing numbers of students with learning and behavioural challenges, and some schools have a large percentage of ESL students. A few schools are even trying to cope with gang violence on school property.
As well, some wonder about the directions that the Ontario Ministry of Education has taken. Standardized tests, introduced several years ago to all public schools, are a tactic used by failing school systems. Finland, which is considered to have the best school system in the world, abolished all standardized tests. Toronto's initiative to provide full-day kindergarten also goes against the principles of many leading educational thinkers.
The Private School Advantage
Toronto has a wide variety of private schools, from prep schools to French language schools, from single-gender institutions to schools based on a particular philosophy, such as Montessori. Better private schools offer students many advantages, including:
  • A culture of excellence. Private schools celebrate academic achievement. Students who are not performing to their potential may be in a school where excelling is not considered "cool.” At fine private schools, students are expected to give their best effort. Older students provide good role models for younger ones, and supports are in place to help every student maximize their performance.
  • Balance. Private schools help students achieve balance in their lives. At better schools, each student is expected to maintain high academic standards, but also participate in athletics and extracurricular activities. Skills such as time budgeting, planning, study skills and practicing self-discipline help students achieve a healthy balance at school, and are invaluable in life.
  • Values. Private schools aim to educate the whole child. In addition to instilling a love for learning and knowledge, better Toronto private schools promote the building of character and the practice of values like respect for others, a strong work ethic, taking responsibility, service to the community, integrity, and self-discipline.
  • Size. Private schools usually have fewer students than public schools. Classes are smaller, leading to a better student-teacher ratio. These schools are better able to build and maintain facilities for sports, drama, and other activities, and they endeavour to have the latest in technology available to students as soon as possible.
How to Choose a School
An Internet search will yield a list of private schools in downtown Toronto. Exploring school websites will tell you a lot about each school's particular focus, philosophy, and other information. Many schools hold "Open House” events where you can tour the facilities and learn more about what is offered. When you have narrowed your list to a few schools, call to make appointments with the enrollment officers of the school, who will answer any questions you may have.
Explore your options today -- give your child the gift of a private school education!
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