Best 10 International Schools in Toronto

International Education in Toronto

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The Canadian education system is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. Expat children can attend any public school in Canada for free and receive an exceptional standard of education.

So why bother with an international school?

The main difference between Toronto’s public, private and international schools is boarding. Private and international schools commonly offer campus accommodation where students can make the most of school life, from extra curricular clubs to sports facilities and so much more.

While the standards of education are similar, international schools place more emphasis on educating children to be ‘global citizens’. The student body is also made up of students from all over the world, rather than a majority of Canadian students with a small minority of international students.

The International Baccalaureate curriculum is well known all over the world, and is one of the most common curricula taught in international schools globally. While you will of course find a choice of international schools in Toronto offering the IB, the Canadian curriculum is equally popular. Given the country’s highly regarded education system, this should be no cause for concern - quite the opposite in fact.

Another one of Canada’s many talents is its bilingualism. The country’s two official languages - French and English - have equal standing in government and law. In reality English is more widely spoken in Toronto, and the city’s international schools mostly teach through English.

That said, if you want your child to learn through French many schools offer the option. French is also offered as an additional language in all schools, along with many others. Toronto is a true melting pot of a city with people from all over the globe calling it home; whatever language or culture your want your child to be exposed to, you’ll find it here.

Toronto’s international schools are scattered across a wide suburban and urban area. Heading from the northern suburbs to the downtown area, the majority of them are situated between the axis of Thornhill/North York (at the top) and Avenue Road, Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Road (towards the bottom).

If you head east or west of the downtown area instead, you’ll find as many international schools in either direction too. Burlington and Hamilton to the west of Toronto and Whitby to the east each have an international school too, making a life away from the traffic and bustle even easier.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Toronto. However, there are another 17 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Toronto based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Toronto

Out of a total of 27 International Schools in Toronto.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Walden International School Oakville

Global education, Service Learning, and Wellness are pillars of Walden International School that are rooted in all aspects of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and programme for middle years students. Our nature-centric approach and learning environment is designed to foster planet-focused innovation and a respect for the natural world.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$16,300
to: C$19,700
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MacKenzie Academy

At MacKenzie Academy, we take a holistic approach to a students development. Our focus is more than just academics. Our mission is to prepare students for the world of tomorrow and we believe our core values of collaboration, respect, and responsibility are everlasting traits that everybody should possess in order to be successful wherever in the world they may find themselves.
Curriculum
Canadian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$22,000
to: C$22,000
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German International School Toronto

The German International School Toronto is a private, co-educational, German immersion school which provides students with a unique international perspective by combining the best of both the Canadian and German curricula.
The GIST offers an outstanding multi-lingual education in German, English and French. Students are confident language-users who write poems in French and participate in Canadian writing contests.
Curriculum
German, Canadian
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
4 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$9,250
to: C$14,250
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Upper Canada College

As specialists in boys’ education, we spend a lot of time thinking about the unique ways in which boys learn and grow. Graduates of UCC — an International Baccalaureate World School with one of the broadest programs in the country — are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. Our global network of alumni includes leaders and innovators in politics, finance, arts, athletics, media and beyond. UCC also has one of the most generous financial assistance programs among independent schools in Canada, offering $5 million annually.
Curriculum
IB, Canadian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$34,135
to: C$37,135
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Branksome Hall

Branksome Hall is an independent school for girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, with a Boarding Program for students in Grades 7 through 12. It is a fully authorized IB World School.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$34,650
to: C$38,150
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McDonald International Academy

Established in 1994, McDonald International Academy (MIA) is a fully registered and accredited secondary school inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training. The school employs the latest pedagogical methods and technological aids to provide students with superior educational opportunities. McDonald is a vibrant academic and social community, boasting the highest North American standards through a collaborative effort from teachers and students alike.
Curriculum
Canadian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$22,500
to: C$22,500
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The Giles School

The Giles School is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational French immersion school, founded in 1989 by Harry Giles, CM, QC a pioneer in bilingual French immersion in Canada and the founder of Toronto French School. The school draws its students from Toronto and the surrounding areas of Markham, Richmond Hill, Ajax, and as far as Port Credit, Ontario.
Curriculum
International
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
2 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$22,500
to: C$24,600
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Blyth Academy Downsview Park

Blyth Academy is known for our small class sizes and personalized approach to learning. We have a vibrant international student community at our Academies and we are always looking to diversify this community. Our school year is divided into four terms, which gives international students four opportunities to commence their studies.
Curriculum
Canadian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
10 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$23,995
to: C$23,995
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Keystone International Secondary School

Keystone International Schools was established in 2012. Keystone follows the Ontario curriculum with a project-based, experiential approach to learning. Keystone serves both international and local high school students in grades 9 through 12 in the heart of Toronto, where students are prepared for post-secondary success. Universities expect students to think about what they learn: understand, analyze, formulate, investigate and propose solutions to non-routine problems. They are expected to be resourceful and connect their learning to real-life issues. They need to organize themselves and manage their time to meet deadlines. At Keystone Toronto, students follow the Ontario curriculum, while learning key self-management skills. Apart from the core subjects, students pick their electives based on their interest and potential career choices. Selection of electives is a process that involves the students, parents, teachers and guidance counselor.
Curriculum
Canadian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$18,800
to: C$18,800
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Bronte College

Bronte College is a co-educational, private Day and Boarding high school offering grade 9 to 12, located in Mississauga (in the Greater Toronto Area). Founded in 1991, we've been offering a quality education and positive boarding school experience to international students for 30 years. At Bronte College, students graduate with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, recognized around the world. We are also an International Baccalaureate World School, and we offer the AdvancedPlacement Program. We have 400 students at Bronte College from 30 different countries. Our diversity makes for a very positive learning environment, and we work hard to support the needs of international students.
Curriculum
IB, Canadian, Advanced Placement (AP)
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: C$22,300
to: C$24,500
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