One of the many reasons we love Toronto’s west end so much is because of how family-friendly each of its communities are. Between each neighbourhood, it seems that the family-sized homes, winding tree-lined streets, and terrific west end Toronto schools make for perfect places to raise children.
Following our previous article detailing our top five west end daycares, we are graduating up a few grades to tell you about some of the favourable west end Toronto schools. Our picks are based on the most current Fraser Institue school performance rankings and include both public and catholic west end Toronto schools.
To learn more about the best west end Toronto schools and what makes them so great, read our list of Top 5 West End Toronto Schools below.
Garden Avenue Junior Public School
Located at 225 Garden Avenue in south Roncesvalles, Garden Avenue Junior Public School has been one of our favourite west end Toronto schools for some time now. Neatly tucked away on this quaint residential street just west of the bustling Roncesvalles strip, Garden Avenue JPS is a safe and family-oriented elementary institution in the west end.
Garden Avenue welcomes children from Junior Kindergarten up to Grade 6 and has an average annual enrollment of about 275 students. Scoring a whopping 8.7 out of 10 on the Fraser Institute school rankings, Garden Avenue places a strong focus on academic learning while providing a nurturing and inclusive environment.
To learn more about the programs and extra-curricular activities available at Garden Avenue Junior Public School, visit their website here.
Swansea Junior and Senior Public School
One of our favourite west end neighbourhoods to live in, Swansea is also home to one of our favourite west end Toronto schools. Swansea Junior and Senior Public School can be found directly in front of one of Swansea’s largest parks, Rennie Park, at 207 Windermere Avenue.
This ideal west end location is perfect for children who love to run and play outdoors, while also rating very high on the academic end of the spectrum. With an impressive 8.6 out of 10 according to the Fraser Institute school rankings, this west end Toronto school has been a Swansea favourite since first opening in 1890.
Today, Swansea Junior and Senior PS welcomes almost 1,000 students per year with classes from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.
St Vincent de Paul Catholic School
Sat just east of Roncesvalles Avenue on the tree-lined residential street of Fermanagh Avenue, St Vincent de Paul Catholic School is Roncy’s highest-rated catholic school. For those who value high-quality academic performance in a faith-based environment, there are fewer west end Toronto schools that do it better than St Vincent de Paul. And, the Fraser Institute seems to agree, awarding St Vincent de Paul with a highly-respectable 8.5 out of 10.
With classes running for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, St Vincent de Paul’s academic planning is consistent with the expectations of The Ontario Curriculum and additionally provides extended French programs for children from Grade 5 to 8. This
Learn more about enrolling your child at St Vincent de Paul on their admissions page here.
Howard Junior Public School
Yet another fantastic Roncesvalles school, Howard Junior Public School is located in the north half of the neighbourhood at 30 Marmaduke Street between Sunnyside Avenue and Roncesvalles Avenue. Despite being in such a prime Roncesvalles location, Howard Junior PS is perfectly situated on the peaceful residential street of Marmaduke.
This perfect location is ideal for the young children who attend Howard Junior, which enrolls about 550 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 each year. Howard Junior also has an extensive French immersion program, which is available to students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6.
Clearly, this has had a positive effect on their overall academic ratings, as the Fraser Institute rates them in with a fantastic 8.4 out of 10. Learn more about this great west end Toronto school on their website here.
St Pius X Catholic School
The second catholic school to make our list is Bloor West Village’s St Pius X Catholic School. Situated at 71 Jane Street just north of Bloor Street West, St Pius X is in a very convenient location for both pick-ups and drop-offs as well as public transportation.
With children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 enrolled in classes at St Pius, being so close to Jane subway station is ideal for older kids who commute from longer distances. It’s easy to see why students want to travel from different parts of the city to attend this west end Toronto school, as a recent six new classroom addition has allowed St Pius to finally expand to the size of their demands.
Considering St Pius’ high academic rankings on the Fraser Institute — an 8.4 out of 10 — there is good reason this west end catholic school has established such a name for itself. For more information about St Pius’ admissions and registrations, click here.
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