Find The Right School

What’s the “right” school for your family?

What offerings are a must-have?

  • Families consider location, size, pupil/teacher ratio, academic rigour and religious affiliation, family legacy at the school, single-sex or co-ed, to name just a few.
  • We invite you to start researching and filtering schools with our search tool.

Begin your search

  • After your online research, develop a short list and contact the admissions department for more information.
  • If you are looking at local day schools be sure to attend an open house, an invaluable, informal glimpse of the school’s environment.

Application process

  • You need to apply in the fall of the year prior to desired entry to the school.
  • Be sure to ask the admissions office about deadlines for applications. Most require a completed application form, a fee, prior academic records and references. Some require an entrance test.
  • Many schools will require an interview, preferably on campus.

Financial assistance

  • Many schools have established scholarship, bursary, and/or loan programs. Be sure to earmark time for the detailed information these applications will require you to collect.


CIS Ontario member schools benefit from the following:

  • high quality inter-school student programs including music, drama, visual arts and dance festivals, plus membership in our Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA)
  • targeted and innovative professional development for teachers
  • strong professional networks for school leaders and administrators
  • collaborative resource-sharing
  • a strong voice for Ontario independent education