Schools Near Yonge and Eglinton
If you live in the Yonge and Eglinton area, there are several
private schools in your neighbourhood. Perhaps you have not yet considered
enrolling your child in a private school. Many parents choose public school
over private school, assuming that the education their child receives will be
equivalent. It's true that the Canadian public school system ranks high
compared to other countries. But even ardent supporters of the public system
admit that Toronto public schools face many challenges. Budget cutbacks have
led to fewer teachers and larger class sizes, fewer support staff, and the
cancelling of some programs. Facilities may require upgrading. Many schools
face overcrowding, or have large numbers of students that require ESL
instruction. Some high schools have many students with behavioral or drug
abuse issues, and dealing with these can take up valuable teaching time. Gang
conflicts have even caused problems at certain schools.
If your child is doing well in the public system, you may
have no reason to consider private school. But there are several situations
where private school may be exactly the right choice for your child and your
whole family. These can include:
- Culture. At some schools, peers may
consider it "uncool” to excel at academics. If your child usually excels at
academics but begins to lose ground, it could be because she finds herself in a
culture like this. It may be time to move her to private school. Better Toronto private
schools cultivate a culture of academic excellence. Older students can be
role models and mentors for younger ones, and academic achievements are
celebrated. Help your child to maximize her potential by providing her with a
school culture that helps her to succeed.
- Excellence. Conversely, if your child is
excelling, you may wish to give her the opportunity to graduate from a great
private school. Prep schools offer many courses designed for the
university-bound student, and help to prepare your child for the transition to
post-secondary education. Private school guidance counsellors can help to
provide students with direction as they choose career paths, and smaller
classes mean that teachers can give students more individual attendance. Many
private schools also offer support for students who need extra help.
- Values. You may wish to find a private school that can
reinforce your family's values or principles. This can mean finding a
school that provides religion-based instruction, a French language school, or a
philosophically based education system such as a Waldorf school.
- Stability. You may have a child who
craves stability. In this case, starting him as early as possible in a private
school can help him settle into school life. Private schools are smaller than
public schools, and faculty is more stable. Students are known by name by most
staff. Some Toronto private schools begin at the kindergarten level and
continue on until graduation from Grade 12, requiring only minor transitions
from elementary to junior high to high school. This provides great stability
for your child.
You can learn a lot about a school from its website. Narrow your search by attending Open House
events and speaking with enrolment officers from your top choices. When
visiting schools, be sure to bring your child with you. Take note of the
atmosphere of the school. Is it warm and welcoming? Are students respectful?
Are facilities spacious and safe?
A private school can provide your child with a superb
educational experience. Explore your options today!