Toronto’s Top School Neighbourhoods

By Todd Rowley

You can have it all – a growing family, a beautiful home in the city, access to public transportation, and a sense of community all while living in some of the best school districts that the greater Toronto area has to offer.

Here are five best school neighborhoods in Toronto:

1)  Rosedale-Moore Park

Rosedale-Moore Park is a stunning community boasting high-ranking 11 public schools, 5 Catholic schools, and 5 private schools.

  • Rosedale Junior Public School – Fraser Ranking 9.9
  • Whitney Junior Public School – Fraser Ranking 10
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School – Fraser Ranking 9.2
  • Bennington Heights Elementary School – Fraser Ranking 8.4
  • Deer Park Junior and Senior Public School – Fraser Ranking 8.8

Two-bedroom rentals in this neighbourhood average $2600 with for-sale prices ranging from $900,000 to $6.9 million, with sales averaging $2.1 million.

Rosedale is founded on a former estate, named for the wild roses that grew in abundance. Like Lawrence Park, Rosedale-Moore Park is one of the wealthiest and most highly-priced neighbourhoods in Canada. Making it one of the prime real estate areas, your family can take in any of the 11 parks, 13 tennis courts, three wading pools, or four playgrounds.

Consider these condos when planting roots in the Rosedale-Moore Park community:

2)  Steeles

The Steeles neighbourhood sees the Kennedy and St. Henry schools in its community with two-bedroom rentals averaging $1900 per month and home sales averaging $969,000. With 8 public schools, 4 Catholic schools, and 3 private schools in this neighbourhood, your kids will surely find a strong educational foundation in the Steeles neighbourhood. Perfect for your growing family, this neighbourhood comes equipped for fun and activity with ten baseball diamonds, seven playgrounds, five trails and even a cricket field.

  • St. Henry Catholic Catholic School – Fraser Ranking 8.9
  • Sir Samuel B. Steele Junior Public School – Fraser Ranking 8.4
  • Terry Fox Public School – Fraser Ranking7.6
  • David Lewis Public School – Fraser Ranking 8.2
  • Kennedy Public School – Fraser Ranking 9.7

When looking for condos to fit you and your family in the Steeles neighbourhood, be sure to consider:

3)  Lawrence Park

Next up is Lawrence Park in the school district encompassing John Ross Roberston Junior and Blythwood Junior schools, as well as 15 other public, Catholic, and French immersion schools. Lawrence Park ranks among the wealthiest communities in Canada with the average selling price settling in at $2,400,000 and average rent hovering around the $3000 mark. Described as a park haven boasting seven parks, multiple activity areas, and even a botanical garden with the majority of the homes suitably dressed in Georgian and Tudor architectural styles. Many of these homes were constructed between 1890 and 1930 and today sit nestled on wide lots with beautifully landscaped lawns.

The Fraser Institue, whose mission is “to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals,” rated the following schools in Lawrence Park:

  • Blythwood Junior Public School (Elementary) – Fraser Ranking 9
  • Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (Secondary) – Fraser Ranking 7.5

As your young ones get nestled into schools, your family can find their new home at one of these recommended condos in the neighbourhood:

4)  Willowdale East

Willowdale East shares space with 13 parks, five trails, and six tennis courts offering a taste of something for everyone. Transit is a bonus in this neighbourhood, with four rail transit stops and 120 street-level transit stops, making it easy for everyone to get around town.

The Willowdale East community encompasses a region that includes 11 public schools, 5 Catholic schools, and 4 private schools, including:

  • Earl Haig Secondary School – Fraser Ranking 8.6
  • Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts High School – Fraser Ranking 8.8

Rent comes in at $2300 for a two-bedroom condo, with condo sales averaging $1,600,000.  Consider one of these condos when considering a move to Willowdale East:

5)  Don Mills

Don Mills is a well-known and popular Toronto neighbourhood. The gorgeous Donalda Golf and Country Club and the scenic Edwards Gardens are nearby features. Don Mills’ commercial/industrial sector is home to IBM Canada Ltd., Global Television Station, the Toronto Real Estate Board, and many more notable enterprises.

Don Mills offers more than industry. With 22 parks and 16 trails, a nature centre, a botanical garden, and an arboretum, Don Mills is the outdoor lovers’ dream in the city. Of course, you’ll want great schools for your children, and Don Mills measures up with:

  • Northmount School (Private) – Fraser Ranking 9.4
  • St Bonaventure Catholic school, Fraser Ranking 9.1
  • Don Mills Public school – Fraser Ranking 6.4

Condos range from $620,000 to $2,000,000+ in the school district of St. Bonaventure with the average selling price around $1,500,000. Check out these condos in the Don Mills region:

As you can see, no matter where you strive to make your family home, Toronto has top options that offer quality schools, rich culture, and vibrant neighbourhoods giving you all that you could ask for.