Dorset Park was originally part of the Village of Ellesmere, a small farming hamlet that was centered around the intersection of Kennedy and Ellesmere Roads, during the 1800’s. Ellesmere was named after the Village of Ellesmere in England. In the early 1900’s, the focal point of this community was the Ellesmere Arena. This venue served as the home of the Maple Leaf Curling Club and the Ellesmere Maple Leaf Band, the latter of which performed at church garden parties, fall fairs and other public functions. Ellesmere was particularly well known for its sports clubs including the Maple Leaf Football Team that won the Ontario Championships in 1890. In the early 1950’s, Ellesmere’s market gardens and dairy farms gave way to the present day Dorset Park subdivision. Like Ellesmere, the Dorset Park neighborhood is also named after a small village in England.
Dorset Park is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the western part of the district of Scarborough. The neighbourhood is bordered by Highway 401 to the north, Midland Avenue to the east, Lawrence Avenue to the south, and Birchmount Road to the west. Kennedy Road runs along the neighbourhood’s centre north and south and Ellesmere Road runs along the centre east and west. The area south of Lawrence Avenue, north of the hydro corridor, is known as McGregor Park and is often included as part of Dorset Park.
The business district of Scarborough is carried right through the heart of Dorset Park along Kennedy Road from Highway 401 to Lawrence Avenue. The business district along Kennedy Road is a 3.5 kilometer stretch of the road with nothing but stores, businesses, and high rise buildings. Kennedy Commons, a large strip mall, is located on Kennedy Road, between Highway 401 and Ellesmere Road.
Dorset Park is a middle-income family-oriented neighborhood comprised of people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. This neighborhood is currently in transition as a new generation of young families with children are gradually replacing the aging first-generation Dorset Park homeowners. The Dorset Park neighborhood is bound on the north by Highway 401 and on the east and west by a commercial corridor and light industry. Large companies like Kraft Foods and Laura Secord are based on the periphery of Dorset Park, off Birchmount Road.
Dorset Park’s housing stock was built in the 1950s. These houses include well-kept bungalows, cozy story-and-a-half houses, and a few semi-detached homes. The northeast corner of Birchmount and Ellesmere Roads is currently being developed as a modern subdivision community consisting of detached and semi-detached homes.
Kennedy Road is a regional shopping destination that is filled with home furniture and appliance stores, electronics and computer shops, and discount department stores. There are also many restaurants located along this street. The international mix of cuisines found here includes Chinese, Greek and Japanese restaurants. A recent addition to Kennedy Road is the Kennedy Commons, located just south of Highway 401 on the east side of Kennedy Road. This gigantic shopping area features a Lansing Buildall “Super Store” that encompasses 80,000 square feet of retail space. A Sears Furniture and Appliance store, the Brick and Dominion Supermarket are some of the other big name retailers in this shopping complex. The neighborhood oriented Courtesy Plaza on Birchmount Road reflects the ethnic mix of this neighborhood with its East and West Indian food market and family style restaurant. A popular food shopping destination for residents of this neighborhood is Highland Farms, located on Ellesmere Road, just west of Kennedy Road.
Parks, Recreation & Culture
The Dorset public park located of Lewiston Road includes a baseball diamond and a children’s playground. McGregor Park, situated off Lawrence Avenue East, is the largest recreational facility in this neighbourhood. It is the home of the McGregor Park Public Library and the McGregor Park Community Centre, which includes an outdoor pool and an indoor ice arena. This park also offers three tennis courts, a baseball diamond, sports fields and a children’s playground.
The Birchmount and Kennedy Road buses provide passengers with connecting routes to the Lawrence East station on the Scarborough Rapid Transit line. Scarborough Rapid Transit links up with the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Motorists are just a few minutes from the Kennedy Road on-ramp to Highway 401, which provides commuters with access to most of Toronto’s major highways.
Dorset Park has 10 Public schools, 5 Catholic schools, and 1 Private school in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Glamorgan Junior Public School
Address: 51 Antrim Crescent, Scarborough, ON M1P, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6275 | Fax: (416) 396-6037 | Email: Glamorgan@tdsb.on.ca
“Glamorgan Junior Public School is located in northern Dorset Park, a thriving community south of Highway 401 and west of Kennedy Road. The school property was once owned by William Loveless and his family. The public school, opened in 1974, is named after a county in Wales, and the school logo is the Welsh Griffin. Children who attend Glamorgan can easily walk from the apartments, condominiums, and townhomes in the area. A beautiful park adjacent to the school provides many recreational facilities for the students, including a playground, basketball court, baseball diamond, community meeting spaces, and a splash park. Glamorgan JPS is proud to serve this dynamic and diverse community.” As originally published by Glamorgan Junior Public School
Charles Gordon Senior Public School
Address: 3000 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M2J, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6130 | Fax: (416) 396-6133 | Email: CharlesGordon@tdsb.on.ca
“Charles Gordon Senior P.S., home of The Gators, opened in 1970 and is named after Charles William Gordon (1860 – 1937), a noted Canadian author who composed numerous works under the pen name of Ralph Connor. The school provides regular English programming for approximately 250 students who reside in the immediate attendance area. The school is also a site for Extended French programming. An additional 200 students, most of whom live outside the immediate community, participate in this program.” As originally published by Charles Gordon Senior Public School
Address: 300 Banbury Rd, North York, ON M2L 2W2, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2085
“Ayant été la première école francophone du Grand Toronto, l’École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé occupe un lieu privilégié d’éducation de langue française au sein de la population de Toronto et des environs. Nous sommes le reflet de la communauté francophone torontoise actuelle. Notre école est enrichie par la présence d’élèves et de membres du personnel qui nous arrivent des quatre coins du monde et qui travaillent dans une atmosphère de respect et de collaboration.” As originally published by ÉS Étienne-Brûlé
Address: 3000 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M2J, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6201 | Fax: (416) 396-3297 | Email: DonwoodPark@tdsb.on.ca
“Donwood Park Public School is located in east Toronto, north of Lawrence Avenue, between Midland and Brimley Avenues. The school opened in 1956 and has since had two additions, and is now a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school. The main two-story building (Donwood Campus) houses our kindergarten to grade three classrooms, a music room, art room, gymnasium, and library (The Learning Commons). Our junior and intermediate classes are housed in Highbrook Campus, right next door. This building also has a drama room, music/band room, STEM room, a gymnasium, and a separate lunchroom.” As originally published by Donwood Park Public School
Address: 28 Blaisdale Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6205 | Fax: (416) 396-6544 | Email: DorsetPark@tdsb.on.ca
“Dorset Park Public School is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 School located at the intersection of Kennedy and Lawrence. The school opened its doors in 1957. Our mission is to enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire the knowledge, skills and values they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.” As originally published by Dorset Park Public School
Ellesmere-Statton Public School
Address: 739 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 2W1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6225 | Fax: (416) 396-6233 | Email: Ellesmere_Statton@tdsb.on.ca
“Ellesmere-Statton Public School is a large school of approximately 630 students, servicing a culturally diverse community in the Kennedy Road and Ellesmere Road area. It is the amalgamation of two schools, Ellesmere School (S.S.#5), originally built in the 1840’s, and Wendell Statton Senior School, built-in 1973. At Ellesmere-Statton, we emphasize a strong link to our school’s history, and have a number of important traditions, including community barbeques, strong co-curricular programs, athletic programs, student recognition and values assemblies, and a growing community partnership.” As originally published by Ellesmere-Statton Public School
Address: 230 Birkdale Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3S4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6215 | Fax: (416) 396-6267 | Email: Edgewood@tdsb.on.ca
“The mission statement of Edgewood, a JK to 8 composite school with a continuing tradition of personal excellence, is to provide an environment of co-operation which allows each student to realize individual potential through involvement in responsible decision making, risk-taking, and creative thinking. Geographically, Edgewood School is located in a community with many unique characteristics such as the Birkdale ravine. Our school has a long, supportive history with all members of the community enabling students to gain the knowledge and skills required of them to become active and contributing participants in a democratic society.” As originally published by Edgewood Public School
Lord Roberts Junior Public School
Address: 165 Lord Roberts Dr, Scarborough, ON M1K 3W5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6420 | Fax: (416) 396-5771 | Email: LordRoberts@tdsb.on.ca
“Opened in 1958 and located on Lord Roberts Drive, west of Midland between Eglinton and Lawrence, Lord Roberts Junior Public School is richly diverse in its cultural makeup. Our student population represents nearly 30 countries. In partnership with our community, parents, and staff, our vision is to develop programs that support the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of the students entrusted to our care. We are a Future Aces school. The philosophy of Herb Carnegie, the founder of Future Aces, includes the following four personal qualities that make up the cornerstones of Future Aces: Attitude, Sportsmanship, Example, and Co-operation. We recognize and believe that developing these personal qualities in our students will help them grow toward their personal best in all aspects of school life.” As originally published by Lord Roberts Junior Public School
Address: 30 McGregor Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 1C8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3250 | Fax: (416) 395-9373 | Email:
“General Crerar Public School opened in 1954. Our school is located near the southwest corner of Kennedy Road and Lawrence Avenue. The neighborhood surrounding our school is made up of single-family dwellings, three apartment buildings, and a few townhouses. We have students from over 20 countries. Students have access to McGregor Arena and McGregor Public Library. In addition to having students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 8, we also offer the early French Immersion program beginning in Senior Kindergarten. Our three Learning Disability classes are unique to our school. These classes service the needs of children from inside and outside of our immediate school area.” As originally published by General Crerar Public School
Address: 30 McGregor Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 1C8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6255 | Fax: (416) 396-6547 | Email: GeneralCrerar@tdsb.on.ca
“General Crerar Public School opened in 1954. Our school is located near the southwest corner of Kennedy Road and Lawrence Avenue. The neighbourhood surrounding our school is made up of single-family dwellings, three apartment buildings and a few townhouses. We have students from over 20 countries. Students have access to McGregor Arena and McGregor Public Library. In addition to having students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 8, we also offer the early French Immersion program beginning in Senior Kindergarten. Our three Learning Disability classes are unique to our school. These classes service the needs of children from inside and outside our immediate school area.” As originally published by General Crerar Public School
Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute
Address: 3000 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M2J, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3250 | Fax: (416) 395-9373 | Email:
“Winston Churchill offers a variety of programs to support all learners and their interests. Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute has a history of being a school that embraces all opportunities. The school prides its ability to sustain the culture of the community as well as introducing new programs that will continue to sustain high expectations. A full composite of programs (Leonard Braithwaite Program, J.U.M.P. AP, Advanced Placement, and Citi Motive) with a cross-curricular focus is implemented to meet the needs of all learners. We are forging a new legacy based that explicitly focuses on the integration of student’s voice in the day-to-day learning that promotes educational excellence.” As originally published by Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute
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Enquiring Minds Montessori School
Address: 24 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1P 2Y4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 298-9938
“Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa provides a nurturing, child-centered setting for children 2.8 to 12 years of age. The school is committed to building and fostering a community of lifelong learners, using proven Montessori methodology, which has been successful for the past 100 years. Our school is unique in its infusion of a comprehensive arts program that complements our Montessori curriculum. While we focus on helping children to master language, math, sensorial experience, and artistic development at age-appropriate levels, we simultaneously nurture the growth of conscientious, caring, and compassionate human beings.” As originally published by Enquiring Minds Montessori School
Address: 500 Sandhurst Cir, Scarborough, ON M1S 3Y7, Canada
“Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud offre à l’élève une éducation de qualité dans un milieu de vie catholique et francophone où le respect de la personne, le sens d’appartenance à la collectivité franco-ontarienne, la promotion de l’excellence et l’équité sont des valeurs visibles et essentielles à son épanouissement.” As originally published by ÉÉC Saint-Jean-de-Lalande
Address: 2850 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1J, Canada | Telephone: 416-986-6414
“Notre établissement se veut un milieu d’apprentissage et de vie, où la francophonie et les valeurs humaines et religieuses prennent tout leur sens au sein de la communauté franco-ontarienne.” As originally published by ÉSC Père-Philippe-Lamarche
Address: 20 Bernadine St, Scarborough, ON M1P, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5338 | Fax: 416-393-5586
“We are dedicated to nurturing our students as they grow spiritually, intellectually, and academically, healthy in mind, body, and soul. The St. Rose of Lima pastoral team and the Rosary Apostolate in the Schools both support our ongoing efforts to help our students develop spiritually. Our students enjoy a challenging school program. The teachers work collaboratively with their division members, special program, and itinerant teachers. This ensures that we offer our students the challenges, supports, and assistance needed to achieve success.” As originally published by St. Victor Catholic School
Address: 1125 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON M1K 4H2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5335 | Fax:
“St. Albert Catholic School provides a Catholic education that focuses on Christ’s life as intrinsic to the entire curriculum. Our school is not just a school where academic learning occurs, but more importantly it is a place to teach and model Christian living. We respect individual differences, individual rights and individual responsibilities in following God’s plan for us, with the guidance of His church. Love of God, love of others and love of self are the basic means by which we are to live our lives and conduct our school activities. Our school provides an inviting, safe and welcoming environment where each child can learn, grow and develop.” As originally published by St. Albert Catholic School
Address: 2216 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P 2P9, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5264 | Fax: 416-397-6347
“St. Lawrence is one of the most venerated martyrs of the Roman Catholic Church. He is known for his service to others, especially those in need. He is the patron saint of Rome, cooks, and the poor. St. Lawrence Catholic School was built in 1956. St. Lawrence has a long tradition of welcoming new Canadians. At present, more than 37% of our student population were born outside of Canada and 43% of our students speak a language other than English in their homes. To meet the needs of our immigrant population, St. Lawrence has English as a second language (ESL) classes and a variety of special classes and services. Adult ESL classes have also been offered on the weekend at St. Lawrence and during the summer months.” As originally published by St. Lawrence Catholic School
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