Green and vibrant community.
As one of Toronto’s most historic, green, and vibrant communities, High Park is an incredibly desirable neighborhood. With its rich culture and wealth of beautiful homes that date back to the late 19th century, the area is as character-filled as it is whimsical.
Swansea was incorporated as a village in 1926. The Swansea Village corporate seal reveals a great deal about the colorful history of this neighborhood. Included on the Swansea seal is explorer Etienne Brule, who in 1615 became the first European to set foot on what is now Swansea. Also shown is a First Nations member. This is symbolic in that it recognizes that First Nations members were the first people to inhabit Swansea, hundreds of years ago. The hills in the Swansea Village seal represent Swansea’s rolling countryside, which is similar to the topography found in Swansea, Wales, after which this neighborhood is named. The water in the Swansea seal refers to Swansea’s natural boundaries, which include Lake Ontario, the Humber River, and Grenadier Pond. In 1967, Swansea Village joined Forest Hill Village as one of the last two independent villages to be annexed by the City of Toronto.
The community gets its name from the vast green space known as High Park, which is perched atop the elevated south-facing hill overlooking Lake Ontario. This picture-perfect part of the city boasts a hilly topography that originally required winding streets to accommodate easier travel for pedestrians and automobiles. Today, it contributes to the charm of the area—along with the enormous oak trees and public parks.
Swansea Village is the only Toronto neighborhood that has its own community-run Town Hall. Swansea is also the only Toronto neighborhood to have a lake, a river, and a pond as it’s natural boundaries. Swansea’s hilly terrain, winding roads and many mature trees accentuate the storybook houses that line the residential streets of this neighborhood. Given all of its leafy-green outdoor spaces, it’s safe to say that High Park is a place that draws people who like the outdoors. That being said, there’s a wide range of residents in the community.
Swansea’s high-end homes are located either at the western edge of High Park overlooking Grenadier Pond or at the Brule Gardens enclave found in the north-west pocket of Swansea. Swansea also contains a large number of semi-detached houses and bungalows located mostly in the center of the neighborhood. The typical Swansea house was built between 1905 and 1935. At the south end of Swansea, down Windermere Avenue, is a cluster of rental apartment buildings. This pocket includes some of the original Swansea worker’s cottages, built in the 1880s.
The most convenient shopping district for Swansea residents is the Bloor West Village shopping district on Bloor Street West. Bloor West Village features Toronto’s best selection of European bakeries and delis.
The Swansea Town Hall and Community Centre includes a small gymnasium, and a selection of meeting rooms available for a variety of functions. Swansea Town Hall is also the home of the Swansea Memorial Public Library, the smallest branch of the Toronto Public Library system. This branch specializes in material for children and seniors and provides complete inter-library loan services. Rennie Park, located on the east side of Rennie Terrace, south of Morningside Avenue, has four tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool. High Park which can be accessed from Bloor Street, features a full day of recreational activities including fishing, theatre performances, train rides, an animal zoo, historical exhibits, a restaurant and a myriad of fitness opportunities.
Swansea is served by a bus route on Windermere and Morningside Avenues. The Runnymede and Jane subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line are within walking distance of many of the houses in this neighborhood. Motorists enjoy the convenience of being located only minutes away from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard.
High Park-Swansea, has 11 Public schools, 5 Catholic schools, and 5 Private schools, in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 209 Jameson Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2Y3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9000 | Fax: (416) 393-8160 | Email: Parkdale.CI@tdsb.on.ca
“Humberside is a non-semester school that offers a challenging program and is committed to assisting students to become responsible, capable, and caring citizens with a lifelong curiosity for learning and a desire for excellence. Established in 1892, Humberside Collegiate Institute’s architecturally significant building sits in one of the most beautiful settings in the T.D.S.B. Just as Humberside has had strong foundations in the High Park community so too are the foundations that we provide in academic excellence and tradition.” As originally published by Humberside Collegiate Institute
Address: 209 Jameson Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2Y3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9000 | Fax: (416) 393-8160 | Email: Parkdale.CI@tdsb.on.ca
“Parkdale has a reputation as the “gem” of our community. We are characterized by our caring, inclusive and welcoming learning environment. Our programming is continually evolving to meet the needs and interests of our students in our changing community; our diversity is our strength and we proudly welcome all students. Our programs include an enhanced PreBaccalaureate program to prepare students for our International Baccalaureate Programme, and a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Horticulture and Landscaping. We are a dynamic learning community, located with easy access to the TTC, where everyone has opportunities to get to know one another.” As originally published by Parkdale Collegiate Institute
Address: 30 Marmaduke St, Toronto, ON M6R 1T2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9255 | Fax: (416) 393-9258 | Email: Howard@tdsb.on.ca
“Howard Public School is located in the High Park/Roncesvalles community. It began as a small country school in 1874. The present building was constructed in 1970 as an “open concept” school with three “houses”: Anderson House, Maison Neuve and Clarke House. Each house has a common area surrounded by six individual classrooms. The three Kindergartens and music room are in separate classrooms. The school has approximately 550 students. Howard Public School is a dual-track school offering an English program from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 and an Early French Immersion program from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6. Each program enhances the other. The school shares space with a daycare center.” As originally published by Howard Junior Public School
Address: 330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1, Canada | Telephone: 416 532-6592
“L’école secondaire Toronto Ouest continue de bâtir un milieu d’apprentissage franchement exemplaire. Ce milieu diversifié, inclusif et sécuritaire offre à ses élèves des programmes d’excellence en sciences, mathématiques, langues, études sociales et arts. De nombreux clubs et activités socioculturelles et sportives viennent agrémenter le quotidien de nos élèves, leur permettant de joindre l’utile à l’agréable. Fondés sur des valeurs d’excellence, d’engagement et de dépassement de soi, l’enseignement et l’encadrement offerts à nos élèves leur permettent « de voir un avenir à la hauteur de leur vision où les choix de carrières sont guidés par leurs passions et qui offre la possibilité et les ressources nécessaires à leur réalisation ».” As originally published by ÉS Toronto Ouest
Address: 207 Windermere Ave, Toronto, ON M6S 3J9, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9080 | Fax: (416) 393-9079 | Email: Swansea@tdsb.on.ca
“Swansea School is located south of Bloor Street and west of High Park. It has a history of over a hundred years. The school has an enrolment of approximately 800 students. Their ethnic backgrounds are highly diverse and the school takes every opportunity to celebrate its diversity. Swansea Public School is a community of staff, students and parents who work collaboratively to promote a safe and respectful learning environment, where all students have the opportunity to achieve their potential. We are dedicated to fostering a welcoming, safe and respectful community where all individuals strive for academic excellence and participate cooperatively in all aspects of school life.“ As originally published by Swansea Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 55 Pelham Ave, Toronto, ON M6N 1A5, Canada | Telephone: 416 651-4630
“La communauté de Charles-Sauriol est accompagnée par un personnel enseignant dynamique et dévoué ainsi que des parents très impliqués et prêts à soutenir le développement des enfants. Une étroite collaboration entre le milieu scolaire, la famille et la communauté est essentielle à la réussite de tous les élèves. Le personnel de l’école a à cœur le bien-être de tous les élèves. La différentiation pédagogique, les projets touchant divers intérêts, l’enfance en difficulté, le programme d’Actualisation linguistique du français (ALF) et le programme d’aide pour les nouveaux arrivants (PANA) sont le pivot de l’enseignement à l’école Charles-Sauriol.” As originally published by É Élém Charles-Sauriol
Address: 85 Forty First St, Etobicoke, ON M8W 3P1, Canada | Telephone: 647 265-8544
Address: 1141 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1420 | Fax: (416) 393-1424 | Email: Bloor@tdsb.on.ca
“Bloor Collegiate Institute, established in 1925, has a long tradition of scholarship and post-secondary success for our many graduates. While small enough to be comfortable, Bloor C.I. offers a full range of courses. Grade 9 students choose from a unique selection of options including a course in skills for success in high school and courses in computer arts, business and music. We offer a variety of enrichment opportunities. Our partnership with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics brings cutting edge modern physics into our science classrooms. Opportunities for senior students include an in-school University of Toronto course (Sociology 101) and mathematics lectures at the University of Toronto.” As originally published by Bloor Collegiate Institute
Address: 128 Fern Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1K3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9130 | Fax: (416) 393-9132 | Email: Fern@tdsb.on.ca
“Fern Avenue School is located east of Roncesvalles Avenue, on Fern Avenue, north of Queen St.and south of High Park Blvd. The school was built in 1894, celebrated its centennial in 1994, and a two-story primary wing was added to the three-story old central building in 1954. The school serves about 600 students. The majority of the students are from English-speaking backgrounds. Approximately one-third of the students represent about 20 cultural and language groups. Fern is a composite school offering programs from Full-Day Kindergarten to Grade 8 in English, Full Day Kindergarten (SK) to Grade 6 in French Immersion, and a Grade 4 to 8 Extended French program.” As originally published by Fern Avenue Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 225 Garden Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1H9, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9165 | Fax: (416) 393-9173 | Email: email@example.com
“Garden Avenue Public School is situated between Parkside Drive and Roncesvalles Avenue, near St. Joseph’s Health Centre. The school was founded in 1957. Garden Avenue P.S. was known as Argentina P.S. between 1961 and 1982. The school has an enrolment of approximately 275 students, a majority of whom have English as their First Language. Approximately 85% are born in Canada. Garden Avenue School offers Kindergarten to Grade 6 programs. The school shares space with Sunnyside Garden Daycare which serves children between two-and-a-half and 12 years old. This allows our students seamless transitions from daycare to school.” As originally published by Garden Avenue Junior Public School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
Address: 2489 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1R6, Canada | Telephone: (416)(+1) 416-960-3552 | Toll-free (North America only):1-866-960-3552 | Fax: 416-960-9506
“Blyth Academy Etobicoke is our newest campus offering experiential private education for students in Grades 9 – 12 in Toronto’s west end. This brand-new campus facility provides students with the opportunity to learn within a bright, modern, and spacious environment specifically designed to allow for personalized learning in small classes. Classrooms are designed to encourage discussions in which every student is heard. Located in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, there are plenty of opportunities for learning that extend beyond the walls of our classrooms. With experiential learning at the forefront of our approach to education, Blyth Academy Etobicoke students will access many local amenities including High Park, the Old Mill, the Swansea Community Recreation Centre, The ROM, The AGO, Queen’s Park, and Runnymede Public Library. Our campus offers a comprehensive full-time program, as well as part-time, private, integrated private, and summer school classes. Blyth Academy Etobicoke is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education and adheres to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions, following the Ontario curriculum.” As originally published by Blyth Academy Etobicoke
Address: 121 Kennedy Avenue, Toronto, ON M6S | Telephone: (416-762-8888)
“Humberside Montessori School is enthusiastically committed to the acknowledgment and the support of the wholesome growth and development of all aspects of the human personality during the formative years of childhood. This is through the genuine work of Dr. Maria Montessori. In this way, we can assist the child, not only in his/her natural quest for knowledge and independence but also in his/her personal task of creating him/herself and in striving to realize his/her greatest potentials. This embodies Dr. Montessori’s principle of education as an aid to life.” As originally published by Humberside Montessori School
“We believe that every child should have access to an exceptional, personalized education which enables him/her to be happy and to thrive in an ever-changing world. ERUDITE is a collaborative learning ecosystem that uses outstanding teachers, extensive research, and innovative tools enhanced by outside classroom activities to offer a personalized and ‘whole child’ learning experience for the next generation.” As originally published by Erudite School
Address: 35 High Park Gardens, Toronto, ON M6R | Telephone: 416.763.6097
“High Park Gardens Montessori School, like the first Casa dei Bambini which was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907 in Rome, is not just a classroom or a school, but a community. It is a special learning environment designed for your child to touch, experience, care for, and learn from. Deeply rooted in tradition, our School has exemplified a commitment to the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy for over 45 years. High Park Gardens Montessori School has a team of wonderful educators who are dedicated to providing your children with strong academic and social awareness. Our students truly have a love of learning while gaining knowledge of social responsibility, respect, grace, and courtesy.”
As originally published by High Park Gardens Montessori School
Address: 9 Hewitt Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1Y4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 466-8819 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Westminster Classical Christian Academy seeks to provide students with a time-honored, comprehensive, and exemplary education through the Classical method’s approach of a truly integrated, profound, and engaging curriculum that is applicable in all spheres of life and thought. We strive to create a culture of service in the name of Christ to each other and our community.” As originally published by Westminster Classical Christian Academy
Address: 755 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Y 2T3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-8122 | Fax: (416) 393-0009 | Email:Humberside@tdsb.on.ca
“L’ÉÉC Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville offre un environnement d’apprentissage stimulant par le biais d’une équipe dynamique et engagée. Située au coeur d’un joli quartier résidentiel, elle accueille 565 élèves, 24 classes en tout de la maternelle à la 6e année, en plus de 2 classes au tout nouveau pavillon Richview qui a ouvert ses portes en septembre 2013.” As originally published by ÉÉC Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville
Address: 330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1, Canada
“L’école secondaire Saint-Frère-André est une école accueillant les élèves de la 7e à la 12e année. Notre but premier en tant qu’établissement d’éducation est avant tout l’apprentissage et le développement de votre enfant dans un milieu francophone catholique stimulant. En vue d’offrir un enseignement de qualité et un choix intéressant d’options à nos élèves, nous offrons toute une panoplie d’activités parascolaires, ainsi que des programmes d’enseignement. «Offrir 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 enfin l’équité sont des valeurs visibles et essentielles à son épanouissement ». C’est non seulement la mission du conseil scolaire mais aussi celle des enseignants.“ As originally published by ÉSC Saint-Frère-André
Address: 116 Fermanagh Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1M2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5227 | Fax: 416-393-5873
“St. Vincent de Paul is a friendly, challenging, and exciting school. We have a rich tradition as a spirited, forward-looking educational community that is a vital member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. We offer programs for JK to Grade 8 that are consistent with the expectations of The Ontario Curriculum. We strive to provide an exceptional education that will foster a passion for learning, creativity, and independent thinking. Participation in a variety of activities in class and beyond will help students to develop the desire to use their gifts in service to the community, and the confidence to pursue their goals and dreams. On this strong foundation St. Vincent de Paul Catholic school prepares its students to embrace the future!“ As originally published by St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
Address: 71 Jane St, Toronto, ON M6S 3Y3, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5237 | Fax: 416-397-6084
“The staff, students and parents of St. Pius X Catholic School believe in academic excellence, a strong belief in God, and an integrated, family-based network of support to create responsible, mature and compassionate citizens.” As originally published by St. Pius X Catholic School
Address: 55 Pelham Ave, Toronto, ON M6N 1A5, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5291 | Fax: 416-397-6296
“By providing excellent opportunities for spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic growth, children have the tools to become independent and empowered individuals of the future. This school provides a safe, inclusive and healthy environment for learning that is faith based. Thus, student success is measured by improved achievement in all areas of the curriculum as well as the child in his/her entirety.” As originally published by St. Josaphat Catholic School
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