The Moss Park neighborhood was originally part of a 100 acre Park Lot owned by William Allan, one of early Toronto’s wealthiest citizens. In 1830, Allan built a huge mansion on his estate and named it Moss Park. The mansion stood were the city park of the same name is today.
When Allan passed away in 1853, he left his Moss Park estate to his son George, who would later become the Mayor of Toronto. George Allan, immediately subdivided his father’s estate and this area soon became known for its Victorian homes.
Today, little is left of the original Moss Park neighbourhood. Its houses were demolished in 1962 in order to make room for the Moss Park Apartment Buildings which comprise the current Moss Park neighbourhood.
Moss Park is one of Toronto’s largest public housing projects. It is situated in the poorest part of the city. The Salvation Army Hostel is located across the street from Moss Park at the corner of Sherbourne and Queen Street.
The Moss Park neighbourhood is anchored on the west side by a large public park which also happens to be the home of the Moss Park Armoury, a training centre for the Canadian Armed Forces.
There is local shopping on both Sherbourne and Parliament Streets. Queen Street East is an eclectic mix of local stores, and design and decorating stores that draw shoppers from Toronto’s more affluent neighbourhoods.
Moss Park has three double wing high-rise apartment buildings and one single-tower apartment building. All the apartment buildings are well set-back from the street. They are surrounded both by greenspace and by an internal network of roadways that discourage outside traffic from entering the neighbourhood.
The Moss Park apartment buildings contain their own recreation centre, as well as an outdoor basketball court, and a children’s playgrounds.
Moss Park situated to the west of the neighbourhood apartment buildings Ü is one of Toronto’s larger parks. It includes a sports field, a baseball diamond, and two tennis courts. Moss Park is located right next to the John Innes Community Recreation Centre. This modern recreational facility features an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, a running track, a weight room, a cardio training room, a games room, a woodworking shop, and a craft room. Next door to the community centre is the Moss Park Arena.
There are a number of public transportation routes within the Moss Park neighborhood, including the Queen Streetcar, and bus service on Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street. These surface routes connect to stations on the Bloor-Danforth and the Yonge-University-Spadina subway lines.
Schools, Colleges and Universities:
Address: 495 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G8, Canada | Telephone:
(416) 393-0140 | Fax: (416) 393-0184 | Email: Jarvis@tdsb.on.ca
“Founded in 1807, Jarvis C.I. is the first public high school in Toronto and has a long tradition of academic excellence and student involvement. Jarvis is committed to providing a rich and varied program encouraging higher order thinking as well as research and communication skills. Over 90% of our graduates attend university, including top schools like U of T, Waterloo, Dalhousie and Queens. Over 53% of graduates are Ontario Scholars and 60% receive scholarships / bursaries. Situated in the ‘heart of the city’ at Jarvis and Wellesley, our school has a rich mix of students from over 100 countries of origin, integrated into one unified, vibrant community in which diversity is our strength!” As originally published by Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Nelson Mandela Park Public School
“Nelson Mandela Park Public School is an inner city school offering JK to Grade 8 programs. We are located in the heart of Regent Park in a recently rebuilt state of the art building that is bright, beautiful, and filled with lots of amazing spaces for learning. We have a student body of just over 500 students that is incredibly diverse with over 30 different home languages represented at our school. Nelson Mandela Park PS has a dedicated staff who work their utmost to serve the needs of our school community. We are focussed on building a “Culture of Caring” at our school that addresses the social and emotional well-being of students, but also extends to caring about ensuring high quality teaching and learning for all of our students.” As originally published by Nelson Mandela Park Public School
Address: 100 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M3, Canada | Telephone: 416 393-0175
“Le Collège français sera un milieu de vie stimulant pour tes amis et toi. Toute une équipe est là, chaque jour, pour t’aider à découvrir de nouveaux horizons et à mieux comprendre le monde qui t’entoure.” As originally published by Collège Français Secondaire
Address: 14 Pembroke St, Toronto, ON M5A 1Z8, Canada | Telephone:
“L’école est composée d’une équipe dévouée, compétente et engagée dans la réussite et le bien-être des élèves. Le personnel de l’école travaille tout en comptant sur votre appui, votre soutien et votre engagement comme parents partenaires dans l’éducation de vos enfants. Ce sont des éléments essentiels pour la réussite de tous et de chacun. Pour y arriver, la communication ouverte, continue et positive, entre l’école et la maison, est encouragée et soutenue car c’est le moyen le plus efficace pour assurer le développement et les progrès de vos enfants.” As originally published by É Élém Gabrielle-Roy
Church Street Junior Public School
Address: 83 Alexander St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1B7, Canada | Telephone:
(416) 393-1250 | Fax: (416) 393-1253 | Email: Church@tdsb.on.ca
“Church Street Public School is located at Church and Carlton Streets. Several years ago, the school had a major renovation including the addition of a new third floor. In 2007 half of the second floor of Church Street Public School was renovated in order to create The Native Learning Centre. Church Street School offers regular Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 programs. Approximately 30 languages are spoken at Church Street Public School.” As originally published by Church Street Junior Public School
Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 350 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 2Z7, Canada | Telephone:
(416) 393-1760 | Fax: (416) 393-0132 | Email: LordDufferin@tdsb.on.ca
“Lord Dufferin P.S. is a downtown inner-city school serving families in the Regent Park community. The old building was built in the 1920’s with additions in the late 1940’s. A new school building was completed in January, 2000. In the fall of 2003, the school yard was landscaped with the addition of a baseball diamond, soccer field, walkway to Berkeley Street and new fencing. In May, 2008, a new play structure was donated and built by the Kids Around the World Organization and the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation.” As originally published by Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 181 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2G3, Canada | Telephone:
(416) 393-9535 | Fax: (416) 393-0782 | Email: QueenAlexandra@tdsb.on.ca
“Queen Alexandra Middle School is a diverse community of learners who will be prepared to meet the academic challenges of the 21st century. All members will be empowered to be global citizens by thinking critically and acting collaboratively. The school serves approximately 250 students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 with more than half of the population of east Asian backgrounds. Queen Alexandra staff is committed to building a strong partnership between students, staff and parents in order to provide our adolescents with a productive, relevant learning environment as well as a rich, extensive co-curricular program to engage our largely inner-city population.” As originally published by Queen Alexandra Middle School
Market Lane Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 246 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5A 4J6, Canada | Telephone:
(416) 393-1300 | Fax: (416) 393-0817 | Email: MarketLane@tdsb.on.ca
“Market Lane Public School is a relatively new school (1992) located on The Esplanade in the St. Lawrence Community, a mixed social and economic community that is still undergoing development. The school is housed in a building complex which includes a community recreation centre and apartment dwellings.” As originally published by Market Lane Junior and Senior Public School
Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 61 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 1H4, Canada | Telephone:
(416) 393-1530 | Fax: (416) 393-1536 | Email: JesseKetchum@tdsb.on.ca
“Jesse Ketchum Public School is located at Bay Street and Davenport Road near Yorkville Village. The school was established around 1831 and the present building dates from 1914. The school is named after Jesse Ketchum, a philanthropist who donated the land to the School Board to build the school and to the city for the park. The school serves a diverse population of approximately 400 students, whose cultural backgrounds represent many countries from around the world. There are more than 40 different languages spoken in the homes of our students. At Jesse Ketchum our students build self-esteem and confidence, learn to work together in mutual respect and trust, and value diversity.” As originally published by Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE
Liberty Prep School Corktown Campus
Address: 162 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 2Z1, Canada | Telephone:
(416) 461-3216 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Liberty Prep is a one-of-a-kind institution that brings Maria Montessori’s century-old teaching philosophy to Toronto’s downtown core. We believe that the environment children learn in is as important as the materials they use, so we handpicked and renovated two truly unique locations that reflect the character of our downtown Toronto neighbourhoods. Liberty Prep brings the proven Montessori method to the urban Toronto core, filling the gap between traditional education and the skill set necessary to succeed.” As originally published by Liberty Prep School Corktown Campus
Address: 296 Parliament Street, Toronto, ON M5A | Telephone:
(+1) 416-368-2882 | Email: email@example.com
“TAIE International Institute is an independent international days and boarding high school specialized in university preparation. TAIE is located at the heart of Toronto, one of the most vibrant and facinating cities in Canada. As an independent school in Canada, TAIE is able to provide programs and services that 100% tailored to the needs of every international students and these programs and services are usually not available from most public high schools in Toronto. As a result, TAIE students are able to complete their program at their own scheduled pace, students can even complete their University Preparation in as soon as six months. We take pride in the fact that over that past few years we have successfully helped many TAIE graduates in gaining admittance with scholarships to such prestigious universities as the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, York University, McMaster University, the University of Alberta, and many other Universities across Canada and overseas.” As originally published by TAIE International Institute
Address: 25 Linden St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1V5, Canada
“L’école élémentaire catholique du Sacré-Cœur a 125 ans d’histoire! C’est avec enthousiasme que travaille une équipe dynamique. L’école accueille plus de 150 élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année. La langue française et la catholicité sont des priorités chez nous. Aux niveaux académique et personnel, nous rassemblons nos efforts en vue de permettre aux élèves d’atteindre leur plein potentiel.” As originally published by ÉÉC du Sacré-Coeur-Toronto
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
Address: 444 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M4X 1K2, Canada | Telephone:
416-393-5221 | Fax: 416-393-5806
“The learning community of Our Lady of Lourdes thoughtfully maintains a safe and caring environment wherein all students develop their learning potential. Literacy and numeracy skills are a central focus as are faith development, the arts, social justice and athletics. Together, all of these aid in developing the character attributes that are the hallmark of caring and creative citizens.” As originally published by Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
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: 80 Sackville St, Toronto, ON M5A 3E5, Canada | Telephone:
416-393-5204 | Fax: 416-397-6586
“Our mission is to ensure that all our students are valued equally and their unique strengths and needs are recognized and met.“ As originally published by St. Paul Catholic School
Address: 50 George St S, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada
“All of our students are treasured gifts from God. In order for our children to be successful we believe we must have the highest expectations of our students and acknowledge and provide for all possible learning styles. We aim to work together to ensure that our school provides every individual with a safe, positive, welcoming learning environment. We believe that the development of good interpersonal relationships and a positive classroom atmosphere conducive to learning will promote good behaviour. The key to the success of the students of St. Michael’s is the emphasis on learning goals, co-created success criteria and practical and timely descriptive feedback. These clear supports provided by all the teachers to all the children help to provide a basis for evaluating student achievement and program effectiveness.” As originally published by St. Michael Catholic School
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