What is the CGS Philosophy?
Whole child. At CGS we believe in a balanced approach to education. Our challenging, personalized academic curriculum is complemented by excellent arts programming and physical education. We also place a strong emphasis on character and cultural programming. CGS students are encouraged to look beyond their own environment to make connections with the world around them.
Where is CGS located?
Leaside. We are located at 670 Eglinton Ave. East (just east of Bayview, on the north side).
When was CGS founded?
In 1986. CGS is a long-standing, respected member of the Toronto private school community.
Can I visit the school?
Yes please. For an informal tour of CGS (alone or with your child) please contact the Director of Admissions@ 416 423 5017 x 43 or email@example.com
How does my child qualify for entrance into CGS?
No formal entrance tests are required. Children are admitted to CGS on the basis of their readiness for school and the appropriateness of the match for the child and CGS. Students are interviewed by way of a school tour conducted by the Director of Admissions.
When should I apply?
Sooner is always better. Applications are accepted throughout the year, however it is strongly recommended to apply one academic year in advance, especially for our Preschool program Early Start.
How do I apply?
*Please note the $100 non-refundable application fee must accompany your application.
Do CGS graduates gain admittance to their schools of choice?
Traditionally yes. CGS students have long been recognized for their readiness to enter the larger private schools, both academically and socially. We have excellent reciprocal relationships with the larger schools and are skilled at ensuring our students meet entrance requirements.
Does CGS follow the Ontario Curriculum?
Yes, and then some. Our curriculum is enriched.
CGS students generally work a grade level above public school students.
What does a typical day at CGS look like?
Busy! In addition to our enriched core curriculum, students study French (daily), music, physical education, drama, art and computer technology. Students get plenty of time outside with lots of fresh air during recess and lunch hour.
half-day 9:00 – 11:30am
extended mornings 9:00 – 12:30pm
full-day 9:00 – 3:15pm
half-day 9:00 – 11:45am
full-day 9:00 – 3:30pm
Grade 1-3 8:30 – 3:30pm
Are there ‘extras’ at CGS?
Lots. There are many ways for students to test themselves and discover their special interests and talents outside the classroom. The list is long but some of the highlights include our yearly musical (fully produced by Arts Express),
The CGS Talent Show, Student Government elections, before and after school clubs, The CGS Annual Science Fair and The Public Speaking Contest. The last Thursday of each month students also host an Assembly for their families. Our Assemblies provide CGS students with consistent opportunities to perform and build confidence over time.
Is CGS Co-Ed?
Yes. We believe it is important for children to learn in a co-ed environment in the primary years, before entering the single stream environment of many of the larger private schools.
Are classes large at CGS?
No. We are committed to our small class sizes at CGS. They enable our students to reach their full potential.
Early Start max 8
JK/SK max 12
Grade 1-3 max 15
Do the students wear a uniform?
Yes. At CGS we encourage students to take pride in their school and themselves. CGS uniforms are not overly formal and have been designed with student comfort in mind.
Is there a Hot Lunch program at CGS?
Yes. We are very proud to be working with RFRK (Real Food for Real Kids). Meals are hot, healthy and locally sourced. Please visit RFRK.com for more information.
Is there extended care at CGS?
Yes. Before School hours are 7:45 to 8:30 @ $10/day and After School hours are 3:45 to 5:30 @$15/day
(until 6pm beginning September 2013). Use either program everyday or casually.
Parents are invoiced at the end of each month.
What is the homework policy at CGS?
Reasonable. Homework is required, in some form, from JK on. The amount and nature of homework assigned is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
*Homework at this young age is not meant to be burdensome. We hope to create strong, independent work habits for our students and to prepare them for the rigors of the schools they will attend going forward.
What are the fees at CGS?
Manageable. Please see Tuition and Fees for more information.
What are some of the additional costs at CGS?
Just a few. CGS tuition continues to be very competitive and covers your child’s academic school year and materials. There are however, some extras along the way:
Uniforms (approx. $300 – $500)
Hot lunch program (approx. $5.25 per day – optional)
Milk program (approx. $153 and up per year – optional)
Before and After School Care (up to $25 per day – optional)
Special Field Trips (approx. $200 per year – amount depends on Grade level)
Foundation Donation ($500 per year – charitable receipts are issued)
I have more questions. Who should I contact?
Kelly Scott, Director of Admission @ (416) 423 5017 x 43 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.