The Oakville Independent Schools

The Oakville Independent Schools (OIS) provide a wide range of educational options for families to choose from. The 11 member schools share a commitment to educational excellence in safe, supportive environments and emphasize the development of lifelong values.

It’s All About Choice

In addition to offering enriched programs in the arts, music, athletics, and languages, independent schools also have the resources and facilities necessary to support continued advancements in learning.

Find the Best School for Your Child

    Helpful Tips:
  • Do your homework – visit the schools, attend open houses and evaluate your options
  • Involve your child in the process – browse school websites together, talk to other families with children in the school
  • Know when to begin – most open houses take place between October and February for enrollment in the following school year
Our Schools

Our Schools

Our member schools provide a wide range of educational options for families to choose from including primary, elementary, secondary, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, traditional, progressive, religious-based, day and boarding schools, single-gender and co-educational schools and schools for students with special learning needs.
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OIS Open House

OIS Open House

To assist families in their search, each member of the Oakville Independent Schools host a joint Open House day in October and January. It is a great way for families to explore the many educational options available to families in the Oakville area in one day.
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Admissions & Enrolment

Admissions & Enrolment

The admissions process can be overwhelming for any family. Understanding the range of choices and each school’s expectations are imperative when it comes to gaining admission to your school of choice.
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Find the Right School for your child

Education is not a destination, it’s a journey.
The journey of a lifetime depending on the path travelled. Choosing the right path for your child is key.

Advantages of an Independent School

Smaller classroom settings in safe, nurturing environments

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Advantages of an Independent School

Accessible, enthusiastic and highly-engaged teachers who offer a student-centred focus

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Advantages of an Independent School

Resources and facilities that support continued advancements in learning and engage new technologies

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A vibrant culture of learning, leadership, responsibility, community and citizenship

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What’s Happening at our Schools

At an Oakville Independent School, every day is a new adventure. Our schools offer vibrant academic programs and provide opportunities for students to actively participate in a variety of activities including athletics, the arts, clubs, field trips, travel and service to others. Check out what’s going on at our member schools.

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Each member of the Oakville Independent Schools will be hosting a school Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

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Oakville Christian School had a productive day of soccer tournaments, with the Sr. Boys winning the CAASO Championship! The Sr. Girls placed third at CAASO, and the Jr. Boys placed second at the PSAA tournament! Go Jaguars!

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Member Schools

Appleby College

Appleby College

540 Lakeshore Road West
Oakville, Ontario L6K 3P1
(905) 845-4681
www.appleby.on.ca
more information

Chisholm Academy

Chisholm Academy

1484 Cornwall Road
Oakville, Ontario L6J 7W5
(905) 844-3240
www.chisholmacademy.com
more information

Clanmore Montessori

Clanmore Montessori

2463 Lakeshore Rd East
Oakville, Ontario L6J 1M7
(905) 337-8283
www.clanmore.ca
more information

Dearcroft Montessori School & West Wind Montessori Jr. High

Dearcroft Montessori School & West Wind Montessori Jr. High

1167 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, Ontario L6J 1L3
(905) 844-2114
www.dearcroft-montessori.com
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Glenburnie School

Glenburnie School

2035 Upper Middle Road East
Oakville, Ontario L6H 7G6
(905) 338-6236
www.glenburnieschool.com
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King's Christian Collegiate

King's Christian Collegiate

528 Burnhamthorpe Rd West
Oakville, Ontario L6M 4K6
(905) 257-5464
www.kingschristian.net
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MacLachlan College

MacLachlan College

337 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario L6J 3H3
(905) 844-0372
www.maclachlan.ca
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Oakville Christian School

Oakville Christian School

112 Third Line
Oakville, Ontario L6L 3Z6
(905) 825-1247
oakvillechristianschool.com
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Rotherglen School Elementary Campus

Rotherglen School Elementary Campus

2050 Neyagawa Boulevard
Oakville, Ontario L6H 6R2
905-849-1897
www.rotherglen.com
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Rotherglen School Primary Campus

Rotherglen School Primary Campus

2045 Sixth Line
Oakville, Ontario L6H 1X9
905-338-3528
www.rotherglen.com
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St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

1080 Linbrook Road
Oakville, Ontario L6J 2L1
(905) 845-2386
www.smls.on.ca
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Wildwood Academy

Wildwood Academy

2250 Sheridan Garden Drive
Oakville, Ontario L6J 7T1
(905) 829-4226
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Statistics for Private schools (K-12) in Canada

Number of Private Schools (K-12) in Canada*

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Number of Private Schools (K-12) located in Ontario*

Number of students attending an Oakville Independent School

The Oakville Independent Schools is one of Oakville’s largest employers and jointly employs more than 700 people.

*From the Fraser Institute June 2016 report: A Diverse Landscape: Independent Schools in Canada

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Frequently Asked Questions

As you navigate through our website you will find important and useful information outlining the highlights and benefits of an independent school education. We have provided direct links to the websites of member schools, and invite you to explore the exceptional educational choices available to your child. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page, or contact the schools that interest you for more information.

Why send my child to an independent school?
Consider what an independent school will offer your child’s learning experience. An Independent School education offers many things including: dedicated teachers, quality academic instruction, a safe, supportive and nurturing environment, individualized attention, and the approach of educating the whole child. Read more

How do I choose the right school for my child?
Choosing the right school for your child depends on many factors. Ultimately, you will be seeking a school that matches the individual needs and interests of your child, and one that complements the values of your family. Reflect on your child’s academic strengths and challenges. Read more

My child is a toddler. Is it too early to start the process?
It’s never too early to think about your child’s education. It’s not uncommon for parents to start planning a couple of years before their child starts school. Read more

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