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Founders' Message

Brian Blair, The Abelard School
Shai Maharaj
Alina Rossinsky, The Abelard School
Mark Young, The Abelard School

Abelard is a school for scholars

The Abelard School was founded in 1997 by a group of teachers. We started the school because we love to teach, are passionate about our disciplines, and wish to be in an environment in which the acquisition of knowledge is transformative. We want the world to be a better place, and we think that by giving our students an excellent education we are not only handing them the tools to construct that world, but inspiring them to do so.

Abelard is a school which values the life of the mind, which fosters a love of knowledge and which feeds the innate curiosity of our students. It is academically rigorous: we want to train the best-educated new thinkers of a generation. But Abelard is a place in which this training is a joyful exercise. As teachers, we are completely invested in our students. Our first goal is to provide them with the type of education that will motivate and guide them throughout their lives.

The focus of our program is to ensure that our students graduate as astute critical thinkers, ready to enter and succeed in the university program of their choice. In addition to encouraging high academic achievement, we strive to ensure that our students do not limit their future choices: our individualized course selection process ensures that they profit from the breadth of our curriculum each year.

Our unique, integrated curriculum and small class sizes provide our students with an unparalleled opportunity to realize their educational goals.

Our senior courses are designed as preparation for the Advanced Placement examinations, on which our students have consistently achieved top scores.

With our prime location at Church just south of Bloor, we take full advantage of the many learning opportunities outside of the classroom with field trips to the museums and galleries, the theater, opera and ballet, to films and readings, and to lectures at the neighbouring University of Toronto.

We invite you to learn more about the Abelard School through our website and in person. We look forward to meeting you!


Michelle LefoliiBrian Blair, Shai Maharaj, Alina Rossinsky, Mark Young.

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