Greenwood is one of the great success stories among Toronto independent schools. Welcome to Greenwood! We've been committed to providing a personalized learning experience to each student who has come through our doors since we opened them in 2002.
At Greenwood, we foster each young person's independence and encourage them to explore what drives them. A co-ed school serving 498 students in Grades 7-12, we personalize the learning experience, empowering each student to venture further academically and beyond.
We support the development of the whole person through the Adviser program and activities outside the classroom, such as service-learning, athletics, outdoor education, and the arts; students cultivate the intellectual, moral, performance, and civic character skills to become tomorrow's leaders.
What does this personalized learning and attention to character mean for our students? Despite our many "big school" offerings — such as specialized classes, clubs, and a broad range of athletics — we maintain the feel of a small school, where every student is known, challenged, and supported. Please read about how our teachers deliver customized education in the classroom or learn about Greenwood's life and how students are pushed to grow beyond their comfort zone by our dedicated staff and through our programs.
When our graduates leave Greenwood, they are not only prepared for university; they are eager to make a difference in the world. Our alumni have a shared sense of adventure and are prepared to explore what excites them – whether volunteering with Doctors Without Borders or pursuing a graduate degree at Cambridge. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each student to develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed to reach their full potential in life.
In 2001, one of Greenwood's founders, a successful wealth manager, lawyer, and entrepreneur, realized that the people who made the most significant contributions to society were rarely those who had chosen a narrow, traditional path. Instead, they were those who paired an independent spirit with a more profound sense of character and were as energized by a challenge as they were by success. Our four founders - Richard Wernham, Julia West, David Latimer, and the late John Latimer - shared this belief, and Greenwood is the result.
Greenwood opened its doors in 2002 to 72 students in Grades 7 and 9, in a newly renovated building. Today, our school numbers 498 students and more than 90 teachers and staff, and our campus has grown into one of the most advanced facilities among Canadian independent schools. Since its founding, Greenwood has garnered a reputation as a supportive co-ed community where students are engaged, open-minded, and at-ease every day.
Our committed parent community has been essential in bringing the dream of Greenwood's founders to life, contributing more than $20 million in donations in the school's first five years to help offset funding costs and recently joining together for a $30 million campaign to fund the expansion and renovation of our campus. Together with thousands of parent volunteer hours, Greenwood's tradition of support offers an example to students.
Since its founding, the school has garnered a reputation as a supportive co-ed community where students are engaged, open-minded, and at-ease every day. Our teachers get to know students as learners and as people to ensure they get the support and challenge they need to stretch. The result? Our alumni attend highly selective postsecondary programs across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom - and when they arrive, many reports that they are better prepared than their peers.