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Educational excellence in safe, supportive environments. Select up to 5 Oakville independent schools by clicking the link below and we’ll do the rest! Our 13 member schools serve students of all ages, skill levels, special learning needs and incomes, offering a wide variety of educational programs for Preschool to Grade 6, Preschool to Grade 8, Preschool to Grade 12, Grade 7 to 12 or just secondary school.

The Oakville Independent Schools

The Oakville Independent Schools (OIS) provide a wide range of educational options for families to choose from. The 13 member schools share a commitment to educational excellence in safe, supportive environments and emphasize the development of lifelong values. We will all be forever grateful to everyone who is choosing to respond with courage and resilience to the challenges we’re all facing in 2020.

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 Right 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
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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

To assist families in their search, each member of the Oakville Independent Schools host a joint Open House day in October and February. 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

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


Advantages of an Independent School

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


Advantages of an Independent School

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


Advantages of an Independent School

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


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.

Appleby College International Universities Fair

Appleby College is hosting an International Universities Fair on Tuesday, October 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All students in grades 10-12 and their...

Meet Dash the Robot

One of our grade four Innovation classes met "Dash", the robot, for the very first time! He responds to voice commands, navigates objects, dances...

Student L.E.A.Ders

Our MAC Junior Ambassadors and select MAC Grade 7-8 students had the opportunity to join in a one-day training workshop run by the group...

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Member Schools


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Appleby College

540 Lakeshore Road West
Oakville, Ontario L6K 3P1
(905) 845-4681
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Chisholm Academy logo

Chisholm Academy

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

Clanmore Montessori School logo

Clanmore Montessori

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

Fern Hill School logo - motto: Dedicated to Excellence

Fern Hill School

3300 Ninth Line
Oakville, ON L6H 7A8
(905) 257-0022
more information

King's Christian Collegiate logo - motto: Soli Deo Gloria

King's Christian Collegiate

528 Burnhamthorpe Rd West
Oakville, Ontario L6M 4K6
(905) 257-5464
more information

Linbrook School logo - a white L with a golden lion walking behind it

Linbrook School for Boys

1079 Linbrook Rd
Oakville, ON L6J 2L2
(905) 844-2697
more information

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MacLachlan College

337 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario L6J 3H3
(905) 844-0372
more information

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Oakville Christian School

112 Third Line
Oakville, Ontario L6L 3Z6
(905) 825-1247
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Rotherglen School Primary & Elementary Campus

2045 Sixth Line, Oakville, ON
L6H 1X9   (905) 338-3528
2050 Neyagawa Blvd., Oakville, ON
L6H 6R2   (905) 849-1897
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St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

1080 Linbrook Road
Oakville, Ontario L6J 2L1
(905) 845-2386
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Walden International School

2035 Upper Middle Road East
Oakville, Ontario L6H 7G6
(905) 338-6236
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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*


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

The Oakville Independent Schools 411

A gateway for parents seeking outstanding private and independent education options in the Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga and surrounding areas

Helping our children build resilience

There can be no question that the past two years have pushed all members of the education community to the extreme. Students, teachers and staff have encountered changes not witnessed in over a century.  Now that summer vacation is almost upon us it’s a good time to...

Helpful tips for planning a perfect summer

Some of you may remember that famous line from George Gershwin’s musical, Porgy and Bess when Clara sings “Summertime and the livin’ is easy”. It’s a great song and one we all celebrate as the warmer months approach. Sometimes, though, parents might feel a little less...

You and your kids can make a difference for good. Here’s how.

“What a beautiful town! Perched right on the shores of Lake Ontario and under the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment it’s got pretty much everything going for it.” This is a common refrain when people are asked to describe our town. And they’re right. Where we live has...

Leading From The Heart

Extraordinary schools for extraordinary people. Of the 13 remarkable schools that make up Oakville Independent Schools (OIS) there are two that cater specifically to kids with a need for specialized education programs. The approach and curriculum delivered at Wildwood...

Now is the time to consider an independent school

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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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