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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.

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.

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, faith-based, day and boarding schools, single-gender and co-educational schools and schools for students who would benefit from Individual Education Programs (IEP).
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Open Houses

Each independent school is distinct. Finding the right fit depends on your wish list. Attending an open house is a great way to explore educational options and find the right school for your child. Visit our member school’s websites to find out more and plan your visit based on the Open House dates and schedules.
OIS member schools

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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


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Member Schools


Appleby College logo

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
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Clanmore Montessori School logo

Clanmore Montessori

2463 Lakeshore Rd East
Oakville, Ontario L6J 1M7
(905) 337-8283
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Fern Hill School logo - motto: Dedicated to Excellence

Fern Hill School

3300 Ninth Line
Oakville, ON L6H 7A8
(905) 257-0022
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King's Christian Collegiate logo - motto: Soli Deo Gloria

King's Christian Collegiate

528 Burnhamthorpe Rd West
Oakville, Ontario L6M 4K6
(905) 257-5464
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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
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MacLachlan College logo

MacLachlan College

337 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario L6J 3H3
(905) 844-0372
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Oakville Christian School logo

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 logo

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

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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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