Best Toronto Neighbourhoods For Small Kids

In Toronto, there are 451 public elementary schools which are managed by Toronto District School Board. Some neighborhoods have schools that have consistently ranked high in academic performance. We will talk today about exceptional elementary schools with exceptional performance and the neighbourhoods in which they are located.

Blythwood Junior Public School in Sherwood Park

Number 5 is Blythwood Junior Public School with a ranking of 9 out of 10. It is located in Sherwood Park. So what is it like to live in this neighborhood? Sherwood Park is for those who love nature, as well as the convenience of urban amenities.

It is located in North Toronto and is often considered to be Lawrence Park South. When living here you have a huge park and a major shopping and entertainment corridor of Yonge Street just a few steps away. The benefits of living in Sherwood Park include a strong residents’ association, which gives the community a voice to preserve the nature and landscape of the area.

Public Transportation is very accessible on Yonge Street or Bayview Avenue. The area is in high demand among families because of its location and schools. There are great high public and top private schools available in the area.

So if you decide to buy a home here, you may stay in the neighborhood for your children’s entire academic period.

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John Ross Robertson Junior Public School in Lytton Park

Number 4 is John Ross Robertson Junior Public School which is located in Lytton Park and has a ranking of 9.2 out of 10. Lytton Park is my home too and I can say with confidence that it is one of the most convenient and beautiful places to live.

The houses and lots are bigger than in Sherwood Park, the streets are wider and because of this, the area is in higher demand than the surroundings. The neighborhood is quiet, with lots of mature trees, and convenient access to amenities on Yonge Street, Avenue Road, and Eglinton Avenue.

The average age of the population in this area is 44 years old, the average income is around $250K, and 41% of households are occupied by families with kids. Families are striving to settle down in Lytton Park because it is not only conveniently located, but it has outstanding recreational facilities and proximity to excellent public and private schools such as Lawrence Park Collegiate for high schoolers, and Havergal College for private education.

The housing market in this area is quite expensive but the properties are appreciating faster and for more compared to other neighborhoods.

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Cottingham Junior Public School in Lytton Park

Number 3 is Cottingham Junior Public School which also has a score of 9.2 out of 10. It is the same strong school as John Ross Robertson in Lytton Park. The lifestyle around this school is similar to the lifestyle in Midtown, However, there are some differences you might want to consider.

Summerhill is located right on the border between Midtown and Downtown. That’s why the commute is very easy and fast. Summerhill is more walkable than any area in midtown. The stores and restaurants on Yonge Street have a long history and cater to the needs of The Summerhill and Rosedale residents.

The area is home to a few highly ranked public schools like Dear Park Junior and Senior Public School, and Brown junior public school. And also it features ones of the most prestigious private schools like The York School, De La Salle College, and Upper Canada College.

The average age of the residents is a bit higher than in Lytton Park. It is 50 years old, and The household incomes show higher numbers too around $300K. Among the local facilities, I can mention Ramsden Park with a skating rink, playgrounds, tennis courts, and a dog park. Also, you will find Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Badminton and Racquet Club, and The York Racquets Club. All of them are good for indoor and outdoor fitness facilities.

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Rosedale Junior Public School in Rosedale

Second place in my ranking goes to Rosedale Junior Public School which is named after the neighborhood in which it is located. It has 9.9 out of 10 in the ranking, which makes it exceptional and highly sought after.

So Let’s talk about Rosedale, the neighborhood where it is located. It is just Northeast of Bloor and Yonge. I distinguish 2 parts of Rosedale – East of Mt Pleasant Rd and West of Mt Pleasant Rd. The east part is more walkable and well-connected to all the amenities and facilities of Summerhill along Yonge Street. The western part is beautiful with one of my favorite parks -Chorley Park which is connected with the Beltline Recreation Trail and the Don Valley Brick Works.

However, this part of Rosedale is less walkable and makes its residents car-dependent. Rosedale Park has eight tennis courts, a sports field, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool. Mooredale House, at 146 Crescent Road, is a community center run by the Rosedale and Moore Park resident associations. There is a small annual fee to join Mooredale, which offers sports, fitness, arts, and music programs for adults and children.

The average age of a typical resident is around 45 years old, the average income is approximately $500K per year and 40% of the households are occupied by families with kids. The residents often send their kids to Branksome Hall or the York School which are very prestigious private schools in Toronto.

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Whitney Junior Public School in Moore Park

And the first place on my list belongs to Whitney Junior Public School Located in Moore Park. This school proudly features the 10 out of 10 rankings. Let’s see what the lifestyle in Moore Park is like.

Moore Park is bounded by the Mount Pleasant Cemetery to the north, the Moore Park Ravine to the east, and the Vale of Avoca Ravine to the west. Moore Park lots vary in size but are generally quite large. Even though it is a high-end neighborhood, many of the houses have shared rather than private driveways.

This is a common thing for the older Toronto neighborhoods. However, parking is not a problem because the streets are so quiet and are not busy. The residents are enjoying the same amenities and facilities as the residents of Summerhill and Rosedale. They would usually shop and dine on Yonge and St Clair or along Mt Pleasant Rd.

The average age of the residents is 43 years old, Annual income is around $270K, and 30% of the homes are occupied by families with kids.

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Two Things to Consider When Choosing a Toronto Neighbourhood

  • Number 1. Choosing the right neighborhood with a top-rated school is essential for your child’s academic and social growth. When selecting a neighborhood and a school, it is crucial to consider your child’s academic needs, as well as the available extracurricular activities. So please make the time to interview a prospective school.
  • Number 2. Please remember that before buying a home you are choosing a community and your triangle of convenience. Please make sure you have those covered first. If you need help with defining your triangle and comparing schools, neighborhoods, and homes, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us by calling, texting, emailing, or even commenting down below. We are actively using WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat for your convenience.

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