Where to rent in Toronto to send kids to one of the best public schools

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A new school year is about to begin, with most Toronto families choosing in person learning, according to the latest updates from the Toronto District School Board. With the most unusual school year in a generation now behind us, we decided to look at rental rates that Toronto neighbourhoods with top rated public schools command.

At Hausworth, we use open data available from various federal, provincial, and municipal sources complemented by crowdsourced data that our visitors share with each other.

Rent and Top Schools

Recently, we kicked off a rental survey to validate the data available from rental listing sites and get a better picture of the current rates in various areas of Toronto.

Below we use some of the information gathered so far (early August) alongside open data on academic school performance available from EQAO and Ministry of Education of Ontario for schools that are part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Toronto Catholic District School Board, French first language Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir.

In our school ranking we take into account provincial assessment results for Grades 3 and 6 for elementary schools, and EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of mathematics as well as the latest available results for Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test for secondary schools. We then average the results for the schools located in each of the 140 Toronto neighbourhoods.

Here is a snapshot of where in the city you will find best ranking schools:

For the top 10 neighbourhoods based on local school quality (including both elementary and secondary public schools), we added the average rental rate gathered in our system for 1 and 2 bedroom rentals in the neighbourhood:

Neighbourhood Avg school rating 1-2 bdr apt/condo rental
Rosedale-Moore Park 93% $2,300 More
Lawrence Park North 89% $2,475 More
Yonge-St.Clair 87% $2,050 More
Leaside-Bennington 87% $2,000 More
Edenbridge-Humber Valley 87% $1,950 More
Forest Hill South 85% $1,850 More
Princess-Rosethorn 85% $1,800 More
High Park-Swansea 83% $2,350 More
Kingsway South 83% $2,100 More
Bayview Village 83% $1,950 More

As you can see, rental rates vary across the city, and while we have to keep in mind that numbers above represent only an average of wide ranges depending on the quality of condominiums and rental apartments in each area, the main takeaway for readers is that it’s possible to find reasonably priced rentals in neighbourhoods with the very best public schools in the city.

If we focus solely on elementary schools, we will find that the following 5 neighbourhoods, as we describe in more details in our blog, host 11 of the top 20 elementary schools in the city:

Hillcrest Village leads the way with 3 of out the top 20 elementary schools in the city located there:

  • Ecole Elementaire Paul-Demers
  • Hillmount Public School
  • Arbor Glen Public School

You can find more details about each of the neighbourhoods we mentioned on HausWorth.com, your source of information about the best areas to live in Toronto. You will also be able to compare overall neighbourhood standings based on additional criteria, such as safety, immigration, demand for houses etc, as well as see resident profiles for neighbourhoods and city blocks.