Left, three students in uniform listening in class. Middle, two students in uniform taking notes in class. Right, a student in uniform making crafts in class.

About Us

St. Alphonsus Catholic School was founded in 1969 in order to serve an expanding Catholic community in this residential section of midtown Toronto. The older Catholic schools in the St. Clair West area, Holy Rosary and St. Clare, were bursting at the seams, so it was excellent foresight on the part of the School Board to purchase the property and build a new school. The solemn and official blessing of the new building took place on November 22, 1970.

Over the years the school has gone through many changes, always keeping its amazing spirit and sense of community. With families moving in and out of our community, the school enrolment has remained at approximately 250 students over the past few years. Our diverse and proud families represent a multitude of cultures and backgrounds. The five most predominant languages spoken in the homes of our students are English, Tigrinya, Spanish, Portuguese and Amharic. One quarter of our students were born outside Canada.

In addition to regular programming, St. Alphonsus offers an expanding French Immersion program. In the 2023-2024 school year the French Immersion program is offered up to Grade 5, and will increase each year until it goes up to Grade 8. We are also proud to have a Multiple Exceptionality/Developmental Disabilities Intensive Support Program, a Learning Disabilities Intensive Support Program, and the EMPOWER reading program.

The school is a “hidden gem” on a quiet side street off St. Clair Avenue. The school boundaries allow all students living within the area to walk to school. The school is a well-maintained facility, with spacious classrooms and three separate play areas. The school has been awarded a grant and is looking forward to a revitalized Kindergarten playground in the near future.

The welcoming atmosphere of the school is apparent as soon as you enter the building, living proof of our school motto: trust, friendship, and love. In addition to these virtues, we strive to ensure that St. Alphonsus is a place of joy, companionship and inclusion.

St. Alphonsus School Prayer

This is St. Alphonsus School
Lord, let love abound here.
Let us always
Love the truth
Live the truth
And speak the truth.
May our school be a place
Of joy, companionship and inclusion
Where the love of God reigns.


Notre Prière Scolaire

Ici, c'est l'école Saint Alphonsus.
Seigneur, que l'amour abonde ici.
Laissez-nous toujours
Aimer la vérité,
Vivre la vérité,
Et dire la vérité.
Que notre école soit
Un lieu de joie, de camaraderie et d'inclusion,
Où règne l’amour de Dieu.