Left, a group of elementary students in white and navy school uniform. Right, the front of the St. Aidan Catholic School building.

About Us

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St. Alphonsus Catholic School is located on Atlas Avenue, just north of St. Clare Avenue. Our school is 41 years old, and serves approximately 293 students representing several different language groups.  Programs are offered from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.

The St. Alphonsus Day Care is housed in St. Alphonsus Parish (corner of Vaughan Rd & St. Clair Ave).  Many of our students attend this daycare. Bussing is provided to students who attend our daycare.

Students at St. Alphonsus are nurtured to reach their full potential and encouraged to persevere on their life-long journey of learning. As a Catholic school, we integrate Christ and His teachings into the entire curriculum and life of our school. Through the implementation of the Ontario Curriculum and with a focus on continuous improvement, our students develop the skills and knowledge required to reach their full potential.

Mission Statement

In a school community formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions, our Mission is to educate students to their full potential by providing:

  • Leadership in the shared responsibility for education that exists among schools, students, families, parishes and the community.

  • A safe and welcoming learning environment that is an example of Christian community.

  • Role models of Gospel values and Catholic doctrines, teachings and beliefs.

  • Guidance in what students need to learn.

  • Instruction in the learning process itself.

  • Religious, academic and technological instruction.

  • Integration of Catholic, Christian beliefs into the total learning experience.

  • Feedback on students' proficiency and performance.

A Catholic Environment

Our initiatives to foster a Catholic environment at our school include:

  • Ongoing efforts to develop home/school/parish relationship.

  • Regular school masses at St. Alphonsus Church.

  • Marion devotion - Monthly rosary sessions in intimate classroom setting.

  • Preparation for the sacraments – First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Confession.

  • Daily prayer in the classroom.

  • Religious education - Includes formal instruction in church doctrine, traditions and beliefs.

  • Fully Alive Family Life Program - Reinforces positive Christian values.

  • Faith in Action  - Charitable activities include food drives, hospital fundraising, missions, relief, and Sharelife.

A Safe and Welcoming Environment

Our efforts to foster a safe and welcoming environment include:

  • Spring welcome for fall Junior Kindergarten students.

  • Meet the Teacher Night in September/October.

  • Community Barbeque sponsored by our Catholic School Parent Council (CSPC).

  • Safe arrival program –call home for late or absent students.

  • Graduation for Senior Kindergarten and Grade Eight Students.

Our School History And Tradition

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.

The school is located on a quiet side street off St. Clair Ave. It is a well-maintained facility, with spacious classrooms and three separate play areas - one for kindergarten children, one for the primary and junior grades and one for intermediates and seniors. The school board, the City of Toronto, and the parent council have been working together over the last few years to redevelop the property surrounding the building. So far, two of the three play areas have received a facelift, including a new play structure, basketball hoops, benches and an outdoor amphitheatre.

The school population is diverse, reflecting the multicultural nature of the neighbourhood and the universal ideal of the Catholic faith. The school motto on our crest is: trust, friendship, and love. The welcoming atmosphere of the school is apparent as soon as you enter the building.