Our Mission & Values

Our Mission Statement

Seneca Hill Private School is a microcosm of the world.

The mission of our school is to provide an enriched and personalized learning journey for each student.

Real learning gets to the heart of what is means to be human. Through learning we re-create ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we reperceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life.

– Peter Senge

We value the following:

  • supporting the development of the whole child, including social, emotional, intellectual, and physical competencies
  • providing opportunities to become compassionate and reflective critical thinkers who are respectful and responsible human beings
  • nurturing intellectual curiosity and actively involving students in developing good work habits, positive attitudes, and GRIT in their journey as lifelong learners
  • offering students opportunities to connect the experiences of the classroom to the world around them
  • providing a peaceful teaching and learning environment via our attitudes and conflict management/peer mediation programs
  • developing in students, the tools, skills, knowledge, experiences and frame of mind to emerge as confident leaders in a globalized world

Vision of the Child

We expect all students to:

  • Recognize the immense possibilities within them
  • Strive towards their highest academic standards and maximize their full potential
  • Dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their own growth and development
  • Follow through on their responsibilities as students and citizens
  • Develop a growth mindset
  • Be respectful of themselves and those around them
  • Follow our school’s code of conduct, academic and other school policies
  • Demonstrate GRIT and keystone habits

What is Grit?

The tendency to work strenuously towards challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress. Emerges out of a culture that people create for themselves. And that culture originates in keystone habits that they have adopted. Keystone habits transform us by making clear the values that in the face of a difficult decisions or moment of uncertainty, we might forget.

What Makes Us Different?

  • Small class sizes
  • Teacher Mentorship program
  • Family environment: safe, nurturing and supportive
  • Whole child character development
  • Personalized approach tailored to the needs of each child
  • Positive school climate: Bully-free and inclusive
  • Affordable, flexible and accommodating for families
  • A private school for the community

Developing Student Resilience

Utilizing The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Stephen Covey, we help students build positive routines and habits in their lives. Our teachers act as mentors and provide the support needed for students to help fulfill their responsibilities with a framework for success. In the classroom we cultivate the following 7 habits:

  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first 
  4. Think win-win
  5. Seek first to understand, then be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen your saw



Real World Learning

With our digital world on the cusp of artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, sustainable energy, and new modes of living and interacting in the world, education must prepare us for the critical and creative thinking needed for tomorrow. Instead of a traditional approach like at most private schools in Toronto, our English classes empower students to become effective and persuasive communicators.

In classes like math and science, students build and approach tasks with the problem-solving of an engineer. Our students engage in problems that we as individuals, companies, organizations, nations and ultimately, as a species face, in order to ground their learning in real world application. This is what makes Seneca Hill stand out among middle schools in North York.


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