KCS started small and has grown and grown. Over three decades of forward thinking.
The Junior School journey.
In 1987 a small group of parishioners from St. George's on-the-Hill decided to establish an independent school. A market research study in 1988 concluded there was strong demand and support for an independent school in the community. So in 1989, Kingsway College School (KCS) was incorporated.
While today our school remains true to its traditions, we welcome and celebrate all faiths and cultural backgrounds. We recognize our Founders in many ways throughout the school year, as a way to honour those individuals who had the vision and developed the philosophy for our school. For the whole story of KCS's founding, read Heart and Soul: History of KCS.
KCS opened with fifty students in three classes - a full Grade 1, a split 2/3 and a split 4/5. Each year thereafter a grade was added until the school offered a full elementary program with one class of each in Grades 1 to 8.
In December 1994, KCS built a new wing to better accommodate a library/resource centre and two additional classrooms. The "Building on the Dream" capital campaign funded the new addition, which opened in September 1995.
In 2001-02, KCS began the process of doubling the classes at each grade level for both educational and social benefits. In March 2003, a six-room addition was opened to accommodate additional classes.
In 2009 we completed the doubling process, offering two classes each in Grades 1 to 8. The construction of a third addition was also completed in 2009. This building was completed with the support of a capital campaign, BUILDING BLOCKS...foundations for life, which provided generous philanthropic funding from the entire KCS community. This space includes eight classrooms, a state-of-the-art science lab, a multi-purpose room and two music rooms.
In 2012 KCS and St. George's Nursery School amalgamated. KCS offered a half-day program in Pre-Kindergarten until 2020. We now offer a full-time Junior and Senior Kindergarten program, as well as an enriched program for Grade 1 to Grade 8.
In 2019, KCS partnered with the City of Toronto, Tri Axis Construction, Seferian Design Group, Earthscape Play and others to renovate Humbertown Park. The KCS community donated a total of $1.5 million to renovate the park for students and for the community.
The Senior School journey.
In September 2022, KCS Senior School opened its doors. It started with a task force of 40 parents in January 2017, followed by two years of research, COVID-19 challenging the plan, finding a site, fundraising, offering a bridge year for the Grade 9 start, to finally open the doors.
The dream was finally a reality and the Grade 9 and 10 students entered their classrooms for the first time.
KCS is now a JK-12 school. Phase 1 opened in September 2022, and the Final Phase is planned to be completed in the 2024-2025 academic year.