St. Joseph's College School

at 74 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, M5S 1C4 Canada

St. Joseph's College School
74 Wellesley Street West
Toronto , ON M5S 1C4


St. Joseph's College School (St. Joseph's College, SJCS, or St. Joe's College, more colloquially known as St. Joseph's, Wellesley) is a girls' Catholic high school in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada operated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. It turned 150 years old in the school year 2004-2005. In the year 2010-2011, the Fraser Institute ranked St. Joseph's College amongst the top 5% of Ontario schools.History and traditionSt. Joseph’s College School was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto in 1854, three years after the first nuns from the order came to the city. Originally called “St. Joseph’s Academy for Young Ladies,” the name was changed to “St. Joseph’s College School, a Residential and Day School for the Higher and Primary Education of Young Ladies and Little Girls” when the school moved to Bay and St. Alban’s Street in 1863. In 1927, the school was renamed “St. Joseph’s College School” when it was moved to a building separate from the convent.St. Joseph’s College has a history of promoting girls’ and women’s education. In 1911, the school requested to be affiliated with the University of Toronto--a request the then-president of the university, Sir Robert Falconer, granted. St. Joseph’s was officially tied to St. Michael’s College, the Roman Catholic college of the University of Toronto, in 1912. This resulted in women being able to take courses at St. Michael’s College for the first time. In 1928, the Academy was renamed St. Joseph’s College School.

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