Our School

Alcuin College is a progressive, independent K-12 school rooted in curiosity-led learning. Skillful teachers adapt the course of study to how each student best learns, thinks and inquires. We produce well-rounded graduates equipped for university and lifelong learning.

We specialize in providing an innovative, hands-on education based on the Liberal Arts (that is, the fundamental Arts, Mathematics and Sciences, together with the skill of philosophic dialogue).  As an independent school on the North Shore, Alcuin attracts students who are coping in their current schools, but are not necessarily thriving, or who are uninspired. We provide students with very small class sizes, personal attention and a challenging curriculum enriched by the resources and expertise available in our local community.

Why do we call ourselves a college rather than a school?

We do so because of the nature of the relationship between our teachers and our students.  Historically, in a school, there was a scholar and his disciples.  In a college, there is a community of scholars, some of whom are teaching, and all of whom are learning.  That is why we, both teacher and student, wear the school uniform; and that is why we are called a college: because we are all companions together in learning.


Established in 2012, Alcuin College was founded upon the desire for a successful model of education that focuses on the long-term growth and development of the student. We want our children to become true life-long learners, striving to be the best that they can be, inspired by teachers, parents and experts who themselves are scholars. Smaller tutorial groups of students, under the personal and expert guidance of a master teacher, develop analytic and creative skills and are challenged to think critically, to reflect, to speak and to write with logic and concision. The unique and fundamental relationship between student and teacher is central to successful learning.  This is our project.