Established in 2000 and located in Toronto's Historic Distillery District, VIS is a non-denominational, co-educational day school. Within the context of an environment conducive to a strong sense of belonging, VIS offers challenging academics, competitive sports, and an innovative performing and liberal arts program. We pride ourselves on a learning environment that promotes personal accountability, critical thinking, compassion, community involvement, and the skills needed to learn for life.
- Rigorous Academics and specialized teachers
- Philosophy Classes
- Debate Classes
- Critical Thinking
- Life Skills
- Theatre, Dance, Music
- Higher Order Skills
- Environmental Education
- 2 trips per year and outdoor education
Our Take: Voice Integrative School
Marie Lardino, the founder of VIS, began her teaching career within the public system in Ontario. As such, she witnessed first-hand the impacts that the province-wide reforms begun in 1998—in particular standardized testing—had on her students. Grades, she felt, became a regrettable focus, increasing student stress and anxiety. That was the impetus that lead her to found VIS in 2000. It builds from the strength of having a common curriculum, though presenting it in a more personal, supportive, student-centred environment. To date, the success of the school has been remarkable, gaining the attention of professional educators, and providing an example that many have chosen to emulate. Marie Lardino, now retired, continues to guide the school as its arms-length director, and believes that students learn best in environments where “belonging and safety are acknowledged, practiced, and celebrated.” The academic program is rigorous, though student success is a product of the empowerment that they feel each day when they arrive at school.