Online exclusive: Kingsway College School, Toronto, Ontario
When Kingsway College School (KCS) made the decision to expand its educational offerings to encompass grades 9-12, they enlisted the expertise of Architecture Counsel (ACi) to develop a phased master plan that would capture the school’s distinct vision and aspirations.
KCS stands out as the sole independent high school in Toronto situated within an established high-rise edifice (in this instance, a 66-story residential tower). Despite the absence of outdoor expanses, KCS establishes links to the surrounding natural environment by integrating the cityscape and adjacent landscapes as an extension of its campus.
The initial phase of the project involved the transformation of 40,000 square feet to accommodate grades nine and 10, which reached completion in September 2022. The subsequent phase is currently in progress.
The innovative senior school for Kingsway College School introduces a fresh approach for high school students and departs from conventional school architecture in various ways. Primarily, the school leverages the city as both its laboratory and campus. Unlike the conventional high school model, where the majority, if not all, teaching and learning activities occur within the confines of the school building, KCS blurs the boundaries between its facilities and the urban environment.