PHONE NUMBER: (416) 395-2380




Ernest Public School's Mission Statement

Ernest Public School is located just south of Finch Avenue between the 404 and Victoria Park. The school was built during the 1970's, and now serves just over 180 students representing many different cultural and language groups. At Ernest, we set high expectations for learning in academics and the arts. We believe in promoting student leadership opportunities and offer varied co-curricular activities. At Ernest we value parent partnerships to support student success, and promote regular and ongoing communication. As a community partner, our school hosts many Pleasant View Community Association special interest activities.

School Focus For This School Year

At Ernest we have high expectations for learning, and support student achievement through many strategies.  In particular a significant focus at Ernest is Student Leadership. Throughout their junior years, students have the opportunity to work in students' leadership initiatives.  Many of our student leaders participate actively in leadership roles while others may choose to be involved in our Eco Team.  As a Platinum Eco School, Ernest is committed to environmental protection. We are very proud of our student leaders.

More Information About Ernest Public School

Co-Curricular Activities

At Ernest we provide our students with a rich, varied co-curricular program which allows pupils to express personal interests, as well as develop team building skills and knowledge and appreciation of the arts. Co-curricular activities include sports (volleyball, basketball, soccer, knitting) and arts and crafts clubs.

Special Education and Learning Support Programs

At Ernest we have a variety of programs and resources to support the needs of all learners.  We offer Resource support, as well as an ELL (English Language Learner) program. We also have previously had Reading Recovery and Early Reading Intervention programs, and our experienced teachers continue to use those strategies.


A focus for the 2022/2023 school year is building community and belonging as a foundation for academic success.  Additionally, we are working to upgrade our technology resources available to students by new iPads and Chromebooks. Our students are being supported in their learning using up-to-date technology systems and applications.

Eco Team

Our Eco Team comprises staff, students, parents and volunteers.  As we have achieved Platinum Eco school status we are all highly involved in sustainability. Students also take responsibility for our green bin and recycling programs and initiate many ideas to improve the environment, e.g. bulb planting.

Additional Features

  • Open concept design
  • Dedicated and caring teachers
  • Dedicated and caring support staff
  • Safe and Caring environment
  • Eco School - litterless lunches
  • Double gym
  • Large school yard
  • Music Room

Student Life - Where You Belong


At Ernest we believe strongly in the value of encouraging student leadership.  We offer many opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate responsibility and a sense of citizenship.  Leadership opportunities include Office Helpers, Recycling Team, Green Bin Helpers, Door / Hall Monitors, and Library Helpers.  Students are involved in many co-curricular activities, including sports activities such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, and arts activities.  Ernest students are very conscious of our Eco School status and are all very active in supporting our litterless lunch and snack programs.


Ernest Public School is a rich learning environment comprising a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.  Many of our students are new to Canada and thrive in our welcoming and supportive learning environment.  We highly value the support of our Settlement workers (Settlement and Education Partnerships in Toronto) in their role as liaison and support to new Canadians, and in helping us to welcome them to our school, community and country.  At Ernest we celebrate our many cultural heritages and our learning experiences are enriched by the variety of backgrounds which comprise our school community.   


Ernest students regulary participate in Area events, e.g., basketball, Speech Arts.  Ryerson University students assist in reading programs within classrooms.  After school programs include Pleasantview Community Association activities. Community partnerships enrich school programs, ie. VIP program and classroom visits by our School Liaison Officer, and Toronto Public Health. Initiatives such as Terry Fox Run, Food Drives, and Remembrance Day services and programs facilitated by 'Scientist in the School', visiting authors, school presentations, and Eco initiatives have enhanced classroom experiences for our students.