Bayview Glen was founded in 1962 by L. Doreen (nee Barwick) Hopkins. Originally a nursery school and day camp, it was housed in a barn in the Don River Valley, located north of York University’s Glendon Campus in North York. Its mandate was to provide ‘a nurturing environment in which each and every child is precious.’
By 1964, Bayview Glen had expanded to include students from age two to Grade 1, and an adjoining property was acquired. By 1969, new buildings had been added and the school grew to include students through to Grade 6.
The 70s were a decade of steady expansion and ongoing renovation for the school. However, in 1980 Mrs. Hopkins died and the L. Doreen Hopkins Foundation took control of overseeing the furtherance of the founder’s dream. The barn was closed, so a new, permanent facility was built in its place. There was still no room for an Upper School, which had become the wish of many parents.
As a result, space was leased from an engineering firm at 275 Duncan Mill Road. In 1985, four teachers, and a Grade 7 and 8 class made the initial move into the renovated office space, tiptoeing around the design staff who still occupied the bulk of the building. Throughout the rest of the decade, one grade per year was added. In 1989, the valley property was sold and the Lower School moved to the Duncan Mill Campus.
In 1991, the Doreen Hopkins Foundation was taken over by the Macmarmon Foundation and Terry Guest was appointed Headmaster to preside over the future development of the school. The decade of the 90s was one of progress and growth, and the student population grew from 243 to approximately 950, ranging from preschool to university entrance. In 1998, Bayview Glen acquired the Upper School Campus.
In September 2000, the Upper School was officially opened by H.R.H. The Duke of York. The site was complete with a double gymnasium and theatre complex.
In 2001, Terry Guest left Bayview Glen and took up the position of Executive Director of Round Square, of which Bayview Glen is a member. He was succeeded by Stuart Grainger, who was Headmaster until 2003.
Today, the goals and mission of Bayview Glen are championed by Eileen Daunt, who was appointed Head of School in 2003. In June 2014, the new Bayview Glen Moatfield Campus was complete and officially opened by H.R.H. The Duke of York. The new site includes a new Prep School, renovated Upper School, dining hall, recording studio, rooftop garden, fitness centre, yoga studio, learning commons, and more. In addition, the Lower School was refurbished and the Preschool was reunited with the Lower School at the Duncan Mill Campus in September 2014.
Throughout our history, Bayview Glen has offered a coeducational, multicultural, community focussed environment. We remain true to our mandate of providing ‘a nurturing environment in which each and every child is precious’.