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Quebec boarding schools

Where Europe meets the new world.

On this page we cover boarding schools in the province of Quebec. For a complete guide to boarding in Canada, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.

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Table of contents

  1. List of boarding schools in Quebec

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Quebec
  6. Further resources


Boarding schools

  • Stanstead College
  • Bishop's College School
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Collège Rivier
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Kells Academy
  • Collège François-Delaplace
  • North Star Academy
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

School NameTypePaceCost

Stanstead College (est. 1872)

  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • Boarding school (170 students)
Located on the Quebec-Vermont border, Stanstead College offers rigorous university-prep, Grades 7to 12, in a secure, family-focused learning environment. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$20,800 to $60,200

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is a member of RoundSquare and offers an ESL program and AP courses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$18,200 to $55,800

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 3 800 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$4,000 to $9,150

Collège Rivier (est. 1870)

  • Coaticook, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Rivier is a college that welcomes students from secondary 1 to 5 (boarding and day school). Parents and students choose Rivier because it provides quality and personalized education in a warm family environment. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$2,985 to $22,500

Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)

  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (275 students)
  • Boarding school
SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 7 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$3,580 to $25,465

Kells Academy (est. 1978)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
Kells Academy is a private school in Montreal which offers Kindergarten to grade 11. Its average class size is 15 students. We offer boarding facilities & separate Elementary,Middle and High School campuses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$16,000 to $34,000

Collège François-Delaplace (est. 1963)

  • Waterville, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
COLLÈGE FRANÇOIS-DELAPLACE is a private Traditional / academic boarding school in Waterville, Quebec. The school offers programs for grades 7 to 12 with enrolment of 200 boarding students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$7,950 to $30,300

North Star Academy

  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school
North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$6,000 to $31,500

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school
The pre-eminent All Girls English Catholic high school in Montreal, with 156 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$13,764 to $49,492

Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools in Canada. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options) we recommend you review our hub on choosing a school.

Private school expos

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. All expos are held in the fall at a number of centres across Canada. There are three expos hosted in Ontario, one in Toronto, one in Halton-Peel, and one in Ottawa. Expos are also held each fall in Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. All are opportunities to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools within the regions in which the expos are held.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids private school discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics around gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and schools to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses is obviously a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to boarding programs, refer to our main boarding school hub.

School nameDateLocation
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé November 02, 2017 3:30 pmSéminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
1569 Rte 169 Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix Quebec G8G 1A8

Broadly speaking, the cost of boarding reflects the cost private school tuition in general, though with premiums added to cover housing and meals.

Many schools offer financial aid, including scholarships and bursaries. Financial aid is needs-based, and financial aid programs are created as a means of broadening the student base and attracting students, independent of means, who will contribute most to the culture of the school. Generally speaking, the larger and more expensive schools provide the most aid.

You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide.

Below you'll find the range of costs at Quebec boarding schools:

Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Stanstead College$48,100 to $60,20030%7 - 12
Bishop's College School$48,300 to $55,80040%7 - 12
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$9,1507 - 11
Collège Rivier$7,055 to $22,50010%8 - 12$1,500
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé $15,875 to $25,46510%7 - 11$500
North Star Academy$24,000 to $31,5007 - 11
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal$49,49225%7 - 11$5,500

 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Stanstead College1872100%21636
Bishop's College School1836100%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie190550%
Collège Rivier1870100%12024
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 1956$090%27555
Kells Academy197895%
Collège François-Delaplace196395%
North Star Academy86%15030
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal186120741

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Stanstead CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13ModerateMedium integration
Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15HighHeavy integration
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous33HighHeavy integration
Collège RivierTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive18 to 30HighMedium integration
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveVery HighMedium integration
Kells AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18HighHeavy integration
Collège François-DelaplaceTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 25Limited
North Star AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 18HighMedium integration
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18HighMedium integration



Learning disorders:
 Auditory processing disorder
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical

 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Stanstead CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 12100%
Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12100%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
Collège RivierDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
8 - 12100%
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé Day: Aug 15, 2018
Boarding: Aug 15, 2018
90%Nov 2, 2017
Kells AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1195%
Collège François-DelaplaceDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
1 - 1295%
North Star Academy7 - 1286%
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Mar 1, 2017
7 - 11

Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie50%
Collège Rivier100%100%100%100%100%
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 90%90%90%90%90%
Kells Academy90%90%90%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
North Star Academy
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal


 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Stanstead CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Bishop's College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Collège RivierEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceCreative
Kells AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Collège François-DelaplaceEqual Balance
North Star AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditional MathTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative

Student council
School newspaper
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Collège Rivier
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
Kells Academy
Collège François-Delaplace
North Star Academy
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

Ice Hockey
Track and Field
Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Collège Rivier
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
Kells Academy
Collège François-Delaplace
North Star Academy
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

Quebec has the highest proportion of children attending private schools in North America. Seventeen percent of high school students attend private schools, a figure that is even higher in urban areas, such as Montreal, where 30% of high school students attend private school.

One reason is cultural, based in the traditions and the values of the population. Another is because the province provides subsidies to families who send their children to private school, reducing their tuition fees more than half. That support is reflected in the quality of the schools found within the province. It has also encouraged the growth of a student population that is one of the most varied in Canada, and indeed the world, drawing from a broad swath of the socio-economic, academic, and cultural spectra.

Graduation requirements

High school graduation requirements are set by the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, not the federal government. Secondary school in Quebec has five grades, called secondary I-V, corresponding to grades 7 through 11. Upon completion of grade 11, students receive the provincial Secondary School Diploma (SSD). While other provinces require students to complete a grade 12 year, in Quebec students who intend to enroll at university must attend a year of college, known as CEGEP, and earn a Diploma of College Studies (DEC, Diplme d'etudes collegiales) in addition to their high school diploma. Students are free to choose between a public college, where there is no tuition required, or a private college.

Students need to complete both the SSD and the DEC in order to apply to universities or colleges within Quebec. For those intending to apply elsewhere, such as Ontario, the CEGEP year is regarded as an equivalent of grade 12, though some courses may be considered advanced placement courses, applied toward the completion of a post-secondary degree.