Boys' Boarding Schools

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“The culture of schools tends to be defined by the dominant culture of society,” writes Garth Nichols, a member of the faculty of Greenwood School in Toronto. “These cultural ideals are messaged through schools’ language, curriculum, and traditions.”

Certainly, that’s been true throughout the ages. The first schools in Canada were boys’ schools less because of a desire to address the needs of boys that to address the needs of colonial society at a specific point in its history. They were boys’ schools by dint of reflecting the gender roles, the ideals, and the needs that existed in the culture at the time, prima among them being a need for human resources. It was understood that boys would grow to attain positions of leadership in political and military life. Schools were created in order to prepare them for those positions.

Schools continue to be defined by the dominant culture, including the position that boys’ schools have within the culture, though similarities end there. During the Victorian age, schools were means of establishing and maintaining a status quo, with the needs of society as the principle driver. Today, the opposite is true. Says Nicols, “It is critical that we interrupt dominant cultures by questioning norms and injecting new, more inclusive traditions into school life and curriculum.”

Programs, such as UCC’s Character Project, are designed to affect exactly that kind of cultural disruption. In 2015, Jim Power, principal at UCC, described the Character Progject as a means of getting at something that he sees as essential to a boy’s education. “We can see how you’re doing in math, French, and English,” Power said during an address to the student body in 2015. “We can’t accurately determine, however, the more important questions: how do you deal with adversity? Do you demonstrate courage in the clutch? And most importantly, What kind of guy are you becoming?” An ability to answer those questions, Power believes, is as important as academic achievement. He added that the goal of the schools is, “to help you all find and become your best selves,” a process that includes social-emotional development, maturity, decision-making, and mental health.

For a complete guide to boarding, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.

Table of contents

  1. List of boys boarding schools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Other benefits of boys' boarding schools
  6. Further resources


Boarding schools

  • Upper Canada College
  • Robert Land Academy
  • Hampshire Country School
  • Army and Navy Academy
  • Heritage
  • St. Andrew's College
  • St. Francis High School
  • St. Peter's ACHS College School
  • St. John's Military School

School NameTypePaceCost

Upper Canada College (est. 1829)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1072 students)
  • Boarding school (88 students)
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide.
Accelerated$30,860 to $61,560

Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)

  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (125 students)
Robert Land Academy is a private military style boarding school (Gr 6-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.
Standard-enriched$51,500 to $59,500

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)

  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers.

Army and Navy Academy (est. 1910)

  • Carlsbad, California
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Army and Navy Academy is a life-changer for boys. As a Gurian Model School, we know how boys learn inside and outside the classrom, what motivates them, and how to develop each student's potential.
Standard-enriched$22,000 to $37,500

Heritage (est. 1984)

  • Provo, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (115 students)
Heritage offers expert care for at-risk adolescents including those diagnosed with Mood Disorder, depression, anxiety, defiance towards authority figures and those on the Autism Spectrum. Learn more on our website.

St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (367 students)
  • Boarding school (259 students)
St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students.
Standard-enriched$27,825 to $57,940

St. Francis High School (est. 1927)

  • Hamburg, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • Boarding school (26 students)
Located in Athol Springs, NY, a small suburban community in the town of Hamburg just south of the city of Buffalo. The 65 acre campus is located 13 miles from the Canadian border directly on the shores of Lake Erie.

St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)

  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning.

St. John's Military School (est. 1887)

  • Salina, Kansas
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (231 students)
The structured and basic environment that Cadets experience at St. John’s allows them to pursue academics without the distractions common to most high school and middle school environments.

    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.

    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 all boys boarding schools:

    Tuition (boarding)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    Upper Canada College$55,060 to $61,56018%5 - 12$15,000
    Army and Navy Academy$37,50020%7 - 12$7,500
    St. Andrew's College$53,260 to $57,94026%5 - 12$11,000

     Founding dateEndowmnentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
    Robert Land Academy197880%
    Hampshire Country School194850%253
    Army and Navy Academy1910$30072%
    St. Andrew's College189962%62278
    St. Francis High School1927100%
    St. Peter's ACHS College School1990100%
    St. John's Military School1887$16100%

    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
    Robert Land AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
    Hampshire Country SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4HighLight integration
    Army and Navy AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 19ModerateMedium integration
    HeritageProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 10HighMedium integration
    St. Andrew's CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous17High
    St. Francis High SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration
    St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedRigorous0HighHeavy integration
    St. John's Military SchoolStandard-enriched8 to 10Limited



    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
    Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 11SK - 1133%Oct 26, 2016
    Robert Land AcademyBoarding: rolling5 - 1280%
    Hampshire Country SchoolBoarding: rolling50%
    Army and Navy AcademyDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    7 - 1272%Dec 7, 2016
    HeritageBoarding: rolling71%
    St. Andrew's CollegeDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 1162%
    St. Francis High SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    St. John's Military School100%

    Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
    Army and Navy Academy95%80%75%70%60%50%
    St. Andrew's College76%69%59%59%76%56%50%
    St. Francis High School
    St. Peter's ACHS College School

    Upper Canada College33%33%33%
    Robert Land Academy
    Hampshire Country School50%50%50%50%50%
    Army and Navy Academy95%80%75%70%60%50%
    St. Andrew's College40%75%68%49%43%64%
    St. Francis High School
    St. Peter's ACHS College School
    St. John's Military School

     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Upper Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Robert Land AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Hampshire Country SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Army and Navy AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    HeritageEqual BalanceExpositoryEqual BalancePragmatismAudio-LingualEqual Balance
    St. Andrew's CollegeEqual Balance
    St. Francis High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
    St. John's Military School

    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
    Upper Canada College
    Robert Land Academy
    Army and Navy Academy
    St. Andrew's College
    St. Francis High School
    St. Peter's ACHS College School
    St. John's Military School

    Ice Hockey
    Track and Field
    Upper Canada College
    Robert Land Academy
    Army and Navy Academy
    St. Andrew's College
    St. Francis High School
    St. Peter's ACHS College School
    St. John's Military School

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    Boys' boarding schools allow young men the opportunity to learn in an environment away from the distractions created by daily exposure to young women. In a boarding school setting, boys are wiling to take different risks and learn things they would not otherwise learn.

    They are also exposed to less cultural and media pressures and are protected by the close scrutiny of administrators and teachers at the boarding school.

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