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Boys' Boarding Schools




“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


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Boarding schools







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

 
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. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$51,500 to $59,500

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. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$138,000

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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced

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. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Student-paced$56,200

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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated

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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$22,000 to $37,500

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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$27,825 to $57,940




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
Army and Navy AcademyJanuary 11, 2017 7:30 amArmy and Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad California 92008
St. Andrew's CollegeJanuary 17, 2017 6:30 amSt. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street Aurora Ontario L4G 3H7
Army and Navy AcademyFebruary 08, 2017 7:30 amArmy and Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad California 92008
St. Andrew's CollegeFebruary 28, 2017 6:30 amSt. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street Aurora Ontario L4G 3H7
Army and Navy AcademyMarch 08, 2017 7:30 amArmy and Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad California 92008
St. Andrew's CollegeApril 04, 2017 6:30 amSt. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street Aurora Ontario L4G 3H7




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 (baording school)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%
Heritage198471%
St. Peter's ACHS College School1990100%
Hampshire Country School194850%253
St. Francis High School1927100%
Army and Navy Academy1910$30072%
St. Andrew's College189962%62278








Our Kids Go to School specializes in listings of private, independent and boarding schools in Canada. Find extensive listings of boys' boarding schools from across Canada.

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.

Boarding schools for boys: