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—Judy Winberg, M.Ed., Canadian educational consultant


"Boarding school is not just a school where people live," says Clayton Johnson, "it is a way of life." Johnson is admissions director at Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island. "Boarding is all encompassing and life altering. It is the totality of this experience that is the 'value added' of boarding."

Character

Because of how we discuss it, it's easy to focus on living arrangements. However, students don't attend boarding school because they need somewhere to live. Rather, the living arrangements are a necessity of the kind of instruction that boarding schools intend. "When you're operating within an independent school, in a smaller community, you can focus on values more, developing character and allowing kids to find their own place," says Innes van Nostrand, principal of Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. "And boarding is a hothouse that allows that to happen." As such, boarding is less about what it is—schools where students and instructors live together on campus—than the kind of education that living on site, within a community of peers and mentors, can provide.

Community

While we tend to evaluate schools through objective measures—size, testing results, university placement—a student's fit within a school, and ultimately their academic success, is often dependent on less tangible things, such as feel and culture. For some students, simply joining an academic community, one that respects learning, can itself transformative. When he enrolled at a boarding school, author John Green says, for the first time in his life, "I became a learner. And I became a learner because I found myself in a community of learners. I found myself surrounded by people who celebrated intellectualism and engagement … I started to learn, because learning was cool."

Diversity

While a majority of the earliest schools began as boys' schools, or with an overt religious affiliation, in time many become co-ed and adapted their curricula to serve a more diverse student population. Bishop's College School, for example, was founded in 1836 as an Anglican boys' school serving the families of the Golden Square Mile, an Anglophone enclave of Montreal. The contrast between then and now couldn't be more stark—today the student population is drawn from more than a dozen countries and the full range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Of course, that's true of all boarding schools in Canada today. "Walk into any boarding school today," says Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director of CAIS, "and you'll find a vibrant, highly energized student body, housed in first-rate surroundings and engaged in more activities than you can imagine."

Table of contents


  1. List of boarding schools in Canada

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. A brief history of boarding in Canada
  6. Further resources


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  • Robert Land Academy
  • Appleby College
  • Upper Canada College
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Lakefield College School
  • The Thinnox Academy
  • Brookes Shawnigan Lake
  • Bond Academy
  • Trinity College School
  • Trafalgar Castle School
  • Columbia International College
  • Branksome Hall
  • Neuchâtel Junior College
  • St. Margaret's School
  • Bishop's College School
  • North Star Academy
  • Collège Rivier
  • London International Academy
  • Blyth Academy Global High School
  • Queen Margaret's School
  • Prairie Christian Academy
  • Niagara Christian Collegiate
  • Luther College High School
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • St. John's-Ravenscourt School
  • Pickering College
  • J. Addison School
  • Stanstead College
  • Canadian International Hockey Academy
  • Kells Academy
  • Blyth Academy London
  • Bronte College
  • VINCI School
  • McDonald International Academy
  • St. Andrew's College
  • Bodwell High School
  • Fulford Preparatory College
  • St. Peter's ACHS College School
  • The Bishop Strachan School
  • Brentwood College School
  • LCBI High School
  • Landmark East School
  • Trillium School
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Rosseau Lake College
  • Quetico College School
  • Venta Preparatory School
  • Collège François-Delaplace
  • Havergal College
  • Fulford Academy
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
  • School of Alberta Ballet
  • Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Ashbury College


 
School NameTypePaceCost

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

Appleby College (est. 1911)

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (487 students)
  • Boarding school (273 students)
Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$32,670 to $62,750

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

St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$17,235 to $61,590

Lakefield College School (est. 1879)

  • Lakefield, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (105 students)
  • Boarding school (260 students)
LCS offers world-class programming (Grades 9 -12) designed to meet the strengths of each student while encouraging growth through a school-wide Leadership, Character and Values program and enriched boarding experiences. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$30,955 to $61,425

The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
The Thinnox Academy is a Mississauga private high school with a focus on technology, engineering and design. Graduates stand out from their peers when applying into University or College. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$10,017 to $12,320

Brookes Shawnigan Lake

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB boarding school on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$9,500 to $44,500

Bond Academy (est. 1978)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched

Trinity College School (est. 1865)

  • Port Hope, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (265 students)
Trinity College School offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Port Hope. Its average class size is 16 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$22,950 to $56,950

Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
Located just 45 minutes east of Toronto, Trafalgar Castle School offers world-class curriculum in a small-school environment that inspires and encourages growth. * Day and boarding * All Girls * Grades 5 to 12 [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$21,860 to $52,230

Columbia International College (est. 1979)

  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school (1700 students)
Columbia International College is a day and boarding school, offering programs to international students in grades 7 to 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$2,300

Branksome Hall (est. 1903)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (834 students)
  • Boarding school (66 students)
Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$29,590 to $56,855

Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)

  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
Neuchâtel Junior College, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, offers Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP to students from across Canada and elsewhere. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$29,000 to $54,500

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • Boarding school (130 students)
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$9,500 to $49,300

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (190 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

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

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

London International Academy (est. 2002)

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school (375 students)
A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$2,300 to $2,400

Blyth Academy Global High School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 11 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
Offering Grade 11 and 12 programs and suitable for gap years, Blyth Academy Global High School provides access to the natural, historical, artistic, and scientific wonders of Europe, Australasia, and Central America. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$26,180 to $49,675

Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)

  • Duncan, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
Queen Margaret's School is an independent co-ed day school Preschool to Gr. 7 and all girls day/boarding school for Gr. 8-12 in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$5,100 to $52,400

Prairie Christian Academy (est. 1938)

  • Three Hills, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
We offer a distinctive evangelical Christ-centered program that begins in the classroom and extends throughout all aspects of the school community. The school boasts a strong Preschool through Grade 12 program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$325 to $24,500

Niagara Christian Collegiate (est. 1932)

  • Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched

Luther College High School (est. 1913)

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$6,590 to $26,620

Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (415 students)
Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to more than 490 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$25,500 to $61,200

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1927)

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan offers grades 9 to 12, with 50 day and 275 boarding students, and an average class size of 16. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched

St. John's-Ravenscourt School (est. 1820)

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (790 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
SJR is the world’s leading school in Debating and Public Speaking. It has produced 18 Rhodes scholars and three math olympiads. The School's graduates average a 98% university acceptance rate. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Reggio Emilia
Accelerated$16,890 to $49,440

Pickering College (est. 1842)

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (103 students)
Pickering College's Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$24,040 to $61,240

J. Addison School (est. 2002)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$8,888 to $36,300

Stanstead College (est. 1872)

  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (160 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$20,400 to $59,000

Canadian International Hockey Academy (est. 2011)

  • Rockland, Ontario
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (5 students)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
The Canadian International Hockey Academy is Eastern Canada's Premier Hockey Prep School recruiting, educating and training students-athletes in grades 8 to 12 from around the world. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$17,500 to $44,900

Kells Academy (est. 1978)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
Kells Academy is a private school in Montreal which offers programs from Kindergarten to grade 11. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$15,250

Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)

  • London, Ontario
  • to (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames. [View profile]

    Bronte College (est. 1991)

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Boarding school (375 students)
    Bronte College is a private International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering Grades 9 to 12 for day and boarding students. Our academic programming has attracted students from over 37 countries. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$12,810 to $15,400

    VINCI School (est. 2014)

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    VINCI School offers a truly unique and advanced education for bright and gifted children from Toddler-Gr6. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    • Reggio Emilia
    Student-paced$12,500 to $14,000

    McDonald International Academy

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades nine to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 20 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Accelerated

    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

    Bodwell High School (est. 1991)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school (378 students)
    Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,000. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$18,150 to $34,200

    Fulford Preparatory College (est. 2012)

    • Merrickville, Ontario
    • 11 to 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school (60 students)
    Fulford Preparatory College offers grade 11, 12 and University Qualification Year programs to students preparing for successful admission to degree programs in the world's top universities. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$50,475

    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

    The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (825 students)
    • Boarding school (80 students)
    Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • Reggio Emilia
    Student-paced$31,190 to $59,100

    Brentwood College School (est. 1923)

    • Mill Bay, British Columbia
    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (114 students)
    • Boarding school (398 students)
    Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive boarding school for Grades 9 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $23,300 to $57,500. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$23,800 to $60,500

    LCBI High School (est. 1911)

    • Outlook, Saskatchewan
    • 10 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (65 students)
    LCBI High School is a Christian, coed boarding high school in Outlook, SK. LCBI is recognized as a Historical High School and is an IB Candidate School. LCBI offers a Saskatchewan approved grade 10-12 education. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$5,000 to $21,000

    Landmark East School (est. 1979)

    • Wolfville, Nova Scotia
    • 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Landmark East School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades three to 12 in Wolfville. Its average class size is four to nine students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$26,000 to $48,000

    Trillium School (est. 1991)

    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • Boarding school
    Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Accelerated$9,400 to $33,000

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

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 (Girls)
    • Day school (1050 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

    Rosseau Lake College (est. 1967)

    • Rosseau, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (33 students)
    • Boarding school (62 students)
    Rosseau Lake College - The Personalized Learning Community Clearer personal goals- Diverse learning strategies- collaborative problem solving - Focus on building skills and competencies for the future. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$9,400 to $47,500

    Quetico College School (est. 2013)

    • Atikokan, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (10 students)
    • Boarding school (30 students)
    Technologically savvy classroom facilities combine with caring teachers to help ensure you are headed towards life goals that include knowledge, skill and responsibility. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$16,000 to $28,000

    Venta Preparatory School (est. 1981)

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 10 (Coed)
    • Day school (65 students)
    • Boarding school (25 students)
    Venta Preparatory School offers programs from senior kindergarten to grade ten in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched

    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

    Havergal College (est. 1894)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (860 students)
    • Boarding school (50 students)
    Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$30,820 to $55,500

    Fulford Academy (est. 2002)

    • Brockville, Ontario
    • 7 to 10 (Coed)
    • Boarding school (100 students)
    Fulford Academy is a boarding school in Brockville that offers programs for grades 7 through 10. Its average class size is 6 to 12 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched

    King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)

    • Windsor, Nova Scotia
    • 6 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (125 students)
    • Boarding school (205 students)
    King's-Edgehill School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$17,350 to $51,950

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (est. 2001)

    • Belleville, Ontario
    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (10 students)
    • Boarding school (30 students)
    We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for JK-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$110 to $65,000

    School of Alberta Ballet (est. 1992)

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (90 students)
    • Boarding school (45 students)
    The School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary, AB is a full-time dance and academic training program for students in grades 7 through 12, with a dance only option for those in grades 5 and 6. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$15,250 to $36,200

    Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)

    • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    • 6 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (131 students)
    • Boarding school (149 students)
    Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 14 to 16 students. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$20,110 to $54,090

    Ashbury College

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (592 students)
    • Boarding school (108 students)
    This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $23,600 to $58,300. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$22,440 to $52,300




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    School nameDateLocation
    The Thinnox AcademyAugust 05, 2016 5:00 pmThe Thinnox Academy
    755 Lakeshore Road East Mississauga Ontario L5E 1C6
    The Thinnox AcademyAugust 12, 2016 5:00 pmThe Thinnox Academy
    755 Lakeshore Road East Mississauga Ontario L5E 1C6
    The Thinnox AcademyAugust 19, 2016 5:00 pmThe Thinnox Academy
    755 Lakeshore Road East Mississauga Ontario L5E 1C6
    The Thinnox AcademyAugust 26, 2016 5:00 pmThe Thinnox Academy
    755 Lakeshore Road East Mississauga Ontario L5E 1C6
    Queen Margaret's SchoolAugust 27, 2016 8:00 amPacific National Exhibition
    2901 East Hastings Street Burnaby British Columbia V5K 5J1
    Queen Margaret's SchoolSeptember 07, 2016 9:00 amSpruce Meadows
    18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW Calgary Alberta T2J 5G5
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieSeptember 17, 2016 10:00 amPensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
    628, chemin de la Côte Sainte-Catherine Montreal Quebec H2V 2C5
    North Star AcademyOctober 01, 2016 1:00 pmNorth Star Academy Laval
    950 rue Élodie-Boucher Laval Quebec H7W0C6
    Kells AcademyOctober 05, 2016 9:00 amKells Elementary
    2290 Cavendish Blvd. Montreal Quebec H4B 2M7
    Kells AcademyOctober 05, 2016 7:00 pmKells Academy
    6865 De Maisonneuve West Montreal Quebec H4B 1T1
    Appleby CollegeOctober 15, 2016 10:00 amAppleby College
    540 Lakeshore Road West Oakville Ontario L6K 3P1
    Collège François-DelaplaceOctober 15, 2016 1:00 pmCollège François-Delaplace
    365 Compton Street East Waterville Quebec J0B 3H0
    Havergal CollegeOctober 19, 2016 8:30 amHavergal College
    1451 Avenue Road Toronto Ontario M4R 2H5
    Pickering CollegeOctober 19, 2016 6:30 pmPickering College
    16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X2
    Havergal CollegeOctober 20, 2016 8:30 amHavergal College Junior School
    460 Rosewell Avenue Toronto Ontario M5N 2H9
    Trinity College SchoolOctober 22, 2016 10:00 amTrinity College School
    55 Deblaquire Street North Port Hope Ontario L1A 4K7
    Appleby CollegeOctober 22, 2016 10:00 amAppleby College
    540 Lakeshore Road West Oakville Ontario L6K 3P1
    Upper Canada CollegeOctober 26, 2016 9:30 amUpper Canada College
    220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
    Upper Canada CollegeOctober 26, 2016 4:30 pmUpper Canada College
    220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
    Upper Canada CollegeOctober 27, 2016 9:30 amUpper Canada College
    220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
    Havergal CollegeNovember 01, 2016 8:00 amHavergal College
    1451 Avenue Road Toronto Ontario M5N 2H9
    Rothesay Netherwood SchoolNovember 01, 2016 3:00 pmRothesay Netherwood School
    40 College Hill Road Rothesay New Brunswick E2E 5H1
    St. Margaret's SchoolNovember 18, 2016 9:00 amSt. Margaret's School
    1080 Lucas Avenue Victoria British Columbia V8X 3P7
    Appleby CollegeNovember 19, 2016 10:00 amAppleby College
    540 Lakeshore Road West Oakville Ontario L6K 3P1
    Rothesay Netherwood SchoolNovember 25, 2016 9:00 amRothesay Netherwood School
    40 College Hill Road Rothesay New Brunswick E2E 5H1
    Pickering CollegeJanuary 21, 2017 10:00 amPickering College
    16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X2
    Appleby CollegeJanuary 21, 2017 10:00 amAppleby College
    540 Lakeshore Road West Oakville Ontario L6K 3P1
    St. John's-Ravenscourt SchoolJanuary 21, 2017 12:00 pmSt. John's-Ravenscourt School
    400 South Drive Winnipeg Manitoba R3T 3K5
    St. Margaret's SchoolJanuary 25, 2017 4:30 amSt. Margaret's School
    1080 Lucas Avenue Victoria British Columbia V8X 3P7
    Pickering CollegeFebruary 22, 2017 6:30 pmPickering College
    16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X2
    St. Margaret's SchoolFebruary 24, 2017 9:00 amSt. Margaret's School
    1080 Lucas Avenue Victoria British Columbia V8X 3P7
    Rothesay Netherwood SchoolApril 28, 2017 3:00 pmRothesay Netherwood School
    40 College Hill Road Rothesay New Brunswick E2E 5H1




    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 Canadian boarding schools:

     
    Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    Appleby College$53,620 to $62,75016%7 - 12$20,000
    Upper Canada College$55,060 to $61,56018%5 - 12$15,000
    St. Michaels University School$47,075 to $61,59020%K - 12$11,685
    Lakefield College School$55,300 to $61,42525%9 - 12
    The Thinnox Academy25%9 - 12$5,000
    Brookes Shawnigan Lake$35,900 to $44,50010%7 - 12$5,000
    Trinity College School$38,950 to $56,95025%9 - 12$20,000
    Trafalgar Castle School$47,210 to $52,230
    Branksome Hall$54,605 to $56,8555%7 - 12$15,000
    St. Margaret's School$38,600 to $49,300
    Bishop's College School$48,300 to $55,80040%7 - 12
    North Star Academy$24,000 to $31,5007 - 11
    Collège Rivier$7,055 to $22,50010%8 - 12$1,500
    Queen Margaret's School$38,200 to $52,40032%K - 12$3,000
    Prairie Christian Academy$12,750 to $24,5005%K - 12$500
    Luther College High School$17,410 to $26,620
    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
    St. John's-Ravenscourt School$37,420 to $49,44010%6 - 12$8,100
    Stanstead College$47,100 to $59,00030%7 - 12
    Canadian International Hockey Academy$34,500 to $44,90020%8 - 12$5,000
    St. Andrew's College$53,260 to $57,94026%5 - 12$11,000
    The Bishop Strachan School$56,510 to $59,1007 - 12
    Brentwood College School$45,500 to $60,50027%9 - 12$19,417
    LCBI High School$13,500 to $21,00068%10 - 12$2,000
    Landmark East School$41,000 to $48,00050%3 - 12$7,000
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$9,1507 - 11
    Rosseau Lake College$22,220 to $47,5005%7 - 12
    Havergal College$55,5007%7 - 12$16,000
    King's-Edgehill School$40,750 to $51,95033%6 - 12$15,000
    School of Alberta Ballet$29,250 to $36,20030%5 - 12$11,000
    Rothesay Netherwood School$35,550 to $54,09028%6 - 12$15,500
    Ashbury College$52,3008%4 - 12$6,700




     
     Founding dateEndowmnentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Robert Land Academy197880%
    Appleby College191138%767128
    Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
    St. Michaels University School1906$11,200,00096374
    Lakefield College School1879
    The Thinnox Academy201480%
    Brookes Shawnigan Lake95%
    Bond Academy1978100%
    Trinity College School1865$41,200,00075%56471
    Trafalgar Castle School1874100%
    Columbia International College1979100%
    Branksome Hall1903100%89960
    Neuchâtel Junior College1956
    St. Margaret's School190865%
    Bishop's College School1836100%
    North Star Academy86%15030
    Collège Rivier1870100%12024
    London International Academy200290%
    Blyth Academy Global High School100%4040
    Queen Margaret's School1921100%34021
    Prairie Christian Academy193895%29518
    Niagara Christian Collegiate1932100%
    Luther College High School191390%
    Shawnigan Lake School1916$13,500,000
    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame1927100%
    St. John's-Ravenscourt School182070%85766
    Pickering College1842100%
    J. Addison School2002100%
    Stanstead College1872100%21636
    Canadian International Hockey Academy2011100%
    Kells Academy197895%
    Blyth Academy London2013
    Bronte College1991$0100%
    VINCI School201480%00
    McDonald International Academy
    St. Andrew's College189962%62278
    Bodwell High School1991$0100%513103
    Fulford Preparatory College2012100%
    St. Peter's ACHS College School1990100%
    The Bishop Strachan School1867100%
    Brentwood College School1923$20,000,000
    LCBI High School191190%11037
    Landmark East School1979$1,200,00060%
    Trillium School1991100%
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie190550%
    Rosseau Lake College196790%9516
    Quetico College School2013100%
    Venta Preparatory School1981100%
    Collège François-Delaplace196395%
    Havergal College1894$2,637,23350%96064
    Fulford Academy2002100%
    King's-Edgehill School178880%33047
    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning2001100%
    School of Alberta Ballet199216%
    Rothesay Netherwood School1877$7,000,00085%27139
    Ashbury College70%




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Robert Land AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 16Very HighLight integration
    Appleby CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16HighHeavy integration
    Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
    St. Michaels University SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorousModerateMedium integration
    Lakefield College SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive16ModerateMedium integration
    The Thinnox AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 12HighHeavy integration
    Brookes Shawnigan LakeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
    Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15High
    Trinity College SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16HighMedium integration
    Trafalgar Castle SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 16HighHeavy integration
    Columbia International CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25ModerateMedium integration
    Branksome HallLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 22ModerateHeavy integration
    Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12HighMedium integration
    St. Margaret's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 20HighMedium integration
    Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15HighHeavy integration
    North Star AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 18HighMedium integration
    Collège RivierTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive18 to 30HighMedium integration
    London International AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous20 to 25HighMedium integration
    Blyth Academy Global High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveLimited
    Queen Margaret's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18Mild difficultiesMedium integration
    Prairie Christian AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 35LimitedLight integration
    Niagara Christian CollegiateTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15High
    Luther College High SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous23LimitedLight integration
    Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15ModerateHeavy integration
    Athol Murray College of Notre DameTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous16Limited
    St. John's-Ravenscourt SchoolLiberal ArtsReggio EmiliaAcceleratedRigorous20HighMedium integration
    Pickering CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 18Limited
    J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 16LimitedLight integration
    Stanstead CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12ModerateMedium integration
    Canadian International Hockey AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedLimited
    Kells AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18HighHeavy integration
    Blyth Academy London6 to 8Limited
    Bronte CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration
    VINCI SchoolMontessoriReggio EmiliaStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedMedium integration
    McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20Limited
    St. Andrew's CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous17High
    Bodwell High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration
    Fulford Preparatory CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 12Mild difficultiesMedium integration
    St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedRigorousHighHeavy integration
    The Bishop Strachan SchoolTraditionalReggio EmiliaStudent-paced18 to 20Mild difficulties
    Brentwood College SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20LimitedHeavy integration
    LCBI High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 18HighMedium integration
    Landmark East SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 10Very HighMedium integration
    Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousModerate
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous30 to 36ModerateHeavy integration
    Rosseau Lake CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 18HighMedium integration
    Quetico College SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous6 to 8ModerateHeavy integration
    Venta Preparatory SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 13High
    Collège François-DelaplaceTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 25Limited
    Havergal CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 22LimitedMedium integration
    Fulford AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 12Limited
    King's-Edgehill SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15HighMedium integration
    Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive4 to 6Very HighLight integration
    School of Alberta BalletLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15ModerateLight integration
    Rothesay Netherwood SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive14 to 16Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
    Ashbury CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17Mild difficultiesMedium integration





     Legend:

     ADHD

    Learning disorders:
     Dyslexia
     Auditory processing disorder
     Dyscalculia
     Dysgraphia
     Language processing disorder
     Non-verbal learning disorders
     Visual motor deficit
    Development disorders:
     Autism
     Asperger's

    Behavioural and emotional:
     Troubled teens
     Depression
     Suicidal
     Substance abuse
     Oppositional defiant disorder
    Physical:
     Dyspraxia
     Blindness
     Deafness
     Cystic fibrosis
     Multiple physical
     




     
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Robert Land AcademyBoarding: rolling5 - 1280%
    Appleby CollegeDay: Jan 4, 2016
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 127 - 1238%
    Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 11SK - 1133%
    St. Michaels University SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    8 - 12K - 12
    Lakefield College SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    The Thinnox AcademyDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    9 - 1280%
    Brookes Shawnigan LakeDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 1295%
    Bond AcademyDay: rolling100%
    Trinity College SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    5 - 1275%
    Trafalgar Castle SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    5 - 12100%
    Columbia International CollegeDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    100%
    Branksome HallDay: Dec 4, 2015
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 11JK - 12100%
    Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: Dec 2, 2016
    St. Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    Preschool - 1265%
    Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12100%
    North Star Academy7 - 1286%
    Collège RivierDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    8 - 12100%
    London International AcademyDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    9 - 1290%
    Blyth Academy Global High SchoolBoarding: rolling100%
    Queen Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    Preschool - 12100%
    Prairie Christian AcademyDay: Sep 25, 2015
    Boarding: Sep 25, 2015
    Homestay: Sep 25, 2015
    9 - 1295%
    Niagara Christian Collegiate100%
    Luther College High SchoolDay: Mar 1, 2016
    Boarding: Mar 1, 2016
    Homestay: Mar 1, 2016
    90%
    Shawnigan Lake SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    8 - 12
    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame100%
    St. John's-Ravenscourt SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 1270%
    Pickering CollegeDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    JK - 12100%
    J. Addison SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    Nursery/Toddler - 12100%
    Stanstead CollegeDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    7 - 12100%
    Canadian International Hockey Academy100%
    Kells AcademyDay: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    K - 1195%
    Blyth Academy LondonDay: Dec 31, 1969
    Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
    Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
    Bronte College100%
    VINCI SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    80%
    McDonald International AcademyDay: Dec 31, 1969
    Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
    Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
    St. Andrew's CollegeDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 1162%
    Bodwell High SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    8 - 12100%
    Fulford Preparatory CollegeBoarding: rolling11 - 12100%
    St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    100%
    The Bishop Strachan SchoolDay: Dec 4, 2016
    Boarding: rolling
    JK - 11100%
    Brentwood College SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    9 - 12
    LCBI High SchoolDay: Aug 30, 2015
    Boarding: Aug 30, 2015
    90%
    Landmark East SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    3 - 1260%
    Trillium School100%
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
    Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
    50%
    Rosseau Lake CollegeDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 1290%
    Quetico College SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 12100%
    Venta Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    100%
    Collège François-DelaplaceDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    1 - 1295%
    Havergal CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12JK - 1250%
    Fulford Academy100%
    King's-Edgehill SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    6 - 1280%
    Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    100%
    School of Alberta BalletDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    16%
    Rothesay Netherwood SchoolDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    6 - 1285%
    Ashbury CollegeDay: Nov 30, 2015
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    4 - 1170%




     




     




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Robert Land AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Appleby CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Upper Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    St. Michaels University SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Lakefield College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    The Thinnox AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Brookes Shawnigan LakeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismCommunicativeCreative
    Bond Academy
    Trinity College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Trafalgar Castle SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Columbia International CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Branksome HallTraditional MathEqual Balance
    Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    St. Margaret's SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Bishop's College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    North Star AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
    Collège RivierEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
    London International AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
    Blyth Academy Global High School
    Queen Margaret's SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
    Prairie Christian AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
    Niagara Christian CollegiateTraditional Math
    Luther College High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicative
    Athol Murray College of Notre DameEqual Balance
    St. John's-Ravenscourt SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Pickering CollegeEqual BalanceInquirySocial Justice
    J. Addison SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Stanstead CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Canadian International Hockey AcademyTraditional Math
    Kells AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Blyth Academy London
    Bronte CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    VINCI SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
    McDonald International Academy
    St. Andrew's CollegeEqual Balance
    Bodwell High SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Fulford Preparatory CollegeTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceReceptive
    St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
    The Bishop Strachan School
    Brentwood College SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalPerennialismCommunicativeCreative
    LCBI High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Landmark East SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
    Trillium School
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Rosseau Lake CollegeDiscovery MathInquiryTraditionalPragmatismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
    Quetico College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Venta Preparatory School
    Collège François-DelaplaceEqual Balance
    Havergal CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Fulford Academy
    King's-Edgehill SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPragmatismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
    School of Alberta BalletEqual BalanceExpositoryTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceCreative
    Rothesay Netherwood SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Ashbury CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance




     




     




    Many of the best-known Canadian schools were founded in the late 19th century: Pickering College, 1842; Bishop Strachan School, 1867; Stanstead College, 1872; Ashbury College, 1891; St. Andrew's College, 1899. Life there, at least in the early days, was spartan and challenging in ways that no boarding school is today. At Upper Canada College, Frederick Hutt, a student in the 1830s, wrote to his brother, "I hope you will send plenty of nuts and cakes as I can hardly subsist on what we get."

    There was a strong association with the military. The Cadet Corps of Upper Canada College was begun in 1869, and through its 127-year history it remained an integral part of school life. Students took part in regular drills and exercises, including those with active rounds. Boys were expected be prepared for deployment at any time, as occasionally they were. During the Fenian Raids of 1866 UCC students were mobilized to guard military buildings and the port in Toronto.

    Adapting to a new world

    In time, however, the cadet programs began to feel less relevant, more relics of an earlier time, as did some of the other traditions that boarding schools, and indeed all schools, followed. Pickering College, despite a long history, was an early adopter of a more open, less punitive, more collaborative approach to education. In 1930, Joseph McCully, headmaster of Pickering College wrote "we have realized that it is impossible to force boys to become educated; long hours of fatiguing drill and arduous driving on the part of the staff may succeed in cramming the heads of small boys with a vast collection of heterogeneous and unrelated facts, but such a result is not education." Instead, he goes on, the goal of education should be to provide mentorship, and in providing an opportunity to develop talents and resiliency. Taylor Statton, head of character development at Pickering College, wrote in 1930 that:

    The 'habit of obedience' forced upon the impressionable nature of a child does not develop judgment and will, but does develop that fatal facility in following other people's wills, which tends to make us a hopeless mob—mere sheep, instead of wise, free, strong individuals. The habit of submission to authority, the long, deeply impressed conviction that to 'be good' is to 'give up'—that there is virtue in the act of surrender—this is one of the sources from which we continually replenish human weakness … Those who know no other way of modifying a child's behaviour than through 'making him mind' suppose that if he were not make to mind he must be utterly neglected. … the rich years of childhood should be passed in the acquiring the habits of self-direction.

    You'd be hard pressed to find a better description of what boarding, in the decades since, has become.





    Across Canada, high school graduation requirements are set by the provincial boards, not the federal government. Therefore, graduation requirements vary between provinces based on provincial criteria and curricula. Provinces also define the elements of those criteria, including what a "credit" represents, which can make a direct comparison of degree requirements difficult. For example, in BC a credit represents 30 hours of in-class instruction; in Ontario a credit represents the completion of an entire course, not a portion of it. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in Ontario are required to complete 30 credits in grades 9 through 12. In British Columbia 80 credits are required in grades 10 through 12.

    Despite whatever the numbers might seem to suggest, the reality is that graduation requirements vary only superficially between the provinces. All require that students study English/French, mathematics, science, Canadian history, geography, and health. In addition to those core subjects, all provinces offer optional courses for credit, and students are free to choose among them. These include courses in technology and computer studies, graphic and performing arts, world studies, international languages, social studies, and cooperative education.

    In addition to classwork, students must demonstrate an involvement in community service beyond the campus, though many boarding schools choose to exceed provincial guidelines there as well. Students enrolled at a school offering the International Baccalaureate program, for example, are required to complete 50 hours of volunteer service in order to graduate, exceeding the baseline in all provinces.

    Many boarding schools formally require participation in athletics, courses international languages, or participation in extra-curricular programs, such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Often, these too are included as requirements in order to graduate. All diploma requirements imposed in addition to provincial requirements are at the discretion of the individual schools and do not affect the receipt of the provincial diploma. Any additional requirements made by private institutions are imposed to reflect the core values of the school as they pertain to diversity, service, leadership, and academics.





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