At a day school your family has the option of choosing from a wide range of specializations and programs, including high quality facilities and extracurricular activities with the added benefit of dedicated teachers and small class sizes. Day schools ensure more parental involvement, allow for easier commutes, and are generally much less expensive than boarding schools.
The additional benefit of a girls school is that your daughter has the extra support and services that come along with a single-sex education, allowing her to flourish in an all-girls environment.
At an all-girls day school, their curriculum reinforces girls’ specific learning styles and introduces them to a range of different subjects, encouraging young women to explore their interests, develop their sense of identity, and strengthen their self-confidence. These types of schools allow girls to express themselves and work toward goals in and outside of the classroom without the added pressure of a co-ed environment that can sometimes make them feel self-conscious.
Curriculums and programs at girls day schools will vary based on the type of school but can include everything from arts focused to faith-based to Reggio- inspired methodologies, and AP, IB or special needs schools. Before and after school programs may also be available, plus tutoring and learning study assistance, and a range of activities, languages, humanities and social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, technology, sports, arts and academic or social clubs.
Depending on the type of school and location, the cost will vary anywhere from $4,500 to $25,000 or more. But there are a number of ways to pay for girls day schools, including scholarships, bursaries and financial aid. Get more advice on ways to pay with these 18 tips you need to know.
When searching for the right school fit for your daughter, think about her needs first and foremost and how a certain type of school might benefit her. Research schools by those factors that are important to your family and involve your daughter in the process. Bring her along to school visits and Open Houses if possible to experience the atmosphere and prepare some questions ahead of time.
Learn more about choosing a school with our Step by Step Guide.
Application deadlines at schools will vary so confirm those dates ahead of time and be prepared to pay the application fees. Schools will often request copies of documents such as transcripts and report cards, among other forms, and your daughter may also be required to take a test, such as the SSAT.
Read more about the application process and what you need to know in Applying to Schools.
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)
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]
|$14,180 to $65,490
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||14180|
|$32,570 to $64,305
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||32570|
Elmwood School (est. 1915)
Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [View profile]
|$13,500 to $25,660
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||13500|
Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)
Located in Whitby, Trafalgar Castle School is an all-girls day and boarding school inspiring students in Grades 4-12. For nearly 150 years, Trafalgar Castle girls have become women of impact. [View profile]
|$22,545 to $59,515
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||22545|
Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)
Odyssey Heights School: starts at 9:55am with dance, yoga, or outdoor fitness; 25-35 Overnight OE3 trips are included in tuition, there's a "No Homework Ever!" policy; Equestrian curriculum, small group French, 1:1 iPads [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Girls||27975|
Trafalgar School For Girls (est. 1887)
Based in the heart of downtown Montreal, Trafalgar School for Girls is a diverse school community that challenges and inspires girls to love learning, build confidence and shape a better world. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Girls||18000|
The Linden School (est. 1993)
The Linden School provides a challenging academic program for girls from JK - Grade 12. We create opportunities to discover the joys of learning and foster the development of critical thinking and physical well-being. [View profile]
|$15,400 to $20,950
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||15400|
|$20,140 to $22,675
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||20140|
Xyna International School (est. 2010)
Xyna International School offers programs from Gr 9 - 12 in Brampton(Co-ed) and 6-12 in Woodbridge(Girls only). At Xyna students have many opportunities to develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Girls Coed||7000|
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
|$4,500 to $10,700
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||4500|
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||29900|
Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)
Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12 offering an enriched university preparatory programme. The average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||17250|
The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)
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]
|$32,060 to $60,730
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls||32060|
|$32,750 to $59,875
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||32750|
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (est. 1891)
Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Preschool to Graduating Year since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything. [View profile]
|$17,000 to $27,600
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||17000|
|$16,795 to $52,814
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||16795|
Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
|US $21,900 to US $52,750
||HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||21900|
Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc (est. 1954)
In our all-girls environment, academic achievement in both official languages is the norm. A Joan of Arc Academy bilingual education prepares the women leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. Come and see the difference. [View profile]
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls||15750|
|$5,000 to $5,700
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Girls Coed||5000|
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School is a Tier 1 school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 11, located in Westmount, Quebec. For every girl who has a mind of her own, we have a school to nurture it. [View profile]
|$18,764 to $21,417
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||18764|