An all-girls high school is a type of private high school that specifically supports young women typically in grades 9-12, ages 14-18. These schools focus on developing and encouraging girls’ individual interests and passions with a mixture of programs and courses available in a variety of areas that serve the unique learning styles of girls.
Benefits of your daughter attending an all-girls private secondary school
Single-sex secondary schools are ideal for teenage girls who wish to explore their interests in a safe atmosphere where they don’t need to feel self-conscious in ways that they may otherwise be around boys.
At this important time in development when young women are prone to moments of feeling awkward or uncertain, students at an all-girls school are surrounded by strong role models and supported by staff and peers as they continue to build confidence and figure out who they are.
This type of atmosphere gives girls plenty of opportunities to ask questions and express themselves, empowering and encouraging their passions, and assisting them in meeting their goals at school and as they venture out into the world.
Types of private high schools for girls
Aside from day programs, many private all-girls high schools also offer boarding where girls live in residential facilities, attend extracurricular activities and receive additional support all on campus. Curriculums vary widely by school but many provide a range of humanities and social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, sports, arts, languages, and social and academic clubs as well as AP or IB programs.
Before and after school tutoring may also be provided along with learning study assistance, career planning services, university counseling and exchange programs among a selection of additional benefits.
Costs of girls secondary schools
The cost of an all-girls high school will vary depending on a few different factors, including the location and type. Some have tuition fees starting around $5,000 while others vary between $28,000 and $50,000 or higher based on their services, particularly boarding.
However, there are a variety of ways to pay for girls secondary schools, such as scholarships, bursaries and finding financial aid. Learn more about resources that can help you afford this type of school with these 18 tips to pay for private school.
Choosing a high school for your daughter
With so many of school options available for your daughter, it may seem daunting to narrow down a list.
Think about your daughter’s needs first and foremost and get advice from an educational consultant if you feel it will be helpful in determining her individual needs and interests. An advisor can also explain how a certain types of high schools might benefit your child.
Research schools based on those factors that are important to your family and involve your daughter in the process. Check school profiles, visit their websites and attend annual school fairs like the Our Kids Private School Expos, then plan to visit the school for a private tour or during their Open Houses. Suggest that your daughter join you if possible to get a feel for the atmosphere and consider bringing some questions to ask school officials, current students and even the parents of current students. Develop a shortlist of a few schools your family is interested in from your findings.
Get more information in Choosing a School.
Applying to a girls high school
Be aware that application deadlines at schools will vary and confirm those dates with the school as well as their application fees. Schools will often ask for copies of printed documents such as transcripts and report cards, among other necessary forms, and your daughter may also be required to take an entrance test or SSAT. Read more about the application process and what you need to know in Applying to Schools.
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]
|Standard-enriched||$12,956 to $22,980||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||12956|
Branksome Hall (est. 1903)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$29,590 to $56,855||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||29590|
Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$21,860 to $52,230||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||21860|
Hawthorn School (est. 1989)
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$10,000 to $31,400||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Day Homestay||10000|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$9,500/program to $49,300||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||9500|
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]
|Student-paced||$31,740 to $60,130||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||31740|
Crofton House School (est. 1898)
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$18,960||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||18960|
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$17,095 to $19,570||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||9999999999|
Havergal College (est. 1894)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$31,725 to $58,000||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||31725|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$9,000 to $26,300||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||9000|
The Study (est. 1915)
The Study offers a bilingual mother tongue programme in both English and French from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. The average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$18,415 to $20,735||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||18415|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$15,875||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day Homestay||15875|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$14,000 to $19,400||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||14000|
St. Clement's School (est. 1901)
St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$28,350||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||28350|
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$1||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay||9999999999|
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]
|Accelerated||$16,350 to $44,500||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||16350|
Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)
Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding Senior School for girls in Grades 8-12 and co-ed Junior School from Preschool to Grade 7 in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$5,325 to $53,600||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Boarding Day||5325|
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$13,764 to $49,492||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||13764|
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]
|Accelerated||$19,840 to $46,715 USD||HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||19840|
Villa Maria (est. 1854)
Villa Maria offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Montreal. Its average class size is 28 to 32 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$4,175||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Day||4175|
York House School (est. 1932)
York House School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 16 to 20 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$19,600 to $20,300||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||9999999999|
Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$1||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay||9999999999|
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 3 800 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$4,000 to $9,150||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||4000|
Collège François-Delaplace (est. 1963)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$7,950 to $30,300||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding||7950|
Heritage (est. 1984)
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]
|Student-paced||$138,000 USD||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Boarding||138000|
Alpine Academy (est. 2001)
Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships. [View profile]
|$120,000 USD||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding||120000|
|Student-paced||$26,500 to $37,995||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||9999999999|