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.
|$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|
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]
|$12,500 to $36,500
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Homestay Girls Coed||12500|
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 Day Boarding Girls||22545|
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 Day Boarding Girls||14180|
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 Day Boarding Girls||4500|
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|
|$5,000 to $5,700
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed Girls||5000|
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|
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||29900|
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|
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]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls||120000|
|$32,750 to $59,875
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls||32750|
|$6,250 to $46,700
|Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed Girls||6250|
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|
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|
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|
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]
|$25,950 to $54,875
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Girls||25950|
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|
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|
London International Academy (est. 2002)
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]
|$9,200 to $41,900
||HighSchools Boarding Day Boarding Boys Coed Girls||9200|
|$20,140 to $22,675
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||20140|
|$16,795 to $52,814
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||16795|