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Private Schools for Girls

Girls' schools offer young women a chance to develop a strong sense of themselves and their abilities. All-girls' schools provide your daughter with an environment that encourages her to ask questions, express her feelings and state her opinions. This environment allows young women to make mistakes and learn positive lessons from them. Girls-only schools are designed to meet the unique learning styles of girls and surrounds girls with positive role models.

The National Association for Single Sex Public Education states that, in contrast to boys, "girls generalize the meaning of their failures because they interpret them as indicating that they have disappointed adults, and thus they are of little worth. In addition, because girls view evaluative feedback as diagnostic of their abilities, failure may lead them to incorporate this information into their more general view of themselves." One of the advantages of a girls only private school is that it can adapt to this, recognizing that girls respond this way and give feedback accordingly.

Girls school alumni include women leaders who testify about the value of single gender education in video and testimonial, including:

You can also learn more from recent graduates themselves, in testimonials about the all-girls' learning experience.

Many parents find that their daughters feel less pressure at a girls school than they would elsewhere. For many young ladies, boys are intimidating and girls feel a need to worry about their appearance in front of them. An all girls setting removes a lot of these stresses and allow students to focus on academics first and foremost.

Private girls schools also provide your child with a comfortable forum to discuss distinctly female issues. In a different kind of environment, talking about such things as female body image, expectations, and sexuality might make students feel uncomfortable. However, at all girls schools, the environment facilitates more openness and girls gain confidence.

Things to Consider Before Choosing a Girls Private School

  • What is the school's reputation? Do you have references from other parents or girls at the school?
  • What is the school’s educational philosophy? Do you agree with it?
  • Why would you prefer an all girls education to a coed school?
  • How far is the school from where you live?
  • Did the tour of the school impress you?
  • Does the school have scholarships and bursaries available?

Plenty of all girls schools offer programs from kindergarten until grade twelve. And, some schools have both elementary institutions ("feeder schools") that are affiliated with middle or high schools.

For a much more in-depth look into all girls schools, visit one of our annual private school expos. Here, you will learn about what you need to know to navigate the private school selection and admissions processes.

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St. Clement's School

21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8
St. Clement's School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 16 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$25,675
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Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School

525 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 3H6
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is 18 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$17,127 to $19,177
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Branksome Hall

10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4
Branksome Hall is an all girls private school in Toronto, from JK to grade 12, including 70 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $26,265 to $28,265.
Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$27,620 to $29,620
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St. Margaret's School

1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7
St. Margaret's School offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 in Victoria. Its average class size is 18 students.
Traditional / Academic, AP School
Day & Boarding
$8,000 to $49,000
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Elmwood School

261 Buena Vista Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0V9
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.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$17,980 to $22,240
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Hawthorn School for Girls

101 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R2
Hawthorn School for Girls is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12. Its average class size is 8 to 15 students.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$11,800 to $20,000
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The Linden School

10 Rosehill Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1G5
The Linden School offers programs for grades one to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 12 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$15,900 to $16,300
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Queen of Angels Academy

100 Bouchard Boulevard, Dorval, Quebec, H9S 1A7
Queen of Angels Academy will be closing it's doors June 2014. We are happy to help you find another school for your daughter.
Arts, Traditional / Academic
Day
$9,255 to $9,585
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Trafalgar School For Girls

3495 Simpson Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2J7
Trafalgar School For Girls offers programs from grades seven to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is eight to 22 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$15,105
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St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

1080 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L1
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School is a premier independent school for girls JK to grade 12. Millie graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything. Average class size 17.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$7,480 to $20,446
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4
As part of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we offer a first class education and graduate women of action with a sound moral compass.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$12,952 to $13,152
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Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc

2221 Elmira Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H3
In this all-girls environment, academic achievement in both official languages is the norm. Language skills from a Joan of Arc Academy bilingual education remain with graduates for a lifetime.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$13,900
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Villa Sainte-Marcellines & College International des Marcellines

815 Upper Belmont, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1K5
Villa Sainte-Marcellines & College International des Marcellines offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is five to 32 students.
Traditional / Academic
Day
Cost varies
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Crofton House School

3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$17,825
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Kilgraston School

Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, Scotland, PH2 9BQ
Boarding School for Girls in Scotland, UK, Perth & Kinross. Set within 45 acres of Perthshire parkland and just 45 minutes from Edinburgh.
Overseas, Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$5,600
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Villa Maria

4245 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3K4
Villa Maria offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Montreal. Its average class size is 28 to 32 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
Cost varies
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Annie Wright Upper School

827 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, Washington, 98403-9987
Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are nestled in the beautiful North End neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington. We offer day and boarding programs for girls in Grades 9-12.
IB School, Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$22,900 to $47,950
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Queen Margaret's School

660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2
Queen Margaret's School offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Duncan. Its average class size is 16 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding
$8,075 to $41,100
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Collège François-Delaplace

365, rue Compton Est, Waterville, Quebec, J0B 3H0
OLLÈGE 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. COLLÈGE FRANÇOIS-DELAPLACE has an average class size of 20 to 25 students and has a tuition cost to suit your family. Founded in 1963, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is French.
Traditional / Academic,
Boarding
$16,000 to $25,000
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The Study

3233 The Boulevard, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1S4
The Study offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$16,305 to $17,895
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Havergal College

1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto. Programs from junior kindergarten through grade 12.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding
$28,600 to $51,000
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Trafalgar Castle School

401 Reynolds Street, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 3W9
Trafalgar Castle School offers programs from grades five to 12 in Whitby. Its average class size is 13 to 16 students.
Traditional / Academic, Arts
Day & Boarding
$21,115 to $49,720
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The Bishop Strachan School

298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1X2
A traditional school in Toronto, Ontario Bishop Strachan School offers grades JK to 12, including 80 boarding students and 900 day students.
Traditional / Academic, Reggio-inspired
Day & Boarding
$28,400 to $51,470
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