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Boarding schools offering the International Baccalaureate program


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  Looking for an IB boarding school? Consider Brookes Shawinigan Lake, one of Canada's leading boarding schools offering the International Baccalaureate curriculum.



On this page we cover boarding schools that offer the IB program. For a complete guide to boarding, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of IB boarding schools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. International Baccalaureate
  6. Further resources


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  • Upper Canada College
  • Branksome Hall
  • Brookes Shawnigan Lake
  • Bishop's College School
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Oxford Tutorial College
  • Ridley College
  • Luther College High School
  • UWC Canada
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Ashbury College
  • Bronte College
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Rothesay Netherwood School

 
School NameTypePaceCost

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

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

Brookes Shawnigan Lake

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB World 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$5,544 to $47,500

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (200 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

King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)

  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (135 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

Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)

  • Oxford,
  • 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level and GCSE tuition for students grade 10 to 12, intending to go on to higher education at a good British University. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$33,255 to $39,447

Ridley College (est. 1889)

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (307 students)
  • Boarding school (358 students)
Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$15,500 to $63,700

Luther College High School (est. 1913)

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (361 students)
  • Boarding school (92 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$7,050 to $29,560

UWC Canada (est. 1974)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$1 to $58,000

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

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 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

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

Bronte College (est. 1991)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (380 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 30 countries. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$12,810 to $15,400

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)

  • Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
  • Boarding school (330 students)
North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$24,200 to $58,000

Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)

  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (150 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




Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools in Canada. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options) we recommend you review our hub on choosing a school.

Private school expos

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. All expos are held in the fall at a number of centres across Canada. There are three expos hosted in Ontario, one in Toronto, one in Halton-Peel, and one in Ottawa. Expos are also held each fall in Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. All are opportunities to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools within the regions in which the expos are held.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids private school discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics around gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and schools to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses is obviously a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to boarding programs, refer to our main boarding school hub.

School nameDateLocation
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 19, 2017 9:30 amUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 19, 2017 4:30 pmUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 20, 2017 1:30 pmUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
Luther College High SchoolNovember 29, 2017 7:30 pmLuther College High School
1500 Royal Street Regina Saskatchewan S4T 5A5
Luther College High SchoolJanuary 11, 2018 7:30 pmLuther College High School
1500 Royal Street Regina Saskatchewan S4T 5A5




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 IB boarding schools:

 
Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Upper Canada College$55,060 to $61,56018%5 - 12$15,000
Branksome Hall$54,605 to $56,8555%7 - 12$15,000
Brookes Shawnigan Lake$38,900 to $47,50010%7 - 12$5,000
Bishop's College School$48,300 to $55,80040%7 - 12
King's-Edgehill School$40,750 to $51,95033%6 - 12$15,000
Oxford Tutorial College10%11 - 12$10,000
Ridley College$56,950 to $63,70016%5 - 12$16,000
Luther College High School$29,560
UWC Canada$1 to $58,00070%12
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$9,1507 - 11
Ashbury College$52,3008%4 - 12$6,700
Rothesay Netherwood School$35,550 to $54,09028%6 - 12$15,500




 
 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
Branksome Hall1903100%89960
Brookes Shawnigan Lake95%
Bishop's College School1836100%
King's-Edgehill School178880%33047
Oxford Tutorial College1988$0100%93
Ridley College188961%66548
Luther College High School191390%453113
UWC Canada1974$025%100100
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie190550%
Ashbury College70%
Bronte College1991$0100%
North Broward Preparatory School1957$10,000,00060%1230176
Rothesay Netherwood School1877$7,000,00085%27139




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
Branksome HallLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 22ModerateHeavy integration
Brookes Shawnigan LakeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15HighHeavy integration
King's-Edgehill SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15HighMedium integration
Oxford Tutorial CollegeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive2 to 8Very HighLight integration
Ridley CollegeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17ModerateHeavy integration
Luther College High SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous23LimitedLight integration
UWC CanadaProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous6 to 16Very High
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous33HighHeavy integration
Ashbury CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Bronte CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration
North Broward Preparatory SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous18Very HighHeavy integration
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive14 to 16Mild difficultiesHeavy integration





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 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%Oct 19, 2017
Branksome HallDay: Dec 4, 2015
Boarding: rolling
9 - 11JK - 12100%
Brookes Shawnigan LakeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 1295%
Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12100%
King's-Edgehill SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1280%
Oxford Tutorial CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
10 - 1210 - 12100%
Ridley CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
5 - 12JK - 1261%
Luther College High SchoolDay: Mar 1, 2017
Boarding: Mar 1, 2017
Homestay: Mar 1, 2017
90%Nov 29, 2017
UWC CanadaDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Nov 15, 2017
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
1225%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
50%
Ashbury CollegeDay: Nov 30, 2015
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
4 - 1170%
Bronte CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
North Broward Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 126 - 1260%
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1285%




 




 




 
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Branksome HallTraditional MathEqual Balance
Brookes Shawnigan LakeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismCommunicativeCreative
Bishop's College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
King's-Edgehill SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Oxford Tutorial CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Ridley CollegeEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Luther College High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
UWC Canada
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Ashbury CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Bronte CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
North Broward Preparatory SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative




 
 
Student council
School newspaper
Yearbook
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Choir
Band
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Upper Canada College
Branksome Hall
Brookes Shawnigan Lake
Bishop's College School
King's-Edgehill School
Oxford Tutorial College
Ridley College
Luther College High School
UWC Canada
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Ashbury College
Bronte College
North Broward Preparatory School
Rothesay Netherwood School




 




Sending your child to a boarding school will offer the academic environment that he or she will need in the International Baccalaureate program.  With minimal distraction, students have the opportunity to focus on their studies.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is one of the most popular university entrance programs recognized throughout the world. Of schools offering the program about half are publicly funded and half are private.

If you have a child enrolled in an International Baccalaureate program in Canada, some courses are recognized as equivalent to university courses. Universities in Canada and the US may award first year credit for courses in the program.

The IB program curriculum consists of study in six subject areas, an essay of up to 4,000 words and at least 50 hours in each area of Creative, Action and Service requirements. Theory of Knowledge is one other important component of the IB curriculum.

Boarding schools may offer International Baccalaureate diplomas or specific programs including the middle years or primary years programs. Consult with each school to learn what depth of programs they offer concerning IB.

More about the IB program

The International Baccalaureate is a two-year advanced secondary school curriculum that was founded in 1968 and is now taught in schools in more than 140 countries, including many alternative institutions in Canada.

The IB curriculum was created for students aged 16 to 19. It is intended to provide a well-rounded, high quality, advanced course of study that delivers the basics of high school education while challenging students to apply their knowledge and skills through collaboration, discussion, and communication.

In order to earn an IB diploma students complete a course of study in six core subject areas (language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts) an essay of up to 4000 words, and sit standard, externally assessed exams. In addition to course work, students are also required to complete two formal projects and a minimum of 50 hours of community service.