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International boarding schools

An international education

On this page we cover schools located outside of Canada. For a complete guide to private schooling, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.

Table of contents

  1. List of international boarding schools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to an international boarding school
  6. Further resources


Boarding schools

  • Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Chamberlain International School
  • St. Stanislaus College Prep
  • Hampshire Country School
  • American Hebrew Academy
  • The Gow School
  • A+ World Academy
  • Fork Union Military Academy
  • Heritage
  • Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
  • Caribbean International Academy - St. Maarten
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • THINK Global School
  • New Mexico Military Institute
  • Alpine Academy
  • Oxford Tutorial College
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Buffalo Seminary

School NameTypePaceCost

Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)  

  • Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
Neuchâtel Junior College, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, offers Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP to students from across Canada and beyond. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$29,000 to $54,500

Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)  

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
  • Traditional

St. Stanislaus College Prep (est. 1854)  

  • Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (315 students)
  • Boarding school (72 students)
St. Stanislaus College Prep is a faith-based school that offers programs from grades 7 to 12 in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$27,540 to $33,950

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)  

  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (22 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts

American Hebrew Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
The American Hebrew Academy is the only international Jewish college prep boarding school in the world! The advantages of boarding school are boundless; the advantages of a Jewish boarding school will last a lifetime. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$24,000 to $42,000

The Gow School (est. 1926)  

  • South Wales, New York
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (11 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York. [View profile]
  • Traditional

A+ World Academy (est. 2015)  

  • World-wide travel
  • 11 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
A+ World Academy is a boarding school on a Ship. Up to 60 students in grades 11 and 12 live and work the 90 year old Norwegian Tall Ship, ‘Sørlandet’, while they take AP classes and travel the world. [View profile]
  • Traditional

Fork Union Military Academy (est. 1898)  

  • Fork Union, Virginia
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (400 students)
This military academy in Fork Union, Virginia is the premier college preparatory boarding military schools for boys in grades 7-12. Renowned for its emphasis on Christian values, academics and athletics. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$32,000 to $37,450

Heritage (est. 1984)  

  • Provo, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (115 students)
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]
  • Progressive

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School (est. 2010)  

  • New York, New York
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (635 students)
  • Boarding school (115 students)
Nestled in the heart of downtown New York City, Léman Manhattan delivers academic excellence that inspires for a lifetime. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate

Caribbean International Academy - St. Maarten (est. 2003)  

  • Cupecoy, Other
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school (8 students)
Caribbean International Academy provides a world class private Ontario education in the most idyllic of places: The island of St. Maarten. CIA fosters an optimal learning environment for all students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$9,130 to $32,645

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)  

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
  • Boarding school (269 students)
There is a power within you. The power to soar above self-imposed limitations, to create something new, to become a leader. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$14,350 to $40,525

THINK Global School (est. 2009)  

  • New York, New York
  • 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (46 students)
THINK Global School is a traveling high school where you’ll live and study in a different country every semester, combining a top-notch education with place-based learning in four countries per year. [View profile]
  • Progressive

New Mexico Military Institute (est. 1891)  

  • Roswell, New Mexico
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (843 students)
The New Mexico Military Institute offers a rich history and tradition of educating tomorrow’s leaders through a program of strong, challenging academics, leadership preparation, and character development. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,629 to $20,065

Alpine Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
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]
  • Traditional

Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)  

  • Oxford,
  • 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Boarding school (65 students)
Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level, GCSE, BTEC 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

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

Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)  

  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
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]
  • Liberal Arts
Accelerated$19,840 to $46,715

Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools abroad. 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
The Gow SchoolApril 14, 2018 9:30 amGow School
2491 Emery Road South Wales New York 14139
Randolph-Macon AcademyApril 15, 2018 2:00 pmRandolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive Front Royal Virginia 22630
Randolph-Macon AcademyJune 10, 2018 2:00 pmRandolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive Front Royal Virginia 22630

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 international boarding schools:

Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Neuchâtel Junior College$29,000 to $54,50020%12$20,000
St. Stanislaus College Prep$27,540 to $33,95075%7 - 12$10,000
American Hebrew Academy$42,00041%9 - 12$18,329
The Gow School$64,00040%7 - 12$23,000
THINK Global School$79,00010 - 12
Oxford Tutorial College10%11 - 12$10,000
Buffalo Seminary$46,7159 - 12

 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Neuchâtel Junior College1956
Chamberlain International School1976$0100%
St. Stanislaus College Prep185465%38765
Hampshire Country School194850%222
American Hebrew Academy200160%00
The Gow School1926$26,000,00095%14421
A+ World Academy2015$072%7525
Fork Union Military Academy1898
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School2010
Caribbean International Academy - St. Maarten2003$11,921,411,400,406100%19515
Randolph-Macon Academy1892$88594%30944
THINK Global School200913%4415
New Mexico Military Institute1891100%
Alpine Academy200185%00
Oxford Tutorial College1988$0100%00
North Broward Preparatory School1957$10,000,00060%1230176
Buffalo Seminary1851$12,000,00060%21855

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13Indirect SupportMedium integration
Chamberlain International SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Special needs school
St. Stanislaus College PrepTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorousResource AssistanceMedium integration
Hampshire Country SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4Special needs schoolLight integration
American Hebrew AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 12No supportHeavy integration
The Gow SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive4 to 5Special needs schoolHeavy integration
A+ World AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Fork Union Military AcademyTraditional10 to 15Special needs school
HeritageProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 10Special needs schoolMedium integration
Léman Manhattan Preparatory SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorousNo support
Caribbean International Academy - St. MaartenTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive5 to 15No supportMedium integration
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 17No supportMedium integration
THINK Global SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive12No support
New Mexico Military InstituteTraditional16 to 1No support
Alpine AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveSpecial needs schoolMedium integration
Oxford Tutorial CollegeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive2 to 8Special needs schoolLight integration
North Broward Preparatory SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous18Special needs schoolHeavy integration
Buffalo SeminaryLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous9 to 1No supportHeavy integration



Learning disorders:
 Auditory processing disorder
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical

 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: Feb 9, 2018
Chamberlain International SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
St. Stanislaus College PrepDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 1265%
Hampshire Country SchoolBoarding: rolling3 - 750%
American Hebrew AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 1260%
The Gow SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1295%Apr 14, 2018
A+ World AcademyBoarding: rolling11 - 1272%
Fork Union Military AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12
HeritageBoarding: rolling71%
Léman Manhattan Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 12K - 12
Caribbean International Academy - St. MaartenDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 12100%
Randolph-Macon AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1294%Apr 15, 2018
THINK Global SchoolBoarding: Mar 1, 201613%
New Mexico Military InstituteBoarding: rolling100%
Alpine AcademyBoarding: rolling85%
Oxford Tutorial CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
10 - 1210 - 12100%
North Broward Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 126 - 1260%
Buffalo SeminaryDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 129 - 1260%



 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Chamberlain International School
St. Stanislaus College PrepEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Hampshire Country SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
American Hebrew AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Gow SchoolTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceCreative
A+ World AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Fine Arts
Fork Union Military AcademyTraditional Math
HeritageEqual BalanceExpositoryEqual BalancePragmatismAudio-LingualEqual Balance
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
Caribbean International Academy - St. MaartenEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
THINK Global School
New Mexico Military Institute
Alpine AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Oxford Tutorial CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
North Broward Preparatory SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Buffalo SeminaryTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance



The appeal of boarding outside Canada is considerable, both for the quality of the academics and for the richness of the cultural experience. Being in Europe or Asia, for example, means being proximate to a wealth of languages, ideas, places, and people. Closer to home, the United States is home to some of the oldest and most respected boarding schools on the continent, and some of the most progressive schools in the world.

All participate in a robust, world-class academic tradition. With students enrolling from around the world, learning from each other, discussing their backgrounds and sharing an understanding of their place in the world, schools outside Canada are able to offer a broad range of opportunity and independence that isn't available at home. Along with that cultural understanding is often the chance to develop language and communication skills.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements, as well as the degrees offered by international schools, varies based on focus, curriculum, and affiliation. For example, students attending Neuchâtel Junior College earn credits toward completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Other schools—including Carlsbad International School, the International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), and THINK Global School—offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) toward the fulfilment of the IB diploma.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma 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 coursework, students are also required to complete two formal projects and a minimum of 50 hours of community service.

University recognition of the IBDP

Each of Canada's universities is free to sets its own admissions standards and to assess each candidate based on their own internal criteria. There is no national university entrance exam or governing body overseeing university admissions. As a result, admission criteria can vary widely, even between universities within Canada. Students are required to contact colleges or universities directly to find a list of admission requirements and deadlines, and to submit transcripts in support of their application.

While the specific details of recognition can vary between universities—or, in some cases, even between faculty within a university—the IB diploma is widely accepted as an admission credential if the scores earned meet certain targets. In some instances, IB courses and exams are recognized for transfer credit within an institution, used in fulfillment of university degree requirements and/or fulfilling course prerequisite requirements.