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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


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Boarding schools






 
  • Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Chamberlain International School
  • New Mexico Military Institute
  • Southwestern Academy
  • Heritage
  • Caribbean International Academy -St. Maarten
  • Army and Navy Academy
  • St. Francis High School
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Foxcroft Academy
  • THINK Global School
  • Hampshire Country School
  • The Gow School
  • Alpine Academy
  • Oxford Tutorial College
  • Fork Union Military Academy
  • North Broward Preparatory School

 
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
Student-paced

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

Southwestern Academy (est. 1924)

  • San Marino, California
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (34 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
Southwestern Academy is a coeducational boarding and day school with a location in San Marino, California and Rimrock Arizona. We offer small class instruction with personalized lessons and an international student body. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$19,850 to $48,850

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
Student-paced$138,000

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

Army and Navy Academy (est. 1910)

  • Carlsbad, California
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Army and Navy Academy is a life-changer for boys. As a Gurian Model School, we know how boys learn inside and outside the classrom, what motivates them, and how to develop each student's potential. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$22,000 to $37,500

St. Francis High School (est. 1927)

  • Hamburg, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • Boarding school (26 students)
Located in Athol Springs, NY, a small suburban community in the town of Hamburg just south of the city of Buffalo. The 65 acre campus is located 13 miles from the Canadian border directly on the shores of Lake Erie. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
  • Boarding school (269 students)
Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Virginia. This college-prep school is for grades 6-12. Students develop a strong knowledge base while also building leadership skills and strong positive morals. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$14,350 to $40,525

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

Foxcroft Academy (est. 1823)

  • Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (352 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
Day & Boarding school with all boarding for International students Academic & Sports Grade 9 - 12 Tuition International $41,000 USD [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$22,000 to $41,000

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
Student-paced$79,000

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
Student-paced$58,500

The Gow School (est. 1926)

  • South Wales, New York
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (15 students)
  • Boarding school (135 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
Standard-enriched$63,600

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
$120,000

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

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

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




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.





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
Southwestern Academy$39,900 to $48,85028%6 - 12$15,000
Army and Navy Academy$37,50020%7 - 12$7,500
Buffalo Seminary$46,7159 - 12
Foxcroft Academy$22,000 to $41,00010%9 - 12$7,500
THINK Global School$79,00010 - 12
The Gow School$63,60030%7 - 12$22,000
Oxford Tutorial College10%11 - 12$10,000




 
 Founding dateEndowmnentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Neuchâtel Junior College1956
Chamberlain International School1976$0100%
New Mexico Military Institute1891100%
Southwestern Academy192440%12918
Heritage198471%
Caribbean International Academy -St. Maarten2003$11,921,411,400,406100%19515
Army and Navy Academy1910$30072%
St. Francis High School1927100%
Randolph-Macon Academy1892$88594%30944
Buffalo Seminary1851$12,000,00060%21855
Foxcroft Academy1823$9,000,00068%450113
THINK Global School200913%4415
Hampshire Country School194850%222
The Gow School1926$26,000,00095%
Alpine Academy200185%
Oxford Tutorial College1988$0100%93
Fork Union Military Academy1898
North Broward Preparatory School1957$10,000,00060%1230176




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13ModerateMedium integration
Chamberlain International SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Very High
New Mexico Military InstituteTraditional16 to 1Limited
Southwestern AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive5 to 15LimitedLight integration
HeritageProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 10Very HighMedium integration
Caribbean International Academy -St. MaartenTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive5 to 15LimitedMedium integration
Army and Navy AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 19ModerateMedium integration
St. Francis High SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 17LimitedMedium integration
Buffalo SeminaryLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous9 to 1ModerateHeavy integration
Foxcroft AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorousLimitedMedium integration
THINK Global SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive12Limited
Hampshire Country SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4Very HighLight integration
The Gow SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive4 to 5Very HighHeavy integration
Alpine AcademyTraditionalLimited
Oxford Tutorial CollegeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive2 to 8Very HighLight integration
Fork Union Military AcademyTraditional10 to 15Very High
North Broward Preparatory SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous18Very HighHeavy integration





 Legend:

 ADHD

Learning disorders:
 Dyslexia
 Auditory processing disorder
 Dyscalculia
 Dysgraphia
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:
 Autism
 Asperger's

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical
 




 
 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: rolling
Chamberlain International SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
100%
New Mexico Military Institute100%
Southwestern AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 126 - 1240%
HeritageBoarding: rolling71%
Caribbean International Academy -St. MaartenDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 12100%
Army and Navy AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 1272%
St. Francis High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
Randolph-Macon AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1294%
Buffalo SeminaryDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 1260%
Foxcroft AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 129 - 1268%
THINK Global SchoolBoarding: Mar 1, 201613%
Hampshire Country SchoolBoarding: rolling3 - 750%
The Gow SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 1295%
Alpine AcademyBoarding: rolling85%
Oxford Tutorial CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
10 - 1210 - 12100%
Fork Union Military AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12
North Broward Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 126 - 1260%




 




 




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Chamberlain International School
New Mexico Military Institute
Southwestern AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
HeritageEqual BalanceExpositoryEqual BalancePragmatismAudio-LingualEqual Balance
Caribbean International Academy -St. MaartenEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Army and Navy AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
St. Francis High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Buffalo SeminaryTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Foxcroft AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismAudio-LingualCreative
THINK Global School
Hampshire Country SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
The Gow SchoolTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceCreative
Alpine Academy
Oxford Tutorial CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Fork Union Military AcademyTraditional Math
North Broward Preparatory SchoolEqual BalanceEqual 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.