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What are language high schools schools and who are they for?

A language school is a type of private high school that helps teens study and speak another language fluently. In many schools students are given the option to learn everything in a particular language or participate in an immersion program where everything except certain courses are taught in that language.

These types of schools are ideal for students who wish to develop and expand their vocabulary, reading and writing skills in another language while in an environment where that second language is predominate and reinforces everything they are continuously learning. By the time students graduate, they are very close to if not spot on in fluency of the language.

Benefits of your child attending a language high school

Suzanne Majhanovich, a professor of education at the University of Western Ontario, advises that learning a second language can actually help with a child’s native language and that the younger a student learns the language the easier it is for them to pick up. 

Not only do students also focus better and excel academically but becoming fluent in another language, such as FrenchGerman, or Mandarin, provides children with the chance to learn about different cultures and become more globally aware, increasing job opportunities at home and abroad.

Types of language high schools available

Many private language high schools have day programs but also offer boarding as an option for students who wish to stay on campus and fully immerse themselves in school life. Aside from a bilingual program, many also offer exchange programs and university counseling, tutoring, career planning and IB diploma programs.

Their courses range anywhere from a specialization in a certain area like arts or sports, or cover a broad range of academic and social clubs such as robotics, environmental studies, debate or community service, as well as moral development and leadership.

Costs of a private language school

Private language high schools generally have a number of options to help families pay for fees, including financial aid, scholarships, sibling discounts and bursaries. Learn more about how to cover the cost of tuition with these 18 Tips to Pay for Private School.  

Choosing the right language high school for your child

How do you know if the language school you’re looking into is the right fit for your child? It depends on your child and their strengths and weaknesses, says Susan Markle, Director of Admissions at Toronto French School. Some students may struggle to pick up the language while others have a natural knack for it. Researching the school and its programs and meeting with the staff during private tours or Open Houses is an excellent way to explore how your child may excel in their language program as well as how they can flourish in the school’s environment overall. 

To learn more about finding the right language school and the long-term benefits of language schools please visit our language schools page.  

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La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
La Citadelle's Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$12,565 to $20,750


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12565

TFS - Canada's International School (est. 1962)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1250 students)
TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$19,180 to $32,980


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19180

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • Day school (46 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
$24,000 to $55,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 24000

Century Private School (est. 1994)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school
Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,245 to $26,800


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 9245

Lycée Français de Toronto (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (550 students)
Lycée Français de Toronto is a French school that offers programs from nursery to grade 12. Its average class size is 17 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,496 to $19,120


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16496

Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
Académie de la Capitale, an IB World School in Ottawa, offers programmes in both English and French, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$11,760 to $18,128


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11760

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 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$4,500 to $10,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 4500

West Island College (Montreal) (est. 1974)  

  • Montreal (DDO), Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • Day school (400 students)
West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades seven to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. Average class size 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,265


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12265

Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • Day school (70 students)
Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$27,200 to $67,900


HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 27200

Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)  

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 Girls
  • Day school (320 students)
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]
  • Progressive
$18,764 to $21,417


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 18764

Selwyn House School (est. 1901)  

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 Boys
  • Day school (545 students)
Selwyn House School provides a well-rounded education of exceptional depth and scope for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 11. It is located in Westmount, Quebec. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$18,350 to $23,900


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 18350

College Prep International (est. 1944)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 5 to 11 Coed
  • Day school (125 students)
College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,500 to $13,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12500

West Island College (est. 1982)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (575 students)
West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,120 to $21,120


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16120

Kuper Academy (est. 1987)  

  • Kirkland, Quebec
  • K to 11 Coed
  • Day school (950 students)
Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$5,121 to $14,640


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 5121

Villa Maria (est. 1854)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed/Girls
  • Day school (1117 students)
  • Day school (501 students)
Villa Maria offers programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is 30 to 34 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$5,000 to $5,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed Girls 5000

Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (375 students)
  • Homestay school (10 students)
Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,700 to $14,350

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 12700

Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (780 students)
Calgary French & International School graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,490 to $14,310

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7490

Emmanuel Christian School (est. 1975)  

  • Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
  • K to 11 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
Emmanuel Christian School offers a bilingual program in both Elementary and High School. Our caring, Christ-centered environment enables students to thrive and reach their full potential through a variety of activities. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$7,780 to $15,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7780

Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)  

  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,580 to $28,480


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed 3580

Académie St-Laurent Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
St-Laurent Academy is a private school that offers programs from nursery to high school in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$11,500 to $17,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11500

Philopateer Christian College (est. 1999)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (350 students)
Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,000 to $10,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7000

St. George's School of Montreal (est. 1930)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 11 Coed
  • Day school (460 students)
St. George's School of Montreal is a bi-lingual private school where students acquire a life-long love of learning as we challenge each student to excel and become confident problem solvers and engaged citizens. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$18,204 to $22,440


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18204

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