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

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (1230 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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $17,600 to $31,100


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17600

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    $16,750 to $20,750


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day16750

    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
    $8,400 to $26,800


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day8400

    Lycée Français de Toronto (est. 1995)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (520 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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    $14,683 to $16,935


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14683

    Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    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
    $9,340 to $17,240


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9340

    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
    $18,200 to $55,800


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day18200

    Collège François-Delaplace (est. 1963)  

    • Waterville, Quebec
    • 7 to 12 Girls
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    COLLÈGE FRANÇOIS-DELAPLACE is a private traditional / academic boarding school in Waterville, Quebec. The school offers programs for grades 7 to 12 with enrolment of 150 boarding students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $7,950 to $21,000


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding7950

    Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (70 students)
    • Boarding school (430 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
    $26,000 to $64,900


    HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000

    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
    $4,000 to $9,150


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day4000

    Académie St-Laurent Academy (est. 2007)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (200 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
    $13,000 to $17,000

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    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13000

    College Prep International (est. 1944)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 5 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    • Homestay
    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
    $350 to $12,500


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay350

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Traditional
    $14,349


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

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

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • K to 11 Coed
    • Day school (460 students)
    • Homestay (15 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
    $17,390 to $21,217


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay17390

    Selwyn House School (est. 1901)  

    • Westmount, Quebec
    • K to 11 Boys
    • Day school (540 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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Traditional
    $17,500 to $22,500


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day17500

    Nile Academy (est. 2005)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    • Boarding school (100 students)
    Nile Academy offers small class sizes and low student to teacher ratio, while also following the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring our students are well prepared for the rest of their educational pursuits here in Canada. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $8,000 to $28,500


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day8000

    West Island College (est. 1982)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (550 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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
    • Traditional
    $15,650 to $20,200


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day15650

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Traditional
    $12,080


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12080

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

    • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (275 students)
    • Boarding school
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Traditional
    $3,580 to $25,465


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day3580

    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 offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $17,095 to $19,570


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day9999999999

    Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (400 students)
    • Homestay
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    $12,200 to $14,300


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay12200

    Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (780 students)
    Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $10,810 to $12,720


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10810

    Heritage (est. 1984)  

    • Provo, Utah
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    • 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
    $138,000 USD


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Boarding138000

    Villa Maria (est. 1854)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls/Boys
    • Day school (1400 students)
    Villa Maria offers programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is 30 to 34 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $4,175


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Day4175

    Emmanuel Christian School (est. 1975)  

    • Montreal (DDO), 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
    $7,680 to $15,000


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day7680

    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 $100,000


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

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