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Montreal boarding schools

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On this page we cover boarding schools in the Montreal area. For a complete guide to boarding in Canada, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.

Table of contents

  1. List of boarding schools in Montreal

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Montreal
  6. Further resources


Boarding schools

  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Kells Academy
  • Stanstead College
  • Bishop's College School
  • North Star Academy
  • Collège François-Delaplace
  • King's-Edgehill School

School NameTypePaceCost

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

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school
The pre-eminent All Girls English Catholic high school in Montreal, with 156 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$13,764 to $49,492

Kells Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
Kells Academy is a private school in Montreal which offers Kindergarten to grade 11. Its average class size is 15 students. We offer boarding facilities & separate Elementary,Middle and High School campuses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$16,000 to $34,000

Stanstead College (est. 1872)  

  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • Boarding school (170 students)
Located on the Quebec-Vermont border, Stanstead College offers rigorous university-prep, Grades 7to 12, in a secure, family-focused learning environment. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$20,800 to $60,200

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

North Star Academy   

  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school
North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$6,000 to $31,500

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
Standard-enriched$7,950 to $21,000

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

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

The Montreal private school expo, held in the city each fall, is an opportunity to speak with administrators from leading Montreal boarding schools.

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 Montreal boarding schools:

Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$9,1507 - 11
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal$49,49225%7 - 11$5,500
Stanstead College$48,100 to $60,20030%7 - 12
Bishop's College School$48,300 to $55,80040%7 - 12
North Star Academy$24,000 to $31,5007 - 11
King's-Edgehill School$40,750 to $51,95033%6 - 12$15,000

 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie190550%
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal186120741
Kells Academy197895%
Stanstead College1872100%21636
Bishop's College School1836100%
North Star Academy86%15030
Collège François-Delaplace196395%
King's-Edgehill School178880%33047

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous33Indirect SupportHeavy integration
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
Kells AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18No supportHeavy integration
Stanstead CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13No supportMedium integration
Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
North Star AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 18Indirect SupportMedium integration
Collège François-DelaplaceTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 25No support
King's-Edgehill SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration



Learning disorders:
 Auditory processing disorder
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
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Behavioural and emotional:
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 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
 Cystic fibrosis
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 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Mar 1, 2017
7 - 11
Kells AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1195%
Stanstead CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 12100%
Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12100%
North Star Academy7 - 1286%
Collège François-DelaplaceDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 1295%
King's-Edgehill SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1280%

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie50%
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Kells Academy90%90%90%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
North Star Academy
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%


 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditional MathTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Kells AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Stanstead CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Bishop's College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
North Star AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Collège François-DelaplaceEqual Balance
King's-Edgehill SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance

Student council
School newspaper
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Kells Academy
Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
North Star Academy
Collège François-Delaplace
King's-Edgehill School

Ice Hockey
Track and Field
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Kells Academy
Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
North Star Academy
Collège François-Delaplace
King's-Edgehill School

Because of its history, Montreal can often feel more European than North American. Home of some of the first settlements in North America, it’s both one of the oldest cities on the continent as well as one of its most progressive, vibrant, and diverse. Proximate to other US and Canadian cities of the eastern seaboard, Montreal is also a jumping off point for a range of exceptional outdoor recreation, including world class ski resorts.

The city is home to six universities and twelve colleges—all concentrated within an 8km radius—which host a population of 248 000 post-secondary students. It’s the highest density of students in North America, and it reflects the city’s values and its cultural tradition. With both Francophone and Anglophone schools, life in Montreal is heavily influenced by its educational institutions, creating a rich intellectual and cultural climate.

Excellence in education is valued, with incentives for both domestic and international students to attend secondary and post-secondary institutions. Because of the provincial CEGEP program, there is a greater integration of public and private institutions, as well as a greater integration between secondary and post-secondary institutions. The result is a unique educational climate that is unlike any other in Canada.

Quebec has the highest proportion of children attending private schools in North America. Seventeen percent of high school students attend private schools, a figure that is even higher in Montreal where 30% of high school students attend private school.

One reason is cultural, based in the traditions and the values of the population. Another is because the province provides subsidies to families who send their children to private school, reducing their tuition fees more than half. That kind of support is reflected in the quality of the schools found within the city. As well, it has encouraged the growth of a student population that is one of the most varied in North America, and indeed the world, drawing from a broad swath of the socio-economic, academic, and cultural spectra.


Graduation Requirements

High school graduation requirements are set by the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, not the federal government. Secondary school in Quebec has five grades, called secondary I-V, corresponding to grades 7 through 11. Upon completion of grade 11, students receive the provincial Secondary School Diploma (SSD). While other provinces require students to complete a grade 12 year, in Quebec students who intend to enroll at university must attend a year of college, known as CEGEP, and earn a Diploma of College Studies (DEC, Diplome d'etudes collegiales). Students can a public college, where there is no tuition required, or choose to attend a private college for their CEGEP year.

Students need to complete both the SSD and the DEC in order to apply to universities or colleges within Quebec. For those intending to apply elsewhere, the CEGEP year is regarded as an equivalent of grade 12, though some courses may be considered advanced placement courses, applied toward the completion of a post-secondary degree.