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Boarding schools in Nova Scotia

The birthplace of boarding in Canada

On this page we cover boarding schools in the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. 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 Nova Scotia

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Nova Scotia
  6. Further resources


Boarding schools

  • Class Afloat - West Island College International
  • Landmark East School
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • King's View Academy

School NameTypePaceCost

Class Afloat - West Island College International (est. 1984)  

  • Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • 11 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
Class Afloat - West Island College International offers leading experiential education opportunities for Grade 11, 12, University and GAP year students. Students attend classes aboard a majestic tall ship, exploring over 20 ports of call worldwide. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$36,000 to $57,500

Landmark East School (est. 1979)  

  • Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
Landmark East School offers exceptional programming for LD students from grade 3 to 12. The average class size is 5 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$27,900 to $64,900

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
$17,350 to $51,950

King's View Academy   

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (27 students)
King's View Academy offers students the opportunity to study grades 7 through 12, including Advanced Placement courses, in a self-directed, self-paced, flexibly-scheduled and well-supported academic environment. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$1,500 to $19,125

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. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

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 Nova Scotia boarding schools:

Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Class Afloat - West Island College International$36,000 to $57,50011 - 12
Landmark East School$44,700 to $64,90050%3 - 12$7,000
King's-Edgehill School$40,750 to $51,95033%6 - 12$15,000
King's View Academy6%7 - 12$10,000

 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Class Afloat - West Island College International1984100%
Landmark East School1979$1,200,00060%
King's-Edgehill School178880%33047
King's View Academy95%305

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 10No support
Landmark East SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 5Special needs schoolMedium integration
King's-Edgehill SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
King's View AcademyLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousSpecial needs school



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
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalBoarding: rolling100%
Landmark East SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
3 - 1260%
King's-Edgehill SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1280%
King's View AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling

Landmark East School
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
King's View Academy

Class Afloat - West Island College International
Landmark East School
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%

 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Landmark East SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
King's-Edgehill SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
King's View Academy

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
Class Afloat - West Island College International
Landmark East School
King's-Edgehill School
King's View Academy

Ice Hockey
Track and Field
Class Afloat - West Island College International
Landmark East School
King's-Edgehill School
King's View Academy

Boarding schools in Canada’s maritime region are part of a rich academic tradition that predates Canadian confederation. The oldest boarding school in Canada, King’s Collegiate School (now King’s-Edgehill School) was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1788. It was given royal assent by King George III the following year, the first time the honour was bestowed on any school in the Empire outside the United Kingdom. Founded with just 12 students, King’s grew to become a defining institution, setting an educational standard for the region and, later, the country.

King’s and the other schools in the region rightly cherish the tradition that they represent, and offer an intimate, caring educational experience.

Graduation Requirements in Nova Scotia

High school graduation requirements are set by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, not the federal government. To earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma, students are required to complete 18 credits at the grade 10-12 level. No more than 7 of the credits may be for grade 10 courses, and at least 5 must be at the grade 12 level. There are compulsory course requirements in English, fine arts, history, global studies, math, science, and physical education. Additional discretionary courses vary between schools and school boards, but may include courses in technology, communications, and media production.