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"Boarding school is not just a school where people live," says Clayton Johnson, "it is a way of life." Johnson is admissions director at Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island. "Boarding is all encompassing and life altering. It is the totality of this experience that is the 'value added' of boarding."

Character

Because of how we discuss it, it's easy to focus on living arrangements. However, students don't attend boarding school because they need somewhere to live. Rather, the living arrangements are a necessity of the kind of instruction that boarding schools intend. "When you're operating within an independent school, in a smaller community, you can focus on values more, developing character and allowing kids to find their own place," says Innes van Nostrand, principal of Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. "And boarding is a hothouse that allows that to happen." As such, boarding is less about what it is—schools where students and instructors live together on campus—than the kind of education that living on site, within a community of peers and mentors, can provide.

Community

While we tend to evaluate schools through objective measures—size, testing results, university placement—a student's fit within a school, and ultimately their academic success, is often dependent on less tangible things, such as feel and culture. For some students, simply joining an academic community, one that respects learning, can itself transformative. When he enrolled at a boarding school, author John Green says, for the first time in his life, "I became a learner. And I became a learner because I found myself in a community of learners. I found myself surrounded by people who celebrated intellectualism and engagement … I started to learn, because learning was cool."

Diversity

While a majority of the earliest schools began as boys' schools, or with an overt religious affiliation, in time many become co-ed and adapted their curricula to serve a more diverse student population. Bishop's College School, for example, was founded in 1836 as an Anglican boys' school serving the families of the Golden Square Mile, an Anglophone enclave of Montreal. The contrast between then and now couldn't be more stark—today the student population is drawn from more than a dozen countries and the full range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Of course, that's true of all boarding schools in Canada today. "Walk into any boarding school today," says Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director of CAIS, "and you'll find a vibrant, highly energized student body, housed in first-rate surroundings and engaged in more activities than you can imagine."

Table of contents


  1. List of boarding schools in Canada

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. A brief history of boarding in Canada
  6. Further resources


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Boarding schools







 
  • Trinity College School
  • Robert Land Academy
  • Appleby College
  • Branksome Hall
  • The Thinnox Academy
  • Brookes Shawnigan Lake
  • Columbia International College
  • St. Michaels University School
  • St. Margaret's School
  • Neuchâtel Junior College
  • McDonald International Academy
  • Lakefield College School
  • Trafalgar Castle School
  • Upper Canada College
  • Bond Academy
  • Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
  • Stanstead College
  • Bishop's College School
  • Nile Academy
  • Blyth Academy London
  • Ashbury College
  • Venta Preparatory School
  • Trillium School
  • St. Peter's ACHS College School
  • Prairie Christian Academy
  • Kells Academy
  • Luther College High School
  • Landmark East School
  • North Star Academy
  • Havergal College
  • Rosseau Lake College
  • Brentwood College School
  • Bronte College
  • Blyth Academy Global High School
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Quetico College School
  • Ridley College
  • Fulford Preparatory College
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Arts and Science Academy of Canada
  • St. John's-Ravenscourt School
  • Class Afloat - West Island College International
  • Collège Rivier
  • Queen Margaret's School
  • Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Canadian International Hockey Academy
  • The Bishop Strachan School
  • Collège François-Delaplace
  • Fulford Academy
  • Bodwell High School
  • Pickering College
  • Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • J. Addison School
  • Niagara Christian Collegiate
  • St. Andrew's College
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • London International Academy

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Trinity College School (est. 1865)

  • Port Hope, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (265 students)
Trinity College School offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Port Hope. Its average class size is 16 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$22,950 to $56,950

Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)

  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (125 students)
Robert Land Academy is a private military style boarding school (Gr 6-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$51,500 to $59,500

Appleby College (est. 1911)

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (491 students)
  • Boarding school (273 students)
Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$33,510 to $65,980

Branksome Hall (est. 1903)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (834 students)
  • Boarding school (66 students)
Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$29,590 to $56,855

The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
The Thinnox Academy is a Mississauga private high school with a focus on technology, engineering and design. Graduates stand out from their peers when applying into University or College. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$10,017 to $12,320

Brookes Shawnigan Lake

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB boarding school on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$9,500 to $44,500

Columbia International College (est. 1979)

  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school (1700 students)
Columbia International College is a day and boarding school, offering programs to international students in grades 7 to 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$2,300

St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$17,235 to $61,590

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • Boarding school (130 students)
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$9,500 to $49,300

Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)

  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 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 elsewhere. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$29,000 to $54,500

McDonald International Academy (est. 1994)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 with 2 locations in the heart of Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 20 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated$16,800

Lakefield College School (est. 1879)

  • Lakefield, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (105 students)
  • Boarding school (260 students)
LCS offers world-class programming (Grades 9 -12) designed to meet the strengths of each student while encouraging growth through a school-wide Leadership, Character and Values program and enriched boarding experiences. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$32,000 to $63,500

Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
Located just 45 minutes east of Toronto, Trafalgar Castle School offers world-class curriculum in a small-school environment that inspires and encourages growth. * Day and boarding * All Girls * Grades 5 to 12 [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$21,860 to $52,230

Upper Canada College (est. 1829)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1072 students)
  • Boarding school (88 students)
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$30,860 to $61,560

Bond Academy (est. 1978)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (est. 2001)

  • Belleville, Ontario
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (10 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for JK-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$110 to $65,000

Stanstead College (est. 1872)

  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (160 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 (190 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

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
Standard-enriched$8,000 to $28,500

Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • Boarding school (5 students)
We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$1,895 to $18,795

Ashbury College

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (592 students)
  • Boarding school (108 students)
This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $23,600 to $58,300. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$22,440 to $52,300

Venta Preparatory School (est. 1981)

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
Venta Preparatory School offers programs from senior kindergarten to grade ten in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched

Trillium School (est. 1991)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school
Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Accelerated$9,400 to $33,000

St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)

  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced

Prairie Christian Academy (est. 1938)

  • Three Hills, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
We offer a distinctive evangelical Christ-centered program that begins in the classroom and extends throughout all aspects of the school community. The school boasts a strong Preschool through Grade 12 program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$325 to $24,500

Kells Academy (est. 1978)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
Kells Academy is a private school in Montreal which offers programs from Kindergarten to grade 11. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$15,250

Luther College High School (est. 1913)

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$6,590 to $26,620

Landmark East School (est. 1979)

  • Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Landmark East School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades three to 12 in Wolfville. Its average class size is four to nine students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$26,000 to $48,000

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

Havergal College (est. 1894)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (860 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$30,820 to $55,500

Rosseau Lake College (est. 1967)

  • Rosseau, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (33 students)
  • Boarding school (62 students)
Rosseau Lake College - The Personalized Learning Community Clearer personal goals- Diverse learning strategies- collaborative problem solving - Focus on building skills and competencies for the future. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$9,400 to $47,500

Brentwood College School (est. 1923)

  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (114 students)
  • Boarding school (398 students)
Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive boarding school for Grades 9 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $23,300 to $57,500. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$23,800 to $60,500

Bronte College (est. 1991)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (375 students)
Bronte College is a private International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering Grades 9 to 12 for day and boarding students. Our academic programming has attracted students from over 30 countries. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$12,810 to $15,400

Blyth Academy Global High School (est. 2014)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 11 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
Offering Grade 11 and 12 programs and suitable for gap years, Blyth Academy Global High School provides access to the natural, historical, artistic, and scientific wonders of Europe, Australasia, and Central America. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$26,180 to $49,675

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1050 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

Quetico College School (est. 2013)

  • Atikokan, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (10 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
Technologically savvy classroom facilities combine with caring teachers to help ensure you are headed towards life goals that include knowledge, skill and responsibility. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$16,000 to $28,000

Ridley College (est. 1889)

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (307 students)
  • Boarding school (358 students)
Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$14,500 to $60,900

Fulford Preparatory College (est. 2012)

  • Merrickville, Ontario
  • 11 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
Fulford Preparatory College offers grade 11, 12 and University Qualification Year programs to students preparing for successful admission to degree programs in the world's top universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$52,200

Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (440 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
Standard-enriched$25,500 to $61,200

Arts and Science Academy of Canada (est. 2003)

  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$10,000 to $31,000

St. John's-Ravenscourt School (est. 1820)

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (790 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
SJR is the world’s leading school in Debating and Public Speaking. It has produced 18 Rhodes scholars and three math olympiads. The School's graduates average a 98% university acceptance rate. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Reggio Emilia
Accelerated$16,890 to $49,440

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
Standard-enriched$36,000 to $57,500

Collège Rivier (est. 1870)

  • Coaticook, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Rivier is a college that welcomes students from secondary 1 to 5 (boarding and day school). Parents and students choose Rivier because it provides quality and personalized education in a warm family environment. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$2,985 to $22,500

Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)

  • Duncan, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
Queen Margaret's School is an independent co-ed day school Preschool to Gr. 7 and all girls day/boarding school for Gr. 8-12 in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$5,100 to $52,400

Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)

  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (131 students)
  • Boarding school (149 students)
Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 14 to 16 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$20,110 to $54,090

Canadian International Hockey Academy (est. 2011)

  • Rockland, Ontario
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (5 students)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
The Canadian International Hockey Academy is Eastern Canada's Premier Hockey Prep School recruiting, educating and training students-athletes in grades 8 to 12 from around the world. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$17,500 to $44,900

The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (825 students)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
Student-paced$31,190 to $59,100

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 200 boarding students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$7,950 to $30,300

Fulford Academy (est. 2002)

  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 7 to 10 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Fulford Academy is a boarding school in Brockville that offers programs for grades 7 through 10. Its average class size is 6 to 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched

Bodwell High School (est. 1991)

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (378 students)
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,000. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$18,150 to $34,200

Pickering College (est. 1842)

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (103 students)
Pickering College's Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$24,040 to $61,240

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1927)

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan offers grades 9 to 12, with 50 day and 275 boarding students, and an average class size of 16. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched

J. Addison School (est. 2002)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$8,888 to $36,300

Niagara Christian Collegiate (est. 1932)

  • Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$9,320 to $23,650

St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (367 students)
  • Boarding school (259 students)
St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$27,825 to $57,940

King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)

  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 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

London International Academy (est. 2002)

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school (375 students)
A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$2,300 to $2,400




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School nameDateLocation
Pickering CollegeFebruary 22, 2017 6:30 pmPickering College
16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X2
St. Michaels University SchoolFebruary 24, 2017 9:00 amSt. Michaels University School
3400 Richmond Road Victoria British Columbia V8P 4P5
St. Michaels University SchoolFebruary 24, 2017 9:00 amSt. Michaels University School
820 Victoria Avenue Victoria British Columbia V8S 4N3
St. Margaret's SchoolFebruary 24, 2017 9:00 amSt. Margaret's School
1080 Lucas Avenue Victoria British Columbia V8X 3P7
Blyth Academy LondonFebruary 24, 2017 9:00 amBlyth Academy London
441 Ridout Street North London Ontario N6A 2P6
Queen Margaret's SchoolFebruary 24, 2017 9:00 amQueen Margaret's School
660 Brownsey Avenue Duncan British Columbia V9L 1C2
J. Addison SchoolFebruary 24, 2017 6:00 pmJ. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
J. Addison SchoolFebruary 25, 2017 10:00 amJ. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
St. Andrew's CollegeFebruary 28, 2017 6:30 amSt. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street Aurora Ontario L4G 3H7
J. Addison SchoolMarch 14, 2017 9:00 amJ. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
Blyth Academy LondonMarch 24, 2017 9:00 amBlyth Academy London
441 Ridout Street North London Ontario N6A 2P6
St. Andrew's CollegeApril 04, 2017 6:30 amSt. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street Aurora Ontario L4G 3H7
Blyth Academy LondonApril 08, 2017 10:00 amBlyth Academy London
441 Ridout Street North London Ontario N6A 2P6
J. Addison SchoolApril 08, 2017 10:00 amJ. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolApril 28, 2017 3:00 pmRothesay Netherwood School
40 College Hill Road Rothesay New Brunswick E2E 5H1
Lakefield College SchoolApril 29, 2017 10:00 amLakefield College School
4391 County Road 29 Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0
Nile AcademyMay 06, 2017 10:00 amNile Academy
135 Plunkett Road Toronto Ontario M9L 2J7




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 Canadian boarding schools:

 
Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Trinity College School$38,950 to $56,95025%9 - 12$20,000
Appleby College$55,020 to $65,98017%7 - 12$26,300
Branksome Hall$54,605 to $56,8555%7 - 12$15,000
The Thinnox Academy25%9 - 12$5,000
Brookes Shawnigan Lake$35,900 to $44,50010%7 - 12$5,000
St. Michaels University School$47,075 to $61,59020%K - 12$11,685
St. Margaret's School$38,600 to $49,300
Lakefield College School$57,000 to $63,50025%9 - 12
Trafalgar Castle School$47,210 to $52,230
Upper Canada College$55,060 to $61,56018%5 - 12$15,000
Stanstead College$48,100 to $60,20030%7 - 12
Bishop's College School$48,300 to $55,80040%7 - 12
Ashbury College$52,3008%4 - 12$6,700
Prairie Christian Academy$12,750 to $24,5005%K - 12$500
Luther College High School$17,410 to $26,620
Landmark East School$41,000 to $48,00050%3 - 12$7,000
North Star Academy$24,000 to $31,5007 - 11
Havergal College$55,5007%7 - 12$16,000
Rosseau Lake College$22,220 to $47,5005%7 - 12
Brentwood College School$45,500 to $60,50027%9 - 12$19,417
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$9,1507 - 11
Ridley College$54,950 to $60,90016%5 - 12$16,500
Arts and Science Academy of Canada$28,000 to $31,00020%1 - 12$1,000
St. John's-Ravenscourt School$37,420 to $49,44010%6 - 12$8,100
Class Afloat - West Island College International$36,000 to $57,50011 - 12
Collège Rivier$7,055 to $22,50010%8 - 12$1,500
Queen Margaret's School$38,200 to $52,40032%K - 12$3,000
Rothesay Netherwood School$35,550 to $54,09028%6 - 12$15,500
Canadian International Hockey Academy$34,500 to $44,90020%8 - 12$5,000
The Bishop Strachan School$56,510 to $59,1007 - 12
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
St. Andrew's College$53,260 to $57,94026%5 - 12$11,000
King's-Edgehill School$40,750 to $51,95033%6 - 12$15,000




 
 Founding dateEndowmnentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Trinity College School1865$41,200,00075%56471
Robert Land Academy197880%
Appleby College191138%764127
Branksome Hall1903100%89960
The Thinnox Academy201480%
Brookes Shawnigan Lake95%
Columbia International College1979100%
St. Michaels University School1906$11,200,00096374
St. Margaret's School190865%
Neuchâtel Junior College1956
McDonald International Academy1994$0100%618155
Lakefield College School1879
Trafalgar Castle School1874100%
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
Bond Academy1978100%
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning2001100%
Stanstead College1872100%21636
Bishop's College School1836100%
Nile Academy2005100%40727
Blyth Academy London201395%8221
Ashbury College70%
Venta Preparatory School1981100%
Trillium School1991100%
St. Peter's ACHS College School1990100%
Prairie Christian Academy193895%29518
Kells Academy197895%
Luther College High School191390%
Landmark East School1979$1,200,00060%
North Star Academy86%15030
Havergal College1894$2,637,23350%96064
Rosseau Lake College196790%9516
Brentwood College School1923$20,000,000
Bronte College1991$0100%
Blyth Academy Global High School2014100%4040
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie190550%
Quetico College School2013100%
Ridley College188961%66548
Fulford Preparatory College2012100%
Shawnigan Lake School1916$13,500,000
Arts and Science Academy of Canada200370%
St. John's-Ravenscourt School182070%85766
Class Afloat - West Island College International1984100%
Collège Rivier1870100%12024
Queen Margaret's School192180%34021
Rothesay Netherwood School1877$7,000,00085%27139
Canadian International Hockey Academy2011100%
The Bishop Strachan School1867100%
Collège François-Delaplace196395%
Fulford Academy2002100%
Bodwell High School1991$0100%513103
Pickering College1842100%
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame1927100%
J. Addison School2002100%
Niagara Christian Collegiate1932100%
St. Andrew's College189962%62278
King's-Edgehill School178880%33047
London International Academy200290%




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Trinity College SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16HighMedium integration
Robert Land AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 16Very HighLight integration
Appleby CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16HighHeavy integration
Branksome HallLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 22ModerateHeavy integration
The Thinnox AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 12HighHeavy integration
Brookes Shawnigan LakeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
Columbia International CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25ModerateMedium integration
St. Michaels University SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorousLimitedMedium integration
St. Margaret's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 20HighMedium integration
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12HighMedium integration
McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20HighMedium integration
Lakefield College SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive16ModerateMedium integration
Trafalgar Castle SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 16HighHeavy integration
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15High
Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive4 to 6Very HighLight integration
Stanstead CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12ModerateMedium integration
Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15HighHeavy integration
Nile AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Limited
Blyth Academy LondonLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive6 to 8HighMedium integration
Ashbury CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Venta Preparatory SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 13High
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousModerate
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedRigorousHighHeavy integration
Prairie Christian AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 35LimitedLight integration
Kells AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18HighHeavy integration
Luther College High SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous23LimitedLight integration
Landmark East SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 10Very HighMedium integration
North Star AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 18HighMedium integration
Havergal CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 22LimitedMedium integration
Rosseau Lake CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 18HighMedium integration
Brentwood College SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20LimitedHeavy integration
Bronte CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration
Blyth Academy Global High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveLimited
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous30 to 36ModerateHeavy integration
Quetico College SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous6 to 8ModerateHeavy integration
Ridley CollegeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous17High
Fulford Preparatory CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 12Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15ModerateHeavy integration
Arts and Science Academy of CanadaLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 12LimitedLight integration
St. John's-Ravenscourt SchoolLiberal ArtsReggio EmiliaAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 10Mild difficulties
Collège RivierTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive18 to 30HighMedium integration
Queen Margaret's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive14 to 16Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
Canadian International Hockey AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedLimited
The Bishop Strachan SchoolTraditionalReggio EmiliaStudent-paced18 to 20Mild difficulties
Collège François-DelaplaceTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 25Limited
Fulford AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 12Limited
Bodwell High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration
Pickering CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 18Limited
Athol Murray College of Notre DameTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous16Limited
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 16LimitedLight integration
Niagara Christian CollegiateTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15HighHeavy integration
St. Andrew's CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous17High
King's-Edgehill SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15HighMedium integration
London International AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous20 to 25HighMedium 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
Trinity College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
5 - 1275%
Robert Land AcademyBoarding: rolling5 - 1280%
Appleby CollegeDay: Oct 31, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 127 - 1238%
Branksome HallDay: Dec 4, 2015
Boarding: rolling
9 - 11JK - 12100%
The Thinnox AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1280%
Brookes Shawnigan LakeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 1295%
Columbia International CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
St. Michaels University SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
8 - 12K - 12Feb 24, 2017
St. Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Preschool - 1265%Feb 24, 2017
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: Feb 10, 2017
McDonald International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
Lakefield College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Apr 29, 2017
Trafalgar Castle SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
5 - 12100%
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%
Bond AcademyDay: rolling100%
Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
Stanstead CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 12100%
Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12100%
Nile AcademyDay: Aug 15, 2016
Boarding: Aug 15, 2016
Homestay: Aug 15, 2016
1 - 12100%May 6, 2017
Blyth Academy London95%Feb 24, 2017
Ashbury CollegeDay: Nov 30, 2015
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
4 - 1170%
Venta Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
100%
Trillium School100%
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
100%
Prairie Christian AcademyDay: Sep 25, 2015
Boarding: Sep 25, 2015
Homestay: Sep 25, 2015
9 - 1295%
Kells AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1195%
Luther College High SchoolDay: Mar 1, 2016
Boarding: Mar 1, 2016
Homestay: Mar 1, 2016
90%
Landmark East SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
3 - 1260%
North Star Academy7 - 1286%
Havergal CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12JK - 1250%
Rosseau Lake CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 1290%
Brentwood College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12
Bronte CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
Blyth Academy Global High SchoolBoarding: rolling100%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
50%
Quetico College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 12100%
Ridley CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
5 - 12JK - 1261%
Fulford Preparatory CollegeBoarding: rolling11 - 12100%
Shawnigan Lake SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 12
Arts and Science Academy of CanadaDay: Mar 31, 2017
Boarding: Mar 31, 2017
Homestay: Mar 31, 2017
1 - 470%
St. John's-Ravenscourt SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1270%
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalBoarding: rolling100%
Collège RivierDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
8 - 12100%
Queen Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Preschool - 1280%Feb 24, 2017
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1285%Apr 28, 2017
Canadian International Hockey Academy100%
The Bishop Strachan SchoolDay: Dec 4, 2016
Boarding: rolling
JK - 11100%
Collège François-DelaplaceDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
1 - 1295%
Fulford Academy100%
Bodwell High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 12100%
Pickering CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
JK - 12100%Feb 22, 2017
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame100%
J. Addison SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Nursery/Toddler - 12100%Feb 24, 2017
Niagara Christian CollegiateDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 12100%
St. Andrew's CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 1162%Feb 28, 2017
King's-Edgehill SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1280%
London International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1290%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Trinity College School100%100%100%
Appleby College48%36%49%28%37%
Branksome Hall80%100%100%80%80%80%100%100%100%80%100%80%90%100%100%
The Thinnox Academy80%80%80%80%
Brookes Shawnigan Lake
Columbia International College100%100%100%100%100%100%
St. Michaels University School
St. Margaret's School
McDonald International Academy100%100%100%100%
Lakefield College School
Trafalgar Castle School
Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
Bond Academy
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
Nile Academy100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Blyth Academy London
Ashbury College
Venta Preparatory School
Trillium School
St. Peter's ACHS College School
Prairie Christian Academy
Kells Academy90%90%90%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Luther College High School
Landmark East School
North Star Academy
Havergal College50%50%50%50%50%50%
Rosseau Lake College80%80%90%90%90%90%
Brentwood College School
Bronte College
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie50%
Quetico College School100%100%100%100%
Ridley College
Shawnigan Lake School
Arts and Science Academy of Canada
St. John's-Ravenscourt School70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%
Collège Rivier100%100%100%100%100%
Queen Margaret's School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Canadian International Hockey Academy
The Bishop Strachan School
Bodwell High School
Pickering College
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
J. Addison School
St. Andrew's College76%69%59%59%76%56%50%
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
London International Academy




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Trinity College School75%75%60%40%
Robert Land Academy
Appleby College49%28%37%20%
Branksome Hall100%100%80%80%90%100%
The Thinnox Academy80%80%80%80%
Brookes Shawnigan Lake
Columbia International College
St. Michaels University School
St. Margaret's School
Neuchâtel Junior College
McDonald International Academy100%100%
Lakefield College School
Trafalgar Castle School
Upper Canada College33%33%33%
Bond Academy
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
Nile Academy100%100%100%100%
Blyth Academy London
Ashbury College
Venta Preparatory School
Trillium School
St. Peter's ACHS College School
Prairie Christian Academy
Kells Academy95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Luther College High School
Landmark East School
North Star Academy
Havergal College50%
Rosseau Lake College90%90%90%90%90%90%
Brentwood College School
Bronte College
Blyth Academy Global High School
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie90%
Quetico College School100%100%100%100%
Ridley College
Fulford Preparatory College100%100%
Shawnigan Lake School
Arts and Science Academy of Canada
St. John's-Ravenscourt School70%70%70%70%70%
Class Afloat - West Island College International
Collège Rivier100%100%100%100%100%
Queen Margaret's School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Canadian International Hockey Academy
The Bishop Strachan School
Collège François-Delaplace
Fulford Academy
Bodwell High School
Pickering College
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
J. Addison School
Niagara Christian Collegiate
St. Andrew's College40%75%68%49%43%64%
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
London International Academy90%90%90%90%




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Trinity College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Robert Land AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Appleby CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Branksome HallTraditional MathEqual Balance
The Thinnox AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Brookes Shawnigan LakeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismCommunicativeCreative
Columbia International CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
St. Michaels University SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
St. Margaret's SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
McDonald International AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Lakefield College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Trafalgar Castle SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Upper Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Bond Academy
Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPragmatismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
Stanstead CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Bishop's College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Nile Academy
Blyth Academy LondonEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Ashbury CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Venta Preparatory School
Trillium School
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
Prairie Christian AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Kells AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Luther College High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Landmark East SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
North Star AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Havergal CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Rosseau Lake CollegeDiscovery MathInquiryTraditionalPragmatismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
Brentwood College SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalPerennialismCommunicativeCreative
Bronte CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Blyth Academy Global High School
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Quetico College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Ridley CollegeEqual Balance
Fulford Preparatory CollegeTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceReceptive
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicative
Arts and Science Academy of CanadaEqual BalanceExpositoryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
St. John's-Ravenscourt SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Collège RivierEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Queen Margaret's SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Canadian International Hockey AcademyTraditional Math
The Bishop Strachan School
Collège François-DelaplaceEqual Balance
Fulford Academy
Bodwell High SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Pickering CollegeEqual BalanceInquirySocial Justice
Athol Murray College of Notre DameEqual Balance
J. Addison SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Niagara Christian CollegiateTraditional MathTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
St. Andrew's CollegeEqual Balance
King's-Edgehill SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
London International AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance




 
 
Student council
School newspaper
Yearbook
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Choir
Band
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Trinity College School
Robert Land Academy
Appleby College
Branksome Hall
The Thinnox Academy
Brookes Shawnigan Lake
Columbia International College
St. Michaels University School
St. Margaret's School
Neuchâtel Junior College
McDonald International Academy
Lakefield College School
Trafalgar Castle School
Upper Canada College
Bond Academy
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Stanstead College
Bishop's College School
Nile Academy
Blyth Academy London
Ashbury College
Venta Preparatory School
Trillium School
St. Peter's ACHS College School
Prairie Christian Academy
Kells Academy
Luther College High School
Landmark East School
North Star Academy
Havergal College
Rosseau Lake College
Brentwood College School
Bronte College
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Quetico College School
Ridley College
Fulford Preparatory College
Shawnigan Lake School
Arts and Science Academy of Canada
St. John's-Ravenscourt School
Class Afloat - West Island College International
Collège Rivier
Queen Margaret's School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Canadian International Hockey Academy
The Bishop Strachan School
Collège François-Delaplace
Fulford Academy
Bodwell High School
Pickering College
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
J. Addison School
Niagara Christian Collegiate
St. Andrew's College
King's-Edgehill School
London International Academy




 




Many of the best-known Canadian schools were founded in the late 19th century: Pickering College, 1842; Bishop Strachan School, 1867; Stanstead College, 1872; Ashbury College, 1891; St. Andrew's College, 1899. Life there, at least in the early days, was spartan and challenging in ways that no boarding school is today. At Upper Canada College, Frederick Hutt, a student in the 1830s, wrote to his brother, "I hope you will send plenty of nuts and cakes as I can hardly subsist on what we get."

There was a strong association with the military. The Cadet Corps of Upper Canada College was begun in 1869, and through its 127-year history it remained an integral part of school life. Students took part in regular drills and exercises, including those with active rounds. Boys were expected be prepared for deployment at any time, as occasionally they were. During the Fenian Raids of 1866 UCC students were mobilized to guard military buildings and the port in Toronto.

Adapting to a new world

In time, however, the cadet programs began to feel less relevant, more relics of an earlier time, as did some of the other traditions that boarding schools, and indeed all schools, followed. Pickering College, despite a long history, was an early adopter of a more open, less punitive, more collaborative approach to education. In 1930, Joseph McCully, headmaster of Pickering College wrote "we have realized that it is impossible to force boys to become educated; long hours of fatiguing drill and arduous driving on the part of the staff may succeed in cramming the heads of small boys with a vast collection of heterogeneous and unrelated facts, but such a result is not education." Instead, he goes on, the goal of education should be to provide mentorship, and in providing an opportunity to develop talents and resiliency. Taylor Statton, head of character development at Pickering College, wrote in 1930 that:

The 'habit of obedience' forced upon the impressionable nature of a child does not develop judgment and will, but does develop that fatal facility in following other people's wills, which tends to make us a hopeless mob—mere sheep, instead of wise, free, strong individuals. The habit of submission to authority, the long, deeply impressed conviction that to 'be good' is to 'give up'—that there is virtue in the act of surrender—this is one of the sources from which we continually replenish human weakness … Those who know no other way of modifying a child's behaviour than through 'making him mind' suppose that if he were not make to mind he must be utterly neglected. … the rich years of childhood should be passed in the acquiring the habits of self-direction.

You'd be hard pressed to find a better description of what boarding, in the decades since, has become.





Across Canada, high school graduation requirements are set by the provincial boards, not the federal government. Therefore, graduation requirements vary between provinces based on provincial criteria and curricula. Provinces also define the elements of those criteria, including what a "credit" represents, which can make a direct comparison of degree requirements difficult. For example, in BC a credit represents 30 hours of in-class instruction; in Ontario a credit represents the completion of an entire course, not a portion of it. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in Ontario are required to complete 30 credits in grades 9 through 12. In British Columbia 80 credits are required in grades 10 through 12.

Despite whatever the numbers might seem to suggest, the reality is that graduation requirements vary only superficially between the provinces. All require that students study English/French, mathematics, science, Canadian history, geography, and health. In addition to those core subjects, all provinces offer optional courses for credit, and students are free to choose among them. These include courses in technology and computer studies, graphic and performing arts, world studies, international languages, social studies, and cooperative education.

In addition to classwork, students must demonstrate an involvement in community service beyond the campus, though many boarding schools choose to exceed provincial guidelines there as well. Students enrolled at a school offering the International Baccalaureate program, for example, are required to complete 50 hours of volunteer service in order to graduate, exceeding the baseline in all provinces.

Many boarding schools formally require participation in athletics, courses international languages, or participation in extra-curricular programs, such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Often, these too are included as requirements in order to graduate. All diploma requirements imposed in addition to provincial requirements are at the discretion of the individual schools and do not affect the receipt of the provincial diploma. Any additional requirements made by private institutions are imposed to reflect the core values of the school as they pertain to diversity, service, leadership, and academics.