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There are plenty of great boarding schools in Canada. This includes boarding high schools and elementary schools. It also includes Canadian boarding schools for both Canadians and international students. Here we provide a list of the top boarding schools in Canada, and discuss some of their unique features.  For more comprehensive coverage of boarding schools, see our main guide. 

Table of contents


  1. List of boarding schools in Canada

  2. Choosing a Canadian boarding school

  3. Tuition at Canadian boarding schools

  4. Compare Canadian boarding schools

  5. A primer on boarding in Canada
  6. Further resources


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Canadian boarding schools



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  • Columbia International College
  • Trinity College School
  • St. Margaret's School
  • Branksome Hall
  • Lakefield College School
  • Appleby College
  • Bond Academy
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Neuchâtel Junior College
  • McDonald International Academy
  • Trafalgar Castle School
  • The Thinnox Academy
  • Brookes School Canada
  • Robert Land Academy
  • Upper Canada College
  • Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
  • Stanstead College
  • Rosseau Lake College
  • Bishop's College School
  • Havergal College
  • Fulford Academy
  • Ridley College
  • Nile Academy
  • Collège François-Delaplace
  • Caronport High School (Briercrest)
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • London International Academy
  • LCBI High School
  • North Star Academy
  • UWC Canada
  • Kells Academy
  • Trillium School
  • Pickering College
  • Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Great Lakes Christian High School
  • Niagara Christian Collegiate
  • Bodwell High School
  • Venta Preparatory School
  • Ashbury College
  • St. Peter's ACHS College School
  • Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Quetico College School
  • J. Addison School
  • The Bishop Strachan School
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Blyth Academy London
  • Class Afloat - West Island College International
  • Bronte College
  • St. Andrew's College
  • Luther College High School
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Fulford Preparatory College
  • Queen Margaret's School
  • Canada Star Secondary School
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Landmark East School
  • Brentwood College School

 
School NameTypePaceCost

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
$2,300

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
  • Waldorf
$24,750 to $65,250
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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
$9,500 to $49,300
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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
$29,590 to $56,855

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]
  • Liberal Arts
$32,800 to $65,400

Appleby College (est. 1911)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (487 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
$35,090 to $69,440

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
$12,500 to $24,500

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
$18,500 to $66,100
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Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)  

  • Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 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 beyond. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$29,000 to $54,500

McDonald International Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • 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
$16,800

Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • Boarding school (85 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
$21,995 to $56,950

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
  • Montessori
$10,017 to $12,320

Brookes School Canada (est. 2009)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 6 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,400 to $52,550

Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (125 students)
Robert Land Academy is a private military-themed boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$52,650 to $55,650

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
$30,860 to $61,560

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (est. 2001)  

  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (10 students)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$115 to $68,250

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
$21,500 to $63,000

Rosseau Lake College (est. 1967)  

  • Rosseau, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (60 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
$9,600 to $49,000
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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

Havergal College (est. 1894)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (870 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
$32,750 to $59,875

Fulford Academy (est. 2002)  

  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
Fulford Academy is a day/boarding school in Brockville that offers programs for grades 7 through 12. Its average class size is 6 to 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$10,995 to $57,200

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
$15,500 to $63,700

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

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

Caronport High School (Briercrest) (est. 1946)  

  • Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
CHS combines a private Christian school experience with the best of public education and Saskatchewan curriculum. Our small school shares facilities with Briercrest College and Seminary on a campus of 900 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,216 to $31,538

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
$27,200 to $67,900

London International Academy (est. 2002)  

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school (350 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
$9,200 to $18,400

LCBI High School (est. 1911)  

  • Outlook, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (49 students)
  • Boarding school (22 students)
LCBI is pleased to announce that as of the 2016- 2017 school year LCBI will offer a tuition-free model to Saskatchewan students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$1 to $22,720

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
$12,400 to $31,500
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UWC Canada (est. 1974)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$1 to $58,000

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
$16,000 to $34,000

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
$9,400 to $33,000

Pickering College (est. 1842)  

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
Pickering College's fully-integrated 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
$24,040 to $61,240

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1920)  

  • 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
$10,100 to $49,900

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. (est. 1984)  

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • Boarding school
Our schools offer a maximum class size of 16 students for ages 4 & up. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$970 to $1,100

Great Lakes Christian High School (est. 1952)  

  • Beamsville, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (48 students)
  • Boarding school (85 students)
Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$5,300 to $39,300

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
$9,672 to $24,120

Bodwell High School (est. 1991)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (510 students)
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
  • Traditional
$19,150 to $38,450

Venta Preparatory School (est. 1981)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
Venta Preparatory School is now closed. Please connect with Our Kids at 877-272-1845 and we can provide you with alternative options. [View profile]
  • Progressive


Ashbury College (est. 1891)  

  • 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
$26,300 to $64,700

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
$8,900 to $27,400

Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)  

  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (150 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
$20,110 to $54,090

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
$16,000 to $28,000

J. Addison School (est. 2002)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (200 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
  • Montessori
$9,444 to $39,550

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]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$31,740 to $60,130

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

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$4,000 to $9,150

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
$1,895 to $18,795

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

Bronte College (est. 1991)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (380 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
$13,830 to $16,680

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
$30,120 to $63,500

Luther College High School (est. 1913)  

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (361 students)
  • Boarding school (92 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
$7,050 to $29,560
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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

Fulford Preparatory College (est. 2012)  

  • Merrickville, Ontario
  • 10 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. Includes ESL support. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$26,500 to $56,200

Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)  

  • Duncan, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (254 students)
  • Boarding school (94 students)
Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$6,250 to $55,200
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Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,800

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]
  • Traditional
$3,580 to $25,465

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,795 to $52,814

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
$26,000 to $48,000

Brentwood College School (est. 1923)  

  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (108 students)
  • Boarding school (408 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 $25,700 to $66,000. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$25,700 to $66,000






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.

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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 private school education and boarding schools. 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 private boarding schools, refer to our main boarding school guide.

School nameDateLocation
Bodwell High SchoolSeptember 03, 2018 9:00 amBodwell High School
955 Harbourside Drive North Vancouver British Columbia V7P 3S4
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieSeptember 15, 2018 10:00 amPensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
628, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine Montreal Quebec H2V 2C5
Stanstead CollegeNovember 23, 2018 8:30 amStanstead College
450 Dufferin Street Stanstead Quebec J0B 3E0
Stanstead CollegeDecember 07, 2018 8:30 amStanstead College
450 Dufferin Street Stanstead Quebec J0B 3E0
Stanstead CollegeJanuary 21, 2019 8:30 amStanstead College
450 Dufferin Street Stanstead Quebec J0B 3E0




Broadly speaking, the cost of boarding schools in Canada reflects the cost private school tuition in general, though with premiums added to cover housing and meals.

Many Canadian boarding 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 private Canadian boarding schools:

 
Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Trinity College School$43,250 to $65,25025%9 - 12$20,000
St. Margaret's School$38,600 to $49,300
Branksome Hall$54,605 to $56,8555%7 - 12$15,000
Lakefield College School$58,400 to $65,40025%9 - 12
Appleby College$57,045 to $69,44018%7 - 12$27,500
St. Michaels University School$50,520 to $66,10020%K - 12$11,685
Neuchâtel Junior College$29,000 to $54,50020%12$20,000
Trafalgar Castle School$51,310 to $56,950
The Thinnox Academy25%9 - 12$5,000
Brookes School Canada$39,550 to $52,55010%7 - 12$5,000
Robert Land Academy$52,650 to $55,650
Upper Canada College$55,060 to $61,56018%5 - 12$15,000
Stanstead College$49,900 to $63,00030%7 - 12
Rosseau Lake College$22,700 to $49,0005%7 - 12
Bishop's College School$48,300 to $55,80040%7 - 12
Havergal College$59,8757%7 - 12$16,000
Ridley College$56,950 to $63,70016%5 - 12$16,000
Shawnigan Lake School$50,500 to $67,90025%8 - 12
LCBI High School$10,000 to $22,72068%9 - 12$2,000
North Star Academy$24,000 to $31,5007 - 11
UWC Canada$1 to $58,00075%12$25,000
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame$23,500 to $49,900
Great Lakes Christian High School$20,100 to $39,3009 - 12
Ashbury College$64,7008%4 - 12$6,700
Rothesay Netherwood School$35,550 to $54,09028%6 - 12$15,500
The Bishop Strachan School$57,500 to $60,1307%7 - 12$15,000
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$9,1507 - 11
Class Afloat - West Island College International$36,000 to $57,50011 - 12
St. Andrew's College$58,175 to $63,50026%5 - 12$11,000
Luther College High School$29,560
King's-Edgehill School$40,750 to $51,95033%6 - 12$15,000
Queen Margaret's School$42,100 to $55,20034%K - 12$3,000
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé $15,875 to $25,46510%7 - 11$500
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal$52,81425%7 - 11$5,500
Landmark East School$41,000 to $48,00050%3 - 12$7,000
Brentwood College School$47,800 to $66,00027%9 - 12$19,417




 
 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Columbia International College1979100%
Trinity College School1865$41,200,00075%56471
St. Margaret's School190865%
Branksome Hall1903100%89960
Lakefield College School1879
Appleby College191132%764127
Bond Academy1978100%
St. Michaels University School1906$11,200,00096374
Neuchâtel Junior College195600
McDonald International Academy1994$0100%618155
Trafalgar Castle School1874100%
The Thinnox Academy201480%
Brookes School Canada200995%
Robert Land Academy197880%
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning2001100%
Stanstead College1872100%24741
Rosseau Lake College196790%9516
Bishop's College School1836100%
Havergal College1894$2,637,23350%96064
Fulford Academy2002100%
Ridley College188961%66548
Nile Academy200590%40727
Collège François-Delaplace196395%
Caronport High School (Briercrest)1946$2,174,00096%14035
Shawnigan Lake School1916$13,500,00060%515103
London International Academy200290%
LCBI High School191185%16341
North Star Academy86%15030
UWC Canada1974$025%100100
Kells Academy197895%
Trillium School1991100%
Pickering College1842100%
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame1920100%
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.198498%00
Great Lakes Christian High School195295%14336
Niagara Christian Collegiate193285%26838
Bodwell High School1991$0100%513103
Venta Preparatory School1981100%
Ashbury College189170%71179
St. Peter's ACHS College School1990100%
Rothesay Netherwood School1877$7,000,00085%14521
Quetico College School2013100%
J. Addison School2002100%
The Bishop Strachan School1867100%00
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie190550%1200240
Blyth Academy London201395%8221
Class Afloat - West Island College International1984100%
Bronte College1991$0100%
St. Andrew's College189962%62278
Luther College High School191390%453113
King's-Edgehill School178880%33047
Fulford Preparatory College2012100%
Queen Margaret's School192180%34922
Canada Star Secondary School2016$074%5010
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 1956$090%27555
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal186120741
Landmark East School1979$1,200,00060%
Brentwood College School1923$20,000,000510128




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Columbia International CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25No supportMedium integration
Trinity College SchoolLiberal ArtsWaldorfStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16No supportMedium integration
St. Margaret's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 20No supportMedium integration
Branksome HallLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 22Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Lakefield College SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive16No supportMedium integration
Appleby CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16Indirect SupportHeavy integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
St. Michaels University SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13Indirect SupportMedium integration
McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20Resource AssistanceMedium integration
Trafalgar Castle SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportiveResource AssistanceHeavy integration
The Thinnox AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 12Special needs schoolHeavy integration
Brookes School CanadaProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 18No supportLight integration
Robert Land AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 16Special needs schoolLight integration
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive4 to 6Special needs schoolLight integration
Stanstead CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13No supportMedium integration
Rosseau Lake CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Havergal CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 22No supportMedium integration
Fulford AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 12No support
Ridley CollegeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Nile AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 18Indirect Support
Collège François-DelaplaceTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 25No support
Caronport High School (Briercrest)TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 25Indirect SupportMedium integration
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
London International AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 20No supportMedium integration
LCBI High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
North Star AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 18Indirect SupportMedium integration
UWC CanadaProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous6 to 16Indirect Support
Kells AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18No supportHeavy integration
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Pickering CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 20No supportHeavy integration
Athol Murray College of Notre DameTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous16No supportHeavy integration
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Great Lakes Christian High SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 25Indirect Support
Niagara Christian CollegiateTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous17Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
Bodwell High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18No supportMedium integration
Venta Preparatory SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 13Partial Integration
Ashbury CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17No supportMedium integration
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedRigorousIndirect SupportHeavy integration
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive14 to 16No supportHeavy integration
Quetico College SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous6 to 8No supportHeavy integration
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
The Bishop Strachan SchoolProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 20No support
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous33Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
Blyth Academy LondonLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive6 to 8Indirect SupportMedium integration
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 10No support
Bronte CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous18No supportMedium integration
St. Andrew's CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous17No support
Luther College High SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous23No supportLight integration
King's-Edgehill SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
Fulford Preparatory CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 12No supportMedium integration
Queen Margaret's SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18No supportMedium integration
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No supportLight integration
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 30Special needs schoolMedium integration
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
Landmark East SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 5Special needs schoolMedium integration
Brentwood College SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20No supportHeavy integration





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 ADHD

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 Dyslexia
 Auditory processing disorder
 Dyscalculia
 Dysgraphia
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:
 Autism
 Asperger's

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 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
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 Multiple physical
 




 
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Columbia International CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
Trinity College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
5 - 1275%
St. Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Preschool - 1265%
Branksome HallDay: Dec 4, 2015
Boarding: rolling
9 - 11JK - 12100%
Lakefield College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Appleby CollegeDay: Oct 31, 2017
Boarding: rolling
7 - 127 - 1232%
Bond AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Nursery/Toddler - 12100%
St. Michaels University SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
K - 12
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: rolling
McDonald International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
Trafalgar Castle SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
4 - 12100%
The Thinnox AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1280%
Brookes School CanadaDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1295%
Robert Land AcademyBoarding: rolling5 - 1280%
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%
Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
1 - 12100%
Stanstead CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 12100%Nov 23, 2018
Rosseau Lake CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 1290%
Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12100%
Havergal CollegeDay: Dec 1, 2017
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12JK - 1250%
Fulford Academy7 - 12100%
Ridley CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
5 - 12JK - 1261%
Nile AcademyDay: Jun 30, 2017
Boarding: Jun 30, 2017
Homestay: Jun 30, 2017
1 - 1290%
Collège François-DelaplaceDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 1295%
Caronport High School (Briercrest)Day: Aug 1, 2018
Boarding: Aug 1, 2018
96%
Shawnigan Lake SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 1260%
London International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1290%
LCBI High SchoolDay: Aug 30, 2018
Boarding: Aug 30, 2018
85%
North Star Academy7 - 1286%
UWC CanadaDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Nov 15, 2017
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
1225%
Kells AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1195%
Trillium SchoolK - 12100%
Pickering CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
JK - 12100%
Athol Murray College of Notre DameDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.Day: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1298%
Great Lakes Christian High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1295%
Niagara Christian CollegiateDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1285%
Bodwell High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 12100%Sep 3, 2018
Venta Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
100%
Ashbury CollegeDay: Mar 9, 2018
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
4 - 1170%
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
100%
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1285%
Quetico College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 12100%
J. Addison SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Nursery/Toddler - 12100%
The Bishop Strachan SchoolDay: Dec 2, 2017
Boarding: rolling
JK - 11100%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
50%Sep 15, 2018
Blyth Academy London95%
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalBoarding: rolling100%
Bronte CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
St. Andrew's CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 115 - 1162%
Luther College High SchoolDay: Mar 1, 2017
Boarding: Mar 1, 2017
Homestay: Mar 1, 2017
90%
King's-Edgehill SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1280%
Fulford Preparatory CollegeBoarding: rolling10 - 12100%
Queen Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Preschool - 1280%
Canada Star Secondary SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 1274%
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé Day: Aug 15, 2018
Boarding: Aug 15, 2018
90%
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11
Landmark East SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
3 - 1260%
Brentwood College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Columbia International College100%100%100%100%100%100%
Trinity College School100%100%100%
St. Margaret's School
Branksome Hall80%100%100%80%80%80%100%100%100%80%100%80%90%100%100%
Lakefield College School
Appleby College50%29%38%26%13%
Bond Academy
St. Michaels University School
McDonald International Academy100%100%100%100%
Trafalgar Castle School
The Thinnox Academy80%80%80%80%
Brookes School Canada
Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Stanstead College
Rosseau Lake College80%80%90%90%90%90%
Bishop's College School
Havergal College50%50%50%50%50%50%
Ridley College
Nile Academy100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Caronport High School (Briercrest)98%100%100%100%
Shawnigan Lake School
London International Academy
LCBI High School85%85%85%85%
North Star Academy
Kells Academy90%90%90%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Trillium School
Pickering College
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Great Lakes Christian High School
Niagara Christian Collegiate
Bodwell High School
Venta Preparatory School
Ashbury College70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%
St. Peter's ACHS College School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Quetico College School100%100%100%100%
J. Addison School
The Bishop Strachan School75%75%75%75%75%50%40%40%70%60%70%60%60%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie50%
Blyth Academy London
Bronte College
St. Andrew's College76%69%59%59%76%56%50%
Luther College High School95%95%95%95%
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
Queen Margaret's School
Canada Star Secondary School70%70%70%80%80%
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 90%90%90%90%90%
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Landmark East School
Brentwood College School




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Columbia International College
Trinity College School75%75%60%40%
St. Margaret's School
Branksome Hall100%100%80%80%90%100%
Lakefield College School
Appleby College20%27%30%8%
Bond Academy
St. Michaels University School
Neuchâtel Junior College
McDonald International Academy100%100%
Trafalgar Castle School
The Thinnox Academy80%80%80%80%
Brookes School Canada
Robert Land Academy
Upper Canada College33%33%33%
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Stanstead College
Rosseau Lake College90%90%90%90%90%90%
Bishop's College School
Havergal College50%
Fulford Academy98%98%98%98%95%95%
Ridley College
Nile Academy100%100%100%100%
Collège François-Delaplace
Caronport High School (Briercrest)85%90%98%98%
Shawnigan Lake School
London International Academy90%90%90%90%
LCBI High School85%85%85%
North Star Academy
UWC Canada25%
Kells Academy95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Trillium School
Pickering College
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
Great Lakes Christian High School
Niagara Christian Collegiate85%85%85%85%85%85%85%
Bodwell High School
Venta Preparatory School
Ashbury College70%70%70%70%
St. Peter's ACHS College School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Quetico College School100%100%100%100%
J. Addison School
The Bishop Strachan School75%75%75%50%50%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie90%
Blyth Academy London
Class Afloat - West Island College International
Bronte College
St. Andrew's College40%75%68%49%43%64%
Luther College High School90%90%90%90%
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
Fulford Preparatory College100%100%
Queen Margaret's School
Canada Star Secondary School
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Landmark East School
Brentwood College School




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Columbia International CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Trinity College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
St. Margaret's SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Branksome HallTraditional MathEqual Balance
Lakefield College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Appleby CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Bond AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
St. Michaels University SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
McDonald International AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Trafalgar Castle SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Thinnox AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Brookes School CanadaEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismCommunicativeCreative
Robert Land AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Upper Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPragmatismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
Stanstead CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Rosseau Lake CollegeDiscovery MathInquiryTraditionalPragmatismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
Bishop's College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Havergal CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Fulford Academy
Ridley CollegeEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Nile AcademyEqual Balance
Collège François-DelaplaceEqual Balance
Caronport High School (Briercrest)Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicative
London International AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
LCBI High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
North Star AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
UWC Canada
Kells AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Trillium School
Pickering CollegeEqual BalanceInquirySocial JusticeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Athol Murray College of Notre DameEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Great Lakes Christian High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual Balance
Niagara Christian CollegiateEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Bodwell High SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Venta Preparatory School
Ashbury CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
St. Peter's ACHS College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Quetico College SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
J. Addison SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Bishop Strachan School
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Blyth Academy LondonEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Bronte CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
St. Andrew's CollegeEqual Balance
Luther College High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
King's-Edgehill SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Fulford Preparatory CollegeTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceReceptive
Queen Margaret's SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceCreative
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditional MathTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Landmark East SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Brentwood College SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalPerennialismCommunicativeCreative




 
 
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Columbia International College
Trinity College School
St. Margaret's School
Branksome Hall
Lakefield College School
Appleby College
Bond Academy
St. Michaels University School
Neuchâtel Junior College
McDonald International Academy
Trafalgar Castle School
The Thinnox Academy
Brookes School Canada
Robert Land Academy
Upper Canada College
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Stanstead College
Rosseau Lake College
Bishop's College School
Havergal College
Fulford Academy
Ridley College
Nile Academy
Collège François-Delaplace
Caronport High School (Briercrest)
Shawnigan Lake School
London International Academy
LCBI High School
North Star Academy
UWC Canada
Kells Academy
Trillium School
Pickering College
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
Great Lakes Christian High School
Niagara Christian Collegiate
Bodwell High School
Venta Preparatory School
Ashbury College
St. Peter's ACHS College School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Quetico College School
J. Addison School
The Bishop Strachan School
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Blyth Academy London
Class Afloat - West Island College International
Bronte College
St. Andrew's College
Luther College High School
King's-Edgehill School
Fulford Preparatory College
Queen Margaret's School
Canada Star Secondary School
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Landmark East School
Brentwood College School




 
 
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Appleby College
Bond Academy
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Trafalgar Castle School
The Thinnox Academy
Brookes School Canada
Robert Land Academy
Upper Canada College
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Stanstead College
Rosseau Lake College
Bishop's College School
Havergal College
Fulford Academy
Ridley College
Nile Academy
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Caronport High School (Briercrest)
Shawnigan Lake School
London International Academy
LCBI High School
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Kells Academy
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Pickering College
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
Great Lakes Christian High School
Niagara Christian Collegiate
Bodwell High School
Venta Preparatory School
Ashbury College
St. Peter's ACHS College School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Quetico College School
J. Addison School
The Bishop Strachan School
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Blyth Academy London
Class Afloat - West Island College International
Bronte College
St. Andrew's College
Luther College High School
King's-Edgehill School
Fulford Preparatory College
Queen Margaret's School
Canada Star Secondary School
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Landmark East School
Brentwood College School




Types of Canadian boarding schools

There are many affordable boarding schools in Canada, many of which have an international reputation. Whether a Canadian citizen or international student, these schools offer a specialized educational system devoted to the social and intellectual advancement of their students.

Some Canadian boarding schools are prep schools, in that they prepare students well for university and post-secondary education. Some also cater to specific kinds of students, including troubled youth (or teens), special needs, learning disabilities, and ADHD students. And, of course, there are boarding schools in Canada for high school, middle school, and elementary school students.


Boarding schools in Canadian provinces

Each province in Canada is governed by a ministry of education. Therefore it's important when choosing a boarding school in Canada that you consider this before applying. For example, language requirements will differ between Quebec and Saskatchewan, while the compulsory age of schooling is until 17 years of age in Manitoba and 18 in New Brunswick.

Canadian boarding schools normally have extensive facilities for academicartistic, and athletic learning, depending on their type and in what subject they specialize in.

Operating hours of these facilities cater to the students attending the school, making them not only more accessible to them, but also safer than those that are off premises. And being a country that embraces advancements in technology, the latest computers and the availability of other modern technical equipment is standard in all schools.

But what if the Canadian boarding school you're considering lacks a specific facility that you're looking for? No problem! With the leadership of the faculty and in organized field trips, students can continue learning beyond the walls of the classroom, as they partake in all the natural and cultural splendor Canada has to offer.

Graduation requirements of Canadian boarding schools

Across Canada, high school graduation requirements, for boarding schools and other schools, 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 what 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 Canadian boarding schools formally require participation in athletics, courses international languages, or participation in extracurricular 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.

A brief history of boarding school in Canada

Many of the best-known Canadian boarding 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 Canadian 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 & dash;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 Canada, in the decades since, has become.





"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, in BC. "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 Canadian 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."