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Canadian boarding schools




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






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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

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

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
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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

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

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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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

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 IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$30,860 to $61,560
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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

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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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

Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • Boarding school (85 students)
Located in Whitby, Trafalgar Castle School is an all-girls day and boarding school inspiring students in Grades 4-12. For nearly 150 years, Trafalgar Castle girls have become women of impact. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$22,545 to $59,515

St. George's School (est. 1930)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1060 students)
  • Boarding school (115 students)
St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$22,450 to $68,085

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

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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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

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

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
$23,600 to $73,000

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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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

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

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

King's View Academy   

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

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1920)  

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,100 to $49,900

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

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

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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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

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

Briercrest Christian Academy (est. 1946)  

  • Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
BCA 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
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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

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

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
$9,700 to $11,500

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

College Bourget   

  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Boarding school (300 students)
Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa, that exceeds Quebec curriculum guidelines & ensures our students grow through different spheres: arts, sports, community service & science. [View profile]
  • Traditional


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
$25,785 to $65,170

The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (825 students)
  • Boarding school (75 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
$31,740 to $60,130
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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

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
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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
$16,400 to $40,800

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

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 and an outstanding supportive community. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$20,110 to $54,090

Landmark East School (est. 1979)  

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

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 $28,480

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

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
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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

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






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School nameDateLocation
Lakefield College SchoolOctober 20, 2018 10:00 amLakefield College School
4391 County Road 29 Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0
Appleby CollegeOctober 20, 2018 10:00 amAppleby College
540 Lakeshore Rd. W. Oakville Ontario L6K 3P1
Appleby CollegeOctober 20, 2018 10:00 amAppleby College
540 Lakeshore Road West Oakville Ontario L6K 3P1
Havergal CollegeOctober 22, 2018 9:00 amHavergal College Junior School
460 Rosewell Ave. Toronto Ontario M5N 2H9
Havergal CollegeOctober 23, 2018 7:45 amHavergal College
1451 Avenue Road Toronto Ontario M5N 2H9
The Bishop Strachan SchoolOctober 23, 2018 6:00 pmBishop Strachan School
298 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 1X2
Queen Margaret's SchoolOctober 24, 2018 8:30 amQueen Margaret's School
660 Brownsey Avenue Duncan British Columbia V9L 1C2
Havergal CollegeOctober 24, 2018 9:15 amHavergal College
1451 Avenue Road Toronto Ontario M5N 2H9
Branksome HallOctober 25, 2018 9:00 amBranksome Hall
10 Elm Avenue Toronto Ontario M4W 1N4
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 25, 2018 9:30 amUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 25, 2018 9:30 amUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 25, 2018 6:30 pmUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 26, 2018 1:30 pmUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
Pickering CollegeOctober 27, 2018 10:00 amPickering College
16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X2
Pickering CollegeOctober 27, 2018 10:00 amPickering College
16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X2
St. George's SchoolNovember 06, 2018 9:00 amSt. George's School
4175 West 29th Avenue Vancouver British Columbia V6S 1V1
Appleby CollegeNovember 17, 2018 10:00 amAppleby College
540 Lakeshore Road West Oakville Ontario L6K 3P1
The Bishop Strachan SchoolNovember 22, 2018 6:00 pmBishop Strachan School
298 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 1X2
Stanstead CollegeNovember 23, 2018 8:30 amStanstead College
450 Dufferin Street Stanstead Quebec J0B 3E0
St. George's SchoolNovember 28, 2018 9:00 amSt. George's School
4175 West 29th Avenue Vancouver British Columbia V6S 1V1
Stanstead CollegeDecember 07, 2018 8:30 amStanstead College
450 Dufferin Street Stanstead Quebec J0B 3E0
Pickering CollegeJanuary 15, 2019 6:30 pmPickering College
16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X2
Stanstead CollegeJanuary 21, 2019 8:30 amStanstead College
450 Dufferin Street Stanstead Quebec J0B 3E0
St. George's SchoolJanuary 30, 2019 9:00 amSt. George's School
4175 West 29th Avenue Vancouver British Columbia V6S 1V1
Appleby CollegeFebruary 02, 2019 10:00 amAppleby College
540 Lakeshore Road West Oakville Ontario L6K 3P1
Trafalgar Castle SchoolFebruary 02, 2019 10:00 amTrafalgar Castle School
401 Reynolds Street Whitby Ontario L1N 3W9
Briercrest Christian AcademyFebruary 14, 2019 9:00 amBriercrest Christian Academy
510 College Drive Caronport Saskatchewan S0H 0S0
Briercrest Christian AcademyMarch 22, 2019 9:00 amBriercrest Christian Academy
510 College Drive Caronport Saskatchewan S0H 0S0
Pickering CollegeApril 16, 2019 6:30 pmPickering College
16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4X2
Briercrest Christian AcademyMay 31, 2019 9:00 amBriercrest Christian Academy
510 College Drive Caronport Saskatchewan S0H 0S0
Briercrest Christian AcademyJuly 19, 2019 9:00 amBriercrest Christian Academy
510 College Drive Caronport Saskatchewan S0H 0S0




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)
Neuchâtel Junior College$29,000 to $54,50020%12$20,000
Lakefield College School$58,400 to $65,40025%9 - 12
Branksome Hall$54,605 to $56,8555%7 - 12$15,000
Trinity College School$43,250 to $65,25025%9 - 12$20,000
Brookes School Canada$39,550 to $52,55010%7 - 12$5,000
Upper Canada College$55,060 to $61,56018%5 - 12$15,000
St. Margaret's School$38,600 to $49,300
Trafalgar Castle School$54,395 to $59,515
St. George's School$50,065 to $68,0856%8 - 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
Robert Land Academy$52,650 to $55,650
Bishop's College School$48,300 to $55,80040%7 - 12
Rosseau Lake College$22,700 to $49,0005%7 - 12
Stanstead College$49,900 to $63,00030%7 - 12
Ridley College$56,950 to $63,70016%5 - 12$16,000
King's View Academy6%7 - 12$10,000
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame$23,500 to $49,900
Ashbury College$64,7008%4 - 12$6,700
King's-Edgehill School$40,750 to $51,95033%6 - 12$15,000
Luther College High School$29,560
Brentwood College School$47,800 to $66,00027%9 - 12$19,417
Shawnigan Lake School$50,500 to $67,90025%8 - 12
Queen Margaret's School$42,100 to $55,20034%K - 12$3,000
Class Afloat - West Island College International$36,000 to $57,50011 - 12
Great Lakes Christian High School$20,100 to $39,3009 - 12
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal$52,81425%7 - 11$5,500
The Bishop Strachan School$57,500 to $60,1307%7 - 12$15,000
St. Andrew's College$58,175 to $63,50026%5 - 12$11,000
Havergal College$59,8757%7 - 12$16,000
Rothesay Netherwood School$35,550 to $54,09028%6 - 12$15,500
Landmark East School$44,700 to $64,90050%3 - 12$7,000
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé $18,980 to $28,48010%7 - 11$500
North Star Academy$24,000 to $31,5007 - 11
UWC Canada$1 to $58,00075%12$25,000
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$9,1507 - 11




 
 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Neuchâtel Junior College195600
Lakefield College School1879
Columbia International College1979100%
Branksome Hall1903100%89960
Trinity College School1865$41,200,00075%56471
Brookes School Canada200995%00
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
McDonald International Academy1994$0100%618155
St. Margaret's School190865%
Bond Academy1978100%
Trafalgar Castle School1874100%
St. George's School1930$25,000,000
Appleby College191132%764127
St. Michaels University School1906$11,200,00096374
Robert Land Academy197880%
Bishop's College School1836100%
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning2001100%
Rosseau Lake College196790%9516
Stanstead College1872100%24741
Ridley College188961%66548
London International Academy200290%
King's View Academy95%305
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame1920100%
Ashbury College189170%71179
King's-Edgehill School178880%33047
Luther College High School191390%453113
Canada Star Secondary School2016$074%5010
Trillium School1991100%
Briercrest Christian Academy1946$2,174,00096%14536
Brentwood College School1923$20,000,000510128
Shawnigan Lake School1916$13,500,00060%515103
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.198498%00
Queen Margaret's School192180%34922
Class Afloat - West Island College International1984100%
Kells Academy197895%
Bodwell High School1991$0100%513103
Blyth Academy London201395%8221
Great Lakes Christian High School195295%14336
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal186120741
College Bourget
Pickering College1842100%
The Bishop Strachan School1867$25340%91665
St. Andrew's College189962%62278
Havergal College1894$2,637,23350%96064
J. Addison School2002100%
Fulford Academy2002100%
Rothesay Netherwood School1877$7,000,00085%14521
Landmark East School1979$1,200,00060%
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 1956$090%27555
Bronte College1991$0100%
North Star Academy86%15030
UWC Canada1974$025%100100
Niagara Christian Collegiate193285%26838
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie190550%1200240




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13Indirect SupportMedium integration
Lakefield College SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive16No supportMedium integration
Columbia International CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25No supportMedium integration
Branksome HallLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 22Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Trinity College SchoolLiberal ArtsWaldorfStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16No supportMedium integration
Brookes School CanadaProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 18No supportLight integration
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20Resource AssistanceMedium integration
St. Margaret's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 20No supportMedium integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
Trafalgar Castle SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportiveResource AssistanceHeavy integration
St. George's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous20 to 22No support
Appleby CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16Indirect SupportHeavy integration
St. Michaels University SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Robert Land AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 16Special needs schoolLight integration
Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive4 to 6Special needs schoolLight integration
Rosseau Lake CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Stanstead CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13No supportMedium integration
Ridley CollegeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
London International AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 20No supportMedium integration
King's View AcademyLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousSpecial needs school
Athol Murray College of Notre DameTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous16No supportHeavy integration
Ashbury CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17No supportMedium integration
King's-Edgehill SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
Luther College High SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous23No supportLight integration
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No supportLight integration
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Briercrest Christian AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 25Indirect SupportMedium integration
Brentwood College SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20No supportHeavy integration
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Queen Margaret's SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18No supportMedium integration
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 10No support
Kells AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18No supportHeavy integration
Bodwell High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18No supportMedium integration
Blyth Academy LondonLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive6 to 8No supportHeavy integration
Great Lakes Christian High SchoolLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 25Indirect Support
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
College BourgetTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveSpecial needs school
Pickering CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 20No supportHeavy integration
The Bishop Strachan SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20No supportHeavy integration
St. Andrew's CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous17No support
Havergal CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 22No supportMedium integration
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
Fulford AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 12No support
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive14 to 16No supportHeavy integration
Landmark East SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 5Special needs schoolMedium integration
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 30Special needs schoolMedium integration
Bronte CollegeTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous18No supportMedium integration
North Star AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 18Indirect SupportMedium integration
UWC CanadaProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous6 to 16Indirect Support
Niagara Christian CollegiateTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous17Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous33Resource AssistanceHeavy 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
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: rolling
Lakefield College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Oct 20, 2018
Columbia International CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
Branksome HallDay: Dec 4, 2015
Boarding: rolling
9 - 11JK - 12100%Oct 25, 2018
Trinity College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
5 - 1275%
Brookes School CanadaDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1295%
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%Oct 25, 2018
McDonald International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
St. Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Preschool - 1265%
Bond AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Nursery/Toddler - 12100%
Trafalgar Castle SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
4 - 12100%Feb 2, 2019
St. George's SchoolDay: Dec 3, 2018
Boarding: Feb 1, 2019
4 - 121 - 12Nov 6, 2018
Appleby CollegeDay: Oct 31, 2017
Boarding: rolling
7 - 127 - 1232%Oct 20, 2018
St. Michaels University SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
K - 12
Robert Land AcademyBoarding: rolling5 - 1280%
Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12100%
Applewood Academy for Progressive LearningDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
1 - 12100%
Rosseau Lake CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 1290%
Stanstead CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 12100%Nov 23, 2018
Ridley CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
5 - 12JK - 1261%
London International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1290%
King's View AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
95%
Athol Murray College of Notre DameDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
Ashbury CollegeDay: Mar 9, 2018
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
4 - 1170%
King's-Edgehill SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1280%
Luther College High SchoolDay: Mar 1, 2017
Boarding: Mar 1, 2017
Homestay: Mar 1, 2017
90%
Canada Star Secondary SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 1274%
Trillium SchoolK - 12100%
Briercrest Christian AcademyDay: Aug 1, 2018
Boarding: Aug 1, 2018
96%Feb 14, 2019
Brentwood College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12
Shawnigan Lake SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 1260%
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.Day: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1298%
Queen Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Preschool - 1280%Oct 24, 2018
Class Afloat - West Island College InternationalBoarding: rolling100%
Kells AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1195%
Bodwell High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 12100%
Blyth Academy London9 - 1295%
Great Lakes Christian High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1295%
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11
College Bourget
Pickering CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
JK - 12100%Oct 27, 2018
The Bishop Strachan SchoolDay: Nov 30, 2018
Boarding: rolling
JK - 1140%Oct 23, 2018
St. Andrew's CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 115 - 1162%
Havergal CollegeDay: Nov 30, 2018
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12JK - 1250%Oct 22, 2018
J. Addison SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Nursery/Toddler - 12100%
Fulford Academy7 - 12100%
Rothesay Netherwood SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1285%
Landmark East SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
3 - 1260%
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé Day: Aug 15, 2018
Boarding: Aug 15, 2018
90%
Bronte CollegeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
North Star Academy7 - 1286%
UWC CanadaDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Nov 15, 2017
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
1225%
Niagara Christian CollegiateDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1285%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
50%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Lakefield College School
Columbia International College100%100%100%100%100%100%
Branksome Hall80%100%100%80%80%80%100%100%100%80%100%80%90%100%100%
Trinity College School100%100%100%
Brookes School Canada
Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
McDonald International Academy100%100%100%100%
St. Margaret's School
Bond Academy
Trafalgar Castle School
St. George's School
Appleby College50%29%38%26%13%
St. Michaels University School
Bishop's College School
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Rosseau Lake College80%80%90%90%90%90%
Stanstead College
Ridley College
London International Academy
King's View Academy
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Ashbury College70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
Luther College High School95%95%95%95%
Canada Star Secondary School70%70%70%80%80%
Trillium School
Briercrest Christian Academy98%100%100%100%
Brentwood College School
Shawnigan Lake School
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%
Queen Margaret's School
Kells Academy90%90%90%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Bodwell High School
Blyth Academy London
Great Lakes Christian High School
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
College Bourget
Pickering College
The Bishop Strachan School50%50%25%50%30%30%10%30%30%25%25%15%
St. Andrew's College76%69%59%59%76%56%50%
Havergal College50%50%50%50%50%50%
J. Addison School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Landmark East School
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 90%90%90%90%90%
Bronte College
North Star Academy
Niagara Christian Collegiate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie50%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Neuchâtel Junior College
Lakefield College School
Columbia International College
Branksome Hall100%100%80%80%90%100%
Trinity College School75%75%60%40%
Brookes School Canada
Upper Canada College33%33%33%
McDonald International Academy100%100%
St. Margaret's School
Bond Academy
Trafalgar Castle School
St. George's School
Appleby College20%27%30%8%
St. Michaels University School
Robert Land Academy
Bishop's College School
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning
Rosseau Lake College90%90%90%90%90%90%
Stanstead College
Ridley College
London International Academy90%90%90%90%
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Ashbury College70%70%70%70%
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
Luther College High School90%90%90%90%
Canada Star Secondary School
Trillium School
Briercrest Christian Academy85%90%98%98%
Brentwood College School
Shawnigan Lake School
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
Queen Margaret's School
Class Afloat - West Island College International
Kells Academy95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Bodwell High School
Blyth Academy London
Great Lakes Christian High School
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
College Bourget
Pickering College
The Bishop Strachan School50%50%50%50%
St. Andrew's College40%75%68%49%43%64%
Havergal College50%
J. Addison School
Fulford Academy98%98%98%98%95%95%
Rothesay Netherwood School
Landmark East School
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
Bronte College
North Star Academy
UWC Canada25%
Niagara Christian Collegiate85%85%85%85%85%85%85%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie90%




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




 




 




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."