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Sailing programs are offered by numerous top high schools across Canada. Find schools here with excellent sailing programs. Program directors, instructors, volunteers and industry representatives share best practices with students about this sport. All schools with sailing programs provide a facility, boats and training equipment. Basic sailing skills such as rigging, points of sail, and sail trim and helming along with safety measures like righting a capsized boat are taught in programs at these schools.

Students learn about crew responsibilities, piloting, navigating, crew coordination and much more at sailing schools. These programs are ideal for young sailors as an excellent preparation for competitive sailing, college or even a career in sailing. A sailing program also combines elements of oceanography, maritime history, environmental studies, public policy, and nautical science.

Sailing programs are as varied as the schools are

In these sailing schools you will also be able to participate in meets for team racing and compete in open and closed fleet racing events. School teams reach the Nationals by competing successfully in district championships. The boats used in high school sailing programs are typically 2 person (double handed) dinghies or singlehanded boats but there are schools where the school is right on a sailing vessel and it is daily life to participate in the sailing of the ship. Team racing focuses mainly on strategy and has become very popular in recent years. Regattas occur throughout the sailing season and these events are highly popular among the youth.

Many of these schools also offer top academics, of course. Sailing is a disciplined sport and you'll develop strict personal discipline at schools with strong sailing programs.

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    St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$17,235 to $61,590Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day17235

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Ottawa
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$32,000 to $63,500HighSchools Coed Boarding Day32000

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal, Toronto
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$29,000 to $54,500 SFCoed Boarding29000

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$9,500/program to $49,300Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day9500

    Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (90 students)
    Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$9,000 to $13,000Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9000

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$36,000/semester to $57,500Coed Boarding36000

    Quetico College School (est. 2013)

    • Atikokan, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (10 students)
    • Boarding school (30 students)
    Technologically savvy classroom facilities combine with caring teachers to help ensure you are headed towards life goals that include knowledge, skill and responsibility. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$16,000 to $28,000HighSchools Coed Boarding Day16000

    Cedar Ridge High School

    • Kanata, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (75 students)
    Cedar Ridge High School is an independent high school, grades 9 to 10, in Kanata, Ontario. Our school offers an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a focus on leadership, innovation, student engagement and academics. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$13,995/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13995

    West Island College (est. 1982)

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (550 students)
    West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$15,650 to $20,200MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day15650

    North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • K to 9 Boys
    • Day school (60 students)
    North Point provides a program for boys that is a fundamental re-thinking of how a classroom operates. We design environments and experiences that are specifically geared to challenge and engage boys. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$7,000 to $12,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day7000

    American Hebrew Academy (est. 2001)

    • Greensboro, North Carolina
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (20 students)
    • Boarding school (120 students)
    The American Hebrew Academy is the only international Jewish college prep boarding school in the world! The advantages of boarding school are boundless; the advantages of a Jewish boarding school will last a lifetime. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal, Toronto, Halton-Peel, Vancouver
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$24,000 to $42,000 USDHighSchools Coed Boarding Day24000

    Pear Tree Elementary (est. 2015)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 7 Coed
    • Day school (45 students)
    Small and intimate by design, progressive by choice, and innovative by necessity, Pear Tree Elementary is redefining what it is to teach and learn in the modern world. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$15,500 to $18,600Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day15500

    A+ World Academy (est. 2015)

    • World-wide travel
    • 11 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (60 students)
    A+ World Academy is a boarding school on a Ship. Up to 60 students in grades 11 and 12 live and work the 90 year old Norwegian Tall Ship, ‘Sørlandet’, while they take AP classes and travel the world. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$56,000 EURCoed Boarding56000

    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS to 9 Coed
    • Day school (182 students)
    Cousteau school is a unique French language school in BC, #1 in the last Fraser Institute ranking. We provide academic excellence from Preschool to Grade 9. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$10,700 to $13,700Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10700

    Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)

    • Buffalo, New York
    • 9 to 12 Girls
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Accelerated$19,840 to $46,715 USDHighSchools Girls Boarding Day19840

    Keystone International Schools (est. 2011)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (160 students)
    Keystone High School (Gr. 9-12) is located right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Our small class sizes and focus on project-based learning prepare our students for higher education and beyond. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$10,900 to $26,200 /programHighSchools Coed Day10900

    St. Stanislaus College Prep (est. 1854)

    • Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
    • 7 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (315 students)
    • Boarding school (72 students)
    St. Stanislaus College Prep is a faith-based school that offers programs from grades 7 to 12 in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$25,510 to $33,950 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day25510

    Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)

    • Duncan, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Girls/Coed
    • Day school (254 students)
    • Boarding school (94 students)
    Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding Senior School for girls in Grades 8-12 and co-ed Junior School from Preschool to Grade 7 in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$5,325 to $53,600Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Boarding Day5325

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal, Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$1 to $58,000Coed Boarding1

    Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 3 to 12 Girls
    • Day school
    OHS has three programs: Core Comprehensive, Pre-Professional Dance, and Equine Science & Equestrian Studies. Tuition inc. overnight OEE trips & riding lessons. School starts at 10am with 1hr of yoga, dance, or fitness. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$7,995/program to $31,775MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day Homestay7995

    York House School (est. 1932)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    Standard-enriched$20,600 to $21,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day20600

    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
    Standard-enriched$26,000 to $64,900HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000

    Glenburnie School (est. 1985)

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school
    Glenburnie School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, responsive, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Class sizes range from 8 to 18 students depending on grade level. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$8,950 to $17,800Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day8950

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