Boys, we're told, don't like reading. In fact, more girls than boys now go to university and in co-ed situations, the impression comes through that boys only inhibit and hold back girls by their loud and bombastic behaviour.
So what's to be said about all-boy schools?
"In the last 10, perhaps 20 years, boys' schools have changed," says Mary Gauthier, director of the Wernham West Centre for Learning, a research and support element of Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario.
Nothing shows that change more than the extent to which boys in all-boy situations "are comfortable in theatre and creative arts," says Gauthier, who spent 15 years in a coed school before joining Upper Canada College. "The first thing I noticed," she says, "was how in assembly when the boys sing, they really sing."
"We know that learning takes place where people are socially accepted and they feel comfortable and respected. It's the same for boys as for girls-they need to be valued as individuals."
An example of the new approach: In Grades 6 to 8, boys are often seen as impulsive and disorganized-so different teaching techniques are required. Upper Canada College teachers in those grades, says Gauthier, are encouraged at the start of class to remind the boys what they learned in the previous lesson, tell them what this lesson will be about, and personally acknowledge each student. "You have to be very intentional about what you're doing," she says. "It helps the boys work to their potential."
The aim, of course, is to produce boys who are more aware, sensitive and awake to the world around them. "We celebrate the way they are," Gauthier says.
Upper Canada College (est. 1829)
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]
|$32,650 to $64,205
|Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys||32650|
St. George's School (est. 1930)
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]
|$22,450 to $68,085
||HighSchools Boarding Boys||22450|
|$52,650 to $55,000
|MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys||52650|
Crescent School (est. 1913)
Crescent School is a Toronto independent day school for boys in Grades 3 to 12. Our learning environment develops students' characters through academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics. [View profile]
|MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||33250|
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys||29600|
|$16,000 to $29,900
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys||16000|
St. Clement's Early Learning School (est. 1955)
St. Clement's Early Learning School 70 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1H2 St. Clement’s Early Learning School provides a child with an opportunity for growth in all areas of his or her development. [View profile]
|$8,500 to $20,500
|Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Boys Coed||8500|
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||19500|
Great Lakes Christian High School (est. 1952)
Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students. [View profile]
|$5,750 to $39,300
||HighSchools Boarding Homestay Boarding Day Boys Coed||5750|
|$18,350 to $23,900
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||18350|
Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys||60000|
North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)
North Point taps into the natural curiosity and energy of boys as a foundation for life-long learning. A strong academic program is just the beginning - we fuel motivation through real-life learning, digital platforms... [View profile]
|$7,000 to $12,000
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||7000|
London International Academy (est. 2002)
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]
|$9,200 to $41,900
||HighSchools Day Boarding Boarding Coed Boys Girls||9200|
Royal St. George's College (est. 1964)
RSGC is an urban day school that combines academic excellence with a stimulating and supportive environment. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each boy to become the best version of himself. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||32100|
Linbrook School (est. 2014)
Linbrook School is Oakville's only all-boys school. This independent, not-for-profit day school fosters and supports each individual students special skills as an athlete, musician, performer, artist, writer or humanitarian. [View profile]
|$21,100 to $24,885
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys||21100|
|$35,120 to $63,500
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys||35120|