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The relationship between gender, sexuality, and boarding school has always been an uneasy one. At one time, parents looked to boarding school to enforce what they would have considered to be normative behaviour. Ted Rogers, founder of Rogers Communications, recalled that “my pediatrician advised my mother that I should go to a boys’ environment because if I stayed home with my mother and a nanny, I’d become a sissy.” He was seven. 

It is true that boys’ boarding schools, at that time, weren’t for "sissies," at least in the sense of the term as Rogers would have understood it. (To some extent it was used to refer, indirectly, to a cultural unease with gender and homosexuality, though that's likely something we're only able to perceive in retrospect.) Rather, schools enforced a very singular, narrow vision of masculinity. For some parents (and apparently some pediatricians as well) that provided the motivation to send their children to boarding school. It wasn't a place for finding yourself, or refining your interests, or growing into who you were or wanted to be. Rather, it was a place to become part of the whole, to become like other people.

Rogers certainly wasn't a “sissy” in his adult life, again in the sense of that term as he would have adopted it. We’ll never know if that's a result of his boarding school education. For others, the experience was more fractured. Michael Ignatieff, like Rogers, was a student at UCC. Looking back, he says that “the logic of boarding [at the time] was basically to get puberty out of the house, to get boys away from their parents so they can become sexual animals alone.”

“The single-sex environment produced a certain homophobia, which I now very much regret. I have very strong emotional feelings toward men, some of which were cultivated by that environment … Yet there was a tremendous anxiety about crossing the line into homosexual experience. I think it is very right and appropriate for men to love each other … . That was damn difficult in that school, and made more difficult than it needed to be.”

There was a tension in Ignatieff’s day that perhaps is less with us today, if only because sexuality is less cloistered. In its place, though, are new tensions, many which derive from an understanding of the benefits of authority as well as potential abuses. “I think it’s important for a boy, for a young man,” says Ignatieff, “to see male authority that he can believe in.”

Increasingly schools are giving a very welcome attention to how they can address their students' emerging academic, social, and gender identities, and to provide the kind of authority, both from men and women, that Ignatieff describes.  

 

Two former students, who now identify as men, appeared on the cover of Branksome Hall’s alumni magazine, The Read, in 2016. 

 

 

 

 

“… to find and become your best selves”

In 2003, Chris Studer was in grade 7 at UCC, and was admittedly a bully. “I definitely had a mean streak,” he said, reflecting years later, admitting that it came from his insecurity and the desire to find a place within the social life of the school. His insecurity lead to the use of slurs toward those who were different, or were perceived to be different from himself, particularly around sexual orientation. At a forum hosted at the school in 2013, Studer invited Calum Mew to join him on stage, one of the people he had bullied all those years before. They both told their stories, and Studer voiced his regrets.

Of course that past can’t be changed, but Studer and Mew's participation in the forum was significant of an ongoing dedication to a program of mentorship around gender, sex, and the full range of relationships that students share during their time at school. It was emblematic of a more open discussion, one that had been validated by school administration with the launch in 2001 of the Gay-Straight Alliance in order to create an opportunity to acknowledge the sexual and personal diversity at the school. The project was created to look forward, and to encourage an open, supportive setting. Interestingly, it also provides opportunities to look back—as it did for Studer—to acknowledge and address the past.  

A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) began at Trinity College School in 2002 when a teacher brought together a group of students who were tired of the use of derogatory terms and the harassment that was going on at the school. It is still running today, and the membership continues to grow. There, as at other schools with similar programs, membership levels perhaps aren’t as important as the presence of the initiatives. Tucker Barton, a teacher at Trinity, says that “the students at our school speak about the importance of the administration’s support for their activities, because it is seen by the broader school as saying ‘we’re okay with that.’”

“Our students also highlight the importance of the GSA having a place in school publications and the yearbook, just like any other club. … Like any change, the first step is accepting that these students have an equal right to see representations of themselves and their families in their schools. The second step is resolving to find a healthy way for them to be included and discussed within the school community.”

Schools, understandably, have always reflected the culture that they are within. Cultural ideals are implicit within the school’s language, curriculum, and traditions, something that has of course been true throughout the ages. For much of our history, schools were a means of establishing and maintaining a status quo, with the needs of society as the principle driver.

Today, more than ever before, the opposite is true: boarding schools aren’t about maintaining the status quo, but about striving for something better, and working to provide a model for how we could, and should, live as a nation. “It is critical that we interrupt dominant cultures,” says Nicols, “by questioning norms and injecting new, more inclusive traditions into school life and curriculum.”

New programs and initiatives, such as UCC’s Character Project, are designed to affect exactly that kind of interruption. In 2015, Jim Power, principal at UCC, described the Character Project as a means of getting at something that he feels is essential to a complete education. In an address to the student body, he said that while “we can see how you’re doing in math, French, and English ... we can’t accurately determine the more important questions: how do you deal with adversity? Do you demonstrate courage in the clutch? And most importantly, What kind of guy are you becoming?”

The goal of education, Power believes, isn’t restricted to academics. The goal, as he said in that same address, is also “to help you all find and become your best selves,” a process that includes social-emotional development, maturity, decision-making, and an explicit attention to mental health. True to that goal, the school created a new role, that of Character Integrator, in 2014. In addition to teaching English and Drama, Laurie Fraser became the first member of the faculty to take on the post. “It’s important for [students] to have a sense of autonomy,” says Fraser, “and feel like they have influence in their school, because that engagement and ownership of their school life deepens their connection to their school culture.”

The Character Project and initiatives like it in boarding schools across the country is emblematic of an ongoing commitment to allowing students to have that kind of connection, and to providing opportunities for them to exercise it in ways that are meaningful and tangible. It’s about instilling authority and leadership, but it's also about character and the development of positive self concept. “It’s really hard to act in the world with kindness and generosity when you don’t feel good on the inside,” says Fraser.

And while the initiatives at many schools began with gay-straight alliances, ultimately the goal is to address the needs of all students no matter how they may or may not identify themselves. Says Fraser, “[w]e have conversations in a series of workshops about character strengths and the pillars of well-being, including positive emotions, engagement, relationships, finding meaning and having a sense of accomplishment in life.” That program and others like it recognize that it's a process, and one that we all share equally. 

–Glen Herbert

 
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    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
    Standard-enriched$33,510 to $65,980MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day33510

    Bond Academy (est. 1978)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (350 students)
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$12,500 to $24,500Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day12500

    Trinity College School (est. 1865)

    • Port Hope, Ontario
    • 5 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (300 students)
    • Boarding school (265 students)
    Trinity College School offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Port Hope. Its average class size is 16 students. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$22,950 to $56,950MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day22950

    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
    Standard-enriched$52,000 to $55,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding52000

    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
    Standard-enriched$29,000 to $54,500 SFCoed Boarding29000

    Upper Canada College (est. 1829)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • SK to 12 Boys
    • Day school (1072 students)
    • Boarding school (88 students)
    Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$30,860 to $61,560Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day30860

    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
    Standard-enriched$32,000 to $63,500HighSchools Coed Boarding Day32000

    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

    Columbia International College (est. 1979)

    • Hamilton, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school (1700 students)
    Columbia International College is a day and boarding school, offering programs to international students in grades 7 to 12. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$2,300/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day2300

    Brookes Shawnigan Lake

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$5,544 to $47,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day5544

    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
    Accelerated$16,800HighSchools Coed Boarding Day16800

    Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)

    • Middleboro, Massachusetts
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (25 students)
    • Boarding school (98 students)
    Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$58,227 to $141,214 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999

    The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed/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
    Student-paced$10,017 to $12,320MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day10017

    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
    Standard-enriched$18,200 to $55,800MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day18200

    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
    Standard-enriched$9,600/semester to $49,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9600

    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
    Standard-enriched$20,800 to $60,200MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day20800

    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
    Student-paced$115/day to $68,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day115

    Ashbury College

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 4 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (592 students)
    • Boarding school (108 students)
    This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $23,600 to $58,300. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$22,440 to $52,300MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day22440

    Bodwell High School (est. 1991)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (145 students)
    • Boarding school (450 students)
    Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,000. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$18,150 to $34,200HighSchools Coed Boarding Day18150

    Niagara Christian Collegiate (est. 1932)

    • Fort Erie, Ontario
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school
    Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$9,320 to $23,650MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Homestay9320

    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
    Standard-enriched$12,810 to $15,400HighSchools Coed Boarding Day12810

    Class Afloat - West Island College International (est. 1984)

    • Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
    • 11 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (60 students)
    Class Afloat - West Island College International offers leading experiential education opportunities for Grade 11, 12, University and GAP year students. Students attend classes aboard a majestic tall ship, exploring over 20 ports of call worldwide. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$36,000/semester to $57,500Coed Boarding36000

    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
    Student-paced$16,000 to $34,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day16000

    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
    Standard-enriched$24,040 to $61,240Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day24040

    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 $23,300 to $57,500. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$23,800 to $60,500HighSchools Coed Boarding Day23800

    Fulford Academy (est. 2002)

    • Brockville, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Fulford Academy is a boarding school in Brockville that offers programs for grades 7 through 12. Its average class size is 6 to 12 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$10,995/program to $57,200MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding10995

    St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)

    • Aurora, Ontario
    • 5 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (367 students)
    • Boarding school (259 students)
    St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$30,120 to $63,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day30120

    Trillium School (est. 1991)

    • Markham, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (300 students)
    • Boarding school
    Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Accelerated$9,400 to $33,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9400

    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
    Accelerated$15,500 to $63,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day15500

    J. Addison School (est. 2002)

    • Markham, Ontario
    • PS 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
    Standard-enriched$9,444 to $40,800Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9444

    Venta Preparatory School (est. 1981)

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 10 Coed
    • Day school (65 students)
    • Boarding school (25 students)
    Venta Preparatory School offers programs from senior kindergarten to grade ten in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$10,000 to $41,085Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999

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

    • Harrow, Ontario
    • 1 to 8 Boys
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$8,900 to $27,400Elementary MiddleSchools Boys Boarding Day8900

    The Gow School (est. 1926)

    • South Wales, New York
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (15 students)
    • Boarding school (135 students)
    The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$63,600 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day63600

    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1927)

    • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Boarding school (275 students)
    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan offers grades 9 to 12, with 50 day and 275 boarding students, and an average class size of 16. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$9,250 to $45,500HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999

    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
    Standard-enriched$7,050 to $29,560HighSchools Coed Boarding Day7050

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

    • Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (790 students)
    • Boarding school (40 students)
    SJR is the world’s leading school in Debating and Public Speaking. It has produced 18 Rhodes scholars and three math olympiads. The School's graduates average a 98% university acceptance rate. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    Accelerated$16,890 to $49,440Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day16890

    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
    Standard-enriched$20,110 to $54,090MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day20110

    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
    Accelerated$17,350 to $51,950MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day17350

    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
    Student-paced$26,000 to $48,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000

    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

    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

    Arts and Science Academy of Canada (est. 2003)

    • Vaughan, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Arts & Science Academy of Canada offers an academic education based on an enhanced curriculum as well as a complete immersion in the arts: Ballet, Music and Visual Arts. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$10,000 to $31,000Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day10000

    Fork Union Military Academy (est. 1898)

    • Fork Union, Virginia
    • 7 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (30 students)
    • Boarding school (400 students)
    This military academy in Fork Union, Virginia is the premier college preparatory boarding military schools for boys in grades 7-12. Renowned for its emphasis on Christian values, academics and athletics. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $32,000 to $37,450 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day32000

    Great Lakes Christian High School (est. 1952)

    • Beamsville, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (60 students)
    • Boarding school (70 students)
    Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$9,250 to $18,250HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999

    Nile Academy (est. 2005)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    • Boarding school (100 students)
    Nile Academy offers small class sizes and low student to teacher ratio, while also following the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring our students are well prepared for the rest of their educational pursuits here in Canada. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$8,000 to $28,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day8000

    North Star Academy

    • Laval, Quebec
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    • Boarding school
    North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$6,000 to $31,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day6000

    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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$52,200Coed Boarding52200

    St. Francis High School (est. 1927)

    • Hamburg, New York
    • 9 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (500 students)
    • Boarding school (26 students)
    Located in Athol Springs, NY, a small suburban community in the town of Hamburg just south of the city of Buffalo. The 65 acre campus is located 13 miles from the Canadian border directly on the shores of Lake Erie. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Accelerated$10,620 to $46,000 USDHighSchools Boys Boarding Day9999999999

    THINK Global School (est. 2009)

    • New York, New York
    • 10 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (46 students)
    THINK Global School is a traveling high school where you’ll live and study in a different country every semester, combining a top-notch education with place-based learning in four countries per year. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$79,000 USDCoed Boarding79000

    Prairie Christian Academy (est. 1938)

    • Three Hills, Alberta
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (230 students)
    • Boarding school (40 students)
    We offer a distinctive evangelical Christ-centered program that begins in the classroom and extends throughout all aspects of the school community. The school boasts a strong Preschool through Grade 12 program. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$325 to $24,500Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day325

    Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)

    • London, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (64 students)
    • Boarding school (5 students)
    We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$1,895/course to $18,795HighSchools Coed Boarding Day Homestay1895

    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

    Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)

    • Front Royal, Virginia
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (56 students)
    • Boarding school (269 students)
    Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Virginia. This college-prep school is for grades 6-12. Students develop a strong knowledge base while also building leadership skills and strong positive morals. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$14,350 to $40,525 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day14350

    Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)

    • Rindge, New Hampshire
    • 3 to 12 Boys
    • Boarding school (22 students)
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    Student-paced$58,500 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding58500

    Collège Rivier (est. 1870)

    • Coaticook, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Rivier is a college that welcomes students from secondary 1 to 5 (boarding and day school). Parents and students choose Rivier because it provides quality and personalized education in a warm family environment. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$2,985 to $22,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day2985

    Army and Navy Academy (est. 1910)

    • Carlsbad, California
    • 7 to 12 Boys
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Army and Navy Academy is a life-changer for boys. As a Gurian Model School, we know how boys learn inside and outside the classrom, what motivates them, and how to develop each student's potential. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$22,000 to $37,500 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day22000

    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
    Standard-enriched$9,200 to $18,400HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9200

    Blyth Academy Global High School (est. 2014)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 11 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (40 students)
    Offering Grade 11 and 12 programs and suitable for gap years, Blyth Academy Global High School provides access to the natural, historical, artistic, and scientific wonders of Europe, Australasia, and Central America. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$26,180/semester to $49,675Coed Boarding26180

    Heritage (est. 1984)

    • Provo, Utah
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    • Boarding school (115 students)
    Heritage offers expert care for at-risk adolescents including those diagnosed with Mood Disorder, depression, anxiety, defiance towards authority figures and those on the Autism Spectrum. Learn more on our website. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$138,000 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Boarding138000

    Foxcroft Academy (est. 1823)

    • Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (352 students)
    • Boarding school (98 students)
    Day & Boarding school with all boarding for International students Academic & Sports Grade 9 - 12 Tuition International $41,000 USD [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$22,000/semester to $41,000 USDHighSchools Coed Boarding Day22000

    Canadian International Hockey Academy (est. 2011)

    • Rockland, Ontario
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (5 students)
    • Boarding school (80 students)
    The Canadian International Hockey Academy is Eastern Canada's Premier Hockey Prep School recruiting, educating and training students-athletes in grades 8 to 12 from around the world. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$17,500 to $44,900HighSchools Coed Boarding Day17500

    Southwestern Academy (est. 1924)

    • San Marino, California
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (34 students)
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Southwestern Academy is a coeducational boarding and day school with a location in San Marino, California and Rimrock Arizona. We offer small class instruction with personalized lessons and an international student body. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$19,850 to $48,850 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day19850

    North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)

    • Coconut Creek, Florida
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (900 students)
    • Boarding school (330 students)
    North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$24,200 to $58,000 USDPreschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day24200

    Caribbean International Academy -St. Maarten (est. 2003)

    • Cupecoy, Other
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school (8 students)
    Caribbean International Academy provides a world class private Ontario education in the most idyllic of places: The island of St. Maarten. CIA fosters an optimal learning environment for all students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$9,130 to $32,645 USDKindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9130

    New Mexico Military Institute (est. 1891)

    • Roswell, New Mexico
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (843 students)
    The New Mexico Military Institute offers a rich history and tradition of educating tomorrow’s leaders through a program of strong, challenging academics, leadership preparation, and character development. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $13,629 to $20,065 USDHighSchools Coed Boarding13629

    Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)

    • Oxford,
    • 10 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    • Boarding school (150 students)
    Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level and GCSE tuition for students grade 10 to 12, intending to go on to higher education at a good British University. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$33,255 to $39,447Coed Boarding Day Homestay33255

    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
    Standard-enriched$1 to $58,000Coed Boarding1

    Caronport High School (Briercrest) (est. 1946)

    • Caronport, Saskatchewan
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (90 students)
    • Boarding school (40 students)
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$2,996 to $31,033HighSchools Coed Boarding Day2996

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