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Many people might think that boys’ school is an outdated concept from a previous ‘patriarchal’ era. But at a recent conference in Toronto, representatives from schools all over the world listened to speeches and discussed the theme that we are living in a “New World for Boys.” Speakers ranged from Stephen Lewis, head of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and one of the most respected commentators on international and social affairs to Bill Lishman, the inspiration for the movie Fly Away Home.

David Booth hosted a pre-conference workshop on boys and literacy. Booth is the author of numerous books including Even Hockey Players Read: Boys, Literacy and Learning. The workshop presented various strategies to help create a culture of literacy for boys and to motivate boys to read.

In “Decoding Male Communication,” Manfred von Vulte uses a humorous tone while making the important point that there are specific codes of communication you will only ever hear coming from boys. Because the education system tends to praise “girlish behaviour” much more than “boyish,” boys’ communication is often systemically misinterpreted as malicious, foolish or indifferent. Read "Decoding Male Communication"

Still, is it a good idea to send boys to a boys’ school? Do we really need to segregate the sexes in this day and age? Or is it a better idea now more than ever? The International Boys’ School Coalition states, "Boys' schools are able to develop their resources, choose their teachers and design their programs with only one goal in mind — to meet the educational and developmental needs of young men." The organization cites recent research that demonstrates that boys and girls have fundamentally different learning behaviours.

In an article in the Globe last year, Tim Drager, a student at St. Andrews Private School for Boys, reported on his experiences. Among other comments, Drager says, "At first, I have to admit, I was skeptical about the fact there was no [classroom] interaction with girls, but I have found it easier to concentrate in class and express my ideas. And the competitive atmosphere of having all guys you play on the field with, and are in the classroom with — it's motivating to be around."

Upper Canada College recently undertook a study as to whether or not to maintain its boarding program. Response to the study was a very strong affirmation of the boarding program - let alone the schools’ boys only policy.

Evidence to the contrary?

Contradictory evidence was brought forth in a 2006 survey. In part, the survey (conducted by The Strategic Counsel, a private research firm) concluded that “despite a traditional viewpoint that students are distracted by their opposite sex peers and that boys, in particular are less focused in class, the data suggest that boys in coed schools are as engaged as their single-sex counterparts and relate equally to examples used by their teachers.”

The survey found that in general, students thrive in either a co-education or same sex environment. But the fine print of the findings did reveal some interesting data, such as “50 percent of those attending independent single-sex schools revealed they are ‘very confident’ that they will be academically prepared.”

On the important issue of bullying at school, single-sex school students reported far less (perhaps surprising to some): “[Verbal] harassments or attacks were noted as occurring ‘often or sometimes’ by at least 45% of students in public schools (54% co-ed, 45% girls only) compared to 37 percent or less at independent schools (37% co-ed students and 35% single sex).”

In the end, of course, the final decision as to whether you send your son (or daughter) to a single gender school is up to you and your child. There are certain advantages to the co-educational system but there remains a good argument today that boys’ only schools do have distinct advantages that allow them to remain a relevant alternative. To learn more about coed and single-sex schools, read our guide.

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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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    $52,000 to $55,000

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    • Our Kids Review
    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding52000

    Crescent School (est. 1913)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 3 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (743 students)
    Crescent School is a Toronto independent school for boys only, Grades 3 to 12. Tuition starts at $32,350. Crescent offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, arts, outreach and robotics. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    $32,350


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day32350

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    $30,860 to $61,560

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    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day30860

    The Sterling Hall School (est. 1987)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Boys
    • Day school (312 students)
    The Sterling Hall School is a leading independent school for boys, JK to Grade 8. We understand how boys learn best and we support each boy in his learning journey. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Progressive
    $28,800


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Boys Day28800

    Northmount School (est. 1990)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Boys
    • Day school (115 students)
    Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    $15,000 to $23,500


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Boys Day15000

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
    • Progressive
    $7,000 to $12,000


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day7000

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

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


    Elementary MiddleSchools Boys Boarding Day8900

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)   

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    • Homestay
    Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    not provided


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

    Selwyn House School (est. 1901)  

    • Westmount, Quebec
    • K to 11 Boys
    • Day school (540 students)
    Selwyn House School provides a well-rounded education of exceptional depth and scope for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 11. It is located in Westmount, Quebec. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Traditional
    $17,500 to $22,500


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day17500

    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
    $58,500 USD


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding58500

    Villa Maria (est. 1854)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls/Boys
    • Day school (1400 students)
    Villa Maria offers programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is 30 to 34 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $4,175


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Day4175

    St. Michael's College School (est. 1852)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (1035 students)
    St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    $18,700


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day9999999999

    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]
    • Traditional
    $27,540 to $33,950 USD


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day27540

    St. Clement's Early Learning School (est. 1955)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to 2 Coed/Boys
    • Day school (150 students)
    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]
    • Progressive
    $8,500 to $20,500

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    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Boys Coed Day8500

    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
    $138,000 USD


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Boarding138000

    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


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day30120

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   

    • Barrie Area, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    • Homestay
    Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    not provided


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

    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 USD


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day32000

    Linbrook School (est. 2014)  

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Boys
    • Day school (180 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    $20,100 to $23,700


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Boys Day9999999999

    Royal St. George's College (est. 1964)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 3 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (426 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Progressive
    $30,540


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day30540