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Neuchâtel Junior College
Neuchâtel Junior College
Crêt-Taconnet 4
Neuchâtel, NE, 2002, Switzerland
Contact name:
Brenda Neil '90

Phone number:
(416) 368-8169×
Neuchâtel Junior College

Neuchâtel Junior College

Crêt-Taconnet 4, Neuchâtel, NE, 2002, Switzerland
1310-44 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1Y2

Grades (Gender):
12 (Coed)
SF $ 29,000 to 54,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Boarding: Varies (Gr. 12 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Brenda Neil '90

Phone Number:

School Address
Crêt-Taconnet 4, Neuchâtel, NE, 2002 , Switzerland
1310-44 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1Y2

About this school:

Every September, a few teenagers choose to step outside of their comfort zones at NJC. While studying Canadian Grade 12/AP curriculum, they explore a dozen countries, debate in the Model UN, pause in Flanders Fields, ski the Alps and play hockey at the base of the Matterhorn. Academic preparedness and international exposure lead to acceptances from the finest universities. New independence enables them to understand who they are and realize how their passions and talents will one day contribute on a global scale.

Upcoming Events Next event: October 17, 2016

upcoming events
  • October 17, 2016Information Session
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    Join us Monday, October 17 from 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

    Families considering NJC for September 2017, September 2018 and beyond are invited to attend this information session in downtown Toronto. An RSVP is required. Please contact the Director of Admission to RSVP and confirm the number of attendees. In response, you will receive further information, including the downtown Toronto event location and parking details. 

Principal's Message


Mr. Bill Boyer, Head of School

One characteristic of all good students is an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Our unique little school, perched on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel in the beautiful Swiss town of the same name, is ideally suited to students of this kind. Students come to us eager to learn more about the world around them; drawn to change, they sense that the world has more to offer them if they could just step outside the boundaries of their local experiences. Neuchâtel Junior College exists for these types of students at this pivotal time in their lives, and here, they learn about themselves as much as they learn about the world. 

In 1956, NJC’s visionary Founder, Leonard Wilde knew that, “To be a leader today, one must travel the world.” This enduring idea is just as – if not more – relevant today. As much as our students have likely travelled to places with their families before, in most cases, they have not gone on an extended, independent journey. The Neuchâtel experience offers a view to the world beyond childhood borders, and our trips are integrated with the curriculum to make the learning experience richer and fuller. The fact that students have chosen this journey to NJC sets them apart both geographically and personally from where they began, thereby transforming them well beyond the potential of any single school trip experienced before. 

Over the course of many months, our students explore centres of Western European civilization, which helped to shape our own culture, giving them knowledge of the past with which to consider the future. They visit unfamiliar and exotic places to gain an insight into the similarities and differences of other cultures in this increasingly global community. Inspired by NJC’s program, our students also learn that they can have a positive impact on each place they visit. This may be through participation in a service trip, involvement in a Model UN activity, or by helping to make our school community a better place through personal character, talent, ideas and leadership. All of this they experience while immersed in their studies, surrounded by inspiring teachers and classmates, and living with a local Swiss, French-speaking family. This formula, unique in the world for nearly 60 years, consistently opens minds, broadens perspectives, and inspires graduates to make their place in the world more meaningful and purposeful. 

Who is best suited to attend Neuchâtel Junior College? I would encourage you to take advantage of this transformational experience if you are willing to meet two very important expectations. You must come prepared to work hard in your academic studies and be curious about the world around you; these are prerequisites so that you will be able to apply your newfound knowledge, confidence, independence and leadership in your chosen university, in the career that you wish to pursue, and throughout your life. 

I look forward to meeting you soon. A bientôt!

Bill Boyer




Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What NJC says: Ontario Grade 12, university-preparatory curriculum as well as Advanced Placement (AP). All instruction is in English.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    • Languages Offered: • French • German • Italian

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What NJC says: Not applicable.

    • NJC's approach to sex-ed: Not applicable.

    Religious Education
    • What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What NJC says about flexible pacing: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What NJC says: [ NJC has not provided this information]

    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    NJC can provide support for mild disablities. NJC does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

      Support Type = offered
      Extra support

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    NJC does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades12 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback12 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings12 to 12


    What NJC says:

    Neuchâtel Junior College has not provided this information.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Cross-country skiing
      Figure Skating
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
      Mountain biking
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Musical theatre/Opera
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Boarding SF $ 54,500


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentall students2%

    Need-based financial aid

    NJC has not provided this information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Neuchâtel Junior College
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: 02/11/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 12
    For more details, visit: www.njc.ch/admissions/affording-njc/


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeN/A
    Gender (grades)12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 12 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)N/A

    Student distribution: We do not have this data for Neuchâtel Junior College




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)

    Application Deadlines:

    Boarding students:
    February 19, 2016

    What NJC says:
    • Admission Application Form
    • Character Reference Letter
    • Official Transcript
    • Report Card(s)
    • Student Essay
    • Application Fee


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Neuchâtel Junior College is looking for: Neuchâtel Junior College selects on the basis of their academic performance, character, interests, talents and potential. Successful applicants are those who seek to challenge and advance themselves through a transformational experience of intense personal and intellectual growth. The College favours applicants who respond positively to new challenges and who express sufficient maturity, international curiosity and personal responsibility.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type12
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University of Alberta or Dalhousie.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Myles Goodman-Vincent, Class of 2014

    I can without a doubt say that I have seen a positive change in everyone this year. I have never witnessed, in my life, a group of seventy students become such a tight-knit community. Although it is cliché to say that we are a family, the fortunate truth is that we actually are! I know that where I am in the world, I would feel comfortable calling up one of my Neuchâtel friends, and have it be as if we are together in class in Switzerland.


    Sara Szot, Class of 2014

    Before this year, I looked at the lives of others and thought about how nice it would be to live like that. Now I look at others and see how much I can learn from them, and share with them. Life is not a race or a competition. There are no winners or losers, just people, and it is important to realize this early on in life. At some point, you have to stop doing things just for the happiness or approval of others. It is your life, and you have to do what you want with it. Neuchâtel Junior College gave me not only the confidence to acknowledge it, but the power and motivation to do something about it. I owe so much to this school, as they have given me an unimaginable experience here this year, and I just know I will be talking about it for the rest of my life. If someone were to ask me if I recommend NJC to future students, I would simply smile and say, “If you come to NJC, you will miss out on nothing, and gain everything.” 


    Jerry Li, Class of 2014

    It is difficult to pinpoint exactly how I will build upon these experiences in the future, but one thing is for certain: the experiences that I had and the stories that were created as a result will last me a lifetime, and at certain points in life, there will be moments where hardship will force me to extract the lessons learned from the stories of this year, and I will know how to act, what to do, and what to expect as a result.


    Erin Abbott, Class of 2013

    Over the course of the year, all the students of NJC have learned something about themselves, some may have found that they would rather be closer to home, some may have discovered a hidden passion, others may have finally realized what they wanted to do in university, but we have all grown in some way shape or form. We all started the year not knowing what to expect and now entering university next year we have a better understanding of the type of lifestyle we will live.


    Peter Daglish, Class of 2013

    I feel as if as soon as I got here, there was a significant focus on getting me confident and ready for post-secondary education. Even for life in general. There’s so much I’ve learned in the classroom here, but also just as much that I’ve learned outside of it. NJC takes a good stance towards it as well, by not just doing things the easy way and saying “here is the information, etc.”, but rather letting you go your own way to find it. 



    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • Advanced Placement Canada (AP) Associations
    • Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) Associations

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