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Rothesay Netherwood School

40 College Hill Road, Rothesay, New Brunswick, E2E 5H1

Liberal Arts,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$20,110 to 54,090/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
14 to 16
Day: 130 (Gr. 6 - 12), Boarding: 150 (Gr. 6 - 12)

School Address
40 College Hill Road, Rothesay, New Brunswick, E2E 5H1

About this school:


RNS (1877) is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for grades 6 to 12 that offers innovative, world-class learning experiences in a safe and caring school community. On 200 acres in beautiful Rothesay, NB, we challenge students to be active, compassionate leaders with a global perspective and the determination to make a difference. An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, an Outward Bound School, and a member of Round Square, we measure our success by the growth of each of our students. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Rothesay Netherwood School

our takeThe school dates to 1874 when the brilliantly named Ezekiel Stone Wiggins founded Thompson's School, a coed day school. It teetered a bit in the early years, with changes in ownership, and direction, though in time found ultimately found both its academic and financial footings. A long-standing association with Netherwood, a school for girls founded in 1894, resulted in an amalgamation between the two in 1984. The school remains true to a tradition of academic excellence, and the campus is rich with reminders of its long history. The school has also has benefited from robust development, the product of a number of capital campaigns over recent decades. Between the long tradition and extensive recent development, there's frankly a lot here to love. Notably among the school's alumni is John Peters Humphrey, primary author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Principal's Message


Paul McLellan, Head of School

We are a small school where high expectations of students and faculty are realized in a caring environment. We have built a strong community where respect, courage and responsibility form the foundation of daily life. As a boarding and day school where our faculty lives on campus, the level of commitment is high, and the interaction between our students and our faculty is exemplary.


Curriculum Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What RNS says: The academic program at Rothesay Netherwood School is diverse and challenging; it is designed to meet the changing needs of students as they develop intellectually,socially, and emotionally. Students have the opportunity to live and study in an environment where intellectual curiosity and academic achievement are highly valued. This rich learning environment is created through the combined efforts of the school's faculty, students, parents, alumni, the board of directors and governors. Small class size, highly qualified and caring teachers, extra help, compulsory study, and frequent reporting facilitate the students' learning The academic program of RNS is designed for students to experience courses in both the humanities and the sciences. In addition to the obvious academic rigor provided through the International Baccalaureate's Diploma Program, there is also ample opportunity to develop the whole student. These opportunities exist in the arts, athletics, and the various other extracurricular experiences such as Outward Bound activities, local service projects, Duke of Edinburgh awards, student exchanges, and Round Square International Service programs..

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What RNS says: Mathematics at Rothesay Netherwood School is an ever evolving program that is student-centred with a focus on collaboration and critical thinking. We aim to challenge our students by encouraging them to seek a deep understanding of the curriculum through inquiry in order that they may make connections to the world around them. Our students are introduced to mathematical concepts in diverse ways through teacher-led instruction, online platforms, or in an array of projects, that continue to promote creativity and collaboration. We aim to develop a foundation of content with a more student centred approach that focuses on being an independent learner. It is less teacher led instruction and more student orientated learning which allows for individual pacing and fosters growth in the classroom. This provides our students a healthy mix of traditional math as well as a discovery based approach to promote critical thinking.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: The textbooks used at Rothesay Netherwood School for mathematical instruction are “ Mathematics for the international student” by Haese and Harris publications. The middle school books follow the MYP IB program and the senior school books follow the IB curriculum.

    • Calculator policy: Our calculator policy at Rothesay Netherwood School is a scientific calculator in the middle school while a graphing calculator is required once students enter senior school. The required graphing calculator is a (Texas Instruments) TI-84.

    Writing Process approach

      The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What RNS says: Students explore writing in multiple formats with a significant emphasis on revision and feedback. The process of writing is a balance of formal and creative avenues which allows students to harness their imagination, and also the more structured approach to exploring their ideas. Students produce work that is internally published and this ranges from short stories to magazine style publications. It is especially linked to their explorations in Social Studies where students learn about the research and writing process.

    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: The science program is heavily focused on Inquiry based learning in the Middle School and becomes a more Equally Balanced program in the senior years. We strive to develop students who think critically, work collaboratively to solve problems and become curious learners that are capable of asking challenging questions. Students gain hands-on experience through experimental design, data collection, creating models and participating in larger group projects within the school and global community. The curriculum for grades 6 through 10 is comprehensive and prepares students to move into the IB program in grade 11. We feel it is important to provide a diverse education that gives students the foundation to have success in all academic pursuits. As such, we focus on the development of universal skills that allow our students to conduct research, analyze data and graphs and become organized and logical problem solvers.

    • 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 RNS says: We do maintain, to some extent, a traditional approach to literature as we work to decode the mechanics of the text while also understanding its historical context. Ideas are often formed and expressed through formal class discussions and critical essays. At the same time, we foster an awareness for the individual experience of literature as an expression of self. Both classic and contemporary literature form the foundation of larger societal explorations, as students work to understand their complicated relationship to larger societal forces. Learning is often creatively expressed and cultivated through a reflective practice, as well as cooperative and project based initiatives.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What RNS says: This program is module based where students explore three themes over the course of the academic year. These themes are designed to collaborate with their English program to permit cross-curricular enrichment. Over the past few years, the students have explored agriculture (past, present and future), human migration and the collision of cultures (local First Nations and European history). Students focus on immersing themselves in the theme through field trips, guest speakers, writing and research. Each module is centered around a large project which can range from the creation of a professional magazine publication to planning and hosting a museum night for the school and wider community.

    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 RNS says: The mission of the Social Sciences at Rothesay Netherwood School is to advance knowledge, promote inquiry and to cultivate independent and creative thinking in our students. Our program represents a balance of periennalism and pragmatism. It is our goal that students will engage with the past and their world not only to uncover the catalyst, course, and consequence of dynamics resulting in change but also how such an investigation can impact their current lives. The humanities give critical insight into aspects of thought, values, and achievement in all times and places. Such a holistic and balanced view is critical to citizens of the 21st century. A primary focus is on the acquisition, refinement, and expression of a broad scope of literacy skills leading to an individual capable of creative, rational, and compassionate thought.

    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 RNS says: The Rothesay Netherwood School Modern Language Department offers students the opportunity to begin, improve upon, or master a second language by building upon their current level of knowledge, and challenging them to attain the goal of fluency. Our curriculum is student-centered, and intended to foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, independent enquiry and a love of languages and the cultures of the countries from whence they come. Students are challenged to achieve their highest personal standards in terms of communication and personal expression in a second language.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What RNS says: The fine arts program is designed to foster the development of creativity and individual student growth through the integration of history and theory with musical, theatrical and visual arts production. Students are met with a variety of opportunities to challenge their own learning through traditional, student-guided, individual and collaborative tasks. Students are encouraged to be risk-takers, develop their natural curiosity as inquirers and an appreciation for elements of their own culture as well as an openness to the values, perspectives and traditions of others. In addition to classroom based learning, productions, performances and exhibitions play a vital role in our program and help our students to develop both confidence and a passion for the arts.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What RNS says: Information technology is integrated into the learning process throughout the curriculum. As a one-to-one laptop computer environment, students and teacher alike use their computers as integral tools in their daily work.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What RNS says: Physical Health & Education is a program of instruction and activity that develops skills and attitudes towards a healthy active lifestyle. This enables each student to enter an interscholastic program with more confidence in his/her self and abilities.  The program objectives are to develop skills, self‐discipline, improved judgment, improved self‐confidence, peer relationships, more active lifestyles, an appreciation of physical activities that are part of our culture, improved physical fitness (stamina, strength and flexibility) and health promotion (weight regulation, stress reduction, reduced risk of heart disease). Physical Education is required for Grades 6 - 9, and is offered as an electitve in Grade 10.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature SL
    • English Literature HL
    • Literature and Performance SL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • French SL
    • French HL
    • French ab initio SL
    • Spanish ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Economics SL
    • Geography SL
    • Geography HL
    • History SL
    • History HL
    • Information Technology in a Global Society SL
    • Information Technology in a Global Society HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL
    • Environmental Systems SL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematical Studies SL
    • Mathematics SL
    • Mathematics HL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Music SL
    • Music HL
    • Theatre SL
    • Theatre HL
    • Visual Arts SL

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow New Brunswick curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What RNS says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What RNS says: Sex-ed is taught formally within the Physical Education curriculum, and informally within the middle school and high school science curriculum.

    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 RNS says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What RNS says: The academic program at RNS is challenging and comprehensive, yet flexible enough to accommodate all of our students. Providing the necessary support for students to succeed is the hallmark of an RNS education. Effort is highly valued as the evaluation of one's academic performance is tied directly to their level of effort. As students progress through our program, they gain the skills, confidence, and independence necessary to be successful in their future endeavors.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

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

    What RNS says: The RNS student values working together, being a part of each other's lives, and looking out for the greater good of the community. Our philosophy encourages students to put forth their best effort. We provide students with a compassionate and comfortable learning environment, allowing them to be courageous and take risks. Our community breathes the values of dignity and respect for all. Our graduates are literate, numerate, technologically savvy, independent and critical thinkers.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    RNS offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • 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
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What RNS says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Rothesay Netherwood School students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    RNS 30 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades6 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback6 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings6 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What RNS says:
    • RNS Rowers experience CSSRA 71st Annual Regatta. Competing at the Canadian Secondary School Regatta is a high school rowers ultimate challenge- with 128 schools participating in various course conditions. Our crews rowed technically sound and put forth a tremendous performance in the women’s double & men’s 8+, finishing 4th in their heats. Ian Morrison moved through to the senior 72kg single final finishing 5th.
    • RNS student makes NB U17 baseball team. Bryson Woodworth '17 has been selected to join Team NB Selects at the Canada Cup baseball U17 Championships in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The tournament features the country's top players and is a highly scouted event. This will be Bryson's second year with the team, which finished with a 5-2 record last year.
    • RNS Students star in Rothesay Ballet School Spring Recital at the Imperial Theatre. The girls were involved in a variety of dance including contemporary, tap and a full ballet performance of 'Jewels'.
    • Rowers win 2016 High School Championships. Many thanks are extended to our alumni coaches Matthew Snelgrove '11, Ben McMullin '12 and Mae-Lin Delange '15.
    • Cast of The Lion King Jr. Brings home 15 DramaFest Awards. The cast attended NB DramaFest at St. Thomas University where they put on quite a show. They were given the following awards: Outstanding Production; Outstanding Teacher Director – Dayna Ellis; Outstanding Actor – Melissa Fong '22; Outstanding Actor – Farida El Bailey '21; Outstanding Supporting Actor – Adam Limongelli '21; Outstanding Supporting Actor – Isaac Oxley '21; Outstanding Use of Costume; Outstanding Use of Set; Outstanding Use of Choreography; Special Adjudicator’s Mention for Outstanding Vocal Performance – Anika Nice '21; Special Adjudicator’s Mention for Outstanding Character Performance – Bruce Fong '20; Special Adjudicator’s Mention for Outstanding Character Performance – Jack Angus McAloon '21; Special Adjudicator’s Mention for Outstanding Character Performance – Colin Downey '22; Special Adjudicator’s Mention for Musical/Vocal Achievement – Lisa Schaffner and The Cast; Special Adjudicator’s Mention for Technical Excellence – Cole Gauthier '22. Outstanding!
    • MS Rugby Team wins Rugby7s Mini Tournament. RNS hosted the second of three Rugby7s mini-tournaments with teams visiting from MacDonald Consolidated School in Kingston, Belleisle Middle School, Forest Hills Middle School and two teams from Quispamsis Middle School.
    • Grade 8 Students win Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision National Competition. As the top Middle School Team in North America, the students will travel to Washington, DC, in June for an awards ceremony and many exciting events. The Discovery Channel and The Daily Planet also aired a video clip of the students receiving the news.
    • Grade 12 Athlete breaks World Records at International Power Lifting competition. Patrick Lawrence '16 attended the meet in Amherst, NS. He won first place in his age/weight class, but he also set three world records! The old squat record was 264.6 lbs and Patrick squatted the new world record at 325 lbs. Patrick benched 215 lbs, and set the new deadlift world record pulling 435.4 lbs. The third world record was the total. The bench, squat, and deadlift are all combined to amount to 975 lbs for Patrick, exceeding the old total record by 159 lbs.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Mountain biking
      Track & Field
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Martial Arts
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      Round Square
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Boarding (Domestic)$35,550
    Boarding (International)$54,090


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment Boarding (International)$1,000
    Full payment Boarding (Domestic)$600
    Full payment Day$360
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students20%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 6 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid28%
    Average aid package size$15,500
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid28%
    Total aid available$1,190,915

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    The completed application form: The last two years' final school reports and the most current report card: A copy of the applicant's birth certificate or passport: The completed Confidential Teacher Recommendation form: A recent photo of the student: Interview live or via Skype

    Merit based Scholarships

    Merit Scholarships
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 12—

    All applicants to RNS are considered for a merit scholarship based on their completed application.  This includes, but is not limited to, academic performance, participation in activities, demonstrated leadership potential, athletic and musical talents, and service to the community.

    Application Details:

    All application documents must be submitted before consideration for a merit scholarship.  This includes:

    The completed application form

    The last two years' final school reports and most current report card

    A copy of the applicant's birth certificate

    The completed Confidential Teacher Recommendation form

    A recent photo of the applicant

    Interview live or via Skype

    For more details, visit: www.rns.cc/admission/school-fees/scholarships-and-financial-aid


    Total enrollment 280
    Average enrollment per grade40
    Average class size14 to 16
    Gender (grades)Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 6 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)54%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)100%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment
    Boarding Enrollment12821363740



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview6 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What RNS says:
    • The completed application form
    • The last two years' final school reports and the most current report card
    • A copy of the applicant's birth certificate or passport (copy of passport must be received for non-Canadian students)
    • The completed Confidential Teacher Recommendation form
    • Interview in person or via Skype
    • Please note: Students applying for Grades 10, 11 and 12 whose first language in not English may be required to submit results of a recognized English language test (IELTS, SLEP, TOEFL, etc)
    • Application fee
      • Canadian Applicants - $100 CAD
      • International Applicants - $200 CAD


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Rothesay Netherwood School is looking for: Students attending rothesay Netherwood School are expected to: strive for individual excellence: academically, artistically, athletically, socially, and spiritually; demonstrate respect for their surroundings and environment; know and maintain the standards of the school; treat everyone with respect and dignity; develop an enduring sense of responsible citizenship; and leave RNS a better school and continue to be active in school affairs.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type6789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size55
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements12
    **Ivy+ placements3

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

    **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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): • Acadia University • Bowdoin College (USA) • Carnegie Mellon University (USA) • Concordia University • Cornell University (USA) • Dalhousie University • Dartmouth College (USA) • Harvard University (USA) • McGill University • McMaster University • Memorial University • Mount Allison University • Mount Saint Vincent University • New York University (USA) • Northeastern University (USA) • Northwestern University (USA) • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design • Queen’s University • Ryerson University • Sheridan College • Sotheby’s Institute of Art (UK) • St. Francis Xavier University • St. Mary’s University • St. Thomas University • Suffolk University (USA) • University of British Columbia • University of California at Berkeley (USA) • University of Cambridge (UK) • University of Guelph • University of Minnesota (USA) • University of New Brunswick • University of Prince Edward Island • University of Southern California (USA) • University of Stirling (UK) • University of the West of Scotland (UK) • University of Toronto • University of Waterloo • University of Western Ontario • Virginia Tech University (USA) • Wheaton College (USA) • York University
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): • Acadia University • Bowdoin College (USA) • Carnegie Mellon University (USA) • Concordia University • Cornell University (USA) • Dalhousie University • Dartmouth College (USA) • Harvard University (USA) • McGill University • McMaster University • Memorial University • Mount Allison University • Mount Saint Vincent University • New York University (USA) • Northeastern University (USA) • Northwestern University (USA) • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design • Queen’s University • Ryerson University • Sheridan College • Sotheby’s Institute of Art (UK) • St. Francis Xavier University • St. Mary’s University • St. Thomas University • Suffolk University (USA) • University of British Columbia • University of California at Berkeley (USA) • University of Cambridge (UK) • University of Guelph • University of Minnesota (USA) • University of New Brunswick • University of Prince Edward Island • University of Southern California (USA) • University of Stirling (UK) • University of the West of Scotland (UK) • University of Toronto • University of Waterloo • University of Western Ontario • Virginia Tech University (USA) • Wheaton College (USA) • York University

    What Rothesay Netherwood School says:

  • Grade 11 and 12 students at RNS are mentored, assisted and guided one-on-one through the post-secondary decision making process by the University Placement Office. Students are supported as they process university applications thoroughly and efficiently. They are also presented with opportunities to apply for various post-secondary scholarships.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    John Peters Humphrey 1920 principal author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    James  Irving 1946 leading member of the Irving family and head of J.D. Irving pulp and paper and shipbuilding
    Arthur Irving 1948 Leading member of the Irving family and head of Irving Oil.
    Gordon  Fairweather 1940 leading Canadian lawyer and politician
    Derek Oland 1957 CEO and majority owner of Moosehead Brewery, the largest 100% Canadian-owned brewery

    Stories & Testimonials


    Outward Bound

    In September 2005, Rothesay Netherwood School joined in partnership with Outward Bound Canada (OBC) in order to make student connections to the natural environment an integral part of their educational experience. This partnership has allowed RNS to take its outdoor education and leadership training to new levels of excellence. OBC's purpose is to help people develop self-reliance, care and respect for others, responsibility to the community and concern for the environment through participation in physically and emotionally challenging courses. Outward Bound uses the challenges of the outdoors as natural teaching tools aimed at promoting OBC's "Four Pillars": physical fitness, craftsmanship, self-reliance, and compassion. During each course, students are presented with a series of increasingly difficult physical, social and mental challenges. By confronting difficult tasks, they must call on unrecognized reserves of individual strength and perseverance. Through direct experience, Outward Bound students are presented with irrefutable evidence that they can succeed far beyond preconceived expectations. Outward Bound is a world leader in experiential education and risk management. Rothesay Netherwood School has literally brought the world to its students with this OBC partnership. These are exciting times at RNS as students are finding new ways to demonstrate excellence and self awareness through their experiences with Outward Bound.



    Daily activity in sports or other recreational activity has long been an essential ingredient in the life of a Rothesay Netherwood student. The opportunity to excel and compete against the best high school athletes in Canada is available for the dedicated and talented athlete. Our program is very much designed to support regular activity, competition, challenge and to develop a high level of physical fitness. Winning provincial banners is rewarding, and competing in CAIS tournaments is a great opportunity, as is rowing at the Henley. The real reward though, regardless of the quality of athletic competition, is a lifestyle of fitness and an opportunity to develop character and courage. RNS students participate in either a competitive or a non-competitive sport each day. Students have the opportunity to play a sport that they have always wanted to try or to develop their skills in a sport they already love. With a hockey arena, a track, five playing fields, a double gymnasium, climbing wall, tennis courts, squash courts, outdoor basketball nets, cross country running and mountain biking trails and cross training equipment on campus, students have lots of choice. Students have the opportunity to row on the Kennebecasis River, ski and snowboard at Poley Mountain, or play golf at local courses. Opportunities abound for each student to find something that interests them. The entire school is looking forward to a great year of sports. We will once again find our student athletes pushing themselves, finding abilities and talents that will emerge through the challenge of competition and learning about their own skills and strength.


    PostSecondary Destination

    Rothesay Netherwood School is a university preparatory school, and the vast majority of our graduates proceed directly to university for undergraduate study. Our graduates gain entry into all types of universities and programmes in Canada, the USA, and around the world. Many of our alumni also go on to graduate study at the Masters and PhD level. Below is a list universities and colleges attended by RNS alumni from the past 15 years: Acadia University Algonquin College Assiniboine Community College Atlantic Baptist University Atlantic Institute of Technology Austin State University Bishop's University Brandon University British Columbia Institute of Technology Cabot College Cambridge University Canadian Automotive Institute Canadore College Capilano College Carleton University CEGEP Dawson College Centennial College City College of New York Clarkson University Concordia University Dalhousie University Dawson College Douglas College Emerson College Florida International University Florida State University - Law School Florida Tech Georgian College Haileybury School of Mines Hautes �udes Commerciales (HEC) Holland College Lakehead University Laval University Lewis University Limestone College Loyalist College Malaspina College McGill University McMaster University Memorial University Mount Allison University Mount Saint Vincent Mt. Royal College New Brunswick Community College Niagara Film School NS Agricultural College New York University - School of Drama New York University - School of Law Queen's University Royal Military College Ryerson University Saint Mary's University Sault College Scientific Sports University (Japan) Seneca College Sheridan College St. Frances Xavier University St. Lawrence College St. Thomas University Stetson University Thompson Rivers University Trent University University College of Cape Breton Universit�u Quebec University of Alberta University of Boue (Switzerland) University of British Columbia University of Calgary University of Dublin University of Guelph University of Heidelberg (Germany) University of King's College University of Lethbridge University of Maine University of Manitoba University of Moncton University of New Brunswick University of Ottawa University of the Pacific University of Prince Edward Island University of Saint Anne University of Tennessee University of Toronto University of Vermont University of Washington University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario University of Windsor Universidad Catolica Madre Y Magestra (Dominican Rep.) Universidad Del Mayab (Mexico) Universidad Francisco Murroquin (Guatemala) University of Montreal University of Victoria Villanova University Wilfrid Laurier University York University ...

    Alumni Overview

    Rothesay Netherwood School has nearly 3000 active alumni, ranging in age from 17 to 101, who remain interested in and involved with our School. While the majority of our alumni live in Canada, approximately 10% reside in the USA and another 10% live in 40 different countries around the globe. The School hosts about 20 different events and reunions for our alumni, parents and friends each year. These get-togethers are held in locations across the country - from St. John's to Victoria - and also include some international gatherings. Our annual Reunion Weekend for alumni is held on campus each June during graduation weekend. In addition to helping alumni renew friendships, these events and reunions provide a forum for our extended school family to network and socialize with others who live in their area. This is especially true for our younger alumni, who have the opportunity to make potential career contacts. Rothesay Netherwood School also has a very active 'virtual' community. Our alumni stay in touch with the school and each other through the Online Alumni Directory. In addition to receiving the school magazine, The Head's Letter, alumni receive a monthly electronic news letter, The Alumni News. Online discussion groups and class notes also help alumni to keep up-to-date with what is happening at the school and in each other's lives. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, RNS alumni continue to give back to their school throughout their lives. Our alumni are an extremely generous group of individuals who provide support for our school both as donors and as volunteers. This is a testament to their strong ties to the School, and of the strong belief they have for Rothesay Netherwood School's mission. ...

    In the News


    October 13, 2017 - Rothesay Netherwood School One Of Canada's Best Private High Schools

    RNS Middle-school students developed bulletproof fabric that is 30 times stronger than Kevlar to win Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Competition. ...

    July 12, 2016 - RNS Students Win Toshiba Exploravision North American Contest

    Creating a bulletproof vest 30 times stronger than Kevlar has won RNS students the Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision North American contest! ...


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