Stanstead College
Stanstead College
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Stanstead College

Stanstead College

450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0

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Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Coed)
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Avg. Class Size:
Day: 50 (Gr. 7-12), Boarding: 150 (Gr. 7-12)

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Joanne Carruthers

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450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0

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Located in Quebec's Eastern Townships, Stanstead College is a private boarding school for boys and girls in Grades 7 through 12. Surrounded by the rolling hills of Quebec and Vermont, Stanstead College is an English school that embraces French in and out of the classroom. Our school is also uniquely placed to open doors to top universities and colleges in the United States, Canada and around the world.

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Stanstead College is a private Academic day & boarding school in Stanstead, Quebec. The school offers programs for grades 7 to 12 with enrolment of 50 day students and 150 boarding students. Stanstead College has an average class size of 12 students and has a tuition cost to suit your family. This private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

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Michael T. Wolfe, Headmaster

For a lot of young people, high school is something to survive. They get through it, move on and don’t look back.

That’s not the case at Stanstead College. Students who leave here come back to visit year after year. They maintain friendships with classmates twenty, thirty years after graduation. They tell us over and over, “My time at Stanstead changed my life.”

You don’t “survive” Stanstead College. You live it. You become a part of it. You become a member of a Stanstead family that cares about each individual. Our students may come from different backgrounds – cultural, economic, ethnic – but when they apply themselves and take advantage of everything Stanstead has to offer, they will share an experience that will transform them into thoughtful, disciplined, inquisitive and healthy young men and women prepared for the tough demands of the world.

It’s hard to put the Stanstead experience into words. To get a better idea of who we are, I invite you to explore our website. Or better yet, come visit us. Who knows? It could be a life-changing experience.

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A student says thanksexpand

There are many ways our students say thank you to their teachers. Often it's in person, sometimes it's years later at an alumni event. Rare is it, though, that the thank you comes via one of the world's most prestigious universities. But 2011 grad Blanche Du Sault has offered her thanks in this way, capitalizing on Stanford University's annual Teacher Tribute Initiative to recognize teacher Erik Van Dyke.

Stanford's incoming class is encouraged through the initiative to "acknowledge a former teacher or mentor who played a significant role in their intellectual, academic, social, and personal development."

As a result, Mr. Van Dyke received a certificate, which Headmaster Wolfe read aloud at the Fall Academic Assembly.

"Stanford University wishes to recognize Erik Van Dyke for exceptional teaching. Your dedication as an educator and a mentor has contributed to the future of your students, Stanford University, and your community." The certificate also includes Blanche's citation: "Mr. Van Dyke was always in a great mood (especially when the Colts won)... You can tell a teacher who likes teaching from a teacher who loves teaching; and VD is the definition of someone who loves what he does; and he's incredibly good at it. He made every class extremely captivating and made all his students look forward to that time of day. He made me love a subject that I originally hated. That shows only a small extent of what he's capable of. It was an honour to be taught by him." - Blanche Du Sault, Stanford Class of 2015


A World of opportunityexpand

The mission of Stanstead College is clear: to prepare students for university. And over the past several years, the school has met that mandate with great success. The past two graduating classes, for example, have received acceptances from Harvard University, Cornell University, Bowdoin College, Stanford University, Queen's, Western, just to name a few. All this while students receive a quality education that focuses not just on mind but on health, physical activity and leadership. Founded in 1872, Stanstead College is a co-educational private boarding school in Quebec, Canada, just minutes from the U.S. border. The school provides quality university prep and a wide range of co-curricular programs for Grades 7 through 12. "Students come here from all over the world -- China, Mexico, Europe, Australia. It's opened me up to other nationalities, other cultures and ways of life," says Catherine Quirion, a Grade 11 student from nearby Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Located in Quebec's Eastern Townships and surrounded by the hills and lakes of Vermont, Stanstead College offers students a strong sense of community as they develop into young men and women and prepare for university. In addition to the Quebec Diploma at Secondary V (Grade 11), Stanstead College offers a Grade 12 option based on Advanced Placement and Ontario pre-university programs. Proximity to the U.S. and accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges allows Stanstead grads ready access to post-secondary options throughout North America. With a student population of under 200 and average class sizes of 11, students received personalized attention from dedicated teachers, allowing them to develop their education in a warm and secure environment. Students are also assigned advisors, who provide day-to-day guidance concerning academics and all aspects of life at the school. "One of the great things about Stanstead is that it encourages you to be a thinker and an innovator, rather than a follower," says In Won Lee of Seoul, South Korea, who graduated in 2010 with an acceptance to Cornell University. "Classes are not designed around students memorizing rules and forcing them to follow them but allow them to think and be creative." Olivier Charrette, of St-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec, studied at both public and private schools before coming to Stanstead College for his Grade 11 and 12 years. "The support from the teachers was simply incredible. There's a constant connection between students and teachers. It's really unique," says Olivier, now studying Science at the University of Ottawa. Besides preparing them academically and socially, Stanstead prepares students physically through its mandatory and highly competitive athletics program. The school's hockey program in particular has reached the elite level. Last season, both the senior boys and girls teams joined prestigious North American prep school leagues -- the Midwest Prep Hockey League for the boys, the North American Prep Hockey Association for the girls. Both teams finished their rookie seasons at the top of their division. The school is now anxiously awaiting the construction of the Town of Stanstead new Pat Burns Arena, which will further enhance the already excellent hockey program. Besides sports, students also have opportunities to become involved in clubs, activities on and off campus, field trips and even international exchanges. "I met tons of people, I did things I might not necessarily have done anywhere else, and I had the most successful athletic career of my high school career," says Andrea Dumas of Quebec City, Class of '08. "The bonds and relationships you make at Stanstead, you can't beat them. They'll stay with me forever. I'll definitely cherish everything I've done here and bring it with me in life everywhere I go."


High-caliber hockeyexpand

The name Stanstead College has become synonymous with hockey excellence. Over the past decade, the school has developed one of the finest hockey programs in Eastern Canada, with top-notch training and an intensive schedule against highly competitive prep teams in New England and beyond.

The Senior Boys Spartans have developed a reputation as a smart, fast-skating team that can hold its own against the toughest competitors. Over the years, Spartan alumni have gone on to play elite-level college hockey and attend quality North American universities. In June 2012, Stanstead senior Mark Jankowski was picked 21st in the first round of the NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames.

Besides providing them with the opportunity to play hockey at a high level, the program has turned out young men with the maturity, leadership skills and perseverance to succeed.

Since 2009-10, the Spartans have played in the Midwest Prep Hockey League, further enhancing an already prestigious program, winning their division in their rookie season.

Since being reintroduced in 2002, girls hockey at Stanstead College has steadily grown in quality and reputation. With actively recruited scholar-athletes and a full schedule that includes a solid core of games against New England prep schools, today's Girls Hockey Spartans are exciting, competitive and definitely a team to watch. In 2009 the girls made their debut in the North American Prep Hockey Association. They have captured their division title each year in the past three years and in 2010-11 won the league championship. Spartans Maxie Plante (2011) and Sarah Lefort (2012) were members of Team Quebec at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and Sarah was a member Canada's U18 Women's Hockey team that won gold in Czech Republic in early 2012.

The Spartans play at home in the state-of-the-art Pat Burns Arena, which opened in 2011.


An unforgettable experienceexpand

When I first came to Stanstead College in 2000, I was a shy and soft-spoken person. As the years passed several opportunities presented themselves and with these I was able to grow and learn a great deal of things. The best part of growing up at Stanstead was the fact that I got to see other students and my friends grow up as well. As we all changed, we were there for each other to cherish the good times and help get through the hard times. The greatest aspect of Stanstead College is the sense of community, the simple fact that we are a family. We live together in the same residence, we eat breakfast, lunch and supper together, we go to classes together. We are teammates on the field or cheer for each other on the sidelines. We share the feeling of being homesick, we get angry at each other but at the same time we share great memories. We stand up for each other and it's always great to know that you have someone you can depend on. What do I love the most about my school? The people, because without them, my experience at Stanstead College would not have been the same. Thank you for being part of my life and sharing these few years with me. I will always remember you! I am proud of my school and I am proud to be part of the Stanstead experience, the Stanstead community! It was an experience I will never forget! ...

One piece of the puzzleexpand

The Stanstead experience is all about going outside of your comfort zone. Every student at Stanstead College has done it at some point, and every one has grown stronger from it. Whether here for one year or six, we have all grown so much together, tried new things. We have all learned so much about ourselves, and the experiences we've had here we'll take with us throughout our lives. What we will cherish the most, however, about our time at Stanstead is not the moments we had, but the moments we shared, and more importantly who we shared them with. We have made friends here that we will remember for the rest of our lives, even some that we will know for the rest of our lives. We'll laugh when we look at our yearbook 10 years from now and remember some of Jordan's favorite words: "Thanks for comin' out, you trout scout." Or Dr. Standage, the smartest man you've ever spoken to. Everyone we met changed our trajectory a little bit. They moved us, and that's what we'll take away from Stanstead the most: the people who helped make us who we are today, and who we'll be tomorrow. One journey comes to an end, but yet another is only beginning. Both are part of this great plan we call "life." Pieces to a puzzle, they are. I think Stanstead is a corner piece; the picture isn't complete on its own but it's the best place to start putting it all together. Once it's in, you have a good idea where to go from there.


Curriculum & Programs expand

Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • Career planning
  • Community service
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Round Square
  • Study Abroad
  • Summer camps/program
  • University counseling

    School Support

  • Tutoring

    Special Needs

  • Learning differences support (ADD/ADHD)
  • Learning study assistance


  • Acting
  • Ceramics
  • Choral Music
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Canadian history
  • Ethics
  • Literature
  • Philosophy


  • English
  • ESL
  • French

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Algebra
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Ecology
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry

    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Club
  • Poetry/Literature club
  • Yearbook


  • Art Club
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Drama Club


  • Basketball
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Outdoor Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Weightlifting

    Moral Development

  • Leadership

    Admissions & Finances

  • Bursaries
  • Entrance exams
  • Financial aid
  • Interview required
  • Scholarships

    Religious Affiliation

  • Non-denominational

Associations expand

  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
  • The Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) Associations
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Associations

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