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Stanstead College

450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$21,500 to 63,000/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 65 (Gr. 7 - 12), Boarding: 170 (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0



About this school:


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. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Stanstead College

our takeStanstead College will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2022 (which, despite how that number looks on paper, is less than 5 years away). In any case, Stanstead’s history is long and varied, apparent in the buildings as well as the traditions that continue at the school today. It was founded in 1872 by the Wesleyan Conference as a co-educational school, though both of those things have fluctuated over the years: it became a property of the Methodist Church, became a boys’ school, became a property of the United Church of Canada, welcomed girls again in 1979, and then ended its denominational affiliation. All of that history is very present and celebrated, and it imparts to students a sense of permanency and of belonging to something greater than themselves. The student population is relatively small, at 200, and the community is very strong and centralized, something the school rightly sees as a strength. The academics, as you’d expect, are very strong, but the culture of the school is a primary draw, especially for families looking at the boarding program. Stanstead accepts both boarding and day students, though the school is structured around boarding and maintains a very global perspective across the curricular areas.  

Upcoming Events Next event: November 23, 2018

upcoming events
  • November 23, 2018Campus Visit Day
    Stanstead College, 450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec
    Join us Friday, November 23 from 08:30 am - 01:30 pm

    Visit our campus, meet students and teachers, and find out more about studying at Stanstead College. Contact [email protected]

  • December 07, 2018Campus Visit Day
    Stanstead College, 450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec
    Join us Friday, December 07 from 08:30 am - 01:30 pm

    Visit our campus, meet students and teachers, and find out more about studying at Stanstead College. Contact [email protected]

  • January 21, 2019Campus Visit Day
    Stanstead College, 450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec
    Join us Monday, January 21 from 08:30 am - 01:30 pm

    Visit our campus, meet students and teachers, and find out more about studying at Stanstead College. Contact [email protected]

Principal's Message


Michael T. Wolfe, Headmaster

Students from across Canada and around the world come to Stanstead College to study, to improve their skills and to prepare for university. They come to reach their potential. They develop strong characters and value systems that will carry them forward in a sometimes difficult world.

They enjoy small classes, rigorous academics, a physically and emotionally safe learning environment, and so much more that you’ll learn all about on our website.

But these are all words. What unifies them all, what makes them real, what sets Stanstead College apart, are the connections students make here. They are connections between friendships that will carry on for years after high school. They are connections between students and caring, inspiring teachers and coaches. They are connections between the traditions of our past and our present-day values. They are connections between cultures, perfectly placed as we are: an English high school in French Quebec nestled against the United States border. They are connections that can be something as simple as a friendly hello from a student on your first visit to campus.

This is what we hear time and again from new students and their families: we make them feel so welcome. There is an instant connection. This is a place where students can and do call home.

Stanstead College is a school with heart. The connections you make here are important and lasting. I hope you will have the opportunity to find out for yourself.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

If you want to learn more about Quebec education, check out our comprehensive guide.

What Stanstead College says: At Stanstead College, caring teachers provide students with the tools to engage in experiential learning, critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. Small class sizes ensure that students receive the attention they need and deserve. Our rigorous academic program encourages a high level of achievement that contributes to an excellent acceptance rate at first-choice universities.

  • Approach:

  • 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 Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    • 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 Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   11
    • Languages Offered: • French • 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 Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Stanstead College says: This course, which is interconnected with the Quebec Education Plan’s Personal Development subject area, introduces students to topics related to healthy lifestyle choices, including cardiovascular health, nutrition, hygiene, the impact of alcohol, tobacco and sugar on the body and others. As part of the exercise component, students are introduced to proper warm-up activities and are taught the skills and rules of a variety of team sports such as soccer, basketball, football, volleyball and others. Students work on cooperative skills and good sportsmanship in a positive social setting.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
    • AP Studio Art: Drawing
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP French Language
    • AP Government and Politics: Comparative
    • AP Government and Politics: United States
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics

    Sex and Health Education Quebec curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Stanstead College 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 Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

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

    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 Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Stanstead College says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Stanstead College 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 No Support

    Stanstead College does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    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, Stanstead College students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Stanstead College 90 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Stanstead College says:
    • School prefects serve as liaisons between students and the faculty and administration and are expected to model appropriate behaviour and represent the school properly at all times. It is a great honour to be selected and an outstanding opportunity to develop responsibility and leadership skills.
    • Students who take part in Community Service visit residents in nearby seniors’ homes, walk the dogs at an animal shelter and work with young children at local after-school programs. It’s a way to help the community and discover the two-way benefits of helping others.
    • Stanstead College’s structured athletics program encourages teamwork, fair play, confidence, perseverance and, above all, health. Each term, students participate in one of many athletic options and have opportunities to compete against other schools and in tournaments. Regular practices take place after school four weekdays out of five, promoting skills development and physical fitness.
    • 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. Over the years, Spartan alumni have gone on to play elite junior and college hockey and attend quality North American universities.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Downhill skiing
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Round Square

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Day (Domestic)$21,500
    Boarding (Domestic)$49,900
    Boarding (International)$63,000


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid30%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid30%
    Total aid available$1,600,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

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    Visit http://www.stansteadcollege.com/fichiers/file/application_instructions_2015-16_header.pdf for details.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Stanstead College
    Amount: 100%
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Boys and girls entering Grades 7 through 12 may be eligible to compete for scholarships, renewable annually. In order to be eligible to compete for an entrance scholarship, students must first submit a completed application to the College and have an academic average of 85% (or the equivalent) in their current school. Athletic scholarships are not available at Stanstead College. Instead, families should consider applying for financial assistance. One full entrance scholarship may be awarded to a student entering Grade 9, 10 or 11 (Secondary III, IV or V). The scholarship is awarded on the basis of a scholarship examination and is renewable as long as the student maintains an 85% average with no grade below 65% and remains active within the College community. A number of partial scholarships are available each year to new students, awarded on the basis of the scholarship examination, averaging 25% of tuition fees, up to a maximum of 50% of tuition fees. These are renewable according to the same criteria as the full scholarship. The annual entrance scholarship examination, which takes place in February, includes testing in core subject areas including: English, French and Mathematics.

    Application Details:

    Funding for scholarships and financial aid is limited. Applications and awards for both will be considered and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The following dates and deadlines should be noted:


    Completed admissions applications must be received by the school before February 24, 2017 in order to compete in the Scholarship Competition on Friday, March 3 2017.

    Financial Aid

    • 1st Round Deadline: Applications for financial aid must be submitted by March 15 in order to be considered in the first round of financial assistance offers.
    • 2nd Round Deadline: Applications for financial must be submitted by April 10 in order to be considered in the second round of financial assistance offers.
    • 3rd Round Deadline: Applications for financial aid must be submitted by May 10 in order to be considered in the final round of financial assistance offers.

    Visit www.stansteadcollege.com/fees-and-scholarships to learn how to apply for financial aid.

    For more details, visit: www.stansteadcollege.com/fees_and_scholarships.php


    Total enrollment 235
    Average enrollment per grade39
    Average class size13
    Gender (grades)Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)72%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)70%

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

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment6511162215
    Boarding Enrollment51026464441



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)7 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What Stanstead College says:

    Visit www.stansteadcollege.com/admissions for more information.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Stanstead College is looking for: Stanstead College students should be ready to commit to a disciplined academic program that prepares for life after high school; invest in the College's values of teamwork, respect and responsibility; accept and face challenges, celebrate successes, learn from disappointments, interact with others and take advantage of the many opportunities the school offers in and out of the classroom.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size50
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements13
    **Ivy+ placements1

    *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 Bishop’s University Brock University Canisius College Carleton University Clarkson University Concordia University Dalhousie University Dawson College Eckerd College George Washington University Guelph University Huron at Western University IHTTI School of Hotel, Hospitality and Design Management INTO City University Kings at Western University LaSalle College Laurentian University Lewis & Clark College l’Univeriste Catholique de l’Ouest Lynn University McGill University Middlebury College Middlesex University Mt. Allison University Nipissing University Norwich University North Island College Ontario College of Art and Design Plymouth State University Queen’s University Quinnipiac University Rochester Institute of Technology Roger Williams University Ryerson University Savanah College of Art and Design St. Francis Xavier University, St. Lawrence University St. Mary’s University St. Michael’s College, St. Thomas University Suffolk University SUNY Canton Trent University UC Davis UC Irving UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz Universidad Anahuac del Norte Universidad Iberoamericana University of Colorado Boulder University of Dundee University of Glasgow University of Guelph University of King’s College University of Maine University of Miami University of Michigan University of Ottawa University of San Diego University of Toronto University of Toronto Mississauga University of Westminster University of Windsor Western University Wheaton College Wilfrid Laurier University Yale University York University And more...
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): McGill University Bishop’s University Concordia University University of Ottawa Carleton University King’s at Western University of Toronto University of Waterloo Western University Algonquin College Acadia University Mt. Allison University St. Francis Xavier University St. Mary’s University Clarkson University Lynn University Middlesex University Worcester Polytechnic Whittier College Providence College Northwestern University Middlebury College University of Michigan Norwich University And more...

    What Stanstead College says:

  • The University Guidance team helps students discover what post-secondary options are available to them, narrow those options down to a clear post-secondary goal and guide the students through the process of achieving that goal.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Mark  Jankowski 2012 Was drafted by Calgary Flames in the first round in 2012. At Providence, he helped the Friars win the NCAA D1 championship.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Stanstead College alumni connect through the school's Advancement Office and its directory and strong social media presence as well as through reunions and events around the world all year long.

    Stories & Testimonials


    A student says thanks

    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 opportunity

    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 hockey

    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 experience

    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 puzzle

    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.


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    May 8, 2018 - Students Take to the Streets for Community Day

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