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Stanstead College
Stanstead College
450 Dufferin Street
Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0
Contact name:
Joanne Carruthers

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(819) 876-2223×
Stanstead College

Stanstead College

450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0

Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Coed)
$19,990 to 54,250/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 66 (Gr. 7 - 12), Boarding: 155 (Gr. 7 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Joanne Carruthers

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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.

Upcoming Events Next event: November 29, 2015

upcoming events
  • November 29, 2015Open House
    Stanstead College, 450 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec
    Join us Sunday, November 29 from 11:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Contact admissions@stansteadcollege.com for more information.

Principal's Message


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.



Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

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.

  • 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.
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    • Calculator policy: [Stanstead College has not provided this information]

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    • 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.
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    Humanities and Social Sciences
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    Foreign Languages
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    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
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    Computers and Technology
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    • 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.

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    Religious Education
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    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Studio Art: Drawing
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP French Language
    • AP Government and Politics: Comparative
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics

    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.

    What Stanstead College says: [Stanstead College has not provided this information]

    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: [Stanstead College has not provided this information]

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

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

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    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.

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    Special Needs Support Moderate


    Stanstead College provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:

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

      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • 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
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

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

    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 Average62 mins68 mins83 mins92 mins105 mins112 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


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

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Day (Domestic) Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Day (Domestic)$19,990
    Boarding (Domestic)$45,200
    Boarding (International)$54,250


    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$1,000,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    Visit http://www.stansteadcollege.com/fichiers/file/Stanstead_College_Application.pdf for details.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Stanstead College
    Amount: 100%
    Deadline: 02/15/2012
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 11—Boys and girls entering Grades 7 through 11 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.
    For more details, visit: www.stansteadcollege.com/fees_and_scholarships.php


    Total enrollment 221
    Average enrollment per grade44
    Gender (grades)7 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)70%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)69%

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment671617155
    Boarding Enrollment51511314543




    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What Stanstead College says:

    Visit http://www.stansteadcollege.com/fichiers/file/Stanstead_College_Application.pdf 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" placements12
    **Ivy+ placements1

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

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

    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


    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.


    In the News


    September 1, 2015 - New news post

    Stanstead College has hired Fred Grannum as coach of varsity boys basketball and to develop girls basketball in the school and community. ...


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