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Sports schools and programs

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Looking for a sports school? Many private schools in Canada offer premier sports programs. This includes schools in Toronto, Vaughan, and Ottawa, Ontario, and across the country.

Different types of sports schools

Some sports school offer recreational sports (“rec sports”), with intramural leagues for both boys and girls. Almost all, though, offer competitive sports for high-level or elite athletes. These schools offer varsity sports leagues and teams, where your child will compete with the best of the best.  

Private schools offer a wide range of excellent sports programs. In fact, many schools listed on OurKids.net are known for having some of the best sports programs in the country. These schools offer top programs in hockey, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, baseball, golf, football, and rugby, among other sports. Hockey, soccer, and basketball schools and programs are especially popular choices.  

Many of these sports are offered at the secondary level, in high school or middle school. Some, though, are offered starting in primary school, at the elementary level.

Benefits of sports schools

A private school with a sports program can be a great option for your child. It can be the perfect way for them to hone their skills, challenge themselves, and achieve their best. In fact, private school sports programs often rival those of public schools. Why? For starters, they tend to have dedicated coaches and high expectations. They also often have better practice facilities and equipment.

These schools aren’t just about sports, though. They offer the right balance of academics and athletics. As one all girls' high school basketball coach told us, “The way they treat each other in the hallways and the way they take on challenges are all related—whether it’s how to tackle a mathematical problem or how to deal with a zone press.”

Overall, sports schools have plenty of benefits.

  • Experienced and dedicated coaches
  • Competitive and recreational leagues
  • Improved health and fitness
  • Dedication and discipline
  • Well-rounded education
  • Strong academics
  • Preparation for university
  • Preparation for life after school

Choosing a sports school

Sports schools are very popular in Canada. The list of top high school athletes who chose private school is impressive. In hockey alone, many former and current NHLers chose a private high school with a hockey program. This list includes Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Brad Richards, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Curtis Joseph, Jack Johnson, Jordan Eberle, and Sean Couturier (to name only a few). In fact, many of the greatest athletes in history got their start in a private secondary school. We offer a list of the top boarding schools' sports programs, as well as the best schools for hockey

You might also consider sending your young, budding athlete to a boarding school with a sports program. This option offers your child a strong combination of athletics and academics. It will also allow him or her to mature in a unique environment. NHLer Zach Bogosian put it best when he said, “In boarding school, you’re on your own, but not really. It advances your maturity.” It’s a credit to boarding secondary schools that many of their graduates become leaders on and off the playing field.

Video: Why kids love boarding school sports



The schools listed below offer some of the best sports programs in Canada. While most of these are high school programs, some also offer high-level sports at the middle and elementary school level. Click on a school profile to learn more about its sports and academic programs.



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List of Sports schools and programs

      School Name Type Cost

    Edge School (est. 1999)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (320 students)
    At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $13,000 to $18,270

    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13000

    Collège François-Delaplace (est. 1963)  

    • Waterville, Quebec
    • 7 to 12 Girls
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    COLLÈGE FRANÇOIS-DELAPLACE is a private traditional / academic boarding school in Waterville, Quebec. The school offers programs for grades 7 to 12 with enrolment of 150 boarding students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $7,950 to $21,000

    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding7950

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