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Boarding in Toronto

Choice, variety, resources — Toronto is Canada's gateway to the world

On this page we cover boarding schools in Toronto and the GTA. This includes boarding schools in downtown Toronto (such as the Annex and Bloor West), midtown (such as St. Clair West and Forest Hill), North York, Scarborough, Vaughan, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Markham, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, and Aurora.

|For a complete guide to boarding in Canada, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.

Table of contents

  1. List of boarding schools in Toronto

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Toronto
  6. Further resources


Boarding schools

  • McDonald International Academy
  • Bond Academy
  • Branksome Hall
  • Upper Canada College
  • Havergal College
  • The Bishop Strachan School
  • Neuchâtel Junior College

School NameTypePaceCost

McDonald International Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 with 2 locations in the heart of Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 20 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional

Bond Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$12,500 to $24,500

Branksome Hall (est. 1903)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (834 students)
  • Boarding school (66 students)
Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$29,590 to $56,855

Upper Canada College (est. 1829)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1072 students)
  • Boarding school (88 students)
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$30,860 to $61,560
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Havergal College (est. 1894)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (870 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$32,750 to $59,875
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The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (825 students)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$31,740 to $60,130
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Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)  

  • Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
Neuchâtel Junior College, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, offers Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP to students from across Canada and beyond. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$30,000 to $56,000

Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools in Canada. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options) we recommend you review our hub on choosing a school. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

Private school expos

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. The Toronto private school expo allows you to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools. If you live in the west end of the GTA, we also host an expo for Halton-Peel, where schools from that region exhibit. Both expos are held in the fall.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids private school discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics around gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and schools to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses is obviously a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to boarding programs, refer to our main boarding school hub.

School nameDateLocation
The Bishop Strachan SchoolNovember 22, 2018 6:00 pmBishop Strachan School
298 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 1X2

Broadly speaking, the cost of boarding reflects the cost private school tuition in general, though with premiums added to cover housing and meals.

Many schools offer financial aid, including scholarships and bursaries. Financial aid is needs-based, and financial aid programs are created as a means of broadening the student base and attracting students, independent of means, who will contribute most to the culture of the school. Generally speaking, the larger and more expensive schools provide the most aid.

You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide.

Below you'll find the range of costs at Toronto boarding schools:

Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Branksome Hall$54,605 to $56,8555%7 - 12$15,000
Upper Canada College$55,060 to $61,56018%5 - 12$15,000
Havergal College$59,8757%7 - 12$16,000
The Bishop Strachan School$57,500 to $60,1307%7 - 12$15,000
Neuchâtel Junior College$30,000 to $56,00020%12$20,000

 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
McDonald International Academy1994$0100%618155
Bond Academy1978100%
Branksome Hall1903100%89960
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
Havergal College1894$2,637,23350%96064
The Bishop Strachan School1867$25340%91665
Neuchâtel Junior College19567070

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20Resource AssistanceMedium integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
Branksome HallLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 22Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Havergal CollegeLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous18 to 22No supportMedium integration
The Bishop Strachan SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20No supportHeavy integration
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous60 to 80Indirect SupportMedium integration



Learning disorders:
 Auditory processing disorder
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical

 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
McDonald International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
Bond AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Nursery/Toddler - 12100%
Branksome HallDay: Dec 4, 2015
Boarding: rolling
9 - 11JK - 12100%
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%
Havergal CollegeDay: Nov 30, 2018
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12JK - 1250%
The Bishop Strachan SchoolDay: Nov 30, 2018
Boarding: rolling
JK - 1140%Nov 22, 2018
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeDay: Nov 30, 2018

McDonald International Academy100%100%100%100%
Bond Academy
Branksome Hall80%100%100%80%80%80%100%100%100%80%100%80%90%100%100%
Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
Havergal College50%50%50%50%50%50%
The Bishop Strachan School50%50%25%50%30%30%10%30%30%25%25%15%

McDonald International Academy100%100%
Bond Academy
Branksome Hall100%100%80%80%90%100%
Upper Canada College33%33%33%
Havergal College50%
The Bishop Strachan School50%50%50%50%
Neuchâtel Junior College

 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
McDonald International AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Bond AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Branksome HallTraditional MathEqual Balance
Upper Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Havergal CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Bishop Strachan SchoolTraditional MathInquirySocial JusticePragmatismCommunicativeCreative
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative

Student council
School newspaper
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
McDonald International Academy
Bond Academy
Branksome Hall
Upper Canada College
Havergal College
The Bishop Strachan School
Neuchâtel Junior College

Ice Hockey
Track and Field
McDonald International Academy
Bond Academy
Branksome Hall
Upper Canada College
Havergal College
The Bishop Strachan School
Neuchâtel Junior College

Toronto is home to some of Canada’s foremost and longest-running educational institutions as well as some of its newest and most innovative. Upper Canada College, Ontario’s oldest independent school, dates from a time when Canada was still a collection of British colonies. Columbia International College, the largest boarding school in North America, is in Hamilton, just a short drive away.

It is also home to four colleges and four universities, including both the largest and and the third largest in the country. Within them are some of Canada’s premier business schools and arts institutions. The public and private schools of the city rightly make frequent use of all the educational resources that the city provides, including partnerships with local universities, colleges, galleries, museums, and archives.

Toronto is the financial capital of Canada and, in many ways, it’s the country’s cultural capital as well. The Toronto Stock Exchange is here—one of the largest stock exchanges in the world—as is the CBC, Canada’s national broadcaster, the National Ballet of Canada, and a wealth of national and international corporate headquarters. The Royal Ontario Museum is home to Canada’s most extensive natural history collection and hosts international exhibitions from around the world. These are just a hint of the vast cultural resources found scattered throughout the city.

The city is Canada’s gateway to the world, hosting a broad range of international festivals, congresses, and events, including the renowned Toronto International Film Festival held throughout the city each fall. It’s also the country’s foremost a major international transportation hub, proximate to the two largest customs ports between Canada and the United States, and home to the largest and busiest airport in the country. Toronto is also within a few hours drive to some of the most pristine and affecting natural environments in North America, including Algonquin Park and the Niagara Escarpment region.

Graduation Requirements

The Ontario Ministry of Education legally requires all private schools in the province to register and provide annual statistical reports, and every Ontario private school must file a yearly Notice of Intention to operate. While private schools are considered businesses or non-profit organizations, the provincial ministry inspects all private secondary schools annually in order to authorize them to award credits toward completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

High school graduation requirements are set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, not the federal government. To earn a high school graduation diploma in Ontario students are required to complete at least 30 credits in grades 9 through 12. A credit represents the completion of an entire course, not a portion of it.

The provincial ministry requires that all students complete 18 mandatory credits which represent the core of the high school curriculum: English, math, science, history, geography, arts, health and physical education, French, career studies, and civics.

The remaining 12 credits are subject to students’ discretion and chosen from a list of recognized courses. These include technology and computer studies, graphic and performing arts, world studies, international languages, social studies, and cooperative education. These discretionary credits allow students to design a course of study that reflects their interests and to prepare for their post-secondary career.

In addition to course work, students are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer community service activities over the course of their four-year high school career.

Many boarding schools impose their own graduation requirements in addition to those outlined by the province. At Columbia International College, for example, students must complete 36 credits in order to graduate. At Appleby College, students are required to study at least one international language, that is, a language other than French and English, the two official languages of Canada. Many private schools also choose to exceed the provincial service requirement, over and above the hours of volunteer service than mandated by the provincial board.