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Vancouver boarding schools

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On this page we cover boarding schools in Vancouver. This includes boarding schools in North, West, and Downtown Vancouver, Yaletown, Gastown, Delta, Surrey, Richmond, Langley, Maple Ridge, and the Tri-Cities. It also includes schools in the greater Vancouver area, such as in Surrey, Richmond, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, and White Rock.

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 Vancouver

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Vancouver
  6. Further resources


Boarding schools

  • St. George's School
  • Bodwell High School
  • Canada Star Secondary School

School NameTypePaceCost

St. George's School (est. 1930)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1060 students)
  • Boarding school (115 students)
St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$22,450 to $68,085

Bodwell High School (est. 1991)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (510 students)
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
  • Traditional
$19,150 to $38,450

Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional

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

The Vancouver private school expo, held each fall, is an opportunity to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools in the Vancouver area.

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
St. George's SchoolNovember 28, 2018 9:00 amSt. George's School
4175 West 29th Avenue Vancouver British Columbia V6S 1V1
St. George's SchoolJanuary 30, 2019 9:00 amSt. George's School
4175 West 29th Avenue Vancouver British Columbia V6S 1V1

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 Vancouver boarding schools:

Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
St. George's School$50,065 to $68,0856%8 - 12

 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
St. George's School1930$25,000,000
Bodwell High School1991$0100%513103
Canada Star Secondary School2016$074%5010

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
St. George's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous20 to 22No support
Bodwell High SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous18No supportMedium integration
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No supportLight 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
St. George's SchoolDay: Dec 3, 2018
Boarding: Feb 1, 2019
4 - 121 - 12Nov 28, 2018
Bodwell High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 12100%
Canada Star Secondary SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 1274%

St. George's School
Bodwell High School
Canada Star Secondary School70%70%70%80%80%

St. George's School
Bodwell High School
Canada Star Secondary School

 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
St. George's School
Bodwell High SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditional 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
St. George's School
Bodwell High School
Canada Star Secondary School

Ice Hockey
Track and Field
St. George's School
Bodwell High School
Canada Star Secondary School

Private schools are a well-established aspect of British Columbia's education system, and the majority are partially funded by the province. More than 85% of B.C.'s private schools receive some provincial funding, totaling more than $150 million in funding per year. The ministry of education inspects and regulates private schools in the province, and all remain accountable to the provincial School Act which identifies their responsibilities and requirements. The Ministry of Education also educates teachers about their classroom duties and responsibilities to their students.

British Columbia offers a range of financial incentives to families who choose private school, including tax credits. Additionally, families who send their children to faith-based schools (such as Christian and Catholic schools) are often eligible to claim a portion of tuition as a charitable donation, for which they receive a tax credit.

Graduation requirements

High school graduation requirements are set by British Columbia�s Ministry of Education, not the federal government. In order to earn a high school diploma�named the Dogwood Diploma�students are required to complete 80 credits, where each credit represents 30 hours of in-class instruction. To graduate, a student must ear 48 credits for required courses, a minimum of 28 elective credits. Students are also required to earn 4 credits for Graduation Transitions, a requirement intended to prepare students to make a successful transition to life after graduation.

These are:

Regardless of when students begin their programs, all must fulfill all graduation requirements and demonstrate competence in one of Canada's two official languages in order to earn a graduation diploma. A high school completion certificate, known as the Evergreen Certificate, is granted in some cases, and is not equivalent to the Dogwood Diploma.

Living in Vancouver

Vancouver prides itself in being at the cutting edge of innovation, ecology, and urban design. It’s also strikingly beautiful proximate to both the ocean and the mountains with a vibrant, varied cultural life that reflects its position within the community of cities and and countries of the pacific rim. In keeping, Vancouver is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. More than half the population claims a first language other than English or French, the two official languages of Canada. Linguistic and cultural diversity is cherished as a strength and is evident everywhere you look. Vancouver consistently rates among the top five cities in the world or livability as ranked by the Economist.

Like the city itself, Vancouver's boarding schools offer the best of many worlds, bringing together people from the world's cultures in an environment that brings out the best in everyone. Students work with the latest technology, have easy access to the city's cultural institutions, and have access to sporting facilities that are second to none.