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Quebec boarding schools

Where Europe meets the new world.


On this page we cover boarding schools in the province of Quebec. This includes schools in Montreal, Laval, Sherbrooke, Kirkland, and Longueuil. 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 Quebec

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Quebec
  6. Further resources


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  School NameTypePaceCost

Stanstead College (est. 1872)  

  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
Located on the Quebec-Vermont border, Stanstead College offers rigorous university-prep, Grades 7to 12, in a secure, family-focused learning environment. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$22,450 to $67,900
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. We offer grades 7 to 12, day school and boarding. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated$17,355 to $58,374
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Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$26,500 to $69,000

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$4,950 to $15,400

Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)  

  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$3,580 to $28,570

North Star Academy   

  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$12,900 to $31,500
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Kells Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
At Kells, flexibility is the key. We develop programs allowing students to work within their comfort zone, which may be above, below or at grade level. The result is students who outperform even their own expectations. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$19,750 to $40,000




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. All expos are held in the fall at a number of centres across Canada. There are three expos hosted in Ontario, one in Toronto, one in Halton-Peel, and one in Ottawa. Expos are also held each fall in Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. All are opportunities to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools within the regions in which the expos are held.

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
North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • September 26, 2020 11:00 am
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • September 29, 2020 9:00 am
    3635 Atwater Montreal Quebec H3H 1Y4
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • September 29, 2020 5:00 pm
    3635 Atwater Montreal Quebec H3H 1Y4



    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 Quebec boarding schools:


     
    Tuition (boarding school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • $53,200 to $67,90030%7 - 12$22,000
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • $55,27120%7 - 11$6,400
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • $57,300 to $66,10040%7 - 12$23,800
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • 7 - 11
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • $18,980 to $28,57010%7 - 11$500
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • $24,000 to $31,5007 - 11$2,000



     
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • 187272%24641
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • 186122645
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • 1836$25,000100%260
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • 190550%1210242
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • 1956$090%24148
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • 86%15030
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 197895%47036




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13No supportMedium integration
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous33Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 30Special needs schoolMedium integration
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 18Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration





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    Learning disorders:
     Dyslexia
     Auditory processing disorder
     Dyscalculia
     Dysgraphia
     Language processing disorder
     Non-verbal learning disorders
     Visual motor deficit
    Development disorders:
     Autism
     Asperger's

    Behavioural and emotional:
     Troubled teens
     Depression
     Suicidal
     Substance abuse
     Oppositional defiant disorder
    Physical:
     Dyspraxia
     Blindness
     Deafness
     Cystic fibrosis
     Multiple physical
     
     
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    7 - 1272%
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12Sep 29, 2020
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12100%
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • Day: Oct 1, 2019
    Boarding: Oct 1, 2019
    50%
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • Day: Aug 15, 2019
    Boarding: Aug 15, 2019
    Homestay: Aug 15, 2019
    7 - 990%
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    7 - 1286%Sep 26, 2020
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    K - 1195%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • 50%
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • 90%90%90%90%90%
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 90%90%90%90%90%90%90%95%95%90%95%90%90%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • 90%
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 95%95%95%95%90%95%90%90%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceCreative
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Traditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative




     
     
    Student council
    School newspaper
    Yearbook
    Radio club
    Photograph club
    Art club
    Choir
    Band
    Dance club
    Yoga club
    Drama club
    Debate club
    Chess club
    Math club
    Science club
    Robotics club
    Computer club
    Environmental club
    Outdoor club
    Community service
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800




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    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • $4,950 to $11,350
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (8 students)
  • Day school (233 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,570
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800




  • Quebec has the highest proportion of children attending private schools in North America. Seventeen percent of high school students attend private schools, a figure that is even higher in urban areas, such as Montreal, where 30% of high school students attend private school.

    One reason is cultural, based in the traditions and the values of the population. Another is because the province provides subsidies to families who send their children to private school, reducing their tuition fees more than half. That support is reflected in the quality of the schools found within the province. It has also encouraged the growth of a student population that is one of the most varied in Canada, and indeed the world, drawing from a broad swath of the socio-economic, academic, and cultural spectra.

    Graduation requirements

    High school graduation requirements are set by the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, not the federal government. Secondary school in Quebec has five grades, called secondary I-V, corresponding to grades 7 through 11. Upon completion of grade 11, students receive the provincial Secondary School Diploma (SSD). While other provinces require students to complete a grade 12 year, in Quebec students who intend to enroll at university must attend a year of college, known as CEGEP, and earn a Diploma of College Studies (DEC, Diplme d'etudes collegiales) in addition to their high school diploma. Students are free to choose between a public college, where there is no tuition required, or a private college.

    Students need to complete both the SSD and the DEC in order to apply to universities or colleges within Quebec. For those intending to apply elsewhere, such as Ontario, the CEGEP year is regarded as an equivalent of grade 12, though some courses may be considered advanced placement courses, applied toward the completion of a post-secondary degree.












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