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







 
Stanstead, Quebec
Dufferin Street/Willow Lane
 
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"An English school in a French milieu, Stanstead College is located on the Quebec-Vermont border, offering rigorous university-prep, Grades 7 to 12 (including AP options), in a secure, family-focused learning environment." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $25,455 to $79,770
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Sherbrooke, Quebec
 
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"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 Diploma Programme and Canadian curricula." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $31,500 to $87,600
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Laval, Quebec
 
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"NSAL is the only private English high school on Montreal's North Shore. We offer small classroom sizes and an enriched curriculum. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,350 to $23,000
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Montreal, Quebec
Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
 
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"Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all-girls English Catholic high school, has been preparing girls to change the world. We offer grades 7 to 12, day school and boarding." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $18,411 to $64,500
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Montreal, Quebec
De Maisonneuve West/Park Row West
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $23,550 to $44,750
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Rigaud, Quebec
Rue Saint-Pierre/Rue Bourget
 
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"Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school located between Montreal and Ottawa. French and English high school programs are offered. Bourget aims to foster personal autonomy, academic development, and perseverance." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $5,075 to $34,860
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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.





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 (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • $63,795 to $79,77030%7 - 12$22,000
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • $63,750 to $75,71040%7 - 12$23,800
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • $24,000 to $31,5007 - 11$2,000
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • $42,863 to $64,50022%7 - 11$8,350
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860



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     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • 187272%26043
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • 1836$25,000270
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • 86%20541
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • 186122745
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 197895%37028
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • 18502010




     
     
    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 (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous11 to 15No supportMedium integration
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15No supportHeavy integration
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 19No supportMedium integration
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous14 to 18No supportMedium integration
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveResource Assistance





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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860




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     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 1272%
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 1286%
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    K - 1195%
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 12




     
     
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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
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    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860




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    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 95%95%95%95%90%95%90%90%
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860




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     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • Traditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • Traditional Math




     
     
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    School newspaper
    Yearbook
    Radio club
    Photograph club
    Art club
    Choir
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    Dance club
    Yoga club
    Drama club
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    Math club
    Science club
    Robotics club
    Computer club
    Environmental club
    Outdoor club
    Community service
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860




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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (195 students)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (192 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $18,411 to $64,500
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860




  • 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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