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Quebec boarding schools

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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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  • Bishop's College School
  • Stanstead College
  • Kells Academy
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • North Star Academy
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • College Bourget


  School NameTypePaceCost

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 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$24,000 to $55,500

Stanstead College (est. 1872)  

  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 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$21,500 to $63,000

Kells Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
Kells Academy is a private school in Montreal which offers Kindergarten to grade 11. Its average class size is 15 students. We offer boarding facilities & separate Elementary,Middle and High School campuses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$14,550 to $37,000

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

  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 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 $28,480

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$12,400 to $27,400
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$16,795 to $52,814

College Bourget   

  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa, that exceeds Quebec curriculum guidelines & ensures our students grow through different spheres: arts, sports, community service & science. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$4,700 to $35,000




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
Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • January 21, 2019 8:30 amStanstead College
    450 Dufferin Street Stanstead Quebec J0B 3E0



    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)
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • $48,300 to $55,80040%7 - 12
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • $49,900 to $63,00030%7 - 12
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • $18,980 to $28,48010%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
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • $52,81425%7 - 11$5,500



     
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • 1836100%260
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • 1872100%24641
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • 197895%360
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • 1956$090%28557
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • 86%15030
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • 186124850
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • 1550




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13No supportMedium integration
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18No supportHeavy integration
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • 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
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveSpecial needs school





     Legend:

     ADHD

    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
     
     
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12100%
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    7 - 12100%Jan 21, 2019
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    K - 1195%
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • Day: Aug 15, 2018
    Boarding: Aug 15, 2018
    90%
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • 7 - 1286%
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 11
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)




  •  
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • 90%90%90%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • 90%90%90%90%90%
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)




  •  
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • 95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)




  •  
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • 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
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • Traditional MathTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)




  •  
     
    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
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)




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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
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • $18,200 to $55,800
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $21,500 to $63,000
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • $16,000 to $34,000
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
  • $3,580 to $28,480
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • $16,795 to $52,814
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)




  • 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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