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Boarding schools in Europe

Living the tradition


On this page we cover boarding schools in Europe. For a complete guide to boarding, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of boarding schools in Europe

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Europe
  6. Further resources


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  School NameTypePaceCost

Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)  

  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
Neuchâtel Junior College, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, offers Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP to students from across Canada and beyond. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enrichedSF 30,000 to SF 56,000

St. Stephen's School, Rome (est. 1964)  

  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
SSS Rome provides students with a culturally diverse and rigorous academic education. Graduates obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma and American High School Diploma to enter renowned universities worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enrichedEUR €25,145 to EUR €39,095




Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools. 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 European boarding schools:


 
Tuition (boarding school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • 20%$20,000
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095
  • 13%9 - 12$16,000



     
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • 19567575
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095
  • 1964$9,036,18050%29774




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14Indirect SupportMedium integration
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16Indirect SupportMedium integration





     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
     
     
    Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • Boarding: rolling
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095
  • Day: Jan 31, 2019
    Boarding: rolling
    50%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095




  •  
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095




  •  
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance




     
     
    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
    Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095




  •  
     
    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • $30,000 to $56,000
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
  • $25,145 to $39,095




  • The appeal of boarding in Europe is considerable, both for the quality of the academics and the richness of the cultural experience. Being in Europe means being proximate to a wealth of languages, ideas, places, and people. With students enrolling from around the world, learning from each other, discussing their backgrounds and sharing an understanding of their place in the world, European schools can offer many things that simply aren't found anywhere else.

    Graduation Requirements

    Graduation requirements, as well as the degrees offered, can vary between schools based on focus, curriculum, and affiliation. While there are some instances where students can earn credits in order to complete their provincial high school graduation diploma, international schools more commonly offer a curriculum toward earning an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

    The International Baccalaureate is a two-year advanced secondary school curriculum that was founded in 1968 and is now taught in schools in more than 140 countries, including many alternative institutions in Canada.

    The IB curriculum was created for students aged 16 to 19. It is intended to provide a well-rounded, high quality, advanced course of study that delivers the basics of high school education while challenging students to apply their knowledge and skills through collaboration, discussion, and communication.

    In order to earn an IB diploma students complete a course of study in six core subject areas (language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts) an essay of up to 4000 words, and sit standard, externally assessed exams. In addition to course work, students are also required to complete two formal projects and a minimum of 50 hours of community service.

    University recognition of the IBDP at Canadian Universities

    Each of Canada's universities is free to sets its own admissions standards and to assess each candidate based on their own internal criteria. There is no national university entrance exam or governing body overseeing university admissions. As a result, admission criteria can vary widely, even between universities within Canada. Students are required to contact colleges or universities directly to find a list of admission requirements and deadlines, and to submit transcripts in support of their application.

    While the specific details of recognition can vary between universities—or, in some cases, even between faculty within a university—the IB diploma is widely accepted as an admission credential if scores earned meet certain targets. In some instances, IB courses and exams are recognized for transfer credit within an institution, used in fulfillment of university degree requirements and/or fulfilling course prerequisite requirements.












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