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International boarding schools

An international education


On this page we cover schools located outside of Canada. For a complete guide to private schooling, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of international boarding schools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to an international boarding school
  6. Further resources


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  School NamePaceCost

SPIRE Institute & Academy   (est. 2009)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • Progressive
Geneva, Ohio(USA)

SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY is an international, high school and post graduate sports performance training and education academy, located within a world class event and wellness complex.  View profile


US $42,900 to US $59,900
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  • Standard-enriched
US $42,900 to US $59,900
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Interlochen Arts Academy   (est. 1962)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Liberal Arts
Interlochen, Michigan(USA)

Interlochen Arts Academy is the nation’s premier fine arts boarding high school, where emerging artists from around the world transform their passion and potential into purpose.  View profile


US $38,000 to US $66,875
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  • Standard-enriched
US $38,000 to US $66,875
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Montverde Academy   (est. 1912)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Traditional
Montverde, Florida(USA)

Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide.  View profile


US $15,315 to US $52,925
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  • Accelerated
US $15,315 to US $52,925
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St. Stephen's School, Rome   (est. 1964)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

Rome,

Since 1964, SSS Rome has provided International Boarding and Day Students with a culturally inspiring and rigorous academic IB education in the heart of Ancient Rome.  View profile


EUR €25,650 to EUR €39,600
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  • Standard-enriched
EUR €25,650 to EUR €39,600
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Alpine Academy   (est. 2001)  

  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Traditional
Erda, Utah

Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships.  View profile


US $120,000
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  • Standard-enriched
US $120,000
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Chamberlain International School   (est. 1976)  

  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Traditional
Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)

Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.  View profile


US $100,000 to US $185,000
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  • Student-paced
US $100,000 to US $185,000
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AHA International School   (est. 2001)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Liberal Arts
Greensboro, North Carolina

Award-winning college preparatory academics. Pre-professional life skills. Global citizenship reimagined. Beyond academics, AHA features 88,000 square foot athletic center and natatorium, plus a 22-acre lake.  View profile


US $24,000 to US $42,000
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  • Standard-enriched
US $24,000 to US $42,000
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Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools abroad. 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 international boarding schools:


 
Tuition (boarding school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • 35%9 - 12$15,000
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • 9 - 12
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • 26%6 - 12$7,500
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • 13%9 - 12$9,996
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 41%9 - 12$18,329



     
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • 200975%9023
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • 1962545136
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • 1912$045%121681
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • 1964$9,036,18050%30075
    Alpine Academy
  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • $120,000 to $120,000
  • 200185%7012
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • 1976$0100%12017
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 200160%14035




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 17Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorousIndirect SupportLight integration
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorousNo support
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Alpine Academy
  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • $120,000 to $120,000
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveSpecial needs schoolMedium integration
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Special needs schoolHeavy integration
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 12No supportHeavy 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
     
     
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • Alpine Academy
  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • $120,000 to $120,000
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Boarding: rolling9 - 1275%
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Day: Jan 14, 2021
    Boarding: Jan 14, 2021
    9 - 12
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    3 - 1245%
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • Day: Jan 31, 2019
    Boarding: rolling
    50%
    Alpine Academy
  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • $120,000 to $120,000
  • Boarding: rolling7 - 1285%
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 12100%
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 1260%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 70%70%70%70%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • 75%75%75%75%
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • Alpine Academy
  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • $120,000 to $120,000
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 50%50%50%50%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Traditional MathEqual Balance
    St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Alpine Academy
  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • $120,000 to $120,000
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Traditional MathEqual 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
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • Alpine Academy
  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • $120,000 to $120,000
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000




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    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • St. Stephen's School, Rome
  • Rome,
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • $25,650 to $39,600
  • Alpine Academy
  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • $120,000 to $120,000
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000




  • The appeal of boarding outside Canada is considerable, both for the quality of the academics and for the richness of the cultural experience. Being in Europe or Asia, for example, means being proximate to a wealth of languages, ideas, places, and people. Closer to home, the United States is home to some of the oldest and most respected boarding schools on the continent, and some of the most progressive schools in the world.  To find schools that match your values, take a look at our recently added page of US private school rankings

    All participate in a robust, world-class academic tradition. With students enrolling from around the world, learning from each other, discussing their backgrounds and sharing an understanding of their place in the world, schools outside Canada are able to offer a broad range of opportunity and independence that isn't available at home. Along with that cultural understanding is often the chance to develop language and communication skills. 

    Graduation requirements

    Graduation requirements, as well as the degrees offered by international schools, varies based on focus, curriculum, and affiliation. For example, students attending Neuchâtel Junior College earn credits toward completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Other schools—including Carlsbad International School, the International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), and THINK Global School—offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) toward the fulfilment of the IB 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 coursework, students are also required to complete two formal projects and a minimum of 50 hours of community service.

    University recognition of the IBDP

    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 the 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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