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Montreal boarding schools

Learning in one of the academic capitals of the world.


On this page we cover boarding schools in the Montreal area. This includes boarding schools in downtown Montreal, Old Montreal, Mount Royal, Outremont, Westmount, Anjou, Rigaud, St. Laurent, Pointe-Claire, Hampstead, Lasalle, GriffinTown, Côte-Saint-Paul, Verdun, West Island, South Shore, Nuns Island, and Ville Marie. It also includes schools in Laval, Longueuil, Kirkland, Sherbrooke, and Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

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 Montreal

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Montreal
  6. Further resources


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  School NamePaceCost

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal   (est. 1861)  

  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • Traditional
Montreal, Quebec

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


$17,355 to $58,374
User reviews (2)

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  • Accelerated
$17,355 to $58,374
User reviews (2)

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Stanstead College   (est. 1872)  

  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • Traditional
Stanstead, Quebec

Located on the Quebec-Vermont border, Stanstead College offers rigorous university-prep, Grades 7to 12, in a secure, family-focused learning environment.  View profile


$22,450 to $67,900
User reviews (3)

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  • Standard-enriched
$22,450 to $67,900
User reviews (3)

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Bishop's College School   (est. 1836)  

  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Sherbrooke, Quebec

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


$26,500 to $69,000
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  • Standard-enriched
$26,500 to $69,000
View profile

North Star Academy     

  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • Traditional
Laval, Quebec

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


$12,900 to $31,500
User reviews (2)

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  • Standard-enriched
$12,900 to $31,500
User reviews (2)

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Kells Academy   (est. 1978)  

  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Traditional
Montreal, Quebec

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


$19,750 to $40,000
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  • Student-paced
$19,750 to $40,000
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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

The Montreal private school expo, held in the city each fall, is an opportunity to speak with administrators from leading Montreal boarding schools.

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)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • October 30, 2020 9:00 am
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • November 18, 2020 9:00 am



    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 Montreal boarding schools:


     
    Tuition (boarding school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • $55,27120%7 - 11$6,400
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • $53,200 to $67,90030%7 - 12$22,000
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • $57,300 to $66,10040%7 - 12$23,800
    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
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • 186122645
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • 187272%24641
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • 1836$25,000100%260
    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)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 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
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13No supportMedium integration
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy 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)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration





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     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
     
     
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • 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)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    7 - 1272%Oct 30, 2020
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12100%
    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%
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    K - 1195%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • 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)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 90%90%90%90%90%90%90%95%95%90%95%90%90%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • 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)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 95%95%95%95%90%95%90%90%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    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)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 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
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • 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)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 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
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (1 students)
  • Day school (214 students)
  • Boarding school (11 students)
  • $16,850 to $55,271
  • Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Boarding school (171 students)
  • $22,450 to $67,900
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $25,000 to $66,100
  • 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)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800




  • Because of its history, Montreal can often feel more European than North American. Home of some of the first settlements in North America, it’s both one of the oldest cities on the continent as well as one of its most progressive, vibrant, and diverse. Proximate to other US and Canadian cities of the eastern seaboard, Montreal is also a jumping off point for a range of exceptional outdoor recreation, including world class ski resorts.

    The city is home to six universities and twelve colleges—all concentrated within an 8km radius—which host a population of 248 000 post-secondary students. It’s the highest density of students in North America, and it reflects the city’s values and its cultural tradition. With both Francophone and Anglophone schools, life in Montreal is heavily influenced by its educational institutions, creating a rich intellectual and cultural climate.

    Excellence in education is valued, with incentives for both domestic and international students to attend secondary and post-secondary institutions. Because of the provincial CEGEP program, there is a greater integration of public and private institutions, as well as a greater integration between secondary and post-secondary institutions. The result is a unique educational climate that is unlike any other in Canada.

    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 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 kind of support is reflected in the quality of the schools found within the city. As well, it has encouraged the growth of a student population that is one of the most varied in North America, 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, Diplome d'etudes collegiales). Students can a public college, where there is no tuition required, or choose to attend a private college for their CEGEP year.

    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, 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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