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







 
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
  • $26,500 to $84,500
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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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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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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
  • $15,400 to $23,850
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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
  • $21,790 to $47,559
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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
  • $24,200 to $48,800
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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.





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)
Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 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)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • $63,750 to $75,71040%7 - 12$23,800
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 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 (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • $45,116 to $65,82830%7 - 11$8,300



     
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • 187272%28047
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • 1836$25,000270
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • 18502010
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • 86%22044
    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • 186125042
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 197895%37028




     
     
    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 (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous11 to 15No supportMedium integration
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15No 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
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 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 (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous14 to 18No supportMedium integration
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration





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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800




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     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 1272%
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12
    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
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 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 (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    7 - 12
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    K - 1195%




     
     
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    Preschool
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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 90%90%90%90%90%90%90%95%95%90%95%90%90%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800
  • 95%95%95%95%90%95%90%90%




     
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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • Traditional Math
    North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 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 (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 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
    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,300 to $35,800




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    Stanstead College
  • Stanstead, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (202 students)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $25,455 to $79,770
  • Bishop's College School
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (220 students)
  • $30,000 to $75,710
  • College Bourget
  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1900 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • $5,075 to $34,860
  • North Star Academy
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,400 to $31,500
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (215 students)
  • Boarding school (15 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $19,347 to $65,828
  • Kells Academy
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 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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