On this page we cover boarding schools in the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. For a complete guide to boarding in Canada, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.
Gordonstoun Nova Scotia (est. 2020)
The Gordonstoun’s broad curriculum dedicates itself to delivering to each student a world class education and personal development experiences in a caring and safe environment that instills in each student the knowledge that there is “More in you than you think.” [View profile]
King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)
Benefitting from it's safe and beautiful Nova Scotia location, King's-Edgehill facilitates the opportunity for every student to be more - in the classroom, on the sports fields, on stage, in the community and beyond. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$19,346 to $60,700|
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 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.
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.
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 Nova Scotia boarding schools:
|Tuition (boarding school)||Students receiving financial aid||Grade eligibility for financial aid||Avg. aid package size (annual)|
|$58,800||33%||6 - 12||$15,000|
|Founding date||Endowment||Admissions rate||Enrollment||Enrollment|
Average class size
Special needs support
|Liberal Arts||International Baccalaureate||Accelerated||Rigorous||15 to 20||Indirect Support|
|Traditional||International Baccalaureate||Accelerated||Rigorous||15||Withdrawal Assistance||Medium integration|
|Admission deadline||SSAT required||Interview required||Acceptance rate||Next open house|
|6 - 12||80%|
|Math||Science||Literature||Humanities Social Sciences||Foreign Languages||Fine Arts|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
Track and Field
Boarding schools in Canada’s maritime region are part of a rich academic tradition that predates Canadian confederation. The oldest boarding school in Canada, King’s Collegiate School (now King’s-Edgehill School) was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1788. It was given royal assent by King George III the following year, the first time the honour was bestowed on any school in the Empire outside the United Kingdom. Founded with just 12 students, King’s grew to become a defining institution, setting an educational standard for the region and, later, the country.
King’s and the other schools in the region rightly cherish the tradition that they represent, and offer an intimate, caring educational experience.
High school graduation requirements are set by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, not the federal government. To earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma, students are required to complete 18 credits at the grade 10-12 level. No more than 7 of the credits may be for grade 10 courses, and at least 5 must be at the grade 12 level. There are compulsory course requirements in English, fine arts, history, global studies, math, science, and physical education. Additional discretionary courses vary between schools and school boards, but may include courses in technology, communications, and media production.