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Boarding schools in Nova Scotia

The birthplace of boarding in Canada


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.


Table of Contents


  1. List of boarding schools in Nova Scotia

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Nova Scotia
  6. Further resources


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  School NamePaceCost

Gordonstoun Nova Scotia   (est. 2020)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (288 students)
  • Boarding school (600 students)
  • Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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


$68,900
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  • Accelerated
$68,900
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King's-Edgehill School   (est. 1788)  

  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Windsor, Nova Scotia

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


$19,346 to $60,700
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  • Accelerated
$19,346 to $60,700
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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

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 Nova Scotia boarding schools:


 
Tuition (boarding school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800
  • $58,80033%6 - 12$15,000



     
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Gordonstoun Nova Scotia
  • Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (288 students)
  • Boarding school (600 students)
  • $41,340 to $68,900
  • 2020888222
    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800
  • 178880%35050




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Gordonstoun Nova Scotia
  • Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (288 students)
  • Boarding school (600 students)
  • $41,340 to $68,900
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15 to 20Indirect Support
    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration





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    Gordonstoun Nova Scotia
  • Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (288 students)
  • Boarding school (600 students)
  • $41,340 to $68,900
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800




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     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Gordonstoun Nova Scotia
  • Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (288 students)
  • Boarding school (600 students)
  • $41,340 to $68,900
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800
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    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800
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    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800
  • 80%80%80%80%80%80%80%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Gordonstoun Nova Scotia
  • Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (288 students)
  • Boarding school (600 students)
  • $41,340 to $68,900
  • Traditional MathInquiry
    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800
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    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
    Gordonstoun Nova Scotia
  • Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (288 students)
  • Boarding school (600 students)
  • $41,340 to $68,900
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800




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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
    Gordonstoun Nova Scotia
  • Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (288 students)
  • Boarding school (600 students)
  • $41,340 to $68,900
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $18,800 to $58,800




  • 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.

    Graduation Requirements in Nova Scotia

    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.












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