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While academics are the main focus at Quebec's private schools, they take great pride in their vast array of extracurricular activities and their reputations for being trusted homes away from home. Read more

List of Quebec private schools

  • Stanstead, Quebec
    Dufferin Street/Willow Lane
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $22,450 to $67,900

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

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Stanstead College 22450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • $17,355 to $58,374

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 17355 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Girls
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Boul Elkas/Rue Houde
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $12,850 to $18,528

This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Académie Marie-Claire 12850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Rue Sherbrooke/Ave Connaught
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $15,500

College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
College Prep International 12500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $26,500 to $69,000

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 26500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    The Boulevard/Côte-des-Neiges Road
  • K to 6 Coed
  • $17,045 to $18,690

The Priory specializes in elementary education. Committed to best practices, The Priory is a place where childhood is cherished, and where meaningful learning takes place in an enriched and nurturing learning environment

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Priory School 17045 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $12,900 to $31,500

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
North Star Academy 12900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Av de Monkland/Boul Cavendish
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $18,695 to $23,845

Lower Canada College is a coed, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only high school in Montreal offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Lower Canada College 18695 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    De Maisonneuve West/Park Row West
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $19,750 to $40,000

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.

  • Day/Homestay/Boarding
  • Traditional
Kells Academy 19750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Rue Edmond/Ch Ste-Marie
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $5,121 to $16,222

Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Kuper Academy 5121 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 11 Coed
  • $18,568 to $22,889

St. George's School of Montreal is a bilingual private school where students acquire a life-long love of learning as we challenge each student to excel and become confident problem solvers and engaged citizens.

  • Day
  • Progressive
St. George's School of Montreal 18568 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

The Study  

  • Westmount, Quebec
    The Boulevard/Place Braeside
  • K to 11 Girls
  • $21,750 to $24,250

The Study, founded in 1915, is one of Canada's premier all-girls' school. Dedicated teachers offer a warm and stimulating bilingual mother-tongue environment from kindergarten to grade 11. The World Needs Great Women.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Study 21750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Montreal (DDO), Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $12,930

West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. Average class size 24 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
West Island College (Montreal) 12930 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Montréal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $19,950

Centennial is the only high school in Quebec that helps students master their learning challenges and graduate on time. Over 90% of our students graduate in five years and go on to college and university.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Centennial Academy 19950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Westmount, Quebec
    Mount Pleasant Avenue/Cedar Avenue
  • K to 11 Girls
  • $19,050 to $22,160

Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School is a Tier 1 school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 11, located in Westmount, Quebec. For every girl who has a mind of her own, we have a school to nurture it.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School 19050 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
    Boul Saint-Jean/Jolicoeur
  • K to 11 Coed
  • $7,780 to $15,000

Emmanuel Christian School offers an Elementary and High School bilingual program. Our caring Christ-centered environment enables students to thrive and excel academically and spiritually through a variety of programs.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Emmanuel Christian School 7780 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 Boys
  • $19,880 to $25,760

Selwyn House School provides a well-rounded education of exceptional depth and scope for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 11. It is located in Westmount, Quebec.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Selwyn House School 19880 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Baie-D'Urfé, Montreal, Quebec
    rue Victoria/rue Normandy
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $11,500

The Alexander von Humboldt German International School Montreal is a multilingual (German, English and French), private, co-educational school serving students from preschool to grade 12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Alexander von Humboldt German International School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Trafalgar School For Girls, founded in Montreal in 1887 with eight students, now has 208. Sandra Keymer-Temple is so fond of the school that she decided to become a "lifer."

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"I went to the principal after my first day of school and said 'Thank you very much, I had a very nice day and I'll be back tomorrow,'" says Keymer-Temple, who now is the school's director of alumni relations. "And I've been going back for 55 years."

For 17-year-old head girl Melanie Wright, graduation last spring was a mixture of joy and sorrow. "The comfort and security I've had here, I know I will never get again and I'm really going to miss that," she says. "I've had a really fun five years. It's been a lot of work and Trafalgar definitely pushed me more than any other school could have."

Clare Hunt says her time at Trafalgar changed her life.

"Coming into Trafalgar, I was really self-conscious, a real introvert," says the 17-year-old. "I've learned a lot about voicing my opinion. I really have gained so much confidence."

Hunt says it was a bonus for her to be able to follow in her mother's footsteps at Trafalgar. She took great pride in being initiated into the same house her mother was in more than 20 years ago.

Lower Canada College (LCC), in Montreal, is justly proud that almost 100 per cent of the co-ed school's graduates go on to university.

Denys Heward, a teacher at LCC for 30 years, says the school attracts a certain type of student. "LCC is not for everybody," says Heward, who was an LCC student himself for 10 years. "It's for motivated students who want to work and will work hand-in-hand with the staff."

Focusing on individual student strengths is of utmost importance, Heward says. "The staff has the highest expectations of the students, and it is our job to transfer that to them. It isn't what the student doesn't have, it's what the student does have that we build on."

Costa Ragas, who's in Grade 11 this fall, says he appreciates the one-on-one attention he receives at LCC. "It's the teachers and the relationships they have with the students that is so important," says Ragas, who is head boy.

Ragas says he also appreciates the diversity of the school, which teaches the importance of always being open-minded.

"There are people from all different backgrounds here," he says. "We are all different, but we're all the same as well. We all have to face the same problems."

Alicia Crelinsten, the school's head girl, says the coed nature of the school is particularly beneficial. "I think co-ed enhances your education," she says. "Boys and girls have different points of view, and it's important to be able to share that, and learn more. We all work together."

Since 1908, Selwyn House, in Westmount, Quebec, has focused on providing challenging programs to its students. Today, about 560 boys are enrolled in the single-gender school. The secret of the school's success? "It's the people," says James McMillan, Selwyn House's director of advancement, who also teaches music. "We refer to the triangle of commitments that makes the school a success. It's a commitment from the teachers, the students and the parents.

"Having a staff that cares is where you start from. You can't buy that, you have to cultivate it. The programs are delivered by good teachers, good coaches and good mentors."

Matthew Menzar, who just graduated from Selwyn House, says his education will help him go far. "At Selwyn you're taught how to deal with tough work and the future," says Menzar, who was head prefect and president of the student council. "It offers a good education and good preparation to move on. If I'm ever faced with anything difficult in life, I know I'll know how to handle it."

Menzar is going to miss the school, especially "the closeness and the homey feeling," says the 17-year-old, who was a student there from Grade 7. "We all feel like it's a second home."

McMillan says Selwyn students are keen to learna pleasure for any teacher. "I love coming in here every day, and I don't think I'm the exception to the rule," says McMillan, who has a son at the school. "I'm a life-long student - there's always something new to learn. We believe in that for the student, and I certainly believe it for myself."

At Montreal's College Prep International, the sounds of 35 different languages fill the halls.

School director Ursulene Mora-Farmer says it emphasizes bringing out the talents and strengths of its 150 students. Adjustments are made annually to do just that.

"Each and every year, you have to look at your student clientele," says Mora-Farmer. "One year you may have a lot of talented musicians, the next year it may be something else."

There are no entrance exams for College Prep; instead, all candidates are interviewed. "We just happen to be a small school and we can afford to be selective," Mora-Farmer says.

The student population often includes the sons and daughters of diplomats and government officials stationed in Montreal. Only about 10 percent of students are boarders and they are placed with the school's 15 home-stay families.

"We're really like a family here," Mora-Farmer says. "We call ourselves a prep-school family because when you're here, that's just what it is."

At Sedbergh, situated eight kilometres from Montebello, students learn that there are no bounds to a classroom. "Yes, we are a school and academics are important, but the classroom has more than four walls," says Beth Steel, the school's director of admissions.

Set amid 1,200 acres of mountains, valleys and forests, Sedbergh was established in 1939. With numerous outdoor activities, Sedbergh students make full use of their surrounding environment.

One hundred students are registered, 90 percent of them boarders. About 40 percent of the students are from outside Canada.

The school is committed to offering "the education of a lifetime" in a small, student-centered community and preparing young people for university and for life's challenges.

Steel says Sedbergh graduates should have a love and appreciation for the outdoors, a healthy lifestyle and an understanding that learning is a life-long skill that can take place anywhere.

"We are a high-energy school. Kids who are willing to try new things get the most out of our program."

Seniors at the school are expected to be leaders in several ways, from helping out in the dorms to assisting on weekend outdoor education trips and acting as assistant coaches.

Marie Duval says she learned a lot about independence in her four years at Sedbergh.

"I wouldn't change anything, if I had it all to do again," says the 17-year-old, who graduated last spring. "I loved my experience at Sedbergh. It gave me a chance to do things I would never have done if I was at a different school."

At Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School (ECS) in Montreal, 12-year-old Brianna Gibson is excited about the new challenges of Grade 7. "I like sports and there's lots - and they encourage you to participate," says Brianna, who hopes to pursue a career in sports medicine.

Brianna says the small class sizes enable students to receive help whenever they need it.

ECS turned 90 this year, and has 315 students. Mary Sue Gibson, who teaches Grade 3, says she was delighted by her daughter's decision to join her at the school.

"The first thing that pops into my head about the school is how most of the girls are very eager to learn," says Gibson. "We encourage students to develop at their own rate and that development is very exciting to watch."

She, like the teachers at all of the Montreal private schools, takes great satisfaction in seeing her students flourish.

—Sara Baxter

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