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Academics main focus but extracurricular activities also important

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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


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Montreal, Quebec
Rue Sherbrooke/Ave Connaught
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,000 to $16,000
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College Prep International 13000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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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Stanstead College 26500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
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. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $5,165 to $33,180
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College Bourget 5165 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
Sherbrooke/Atwater
 
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"Students thrive in an inclusive, structured learning environment that provides academic accommodations for all learners. We help students become autonomous, resilient lifelong learners!" —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $23,115
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Centennial Academy 23115 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
Av de Monkland/Boul Cavendish
 
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"Lower Canada College is a gender-inclusive, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only English high school in Quebec offering both the IB MYP and DP." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $28,500 to $30,750
  • Day school
  • 895 students
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Lower Canada College 28500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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
  • $32,900 to $83,100
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Bishop's College School 32900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
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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North Star Academy 15400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
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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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 21790 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Day Girls
Westmount, Quebec
Mount Pleasant Avenue/Cedar Avenue
 
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"Located in Montreal, QC, Miss Edgar’s & Miss Cramp’s School offers a bilingual education for girls from K-11. From entrepreneurship to STEM, our unique learning environment empowers girls to lead the way." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 11 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $24,000 to $29,300
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Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School 24000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
Baie-D'Urfé, Montreal, Quebec
rue Victoria/rue Normandy
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $9,950 to $12,950
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Alexander von Humboldt German International School 9950 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
The Boulevard/Côte-des-Neiges Road
 
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"The Priory School specializes in early childhood education, a place where childhood is cherished, and where meaningful learning takes place in an enriched and nurturing learning environment." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 6 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,810 to $23,685
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The Priory School 21810 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
 
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"Our community inspires students to discover joy and passion in their learning, purpose in their lives, and the confidence to express their unique selves in a nurturing, inclusive, and collaborative environment." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 11 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $22,559 to $57,395
  • Day, Homestay
  • 465 students
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St. George's School of Montreal 22559 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
Montreal (DDO), Quebec
 
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"West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. The average class size of 24 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,220
  • Day school
  • 470 students
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West Island College (Montreal) 16220 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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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Kells Academy 24200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
Montreal, Quebec
 
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"We believe in Girls' Education. Trafalgar offers a strong liberal arts education, a comprehensive STEAM program, a broad and dynamic athletics program and a host of leadership opportunities through clubs and activities." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $23,240
  • Day school
  • 240 students
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Trafalgar School For Girls 23240 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Girls
Westmount, Quebec
The Boulevard/Place Braeside
 
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"The Study, founded in 1915, is one of Canada's premier all-girls' schools. Our bilingual mother-tongue program, experiential learning, and small classes help girls become leaders who are driven to make a difference." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 11 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $27,780 to $31,150
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The Study 27780 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
Kirkland, Quebec
Rue Edmond/Ch Ste-Marie
 
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"Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $2,133 to $18,000
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Kuper Academy 2133 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."

"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 School.

"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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How many A+ Quebec schools tops are there?
There are 17 A+ Quebec schools tops that are Our Kids trusted members.

How much is tuition at A+ Quebec schools tops?
Tuition fees for A+ Quebec schools tops range from $5,165 to $79,770 per year with an average tuition of $26,536 per year.

What’s the largest school?
Of the A+ Quebec schools tops, the largest is College Bourget with 1940 students in Grades PS to 12.

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