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A Brief History of Boarding Schools

A history of boarding from the United Kingdom to Canada

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The British Tradition

British boarding schools have historically provided the model for boarding schools in Canada. Prime among the antecedents is the King’s School in Canterbury, England. It was founded in the year 597 and, until the dissolution of the monasteries act nearly a century later, it remained a cloistered religious institution. At King’s, students were kept apart from society at large, were instructed by clergy, and were expected to devote themselves to religious contemplation. Certainly, there wasn’t time for much else—there were 14 chapel services each day in addition to mass and daily prayers for the dead.


King’s was a grammar school in the literal meaning of the term. The main focus of study was Latin grammar, the language of the church. While there were a few other subjects on offer, all were intended solely to prepare students for religious work, not creative thinking or academic engagement. There was music for religious services, astronomy and mathematics to set and interpret the church calendar, and law to prepare students for administrative roles in the church.

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Similarly, when Eton was founded in the 15th century by Henry VI, it was a charity school intended to provide free education to seventy boys. As Sir Henry Lyte wrote in his history of the school published in 1877, Eton reflected a renewed interest in the dissemination of knowledge, and that “a movement in popular education had set in.” He writes that the foundation of the school “is also important as marking a turning-point in the struggle between the regular and the secular clergy. During the middle ages the monasteries had been the principle seats of education in England, but their inefficiency had become notorious.” Lyte didn’t see it, perhaps, but it wasn’t so much a question of quality than it was a changing view toward the goal of education. The monasteries produced religious leaders, though the founders of Eton wanted instead to supply the universities with “scholars from a great grammar-school.” Ones that, in turn, would advance to positions of leadership within business and the military rather than the church.

That said, life at the school, by today’s standards, can seem strikingly monastic. Students were roused at 5 a.m., chanted prayers while they dressed, and were at their lessons by 6 a.m. They had two meals every day except Friday, when they weren’t fed at all. Lessons ended at 8 p.m. when all students went to bed.

When William Shakespeare attended King’s New School in Stratford, the school was open to all boys. There was no tuition. The only requirement for admission was the ability to read and write. “Pupils sat on hard wooden benches from six in the morning to five or six in the evening,” writes Bill Bryson, “with only two short pauses for refreshment, six days a week. … For much of the year they can hardly have seen daylight.” The school was, for the time, one of the best in the country. There Shakespeare learned Latin grammar and rhetoric (“one of the principle texts of the day,” writes Bryson, “taught pupils 150 different was of saying ‘Thank you for your letter’ in Latin”) and little else. “Whatever mathematics, history, or geography Shakespeare knew, he almost certainly didn’t learn it at grammar school.”

However daunting the experience may have been, the early boarding schools met the needs for which they were created, namely to educate boys into positions of religious leadership within a society that was organized, socially and politically, around religious life.

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Illustration from A History of Eton College 1440-1875, by Sir Henry Churchill Maxwell Lyte. When the history was published in 1877, Eton had been operating as a boarding school for more than four centuries.

 

As society changed, so did the schools. At the time of the Reformation schools were removed from the authority of the church, marking an abrupt change in how education was conducted, and what it was intended to do. The Reformation coincided with (if not directly caused by) a decline in feudalism and a rise in nationalism, common law, and printed books.

Grammar schools soon reflected all of that, adopting new curricula and adjusting admissions in order to produce the human resources needed in post-Reformation England, one increasingly organized around the demands of a market economy. The result was the development in the sixteenth century of an educational curriculum based in humanism and a formulation of the liberal arts as we think of them today. The goal of education was to prepare free people for active roles in civic life. Debate, criminal law, logic and rhetoric were taught intensively for the first time. Math and geometry, once taught for the purposes of calendar making, were now taught also for the purposes of engineering and the maintenance of civic works. That kind of curriculum—liberal arts education grounded in classical languages and literature—persisted throughout Europe and North America well into the 20th century. While there has been a recent proliferation of alternative curricula, the foundation of education of North America still reflects those innovations undertaken in the 16th century. Often unwittingly, many of the alternative approaches do as well.

 

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Eton, founded in the 15th century by Henry VI.

 

Imagining a better world

As Britain moved into the age of empire and industry, schools continued to evolve. By the 18th century—in response to Britain’s geographic and economic growth—students were learning modern languages, political leadership, military theory, and commerce. When Thomas Hughes wrote Tom Brown’s School Days in the 1830s, he used Rugby School as the setting, a school that his readers would have seen as strikingly modern. As he admitted at the time, Hughes created the characters of Tom and Dr. Arnold to illustrate how to live a good life and, by analogy, how to build a great nation. All the classic elements of the boarding school novel were there: students mentoring each other, a strong and empathetic teacher, sports and, inevitably, bullying and corporal punishment. With the help of friends and the advice of Dr. Arnold, Tom defeats the bully and becomes a mentor himself. He doesn’t cheat on homework, he plays cricket, and life goes on.

What would have struck early readers aren’t the things that strike us today. Corporal punishment, for example, would have seemed familiar, and not at all specific to boarding school. What also would have struck them were the educational reforms that Dr. Arnold brought to the school. What would have struck them were the educational reforms that Dr. Arnold brought to the school. Rugby wasn’t the King’s School, but something entirely different. Rugby was an example of a modern school addressing the needs of students in a modern world. Boys were encouraged to follow their desires, to think and act as individuals, and to choose their own path into religious, secular, or military life. That was big. Students, remarkably, were presented with options, choice, and an unprecedented range of individual autonomy.

Of course, there was also a dark side. While Hughes worked to show what boarding school could be, Dickens, as in Nicholas Nickleby, intended to show what it really was, exposing the faults that he found there. While writing the novel Dickens toured boarding schools, an experience that informed the fictional Dotheboys Hall, the boarding school for unwanted children that Nicholas attends. As cruel and abusive as the schoolmaster there may be, it seems that Dickens didn’t have to do much when creating the character—Mr. Squeers, even down to the wording of his business card, is a faithful portrait of William Shaw, a schoolmaster that Dickens had met. Not long after that meeting, Shaw was sued for blinding one of his students through physical abuse, malnourishment and neglect. Notes from the court case describe Shaw’s school, and the similarity between it and Dotheboys is striking.

The backbone of empire

Both Hughes and Dickens were writing at a time of intense change, both in England and the world. Indeed, it was change, specifically, that they were writing about. There was a significant rise in literacy, literature, and scientific inquiry. Schools were becoming more secular. There was a growing sense of how an individual might participate within society, and a greater awareness of the power of independent thinking.

During 1800s boarding schools cemented an association with the British ruling class, trading the religious focus for a military one. Sons of officers and administrators of the Empire attended boarding school while their parents fulfilled political and military postings overseas. The focus of education was diplomacy for the upper classes, and military life for those of lesser stature. Rudyard Kipling was an example of the former. He attended United Services College while his parents were stationed in India, an experience he wrote about in the novel Stalky & Co. Like Kipling himself, Stalky was educated to become part of the imperial machine. And he does. At the end of the book, fresh from that education, he is shown leading troops in India.

In life, as in fiction, boarding schools were part of the backbone of the empire, educating its military officers, senior clerics, lawyers, and administrators. They used the means that were popular for the time. Ben MacIntyre writes that Durnford School "epitomized the strange British faith in bad food, plenty of Latin and beatings from an early age.” At the school “there was no fresh fruit, no toilets with doors, no restraint on bullying, and no possibility of escape. Today such an institution would be illegal; in 1925 it was considered ‘character-forming.’”

School practices reflected a popular belief in social Darwinism—survival of the fittest—and that academic, moral, and physical strength were gained through challenge and adversity. Strict discipline, discomfort, even bullying was considered a necessary experience in the progress of moral and physical development. Royals experienced these things, too, not just students who came from poor families or who attended sub-standard schools. Thankfully, over the course of the 20th century, all of that would change.

Boarding in Canada

“What people teach their young is often what they think is most important. And so what people teach their children … in school gives us a very good sense of what the values of society are. What is it that you would like your children to learn? What is it that you’d like the next generation to learn?” 

—Margaret MacMillan

The oldest boarding school in Canada, King’s Collegiate School (now King’s-Edgehill School), in Windsor, Ontario, was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1788. It was given royal assent by King George III the following year, the first instance that honour was bestowed outside Britain. Beginning with just 12 boys in a private home near Windsor, Nova Scotia, the school quickly set an educational standard for the region and, later, the country. It continues to hold a place in the national consciousness today. Because of the age and importance of the buildings, King’s College is a National Historic Site, a designation it has held since 1923.

King’s was created at moment of heightened political anxiety in the wake of the American Revolution. While there were schools in New York and New England, there were none in the British colonies that remained after American independence. The initial goal of the school was to prevent young men from traveling abroad to receive an education, men that would be needed to stay to administer and defend the colonies. While the school remained small, its alumni took prominent roles in military, legal, religious, and political life (including two fathers of Confederation).

King’s set the tone for other boarding schools that would be created in the British Empire outside of the UK. They were established so that the children of British ex-patriots could receive an authentically British education, as well as to retain and augment the human resources required to maintain the colonies. Schools throughout the commonwealth were organized in the same manner as their British counterparts—there were houses and headmasters, forms and terms—and reflected the values of Victorian England. The educational environment was much as we might imagine: high brow, strict, and reflective of all the class distinctions of the age. Leadership was an important topic, in part because it was of prime interest to many of the political leaders who sent their children to board. Further, the benefits were unequivocal—merely having gone to boarding school, regardless of any academic achievement there, was often considered a reasonable prerequisite to positions of leadership in business and political life.

Many of the best-known Canadian schools were founded in the late 19th century: Pickering College, 1842; Bishop Strachan School, 1867; Stanstead College, 1872; Ashbury College, 1891; St. Andrew's College, 1899. Life there, at least in the early days, was spartan and challenging in ways that no boarding school is today. At Upper Canada College, Frederick Hutt, a student in the 1830s, wrote to his brother, "I hope you will send plenty of nuts and cakes as I can hardly subsist on what we get."

Ted Rogers, founder of Rogers Communication, went to board when he was seven. Having had a nanny at home, he recalled that “I went from having somebody brushing my teeth for me to being caned if my teeth weren’t clean enough. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it was a bit of a shock.” He later described the school as his "a surrogate father" in the absence of his own father, who had passed away prior to his enrolment.

There was a strong association with the military, something that was still very prominent when Rogers arrived. The Cadet Corps of Upper Canada College was begun in 1869, and through its 127-year history it remained an integral part of school life. Students took part in regular drills and exercises, including those with active rounds. Boys were expected be prepared for deployment at any time, as occasionally they were. During the Fenian Raids of 1866 UCC students were mobilized to guard military buildings and the port in Toronto.

The cadet program was an expression of the spirit of volunteerism and the Victorian militia movement, and it maintained an ongoing association with the national military. Between 1875 and 1937 UCC produced six commanding officers of The Queen’s Own Rifles. During WWI, 1,089 volunteered for military service, and 176 gave their lives. In 1919, membership in the corps became compulsory for all students. None of this was unique to a particular to UCC school, with boarding schools and many public schools following suit. Many cadet corps remained active into the 1960s and 70s.

In time, however, the cadet programs began to feel less relevant, more relics of an earlier time. Which indeed they were, especially when real rifles were replaced with wooden ones, or when real training evolved into a kind of pantomime of military training, and when the relationship with the military became less explicit. At UCC the corps was formally retired in 1987, one of last of its kind in Canada. (Two schools, St. Andrews College and Bishop’s College School have active cadet corps, though for the most part the programs have evolved, becoming more akin to outdoor education programs than military.)

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Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario — St. John's-Kilmarnock School offers enriched educational programming for students from Junior Kindergarten – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Discover the possibilities. View School Profile.


  • Accredited IB World Continuum School
  • Beautiful 36-acre natural campus
  • Extensive co-curricular opportunities
  • Tech-free dining builds community in Founders' Hall
  • Outdoor experiential learning from Junior Kindergarten onwards
Grades:
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Type:
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Tuition:
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Enrollment:
400
Avg. Class:
10 to 16
St. John's-Kilmarnock School 18094 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
 
 

Port Hope, Ontario — TCS students appreciate that school needs to be more than just reaching their academic potential–it’s about exploring all facets of themselves so that the realization of talents reach far beyond the classroom walls. View School Profile.


  • AP Capstone school with extensive AP course offerings
  • Rural campus setting with 100 acres of fields and facilities
  • Academic travel opportunities
  • 2 theatrical productions
  • 9 musical/choral ensembles
Grades:
5 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$25,750 to $68,500
Living:
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Enrollment:
570
Avg. Class:
12 to 16
Trinity College School 25750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. View School Profile.


  • Character Education
  • Free Before/After School Program
  • Weekly Swimming Lessons
  • Early start French Classes
  • Art & Music & Drama
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$13,000 to $16,000
Living:
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Enrollment:
550
Avg. Class:
10 to 15
Bond Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
 
 

Lakefield, Ontario — Focussed on Community First, Outdoors Every Day, and Authentic Learning, LCS offers a world-class, individualized, day/boarding program (Grades 9 -12) designed for students to be leaders who care, connect and contribute. View School Profile.


  • Worldwide university acceptances
  • 315 acres on Lake Katchewanooka
  • Small family-like residences
  • Advanced Placement courses
  • International travel, study, service
Grades:
9 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$33,900 to $69,700
Living:
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Enrollment:
375
Avg. Class:
15
Lakefield College School 33900 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. View School Profile.


  • High-achieving, all-round boys
  • Challenging but rewarding IB program
  • First rate academics, athletics and arts
  • 19 different sports and 65+ clubs
  • Boutique urban boarding program
Grades:
SK to 12 (Boys)
Type:
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Tuition:
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Enrollment:
1170
Avg. Class:
20 to 25
Upper Canada College 34135 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. View School Profile.


  • 13-acre downtown campus
  • Athletics and Wellness Centre
  • IB programs: JK to Grade 12
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Tennis courts, playing fields, saltwater pools
Grades:
JK to 12 (Girls)
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Tuition:
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Branksome Hall 34650 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Stratford, Ontario
    Ontario Street/Waterloo Street South
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,750 to $40,065

Stratford, Ontario, Private Secondary School dedicated to inspiring students to achieve their individual potential through academic excellence while fostering a spirit of service to society.

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  • Liberal Arts
Nancy Campbell Academy 9750 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $20,800 to $32,800

A leading private international secondary boarding school located in Toronto. High university admission rate. Our mission and value is total care, academic excellence, independence, and global citizen.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
SuOn Academy 20800 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $68,900

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.”

  • Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Gordonstoun Nova Scotia 68900 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Coed
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $24,900 to $77,100

We are a therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home stay or boarding environments.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 24900 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $15,980 to $65,125

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
St. Margaret's School 15980 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $29,300

McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 with 2 locations in the heart of Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 20 students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
McDonald International Academy 10000 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $20,090 to $82,770

Independent Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university and life preparation. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
St. Michaels University School 20090 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road West/Fourth Line
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $38,850 to $77,540

Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Appleby College 38850 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $35,000 to $64,000

Havergal College has been preparing young women to make a difference since 1894.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Havergal College 35000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • 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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Stanstead College 22450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
  • 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 Day Boarding Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Spadina/St Clair Ave W
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,830 to $64,090

The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build the academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $1.6 million available in financial assistance.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
The Bishop Strachan School 33830 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Weldrick Road East
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $475 to $19,000

Inspected, accredited High School with campuses in Toronto and Chatham-Kent, offer high school credit courses in small classes and online, leading to High School Diploma. Our 5 acres Chatham Campus is a boarding school.

  • Boarding/eSchool/Day
  • Traditional
Toronto High School 475 HighSchools Boarding eSchool Day eSchool Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $9,500 to $52,550

Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 4 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brookes Westshore 9500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Townline Rd./Niagara Parkway
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $10,566 to $47,555

Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students.

  • Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Niagara Christian Collegiate 10566 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay 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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 26500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,870 to $72,165

Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ridley College 18870 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $29,130 to $69,290

This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $29,130 to $69,290.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 29130 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $78,000

Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive day/boarding school for Grades 8 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $30,000 to $78,000.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Brentwood College School 30000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $7,500 to $26,000

RJC is a Grades 10-12 boarding school accredited by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. RJC is student and community-focused all while offering excellent academics and exceptional athletic and fine arts programs.

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College 7500 Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $100,000 to US $185,000

Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Chamberlain International School 100000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
    Rutherford Rd/Keele
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $22,595 to $24,795

Everest Academy is an Independent Co-ed Day and Boarding School for Grades 5-12 & PG in Vaughan. At Everest, Learning is Built Around Each Student. The student to teacher ratio is 15:1 and the average class size is 14.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Everest Academy 22595 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $14,120

Our intercultural environment offers an individualized approach to learning and highly differentiated instruction, with emphasis on STEM+A & AP courses. Our students enjoy a dynamic academic & residential life program.

  • Boarding/Day/eSchool
  • Progressive
Fulford Academy 14120 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day eSchool Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Harbourside Drive/
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $25,250 to $47,725

Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a boarding school that enrolls 650 students. Tuition starts at $23,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity."

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 25250 HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Rindge, New Hampshire(USA)
    Deer Run Ln/Hampshire Rd
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • US $61,500

A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers.

  • Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Hampshire Country School 61500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • South Wales, New York(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $48,000 to US $68,000

The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
The Gow School 48000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
    Rte 170/Rte 169
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $3,580 to $28,570

SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 3580 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $51,500

UNISUS was founded by the leaders of the top Private Schools in BC. Based on IB Education/Innovation/Technology, Entrepreneurship/ Outdoor Education. Boarding, Sports Academies and Global Partnerships/Opportunities.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 12500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Bracebridge, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $6,400 to $35,000

Dewey’s educational goals follow the philosophies of John Dewey, preparing students through “student-centred learning" and "learning by doing", while emphasizing the cultivation of the "three New Liberal Arts".

  • Day/eSchool/Boarding
  • Traditional
Dewey Institute 6400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Boarding Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Av./Hwy 7
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $42,450

Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
J. Addison School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
    Lansdowne Road/Kwantlen Street
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $22,950 to $38,750

MLWS offers a unique university school model - a high school located on a university campus. We offer university pathway with “Dual acceptance” opportunity, and students share the state-of-the-art university facilities.

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22950 Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Central Avenue/Wintemute Street
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $57,875

Our East Meets West environment fosters global awareness and advances our student body into responsible and globally aware citizens who are well-equipped for life beyond academia.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Fort Erie International Academy 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
    Railway Ave/Rouleau St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $11,100 to $54,000

Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame 11100 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 Coed
  • $1 to $58,000

The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place.

  • Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
UWC Canada 1 Boarding Coed
  • Beamsville, Ontario
    Exit 64/QEW
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,800 to $37,300

Grade 9-12 students are encouraged to be confident servant-leaders. Student diversity provides a global perspective of life and faith. Great Lakes' graduates are accepted by colleges and universities of their choice.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Great Lakes Christian High School 10800 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $23,340 to $64,200

Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades 6 to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 16 students and it is an outstanding engaged and supportive community -'It's our Nature to Nurture'.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 23340 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Oshawa, Ontario
    Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $9,700 to $11,500

At G.B.MS, D.E.P.S and Durham Academy Secondary school focus is on each individual student and helping them meet their unique potential and goals. We believe in excellent customer service and families have a voice. Throughout the year we enhance our programs through program enhancement and enrichment. We also offer March Break and Summer Camps for working parents.

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • US $24,000 to US $42,000

Award-winning college preparatory academics. Pre-professional life skills. Global citizenship reimagined. Beyond academics, AHA features 88,000 square foot athletic center and natatorium, plus a 22-acre lake.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
AHA International School 24000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine/Avenue Claude Champagne
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • $4,950 to $15,400

École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie 4950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Bronte College Ct
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $40,000

Bronte College is a private International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering Grades 9 to 12 for day and boarding students. Our academic programming has attracted students from over 30 countries.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Bronte College 16500 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,000 to $39,800

CISA is a private, co-ed high school offering credit courses and IELTS prep to grade 7 – 12 students (full time/part time/private lessons/online courses available), and extracurricular activities abound.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Convoy International Secondary School 17000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $21,200 to $26,000

A Canadian Private Secondary Boarding school, located in the heart of London, Ontario. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 21200 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Girls Coed
  • Duncan, British Columbia
    Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $61,750

Queen Margaret's School is a co-ed independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Queen Margaret's School 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $29,780 to $77,850

Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Shawnigan Lake School 29780 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Harrow, Ontario
    Concessions Rd 6 S/Hwy 18
  • 1 to 8 Boys
  • $8,500 to $29,000

St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
St. Peter's ACHS College School 8500 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boarding Boys
  • Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $3,383 to $33,569

BCA combines a private Christian school experience with the best of public education and Saskatchewan curriculum. Our small school shares facilities with Briercrest College and Seminary on a campus of 900 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Briercrest Christian Academy 3383 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Front Royal, Virginia
    Villa Ave/Academy Drive
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $20,595 to US $233,575

There is a power within you. Unique academic programs, unusual opportunities, and a solid leadership education will help you unlock your potential. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Randolph-Macon Academy 20595 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Keele St/Dundas St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,160 to $18,900

Reputed Diverse Traditional Day School. 100% of students graduate and move on to excel in their Post Secondary Education and life. Extremely positive, caring, and knowledgeable teaching staff.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay/eSchool
  • Traditional
Great Lakes College of Toronto 8160 HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay eSchool Coed
  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $53,965 to $57,965

Robert Land Academy is a private military-themed boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Robert Land Academy 53965 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Main St. W./Longwood Rd. S.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $2,700 /course

Columbia International College is Canada’s largest private boarding school, offering Grade 9 to 12 programs. #1 in scholarships awarded by universities. The University of Toronto's official Global Partner School.

  • Day/Homestay/Boarding
  • Traditional
Columbia International College 2700 HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Church Street/Carlton Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $35,000 to $46,000

TAIE International Institute offers the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, University Preparation Courses and English as a Second Language. Flexible schedule and monthly enrolment at the best location in downtown Toronto.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
TAIE International Institute 35000 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • New York, New York(USA)
    Broad St/Exchange Pl
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $5,500 to US $93,000

Léman Manhattan - the only boarding school in Manhattan, New York that delivers academic excellence that inspires your child for a lifetime. IB Diploma program and unique internship opportunities offered in the city.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School 5500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Boys
  • $52,570 to $71,490

St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
St. George's School 52570 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Boys
  • Markham, Ontario
    14th Ave/Kennedy
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $7,600 to $41,500

Trillium School is a private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Markham with Montessori-based kindergarten.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Trillium School 7600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Day Coed
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $8,300 to $67,460

At Albert College, every student is an 'A' student. From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 our students experience all 5 of the 'A’ s; Academics, Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure programming.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Albert College 8300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John's Sideroad/Yonge Street
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $37,655 to $70,095

St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
St. Andrew's College 37655 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,560 to $40,710

Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Luther College High School 8560 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Colborne/Clarence
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $7,450 to $27,800

At Haven, we equip our students with critical thinking skills, a global perspective, and a respect for core values of honesty, loyalty, perseverance, and compassion.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Haven International School 7450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Garden Street/Hwy. 2
  • 4 to 12 Girls
  • $24,270 to $65,615

Trafalgar Castle offers a close-knit, academically challenging environment where girls feel a strong sense of belonging and discover their unique talents and interests.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Trafalgar Castle School 24270 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Rome, RM
    Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €25,145 to EUR €39,095

SSS Rome provides students with a culturally diverse and rigorous academic education. Graduates obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma and American High School Diploma to enter renowned universities worldwide.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Stephen's School, Rome 25145 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $5,000 to $18,000 /semester

Markham, Ontario; IB School; OSSD; OSSD online credit course; NOIC ACADEMY’s annual university enrolment rate is 100% and more than 85% of graduates are admitted by University of Toronto.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
NOIC Academy 5000 HighSchools Day Boarding 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.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Kells Academy 19750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Mulock Drive/Bayview Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $26,535 to $68,580

Pickering College's fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Pickering College 26535 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Warden/Steeles
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $25,000

AIS Montessori & Elementary School offers authentic Chinese Immersion program in GTA area.Its average class is 15 students.

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
A.I.S. School 10000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay 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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
North Star Academy 12900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Rosseau, Ontario
    Hwy. 141/Bright Street
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $21,100 to $63,100

Through extraordinary learning opportunities rooted in meaningful outdoor education experiences in our unique natural environment, RLC graduates develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to take on any challenge.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Rosseau Lake College 21100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
    College Rd/King St
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $19,346 to $60,700

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King's-Edgehill School 19346 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Merrickville, Ontario
    St. Lawrence Street/Elgin Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,250 to $58,200

Merrick Preparatory offers grades 9-12 and a University Qualification Year to students preparing for successful admission to degree programs in the world's top universities, in a safe and secure family environment.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Merrick Preparatory School 16250 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Montverde, Florida
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $7,875 to US $51,350

Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Montverde Academy 7875 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
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