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Gender, identity, and boarding school

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The relationship between gender, sexuality, and boarding school has always been an uneasy one. At one time, parents looked to boarding school to enforce what they would have considered to be normative behaviour. Ted Rogers, founder of Rogers Communications, recalled that “my pediatrician advised my mother that I should go to a boys’ environment because if I stayed home with my mother and a nanny, I’d become a sissy.” He was seven. 


It is true that boys’ boarding schools, at that time, weren’t for "sissies," at least in the sense of the term as Rogers would have understood it. (To some extent it was used to refer, indirectly, to a cultural unease with gender and homosexuality, though that's likely something we're only able to perceive in retrospect.) Rather, schools enforced a very singular, narrow vision of masculinity. For some parents (and apparently some pediatricians as well) that provided the motivation to send their children to boarding school. It wasn't a place for finding yourself, or refining your interests, or growing into who you were or wanted to be. Rather, it was a place to become part of the whole, to become like other people.

Rogers certainly wasn't a “sissy” in his adult life, again in the sense of that term as he would have adopted it. We’ll never know if that's a result of his boarding school education. For others, the experience was more fractured. Michael Ignatieff, like Rogers, was a student at UCC. Looking back, he says that “the logic of boarding [at the time] was basically to get puberty out of the house, to get boys away from their parents so they can become sexual animals alone.”

“The single-sex environment produced a certain homophobia, which I now very much regret. I have very strong emotional feelings toward men, some of which were cultivated by that environment … Yet there was a tremendous anxiety about crossing the line into homosexual experience. I think it is very right and appropriate for men to love each other … . That was damn difficult in that school, and made more difficult than it needed to be.”

There was a tension in Ignatieff’s day that perhaps is less with us today, if only because sexuality is less cloistered. In its place, though, are new tensions, many which derive from an understanding of the benefits of authority as well as potential abuses. “I think it’s important for a boy, for a young man,” says Ignatieff, “to see male authority that he can believe in.”

Increasingly schools are giving a very welcome attention to how they can address their students' emerging academic, social, and gender identities, and to provide the kind of authority, both from men and women, that Ignatieff describes.  

 

Two former students, who now identify as men, appeared on the cover of Branksome Hall’s alumni magazine, The Read, in 2016. 

 

 

 

“… to find and become your best selves”

In 2003, Chris Studer was in grade 7 at UCC, and was admittedly a bully. “I definitely had a mean streak,” he said, reflecting years later, admitting that it came from his insecurity and the desire to find a place within the social life of the school. His insecurity lead to the use of slurs toward those who were different, or were perceived to be different from himself, particularly around sexual orientation. At a forum hosted at the school in 2013, Studer invited Calum Mew to join him on stage, one of the people he had bullied all those years before. They both told their stories, and Studer voiced his regrets.

Of course that past can’t be changed, but Studer and Mew's participation in the forum was significant of an ongoing dedication to a program of mentorship around gender, sex, and the full range of relationships that students share during their time at school. It was emblematic of a more open discussion, one that had been validated by school administration with the launch in 2001 of the Gay-Straight Alliance in order to create an opportunity to acknowledge the sexual and personal diversity at the school. The project was created to look forward, and to encourage an open, supportive setting. Interestingly, it also provides opportunities to look back—as it did for Studer—to acknowledge and address the past.  

A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) began at Trinity College School in 2002 when a teacher brought together a group of students who were tired of the use of derogatory terms and the harassment that was going on at the school. It is still running today, and the membership continues to grow. There, as at other schools with similar programs, membership levels perhaps aren’t as important as the presence of the initiatives. 

Schools, understandably, have always reflected the culture that they are within. Cultural ideals are implicit within the school’s language, curriculum, and traditions, something that has of course been true throughout the ages. For much of our history, schools were a means of establishing and maintaining a status quo, with the needs of society as the principal driver.

Today, more than ever before, the opposite is true: boarding schools aren’t about maintaining the status quo, but about striving for something better, and working to provide a model for how we could, and should, live as a nation. “It is critical that we interrupt dominant cultures,” says Nicols, “by questioning norms and injecting new, more inclusive traditions into school life and curriculum.”

New programs and initiatives, such as UCC’s Character Project, are designed to affect exactly that kind of interruption. In 2015, Jim Power, principal at UCC, described the Character Project as a means of getting at something that he feels is essential to a complete education. In an address to the student body, he said that while “we can see how you’re doing in math, French, and English ... we can’t accurately determine the more important questions: how do you deal with adversity? Do you demonstrate courage in the clutch? And most importantly, What kind of guy are you becoming?”

The goal of education, Power believes, isn’t restricted to academics. The goal, as he said in that same address, is also “to help you all find and become your best selves,” a process that includes social-emotional development, maturity, decision-making, and an explicit attention to mental health. True to that goal, the school created a new role, that of Character Integrator, in 2014. In addition to teaching English and Drama, Laurie Fraser became the first member of the faculty to take on the post. “It’s important for [students] to have a sense of autonomy,” says Fraser, “and feel like they have influence in their school, because that engagement and ownership of their school life deepens their connection to their school culture.”

The Character Project and initiatives like it in boarding schools across the country is emblematic of an ongoing commitment to allowing students to have that kind of connection, and to providing opportunities for them to exercise it in ways that are meaningful and tangible. It’s about instilling authority and leadership, but it's also about character and the development of positive self concept. “It’s really hard to act in the world with kindness and generosity when you don’t feel good on the inside,” says Fraser.

And while the initiatives at many schools began with gay-straight alliances, ultimately the goal is to address the needs of all students no matter how they may or may not identify themselves. Says Fraser, “[w]e have conversations in a series of workshops about character strengths and the pillars of well-being, including positive emotions, engagement, relationships, finding meaning and having a sense of accomplishment in life.” That program and others like it recognize that it's a process, and one that we all share equally. 

–Glen Herbert

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Trinity College School


Port Hope, Ontario
Ward St/Deblaquire St. N
 
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"We believe that healthy habits and universal values developed now go a long way in developing confident and caring global citizens who are ready to make a positive impact wherever their journey takes them.

  1. AP Capstone school with extensive AP course offerings
  2. Rural campus setting with 100 acres of fields and facilities
  3. Academic and service learning travel education programs
  4. Personalized guidance and support for academics and health and wellness

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  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $32,500 to $87,750
 
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Trinity College School 32500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame


Wilcox, Saskatchewan
Railway Ave/Rouleau St
 
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"No other high school in the world has developed more Elite, Junior, Collegiate, USPORT, NCAA, National, Olympic or Pro athletes with over 215 in the NHL alone. ND graduates attend top ranked universities worldwide.

  1. Private, independent, co-educational boarding high school, on 50 acres of land, founded in 1920
  2. Home to 300 students, grades 8 - 12, with 90% boarding from up to 20 different countries
  3. Exceptional academic standards, offering Honours & AP Stream or Advanced Courses
  4. 80% of all students are on Honour Roll with 100% graduation rate

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  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $3,400 to $53,550
 
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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame 3400 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed

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

  1. Worldwide university acceptances
  2. 315 acres on Lake Katchewanooka
  3. AP Capstone School
  4. Harkness Method

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  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $40,500 to $82,400
 
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Lakefield College School 40500 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed

Havergal College


Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
 
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"Havergal has been preparing young women to make a difference since 1894 through its innovative curriculum and future-ready programming with a focus on wellbeing and student agency.

  1. Beautiful 22-acre campus in the heart of Toronto.
  2. Innovative curriculum and future-ready programming for students.
  3. Small class sizes with a focus on wellness and student agency.
  4. Award-winning Art, Music and Drama departments.

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  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $41,520 to $79,905
 
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Havergal College 41520 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls

Upper Canada College


Toronto, Ontario
St Clair Ave W/Avenue Rd
 
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"Located in the heart of Toronto, UCC provides transformational learning experiences in a supportive, caring environment. Our highly sought-after graduates are awarded OSSD and International Baccalaureate diplomas.

  1. High-achieving, all-round students
  2. Challenging but rewarding IB program
  3. First rate academics, athletics and arts
  4. 19 different sports and 80+ clubs

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  • Gr. SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $38,600 to $75,200
 
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Upper Canada College 38600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys

Appleby College


Oakville, Ontario
Lakeshore Road West/Fourth Line
 
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"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.

  1. $5.3+ million in financial assistance
  2. 20+ AP courses & AP Capstone programme
  3. Social Emotional Learning and Positive Education
  4. S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus

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  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $45,250 to $90,270
 
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Appleby College 45250 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
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"Confident Learners. Inspiring Leaders. Creating a thriving world.

  1. SMS is Western Canada's only girl-centred boarding school
  2. SMS was the first girls-school in Canada to integrate a STEM curriculum into daily programs
  3. Visual and performing arts options are woven into our weekly programs

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  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $19,992 to $74,006
 
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St. Margaret's School 19992 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls

Branksome Hall


Toronto, Ontario
Bloor Street East/Mount Pleasant Road
 
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"Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only leading International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for girls in JK-Grade 12, developing the leaders of tomorrow through the nurturing of curiosity and critical thinking at every age.

  1. 13-acre downtown campus
  2. Athletics and Wellness Centre
  3. IB programs: JK to Grade 12
  4. Leadership opportunities

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  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $40,940 to $82,290
 
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Branksome Hall 40940 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls

Royal Crown School


Scarborough, Ontario
Brimley Avenue/Finch Avenue East
 
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"RCS’s purpose is to unleash the potential in each student and set them on the path for a successful life. We provide rigorous academics with individual attention in a diverse, energizing, and caring environment.

  1. Rigorous progressive academics
  2. Small class sizes (10-15 students in each class)
  3. Individual attention and care from teachers and guidance counselors to guarantee academic success
  4. Best-in-class elite & developmental basketball programs led by renowned coaches

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  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $22,800 to $44,800
 
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Royal Crown School 22800 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed

St. John's-Kilmarnock School


Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
 
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"SJK offers an enriched environment of exploration and experiential learning. Through its IB curriculum, SJK provides exciting experiences and guides students to discover their talents and passions. Go beyond at SJK.

  1. Accredited IB World Continuum School
  2. Experienced, passionate, professional teachers
  3. Project-based, design-thinking experiential learning
  4. Extensive co-curricular programs in athletics, arts, leadership and community service

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  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $21,290 to $78,800
 
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St. John's-Kilmarnock School 21290 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Caledon, Ontario
Hwy 10/Old School Road
 
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"The Hill Academy is Canada's premier independent school for students in K-12/PG. Students are challenged in a supportive environment to explore the boundaries of their academic, athletic and leadership potential." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,500 to $49,600
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The Hill Academy 13500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
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"GNS is an independent JK-12 International Baccalaureate boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, that empowers and supports each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $10,975 to $82,575
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Glenlyon Norfolk School 10975 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
Burlington, Ontario
Hwy 6/Dundas Street
 
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"Our belief is “Forward Learning. Transforming People.” We focus on S.T.E.A.M. collaborative project learning, Gifted Arts, 21st-century skills, and inquiry-based thinking to prepare students with global competencies." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $13,600 to $44,800
  • Day, Boarding, eSchool
  • 124 students
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Laureate College 13600 HighSchools eSchool Day Boarding Coed
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"Brentwood is a leading university prep school that brings to life student choice through its bold tripartite program. We are a true boarding school, not merely a school with boarding, and the ocean is our playground." —From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $32,000 to $96,300
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Brentwood College School 32000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed

"MIA is proud to foster a family environment through our small class sizes and close knit academic community. Our support for students goes far beyond the classroom to best prepare them for life after graduation." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 230 students
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McDonald International Academy 17600 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed

"We are a therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 3-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home stay or boarding environments" —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $33,500 to $99,500 /program
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Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 33500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed
Stratford, Ontario
Ontario Street/Waterloo Street South
 
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"Private Secondary School in Stratford, Ontario dedicated to providing a holistic education that values happiness, academic excellence, personal growth, and social responsibility." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $9,750 to $37,275
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Nancy Campbell Academy 9750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Langside St./Westminster Ave.
 
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"Parents trust us to personalize the educational experience of each girl, to care for each girl, to challenge her to grow, to build a supportive community around her, and, most importantly, to prepare her for the future." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $18,750 to $69,000
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Balmoral Hall School 18750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
Victoria, British Columbia
Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
 
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"Independent Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on outstanding preparation for life. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $23,590 to $91,010
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St. Michaels University School 23590 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Spadina/St Clair Ave W
 
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"The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $2 million available in financial assistance." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $39,800 to $78,200
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The Bishop Strachan School 39800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Harbourside Drive/
 
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"Bodwell High School provides a competitive, well-rounded education with strong student support. The school's motto, "Strength in Diversity," pays homage to the 40+ countries students come from to live and learn together." —From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $29,500 to $61,225
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Bodwell High School 29500 HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
Fort Erie, Ontario
Townline Rd./Niagara Parkway
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,315 to $59,395
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Niagara Christian Collegiate 13315 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Victoria, British Columbia
 
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"Brookes Westshore is an IB World School on Vancouver Island, BC, offering small class sizes, engaging teachers and a caring community to boarding and day students from grades 4 to 12." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $10,290 to $62,000
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Brookes Westshore 10290 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding 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 Boarding Day Coed
Wellandport, Ontario
 
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"Robert Land Academy, established in 1978, is a private military-inspired boarding school (Grades 5-12) that helps boys build self-confidence, achieve academic success, develop values, and realize their potential." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $64,000 to $75,000
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Robert Land Academy 64000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
London, Ontario
Richmond Street/King Street
 
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"A Canadian Private Secondary Boarding school, located in the heart of London, Ontario. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $16,000 to $32,000
  • Boarding
  • 345 students
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London International Academy 16000 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Girls Coed
St. Catharines, Ontario
Ontario St./Welland Ave.
 
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"Heuristic & autodidactic, inspired by Sudbury & democratic models. Students are self-directed, and holistically empowered. Voluntary attendance, year-round calendar, agency, & consent inspire free learning. Also Forest" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $57 to $10,000
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Agate Private School 57 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay eSchool Girls Coed
Newmarket, Ontario
Mulock Drive/Bayview Avenue
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $36,300 to $78,300
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Pickering College 36300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Belleville, Ontario
 
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"Discover an exceptional education. Albert College is an independent boarding and day school for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $21,400 to $85,500
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Albert College 21400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
 
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"Beginning in Grade 8, our unique Shawnigan journey purposefully guides students through a distinct, unparalleled and bold educational experience on our stunning waterfront campus on Canada’s beautiful West Coast." —From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $38,000 to $94,500
  • Day, Boarding
  • 550 students
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Shawnigan Lake School 38000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
South Wales, New York(USA)
 
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"The Gow School is a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • US $58,750 to US $80,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 150 students
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The Gow School 58750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Kimberley, British Columbia
 
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"Grateful. Mindful. Purposeful. Successful. At Purcell Collegiate School, we will prep you--for university and for life. Learn more about the Uprep@PCS suite of extra-curricular programs on our website." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $45,000 to $60,000
  • Boarding
  • 60 students
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Purcell Collegiate School 45000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Coed
Summerland, British Columbia
 
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"Looking for an education that's out of the ordinary? Unisus School is a Pre - K to Grade 12 day and boarding school in Canada's Okanagan, offering the International Baccalaureate program + the B.C. Diploma (Dogwood)." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $12,945 to $56,500
  • Day, Boarding
  • 130 students
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Unisus School 12945 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Duncan, British Columbia
Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
 
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"Queen Margaret's School is a gender inclusive independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC that focuses on preparing young trailblazers...no two journeys are the same." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $17,500 to $79,230
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Queen Margaret's School 17500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed
Fort Erie, Ontario
Central Avenue/Wintemute Street
 
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"FEIA's environment fosters global awareness and advances our student body into responsible and globally aware citizens who are well-equipped for life beyond academics." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $10,000 to $55,850
  • Day, Boarding
  • 215 students
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Fort Erie International Academy 10000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Bracebridge, Ontario
 
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"Dewey Institute adheres to John Dewey's 'student centered' & 'learning by doing' and the cultivation of harmonious character, sportsmanship, and aesthetic abilities, for a holistic preparing individuals for success." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $1 to $29,950
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Dewey Institute 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Boarding Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
 
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"This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $36,250 to $80,670." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $36,250 to $80,670
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Ashbury College 36250 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
Brantford, Ontario
Colborne/Clarence
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $7,700 to $26,500
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Haven International School 7700 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding eSchool Coed
Rosseau, Ontario
Hwy. 141/Bright Street
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $14,200 to $74,900
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Rosseau Lake College 14200 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Markham, Ontario
Woodbine Av./Hwy 7
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $18,000 to $53,600
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J. Addison School 18000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Whitby, Ontario
Garden Street/Hwy. 2
 
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"Whether exploring science and technology, creating art, or competing in athletics, there is nothing a Trafalgar girl can't handle." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $29,348 to $78,215
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Trafalgar Castle School 29348 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
Lanciano, Chieti
 
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"Canadian College Italy provides a nurturing environment on our beautiful historic campus so that students may experience an intellectual awakening — a passion for the pursuit of reason, human connection, and curiosity." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • EUR €43,900
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Canadian College Italy 43900 HighSchools 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 Day Boarding Day Girls
Regina, Saskatchewan
 
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"Luther College prepares students to be compassionate, creative, and critical thinkers who go on to create a more grace-filled, just, and joyful world. Luther College is the only IB World School in southern Saskatchewan." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $10,500 to $42,910
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Luther College High School 10500 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
Hamilton, Ontario
Main St. W./Longwood Rd. S.
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $3,150 /course
  • Day, Boarding
  • 1700 students
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Columbia International College 3150 HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed
Rosthern, Saskatchewan
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $4,500 to $20,000
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Rosthern Junior College High School 4500 Day Boarding Coed
St. Catharines, Ontario
Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
 
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"Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational IB 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." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $28,875 to $82,975
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Ridley College 28875 Kindergarten Elementary 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 Boarding Day Coed
Markham, Ontario
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $5,000 to $18,000 /semester
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NOIC Academy 5000 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Windsor, Nova Scotia
College Rd/King St
 
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"Benefitting from its 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." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $24,650 to $72,500
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King's-Edgehill School 24650 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Merrickville, Ontario
St. Lawrence Street/Elgin Street
 
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"Whether your child is excelling or not reaching their potential, our inclusive, safe, diverse, and caring community, with individualized academic attention will improve academic standing, confidence and self-esteem." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,000 to $58,900
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Merrick Preparatory School 17000 HighSchools eSchool Boarding 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 Day Homestay Boarding Coed
Rome, Italy
Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
 
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"An IB World School located in the heart of Rome. A connected community driven by our 5 core values of Scholarship, Integrity, Creativity, Independence, and Care; culturally inspiring students since 1964." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • EUR €30,495 to EUR €50,948
  • Day, Boarding
  • 308 students
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St. Stephen's School, Rome 30495 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Finch Avenue/Islington Avenue
 
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"Nile Academy offers small class sizes and a low student-to-teacher ratio, while also following the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring our students are well prepared for the rest of their educational pursuits here in Canada." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $9,400 to $35,000
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Nile Academy 9400 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Gretna, Manitoba
 
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"Faith is at the center of all we do at MCI- from the court, to the stage, to the classroom. We work to provide a safe space for students to ask questions, dig deeper, grow into who God is calling them to be." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $6,800 to $30,500
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Mennonite Collegiate Institute 6800 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Aurora, Ontario
St. John's Sideroad/Yonge Street
 
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"With a tradition dating back to 1899, St. Andrew's remains the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. Our 126-acre campus provides our students with an ideal setting for learning and growth." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Girls/Boys)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $4,100 to $80,800
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St. Andrew's College 4100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Girls Boys
Rothesay, New Brunswick
Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
 
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"Our unique, daily Advisor Program ensures every student is surrounded by a strong network of highly qualified, dedicated faculty and staff whose mission is to provide academic, emotional, and social guidance and support." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $26,390 to $76,140
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Rothesay Netherwood School 26390 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Winnipeg, Manitoba
South Dr/North Dr
 
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"SJR is the world’s leading school in Debating and Public Speaking. It has produced 18 Rhodes scholars and 3 math olympiads. 98% of SJR graduates are accepted to their first choice university program." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $27,960 to $75,500
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St. John's-Ravenscourt School 27960 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Markham, Ontario
14th Ave/Kennedy
 
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"Trillium School is a private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Markham with Montessori-based kindergarten." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $8,200 to $41,500
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Trillium School 8200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day 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
Bradenton, Florida(USA)
 
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"IMG Academy is the world's leading sports education brand, providing access and opportunity for student-athletes with an innovative suite of on-campus and online programming." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • US $65,000 to US $95,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 1400 students
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IMG Academy 65000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed

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