Leaving the nest for boarding school

Deciding to send a child to boarding school is a tough decision

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Deciding to send a child to boarding school is a tough decision - one of the most difficult for parents looking not only for the right kind of education for their children but for an environment in which they can thrive. Will they be all right so far away from your direct influence? And what about boys and girls living alongside each other at coed schools? At beautiful Lakefield College, kids are soon over their home-sickness, having a great time and sorry time is flying by so quickly.


"I was sad to see her leave the nest." "I have made some of the best friends I've ever had." "I thought it was going to be like parties every week." "After seeing the school, Michael told us in the car, "I want to go there so badly!'"

Voices heard at a school regatta. Voices of students and their parents, talking about a decision that can often be difficult - whether boarding school is the right choice for a young person. And, once the decision to board has been made, whether to choose a co-educational boarding school.

On this cool, sunny day in May, Lakefield College School is like a slice of Stephen Leacock's older, simpler Canada. White sails dot Lake Katchewanooka and cheers and laughter sound for hapless competitors tipped from their canoes into the chilly waters.

The school, near Peterborough, Ontario, is a bit like a small Ontario town, with charming white clapboard buildings and green shingle roofs suggesting little has changed since it admitted its first class of 20 boys in 1879.

Two framed photographs in the school entrance tell another story. The first shows the school's football team, gritty boys in laced-up shirts, photographed on December 14, 1896.

The second, taken exactly 100 years later, shows students in modern sports gear, toting skis, oars and field hockey sticks - many of them girls, because Lakefield went co-ed in 1989.

Today, roughly half of the 335 students - 210 of whom are boarders - are girls, a notion with which some parents still have to grapple. Parents, especially those with daughters, often ask how those teenage hormones will play with boys and girls living alongside each other, says assistant head of school Susan Hazell.

In fact, she says, the residences, with an average of 20 students each, are divided by gender.

"We do have expectations and codes of behaviour," Hazell says. Boys and girls can visit opposite-gender residences at certain times, but doors must be left open, and curfews are strict.

It's often said these days that girls, especially, flourish in a same-gender environment. But, says Hazell, "I look at what is important for young women today working in the big world. If they are given proper support and proper role modelling, working with boys can be very rewarding. I find they are very comfortable putting forward their opinions, and are strong competitors in everything, from the jazz band to debating."

On the sports side, Lakefield has no football team; instead, the boys concentrate on soccer in the fall term, the girls on field hockey, and intramural hockey is co-ed.

To board or not to board may be the bigger question.

"I didn't originally want to come here," Jonathan Houghton, 14, of Collingwood says as he sits on a dock watching the races. "My parents really wanted me to come, but I had a choice. I was here (to visit) three or four times. I really liked the look of the school. I was already into mountain biking and skiing, and I thought, "Why not?'"

Having been a summer camper, Jonathan was used to being away from home, "and I wasn't homesick at all."

And the school work was easier than he expected, although it has a reputation for being rigorous and includes Saturday-morning classes. "There are smaller classes (average size 16) and the teachers are more helpful. I've had a great time," he says, looking back on his first year. "It was a lot of fun. It's gone by fast."

As for the co-educational nature of the school, Jonathan says: "I would not go to a boys school. I like being around girls."

Wendy Hepburn of Toronto came to Lakefield at 17. "I was homesick the first couple of weeks," she says, "but my mom told me to jump in at the deep end and get involved - and I did. I got involved in debating, and I liked that."

Parent involvement is crucial, Hazell says.

Wendy misses her twin sister, Meredith, "but we talk on the phone all the time. And one of the best things here was this person," she says, nodding to her friend Alison McBee, who was her first-year roommate.

Alison, 18, is from Pittsburgh, and, says Wendy, "we had a lot of American-Canadian debates, especially at 1 in the morning. A lot of the stereotypes I had have washed away." When it was Alison's turn to give the senior student chapel talk at morning assembly in Lakefield's handsome, recently restored chapel, she began by announcing: "I am a Yankee.

"But sometimes I feel more Canadian," she added. "Probably I am a bit of both now."

An only child, Alison says she was unsure of how she would take to living with others. "But I have made some of the best friends I ever had."

Boys? At high school, says Alison, couples tend to cut themselves off from the group. "Here, everyone knows each other, so it's hard to distinguish couples. It's part of the scene."

As Tristan Boyle, 17, puts it: "At my last (public) school, you were either really cool or you were a loser. Here there are no outcasts."

That does not mean conforming at any cost.

Margot McQuaig, 15, says she was happy to come to Lakefield to get out from under two older sisters. "I thought it was going to be like parties every week, with no supervision," she says with a laugh. "But it's more structured than at home."

Concedes her mother, Diane Boyle: "Margot was not a team sort of person. She was deathly white at the icebreaker (a get-to-know-you social on the first day). We thought we better sneak away before she wanted to come home."

Margot definitely was not the outdoorsy type. "More a fashion girl," says her dad, Don Boyle, smiling.

"I just learned to adjust," says Margot. "I went home (to Toronto) a lot at the beginning, but then I got involved. I go horseback riding, I don't mind canoeing now, and I'm on the rowing team."

"On the rowing team!" echoes her father in disbelief. "She's really grown up."

And Margot's mother adds: "She came here to get away from home, and now home life is kind of special to her."

Boarding is a test as much for parents as for children. Maureen Sinden of Carleton Place, near Ottawa, who now has a third child at Lakefield, 17-year-old Danielle, admits she cried when their first, Michael, left for school and there were four plates instead of five to put out on the table.

But late one night, when Michael's time at Lakefield was almost up, he sat down at the kitchen table and thanked his parents for the sacrifices they had made for him. "There is no place I would rather have been," he said.

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Rosseau, Ontario — 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. View School Profile.


  • Extraordinary learning opportunities embedded in rich outdoor education experiences.
  • 100% of our 2020 graduates were accepted at their top schools of choice.
  • Discovery Days that challenge students to imagine, create and articulate independent projects.
  • Seven Generations Program celebrating Indigenous teachings and culture.
  • Essential learning that builds leaders and global stewards.
Grades:
6 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive
Tuition:
$11,350 to $66,300
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
120
Avg. Class:
15 to 18
Rosseau Lake College 11350 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Havergal has been preparing young women to make a difference since 1894 through its innovative curriculum and future-ready programming with a focus on wellness and student agency. View School Profile.


  • Beautiful 22-acre campus in the heart of Toronto.
  • Innovative curriculum and future-ready programming for students.
  • Small class sizes with a focus on wellness and student agency.
  • Award-winning Art, Music and Drama departments.
  • More than 80 co-curricular athletic teams.
Grades:
JK to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$36,950 to $68,540
Living:
Boarding/Day
Enrollment:
1000
Avg. Class:
18 to 22
Havergal College 36950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
 
 

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
  • AP Capstone School
  • Harkness Method
  • Leadership, Character Values Program
Grades:
9 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$35,700 to $75,400
Living:
Boarding/Day
Enrollment:
425
Avg. Class:
15
Lakefield College School 35700 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School developing the leaders of tomorrow through the nurturing of curiosity and critical thinking at every age. View School Profile.


  • 13-acre downtown campus
  • Athletics and Wellness Centre
  • IB programs: JK to Grade 12
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Boarding starting in Grade 7
Grades:
JK to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$35,700 to $72,500
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
954
Avg. Class:
12 to 22
Branksome Hall 35700 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
 
 

Oakville, Ontario — 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. View School Profile.


  • Over $5.0 million in financial assistance annually
  • 20 AP courses & AP Capstone programme
  • Social Emotional Learning and Positive Education
  • S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus
  • Student Leadership programme
Grades:
7 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$41,030 to $81,870
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
785
Avg. Class:
12 to 16
Appleby College 41030 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. Our educational process is Beyond the Books! Education as it should be. 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:
$7,000 to $16,000
Living:
Boarding/Day
Enrollment:
550
Avg. Class:
10 to 15
Bond Academy 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Located in the heart of Toronto, UCC provides transformational learning experiences in an exceptional day and boarding environment. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities around the world. View School Profile.


  • High-achieving, all-round students
  • Challenging but rewarding IB program
  • First rate academics, athletics and arts
  • 19 different sports and 80+ clubs
  • Boutique urban boarding program
Grades:
SK to 12 (Boys)
Type:
Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$36,750 to $71,875
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
1200
Avg. Class:
20 to 25
Upper Canada College 36750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys
 
 

Port Hope, Ontario — At TCS, an excellent education means students remain open to learning throughout life and doing something positive with what they have learned. View School Profile.


  • AP Capstone school with extensive AP course offerings
  • Rural campus setting with 100 acres of fields and facilities
  • Academic and service learning travel education programs
  • Personalized guidance and support for academics and health and wellness
  • State-of-the-art athletic centre
Grades:
5 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$28,000 to $77,500
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
570
Avg. Class:
12 to 16
Trinity College School 28000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
 
 

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:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$18,980 to $71,620
Living:
Boarding/Day
Enrollment:
425
Avg. Class:
10 to 18
St. John's-Kilmarnock School 18980 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $18,860 to $72,555

St. Margaret's School offers inter-disciplinary and experiential learning from JK3 to Grade 12. Confidence, leadership and academic rigor lead to student success.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
St. Margaret's School 18860 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Stratford, Ontario
    Ontario Street/Waterloo Street South
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $15,750 to $37,275

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Nancy Campbell Academy 15750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Stanstead, Quebec
    Dufferin Street/Willow Lane
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $23,900 to $74,900

An English school in a French milieu, Stanstead College is located on the Quebec-Vermont border, offering rigorous university-prep, Grades 7 to 12, in a secure, family-focused learning environment.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Stanstead College 23900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $64,200 to $68,200

Robert Land Academy, established in 1978, is a private military-inspired boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to experience validation, realize their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Robert Land Academy 64200 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $29,300

Located in the heart of Toronto, McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 . Our average class size is 10 to 20 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
McDonald International Academy 10000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Spadina/St Clair Ave W
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $35,800 to $69,145

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 $2 million available in financial assistance.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
The Bishop Strachan School 35800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $28,944 to $83,937

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

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 28944 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,700 to $75,400

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

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Albert College 18700 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • US $42,000 to US $65,000

SPIRE ACADEMY is an international, high school and post graduate sports performance training and education academy, located within a world class event and wellness complex.

  • Boarding
  • Progressive
SPIRE Academy 42000 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $22,150 to $79,130

Independent 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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
St. Michaels University School 22150 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Scarborough, Ontario
    Brimley Avenue/Finch Avenue East
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $42,800

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Royal Crown School 18000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Townline Rd./Niagara Parkway
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $42,425 to $50,425

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 42425 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $75,710

Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $9,500 to $52,000

Brookes Westshore, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC, offers grades 4 to 12 and both day and boarding programmes, with an average class size of 15 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brookes Westshore 9500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Gretna, Manitoba
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $6,285 to $26,435

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Mennonite Collegiate Institute 6285 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Rigaud, Quebec
    Rue Saint-Pierre/Rue Bourget
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $4,700 to $35,000

Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa. The school offers Quebec's french program from Grade 7 till Grade 11 and english program from Grade 10 till Grade 12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
College Bourget 4700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Colborne/Clarence
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $7,700 to $26,500

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/eSchool/Boarding
  • Traditional
Haven International School 7700 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Boarding Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Av./Hwy 7
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $40,800

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
J. Addison School 16500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $28,000 to $87,000

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Brentwood College School 28000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,530 to $45,180

Luther College High School values excellence in teaching and cares for our students as individuals in our tight-knit community. Our focus in on the whole student - social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Luther College High School 9530 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Bracebridge, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $6,400 to $28,000

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".

  • eSchool/Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Dewey Institute 6400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Boarding Coed
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $15,315 to US $52,925

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Montverde Academy 15315 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Garden Street/Hwy. 2
  • 4 to 12 Girls
  • $26,125 to $70,625

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 26125 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Keele St/Dundas St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $1,200 to $27,120

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.

  • Day/eSchool/Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Great Lakes College of Toronto 1200 HighSchools Day eSchool Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $3,950 to $27,500

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.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College High School 3950 Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Mulock Drive/Bayview Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $29,255 to $72,055

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Pickering College 29255 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Finch Avenue/Islington Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $8,400 to $30,000

Nile Academy offers small class sizes and 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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Nile Academy 8400 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
    Railway Ave/Rouleau St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $11,000 to $54,600

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 11000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Merrickville, Ontario
    St. Lawrence Street/Elgin Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,450 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/eSchool/Day
  • Traditional
Merrick Preparatory School 16450 HighSchools Boarding eSchool Day Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
    Lansdowne Road/Kwantlen Street
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $22,000 to $37,950

MLWS-KPU offers a truly unique high school experience. Students receive the support and community of small high school classes along with the academic opportunities of learning within world-class university facilities.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22000 Day Boarding Day Coed
  • St Catharines, Ontario
    Ontario St./Welland Ave.
  • NS to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $350 to $5,200

Heuristic & autodidactic, inspired by Sudbury & democratic models. Students are self-directed, holistically empowered. Voluntary attendance, year-round calendar, agency, & consent inspire free learning.

  • Boarding/Homestay/eSchool/Day
  • Progressive
Agate Private School 350 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay eSchool eSchool Day Girls Coed
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
    South Dr/North Dr
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $24,800 to $67,900

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Reggio Emilia
St. John's-Ravenscourt School 24800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Windsor, Ontario
    Hwy 401/Cousineau Road
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,950 to $50,000

JK- 12/IB/AP , inter-faith/R.C.co-ed day, and boarding located in Windsor, ON Family of Schools includes Nursery, Elementary and Secondary Schools, athletic facilities, performing arts wing (music and dance studios).

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie Ste-Cécile International School 10950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • $19,430 to $40,743

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 19430 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Girls
  • Montreal, Quebec
    De Maisonneuve West/Park Row West
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $22,550 to $43,550

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.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Kells Academy 22550 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,945 to $56,500

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

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 12945 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • 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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Bronte College 16500 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Erda, Utah
    Droubay Rd/Erda Way
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • US $120,000

Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Alpine Academy 120000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $22,950 to $79,815

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ridley College 22950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
    College Rd/King St
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $19,950 to $63,550

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King's-Edgehill School 19950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $30,585 to $71,720

This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $30,585 to $71,720.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 30585 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John's Sideroad/Yonge Street
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $39,655 to $74,355

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
St. Andrew's College 39655 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys
  • Duncan, British Columbia
    Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $14,413 to $69,313

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Queen Margaret's School 14413 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $33,205 to $83,615

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Shawnigan Lake School 33205 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $24,520 to $69,100

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 24520 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $2,000 to $61,413

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.

  • Day/Boarding/eSchool
  • Progressive
Fulford Academy 2000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding eSchool Coed
  • Beamsville, Ontario
    Exit 64/QEW
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $11,000 to $42,300

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Great Lakes Christian High School 11000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Langside St./Westminster Ave.
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $15,450 to $49,440

STEAM and experiential learning are at the heart of our program, making learning at BH both dynamic and meaningful. With a focus on post-secondary guidance and internship, BH girls graduate with purpose.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Balmoral Hall School 15450 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • 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 $21,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity."

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 25250 HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $25,600 to $32,000

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 25600 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Coed Girls
  • Rome,
    Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €25,650 to EUR €39,600

Since 1964, SSS Rome has provided International Boarding and Day Students with a culturally inspiring and rigorous academic IB education in the heart of Ancient Rome.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Stephen's School, Rome 25650 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Windsor, Ontario
    Hwy 401/Cousineau Road
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $20,000 to $65,000

In a welcoming environment , HFAS assists our exceptional learners to reach their potential and to succeed. We focus on personal responsibility, initiative, independence, organization, self-regulation and time management

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Holy Family Achievement School of Académie Ste-Cécile 20000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $13,150 to $20,900

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 13150 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    14th Ave/Kennedy
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,200 to $41,500

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

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Trillium School 8200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding 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
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,345 to $73,145

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.

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 9345 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    12 Ave SW/8 St SW
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,400 to $24,415

Established in 1991, Alberta Ballet School is recognized as one of Canada’s leading professional dance schools. with an annual enrollment of approximately 100 local, national and international students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Alberta Ballet School 16400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Main St. W./Longwood Rd. S.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $2,050 to $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/Boarding
  • Traditional
Columbia International College 2050 HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed

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