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Sean is only 16 but he reckons he's ready for university. Two years ago he transferred from his high school in Kanata, near Ottawa, to Stanstead College in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, as a boarder. "I wanted to get into the university of my choice, and this seemed the best way," he says.


Maybe Sean didn't realize it, but one of his biggest gains from switching schools would be in the area of life skills. Parents talk about it, schools promote it, but acquiring life skills is a lot harder to describe and measure than, say, winning a scholarship or scoring a goal.

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Sean remembers: "The hardest thing was switching my personality-manners at the dinner table, and being courteous. It took a little bit of work."

Promptness and application were two other qualities he acquired. He was used to being at school at 9:00 and going home at 3:30. But at Stanstead College, the day starts with assembly at 8:10 and classes at 8:30, with sports or club activities like jazz or debating at 3:30 and a two-hour study session before bed. The first year his marks dropped about five percent, but have since picked up. By the end though, he was a prefect, and was offered a scholarship to take commerce at Queen's, the university of his choice.

"I guess I have learned I am capable of reacting to change," he says. "I am a much more rounded person."

Christian Wells, assistant headmaster at Stanstead College, sees it as a whole package of life skills-from the family-style lunches with place settings that students enjoy with their advisers in the first four weeks of school, to the emphasis on public speaking at the daily assemblies, to learning time management. "I think certainly in a boarding school, you learn to handle yourself and that gives you a great advantage in the first year at university."

Part of it, he says, is, "we keep the kids extremely busy." It's a theme repeated by Courtenay Shrimpton, assistant headmaster and director of student life at St. Andrew's College, in Aurora, Ontario. "Here, it's cool to be involved," he says. "Heart, mind, body and spirit, through academics, clubs, leadership, sports. The spirit of this place is that those who are most involved are the ones who are most admired by the school community and the other students." The school's mission, he says, echoing the ideal of many institutions, "is to produce the complete man."

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Toronto, Ontario — St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate. View School Profile.


  • Girls' school, founded in 1901
  • Enriched and balanced academics at all grade levels
  • Unrivaled Advanced Placement course offerings
  • 100% university acceptance
  • Extensive athletic, arts, and co-curricular programs
Grades:
1 to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$31,900
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
460
Avg. Class:
16
St. Clement's School 31900 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — The York School is a JK to Grade 12 International Baccalaureate school in midtown Toronto. Our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world. View School Profile.


  • International Baccalaureate World School (JK - Grade 12)
  • 100% university placement rate
  • Co-educational learning environment
  • Progressive, contemporary approach
  • International community
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$30,000 to $33,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
730
Avg. Class:
16 to 22
The York School 30000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Ottawa, Ontario — Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from PreK to Gr. 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. View School Profile.


  • Recognized for academic excellence
  • Welcoming, inclusive and diverse community
  • International Baccalaureate World School (PYP, MYP, DP)
  • Round Square and Apple Distinguished school
  • Merit- and need-based scholarships available
Grades:
PS to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$14,800 to $28,300
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
370
Avg. Class:
15 to 17
Elmwood School 14800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day 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
  • 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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 24900 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $18,500 to $24,000

We are a new style of independent school for diverse learners where all students learn with dignity; where a warm and nurturing school serves as a foundation for remarkable lives; and where the whole person who matters.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
WillowWood School 18500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,213 to $50,230

Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering academic programs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Hillfield Strathallan College 8213 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • 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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Nancy Campbell Academy 9750 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/King Road
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $15,500

Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. is a private school for intellectually gifted students in Richmond Hill, Ontario, from grades 1 through 12. Tuition is $15,500.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. 15500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Winston Churchill/Lakeshore Road East
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,925 to $18,900

Clanmore is one of the few schools offering authentic Montessori programming from Toddler - Middle School. Our culture is warm and inviting and our philosophy empowers us to support each child as a unique individual.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Clanmore Montessori School 8925 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $14,000

We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology 12500 HighSchools Day 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
  • 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.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22950 Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Montreal (DDO), Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $12,930

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

  • Day
  • Traditional
West Island College (Montreal) 12930 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Sheppard Ave
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $449 to $549 /course

Ontario Virtual School is an Ontario Ministry-inspected credit-granting institution offering high school courses for Grades 9-12 in an interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access.

  • eSchool
  • Traditional
Ontario Virtual School 449 HighSchools eSchool Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Kipling/Evans
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $25,000 to $64,000

New Haven is the leading private school and non-profit centre supporting individuals with ASD and their families year-round. Our focus centres on growing potential and changing the lives of those with ASD to SOAR.

  • Day
  • Progressive
New Haven Learning Centre 25000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $3,750 to $26,250

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/Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College 3750 Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Thetford, Vermont(USA)
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • US $17,998 to US $46,891

TA’s award-winning faculty are recognized for their innovative teaching practices, learners are engaged, and diversity is celebrated. TA students work collaboratively and independently to reach their full potential.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Thetford Academy 17998 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    North Park Drive/Nuffield Street
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $7,000 to $13,000

Maranatha Christian Academy is a private Christian School located in Brampton. MCA utilizes the ACE curriculum that focuses on individualized instruction.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Maranatha Christian Academy 7000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools 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'.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 23340 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
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Riverside Dr./Bank St
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $14,800 to $16,300

Astolot Educational Centre is a day school with grades 1 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. Classroom teacher-student ratios are 1 to 10. Students have the ability to reach their full potential with Astolot programming.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Astolot Educational Centre 14800 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Church/Bloor
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $20,000 to $25,000

Founded in 1997, the Abelard School is a small independent school for grades 7 though 12, located in downtown Toronto. It offers small class sizes and an enriched, integrated curriculum to bright, motivated students.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Abelard School 20000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    152 Street/Highway 10
  • K to 5 Coed
  • $16,500 to $18,000

We understand the importance of developing a full, well rounded individual. Our Sport and Art Expert Streams are integrated with the Academic curriculum to amplify our students’ growth into capable and confident adults.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Glarea Elevated Learning 16500 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    College/Spadina
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,800 to $30,000

Braemar College offers a warm environment in downtown Toronto for students with high academic ambitions. Flexible terms allow students to join anytime and offers fast and focused pathways into Canada’s top universities.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Braemar College 13800 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave. SW
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $7,900 to $21,000

A Catholic school that goes beyond academics to help our students realize and use their talents to their fullest potential, in order to become all that God has created them to be. Open to families of all faiths.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Clear Water Academy 7900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $4,501 to $12,800

Now offered online, the PK – Grade 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson's books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day.

  • eSchool/Day
  • Traditional
Sidney Ledson Institute 4501 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary eSchool 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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 12500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding 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.

  • eSchool/Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Fulford Academy 14120 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Boarding Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Dufferin/Lawrence
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $19,000 to $25,000

Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to learners whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Magnificent Minds 19000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • JK to 6 Coed
  • $12,600 to $18,900

Oak Learners offers a unique learning atmosphere, inspired by the strengths of our students. Our classrooms apply interdisciplinary and inquiry-based teaching to facilitate an enriched educational environment.

  • Day
  • Reggio Emilia
Oak Learners 12600 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Ancaster, Ontario
    Rymal Road West/Glancaster Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,700 to $46,650

At HDCH, our mission is to cultivate character through learning for a life of service to God. Our vision is to see all HDCH graduates become a faithful presence in the communities that they serve.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Hamilton District Christian High 12700 HighSchools Homestay 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
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen St./Ossington Ave.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $28,173

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12 from all backgrounds. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially responsible global citizens.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
University of Toronto Schools 28173 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $17,550 to $20,000

Edelweiss Private Academy offers elementary education to students with ASD and other exceptionalities, maintaining small teacher to student ratios. We promote strong academic, physical and social-emotional development.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Edelweiss Private Academy 17550 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day 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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Fort Erie International Academy 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills/Eglinton
  • Adult Coed
  • $18,500 to $27,500

Brighton Launch reimagines post-secondary education for young adults with intellectual challenges. Using a tailored skills curriculum, supported work placements and more, we prepare students for lives of success.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Brighton Launch 18500 Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,000 to $25,000

Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver to all genders. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 17000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • 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.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Columbia International College 2700 HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Sheridan, Oregon(USA)
    HWY 18/SW Rock Creek Rd
  • K to 12 Coed
  • US $23,826 to US $68,599

Our unique curriculum and approach to education teaches students to teach themselves. Our mission is to empower young adults to bring positive change in the world through reason, creativity and integrity.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Delphian School 23826 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day 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 Day Boarding Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,600 to $19,200

Walden International School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Grade 9 will be introduced in September 2021. Class sizes up to 18 students depending on grade level.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School 9600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $14,000 to $18,000

Howlett Academy is a private, co-educational school for JK to Grade 8. Accountability, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, Creativity and Energy are our core values.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Howlett Academy 14000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie Street/York Mills Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,300 to $23,400

The Giles School has small class sizes, leadership programs and intensive STEM programming that support both immersion and introductory language programming in each of the six official languages of the United Nations.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Giles School 13300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

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