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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 Quebec's Eastern Townships, 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.

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. "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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WillowWood School (est. 1980)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$18,100 to $23,500

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18100

Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)  

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $58,227 to US $146,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 58227

Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • Day school (375 students)
Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$13,500 to $25,660


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 13500

Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (170 students)
Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum, co-ed Montessori program from Toddler to Middle School. Tuition starts at $8,250. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,250 to $17,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8250

Maranatha Christian Academy (est. 1996)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
Maranatha Christian Academy is a private Christian School located in Brampton. MCA utilizes the ACE curriculum that focuses on individualized instruction. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$5,500 to $6,500


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5500

Astolot Educational Centre (est. 1997)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,800 to $15,800


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 13800

Ontario Virtual School (est. 2010)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • eSchool school (3000 students)
Ontario Virtual School an Ontario Government approved credit granting institution offers high school level courses for Grades 9-12 in an e-learning, interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$399 to $499 /course

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HighSchools eSchool Coed 399

Hamilton District Christian High (est. 1956)  

  • Ancaster, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (425 students)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
At Hamilton District Christian High we believe exceptional learning is for every student. Our aim is to differentiate learning so that each student can reach their full potential through Project-Based learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$12,200 to $16,800


HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 12200

The Abelard School (est. 1997)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$20,000 to $25,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 20000

Fulford Academy (est. 2002)  

  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • Day school (40 students)
Fulford Academy is a day/boarding school in Brockville, Ontario, offering programs for grade 6-12. The average student/teacher ratio is 7:1, and STEM + Arts is the core of our Academic Programming. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$14,120 to $29,590 /semester


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 14120

Princeton Academy of Canada (est. 2000)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (150 students)
Princeton Academy is a reputable private high school that offers high school credits from grades 9-12 to those who are working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The average class size is about 8-15 students [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,000 to $18,800


HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed 10000

OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology (est. 2013)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 11 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (15 students)
  • Homestay school (15 students)
OAT is a high school in Toronto specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Full credit courses, Booster programs and Reach Ahead programs designed to give students the support they need to excel. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$500 to $13,995


Day Homestay Coed 500

Mediated Learning Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (95 students)
The Mediated Learning Academy is a special need school for students K-12 with certified teachers, supported by Speech-Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physiotherapists, and Counsellors [View profile]
  • Progressive
$11,000 to $13,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11000

Brighton Launch   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Adult Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
Brighton Launch is program for young adults 18+ with challenges, who are preparing to, or have moved from school to post-school activities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$18,500 to $27,500


Day Coed 18500

Beacon of Light (est. 2017)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • Day school (11 students)
Beacon of Light is a new private elementary school, Grades 1 - 8, in Toronto. We have individualized teaching methods, life-skills programs, and tutoring support for developing exceptional academic and social skills. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,000 to $9,000


Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 7000

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • Day school (1150 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$4,500 to $10,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 4500

St. Clement's School (est. 1901)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Girls
  • Day school (460 students)
St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$29,900


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 29900

Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)  

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
Vaudrin Academy offers innovative and trilingual education based on neuroscience which is unique in the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$5,568 to $11,832


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 5568

Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2018)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
Odyssey Heights School starts at 10:30am; 1 month Overnight Outdoor Ecological Experiential Ed trips & Equestrian Program are included in tuition, plus French Ministry of Education FSL curriculum, and "No Homework Ever!" [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$20,981 to $27,825


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Girls 20981

The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Day school (825 students)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$32,060 to $60,730

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 32060

Edge School (est. 1999)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (310 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,000 to $18,270


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 13000

Alpine Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (70 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $120,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls 120000

Howlett Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Howlett Academy is a private, co-educational school for JK to Grade 8. Accountability, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, Creativity and Energy are our core values. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,000 to $17,000

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 13000

Oak Learners (est. 2016)  

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • JK to 6 Coed
  • Day school (18 students)
Oak Learners offers a creative learning atmosphere, working with your child’s unique learning style to inspire their strengths and interests. [View profile]
  • Reggio Emilia
$3,485 to $17,100

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Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 3485

Rosthern Junior College (est. 1905)  

  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (3 students)
  • Day school (36 students)
  • Boarding school (38 students)
RJC is a grades 10-12 private, boarding school accredited by the SK Ministry of Education. RJC’s International Student Program focuses on English language immersion, educational excellence, and cultural experience. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,435 to $25,350

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Homestay Day Boarding Coed 7435

Kohai Educational Centre (est. 1976)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 12 Coed
  • Day school (35 students)
Kohai LIFE offers programmes for those aged 18 years+ with special needs or learning challenges. Our participants develop life skills, gain work experience, continue learning and stay active, all while having fun! [View profile]
  • Traditional
$20,000 to $33,000


Day Coed 20000

Xyna International School (est. 2010)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Girls/Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (10 students)
Xyna International School offers programs from Gr 9 - 12 in Brampton(Co-ed) and 6-12 in Woodbridge(Girls only). At Xyna students have many opportunities to develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Girls Coed 7000

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