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North Star Academy

Grades Gr. 7 TO Gr. 12 — Laval, QC (MAP)

North Star Academy:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 7 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    13 — 19 students
  • Tuition
    $15,400 to 23,850/year
  • Language of instruction
    English, French
  • Associations
    AP, FEEP
  • Enrolment
    200 day students, 20 boarding students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 950 Élodie-Boucher, Laval, Quebec, H7W 0C6 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

North Star Academy Laval offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider.

The regions North Star Academy Laval offers busing from are:

  • Blainville
  • Boisbriand
  • Laval
  • Bois-des-Filion
  • Deux-Montagnes
  • Lachenaie
  • Lorraine
  • Mascouche
  • Rosemère
  • Sainte-Thérèse
  • Saint-Eustache
  • Terrebonne
  • Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac

Our Perspective

How we see North Star Academy

In some senses, North Star is the very definition of a liberal arts education, namely one that intends not to educate students to the vocations, but to educate them to engage creatively, thoughtfully, and respectfully with the world around them. While not tiny, North Star is on the smaller end of the school spectrum, and it benefits from its size through an ability to provide an individualized approach to the delivery of the curriculum. Likewise, the students enter a community that is close-knit and personal, where they are known and celebrated for what they bring to the environment. Development is important, including the adoption of new classroom techniques and tools, and values are as well, including an appreciation of diversity, and allowing both a local and international perspective on the course material. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, vibrant, and values-based learning environment.  

School's Perspective

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How North Star Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"NSAL is the only English private high school on Montreal's North Shore for grades 7-12. We offer an enriched curriculum that fosters engaged, community-oriented students. Our small class sizes and personalized approach to teaching ensures that we prioritize each student, each day. Our unique Community Connections program develops students' global citizenship through diverse experiential opportunities, such as volunteering and co-curricular field trips. No certificate of eligibility is required."

  • Building positive relationships
  • Varying the curriculum to meet advanced learner’s
  • Setting goals to focus our learning
  • Keeping class sizes small
  • Signature Programs, Activities and Community Connections
  • Innovating our approaches to always offer the best
  • Connecting with community through real-life experiences
  • Customized learning and programs for every students’ needs
  • Using technology to enhance our teaching and learning
  • Providing opportunities to grow locally and internationally

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We believe that students should experience real life learning and we place importance on bridging the gap between theory and practice. NSAL has developed Signature Programs, such as the Signature Community Connections, for experiential learning opportunities where students can develop their skills, increase their tacit knowledge, clarify values and develop their capacity to contribute to their communities. We teach not only for school but for life."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"The reason parents choose North Star Academy Laval over and over for their children is because they know that NSAL prioritizes each student, each day. We are always innovating our approaches to deliver the best and use differentiated learning to meet our student's needs. At NSAL the "Circle of Success" is a key ingredient, where students, parents, teachers and the administration unite to help each student reach their full potential."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"NSAL is the only English private high school in Laval. Situated directly off highway 13, we are only 16 minutes from Fairview Pointe-Claire, 13 minutes from Centropolis and 15 min from Place Vertu. Knowing your child is in good hands in high school is the peace of mind parents look for in a school."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Families are enthralled by the various opportunities presented by the Academy. Whether it be an academic contest, educational outing, guest speaker or volunteer initiative, NSAL is always encouraging students to try something new; "the more you do, the more you become!". Parents also value NSAL's Grade 12 Pre-University program that can be completed in 1 year as they apply to some of the bets Universities in Montreal or anywhere in the world!"

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see North Star Academy

Video reviews of North Star Academy

Alum, Riwa Jaafar (2022)

Watch our alum interview with Riwa Jaafar to learn about the unique experience of attending North Star Academy.

Alum, Thea Sakr (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Thea Sakr to learn about the unique experience of attending North Star Academy.

Alum, Shan-Li Sauvé (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Shan-Li Sauvé to learn about the unique experience of attending North Star Academy.

Written reviews of North Star Academy


Alumnus, Shan-Li Sauve (2019)

My overall experience at North Star Academy was incredibly life-altering. The environment of the sch...


Parent, Joseph Sorella (2018)

My child has enjoyed and benefitted from the small class sizes and the extra personal 1 on 1 attenti...

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Josee Pepin, Head of School

Josée Pepin continues to thrive and innovate as Head of School of North Star Academy Laval, the only English private high school north of Montreal. Josée’s vision for an English private education stemmed from a desire to provide opportunities for teens and their families looking for a niche school with small student-teacher ratios and engaging programs, providing a personalized educational experience, right in their own neighbourhood. “A place where each teacher knows each student’s name, their family and their strengths. We work as a team to educate the whole student,” are the emphatic words of Pepin regarding her school’s approach. Well-known in local and international communities for her engagement and volunteerism, Mrs. Pepin provides students with endless opportunities to learn from and give back to the community, making learning meaningful and real for her high school students. Situated in one of the most culturally diverse and growing sectors of the province, and with no certificate of eligibility required, NSAL welcomes students from various local regions as well as those from around the world. North Star Academy’s success lies in its academic programs, sports concentrations, and extensive extra-curricular activities, which round out an education that attracts some of the brightest students to the school. Since its inception, a unique integrative Community Connections approach has allowed Josée to bring her students into the world and the world into the school through partnership projects and career exploration opportunities that help students grow and learn about their unique competencies and interests – all while making learning engaging and meaningful and academically competitive. Under  Josée’s visionary leadership, students bring their own technology devices as learning tools, teachers receive ongoing professional development, remaining at the forefront of best practices, and parents are involved through incredible committee work that supports the students and the NSAL Foundation. North Star Academy Laval is growing and innovating, a true gem of the north! 

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