Founded in 1877, Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS) is a progressive, co-ed independent day and boarding school for Grades 6 to 12. We offer low student-teacher ratios and world-class IB curriculum to an international student body in one of Canada’s safest, most beautiful communities. Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment where students are empowered to embrace their individuality while pursuing the greater good. Our graduates are compassionate leaders who make a meaningful difference in the world.
IB World School - The gold standard in education
The Duke Edinburgh's International Award is an internationally recognized program
Round Square schools share a commitment to character education and experiential learning
Outdoor Program - RNS takes full advantage it's location by offering outdoor learning experiences
Location! Rothesay, New Brunswick. Safest place to live in all of Canada. (Maclean's Magazine)
Sports - Offering outstanding competitive teams from middle school to high performance Prep Teams
Community - An outstanding community where everyone knows each other and is supportive of all
Learning at Rothesay Netherwood School during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: In September 2020, RNS resumed with in-person, full-time teaching. We are following all the public health protocols. See our Return-to-Campus Plan for September 2020 for further details.
40 College Hill Road, Rothesay, New Brunswick, E2E 5H1
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40 College Hill Road, Rothesay, New Brunswick, E2E 5H1
RNS offers busing. View details
RNS offers bus transferring.
Service options offered are occasional rider.
The regions RNS offers busing from are:
Additional notes: We have our own bus; however, it is not used to trasport students to and from school. It is used during and after the school day, and on weekends, to take students to the city, or some type of planned event.
As an IB World School, RNS prepares students for post-secondary education in a challenging, friendly, respectful, and safe community.
A rigorous academic program. It reflects the highest in standards and is supported by low student-teacher ratios and a world-class IB curriculum.
A 100% commitment to educating, celebrating and supporting your child. Tremendous care and attention are paid to each and every student. Students are respected and empowered to emerge as a self-confident individuals who have character, courage, creativity, and a commitment to community.
A unique, daily Advisor Program ensures that each child receives high levels of emotional and social support from enormously committed faculty and staff.
A progressive community with long standing traditions. RNS was founded in 1877 and is home to a diverse student population that is both domestic and international.
A location in a beautiful and safe community in Eastern Canada. We have 125 acres which affords us the opportunity to continue to expand our state-of-the-art facilities.
Varsity soccer on Fairweather field - one of five soccer pitches on campus
Varsity hockey in the Bonneycastle Arena on campus
Varsity basketball driving to the rim!
Fine arts studio
Hanging out in Kirk House
Insider Reviews and Perspectives
Our Take: Rothesay Netherwood School
The school dates to 1877 when the brilliantly named Ezekiel Stone Wiggins founded Thompson's School, a coed day school. It teetered a bit in the early years, with changes in ownership, and direction, though in time ultimately found both its academic and financial footings. A long-standing association with Netherwood, a school for girls founded in 1894, resulted in an amalgamation between the two in 1984. Students are empowered to emerge as a self-confident individuals who have character, courage, creativity and a commitment to community. A daily advisor program ensures that each child receives high levels of emotional and social support from committed faculty and staff. The school remains true to a tradition of academic excellence, and the campus is rich with reminders of its long history. The school has also benefited from robust development, the product of a number of capital campaigns over recent decades. Between the long tradition and extensive recent development, there's frankly a lot here to love. Notably among the school's alumni is John Peters Humphrey, primary author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at RNS: Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
RNS has a Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Liberal arts - 100%   Traditional - 100%   Progressive - 100%   Montessori - 100%   Reggio Emilia - 100%   Waldorf - 100%
RNS has a International Baccalaureate approach to secondary curriculum.
Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.
What RNS says: The academic program at Rothesay Netherwood School is diverse and challenging; it is designed to meet the changing needs of students as they develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Students have the opportunity to live and study in an environment where intellectual curiosity and academic achievement are highly valued. This rich learning environment is created through the combined efforts of the school's faculty, students, parents, alumni, the board of directors and governors. Small class size, highly qualified and caring teachers, extra help, compulsory study, and frequent reporting facilitate the students' learning The academic program of RNS is designed for students to experience courses in both the humanities and the sciences. In addition to the obvious academic rigor provided through the International Baccalaureate's Diploma Program, there is also ample opportunity to develop the whole student. These opportunities exist in the arts, athletics, and the various other extracurricular experiences such as local service projects, Duke of Edinburgh awards, student exchanges, and Round Square International Service programs..
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 100%   Traditional math - 100%   Discovery math - 100%
What RNS says: Mathematics at Rothesay Netherwood School is an ever evolving program that is student-centred with a focus on collaboration and critical thinking. We aim to challenge our students by encouraging them to seek a deep understanding of the curriculum through inquiry in order that they may make connections to the world around them.
Our students are introduced to mathematical concepts in diverse ways through teacher-led instruction, online platforms, or in an array of projects, that continue to promote creativity and collaboration. We aim to develop a foundation of content with a more student centred approach that focuses on being an independent learner. It is less teacher led instruction and more student orientated learning which allows for individual pacing and fosters growth in the classroom. This provides our students a healthy mix of traditional math as well as a discovery based approach to promote critical thinking.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: The textbooks used at Rothesay Netherwood School for mathematical instruction are “ Mathematics for the international student” by Haese and Harris publications. The middle school books follow the MYP IB program and the senior school books follow the IB curriculum.
Calculator policy: Our calculator policy at Rothesay Netherwood School is a scientific calculator in the middle school while a graphing calculator is required once students enter senior school. The required graphing calculator is a (Texas Instruments) TI-84.
The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
What RNS says: Students explore writing in multiple formats with a significant emphasis on revision and feedback. The process of writing is a balance of formal and creative avenues which allows students to harness their imagination, and also the more structured approach to exploring their ideas. Students produce work that is internally published and this ranges from short stories to magazine style publications. It is especially linked to their explorations in Social Studies where students learn about the research and writing process.
Teaching approach: The science program is heavily focused on Inquiry based learning in the Middle School and becomes a more Equally Balanced program in the senior years. We strive to develop students who think critically, work collaboratively to solve problems and become curious learners that are capable of asking challenging questions. Students gain hands-on experience through experimental design, data collection, creating models and participating in larger group projects within the school and global community. The curriculum for grades 6 through 10 is comprehensive and prepares students to move into the IB program in grade 11. We feel it is important to provide a diverse education that gives students the foundation to have success in all academic pursuits. As such, we focus on the development of universal skills that allow our students to conduct research, analyze data and graphs and become organized and logical problem solvers.
These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 100%   Traditional - 100%   Social justice - 4%
What RNS says: We do maintain, to some extent, a traditional approach to literature as we work to decode the mechanics of the text while also understanding its historical context. Ideas are often formed and expressed through formal class discussions and critical essays. At the same time, we foster an awareness for the individual experience of literature as an expression of self. Both classic and contemporary literature form the foundation of larger societal explorations, as students work to understand their complicated relationship to larger societal forces. Learning is often creatively expressed and cultivated through a reflective practice, as well as cooperative and project based initiatives.
The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
What RNS says: This program is module based where students explore three themes over the course of the academic year. These themes are designed to collaborate with their English program to permit cross-curricular enrichment. Over the past few years, the students have explored agriculture (past, present and future), human migration and the collision of cultures (local First Nations and European history). Students focus on immersing themselves in the theme through field trips, guest speakers, writing and research. Each module is centered around a large project which can range from the creation of a professional magazine publication to planning and hosting a museum night for the school and wider community.
What RNS says: The mission of the Social Sciences at Rothesay Netherwood School is to advance knowledge, promote inquiry and to cultivate independent and creative thinking in our students. Our program represents a balance of periennalism and pragmatism. It is our goal that students will engage with the past and their world not only to uncover the catalyst, course, and consequence of dynamics resulting in change but also how such an investigation can impact their current lives. The humanities give critical insight into aspects of thought, values, and achievement in all times and places. Such a holistic and balanced view is critical to citizens of the 21st century. A primary focus is on the acquisition, refinement, and expression of a broad scope of literacy skills leading to an individual capable of creative, rational, and compassionate thought.
What RNS says: The Rothesay Netherwood School Modern Language Department offers students the opportunity to begin, improve upon, or master a second language by building upon their current level of knowledge, and challenging them to attain the goal of fluency. Our curriculum is student-centered, and intended to foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, independent enquiry and a love of languages and the cultures of the countries from whence they come. Students are challenged to achieve their highest personal standards in terms of communication and personal expression in a second language.
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
What RNS says: The fine arts program is designed to foster the development of creativity and individual student growth through the integration of history and theory with musical, theatrical and visual arts production. Students are met with a variety of opportunities to challenge their own learning through traditional, student-guided, individual and collaborative tasks. Students are encouraged to be risk-takers, develop their natural curiosity as inquirers and an appreciation for elements of their own culture as well as an openness to the values, perspectives and traditions of others. In addition to classroom based learning, productions, performances and exhibitions play a vital role in our program and help our students to develop both confidence and a passion for the arts.
A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Heavy integration - 100%   Light integration - 100%   Medium integration - 100%
What RNS says: Information technology is integrated into the learning process throughout the curriculum. As a one-to-one laptop computer environment, students and teacher alike use their computers as integral tools in their daily work.
What RNS says: Physical Health & Education is a program of instruction and activity that develops skills and attitudes towards a healthy active lifestyle. This enables each student to enter an interscholastic program with more confidence in his/her self and abilities. The program objectives are to develop skills, self‐discipline, improved judgment, improved self‐confidence, peer relationships, more active lifestyles, an appreciation of physical activities that are part of our culture, improved physical fitness (stamina, strength and flexibility) and health promotion (weight regulation, stress reduction, reduced risk of heart disease). Physical Education is required for Grades 6 - 9, and is offered as an elective in Grade 10.
Sex and health education approach at RNS: Not New Brunswick curriculum
RNS has a Not New Brunswick curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Follows provincial curriculum approach).
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The sex education curriculum does NOT follow the provincial one taught in public schools - either in terms of structure, pacing, focus, and/or tone.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 100%   Follows provincial curriculum - 55%
Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral
RNS has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
What RNS says: Sex-ed is taught formally within the Physical Education curriculum, and informally within the middle school and high school science curriculum.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at RNS: Standard-enriched
RNS has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at RNS: Supportive
RNS has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 100%   Rigorous - 100%
What RNS says: The academic program at RNS is challenging and comprehensive, yet flexible enough to accommodate all of our students. Providing the necessary support for students to succeed is the hallmark of an RNS education. Effort is highly valued as the evaluation of one's academic performance is tied directly to their level of effort. As students progress through our program, they gain the skills, confidence, and independence necessary to be successful in their future endeavors.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
What RNS says: The RNS student values working together, being a part of each other's lives, and looking out for the greater good of the community. Our philosophy encourages students to put forth their best effort. We provide students with a compassionate and comfortable learning environment, allowing them to be courageous and take risks. Our community breathes the values of dignity and respect for all. Our graduates are literate, numerate, technologically savvy, independent and critical thinkers.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
RNS offers No support
RNS offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 12, RNS students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.
What RNS says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What RNS says:
RNS Rowers experience CSSRA 71st Annual Regatta. Competing at the Canadian Secondary School Regatta is a high school rowers ultimate challenge- with 128 schools participating in various course conditions. Our crews rowed technically sound and put forth a tremendous performance in the women’s double & men’s 8+, finishing 4th in their heats. Ian Morrison moved through to the senior 72kg single final finishing 5th.
RNS student makes NB U17 baseball team. Bryson Woodworth '17 has been selected to join Team NB Selects at the Canada Cup baseball U17 Championships in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The tournament features the country's top players and is a highly scouted event. This will be Bryson's second year with the team, which finished with a 5-2 record last year.
RNS Students star in Rothesay Ballet School Spring Recital at the Imperial Theatre. The girls were involved in a variety of dance including contemporary, tap and a full ballet performance of 'Jewels'.
Rowers win 2016 High School Championships. Many thanks are extended to our alumni coaches Matthew Snelgrove '11, Ben McMullin '12 and Mae-Lin Delange '15.
MS Rugby Team wins Rugby7s Mini Tournament. RNS hosted the second of three Rugby7s mini-tournaments with teams visiting from MacDonald Consolidated School in Kingston, Belleisle Middle School, Forest Hills Middle School and two teams from Quispamsis Middle School.
Grade 8 Students win Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision National Competition. As the top Middle School Team in North America, the students will travel to Washington, DC, in June for an awards ceremony and many exciting events. The Discovery Channel and The Daily Planet also aired a video clip of the students receiving the news.
Grade 12 Athlete breaks World Records at International Power Lifting competition. Patrick Lawrence '16 attended the meet in Amherst, NS. He won first place in his age/weight class, but he also set three world records! The old squat record was 264.6 lbs and Patrick squatted the new world record at 325 lbs. Patrick benched 215 lbs, and set the new deadlift world record pulling 435.4 lbs. The third world record was the total. The bench, squat, and deadlift are all combined to amount to 975 lbs for Patrick, exceeding the old total record by 159 lbs.
Competitive sports: 17 Recreational sports: 20
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Rothesay Netherwood School offers 21 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
DayBoarding (Domestic)Boarding (International)
What RNS says about their tuition: Boarding fees include the academic program, supervised accommodation, laundry facilities, textbooks, yearbook, use of recreational facilities, all meals, day-to-day health care needs, regular local travel for academic and athletic school trips, and most outdoor leadership trips. Extra fees include novels and workbooks that students retain, optional trips, athletic tournaments, laptop and uniforms.
2nd child (sibling)
3rd child (sibling)
4th child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
6 to 12
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications The completed application form
The last two years' final school reports and the most current report card
A copy of the applicant's birth certificate or passport
The completed Confidential Teacher Recommendation form
A recent photo of the student
Interview live or via Skype/Zoom/FaceTime
Copy of Immunization Record
Students entering Grades 6 through 12 are able to apply for both Atlantic Canadian Scholarships and Merit Scholarships. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must first submit a completed application to Rothesay Netherwood School and have an academic average of at least 85% (or equivalent) in their current school. They must complete the Scholarship Portfolio and submit it by the deadline in February.
All application documents must be submitted before consideration for a merit scholarship. This includes:
The completed application form
The last two years' final school reports and most current report card
A copy of the applicant's birth certificate
The completed Confidential Teacher Recommendation form
A recent photo of the applicant
Interview live or via Skype
For more details, visit:www.rns.cc/admission/school-fees/scholarships-and-financial-aid
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Gr. 6 to Gr. 12
Gr. 6 to Gr. 12
Average class size
14 to 16
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
6 - 12
SSAT (out of province)
Day students: Rolling Boarding students: Rolling Offer mid-year entry:
The last two years' final school reports and the most current report card
A copy of the applicant's birth certificate or passport (copy of passport must be received for non-Canadian students)
The completed Confidential Teacher Recommendation form
Copy of Immunization Record
Interview in person or via Skype
Please note: Students applying for Grades 10, 11 and 12 whose first language in not English may be required to submit results of a recognized English language test (IELTS, SLEP, TOEFL, etc.)
Canadian Applicants - $100 CAD
International Applicants - $200 CAD
Acceptance Rate: 85%
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
16 - 20 (85%)
2 - 5 (85%)
10 - 15 (85%)
10 - 20 (75%)
10 - 20 (70%)
10 - 20 (70%)
10 - 20 (70%)
Boarding Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
2 - 4 (90%)
2 - 5 (90%)
2 - 10 (90%)
10 - 30 (80%)
10 - 20 (80%)
10 - 20 (80%)
10 - 20 (80%)
Type of student RNS is looking for:
Students attending Rothesay Netherwood School are expected to:
strive for individual excellence: academically, artistically, athletically, socially, and spiritually;
demonstrate respect for their surroundings and environment;
know and maintain the standards of the school;
treat everyone with respect and dignity;
develop an enduring sense of responsible citizenship; and
leave RNS a better school and continue to be active in school affairs.
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
Average graduating class size
Students accepted into post-secondary studies upon graduation
Percentage of students who attend post-secondary institutions outside of Canada
Students who attended a Ivy+ school
Number of students in the past 5 years that that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)
Rothesay Netherwood School Graduates’ Post-Secondary Studies:
This information is not currently available.
Aggregate of All Schools’ Post-Secondary Studies:
24% - Liberal Arts and Sciences 25% - Engineering and Applied Sciences 24% - Business/Commerce 4% - Fine and Performing Arts 14% - Applied Health Sciences 2% - Applied Professional Studies (Post-grad certificate / diploma) 6% - Other
Services Offered to Students
What RNS says:
Grade 11 and 12 students at RNS are
mentored, assisted and guided one-on-one through the post-secondary decision making process by the University Placement Office. Students are supported as they process university
applications thoroughly and efficiently.
They are also presented with opportunities to apply for various post-secondary scholarships.
Almost a century and a half ago, Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS) was established as a place where students would receive an education of excellence that would meet their individual interests, abilities, passions, and needs. I am proud to say that this tradition continues today.
RNS is a small school with a big reputation worldwide. We are an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for students in Grades 6 to12 that is situated on the tree-lined banks of the majestic Kennebecasis River in the charming town of Rothesay, New Brunswick. We offer a rigorous academic program and extraordinary life experiences to a diverse student body that hails from both Canada and around the world.
We are a school that is distinctive in so many ways. We provide a safe and nurturing learning environment that presents students with unparalleled opportunities to make an impact on our extraordinary 125-acre campus as well as in the nearby community. Our vibrant and fully integrated academic, residential, and co-curricular experience is sustained by a diverse and exceptional faculty and staff that is 100% committed to celebrating, supporting, and challenging every one of our students so they can be their best.
Please feel free to reach out to us should you require other information before you choose where your child will be pursuing their path. I look forward to the possibility of your family being an active part of our community.
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