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Rothesay Netherwood School

Grades Gr. 6 TO Gr. 12 — Rothesay, NB (MAP)

Rothesay Netherwood School:

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School address

  • 40 College Hill Road, Rothesay, New Brunswick, E2E 5H1 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

RNS offers bus transferring. Service options offered are occasional rider.

The regions RNS offers busing from are:

  • Saint John

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.

Our Perspective

How we see 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.

School's Perspective

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How Rothesay Netherwood School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Since 1877, Rothesay Netherwood School has been committed to educating, celebrating and supporting each and every one of our students so that they can be their very best. We offer rigorous academics in a beautiful, safe community that is supported by low student-teacher ratios and a world-class IB curriculum. Our daily Advisor Program ensures all our students are truly thriving emotionally and socially from day one. We are proud of our strong global alumni network and pleased to offer scholarships and bursaries."

  • 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
  • Opportunities - Arts, STEAM, Service and more

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"RNS has a daily Advisor Program that is truly unique. It ensures that each student receives the highest possible level of emotional and social support from our tremendously committed faculty and staff. Our well-rounded student support services provide our students with encouraging words when they need them. And our University Placement office works one-on-one with students as they make their post-secondary education decisions, helping them navigate the application and scholarship process."

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

"RNS is a small school with a big reputation worldwide. We are recognized across Canada and around the world for our 100% commitment to educating, celebrating and supporting each and every student. Our position at the forefront of education is because of our inspired and inspiring faculty and staff. Our highly-qualified, committed teachers know every student, and every family, by name. They work tirelessly toward our students' education and enrichment."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The RNS community is a family. If students arrive on the Hill feeling a little apprehensive, their nervousness is fleeting thanks to the friendliness, encouragement, and welcoming nature of not only our faculty and staff, but of the other RNS students and families. All of our students are immediately embraced; they are supported, assured, and cheered on throughout their journey (and beyond!) at RNS."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Our day mirrors a typical adult working day: We start at 8:15am and end most days at 5pm. We have a rich academic program, followed by participation in competitive or non-competitive physical activities like field hockey, soccer, tennis, yoga, track and field, rugby, martial arts, or rowing, to name a few. We also have a passion for promoting the arts. Students can join bands, develop their visual arts skills, act in plays or a musical, or take on costume or set design."

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Rothesay Netherwood School

Video reviews of Rothesay Netherwood School

Alum, Erin Usher (2022)

Watch our alum interview with Erin Usher to learn about the unique experience of attending Rothesay Netherwood School.

Alum, Heather Chisholm (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Heather Chisholm to learn about the unique experience of attending Rothesay Netherwood School.

Written reviews of Rothesay Netherwood School


Parent, Janet Thompson (2021)

Our son had an excellent experience at RNS. The small class size and sense of community are the thi...


Parent, Glennamae Lauwerijssen (2021)

We have had 3 children attend RNS for grades 10-12. Our children have really enjoyed all the opppor...


Parent, Javier Azagra (2020)

We had two kids at school, a girl from grade 6 until grade 8 and a boy from grade 9 till grade 12. H...
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School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Paul McLellan, Head of School
BSc, BEd, MEd

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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