All-boys schools: top benefits

Advantages of a boys-only education

Boys and girls have all the same abilities to learn, but boys definitely learn differently than girls and have very different interests. An all-boys private school offers your son: Read more


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Crescent School


Toronto, Ontario
Bayview Avenue/Lawrence Avenue East
 
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"Crescent School is a Toronto independent day school for boys in Grades 3 to 12. Our relational learning environment develops students' characters through academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics.

  1. Emphasis on leadership and character education
  2. Strong alumni community
  3. Generous financial aid
  4. Enhanced service & mentoring opportunities

—From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $41,965
 
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Crescent School 41965 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys

Royal St. George's College


Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St/Dupont St
 
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"Our vision: Encourage life-long Georgians ready to use their scholarship, compassion, conscience and courage to make a difference. Our mission: To challenge and inspire each boy to become the best version of himself.

  1. 100% university placement
  2. Boy-centric education
  3. Computer Engineering & Entrepreneurship programs
  4. AP Capstone school

—From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $37,675
 
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Royal St. George's College 37675 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys

Upper Canada College


Toronto, Ontario
St Clair Ave W/Avenue Rd
 
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"Located in the heart of Toronto, UCC provides transformational learning experiences in a supportive, caring environment. Our highly sought-after graduates are awarded International Baccalaureate and OSSD diplomas.

  1. High-achieving, all-round students
  2. Challenging but rewarding IB program
  3. First rate academics, athletics and arts
  4. 19 different sports and 80+ clubs

—From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $38,600 to $75,200
 
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Upper Canada College 38600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys
Toronto, Ontario
Dufferin Avenue/401 Highway
 
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"The Sterling Hall School understands how boys learn best. Teacher relationships and extensive co-curriculars empower and inspire each boy. Our focus on learning, character and community ensure all boys belong." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $37,000
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The Sterling Hall School 37000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys
Toronto, Ontario
York Mills Road/Don Mills Road
 
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"We value partnership with parents, creating a genuinely warm and friendly community. We raise the academic bar on academic excellence, and expectations of character, helping the boys become the best that they can be." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $20,200 to $24,600
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Northmount School 20200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys
Wellandport, Ontario
 
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"Robert Land Academy, established in 1978, is a private military-inspired boarding school (Grades 5-12) that helps boys build self-confidence, achieve academic success, develop values, and realize their potential." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $64,000 to $75,000
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Robert Land Academy 64000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
Calgary, Alberta
Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave. SW
 
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"Clear Water Academy is the only private Catholic school in Alberta. We offer a rigorous academic program from Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 12 for students of all faiths. 100% of our students pursue post-secondary education." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed/Boys/Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $15,700 to $17,400
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Clear Water Academy 15700 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Day Coed Boys Girls
Toronto, Ontario
Duplex Ave/St Clements Ave
 
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"At SCELS we believe giving children an early education will build a solid foundation to prepare them for their next school setting." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 2 (Boys/Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $12,000 to $23,000
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St. Clement's Early Learning School 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Boys Coed
Calgary, Alberta
17th Ave SW/Richmond Road SW
 
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"In addition to academics, our focus on mentorship, hands-on learning in and outside the classroom, and character development, will allow our students to thrive academically and personally as they discover who they are." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed/Girls/Boys)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $14,000 to $16,000
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North Point School 14000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Coed Girls Boys
Oakville, Ontario
 
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"We know boys have different learning styles. Research shows that boys learn differently and socialize in their own distinct ways. We also know through research that boys thrive in an all-boys’ learning environment." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $25,935 to $30,660
  • Day school
  • 180 students
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Linbrook School 25935 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys
Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./St. Clair West
 
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"Canada’s only independent, Catholic school for boys in Grades 7-12, taught in the Basilian tradition of forming the mind, body, and soul. Since 1852, we have educated students in goodness, discipline, and knowledge." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $23,250
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St. Michael's College School 23250 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
Halifax, Nova Scotia
 
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"With a global network of schools around the world, a rich and proud history, and a strong and unique set of core values, Sacred Heart offers not just an education but an experience that is unparalleled in Nova Scotia." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Boys/Girls/Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,370 to $20,130
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Sacred Heart School of Halifax 14370 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Boys Girls Coed
Aurora, Ontario
St. John's Sideroad/Yonge Street
 
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"With a tradition dating back to 1899, St. Andrew's remains the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. Our 126-acre campus provides our students with an ideal setting for learning and growth." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Boys/Girls)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $4,100 to $80,800
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St. Andrew's College 4100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Day Boys Girls

Specialized education

Girls often outperform boys in knowledge and skills tests, and boys often score significantly lower than girls in reading and writing tests. Schools for boys tailor their curriculum to suit how boys learn best, and often result in higher academic success.

Responsibility

All-boys schools offer a welcoming and challenging educational environment. Boys receive close care and guidance, and are encouraged to engage in all aspects of school life that may otherwise be taken over by girls.

Acceptance

Single-sex schools can offer an atmosphere free from stigma and stereotypes. Boys can discover their true identity in the safety of the community. They are also encouraged to build their emotional sides, which is more difficult in coed situations. To learn more, click here.

Choice

Without gender stereotypes associated with some course options, boys can be free to pursue any subject they are interested in. This includes those that may be typically seen as “female” in coed schools. Boys are also able to participate in any extracurricular activity they choose, from sports to theatre productions. This opens up a boy’s choice for academic goals and future career aspirations.

Boys' schools offer young men in Canada the chance to separate themselves from girls and focus on learning. Boys' schools allow educators to take advantage of the fact that boys learn differently from girls. Recent research has reinforced an understanding of this difference.

A focus on academics for boys

The focus on academics—coupled with increased engagement and learning—are among the reasons that boys’ schools are increasing in popularity. “It’s not just the absence of girls that gives the school legitimacy,” says Brad Adams, Executive Director of the International Boys’ School Coalition. “What matters most is the quality of the teaching and the sensitivity of that teaching to optimize student motivation.”

For Mark, a focus on hands-on learning, including designing and building roller coasters and conducting science lab experiments, was the highlight of his high school experience. But, as Adams explains, single-gender schools also offer a safe place for boys to take risks, express their emotions and explore subjects such as the arts and literature. What is typically considered “uncool” by an adolescent trying to impress the opposite sex, is actually celebrated and encouraged in a single-gender environment.

The advantages of boys’ schools

For some, the benefits of a single-gender school are best realized at a young age. According to Kathryn Kirkland, head of the Junior School at Royal St. George’s College in Toronto, Ontario, boys in the primary years often lag 18 months cognitively behind girls. “If you’re constantly being told to sit down and be quiet, then it starts to affect your happiness and self-perception as a student and a learner,” Kirkland says. “Here, we give the boys the freedom to be who they are and the encouragement to succeed.”

But, what of the transition in later life to a coed learning and working environment? “These boys are not isolated from socialization with girls and they get plenty of opportunities to work in co-ed groups on extracurricular projects,” Adams says.

Mark, who is heading to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in the fall, says he’s not concerned. “For the first few weeks, it might be a bit of an adjustment, but I don’t think it will be a problem,” he says. “Overall, I loved the all-boys experience—I stepped up and took every opportunity that I could and developed lifelong friendships along the way.”

Boys’ schools are not simply “schools comprised of boys,” but schools for boys, says Brad Adams, executive director of The International Boys’ Schools Coalition, a global network of 200 leading schools for boys.

“They are designed in every way to respond to their needs, to harness their potential and to guide them along the journey towards full and responsible manhood,” he says.

Learning curve

According to Adams, great schools for boys start with how boys learn. “Good teachers in these schools have always plied their craft with intuitive good sense and wise observation about what ‘works’ to engage boys,” he says. Schools for boys teach to the ways boys learn best, with a strong competitive and active component. They are also savvy in deploying approaches that lift achievement in reading and writing—where many boys struggle.

Exposure to the arts

Many are already aware that boys’ schools are great places for sports, with topnotch facilities and programs, but Adams points out that the first stop on a tour of a thriving school for boys is often the new fine arts studio, theatre, the design and technology facility or the music rehearsal and performance spaces. Schools for boys can be highly effective in encouraging them to explore these areas.

He says that there is also evidence that students in schools for boys are more likely to explore subjects that might be considered “unmasculine” and to pursue a broader range of disciplines and vocations thereafter.

Stepping up

“The distinct advantage of an all-boys learning environment means that boys routinely and naturally rise to tasks that girls might otherwise do,” he says.

“Boys lead in every aspect of classroom discussion and participation and show a wider, more complete range of engagement and thought than might be the case in a coed environment.”

Staying connected

Growing up can be difficult for boys who can pick up the message that emotional connectedness and expression are unmanly: better to hide behind that tough-skinned exterior. This leaves many boys vulnerable and alone, often without support and skill and, in many cases, unable to express their feelings.

That’s where boys’ schools come in. Boys’ schools provide an empathy-building environment with staff that is well able to respond to their needs, Adams says.

Tackling issues head-on

“Medical research from around the world is consistent: men—and boys—are not very good at taking care of themselves,” Adams says. “They are more likely than girls to engage in high-risk activities, abuse substances, and commit violence. Far more boys than girls are diagnosed with learning disabilities and medicated.”

These issues are tackled head-on at boys’ schools, which aim to keep students active, fit and engaged and provide support and counselling according to Adams. Boys’ schools are able to tackle the toughest issues in assemblies and in the curriculum.

The business of boyhood

While setting clear and firm boundaries and expectations, schools for boys are wise about the business of boyhood. “Educators in schools for boys champion them as rich in potential to achieve,” says Adams.

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