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International education can mean many things, but for some schools, that term is used at its most literal—they promote learning from getting out there and bumping up against the world. 


These aren't the kinds of schools that parents perhaps think of first. For many, it's surprising that they even exist. But they do. You can board on a tall ship, or attend a school nestled in the Alps. You can learn art history in Vienna, and learn French in France. You can experience international development by participating in it.

For all of that and more, these schools offer life-changing experiences along with structured, rigorous academics. Not for everyone, for sure. But for the right student, these programs can, um, make a world of difference. 

Class Afloat

In the world of unique educational options, Class Afloat takes the prize. It’s exactly what it looks like: students board a tall ship and sail off to see the world. While they do that, they take classes in support of earning credits toward completion of their high school diploma. Unreal. But, there it is. The ship provides, as you might imagine, a focal point, though it does so in ways that you may not initially think of. Living and working aboard a tall ship can be challenging—students need to live in close quarters, and work with their peers in order to achieve certain goals. For some, that experience itself can provide some of the best lessons. It’s not for the faint of heart, and is only for students who choose this option themselves, and are very keen to make the most of it.



Neuchâtel Junior College

Neuchâtel Junior College

Neuchâtel was founded in 1956 and, from then to now, there’s been nothing else quite like it when it comes to options for Canadian students. It’s so unique that, in some ways, it’s hard to believe that it exists at all: a school, offering the Ontario curriculum, nestled within the natural and political environments of Europe. The views are inspiring, as is the proximity to international organizations, including the UN in Geneva. Skiing in Zermatt, studying art in Venice … it goes on and on. The instruction is strong, and classes are intimate. The majority of students arrive from Ontario, though there is some diversity within the student population. The ideal student is one who is inclined to make the most of the vast range of opportunities that the school provides. Likewise, for students interested in international relations and development, Neuchâtel can provide a unique and singular learning experience.

Blyth Academy

Blyth Academy Global High School

Blyth Academy is impressive, so much so that it can be a bit difficult to get your head around. Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.

With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

Again, it’s a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it’s very much worth the effort.

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  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • US $42,000 to US $65,000

SPIRE ACADEMY is an international, high school and post graduate sports performance training and education academy, located within a world class event and wellness complex.

  • Boarding
  • Progressive
SPIRE Academy 42000 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • South Wales, New York(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $48,000 to US $68,000

The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
The Gow School 48000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Houghton, New York(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $7,499 to US $43,000

A private Christian college prep school with students from 60 countries, providing students with a unique opportunity to learn high academics, faith education and multicultural immersion.

  • eSchool/Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Houghton Academy 7499 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Lanciano,
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €39,000

Canadian College Italy provides a nurturing environment on our beautiful historic campus so that students may experience an intellectual awakening — a passion for the pursuit of reason, human connection, and curiosity.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Canadian College Italy 39000 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Rome, ---------------
    Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €25,650 to EUR €39,600

Since 1964, SSS Rome has provided International Boarding and Day Students with a culturally inspiring and rigorous academic IB education in the heart of Ancient Rome.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Stephen's School, Rome 25650 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • York, -
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $74,000 to $88,000

Set in 220 acres of North Yorkshire countryside, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate welcomes girls and boys from 3 months old to 19 years, with 81% A*/A achieved at A Level. Fees range from £16,005 to £19,200 per term.

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Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate 74000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Thetford, Vermont(USA)
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • US $20,963 to US $49,545

TA’s award-winning faculty are recognized for their innovative teaching practices, learners are engaged, and diversity is celebrated. TA students work collaboratively and independently to reach their full potential.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Thetford Academy 20963 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed

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