What you didn't know about Canadian Boarding Schools

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When you think of an archetypal British boarding school what do you think of? What images are conjured up in your mind when you think about an East Coast American Prep boarding school or an Indian boarding school? Many people have preconceived notions of boarding schools in general, not to mention what they are like in various places around the world.

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Canadian boarding schools have a lot to offer

The boarding culture developed in earnest in England and eventually moved throughout the Commonwealth, New England and beyond. Now you can find boarding schools all over the world; anywhere from China to Germany.

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So what differentiates our Canadian boarding schools from those found in rest of the world? Originally, not much; Canadian boarding schools evolved in areas where the British migrated: Eastern Canada, Ontario and British Columbia. Now, Canada can boast over 25 fantastic boarding schools, from east to west, all offering a myriad of unique opportunities.

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Why do students choose boarding schools in Canada? Here are 5 good reasons:

  1. Affordable and High Standard of Education: Canada is regarded to have a superior education system (consistently ranked in the Top 10) and our national averages in terms of reading and writing are amongst the highest in the world. As well, boarding schools in Canada are typically a less expensive option than those found abroad. Quality and affordability.
  2. Variety of Curricula: ESL, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or a combination of all three. You can find a boarding school in Canada that fits your style and needs.
  3. Health and Safety: Canadians know that the quality of education and the standards of the boarding environment will be at a high level in Canada. Our international students choose to board in Canada for the same reasons; it is known globally to be one of the safest and healthiest places to live and learn. It is also known to be a friendly country.
  4. Global Mindset: the diversity found within the boarding school environment can rarely be found in a day school or even in other boarding schools around the world. The cultural mosaic thrives in our Canadian boarding schools. Because of this, a culture of tolerance and acceptance is fostered and celebrated. The diversity found and fostered within our schools allows students make friends from around the world.
  5. Natural Beauty: Our boarding schools offer a variety of amazing locations to choose from. The Maritimes, the sweeping prairies, the rugged west or Central Canada: boarding schools in Canada offer distinct choices to students from both within Canada and internationally.
—Clayton Johnston, Director of Admissions, Brentwood College School
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South Wales, New York(USA)
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"The Gow School is a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • US $58,750 to US $80,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 150 students
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The Gow School 58750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Bradenton, Florida(USA)
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"IMG Academy is the world's leading sports education brand, providing access and opportunity for student-athletes with an innovative suite of on-campus and online programming." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • US $65,000 to US $95,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 1400 students
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IMG Academy 65000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Lanciano, Chieti
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • EUR €43,900
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Canadian College Italy 43900 HighSchools Boarding Coed
Rome, Italy
Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
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"An IB World School located in the heart of Rome. A connected community driven by our 5 core values of Scholarship, Integrity, Creativity, Independence, and Care; culturally inspiring students since 1964." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • EUR €30,495 to EUR €50,948
  • Day, Boarding
  • 308 students
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St. Stephen's School, Rome 30495 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed

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