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The relationship between gender, sexuality, and boarding school has always been an uneasy one. At one time, parents looked to boarding school to enforce what they would have considered to be normative behaviour. Ted Rogers, founder of Rogers Communications, recalled that “my pediatrician advised my mother that I should go to a boys’ environment because if I stayed home with my mother and a nanny, I’d become a sissy.” He was seven. 

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It is true that boys’ boarding schools, at that time, weren’t for "sissies," at least in the sense of the term as Rogers would have understood it. (To some extent it was used to refer, indirectly, to a cultural unease with gender and homosexuality, though that's likely something we're only able to perceive in retrospect.) Rather, schools enforced a very singular, narrow vision of masculinity. For some parents (and apparently some pediatricians as well) that provided the motivation to send their children to boarding school. It wasn't a place for finding yourself, or refining your interests, or growing into who you were or wanted to be. Rather, it was a place to become part of the whole, to become like other people.

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Rogers certainly wasn't a “sissy” in his adult life, again in the sense of that term as he would have adopted it. We’ll never know if that's a result of his boarding school education. For others, the experience was more fractured. Michael Ignatieff, like Rogers, was a student at UCC. Looking back, he says that “the logic of boarding [at the time] was basically to get puberty out of the house, to get boys away from their parents so they can become sexual animals alone.”

“The single-sex environment produced a certain homophobia, which I now very much regret. I have very strong emotional feelings toward men, some of which were cultivated by that environment … Yet there was a tremendous anxiety about crossing the line into homosexual experience. I think it is very right and appropriate for men to love each other … . That was damn difficult in that school, and made more difficult than it needed to be.”

There was a tension in Ignatieff’s day that perhaps is less with us today, if only because sexuality is less cloistered. In its place, though, are new tensions, many which derive from an understanding of the benefits of authority as well as potential abuses. “I think it’s important for a boy, for a young man,” says Ignatieff, “to see male authority that he can believe in.”

Increasingly schools are giving a very welcome attention to how they can address their students' emerging academic, social, and gender identities, and to provide the kind of authority, both from men and women, that Ignatieff describes.  

 

Two former students, who now identify as men, appeared on the cover of Branksome Hall’s alumni magazine, The Read, in 2016. 

 

 

 

“… to find and become your best selves”

In 2003, Chris Studer was in grade 7 at UCC, and was admittedly a bully. “I definitely had a mean streak,” he said, reflecting years later, admitting that it came from his insecurity and the desire to find a place within the social life of the school. His insecurity lead to the use of slurs toward those who were different, or were perceived to be different from himself, particularly around sexual orientation. At a forum hosted at the school in 2013, Studer invited Calum Mew to join him on stage, one of the people he had bullied all those years before. They both told their stories, and Studer voiced his regrets.

Of course that past can’t be changed, but Studer and Mew's participation in the forum was significant of an ongoing dedication to a program of mentorship around gender, sex, and the full range of relationships that students share during their time at school. It was emblematic of a more open discussion, one that had been validated by school administration with the launch in 2001 of the Gay-Straight Alliance in order to create an opportunity to acknowledge the sexual and personal diversity at the school. The project was created to look forward, and to encourage an open, supportive setting. Interestingly, it also provides opportunities to look back—as it did for Studer—to acknowledge and address the past.  

A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) began at Trinity College School in 2002 when a teacher brought together a group of students who were tired of the use of derogatory terms and the harassment that was going on at the school. It is still running today, and the membership continues to grow. There, as at other schools with similar programs, membership levels perhaps aren’t as important as the presence of the initiatives. Tucker Barton, a teacher at Trinity, says that “the students at our school speak about the importance of the administration’s support for their activities, because it is seen by the broader school as saying ‘we’re okay with that.’”

“Our students also highlight the importance of the GSA having a place in school publications and the yearbook, just like any other club. … Like any change, the first step is accepting that these students have an equal right to see representations of themselves and their families in their schools. The second step is resolving to find a healthy way for them to be included and discussed within the school community.”

Schools, understandably, have always reflected the culture that they are within. Cultural ideals are implicit within the school’s language, curriculum, and traditions, something that has of course been true throughout the ages. For much of our history, schools were a means of establishing and maintaining a status quo, with the needs of society as the principle driver.

Today, more than ever before, the opposite is true: boarding schools aren’t about maintaining the status quo, but about striving for something better, and working to provide a model for how we could, and should, live as a nation. “It is critical that we interrupt dominant cultures,” says Nicols, “by questioning norms and injecting new, more inclusive traditions into school life and curriculum.”

New programs and initiatives, such as UCC’s Character Project, are designed to affect exactly that kind of interruption. In 2015, Jim Power, principal at UCC, described the Character Project as a means of getting at something that he feels is essential to a complete education. In an address to the student body, he said that while “we can see how you’re doing in math, French, and English ... we can’t accurately determine the more important questions: how do you deal with adversity? Do you demonstrate courage in the clutch? And most importantly, What kind of guy are you becoming?”

The goal of education, Power believes, isn’t restricted to academics. The goal, as he said in that same address, is also “to help you all find and become your best selves,” a process that includes social-emotional development, maturity, decision-making, and an explicit attention to mental health. True to that goal, the school created a new role, that of Character Integrator, in 2014. In addition to teaching English and Drama, Laurie Fraser became the first member of the faculty to take on the post. “It’s important for [students] to have a sense of autonomy,” says Fraser, “and feel like they have influence in their school, because that engagement and ownership of their school life deepens their connection to their school culture.”

The Character Project and initiatives like it in boarding schools across the country is emblematic of an ongoing commitment to allowing students to have that kind of connection, and to providing opportunities for them to exercise it in ways that are meaningful and tangible. It’s about instilling authority and leadership, but it's also about character and the development of positive self concept. “It’s really hard to act in the world with kindness and generosity when you don’t feel good on the inside,” says Fraser.

And while the initiatives at many schools began with gay-straight alliances, ultimately the goal is to address the needs of all students no matter how they may or may not identify themselves. Says Fraser, “[w]e have conversations in a series of workshops about character strengths and the pillars of well-being, including positive emotions, engagement, relationships, finding meaning and having a sense of accomplishment in life.” That program and others like it recognize that it's a process, and one that we all share equally. 

–Glen Herbert

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  • Toronto, Ontario
    Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $16,000

Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Bond Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor Street East/Mount Pleasant Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $34,650 to $69,850

Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Branksome Hall 34650 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    St Clair Ave W/Avenue Rd
  • SK to 12 Boys
  • $34,135 to $66,835

Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Upper Canada College 34135 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road West/Fourth Line
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $38,850 to $77,540

Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Appleby College 38850 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Lakefield, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $33,900 to $69,700

Focussed on Community First, Outdoors Every Day, and Authentic Learning, LCS offers a world-class, individualized, day/boarding program (Grades 9 -12) designed for students to be leaders who care, connect and contribute.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Lakefield College School 33900 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $29,300

McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 with 2 locations in the heart of Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 20 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
McDonald International Academy 10000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,094 to $68,275

St. John's-Kilmarnock School offers enriched educational programming for students from Junior Kindergarten – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Discover the possibilities.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
St. John's-Kilmarnock School 18094 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $20,800 to $32,800

A leading private international secondary boarding school located in Toronto. High university admission rate. Our mission and value is total care, academic excellence, independence, and global citizen.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
SuOn Academy 20800 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Port Hope, Ontario
    Ward St/Deblaquire St. N
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $25,750 to $68,500

TCS students appreciate that school needs to be more than just reaching their academic potential–it’s about exploring all facets of themselves so that the realization of talents reach far beyond the classroom walls.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Trinity College School 25750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Spadina/St Clair Ave W
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,830 to $64,090

The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build the academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $1.6 million available in financial assistance.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
The Bishop Strachan School 33830 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $53,965 to $57,965

Robert Land Academy is a private military-themed boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Robert Land Academy 53965 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $8,300 to $67,460

At Albert College, every student is an 'A' student. From Pre-K to Grade 12 our students experience all 5 of the 'A’ s; Academics, Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure programming.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Albert College 8300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Main St. W./Longwood Rd. S.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $2,700 /course

Columbia International College is Canada’s largest private boarding school, offering Grade 9 to 12 programs. #1 in scholarships awarded by universities. The University of Toronto's official Global Partner School.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Columbia International College 2700 HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Mulock Drive/Bayview Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $26,535 to $68,580

Pickering College's fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Pickering College 26535 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $11,275 to $51,500

UNISUS (IB World) School simply is the most innovative school. We are based on 4 pillars of IB Education, Innovation and Technology, Entrepreneurship and Outdoor Education; also E-Learning Division and Global Partners.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 11275 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Stratford, Ontario
    Ontario Street/Waterloo Street South
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,750 to $40,065

Stratford, Ontario, Private Secondary School dedicated to inspiring students to achieve their individual potential through academic excellence while fostering a spirit of service to society.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Nancy Campbell Academy 9750 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $35,000 to $64,000

Havergal College has been preparing young women to make a difference since 1894.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Havergal College 35000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $20,090 to $82,770

Independent Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university and life preparation. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
St. Michaels University School 20090 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Stanstead, Quebec
    Dufferin Street/Willow Lane
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $22,450 to $67,900

Located on the Quebec-Vermont border, Stanstead College offers rigorous university-prep, Grades 7to 12, in a secure, family-focused learning environment.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Stanstead College 22450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Rosseau, Ontario
    Hwy. 141/Bright Street
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $10,300 to $59,600

At Rosseau Lake College, teachers work with each student to develop a personalized curricular approach that will enhance their academic competence. One hundred percent of our graduates receive post-secondary admission.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Rosseau Lake College 10300 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $26,500 to $69,000

Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 26500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $9,500 to $52,550

Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 4 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brookes Westshore 9500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Townline Rd./Niagara Parkway
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $10,566 to $47,555

Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students.

  • Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Niagara Christian Collegiate 10566 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $24,900 to $77,100

We are a therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home stay or boarding environments.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 24900 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Ridout/Queen
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,995 to $22,095

We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy London 16995 HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Boys
  • $52,570 to $71,490

St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
St. George's School 52570 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Boys
  • Oshawa, Ontario
    Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $9,700 to $11,500

At G.B.MS, D.E.P.S and Durham Academy Secondary school focus is on each individual student and helping them meet their unique potential and goals. We believe in excellent customer service and families have a voice. Throughout the year we enhance our programs through program enhancement and enrichment. We also offer March Break and Summer Camps for working parents.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $3,383 to $33,569

BCA combines a private Christian school experience with the best of public education and Saskatchewan curriculum. Our small school shares facilities with Briercrest College and Seminary on a campus of 900 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Briercrest Christian Academy 3383 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $78,000

Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive day/boarding school for Grades 8 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $30,000 to $78,000.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Brentwood College School 30000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Church Street/Carlton Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $35,000 to $46,000

TAIE International Institute offers the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, University Preparation Courses and English as a Second Language. Flexible schedule and monthly enrolment at the best location in downtown Toronto.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
TAIE International Institute 35000 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Weldrick Road East
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $475 to $19,000

Inspected, accredited High School with campuses in Toronto and Chatham-Kent, offer high school credit courses in small classes and online, leading to High School Diploma. Our 5 acres Chatham Campus is a boarding school.

  • Day/Boarding/eSchool
  • Traditional
Toronto High School 475 HighSchools Day Boarding eSchool eSchool Coed
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
    Rte 170/Rte 169
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $3,580 to $28,570

SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 3580 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 Coed
  • $1 to $58,000

The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place.

  • Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
UWC Canada 1 Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $16,960 to $65,125

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
St. Margaret's School 16960 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $12,900 to $31,500

North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
North Star Academy 12900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $23,340 to $64,200

Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades 6 to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 16 students and it is an outstanding engaged and supportive community -'It's our Nature to Nurture'.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 23340 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John's Sideroad/Yonge Street
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $37,655 to $70,095

St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
St. Andrew's College 37655 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys
  • Rindge, New Hampshire(USA)
    Deer Run Ln/Hampshire Rd
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • US $61,500

A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers.

  • Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Hampshire Country School 61500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • Montreal, Quebec
    chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine/Avenue Claude Champagne
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • $4,950 to $15,400

École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie 4950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Duncan, British Columbia
    Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $61,750

Queen Margaret's School is a co-ed independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Queen Margaret's School 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Garden Street/Hwy. 2
  • 4 to 12 Girls
  • $24,270 to $65,615

Trafalgar Castle offers a close-knit, academically challenging environment where girls feel a strong sense of belonging and discover their unique talents and interests.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Trafalgar Castle School 24270 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Beamsville, Ontario
    Exit 64/QEW
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,800 to $37,300

Grade 9-12 students are encouraged to be confident servant-leaders. Student diversity provides a global perspective of life and faith. Great Lakes' graduates are accepted by colleges and universities of their choice.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Great Lakes Christian High School 10800 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Merrickville, Ontario
    St. Lawrence Street/Elgin Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,250 to $58,200

Merrick Preparatory offers grades 9-12 and a University Qualification Year to students preparing for successful admission to degree programs in the world's top universities, in a safe and secure family environment.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Merrick Preparatory School 16250 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $29,130 to $69,290

This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $29,130 to $69,290.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 29130 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $7,500 to $26,000

RJC is a Grades 10-12 boarding school accredited by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. RJC is student and community-focused all while offering excellent academics and exceptional athletic and fine arts programs.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College 7500 Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,560 to $40,710

Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Luther College High School 8560 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Warden/Steeles
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $25,000

AIS Montessori & Elementary School offers authentic Chinese Immersion program in GTA area.Its average class is 15 students.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
A.I.S. School 10000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $21,200 to $26,000

A Canadian Private Secondary Boarding school, located in the heart of London, Ontario. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 21200 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Girls Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • $17,355 to $58,374

Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. We offer grades 7 to 12, day school and boarding.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 17355 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Girls
  • New York, New York(USA)
    Broad St/Exchange Pl
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $5,500 to US $93,000

Léman Manhattan - the only boarding school in Manhattan, New York that delivers academic excellence that inspires your child for a lifetime. IB Diploma program and unique internship opportunities offered in the city.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School 5500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Rome, RM
    Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €25,145 to EUR €39,095

SSS Rome provides students with a culturally diverse and rigorous academic education. Graduates obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma and American High School Diploma to enter renowned universities worldwide.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Stephen's School, Rome 25145 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,000 to $39,800

CISA is a private, co-ed high school offering credit courses and IELTS prep to grade 7 – 12 students (full time/part time/private lessons/online courses available), and extracurricular activities abound.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Convoy International Secondary School 17000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
    College Rd/King St
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $19,346 to $60,700

Benefitting from it's safe and beautiful Nova Scotia location, King's-Edgehill facilitates the opportunity for every student to be more - in the classroom, on the sports fields, on stage, in the community and beyond.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King's-Edgehill School 19346 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $29,780 to $77,850

Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Shawnigan Lake School 29780 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Av./Hwy 7
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $42,450

Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
J. Addison School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Bronte College Ct
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $40,000

Bronte College is a private International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering Grades 9 to 12 for day and boarding students. Our academic programming has attracted students from over 30 countries.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Bronte College 16500 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,870 to $72,165

Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ridley College 18870 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    De Maisonneuve West/Park Row West
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $19,750 to $40,000

At Kells, flexibility is the key. We develop programs allowing students to work within their comfort zone, which may be above, below or at grade level. The result is students who outperform even their own expectations.

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Kells Academy 19750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
    Rutherford Rd/Keele
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $22,595 to $24,795

Everest Academy is an Independent Co-ed Day and Boarding School for Grades 5-12 & PG in Vaughan. At Everest, Learning is Built Around Each Student. The student to teacher ratio is 15:1 and the average class size is 14.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Everest Academy 22595 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Harrow, Ontario
    Concessions Rd 6 S/Hwy 18
  • 1 to 8 Boys
  • $8,500 to $29,000

St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
St. Peter's ACHS College School 8500 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boarding Boys
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $100,000 to US $185,000

Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Chamberlain International School 100000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    14th Ave/Kennedy
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $7,600 to $41,500

Trillium School is a private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Markham with Montessori-based kindergarten.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Trillium School 7600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $5,000 to $18,000 /semester

Markham, Ontario; IB School; OSSD; OSSD online credit course; NOIC ACADEMY’s annual university enrolment rate is 100% and more than 85% of graduates are admitted by University of Toronto.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
NOIC Academy 5000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Bracebridge, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $36,950

We uphold and pursue a pragmatic, balanced education with an emphasis on art, sports and music to cultivate talents to lead the new century.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Dewey Institute 18000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $14,120

Our intercultural environment offers an individualized approach to learning and highly differentiated instruction, with emphasis on STEM+A & AP courses. Our students enjoy a dynamic academic & residential life program.

  • eSchool/Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Fulford Academy 14120 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Boarding Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Harbourside Drive/
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $26,225 to $50,050

Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a boarding school that enrolls 650 students. Tuition starts at $26,225. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity."

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 26225 HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
    Railway Ave/Rouleau St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $11,100 to $54,600

Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame 11100 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Central Avenue/Wintemute Street
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $57,875

Our East Meets West environment fosters global awareness and advances our student body into responsible and globally aware citizens who are well-equipped for life beyond academia.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Fort Erie International Academy 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day 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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
The Gow School 48000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
    Lansdowne Road/Kwantlen Street
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $22,950 to $38,750

MLWS offers a unique university school model - a high school located on a university campus. We offer university pathway with “Dual acceptance” opportunity, and students share the state-of-the-art university facilities.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22950 Boarding Homestay Day Coed

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