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  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • NS to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $15,200 to $36,500

Hawthorn School is located in Toronto. We offer a co-ed toddler-SK program and an all girls program for grade 1- grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to help students reach their full potential.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Hawthorn School 15200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Girls Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,213 to $50,230

Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering academic programs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Hillfield Strathallan College 8213 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Breslau, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,760 to $27,680

Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Woodland Christian High School 10760 HighSchools Homestay 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.

  • Homestay/Boarding
  • Traditional
Niagara Christian Collegiate 10566 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay 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/Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 26225 HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $22,800

Alexander Academy is a private World IB School offering the Diploma Programme and approved to offer the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Alexander Academy 16500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,530 to $35,000

Incorporating academic excellence, service and peacemaking, Rockway is a diverse learning community of 265 students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate 16530 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Neuchâtel, Other
  • 12 Coed
  • SF 30,000 to SF 56,000

Neuchâtel Junior College, in safe and breath-taking Switzerland, offers students Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP exams while enjoying being immersed in an authentic French language and Swiss cultural experience.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Neuchâtel Junior College 30000 Homestay 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.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Kells Academy 19750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay 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/Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College 7500 Homestay 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.

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy London 16995 HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Langley, British Columbia
    Glover/Logan
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $4,900

Whytecliff is a warm & welcoming place for teens with a diverse range of learning/personal challenges. Youth experience a high-growth environment and positive community that pulls each child up to be their very best.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 4900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $12,500

Craving the space to explore and innovate, students relish their small learning centres. With direct access to teachers, success is within reach. Local and global students all embrace Signet as a home away from home.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Signet Christian School 8000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Thetford, Vermont(USA)
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • not provided


  • Homestay
Thetford Academy 9999999999 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $15,950 to $46,350

At The Westside Schools students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 gain a solid foundation for their future. Every student is known, cared about, and understood by Westside’s dedicated and passionate teachers.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
The Westside School 15950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Garrison Blvd SW/33 Ave SW
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,300 to $16,000

Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. Small class sizes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Lycée Louis Pasteur 15300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Eglinton Ave W/Centennial Park Blwd
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $6,000 to $12,000

Queen's Collegiate offers excellent grade 5 to 12 secondary school and ESL courses.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Queen's Collegiate 6000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,200 to $15,810

LCH is the only full-service independent high school in London. Through a Christian worldview, it (we?) offers the OSSD, OFSAA sports, extracurriculars, travel opportunities, and authentic learning experiences.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
London Christian High 10200 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,165 to $51,775

GNS, an independent JK-12 International Baccalaureate day-school in Victoria, BC, that challenges and supports each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 18165 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    College/Spadina
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,800 to $30,000

Braemar College offers a warm environment in downtown Toronto for students with high academic ambitions. Flexible terms allow students to join anytime and offers fast and focused pathways into Canada’s top universities.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Braemar College 13800 HighSchools Day Homestay 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/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
A.I.S. School 10000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    404/DVP/Sheppard Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,752

North Toronto Christian School offers a full day program from junior kindergarten to grade 12.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
North Toronto Christian School 10752 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Leslie St/401
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $35,000

Webtree offers individualized education programs which fully supports a student’s academic needs, and helps them achieve educational and personal goals. Small class sizes are designed to inspire and engage students.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Webtree International School of Excellence (W.I.S.E.) 18000 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Vineland, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $14,000 to $30,000

Our commitment is to provide high performance tennis training and a personalized academic program, in order to develop independent thinkers within a nurturing family environment.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Niagara Academy of Tennis 14000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Caledon, Ontario
    The Gore Road/Old Church
  • 3 to 12 Coed
  • $17,900 to $33,000

The King's College experience develops in students responsibility, accountability, and ownership of their own learning and a passion for making a difference. Students can attend in person, online, or a mix of both.

  • Day/Homestay/eSchool
  • Traditional
King's College School for Bright and Gifted Children 17900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay eSchool Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $9,500 to $14,100

Brock Academy offers programs for Grades 7-12 in St. Catharines, with small class sizes, individualized learning and a focus on STEM as well as IEP students. We offer both onsite/online credits towards OSSD.

  • eSchool/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Brock Academy 9500 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Homestay Coed
  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
    Cedar Drive/Lincoln Avenue
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $4,200 to $13,150

BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
British Columbia Christian Academy 4200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Burnhamthorpe Rd. W/Neyagawa Blvd.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,400 to $55,000

King’s Christian Collegiate is an independent Christian high school providing superb instruction in a safe, stimulating academic environment. Caring staff set the tone for a positive, up-beat culture.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
King's Christian Collegiate 16400 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/Newpark Blvd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $7,600 to $25,900

Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Montessori
Country Garden Montessori Academy 7600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Ancaster, Ontario
    Rymal Road West/Glancaster Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,700 to $46,650

At HDCH, our mission is to cultivate character through learning for a life of service to God. Our vision is to see all HDCH graduates become a faithful presence in the communities that they serve.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Hamilton District Christian High 12700 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Kipling/Highway 7
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,810

We believe in project-based learning, enfolding, engaging and empowering students, and fantastic parent-student-teacher communication. We offer family friendly tuition with transportation included.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Toronto District Christian High School 15810 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Creditview Road/Burnhamthorpe Road West
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,400 to $16,800

TIA offers a wide range of educational programs such as High School courses, ESL, TOEFL/IELTS/AP Prep., Tutoring, Summer & Night School with a flexible admission schedule for both Canadian and International students.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Toronto International Academy 10400 HighSchools Day Homestay 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
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $2,350 /course

Hanson International Academy is a private high school in Toronto established in 2001. It offers Ontario curriculum of grade 9 through 12 focusing on preparing the students for admission to the top Canadian universities.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Hanson International Academy 2350 HighSchools Homestay 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.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22950 Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $32,000

At Vaughan College instructions are embedded with strategies appropriate to the students' unique needs. We develop students' confidence and their urge to do better, which results in a high university acceptance rate.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Vaughan College Private School 10000 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $14,000

We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology 12500 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • 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.

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed

Homestay is an informal term that schools use in reference to billeting programs. It is an alternative form of student accommodation, and while popular with international students, is available to domestic students as well. Most typically, schools will offer homestay options when they don't have on-campus boarding, though at times it is offered in addition to on-campus boarding.

Through homestay programs, students stay with a host family living near the school. Often, the program is organized and managed by the school administration—the school recruits host families, assigns students to them, and maintains frequent, direct contact with the families and students throughout the school year. Host families apply to be part of the program, and are screened by the school. Further, host families are required to adhere to provincial homestay guidelines, including a police screen for any person resident within the home who is 18 years of age or older. 

Homestay programs are attractive to:

What does homestay include? 

Students are provided a room, meals, and otherwise participate in the life of the family. Often homestay families have an association with the school, including having their own children enrolled there, though that isn't typically a requirement of a host family. 

The experience of living in a homestay setting is familial, and the student lives with the same host family for the entire school year. In a majority of cases, only one student is billeted with a family, and families offer a room in their home out of an interest in supporting a learner while also forging a relationship with someone from away. As such, the benefits are reciprocal: the visiting student wishes to have a safe, personal accommodation in the host community, while the billeting family is interested in meeting and getting to know someone from another culture. 

Visiting students are responsible to abide by the rules of the home, and to respect the families space, just as the family is responsible to respect theirs. The homestay parents are also responsible for providing healthy meals, and to ensure that they arrive at school each day on time and prepared to learn. The host parents will also provide guidance, just as they would to their own children, so it's important for families to be aware of the values held within the home, and also share them. 

International students

Custodianship

While host families provide daily support, and respond to any needs as they arise, they are not automatically designated as the student’s legal custodian. Should the host family agree, they may be approached to provide legal custodianship, though that designation can also be handled separately, either by the student's family or through school administration. 

Children 17 years of age or younger and not arriving with a parent or legal guardian are required to be in the care of a responsible adult while they are in Canada. This person is known as a custodian. The custodian must be designated prior to your arrival in Canada through the completion of a notarized Custodianship Declaration (IMM 5646). The custodian must live in Canada and be older than 19 years of age. Often the custodian is connected to the family as a family friend or relative. Otherwise, the admissions officer of the school that you plan to attend can help if you need to find someone eligible to act as a custodian.

Travel requirements for international students

NOTE: For up-to-date legal information regarding travel requirements, please refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or the Citizenship Act, as applicable.

All international students who wish to study in Canada for more than six consecutive months must obtain a study permit. To apply, students must first be accepted and have a letter of acceptance in hand.

Citizens of some countries also require a temporary resident visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) in order to travel to Canada. For more information on travel documentation requirements, and to find out if you need either a visa or an eTA in order to travel to Canada visit the Government of Canada, office of immigration and citizenship website.

Health and medical insurance

International students need to arrange for their own health and dental coverage while in Canada. Students who hold official landed immigrant status or permanent residency status should apply for provincial health coverage from the province where they will be studying. Students who are not eligible for provincial health insurance must provide documentation to the school showing that they have medical coverage through their parents or otherwise have purchased an international student medical plan. The admissions officer at the school can provide guidance and advice on obtaining a medical plan.

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