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A snapshot: schools in Montreal and Quebec, Canada considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names.  (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


Miss Edgar’s & Miss Cramp’s School  

Quebec Educational Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies; ages 5-17; girls; day; independent; private non-profit; 345 students

Charming old-fashioned name for this all-girls private, junior, middle and senior school, opened over a 110 years ago. Now a fully paid up member of the twenty-first century offering an Entrepreneurial Platform.

Selwyn House School  

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies; ages 5-17; boys; day; independent; private non-profit; 570 students

Originally based on a model, taken from the English private school system, with a large number of English teachers. Now less anglophone, teaching in French for the majority of classes in the elementary school.

Bishop’s College School

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ IB Diploma/ AP; ages 12-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 260 students

Only 15 years short of its bicentenary celebrations, this Anglican secondary (majority boarding) school is the fifth oldest private school in Canada. Founded by the charmingly named Rev. Lucius Doolittle and often described as ‘Eton in Canada’, the school regularly sends graduates to leading British universities.

Centennial Academy

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ SEN; ages 12-17; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 240 students

The school states that over 90% of their students have a ‘learning challenge’ but that same percentage graduate, after five years, and move on to further education. Founded over 50 years ago and now offering an English and a French language sector.

Champlain College Saint-Lambert

Diploma College Studies; ages 17-19; co-ed; day; state; 2,700 students

Established in 1967 as one of the Quebec ‘interim’ colleges which bridge the gap between high school and university, offering both pre-university and career programmes. One of the few to teach in English.

Dawson College (CEGEP)

Diploma College Studies; ages 17-19; co-ed; day; state; 11,000

One of only five English language CEGEP colleges in Quebec, opened in Westmount in 1969. The college teaches pre-university and career programmes in Creative and Applied Arts as well as practical and general studies.

F.A.C.E. School

Quebec Educational Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ Bilingual; ages 4-17; co-ed; day; state; 1,300 students

A bilingual school (larger number of French groups) run jointly by the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM). F.A.C.E. stands for Fine Arts Core Elementary and the students have additional arts courses.

John Abbott College (CEGEP)

Diploma College Studies; ages 17-19; co-ed; day and boarding; state; 7,400 students

Opened in early twentieth century buildings in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, in 1971, as one of the English language CEGEP pre-university or pre-career colleges in Quebec. Offering co-ed residential accommodation to full-time students.

Kells Academy

Adapted curriculum/ Ontario Secondary School Diploma; ages 5-21; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 470 students

One of the relatively rare schools, in Montreal, to offer an all-through education from kindergarten to grade 12, including the OSSD which provides eligibility for both North American and European universities. Teaching in English, the school started as a tutorial service in 1978 and expanded downwards to include an elementary campus.

Kuper Academy

Quebec Educational Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies; ages 3-17; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 950 students

Operating in three separate buildings and providing education from pre-school to the high school diploma at 17. Opened in 1986, it is now the largest English private school in Quebec. A selective school from kindergarten onwards.

Lower Canada College

Quebec Educational Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 800 students

Established in 1909 (once boys only but co-educational since 1992) and now describing itself as a ‘global school’ with four separate divisions. Graduates head off to universities around the world and include seven Rhodes scholars and a Nobel Laureate.

Loyola High School

Quebec Educational Programme/ Diploma of Educational Studies; ages 11-17; boys; independent; private non-profit; 750 students

A boys only Catholic school, with a compulsory Christian Service Programme (CSP). Opened at the end of the nineteenth century as the English section of a French Jesuit school. Impressive list of alumni including members of the top echelons of politics and the arts.

Marianopolis College (CEGEP)

Diploma College Studies; ages 17-19; co-ed; day; state; 1,700 students

Founded at the beginning of the twentieth century as the only private, pre-university/work English-language college in Quebec, Taking in students from high schools all over Montreal.

Priory School (The)

Quebec Educational Programme; ages 5-12; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 170 students

A small independent, elementary, school teaching students up to the end of grade 6. An English school but with a strong French-language programme founded in 1947

Roslyn Elementary School

Quebec Educational Programme/ Bilingual; ages 5-12; co-ed; day; state; 600 students

A public elementary school in Westmount, opened in 1908 and operated by the English Montreal School Board (EMSB). Offering a bilingual English/French education with a French Immersion Programme available since 1968.

Royal Vale School

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ French immersion; ages 5-17; day; state; 1,050 students

An over-subscribed, French Immersion school at elementary and high school level with graduates leaving with a bilingual certificate. Operated by the English Montreal School Board (EMSB).

Royal West Academy

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies; ages 12-17; co-ed; day; state; 850 students

An academically selective, tough to get into, public high school, describing itself as ‘an alternative school for high motivated academic students’.

Sacred Heart School of Montreal (The)

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ AP; ages 12-17; girls; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 250 students

Part of the global Sacred Heart network, this is the only all-girls English, Catholic high school in Montreal. Now 150 years old and one of the oldest schools in the city. Also offering Advanced Placement courses and an accelerated maths programme.

St George's School of Montreal

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ AP/ Bilingual; ages 4-17; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 450 students

The oldest non-denominational co-educational school in Montreal, founded in 1930. Offering a fully bilingual programme in elementary school and Advanced Placement courses in senior school. No boarding on site but with a family boarding programme for international students.

Stanstead College

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ AP; ages 12-19; co-ed; boarding; independent; private non-profit; 250 students

Located in Stanstead (Association of Most Beautiful Villages in Quebec), on the American boarder. A boarding high school founded by Wesleyan ministers in the early 1870’s but non-denominational since the 1980’s.

Study (The)

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ Bilingual; ages 5-17; girls; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 students

Only eight women have led this all-girls school since its foundation in 1915, and located on its current site in Westmount since 1960. Offering a mother-tongue bilingual programme and numbering a large number of successful women amongst its alumnae.

Trafalgar School for Girls

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies; ages 12-17; girls; independent; private non-profit; 200 students

A small high school, opened in 1887 in the middle of downtown Montreal, making it the oldest private anglophone girls’ school in the city. On the move to a new site, close to McGill University after selling their desirable ‘Golden Square Mile’ building in 2019.

Vanguard School

Adapted/ SEN; ages 7-16; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 320 students

An elementary and high school based on one campus, offering an education for students with severe learning disabilities as well as services to the community.

Vanier College (CEGEP)

Diploma College Studies; ages 17-19; co-ed; day; state; 6,470 students

One of the five English-language public pre-university/work colleges in Quebec, situated in the Saint-Laurent borough. Offering an option of a two year pre-university programme or three year technical courses.

Villa Maria

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies/ Bilingual; ages 12-17; girls; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,400 students

A girls’ high school with an English and French division, located around a former residence of the Governor General of Canada. The Palladian-style house was bought by Catholic nuns in 1854 as a bilingual boarding school for girls but has since closed its elementary school and no longer offers boarding.

West Island College Montreal

Quebec Education Programme/ Diploma of Education Studies; ages 4-17; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 430 students

This member of the West Island Schools runs a French and English school on the same campus. The other two divisions include the option of a co-educational sailing programme together with gaining high school credits, whilst living on a tall ship, as well as a separate school in Calgary.

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