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Schools in CanadaAn exhaustive list of schools that expats consider but to which they may or may not send their children - due to lack of space, language restrictions, personal taste, or any of the bizillion variations peculiar to schools in this complex but fascinating part of the world.

As you might expect happens with an international guide written by expat parents, our Montreal editor was beavering away on school research when she and family were whisked off to a new posting. We're in the process of finding a new editor, but hope the information provided in the Educational and Expat overviews will help you get started if you're moving to Montréal.

As soon as we have them, we will publish:

  • a list of schools considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats in Montréal (with next to each one selected for full coverage in this Guide).
  • full scale write-ups on GSGI selected top Montréal schools.

INDEPENDENT ENGLISH-SPEAKING SCHOOLS

Centennial Academy

3641 Prud’homme Avenue
Montreal
QC
H4A 3H6

Tel:  00 1 514 486 5533
Fax: 00 1 514 486 1401
Email: admissions@centennial.qc.ca
Website: www.centennial.qc.ca

Independent, co-educational high day school offering grades 7-11 and CEGEP. Enrolment of 340 with class size of 15-18 students, government subsidized. Situated in residential area of NDG (Notre Dame de Grace). Consistent record of achievements, with focus on students' overall education as well as academics. Accredited by Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI) and member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS), Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Candidate for International Baccalaureate Middle Years program. Parents appreciate wide range of team sports and non-athletic activities as well as strong music program.

Kells Academy

Secondary School
6865 De Maisonneuve West
Montreal
QC
H4B 1T1

Elementary School
2290 Cavendish Boulevard
Montreal
QC
H4B 2M7

Tel:  00 1 514 485 8565
Fax: 00 1 514 485 8505
Email: kadmin@kells.ca
Website: www.kells.ca

Since 1978, independent, co-educational day school offering grades K - 11. Enrolment of 300 with small classes. Diverse learning approaches allow for focus on individual student.  Well-rounded education for students of all abilities. Wide-range of facilities in accessible NDG. No certificate of eligibility required. Strong body of international students and homestay program (grade 7 upwards.)

Kuper Academy

Kuper High School
2975 Edmond
Kirkland
QC
H9H 5K5

Tel: 00 1 514 426 3007
Fax: 00 1 514 426 0377

Kuper Elementary
2 Aesop
Kirkland
QC
H9H 5G5

Tel: 00 1 514 426 3426
Fax: 00 1 514 426 2703

Kuper Mini-Academy
4 Aesop
Kirkland
QC
H9H 5G5

Tel: 00 1 514 693 0363
Fax: 00 1 514 693 0364
Email: admissions@kuperacademy.ca
Website: www.kuperacademy.ca

Independent co-ed day school started in 1986, expanded rapidly to include grades pre-K3 (half-day) to Senior V. No certificate of eligibility required at any grade. Bilingual French programme up to end of elementary with flexible French programme thereafter. Spacious new buildings with great sports facilities nearby. Particularly convenient for those living on West Island.  Welcoming, friendly school with rich diversity of students and cultures represented.

Lower Canada College (-write-up pending)

4090 Royal Avenue
Montreal
QC
H4A 2M5

Tel: 00 1 514 482 9916
Fax: 00 1 482 0195
Email: admin@lcc.ca
Website: www.lcc.ca

Long-standing, highly regarded independent, co-educational day school offering grades K, 1-12. Subsidized at secondary level. Enrolment of 755. Situated in residential area of NDG. Outstanding 7 acre campus with 4 gymnasiums, sports fields, ice rink and music school. Top notch facilities throughout school. Academically challenging program with focus on engaging the student. K-6 bilingual program. Accredited by Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI); member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS); Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS); National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS.)

Loyola

7272 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal
QC
H4B 1R2

Tel: 00 1 514 486 1101
Fax: 00 1 514 486 7266
Email: admissions@loyola.ca
Web: www.loyola.ca

Highly reputed for excellent academics, Jesuit, Catholic boys secondary day school. Total enrolment of about 700 students, 10% of whom are non-catholics. Certificate of eligibility required. Strong competition for places which are very rarely available other than at Secondary I or II. Class size at those grades 25 students. Application for entrance autumn for following academic year with single examination date. No midyear applications. See website and contact admissions office for further details. Member of Quebec Association for Independent Schools (QAIS.)

Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School 

525 Mount Pleasant Ave.
Westmount
QC
H3Y 3H6

Tel: 00 1 514 935 6357
Fax: 00 1 514 935 10
Email: millsl@ecs.qc.ca
Website: www.ecs.qc.ca

Highly regarded, challenging, independent girls’ day school offering grades K, 1-11. Reputation for academic excellence, full early French immersion program and students who become self-confident, independent thinkers. Subsidized at secondary level.  Enrolment of 344.  Member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS), Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS.)

Queen of Angels Academy

100 Bouchard Blvd.
Dorval
QC
H9S 1A7

Tel: 00 1 514 636 0900
Fax: 00 1 514 633 8969
Email: l.beaudry@qaa.qc.ca
Website: www.qaa.qc.ca

Girls secondary day school, catholic but open to all faiths. Consistent academic results and good all-round solid education in caring atmosphere. Wide range of extra-curriculum activites. 500 plus students with good facilities, convenient to those living in West Island. Member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS).

Selwyn House School  

95 Chemin Cote St-Antoine
Westmount
QC
H3Y 2H8

Tel: 00 1 514 931 9481
Fax: 00 1 514 931 6118
Email: admission@selwyn.ca
Website: www.selwyn.ca

Highly reputed, long-standing, independent boys’ day school offering grades K -11. Focus on bringing out best from each individual student in friendly atmosphere of rigor without rigidity. Subsidized at grades 7-11, so certificate of eligibility required at secondary level. Enrolment of 570. French immersion and biliteracy program grades K-6. Accredited by Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI); member of Québec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS); Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS); National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); International Boys’ Schools Coalition; Cum Laude Society (U.S.); Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreations and Dance.

St. George’s School of Montreal (- write-up pending)

The Elementary School
3685 The Boulevard
Westmount
QC
H3Y 1S9

Tel: 00 1 514 486 5214
Fax: 00 1 514 486 5638

 The High School
3100 The Boulevard
Montreal
QC
H3Y 1R9

Tel: 00 1 514 937 9289  x215 (admissions)
Fax: 00 1 514 933 3621
Email: admissions@stgeorges.qc.ca
Website: www.stgeorges.qc.ca

Independent, co-educational day school offering Grades pre-K-11. Enrolment of 560 students. Certificate of eligibility required for High School. Strong feeling of community. Small classes allow teachers to get to know each child as individual learners. School  renowned for its Performing and Visual Arts Departments, but offers rigorous programs in all areas. Homestay program for international students at High School. Member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) and Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS.)

The Priory School   

3120 The Boulevard
Montreal
Quebec
H3Y 1R9

Tel: 00 1 514 935 5966
Fax: 00 1 514 935 1428
Email: admissions@priory.qc.ca
Website: www.priory.qc.ca

Independent, co-educational elementary day school offering grades K, 1-6. Catholic but open to all faiths. Warm, nurturing atmosphere with strong philosophy of mutual respect throughout school. Non subsidized with enrolment of 170, class size of 20-24 students. K 50:50 French:English, thereafter 70% English and 30% French. Super facilities. Accredited by Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI) and member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS.)

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

3635 Atwater Avenue
Montreal
QC
H3H 1Y4

Tel. 00 1 514 937 2845
Fax: 00 1 514 937 8214
Email: admissions@sacredheart.qc.ca
Website: www.sacredheart.qc.ca

Long standing, independent catholic girls’ day school in heart of downtown Montreal. Offers grades 7-11. Strong values, community spirit and focus on education and development of whole person. Subsidized with enrolment of 380 students. Member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) and Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS.)

The Study

3233 The Boulevard, Westmount, QC  H3Y 1S4

Tel: 00 1 514 935 9352
Fax: 00 1 514 935 1721
Email: admissions@thestudy.qc.ca
Website: www.thestudy.qc.ca

Highly reputed, long standing non-denominational independent girls’ day school offering grades K, 1-11. Conveniently situated in quiet residential area of Westmount. Stimulating, acadmically challenging yet warm environment with good facilities. Strong elementary French program. Graduates are self-starters and independent, confident thinkers. Enrolment of 420. Subsidized at secondary level. Member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) and Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS.)

Trafalgar School for Girls

3495 Simpson Street
Montreal
QC
H3G 2J7

Tel: 514 935 2644
Fax: 00 1 514 935 2359
Email: admissions@trafalgar.qc.ca
Website: www.trafalgar.qc.ca

Long standing, small, independent girls’ secondary day school offering grades Sec  I-V. Conveniently situated in historic property in downtown Montreal. Consistently high academic results. Enrolment of 210 girls with small class sizes. Subsidized so certificate of eligibility required. Great facilities including additional smart boards and newly renovated science lab, stage and music room. Current expat parents appreciate the outstanding warmth of the school and its welcoming, friendly admissions process. Accredited by Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI), member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) and Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Vanguard Quebec School  (Special Education Needs)

Elementary School

1150 Deguire Street
Saint-Laurent
QC
H4L 1M2

Tel: 00 1 514 747 3711
Fax: 00 1 514 747 2831

Intercultural High School

175 Metcalfe
Westmount
QC
H3Z 2X6

Tel: 00 1 514 932 9770     Fax: 00 1 514 932 3893
Admissions tel: 00 1 514 747 5500 x400
Email: admissions@vanguardquebec.qc.ca
Web: www.vanguardquebec.qc.ca

Day school for students with learning disabilities, grades K-Sec V. Highly valued by current parents. Takes government subsidies at all grades, so certificate of eligibility required by all students. Contact school for entrance requirements and information about wait-lists. Member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS.)

Villa Maria

4245 Décarie Blvd., Montréal, Québec  H4A 3K4

Tel: 00 1 514 484 4950 x216
Fax: 00 1 514 484 4492
Email: admissions.e@villamaria.qc.ca
Web: www.villamaria.qc.ca

Independent girls catholic secondary day school offering grades Sec I-V. Some 1000 students in English and French sectors. Constistently strong academics, well-rounded education on beautiful campus in convenient NDG residential area of Montreal.  Certificate of eligibility required. Member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS.)

West Island College

851 Tecumseh Street
Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC
H9B 2L2

Tel: 00 1 514 683 4660
Fax: 00 1 514 683 1702
Email:   admissions@westislandcollege.qc.ca
Website: www.westislandcollege.qc.ca

Independent co-educational day school offering grades Sec I-V. Enrolment of 450 students in suburbs of Montreal with French and English streams. Enriched programs in bilingual environment. Super, newly renovated facilities and class afloat program. Member of Quebec Assocation of Independent Schools (QAIS.)

ENGLISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Note: as in English-speaking state schools; not English public schools as in Eton) 

(Certificate of Eligibility required at all grades)

Children's World Academy

2241 Ménard
LaSalle
Quebec
H8N 1J4

Tel: 00 1 514 595 2043
Fax: 00 1 514 595 2113
Web: cwa.lbpsb.qc.ca

Public elementary school offering International Baccalaureate Organization Primary Years Program. Bilingual K, French immersion grades 1-2 and 50:50 French/English grades 3-6. Spanish as a third language started grade 3. Enrolment some 500 students, grades K-6.

F.A.C.E. - Fine Arts Core Education

3449 University Street
Montreal
QC
H3A 2A8

Tel: 00 1 514 350 8899
Fax: 00 1 514 350 2612
Email: face@csdm.qc.ca
Web: face.csdm.qc.ca

Bilingual public school offering integrated arts program in grades pre-K-6, Sec I-V (grade 11). 1500+ students from a wide range of cultural communities. Strong reputation for music program (including its own symphony orchestra), good all-round facilities in convenient downtown location near McGill University. 

Roslyn School            

4699 Westmount Avenue
Westmount
Quebec
H3Y 1X5

Tel: 00 1 514 481 5581
Fax: 00 1 514 481 4748
E-mail: roslyn@emsb.qc.ca
Web: www.roslynschool.ca

Well liked Elementary school in residential area of Westmount. Currently offers a French immersion and English stream program. English program under review - contact school for details and update.

Royal Vale School

5851 Somerled Avenue
Montreal
QC
H3X 2A5

Tel: 00 1 514 481 2463
Fax: 00 1 514 481 3094
Email: royalvale@emsb.qc.ca

Web: www.emsb.qc.ca/royalvale

Elementary and secondary public school which selects students with strong skills in maths and science. Grades K-11. Total French immersion K-grade 2, thereafter 50:50 English/French at elementary level. Sound academics, located in NDG (mainly residential area of Montreal).

Royal West Academy              

189 Easton Ave.
Montreal West
QC
H4X 1L4

Tel: 00 1 514 489 8454
Fax: 00 1 514 489 3682
Email: mreynolds@emsb.qc.ca
Website: www.emsb.qc.ca/royalwest

Prestigious public high school offering grades 7-11. Enrolment of 850 students.

INDEPENDENT ENGLISH BOARDING SCHOOLS OUTSIDE OF MONTRÉAL

Note: None take subsidies so no certificate of eligibility required. 

Bishop’s College School

80 Moulton Hill Road
CP5001
Succ. Lennoxvile
Sherbrooke
QC
J1M 1Z8

Tel: 00 1 819 566 0227
Fax: 00 1 819 822 8917
Email: admissions@bishopscollegeschool.com  
Website: www.bishopscollegeschool.com

Independent co-educational day and boarding school offering grades Secondary I-V, Senior Year. Enrolment of 250 with bilingual atmosphere and strong international student body. Stong all-round education in Quebec's Eastern Townships. Accredited by Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI), member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS)  and Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

College Northside- CLOSED

CP 5158, 750 Chemin Pierre-Péladeau
Sainte-Adèle (Québec)
J8B 1Z4

tel: (450) 229-9889 
Fax : (450) 229-1715
www.college-northside.qc.ca

 

British National Curriculum

CIE accredited

Age 16-18

Small boarding school for students wanting traditional British education (A-levels) and/or extra help / personalized tuition. Mostly languages; few sciences; math and physics can be arranged. Extensive sports programme taking advantage of dramatic and beautiful location in Laurentian Mountains of Quebec; in fact two days every week devoted to sports and activities including white water rafting, canoeing, camping, moutain biking, rock climbing, skiing etc depending on the season); can deal with some Special Ed Needs (dyslexia, ADD, ADHD).

Sedbergh School

810 Cote Azelie
Montebello
QC
J0V 1LO

Tel: 00 1 819 423 5523
Fax: 00 1 819 423 5769
Email: admissions@sedbergh.com
Website: www.sedbergh.com

Independent co-educational boarding school offering grades 7-12. Enrolment of 90 with multi-cultural student population. School is on 1,200 acres with strong emphasis on adventure, environmental awareness and the great outdoors. Accredited by Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI), member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS), Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS.)

Stanstead College

450 Dufferin Street
Stanstead
QC
J0B 3E0

Tel: 00 1 819 876 7891
Fax: 00 1 819 876 5891
Email: admissions@stansteadcollege.com
Website: www.stansteadcollege.com

Independent co-educational boarding school offering grades Secondary I-V, Grade 12. Rural campus in Eastern Townships. Enrolment of about 200 in bilingual atmosphere with diverse student population. Member of Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) and Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS.)

NURSERIES

Note: St. George’s School and FACE have a pre-K class and Kuper Academy offers pre-K3 and Pre-K4.  

Rainbow Pre-School

4695 de Maisonneuve West
Westmount
QC
H3Z 1L9

Tel: 00 1 514 933 808
Fax: 00 1 514 636 5031
Email: kidjam@videotron.ca

Co-ed, bilingual nursery with enrolment of 45 children ages 2-5 years. Special needs considered on case-by-case basis. Creative environment with arts-based curriculum above and beyond ministry requirements for this age group, including specialist drama, arts and music staff. Open academic year, sometimes with summer camp.   

Miss Vicki’s Nursery and Pre-School

12 Church Hill
Westmount
Quebec
H3Y 2Z9

Tel / Fax: 00 1 514 935 2011
regula_mettler@hotmail.com

Independent, privately-owned bright and cheery bilingual nursery conveniently located in heart of Westmount near other schools. Enrollment of 155 boys and girls. Programmes for Mom's and Tots (18mth- 2 years), Tots Separation Program (2-3 years; child/teacher ratio 1:5), Nursery Program (bilingual, 3-4 years; child/teacher ratio 1:8) and Pre-Kindergarten program (entirely French, 4-5 years; child/teacher ratio 1:10). SEN children considered case by case.

St. Andrew’s Early Childhood Centre

151 Hillside Avenue
Westmount
QC
H3Z 1W1

Tel: 00 1 514 932 4373
Fax: 00 1 514 932 6689
Email: office@standrewsecc.ca

Conveniently situated in Westmount near elementary and high schools. English speaking nursery for children ages 2-5, though some French speaking teachers at the age 4 group. Contact admissions about availability or joining their wait list.  

Montessori Nurseries and Day Care Centres  

www.montessori.qc.ca

1357 Van Horne
Outremont QC
H2V 1K7

Tel: 00 1 514 272 7040
Fax: 00 1 514 272 5791

Five privately owned bilingual schools throughout Montreal, children ages 2-4.

CEGEPS - Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel

Note:  Out-of-province or international students usually have different rates to Quebecers. See their websites for details.

Marianopolis College

3880 Côte-des-Neiges
Montreal
Quebec
H3H 1W1

Tel: 00 1 514 931 8792
Fax: 00 1 514 931 8790
Email: admissions@marianopolis.edu
Web: www.marianopolis.edu

Highly reputed, co-ed, private with partial  funding from provincial government. 1700 students from +150 English and French high schools in Quebec and abroad.

Dawson College

3040 Sherbrooke West
Westmount
Quebec
H3Z 1A4

Tel: 00 1 514 931 8731
Email: admissions@dawsoncollege.qc.ca
Web: www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca

Highly reputed, bilingual, fee paying co-ed college with some 10,000 students in the heart of Montreal.

John Abbott College

21, 275 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue
Quebec
H9X 3L9

Tel: 00 1 514 457 6610
Fax: 00 1 514 457 4730
Email: admissions@johnabbott.qc.ca
Web: www.johnabbott.qc.ca

Well reputed, public, college with some 7,400 day and continuing education students. Tuition in English. Located in West Island subsurbs of Montreal.  

Champlain College

900 Riverside Drive
St-Lambert
Quebec
J4P 3P2

Tel: 00 1 450 672 7360    Fax: 00 1 450 672-9299
Web: www.champlaincollege.qc.ca

Public English language CEGEP. Some 2,500 students on south shore of Montreal.

Vanier College

821 Ste. Croix
St. Laurent
Quebec
H4L 3X9

Tel: 00 1 514 744 7500     Fax: 00 1 514 744 7505
Web: www.vaniercollege.qc.ca

Public English language CEGEP in suburbs of Montreal. Note: Vanier College is affiliated with le Service Régional d’Admission du Montréal Métropolitain (SRAM) www.sram.qc.ca which serves as a clearinghouse for the processing of applications. See websites for details.

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