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High school in Montreal, Quebec for international students. List of 5 top institutions, 2024 fees, rankings

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  • Marie-Claire Academy
    Marie-Claire Academy
    Montreal, Quebec
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  • Sacred Heart School of Montreal
    Sacred Heart School of Montreal
    Montreal, Quebec
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    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
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  • North Star Academy
    North Star Academy
    Montreal, Quebec
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  • Kells Academy
    Kells Academy
    Montreal, Quebec
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  • College Bourget
    College Bourget
    Montreal, Quebec
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Studying in Montreal will allow the foreign students to get to know this delightful city, which is located on the river islands in the province of Quebec. Its symbol is an extraordinary park and a 70–meter Catholic cross. The local weather is due to a temperate climate: spring is short, summer is humid, the temperature does not drop below +20 °C. It is snowy in winter, but not very cold, and autumn is considered the best season for trips, characterized by softness, lack of precipitation and duration.

The city has a large number of underground shopping centres located near metro stations. On the most famous shopping street, the "Street of 1000 shops", the students can find a variety of products at attractive prices. Below there are some interesting facts about Montreal:

  • In 2017, it became the best city to live in the world;
  • In 2016, according to the QS Best Student Cities ranking, it was recognized as the best student city in North America and the seventh in the world;
  • Economist's Intelligence Unit Safe Index in 2015 named it the best place to live;
  • Economist's Intelligence Unit gave him the prestigious title of the best place to receive an international education in 2013;
  • The second largest French-speaking settlement in the world;
  • The American Public Transportation Association in 2010 praised its outstanding public transportation system.

In the province, the official language is French, but top universities in Montreal and prestigious private schools invite students from all over the world to English—language programs, among other things.

Specifics of educational programs in the best high schools and colleges in Montreal

Until the students reach the age of 18, the period of obtaining a Canadian elite secondary education continues. Note that the academic year is divided into two semesters. In Montreal, the students independently choose the subjects of interest to study. So, according to the Advanced Placement education program, some disciplines can be studied at an in-depth level. In addition, graduating from this program, graduates have undeniable advantages in entering profile ranking universities, both in Canada and other countries of the world. It is worth noting such a pattern that the larger the list of disciplines that are studied at an in-depth level, the higher the leading Montreal school occupies in the rankings, and the developed educational program has great prestige.

The final assessment for each discipline is formed from the following components, namely written assignments, an individual project, and a final exam. Similarly to the USA in Canada, the assessment of academic performance is expressed as a percentage. To move to the next grade and continue studying, the foreign students need to receive at least 50%.

In case of achieving high academic results, a student may be exempted from taking the exam. As for the graduating classes, the teaching focuses on effective studying aimed at successful admission to prestigious universities in Canada.

In addition, the specific characteristics of education in Montreal's ranking schools are due to the provision of high-quality feedback. So, on a regular basis, advanced high schools in Montreal compile reports for parents regarding student success and behavior.

High school in Montreal for international students – tuition fee

When choosing an educational institution, the following important factors should be taken into account:

  • The degree of prestige of the school in Canada;
  • Available ways to accommodate students during their studies;
  • Catering for students (in most cases, full board is offered – meals three times a day);
  • The need to pay a registration fee to apply for admission (the amount of this fee varies in different schools);
  • The cost of the necessary textbooks and school uniforms;
  • A list of activities included in the extracurricular cultural program, etc.

In general, the cost of school education in high schools in Montreal can range from 12,000 CAD to 70,000 CAD per academic year. In addition to this amount, the international students must additionally pay the cost of accommodation – about 11,000 CAD per academic year.

How to apply to high schools in Montreal?

The application can be submitted not only in September in high schools in Montreal, but also in the middle of the school year.

High school students decide for themselves what subjects they will study. They need to pass the minimum defined by the mandatory school curriculum for graduation from college and obtaining a certificate. At the same time, they are guided by their abilities and plans for further education.

It is recommended to collect the documents necessary for admission in advance. The list includes:

  • Application form;
  • Receipt of payment of the fee for its consideration;
  • Statement of the subjects that the child studied the last two years at school, with grades;
  • A copy of the passport;
  • Registration forms and school forms;
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers of English and mathematics, possibly from the school principal;
  • Certificates confirming the level of proficiency in a foreign language.

In some cases, it is necessary to provide a motivation letter. In addition to the documents, it is necessary to pass an interview via Skype or during a personal visit to the school, as well as pass the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) or CAT (Canadian Achievement Tests). Some schools may additionally ask the students to write an essay or take an internal school exam.

High schools in Montreal rankings –TOP 3

  • Bishop’s College School
  • College International Mont-Tremblant
  • Sacred Heart School of Montreal.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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