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Why Canadian Boarding Schools are a good option?

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 By Patrick Ho | Senior Admissions Counselor, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions

When thinking about boarding schools, people generally think of U.K. or the U.S. as the ideal destination. However, in recent years, inquiries about Canadian boarding schools have increased. Is Canadian boarding school a good choice? How does it compare to its neighbour, America, in terms of the quality of education? Let’s talk a look at Canadian boarding schools in more detail.  

One of the most important factors in choosing to study in Canada is due to its safety. Looking at the latest Global Peace Index, Canada ranks 6th in the world. To rank these countries, The Global Peace Index takes into account 23 different factors such as domestic, international conflict, safety, security in society, and military expenditure.  

For those of you that have travelled to Canada, you would leave with the impression that Canada is a very friendly country. There is a joke about Canada that their famous saying is “Oh, I’m sorry”. It could be due to someone accidentally bumping into you on the street or someone letting you go first. This is their culture. Unsurprisingly, with its safe environment and welcoming culture, children transition very well to Canada, giving the confidence for parents to send their children to study and grow up there.  

When choosing to study boarding school in Canada, most will choose either BC, British Columbia or Ontario. These two locations offer a diploma specific to their own province. In addition, many Canadian boarding schools will provide additional options such as AP, Advanced Placement or IB, International Baccalaureate courses or programs. These two options are highly recognised amongst universities as they are both highly competitive, university-prep level courses. By taking these options, you are proving to universities that you are capable of handling an university level curriculum. With these added options providing an advantage in the university application process, many students at Canadian boarding school go on to matriculate to top universities in Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States.  

One of the benefits of applying for a Canadian boarding school is that a majority of them adopt rolling admissions. Rolling admissions means they don’t have a set application deadline. When you submit the application form, complete the assessment requirements and successfully pass, the school can offer you a spot based on their availability. The advantage of rolling admissions is that you can strategize your application process. For example, you can apply for the most competitive schools first and if you are unfortunately rejected, you can resort to applying for the less competitive schools. Moreover, if you’re late to start the application process for Canadian boarding schools, you won’t need to be overly worried about missing the application deadline.  

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Mr. Patrick Ho

Associate Member of IECA | TEFL

BCom(Finance), University of Sydney

  • 7+ years of experience in admissions consulting service with 100% success rate
  • Proven track record helping students gain admissions to prestigious boarding schools including Blair Academy, Choate Rosemary School, Loomis Chaffee School, Kent School, Peddle School, Stevenson School, The Webb Schools, CA and Westminster School.
  • Had over 75% if his students accepted to a Top 50 U.S. College including Yale University, MIT, Boston University, University of Chicago.

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