If you’re looking for a private school in Montreal for your children, Westmount has a number of notable choices. As one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Montreal, there are a variety of private schools from which to choose, including all-boys, all-girls, and co-ed. Known for their striking, historic architecture and beautiful campuses, these schools are steeped in tradition, but they also have no difficulty in embracing technology, to provide the best possible eduction for their students. (Check out our Close up on Westmount article to learn more about this distinguished neighbourhood.)
One of the best all-girls schools in Westmount, and also ranked in the top 25 private schools in Canada is Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramps School. This is private girls schools with just under 400 students, K-11, that aims to teach through a variety of different areas – athletics, academics and the arts – so as to provide a well rounded and complete education. This school was founded in 1909 on the values of competence, connectedness and confidence, and instilling these traits in young women remains the school’s priority to this day.
Another prestigious Westmount school with more than 100 years of history, The Study has long legacy of promoting leadership, confidence, visionary thinking and character development. The Study is a bilingual school for girls in kindergarten up to grade 11. The school puts an emphasis on finding the right balance between mental, physical and emotional development. Small classrooms provide a nurtuting learning environment to assure the success of every student.
A newer school, founded in 1959, Ville Sainte Marcelline is a traditional academic day school for girls-only, Kindergarten to grade 11. It is one of the few schools in Montreal to offer trilingual education in French, English and Spanish. Ville Sainte Marcelline is affiliated witha CEGEP, the College International des Marcellines, or CIM. CIM is French-language school for both girls and boys; they also provide trilingual instruction and a well-rounded curriculum.
Selwyn House is Montreal’s premiere all-boys schools. Founded in 1908, and providing English-language education from K-11, its goal is to produce strong young men, who are socially aware, and accomplished in all areas of education. Their Veritas, or truth, is founded on being, (amongst other things), empathetic, compassionate, aware, committed and respectful towards ones self, others and one’s school. Selwyn House places a strong emphasis on the balance of sports and academics. For intramural athletic purposes, the school is divided into four houses.
St George’s School of Montreal is a great choice if you are looking for a private school that is a little more creative. This private school is co-ed, and non-denominational, with a free spirited approach to learning. Their philosophy is based on education that is flexible and individualized, the premise that education comes from doing, and they aim to challenge each student to independently excel while respecting the rights and learning practices of others.
Aside from the private schools mentioned above, there are numerous other options in Westmount and throughout the city of Montreal, providing children from K-11 (and in some cases such as Lower Canada College, K-12) with a great education.
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