All-girls secondary schools offer an alternative to traditional co-ed public schooling. They are part of the private school system, and provide a single-sex educational environment for young women.
One of the benefits of all-girls schools is a structured, safe and encouraging environment, free from the potential pressures of a co-ed classroom. Young women are given the opportunity to build meaningful, life-long relationships with other young women, and to excel academically and personally in an environment that nurtures their strengths and needs. All-girls secondary school graduates often show higher achievement, higher self-esteem and a greater sense of accomplishment than female graduates of traditional co-ed high schools.
Some all-girls secondary schools in Canada are boarding schools, some are day schools, and some offer both options. These schools may also be religiously-affiliated or secular, and many require uniforms. Like all private secondary schools, all-girl schools are under the jurisdiction of their respective provincial Ministry of Education, and offer education that meets or exceeds provincial standards. All-girls secondary schools have some of the highest academic standings in the country.
Like most internationally accessible secondary schools in Canada, all-girls schools offer English as a second language (ESL) and, often, French as a second language (FSL) training options. Tuition for international students may range from $10,000 to $50,000, depending on whether or not the student boards with the school or with a homestay family in the local community.