Given that education in Quebec is primarily in French, many expats choose to send their child to an English-medium private school or international school in Montreal.

While a significant number of the public schools in the city offer bilingual education, French is usually taught at the first-language level, which can be challenging for older children who don't speak the language.

There is, however, a high level of competition for places at Montreal's international schools, especially in the lower grades. Expat kids may find themselves on a waiting list before they can enrol.


Private and international schools in Montreal

Beurling Academy

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian (Quebec) and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 12 to 17
Website: beurling.lbpsb.qc.ca

Centennial Academy

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian (Quebec)
Ages: 12 to 17
Website: www.centennial.qc.ca

Kells Academy

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian (Quebec)
Ages: 5 to 17
Website: www.kells.ca

Kuper Academy

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian (Quebec)
Ages: 5 to 17
Website: www.kuperacademy.ca

Lower Canada College

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian (Quebec) and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 5 to 18
Website: www.lcc.ca

St George's School

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian (Quebec)
Ages: 5 to 17
Website: www.stgeorges.qc.ca