Why Boarding?

Modern boarding schools offer students opportunities to stretch themselves personally and academically, and gain valuable life experiences that prepare them for the post-secondary environment and life beyond.

You will learn a lot

Boarding schools offer an exceptional educational experience. In a boarding environment, you will find that learning is central to all activities – the regular hours for classes, homework, and recreation make it easy to stay focused on your studies. As a boarding student, you will benefit from greater interaction with your teachers and the experience of learning alongside motivated, like-minded peers.

You will be immersed in learning

Living where you learn offers a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in your educational experience.  Boarding schools offer a balanced program where school is much more than academics. Activities and experiences don’t end when the school day does. Clubs, athletics and other extracurricular opportunities are literally at your doorstep. You can truly do it all!

With each new experience you can learn more about yourself, gain confidence in your abilities, and often discover interests and talents you never knew you had. Boarding is a great way to learn who you are and what you’re good at.

You will have an adventure

Studying in another part of the country or the world offers a chance to explore a new destination. The boarding school environment encourages you to step outside your comfort zone. Going to boarding school in itself requires a willingness to try something new and unfamiliar, and the experience of learning alongside peers who are also trying new things is invaluable. After-school and weekend activities provide diverse experiences and memorable adventures.

You will form friendships that span the globe

Living on campus with classmates and friends from all over the world can be a lot of fun. It is an experience that provides a strong sense of belonging, a cohesive support network, and many incredible memories.

The close-knit community of residential life offers a unique global perspective. You will have the chance to learn with peers from all over the world, be exposed to different cultures, and understand each other’s differences. Friendships made at St. Margaret’s endure long after graduation and truly span the globe.

You will be prepared for the future

Life in residence closely resembles a post-secondary environment, making your transition to university an easy one when the time comes. Within the SMS community where support is close at hand, you will have many opportunities to take on positions of responsibility and leadership that will serve you well in the future. You will learn to manage your time and balance school life, free time, and studies. You will develop the ability to work effectively with people who may be different from yourself, and to resolve any differences. And you will  learn a lot about yourself in a safe environment where there is always a caring adult around to offer advice and support if you need help or make a mistake.