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Trafalgar Castle School has been welcoming students from across Canada and around the world for more than 140 years.

Canadian And International Boarding Student Admissions

Our boarding program attracts a mix of Canadian and international students in Grades 7 to 12. Many Canadian students value the opportunity of a boarding experience while international students appreciate the close connections and friendships they develop with Canadian students and students from around the globe.

There is no substitute for feeling the unique energy that Trafalgar Castle School evokes. We encourage families to visit our campus and meet with our Admissions Team but understand that with travel from far-away destinations, this is not always possible during the application process. Interviews via Skype are arranged at a time that is convenient for you.

Student Enrolment Procedure

Trafalgar Castle School has a rolling admissions process. Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, our busiest admissions period is between October and February. Families are encouraged to apply early as our boarding program typically fills quickly and student visas require time to process.

All boarding applicants are required to complete the online application package and provide:

  • Completed online application form;
  • Two consecutive final report cards;
  • SSAT scores (international students);
  • Language test for international students (eg. IELTS or TOEFFL);
  • Reference letters; and
  • Application fee.

The student’s application package is then assessed and eligible candidates are invited for an in-person interview where possible or interview via Skype. Once the interview has been completed and all required documentation received, the application package is referred to the Admissions Committee for review. At this point, successful candidates will receive an official letter of acceptance. Typically, they will be informed of the Committee’s decision with two weeks of the completed application.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Families are asked to sign and return the Letter of Acceptance, together with a one-time acceptance fee of $2,000 and a $4,500 deposit as a prepayment toward the tuition fee. Upon receipt of the signed Letter of Acceptance and required payments, your boarding spot is secured for the following school year.
The School has a designated number of boarding spots in each of the Grades 7 to 12, and some grades fill quickly. If boarding for your chosen grade becomes full during the application process, you may be offered a place on our Wait List. No acceptance fee or deposit is required for you to be on the Wait List. You will be informed if a space becomes available, at which time a formal Letter of Acceptance will be made.
Information about payment is included in the Letter of Acceptance package. Payment may be made by cash, post-dated cheques, online banking, and wire transfers. Payment may also be made by VISA, MasterCard or American Express via Plastiq, our third-party processor, subject to an applicable fee.
No. Trafalgar Castle School does not act as a Guardian to students. International families must name a Guardian who is either a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident and who resides within a 100km radius of the School, is over the age of 21, and speaks English fluently. Families may elect to hire third-party consultants to provide Guardianship. Our Admissions Team is happy to recommend Guardianship companies.
Our boarding and International Admissions Officer is available to support you through the application process and will provide you with the required Official Letter of Offer, confirming enrolment. It is important to submit your study permit application as soon as possible in order to receive your permit before the start of the school year. The Government of Canada publication, Five Key Steps to Speed Up Your Study Permit Application, is a helpful document. Guardian consultants can also assist with your application. Should your application for a study permit be denied, all fees (minus the application fee) will be refunded once you have provided us with an official letter from the Embassy showing proof of refusal.
You must have an Immigration Medical Exam if you are coming to Canada from certain countries or territories. The Government of Canada Department of Immigration and Citizenship provides a list of requirements for different countries and territories.
Boarding students should plan to arrive at Trafalgar Castle School on Tuesday, September 5 for the start of the 2017-2018 Academic Year and Academic Registration Day. The Admissions Team can assist you with travel from the airport upon request.
Boarding students should plan to arrive at Trafalgar Castle School on Tuesday, September 5 for the start of the 2017-2018 Academic Year and Academic Registration Day. The Admissions Team can assist you with travel from the airport upon request.
Yes. During the 2017-2018 school year, the boarding School will be closed for long weekends during Canadian Thanksgiving (October), Fall mid-term break (November), Winter mid-term break (February), and Victoria Day Weekend (May). Optional supervised trips are organized by Trafalgar Castle School to various tourist destinations within Canada and the United States. These trips add to your overall boarding experience by offering further exposure to North American culture. There is an additional charge for this program that covers all travel, activities, meals and accommodation. Trafalgar Castle School faculty supervise all trips.
The boarding school is also closed during winter holidays and March Break. Many students return home during these longer breaks. If you do not return home, you will be the responsibility of your Guardian. Guardians must make arrangements if you do not participate in supervised trips or the Boarder Buddy program.
Our Boarder Buddy program matches boarding students with families of day students. Boarders visit their Boarder Buddy’s home and experience Canadian family life for a day’s outing, an evening meal or a weekend stay. Wonderful friendships are forged through this popular program. Students are encouraged to participate in the Boarder Buddy program throughout the year.
Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. Under Ontario law, you are required to have the appropriate immunization prior to entering school. The Medical Officer of Health is required to enforce this regulation. Medical and Health forms must be completed by all students and are to be handed in upon arrival. All Canadian students must be covered by the Ontario Health Insurance. International students are required to enrol in the health insurance plan as prescribed by Trafalgar Castle School. The fee for this health plan is approximately $750 and will be billed to the student’s account. This coverage is mandatory for all international students and is required as part of the documentation to apply for student visa and study permit.
Every boarding student is provided with a personal combination safe for valuables, but we strongly recommend that large sums of money be deposited in a bank account. There are local banks within easy walking distance of the School. Banking services for international students make it easy to arrange international money transfers.
Welcome to the Trafalgar Castle School community! The Admissions Team is available to answer any of your questions prior to the start of school. Detailed information about purchasing your uniform, laptop and books will be included in the Summer Mailing that will be emailed to you. We look forward to officially welcoming you on Registration Day!

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