Trafalgar Castle School, Whitby, Ontario


It all starts at camping weekend, during the very first month of the school year. All students and staff head off to Camp Kilcoo in Minden, Ontario for two days of pure fun and camaraderie. New students begin to feel they are a part of something special. Older students meet new friends and get re-acquainted with old ones. Everyone participates and is ready to begin the school year with confidence and enthusiasm.

Each new student to Trafalgar is paired with an older student. This mentoring system provides a supportive ‘Big Sister’ for each ‘Little Sister’ to count on, right from day one. By promoting relationships between older students and younger students, day students and boarding students, friendships have no boundaries. One dad reports, “Within weeks of coming to Trafalgar Castle my daughter started taking risks and joining teams she had never tried before”.

Boarding at Trafalgar Castle School is available for girls in Grade 7-12. Trafalgar Castle Residence is a home away from home that provides an essentially different experience because students and teachers interact in significant ways both in and out of the classroom. Learning is not limited to academics; learning takes place after class, in the Residence, in the Gym, and during play and leisure. The Boarders at Trafalgar Castle School come from many different countries. There are also many Canadian boarders who reside in other parts of Ontario. This vast diversity in the boarding population creates an opportunity for all the students to learn other cultures and beliefs.

Trafalgar Castle School offers an exciting variety of weekend activities. From our long weekend trips to our theatre outings and sporting events, there is something for everyone! Our weekend program is divided in 3 seasons, the fall, winter and spring. Each season is planned to enrich their life in Residence.

At the beginning of each season, we will be sending you the  registration form with a detailed description of all activities. Please note that some of these outings, like our Residence Nights’ Out and Canada’s Wonderland are mandatory for all the boarders. These activities are free of cost.

Our weekend activities are optional for our residents. All trips are supervised by our Residential Staff. Enrolment and permission forms are required well in advance. Please find below a comprehensive listing of events that you can expect for this fall.

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Study at Trafalgar Castle School

Trafalgar Castle School offers a rigorous university preparatory curriculum from Grades 5 through 12. Our focus is to prepare our young women for post-secondary education through courses that emphasize the development of effective communication, the ability to access and evaluate information and critical thinking skills. In our “Connected Classrooms” we use information technology to deliver appropriate components of the curriculum and in the process encourage mastery of the technology skills essential for success in today’s world.

Our courses meet and exceed Ontario Ministry of Education requirements and are delivered by a highly competent and dedicated faculty. Class sizes are carefully controlled and our small school setting enables our teachers to engage their students and support them as they achieve their true potential.

Trafalgar Castle School is thrilled to offer The Little Red Schoolhouse: University of Chicago Writing Program. This program, taught to all first-year students at the University of Chicago, is all about writing clearly, with the reader's perspective in mind. Most readers intuitively spot the difference between good and bad writing. Drawing on these intuitions, Little Red Schoolhouse defines principles of clear writing that students then apply to their own writing. Grammar and diction are included in the curriculum, but students focus on developing powerful strategies of persuasion.

Trafalgar Castle School is excited to be reintroducing Rowing to our Athletics Program for the 2013-2014 school year. The program will be offered to students in Grades 8-12 and will begin this fall with introductory practices on the water once a week until the end of October. We will continue with a 'Train to Row' program throughout the winter season. This dryland training will help athletes develop the necessary skills to move on to the water in the spring. From April - June, rowers will train 4-5 times a week through the Durham Rowing Club in Port Perry and compete in Novice Rowing Competitions.  

This year, a new Robotics Course was added into the Grade 10. This course, Design Technology, exposes students to a variety of real-world applications of Robotics.

Tuition and Boarding Fees 2017-2018

CAN$ 59,550 International Boarding Students

The tuition fees include:

  • Tuition – academic programs
  • Room and Board – for all boarding students
  • Lunch – for all students
  • Student Activities: all compulsory travel and compulsory activities, I.D. Cards, yearbook, films/videos, some entertainment, educational, sports and cultural activities, including transportation, and the Parents’ Guild Annual Membership Fee.