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1. Rathdown School for Girls, Dublin
Courses / Programs
Rathdown School is a private day and boarding girls' school located in Glenageary in south county Dublin, on the east coast of Ireland. We provide 5-day and 7-day boarding for 12-18 year olds in our senior school.

Founded in 1973, Rathdown was built on the proud traditions of four original schools: The Hall School, Hillcourt School, Park House School and Glengara Park School.

Rathdown currently has around 600 girls enrolled - 400 in the Senior School and 200 in the Junior School. Class sizes rarely exceed 25, so it is possible to give individual attention and to develop the special abilities and interests of each student.

The school enjoys a superb location and setting. The 16 acre site is set back from the road on a hill overlooking the sea and with inland views of the Wicklow mountains.

Being a boarding school and welcoming students of all nationalities, helps to promote an awareness of cultural diversity in our community where mutual understanding and respect prevail.

Parent Testimonial:
"She has enjoyed herself immensely and at the same time progressed academically. It has been a great experience. It has been great at all levels."
- Ruth Cosgrove (Second Year Parent) – Ireland / Spain
5 & 7-day Boarding for Girls ages 12-18:

- Irish and international students

- Our senior school offers Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate Programs.
- We are committed to providing an education of the highest standard, so that our students develop the skills and character to do well in State Examinations and more importantly, become life-long learners.

- An extensive range of pastoral, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are provided.
2. Newtown School, Waterford
Courses / Programs
Newtown School is located in Waterford City in the south east of Ireland. It was founded in 1798 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The ideals of its founders still inspire the School which today educates boys and girls for life in the 21st century. Newtown School welcomes boarding and day students of all religious persuasions, and appreciates the contribution of all denominations to the school community.

Our desire is to foster a sense of caring for others and to communicate a set of values which reflects a balance between the material and the spiritual. In keeping with the Quaker tradition every individual is of value and has something to contribute. The School promotes these ideals and, while rules are kept to a minimum, high standards of behaviour are expected. Students are encouraged in a supportive and caring environment to fulfill these expectations.
Boarding Programme; Day Programme; Junior Cycle Programme (a three year course leading to the Junior Certificate examination); Transition Year Programme (a one-year programme taken before embarking on the two-year Leaving Certificate programme); Senior Cycle Programme (a two year programme to Leaving Certificate examination); Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (L.C.V.P.); Personal Development Programme; Sports Programme; Extra Curricular Activities Programme.
3. Alexandra College
Courses / Programs
Alexandra College in Dublin, Ireland, was founded in 1866 and has a long and distinguished history in the field of education for women. The College is under Church of Ireland management and the Archbishop of Dublin acts as Chairman of the Council, which is the governing body. The staff and student body comprises many nationalities and religious traditions which combine to give the College its unique ethos. We are proud of the educational opportunities and community spirit of Alexandra College and are eager to share it with you. We would be delighted to welcome you to the College to see it for yourselves.
Secondary School Curriculum, Transition Year Programme
4. Wesley College, Dublin
Courses / Programs
Wesley College is a co-educational, day and boarding school with over 880 students. Founded in 1845 for the Methodist Community in Ireland, Wesley College combines all of the best traditions of the past with modern, state of the art facilities. While priority is given to students from the main Protestant denominations, the College prides itself on its inclusive community spirit and welcomes students of all faiths. Wesley College is committed to academic excellence. Students are offered a wide curriculum and taught by a professional and dedicated staff. We also offer a range of extra-curricular and sporting activities in the belief that these assist a sound general education and contribute to the whole person. The College boasts outstanding facilities on a large site at the foot of the Dublin mountains, providing the ideal environment for students in our care.
The curriculum comprises the following components: Preparatory Class (Equivalent to sixth standard in the primary school), Junior Cycle Programme (a three year course leading to the Junior Certificate examination), Senior Cycle Programme (Form IV - Transition Year: a one-year programme removed from the pressures of State examinations), Leaving Certificate Course: a two-year course leading to the Leaving Certificate examination).
5. St. Patricks Academy, West of Ireland
Courses / Programs
St. Patrick's Academy lies approximately six miles from both Castlebar and Westport in Co. Mayo, in the west of Ireland. St. Patricks Academy opened in 1985 as a private, Catholic, independent secondary school providing full time education for boarding and day students. On-campus boarding is available to boys only and assistance is provided for the placement of girls wishing to board with selected local families.

The school was founded as a student-friendly place where young people could learn and grow academically, spiritually and physically in a safe, caring, environment. The Academy is proud of its success with pupils who have experienced emotional or educational difficulties.
Boarding Programme; Day Programme; Junior Certificate Programme 12-15 years; Transtion Year Programme; Leaving Certificate Programme 16-18 Years; Communication Skills; Physical Education.
6. St Columba's College, Dublin
Courses / Programs
Founded in 1843, St Columba's College is a co-educational boarding school of 300 pupils, aged 11 to 18, in a beautiful setting at the foothills of the mountains overlooking Dublin Bay. We are seven miles south of Dublin city centre. We do have local day pupils, but about 80% of pupils are seven-day boarders. The pursuit of academic excellence is the everyday priority of our highly qualified professional staff. There are 38 full-time members of the teaching staff for the 300 pupils, and the resulting overall pupil-to-staff ratio of under 10-to-1 means small classes and close individual attention. In regular formal staff meetings, individuals' academic problems are discussed. The academic progress of each pupil is at all times closely monitored.
Irish Junior Certificate, Irish Leaving Certificate, Transition Year Programme. At the end of each term, all pupils in all subjects sit full-scale formal internal examinations. (The Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations replace these for Forms VI and III in June). Following these, detailed results and reports are sent to parents.
7. Headfort School
Courses / Programs
A non-denominational day and boarding private school in Co. Meath Ireland for boys and girls aged 4-13, Headfort is situated in stunning parkland just outside the ancient town of Kells (in the eastern region of Ireland, close to Dublin).

We provide an outstanding all-round education centered on individuality and academic excellence.

Children may board from 3rd Form and this encourages an internationally diverse student body with pupils from Spain, France, Mexico, Germany, Russia and many other countries regularly joining for one or several terms. Flexi (maximum 2 nights a week) and ‘ sleep-overs’ for day pupils are welcomed.​

Students are regularly prepared for entry and scholarships to leading secondary schools in the locality and around Ireland and the UK.
Primary Education Programmes:
The Irish Curriculum and Common Entrance Curriculum


Boarding available for children from 9 years - 13 years.
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