Category: Ireland Irish High School


Private boarding schools in Ireland often accept both day students and boarders. There are a variety of boarding options, from 5 day, to 12 day and 7 day boarding. Students will live with a host family during school closures.

Private boarding schools have an excellent reputation and the majority of graduates will progress on to top level university courses, either in Ireland, the UK or universities around the world.

Students will follow a rigorous weekly academic schedule and will spend the majority of their free time engaging with sport or other extra-curricular activities.

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  • Become a member of an elite body of Irish and international students.
  • Reach your full academic potential assisted by a high degree of individual attention from teachers and mentors.
  • Develop your English language fluency and learn to speak like a local.
  • Achieve an internationally recognised high school diploma*.
  • Enable your application to a British or Irish university*.

*2-year programmes only

  • Live the life-changing experience of being a boarder in a close-knit boarding community
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Key Features

  • On campus accommodation with Irish students
  • Resident pastoral and supervisory staff
  • Comprehensive range of subjects
  • Excellent facilities including sports facilities
  • Excellent student/teacher ratio
  • Most schools are co-educational
  • Religious and non-religious schools
  • Dormitory accommodation for junior students and single/double rooms for senior students
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Options & Criteria

Age 12 - 18
Programme Durations 3 terms +
Academic Background Average or better
English Level Intermediate (B1) or higher
Status All international students

Inclusions on a HSI Irish private day school programme

Standard inclusions for all HSI Ireland programmes

  • Selection of a suitable school
  • Standard tuition fees
  • Placement & registration in a selected Irish school
  • School uniform
  • Class text books
  • State examinations where required (3rd & 6th Years)
  • Documents required for validation of your studies

Our support services include

  • Assistance and support of your HSI Advisor
  • Monthly progress reports
  • Local orientation shortly after arrival
  • Emergency telephone contact 24/7
  • First and final transfers
  • Assistance with other transfers
  • Accommodation in a carefully selected host family (excluding Christmas holiday)

Our boarding accommodation includes

  • Dormitory accommodation
  • Full board
  • Required boarding school equipment (duvet, linen, towels etc)
  • Family accommodation during official school closures (mid-terms, Easter, long weekends)


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Education Agencies

If you are an education agency based outside of the Ireland and you are interested in being able to offer your students a place at one of our many private boarding schools, then you can contact us to register as a trusted partner of High Schools International

Partners already registered with us can download materials, fees and application forms from our Online Partner Resource Centre.


If you are a student who is thinking of studying in the Ireland and would like to learn which of our schools are most suitable for you, then contact us and we will connect you with your local representative of our programmes.

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