The following is a list of the oldest schools in Sri Lanka that are still functioning.
|Current name||Foundation name||Foundation date||Founders||Province||District||Education|
|Richmond College, Galle||The Galle School||25 July 1814||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Southern||Galle||Galle||Galle||National|
|Matara Janadipathi Vidyalaya||The Matara School||August 1814||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Southern||Matara||Matara||Matara||Provincial|
|Methodist Central College||29 August 1814||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Eastern||Batticaloa||Batticaloa||Batticaloa||Provincial|
|Newstead Girls College||31 July 1816||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Western||Gampaha||Negombo||Negombo||National|
|Union College, Tellippalai||Common Free School||9 December 1816||American Ceylon Mission||Northern||Jaffna||Valikamam||Tellippalai||Provincial|
|Jaffna Central College||Jaffna Wesleyan English School||1817||Wesleyan Methodist Mission, North Ceylon||Northern||Jaffna||Jaffna||Jaffna||National|
|Christ Church Boys' School||Baddegama Seminary||March 1819||Church Mission Society of the Anglican Church||Southern||Galle||Baddegama||Baddegama||National|
|Methodist Girls' College, Trincomalee||1819||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Eastern||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||Provincial|
|Vincent Girls' High School||1820||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Eastern||Batticaloa||Batticaloa||Batticaloa||National|
|Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya||Cotta Institute||1822||Church Mission Society of the Anglican Church||Western||Colombo||Sri Jayawardenepura||Sri Jayawardenapura|
|St. John's College, Jaffna||Nallur English Seminary||March 1823||Church Mission Society of the Anglican Church||Northern||Jaffna||Jaffna||Jaffna||Private|
|Methodist Girls' High School, Point Pedro||Wesleyan Mission Central School||1823||Wesleyan Methodist Mission, North Ceylon||Northern||Jaffna||Vadamarachchi||Point Pedro||Provincial|
|Vigneshwara Maha Vidyalaya||1823||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Eastern||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||Trincomalee|
|Uduvil Girls' College||Missionary Seminary and Female Central School||1824||American Ceylon Mission||Northern||Jaffna||Valikamam||Uduvil||Private|
|Vembadi Girls' High School||1834||Wesleyan Methodist Mission, North Ceylon||Northern||Jaffna||Jaffna||Jaffna||National|
|Royal College, Colombo||Hill Street Academy||1835||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||National|
|Manipay Memorial English School||1836||American Ceylon Mission||Northern||Jaffna||Valikamam||Manipay||Provincial|
|Hartley College||Wesleyan Mission Central School||1838||Wesleyan Methodist Mission, North Ceylon||Northern||Jaffna||Vadamarachchi||Point Pedro||Provincial (APS)|
|St. Thomas' College, Matara||10 March 1844||Christian Missionary Society of England||Southern||Matara||Matara||Matara||National|
|Holy Family Convent, Jaffna||1845||Northern||Jaffna||Jaffna||Jaffna||Provincial|
|Kopay Christian College||1850||Northern||Jaffna||Jaffna||Kopay||Provincial|
|St. Patrick's College, Jaffna||Jaffna Catholic English School||1850||Roman Catholic Church||Northern||Jaffna||Jaffna||Jaffna||Private|
|S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia||College of St. Thomas the Apostle||3 February 1851||Church of Ceylon||Western||Colombo||Mount Lavinia||Private|
|Udupiddy American Mission College||4 January 1852||American Ceylon Mission||Northern||Jaffna||Vadamarachchi||Udupiddy||Provincial|
|St. Anthony's College, Kandy||1854||Roman Catholic Church||Central||Kandy||Kandy||Kandy||Private|
|St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa||1854||Roman Catholic Church||Western||Colombo||Moratuwa||Private|
|St. Xavier's College, Nuwara Eliya||1859||Roman Catholic Church||Central||Nuwara Eliya|
|St. Mary's College, Trincomalee||1864||Eastern||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||National|
|St. Benedict's College, Colombo||1865||Benedictine monks||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||Private|
|Methodist College, Colombo||Kollupitiya Girls' English School||7 November 1866||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||Private|
|St. Joseph's College, Trincomalee||27 July 1867||Oblates of Mary Immaculate||Eastern||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||National|
|All Saints College, Galle||1867||Anglicans||Southern||Galle||Galle|
|Jaffna College||1871||American Ceylon Mission||Northern||Jaffna||Valikamam||Vaddukoddai||Private|
|St. Anne's College, Kurunegala||1867||Roman Catholic church||North Western||Kurunegala||Kurunegala||Kurunegala|
|Good Shepherd Convent, Colombo||1 May 1869||Good Shepherd Order||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||Private|
|Rippon College||Whitfield Road Girls' School||1871||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Southern||Galle||Galle||Galle||National|
|St. Mary's College, Negombo||1871||Roman Catholic Church||Western||Gampaha||Negombo||Negombo|
|Trinity College, Kandy||Kandy Collegiate School||17 January 1872||Church Mission Society of the Anglican Church||Central||Kandy||Kandy||Kandy||Private|
|St. Anthony's College, Kayts||1872||Northern||Jaffna||Islands||Kayts||Provincial|
|St. Michael's College, Batticaloa||St. Mary's English School||1873||Roman Catholic Church||Eastern||Batticaloa||Batticaloa||Batticaloa||National|
|St. Thomas' College, Matale||1873||Central||Matale||Matale||Matale||National|
|Wesley College, Colombo||2 March 1874||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||Private|
|Bishop's College, Colombo||February 1875||Church Mission Society of the Anglican Church||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||Private|
|Drieberg College||Drieberg English School||1875||American Ceylon Mission||Northern||Jaffna||Thenmarachchi||Chavakachcheri||Provincial|
|Methodist Central College, Hakmana||1875||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Southern||Matara||Mulatiyana||Hakmana||Provincial|
|Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa||14 September 1876||Western||Colombo||Piliyandala||Moratuwa||National|
|St. John's College, Panadura||1876||Western||Kalutara||Panadura|
|Victoria College, Chulipuram||Chulipuram Hindu English School||1876||Northern||Jaffna||Valikamam||Chulipuram||Provincial|
|Girls' High School, Kandy||May 1879||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Central||Kandy||Kandy||Kandy||National|
|Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte||Kotte Bauddha (Buddhist) Mixed School||4 November 1880||Western||Colombo||Sri Jayawardenapura||Kotte||National|
|Southlands College, Galle||Girls' High School||1885||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Southern||Galle||Galle||Galle||National|
|Ananda College||English Buddhist School||1 November 1886||Buddhist Theosophical Society||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||National|
|Dharmaraja College||Kandy Buddhist High School||30 June 1887||Buddhist Theosophical Society||Central||Kandy||Kandy||Kandy||National|
|Jaffna Hindu College||The Native Town High School||1887||Northern||Jaffna||Jaffna||Jaffna||National|
|Piliyandala Central College||1887||Western||Colombo||Piliyandala||Piliyandala||National|
|Christ Church Girls' College||The Girls' Boarding School||1 June 1888||Church Mission Society of the Anglican Church||Southern||Galle||Baddegama||Baddegama||National|
|Maliyadeva College||Kurunegala Buddhist Institution||30 September 1888||Buddhist Theosophical Society||North Western||Kurunegala||Kurunegala||Kurunegala||National|
|Nelukkulam Kalaimagal Maha Vidyalayam||1888||Northern||Vavuniya||Vavuniya South||Nelukkulam||Provincial|
|Holy Cross College, Kalutara||1890||Western||Kalutara||Kalutara South||Kalutara||Private|
|Rambaikulam Girls' Maha Vidyalayam||1890||Northern||Vavuniya||Vavuniya South||Vavuniya||National|
|Kingswood College, Kandy||The Boys' High School||4 May 1891||Wesleyan Methodist Mission||Central||Kandy||Kandy||Kandy||National|
|Musaeus College||Musaeus Buddhist Girls' School||1891||Buddhist Theosophical Society||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||Private|
|Mahinda College||1 March 1892||Buddhist Theosophical Society||Southern||Galle||Galle||Galle||National|
|Zahira College, Colombo||Al-Madrasathul Zahira||22 August 1892||Colombo Muslim Educational Society||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||Private|
|St. Aloysius' College, Galle||1895||Jesuits||Southern||Galle||Galle||Galle||National|
|Chundikuli Girls' College||14 January 1896||Church Mission Society of the Anglican Church||Northern||Jaffna||Jaffna||Jaffna||Private|
|St. Joseph's College, Colombo||2 March 1896||French Roman Catholic missionaries||Western||Colombo||Colombo||Colombo||Private|
|Sacred Heart Convent, Galle||30 November 1896||Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary||Southern||Galle||Galle||Galle|
|St. Servatius' College||2 November 1897||Father Augustus Standaert and few others||Southern||Matara||Matara||Kotuwegoda||National|
|R. K. M. Sri Koneswara Hindu College||1897||Eastern||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||Trincomalee||National|
|St. Aloysius College, Ratnapura||Peter & Paul's Mixed School||1898||Jesuits||Sabaragamuwa||Ratnapura||Ratnapura||Ratnapura||National|
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