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Alberta Private Schools

Our Kids lists numerous schools from across Alberta, with a number of private and independent options, including Montessori, boarding, Christian, Waldorf, traditional, and others.

Finding a private school in Alberta

Be sure that all schools you research are registered with the Alberta Board of Education. Research all the web resources you can find. You can find video tours of some Alberta private schools linked to the profiles below. Learn all you can about the school's reputation and check parent references.

Alberta’s private schools, especially private elementary schools, typically score very high on the Fraser Institute's Alberta rankings. In 2011, several private schools scored top spots out of 665 schools. Although the Institute's ranking system is far from perfect, rankings nonetheless are a useful introduction to the quality of private schools in this province.

Registered private schools vs. accredited private schools

Before you choose a private school for your child, you should fully understand Alberta's distinction between registered private schools and accredited private schools.

Registered private schools meet some essential provincial requirements such as code of conduct and property requirements but in most cases, private schools exceed government standards. Private schools offer more parental control in the classroom and schools exert more control over the student body. Graduates of private schools are more likley to feel greater accountability to their education, be better citizens, and score better on aptitude tests than they would at other types of schools.

Alberta's Accredited Private Schools are accredited under section 28(2) of the School Act. This category includes publicly funded private schools that must meet requirements of the province that go beyond basic registration.

In addition, Designated Special Education Private Schools provide special education programs for qualified students. These two latter schools must follow the same standards as public schools in order to get public funding.

One further category is Heritage Language Schools. These are private schools that offer specialized language and cultural instruction. Such schools are not publicly funded, but may be funded under the Credit Enrollment Unit (CEU) funding system of Alberta.

Financial Concerns in Alberta

Alberta’s private schools have a broad range in tuition rates, from as low as $5000 per year and up to $50000 or higher. We offer a list of schools that provide you with scholarships and financial aid (i.e. bursaries). Some schools will cover a portion of your child’s tuition, while others have scholarships and bursaries that cover 100% of the costs. However, when you are searching for an affordable school, you should be sure to inquire about hidden costs like textbooks, uniforms, and even information technology equipment, such as laptops.

If you are not from Alberta, but are thinking of sending your son or daughter to a school in this nature-filled province, you will be happy to know that Alberta does not have provincial sales taxes.


List of Schools in Alberta

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Prairie Christian Academy

330 4th Avenue North, Three Hills, Alberta, T0M 2A0
We offer a distinctive evangelical Christ-centered program that begins in the classroom and extends throughout all aspects of the school community. The school boasts a strong Preschool through Grade 12 program.
Faith Based, Alternative
Day & Boarding
$880 to $23,995
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Calgary French & International School

700 77th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students.
Traditional / Academic, Alternative
$9,550 to $16,000
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West Island College

7410 Blackfoot Trail Southeast, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1M5
West Island College offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Calgary. Its average class size is 15 to 20 students.
Traditional / Academic,
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River Valley School

3127 Bowwood Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2E7
River Valley School is a montessori school that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade six in Calgary. Its average class size is 14 to 18 students.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
$6,000 to $11,800
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Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Okotoks. Its average class size is 16 to 20 students.
Traditional / Academic
$16,650 to $19,530
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Glenmore Christian Academy

16520 - 24th Street Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 4W2
Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a dynamic alternative school in Calgary with specialist educators in the liberal arts, sciences, fine arts, languages and physical education. Find out how your child can excel at GCA.
Alternative, Faith Based
$2,460 to $5,825
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Lycée Louis Pasteur

4099 Garrison Boulevard SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6G2
Lycée Louis Pasteur - The International French School- offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Calgary. Its average class size is 17 students.
Traditional / Academic, Alternative
$11,300 to $13,000
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Progressive Academy

13212 106 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 1A3
Progressive Academy offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Edmonton. Its average class size is 12 to 16 students.
Traditional / Academic, Alternative
$7,500 to $9,000
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Mountain View Academy

B4 2452 Battleford Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7K9
Challenging students to think outside the box, create change, be comfortable with their final decision, receive critique and be able to appropriately verbalize their thoughts.
Alternative, Traditional / Academic
$2,000 to $10,000
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Rundle College

7375 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3W5
Rundle College offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Calgary. Its average class size is 12 to 16 students.
Traditional / Academic,
$8,300 to $14,500
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Delta West Academy

414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3
Our connectedness provides a stimulating and interactive learning context to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving and greater achievement.
$8,900 to $16,000
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Banbury Crossroads School

201-2451 Dieppe Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7K1
We use a student-paced approach with tutorial instruction in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Collaboration within meaningful, trusting relationships enhances learning.
Gifted, Alternative
$8,500 to $9,500
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Clear Water Academy

2521 Dieppe Avenue Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7J9
Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world.
Faith Based, Traditional / Academic
$5,700 to $11,900
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