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Alberta Private Schools

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

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List of Alberta Private Schools


  • Name
  • Cost
  • Edge School (est. 1999)   33055 Township Road 250, Calgary, Alberta, T3Z 1L4

    • 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (320 students)
    At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Sports-intensive
    $15,600 to $16,640 /year
    Day Coed 15600 9-17 Calgary

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)   RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2
    (Range Road 12 / 306 Ave W)

    • 1 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (670 students)
    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational day school for Grades K-12 close to Calgary, AB.  
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,780 to $21,660 /year
    Day Coed 18780 5-17 Okotoks,close to Calgary

    River Valley School (est. 1983)   3127 Bowwood Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2E7
    (Bowness Rd NW / Bow Crescent NW)

    • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (323 students)
    RVS offers programs for the Early Learning & Elementary years in Progressive, Montessori & Arrowsmith environments. Specialists teach fine arts, physical education and French language.  
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    • Standard- enriched
    $7,400 to $13,100 /year
    Day Coed 7400 2-11 Calgary

    Progressive Academy (est. 1983)   13212 106 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 1A3

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    Progressive Academy offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Students are not restricted to their grade level, but encouraged to work ahead.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $8,100 to $16,400 /year
    Day Coed 8100 3-17 Edmonton

    North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)   2445 23rd Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0W3
    (17th Ave SW / Richmond Road SW)

    • K to 9 (Boys)
    • Day school (44 students)
    North Point provides boys with an alternative learning environment to the traditional, outdated factory-style model that has been in place in our North American schools for the past 100 years.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $7,000 to $12,000 /year
    Day Boys 7000 5-14 Calgary

    Montessori Alberta   1407 7th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 0Z3
    (7th Avenue NW / 14st Street NW)

    • Preschool to K (Coed)
    • Day school (60 students)
    Montessori Alberta is a Montessori pre-school/kindergarten for 3 to 6 year old children located in a bright and spacious facility with easy access to downtown Calgary.  
    • Montessori
    • Student- paced
    $3,250 to $4,500 /year
    Day Coed 3250 2-5 Calgary

    Bearspaw Christian School (est. 1998)   15001 - 69 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3R 1C5
    (144 Avenue NW / 69 Street NW)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (635 students)
    As a leader in Christian Education in Canada, Bearspaw Christian School offers a fully-integrated discipleship-infused education in Calgary.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    • Sports-intensive
    $2,210 to $6,885 /year
    Day Coed 2210 3-17 Calgary

    Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)   201-2451 Dieppe Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7K1
    (Crowchild Trail / Flanders Ave)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (90 students)
    Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $9,000 to $13,000 /year
    Day Coed 9000 3-17 Calgary

    Rundle College (est. 1985)   Business Office - 4411 Manitoba Road SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4B9

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (1080 students)
    Rundle College is a university preparatory school from Preschool-Grade 12 in Calgary, Alberta. Our small class sizes of 12-16 students, gives our students the advantage of and enriched and personalized education.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $11,700 to $16,000 /year
    Day Coed 11700 5-17 Calgary

    Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)   16520 - 24th Street Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 4W2
    (162 Ave SW / 24 St SW)

    • K to 9 (Coed)
    • Day school (810 students)
    Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a dynamic private 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $2,650 to $6,260 /year
    Day Coed 2650 3-14 Calgary

    V.I.K. Academy Ltd   15426 Bannister Rd SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2X 2X7
    (Bannister Rd SE / Midlake Blvd SE)

    • Preschool to K (Coed)
    • Day school (44 students)
    V.I.K. Academy offers French Immersion programs from Preschool to Kindergarten. It offers small group sizes, large bright spaces, meals & snacks are included, and has two fenced yards with a brand new playground.  
    • Standard- enriched
    $5,000 to $10,000 /year
    Day Coed 5000 2-5 Calgary

    Delta West Academy (est. 1993)   414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (145 students)
    Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students! Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $9,900 to $17,550 /year
    Day Coed 9900 3-17 Calgary

    Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)   4099 Garrison Blvd SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6G2
    (Garrison Blvd SW / 33 Ave SW)

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (400 students)
    • Homestay school
    Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to provide a curriculum recognized by both Alberta Education and the French Ministry of Education. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Student- paced
    • French immersion
    $12,200 to $14,300 /year
    Day Coed 12200 2-17 Calgary

    Foothills Academy (est. 1979)   745 37th Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4T1

    • 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (285 students)
    Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Special needs
    $15,000 /year
    Day Coed 15000 8-17 Calgary

    West Island College (est. 1982)   7410 Blackfoot Trail Southeast, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1M5
    (Blackfoot Trail S.E / Glenmore Trail)

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (550 students)
    West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • French immersion
    $15,200 to $20,200 /year
    Day Coed 15200 12-17 Calgary

    Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)   700 - 77th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 5R1

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (800 students)
    Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    • French immersion
    $10,810 to $12,720 /year
    Day Coed 10810 2-17 Calgary

    Prairie Christian Academy (est. 1938)   1025 4 Street North, Box 68, Three Hills, Alberta, T0M 2A0
    (2nd Street North / 5th Ave North)

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (230 students)
    • Boarding school (40 students)
    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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $325 to $24,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 325 2-17 Three Hills

    Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)   178003 112 St W, Foothills, Alberta, T1S 0V8
    (Highway 22X / 53 St SW)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (54 students)
    An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $8,500 to $10,500 /year
    Day Coed 8500 3-17 Foothills