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Alberta Private Schools

Alberta Private Schools

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Our Kids lists numerous schools from across Alberta, including in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. There are several private and independent options in these cities, including Montessori, boarding, Christian, Waldorf, traditional, preschoolsspecial 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

    School NameTypePaceCost

    Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$9,000 to $13,000Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9000

    North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • K to 9 Boys
    • Day school (60 students)
    North Point provides a program for boys that is a fundamental re-thinking of how a classroom operates. We design environments and experiences that are specifically geared to challenge and engage boys. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$7,000 to $12,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day7000

    Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (400 students)
    Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Student-paced$12,200 to $14,300Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay12200

    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 2 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (500 students)
    Calgary Academy is a school for children that may benefit from a different kind of learning environment. We offer a program for students with learning difficulties as well as a traditional academic program. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$12,010 to $18,885MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12010

    Edge School (est. 1999)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (320 students)
    At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$13,000 to $18,270Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13000

    Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

    • Foothills, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (55 students)
    An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$8,925 to $10,750Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day8925

    Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (780 students)
    Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$10,810 to $12,720Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10810

    West Island College (est. 1982)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 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 [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$15,650 to $20,200MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day15650

    Foothills Academy (est. 1979)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 3 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (288 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$15,300MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day15300

    Progressive Academy (est. 1983)  

    • Edmonton, Alberta
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$8,550 to $16,800Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day8550

    Rundle College (est. 1985)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (1080 students)
    Rundle College is a university preparatory school from Kindergarten-Grade 12 in Calgary, Alberta. Our small class sizes of 12-16 students, gives our students the advantage of and enriched and personalized education. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$11,900 to $16,300Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day11900

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)  

    • Okotoks, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (675 students)
    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational day school for Grades K-12 close to Calgary, AB. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$18,780 to $21,660Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day18780

    Delta West Academy (est. 1993)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$9,900 to $17,550Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9900

    Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • JK to 9 Coed
    • Day school (846 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$2,650 to $6,260Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2650

    River Valley School (est. 1983)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (325 students)
    RVS offers programs for the Early Learning & Elementary years in Progressive, Montessori & Arrowsmith environments. Specialists teach fine arts, physical education and French language. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    Standard-enriched$7,400 to $13,100Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day7400

    The Third Academy (est. 1997)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$10,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10000

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