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, preschools, special needs schools, and others.
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.
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.
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.
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational day school for Grades K-12 close to Calgary, AB. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$18,780 to $21,660||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||18780|
West Island College (est. 1982)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$15,650 to $20,200||MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||15650|
Rundle College (est. 1985)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$11,900 to $16,300||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||11900|
Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)
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]
|Student-paced||$12,200 to $14,300||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay||12200|
Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)
Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$10,810 to $12,720||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||10810|
River Valley School (est. 1983)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$7,400 to $13,100||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day||7400|
Progressive Academy (est. 1983)
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. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$8,100 to $16,400||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||8100|
Delta West Academy (est. 1993)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$9,900 to $17,550||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||9900|
Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)
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]
|Student-paced||$9,000 to $13,000||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||9000|
Prairie Christian Academy (est. 1938)
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. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$325 to $24,500||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day||325|
Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$2,650 to $6,260||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||2650|
Edge School (est. 1999)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$15,600 to $16,640||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||15600|
Foothills Academy (est. 1979)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$15,000||MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||15000|
North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)
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]
|Student-paced||$7,000 to $12,000||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day||7000|
Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$8,925 to $10,750||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||8925|
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. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$5,000 to $10,000||Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day||5000|
Bearspaw Christian School (est. 1998)
As a leader in Christian Education in Canada, Bearspaw Christian School offers a fully-integrated discipleship-infused education in Calgary. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$2,210 to $6,885||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||2210|
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. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$3,250 to $4,500||Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day||3250|