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British Columbia private high schools

British Columbia private high schools

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British Columbia offers a wide variety of highly regarded private high schools. Because private schools offer numerous distinct advantages, such as smaller class sizes, they will prepare your child for the world beyond high school.

In British Columbia, private and independent schools are a popular choice for parents. Approximately 12.1% of the province's student population attend a private or independent school (source: Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education, the Fraser Institute, February 27, 2014).

Enrichment Programs

Many British Columbia private high schools offer enrichment programs including Advanced Placement (AP) International Baccalaureate (IB), and gifted programs. AP refers to courses administered by the College Board. If your child scores a 4/5 or a 5/5 on an AP exam, he or she may receive a university course credit that applies to their university transcript. IB is a comprehensive program that is more challenging than the regular high school curriculum. The IB diploma program requires students to take courses in six subject areas and complete more community service than the province mandates. The schools seek to foster citizens of the world, rather than mere students.

Many private schools exceed the requirements of the provincial curriculum, as they try to make high school as much like university as they possibly can. Many BC private high school listed below have superb track records in university placement.

Extracurricular Activities and Extra Help

Extracurricular activities are an important part of learning outside of the classroom. Many universities and employees look for well-rounded students. British Columbia's private secondary schools offer diverse extracurricular options.

High school is a big jump from middle and elementary school. To avoid falling behind, your child might need special assistance outside of the classroom. Private schools in British Columbia are known to have dedicated teachers who will spend extra time with your child to ensure that he or she understands the material.

Provincial Funding for Private High Schools in B.C.

If British Columbia's government determines that a private school has substantially contributed to the province, it will receive a provincial grant. Schools collect grants according to the number of enrolled students. The province pays full grants for students who are "enrolled for a minimum of 600 hours from July 1 to May 15 of the school year." Schools qualify for partial grants for students who "receive less than 600 hours of instruction."

B.C. also offers special education grants to aid schools in "meeting the expenses associated with adapting or modifying the educational programs for students who qualify for special education grants." B.C. Education has additional information about independent school funding classifications.

Independent School Regulation

In British Columbia, the Office of the Inspector of Independent schools enforces all aspects of the province's School Act, which establishes every school's duties. Even if a private school is not funded, it is still subject to strict regulations and inspections. However, the more a school is funded, the more requirements it must meet. While independent schools have freedom in their teaching styles, educational philosophies, and curricula, they are still required to meet provincial standards, such as educating students in English language, math, science, social studies, and French. Of course, private schools are very likely to greatly exceed standards set by the province.

Meet with British Columbia's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Vancouver Private School Expo in November. This one day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.

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List of British Columbia private high schools


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  • Brookes Shawnigan Lake   2371 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB boarding school on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $9,500 to $44,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 9500 12-17 Shawnigan Lake

    St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)   3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5
    (Richmond Rd / McRae Ave)

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $17,235 to $61,590 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 17235 5-17 Victoria

    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)   1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7

    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (220 students)
    • Boarding school (130 students)
    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $9,500 to $49,300 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls 9500 3-17 Victoria

    Island Pacific School (est. 1995)   671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0

    • 6 to 9 (Coed)
    • Day school (65 students)
    Island Pacific School offers distinctly different programs for middle school students on Bowen Island, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $14,250 to $19,500 /year
    Day & Homestay Coed 14250 11-14 West Vancouver-Bowen Island

    Urban Academy (est. 2001)   101 Third Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 2P9
    (Royal Ave / Third Street)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (180 students)
    A premier private school for students from JK - Grade 12, Urban Academy develops the innovators and leaders of the future by linking their classroom learning to real life experiences.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    • Arts-intensive
    $8,500 to $12,500 /year
    Day Coed 8500 3-17 New Westminster

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)   12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1
    (240th Street / Dewdney Trunk Road)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (562 students)
    Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. See for yourself and join us for a tour every Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $20,400 to $30,400 /year
    Day Coed 20400 3-17 Maple Ridge

    Crofton House School (est. 1898)   3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1

    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (885 students)
    Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,960 /year
    Day Girls 18960 3-17 Vancouver

    Bodwell High School (est. 1991)   955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4

    • 8 to 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school (378 students)
    • Homestay school (162 students)
    Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,000. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity."  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,150 to $34,200 /year
    Boarding Coed 18150 13-17 North Vancouver

    Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)   2725 St. Christophers Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2B6

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (250 students)
    Vancouver Waldorf School offers programs from pre-school through to grade 12 in North Vancouver, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 25 students.  
    • Waldorf
    • Standard- enriched
    • Arts-intensive
    $1,100 to $14,760 /semester
    Day Coed 1100 2-17 North Vancouver

    York House School (est. 1932)   4176 Alexandra Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2V6

    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 16 to 20 students.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,600 to $23,100 /year
    Day Girls 19600 3-17 Vancouver

    Stratford Hall (est. 2000)   3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (520 students)
    Stratford Hall is an IB world school offering programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver, BC.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $17,090 to $19,960 /year
    Day Coed 17090 5-17 Vancouver

    Alexander Academy (est. 2013)   #200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1

    • 8 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    Alexander Academy is a private secondary school approved to offer the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Arts-intensive
    $13,500 to $16,800 /year
    Day Coed 13500 13-17 Vancouver

    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)   3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6
    (Wellington Dr / Fromme Rd)

    • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
    • Day school (182 students)
    Cousteau school is a unique French language school in BC, #1 in the last Fraser Institute ranking. We provide academic excellence from Preschool to Grade 8. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $10,560 to $12,955 /year
    Day Coed 10560 2-14 North Vancouver

    Brentwood College School (est. 1923)   2735 Mount Baker Road, Mill Bay, British Columbia, V0R 2P1

    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (114 students)
    • Boarding school (398 students)
    Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive boarding school for Grades 9 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $23,300 to $57,500.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $23,800 to $60,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 23800 14-17 Mill Bay

    Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)   1975 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W1

    • 8 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (60 students)
    • Boarding school (440 students)
    Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • French immersion
    $25,500 to $61,200 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 25500 13-17 Shawnigan Lake

    Coast Mountain Academy (est. 2013)   3295 Mamquam Road, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0T8

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (96 students)
    Our highly engaging classrooms take full advantage of our rich natural environment, while fostering sound academic skills in written and oral communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $13,550 to $15,650 /year
    Day Coed 13550 12-17 Squamish

    Avante School (est. 2009)   Suite 202 - 2830 Grandview Hwy , Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 2C9
    (Grandview / Renfrew)

    • 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (26 students)
    • Homestay school (2 students)
    Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $6,500 to $13,500 /year
    Day Coed 6500 8-17 Vancouver

    Pattison High School (est. 2003)   981 Nelson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 3B6
    (Nelson / Hornby)

    • 8 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Homestay school
    Pattison High School offers day programs for grades 8 to 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 15 students. Curriculum: Traditional Grades: 8 to 12 Gender: Coed Tuition: $14, 000 - $23,000 per year  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $16,680 to $23,280 /year
    Day & Homestay Coed 16680 13-17 Vancouver

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)   2040 Joe Riche Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1P 1G7

    • 7 to 12 (Boys)
    • 7 to 12 (Girls)
    • Homestay school
    Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    • Special needs , Troubled Teens
    Varies /year
    & Homestay Boys Girls 12-17 Kelowna

    Westside School (est. 2004)   788 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2M1

    • K to 9 (Coed)
    • 10 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (225 students)
    • Homestay school (50 students)
    Westside's unique approach combines the best practices of Canadian and European education. Students are known, valued and understood as they prepare for admission to the top 50 universities and contributing lives beyond.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $9,000 to $55,000 /year
    Day Coed Coed 9000 5-17 Vancouver

    Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)   660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2
    (Brownsey Avenue / Government Street)

    • 8 to 12 (Girls)
    • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
    • Day school (250 students)
    • Boarding school (90 students)
    Queen Margaret's School is an independent co-ed day school Preschool to Gr. 7 and all girls day/boarding school for Gr. 8-12 in Duncan, BC.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $5,100 to $52,400 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls Coed 5100 2-17 Duncan

    Madrona School Society (est. 1993)   530 Hornby Street, Floor 2, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C2E7
    (Hornby Street / West Pender Street)

    • K to 10 (Coed)
    • Day school (120 students)
    Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for kindergarten to grade nine with an average class size of six to 14 students.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    • Gifted
    $18,000 to $21,000 /year
    Day Coed 18000 5-15 Vancouver

    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)   420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (175 students)
    KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    • Special needs
    $22,450 to $23,450 /year
    Day Coed 22450 5-17 North Vancouver

    Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (est. 2005)   950 Academy Way, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 3A4
    (Hwy 97 / John Hindle Drive)

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (625 students)
    • Homestay school
    Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School in Kelowna, British Columbia offers programmes for grades Preschool to Grade 12 with enrollment of 560 day students and class sizes that range from 16-22 students.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $4,500 to $21,000 /year
    Day Coed 4500 2-17 Kelowna

    Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)   20315 16 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W5

    • Nursery/Toddler to 9 (Coed)
    • Day school (120 students)
    We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth.  
    • Montessori
    • Student- paced
    $4,830 to $12,000 /year
    Day Coed 4830 1-14 Langley,Surrey

    Southridge School (est. 1995)   2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (680 students)
    We place equal value on the development of academics and character. Our program is built around authentic, experience-based learning that develops the mind, body and spirit.  
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $14,750 to $25,250 /year
    Day Coed 14750 5-17 Surrey

    Mulgrave School (est. 1993)   2330 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 3H9
    (Upper Levels Highway / Cypress Bowl exit)

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (900 students)
    Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $17,195 to $21,370 /year
    Day Coed 17195 2-17 West Vancouver