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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).

Some popular schools in BC include boarding, special needs, boys, girls, and faith-based (such as Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic). BC also has schools featuring an alternative curriculum, such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.

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." BC 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. Learn about schools in VancouverVictoriaKelownaSurreyBurnaby, Richmond, and elsewhereThis one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.

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    St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $18,500 to $66,100

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    Southpointe Academy (est. 2000)  

    • Delta, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (545 students)
    Southpoint Academy offers enriched curriculum for grades K-12. We provide the IB PYP curriculum and is a candidate school for the IB MYP. College board AP course are available for grades 10-12. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $14,965 to $29,560


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14965

    Brookes Shawnigan Lake (est. 2018)  

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $5,544 to $47,500


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day5544

    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $9,500 to $49,300

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    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

    • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (604 students)
    Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $21,300 to $31,300


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day21300

    Kelowna Christian School (est. 1978)  

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (750 students)
    Established in 1978, our passion is to provide families with transformative, excellent education that equips and inspires students to be disciples who are world changers that love and serve God and others. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $3,600 to $6,500


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day3600

    Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • NS to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (330 students)
    • Homestay (15 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. [View profile]
    • Waldorf
    $1,100 to $14,760 /semester


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay1100

    Madrona School Society (est. 1993)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 10 Coed
    • Day school (100 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. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Progressive
    $20,000 to $23,000


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day20000

    Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)  

    • Langley, British Columbia
    • NS 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. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $4,830 to $12,000


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day4830

    UWC Canada (est. 1974)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $1 to $58,000

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    Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (est. 2005)  

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (630 students)
    • Homestay
    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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $4,500 to $21,000


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay4500

    Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

    • Richmond, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (59 students)
    Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $14,800


    HighSchools Coed Day14800

    Avante School (est. 2009)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 2 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    $6,500 to $13,500


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day6500

    Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (70 students)
    • Boarding school (430 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $26,000 to $64,900


    HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000

    Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)  

    • Duncan, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Girls/Coed
    • Day school (254 students)
    • Boarding school (94 students)
    Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding Senior School for girls in Grades 8-12 and co-ed Junior School from Preschool to Grade 7 in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $6,250 to $55,200

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    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Boarding Day6250

    Fraser Academy (est. 1982)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of Grade 1-12 students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $26,250 to $31,250


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)  

    • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
    • NS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (325 students)
    • Homestay
    BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $3,800 to $14,750


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay3800

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)   

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    • Homestay
    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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    not provided


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

    York House School (est. 1932)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    $20,600 to $21,400


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day20600

    Bodwell High School (est. 1991)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (510 students)
    • Homestay (100 students)
    Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $19,150 to $38,450


    HighSchools Coed Boarding Day Homestay19150

    Brockton School (est. 2004)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $16,400 to $23,700


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day16400

    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $22,950 to $23,950


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Brentwood College School (est. 1923)  

    • Mill Bay, British Columbia
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (108 students)
    • Boarding school (408 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 $25,700 to $66,000. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $25,700 to $66,000

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    HighSchools Coed Boarding Day25700

    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS 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 9. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $10,700 to $13,700

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    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10700

    Mulgrave School (est. 1993)  

    • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $17,195 to $21,370


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17195

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