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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. This one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.

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    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
    Standard-enriched$9,500/program to $49,300Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day9500

    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
    Standard-enriched$17,235 to $61,590Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day17235

    Brookes Shawnigan Lake

    • 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]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$5,544 to $47,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day5544

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)

    • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (560 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$20,400 to $30,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day20400

    Island Pacific School (est. 1995)

    • West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$14,250 to $19,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14250

    Urban Academy (est. 2001)

    • New Westminster, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$8,500 to $12,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day8500

    Bodwell High School (est. 1991)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (145 students)
    • Boarding school (450 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." [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$18,150 to $34,200HighSchools Coed Boarding Day18150

    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 $23,300 to $57,500. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$23,800 to $60,500HighSchools Coed Boarding Day23800

    Crofton House School (est. 1898)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$18,960Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day18960

    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
    Accelerated$17,195 to $21,370Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17195

    Stratford Hall (est. 2000)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$17,090 to $19,960Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17090

    Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • NS to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (330 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
    Standard-enriched$1,100 to $14,760 /semesterPreschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay1100

    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
    Standard-enriched$26,000 to $64,900HighSchools 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
    Standard-enriched$5,325 to $53,600Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Boarding Day5325

    Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (est. 2005)

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (630 students)
    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
    Standard-enriched$4,500 to $21,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay4500

    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
    Student-paced$22,950 to $23,950Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Pattison High School (est. 2003)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day 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 [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$16,680 to $23,280HighSchools Coed Day Homestay16680

    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
    Standard-enriched$26,250 to $31,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Brockton School (est. 2004)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Brockton is a co-ed, JK to Grade 12, IB Continuum World School located in beautiful North Vancouver. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$16,400 to $23,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    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 8. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$10,700 to $13,700Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10700

    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
    Student-paced$4,830 to $12,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day4830

    York House School (est. 1932)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    Standard-enriched$19,600 to $20,300Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day9999999999

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    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
    Student-paced$1MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

    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]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$18,000 to $21,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day18000

    Southridge School (est. 1995)

    • Surrey, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$14,750 to $25,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14750

    The Westside School (est. 2004)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (225 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$9,000 to $55,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay9000

    Alexander Academy (est. 2013)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$13,500 to $16,800HighSchools Coed Day13500

    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
    Student-paced$6,500 to $13,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day6500

    Coast Mountain Academy (est. 2013)

    • Squamish, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$13,550 to $15,650MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13550

    UWC Canada (est. 1974)

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • 12 to 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
    Standard-enriched$1 to $58,000Coed Boarding1

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