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British Columbia private schools

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Private schools are a well-established aspect of British Columbia's education system. This province provides many strong private schools that offer a wide-range of choice, such as boarding, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, special needs, giftedpreschool, and alternative.



For more information about B.C.'s private and independent schools, visit the Our Kids' Vancouver Private School Expo. Here, you can meet administrators and instructors from some of the best private schools from across BC.

This includes schools in Vancouver, including the Greater Vancouver Area (GVA), Lower Mainland, and Tri-Cities (i.e., Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody). It also includes the cities of Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Kelowna, DeltaLangley, White Rock, Maple Ridge, Summerland, and more.

Private school funding and oversight in BC

British Columbia recognizes the distinct advantages of private schools and therefore funds many of them. The provincial government partially funds private schools according to the quality of education that they provide. To receive funding, a school must meet clearly identified criteria, such as employing only provincially certified teachers. More than 85% of BC's private schools receive some provincial funding, thereby increasing their affordability.

The British Columbia Ministry of Education inspects and regulates private schools in the province. All schools in B.C. are accountable to the School Act which identifies their responsibilities and requirements. The Ministry of Education also educates teachers about their classroom duties and boundaries.

Types of BC private schools

British Columbia has many private schools, so you'll have plenty of options to choose from. Below, we describe some of the main types of private and independent schools you’ll find in BC.

Find the right school in British Columbia

Whether you enjoy lively cities, like Vancouver, Victoria, or Kelowna or you prefer living in beautiful natural scenery in British Columbia, you will find a city or town that suits your family's needs and wants. BC is simply a wonderful place  to raise a family! Finding the right school is a little more work, but we have resources to help.

Things to consider when enrolling in a BC private school

You should begin searching for a private school for your child well before your expected time of enrolment (some parents begin looking for a preschool or daycare when their child is still a baby). Such promptness will give you sufficient time to consider a multitude of necessary factors. Here are some considerations:

1. Educational philosophy

Many private schools in BC have unique educational philosophies. For instance, there are language-immersion, special needsChristian, CatholicAP, and IB schools. You should find out whether those approaches are suited to your child's educational needs.

2. Tuition

Will the school help you fund your child's tuition? Private school need not be beyond your financial means, as many institutions allocate funds to scholarships and bursaries. To find out more about paying for private school, you may consult our list of 18 tips for paying private school tuition.

4. Location and commute

How far is the school from your home? Distance can be important if your children are young or there is limited public transportation. If you want your child to experience a private school's diverse programs (i.e., extracurricular activities), you might need to drive him or her to school at hours that do not fit your schedule.

5. Testimonials

What do other students and their parents say about the school? Get as much feedback from school parents as possible.

6. Reputation

What is the school's reputation? You could contact a Ministry representative to learn about a given school's reputation. You can also check its ranking by the Fraser Institute.

To learn more, read our step-by-step choosing guide as well as our guide to private school questions. You can also read our comprehensive schools profiles on OurKids.net.

Below, we list the top private schools in BC (British Columbia). Click on a link to learn all about a school, including its location, cost, programs, and curriculum.

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List of British Columbia private schools

 
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Southpointe Academy (est. 2000)  

  • Delta, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school
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 Day Coed 14965

St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (738 students)
  • Boarding school (257 students)
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 $77,490


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 18500

Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.5 to Grade 7. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$5,175 to $11,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5175

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 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
$14,180 to $65,490

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 14180

Brookes School Canada (est. 2009)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • Day school (150 students)
Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 6 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
$14,400 to $52,550


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 14400

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (605 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 Day Coed 21300

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (est. 2005)  

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


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 4500

The Maria Montessori School (est. 1991)  

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • PS to K Coed
  • Day school (20 students)
Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$3,500 to $3,900


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 3500

Bodwell High School (est. 1991)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (450 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • Day school (145 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
  • Traditional
$19,150 to $38,450


HighSchools Boarding Day Day Coed 19150

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)   

  • Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 7 to 12 Girls/Boys
  • Homestay school
  • 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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$1 /day


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Homestay Girls Boys 1

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
58,000


Boarding Coed 58000

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 Day Coed 10700

Pear Tree Elementary (est. 2015)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 7 Coed
  • Day school (45 students)
Small and intimate by design, progressive by choice, and innovative by necessity, Pear Tree Elementary is redefining what it is to teach and learn in the modern world. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$15,500 to $18,600


Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 15500

Claren Academy (est. 2017)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 4 Coed
  • Day school (35 students)
Claren Academy is a technology & creativity focused independent school located in the heart of Vancouver. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
  • Progressive
$15,000 to $16,000


Elementary Day Coed 15000

Newbridge Academy (South Surrey) (est. 2017)  

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • JK to 5 Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
Newbridge Academy is a school for academic excellence and global mindedness. With small class sizes and personalized attention, the needs of the whole child are met, with emphasis on language, mathematics and thinking. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$12,000


Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 12000

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 Day Coed 17195

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 Day Coed 4830

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 Day Coed 26250

Glenlyon Norfolk School (est. 1913)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (650 students)
  • Homestay school (50 students)
Glenlyon Norfolk School, an independent school in Victoria, BC, provides International Baccalaureate programs from JK to Grade 12. GNS offers 5- and 7-day Family Boarding for students who are not residents of Victoria. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,165 to $47,500


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 16165

Madrona School Society (est. 1993)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 9 Coed
  • Day school (80 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


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 20000

British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)  

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (42 students)
  • Day school (358 students)
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]
  • Traditional
$4,000 to $14,750


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 4000

Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori (est. 2007)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to SK Coed
  • Day school (40 students)
We have offered high quality programs for children ages 2.5-6 since 2007 in Vancouver, B.C. Our students graduate with a solid academic foundation, good problem solving skills, pro-social behaviour and a love of school. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$4,500 to $7,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 4500

Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (20 students)
  • Homestay school (80 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 to $27,800


HighSchools Day Homestay Homestay Coed 14800

Avante School (est. 2009)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (25 students)
Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$8,500 to $13,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8500

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   

  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (1 students)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$1 /program


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 1

Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (260 students)
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
$18,000 to $21,100


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18000

Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)  

  • Duncan, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed/Girls
  • Day school (161 students)
  • Boarding school (97 students)
  • Day school (209 students)
Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$6,250 to $46,700

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed Girls 6250

Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (515 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
$27,200 to $67,900


HighSchools Boarding Coed 27200

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$2,700 to $4,500


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 2700

Brentwood College School (est. 1923)  

  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (108 students)
  • Boarding school (415 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
$27,000 to $69,600

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HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 27000

Kelowna Christian School (est. 1978)  

  • Kelowna, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (775 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
$4,600 to $6,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 4600

Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 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
$8,500 to $14,170


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 8500

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
$23,950 to $24,950


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 23950

ArtsCalibre Academy (est. 2011)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (165 students)
ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer Preschool to Grade Eight in 2017/2018, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$800 to $5,850


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 800

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 Day Girls 20600

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