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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 Waldorf, religious, special needs, First Nations, and alternative. For more information about B.C.'s independent schools, you could visit Our Kids' Vancouver Private School Expo. Here, you can meet administrators and instructors from some of the best private schools from across B.C., the rest of Canada, and abroad.

British Columbia Private Schools

Private school funding and oversight in B.C.

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 B.C.'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.

Find the right school in British Columbia

Whether you enjoy lively cities, like Vancouver and Victoria, or you prefer living amongst beautiful natural scenery in British Columbia, you will find a city or town that suits your family's needs and wants. B.C. is simply a wonderful place in which 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 private school

You should begin searching for a private school for your child well before your expected time of enrolment (some parents begin 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 have unique educational philosophies. 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. extra-curricular 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.


1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7

Victoria
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]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $12,800 to $49,300 per year
2371 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5

Shawnigan Lake
Dwight School Canada, an IB school in Shawnigan Lake, BC offers grades 6 to 12 for both day and boarding students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • International School
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,500 to $54,500 per year
12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1

Maple Ridge
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]
  • Day
  • IB School
  • International School
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $18,600 to $25,100 per year
3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5

Victoria
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]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,610 to $69,590 per year
955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4

North Vancouver
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver, BC enrols 300 day and 240 boarding students. Tuition starts at $12,560. We provide Education for a Changing World. School motto is "Strength in Diversity." [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,945 to $44,845 per year
801 Bank Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 4A8
1701 Beach Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8R 6H9

Victoria
Glenlyon Norfolk School, a day school in Victoria, BC, provides International Baccalaureate programs from JK to Grade 12. GNS offers 5- and 7-day Family Boarding options for students who are not residents of Victoria. [view profile]
  • Day & Homestay
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,480 to $39,910 per year
2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 2R6
3220 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria , British Columbia, V8P 3Y3

Victoria
Why ArtsCalibre? Invest in your child's future. ArtsCalibre Academy is a preschool to elementary alternative school that offers a dynamic and diverse program. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Arts-intensive
  • Arts
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • $4,750 to $5,500 per year
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7

Surrey
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]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,050 to $17,900 per year
101 Third Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 2P9
601 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2

New Westminster
Urban Academy is the Lower Mainland's only arts-infused private school, serving students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school is located in New Westminster. Average class size is 12 to 18 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Arts
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $8,100 to $13,000 per year
#200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1

Vancouver
Alexander Academy is a grade 8 - 12 private school in Downtown Vancouver. With class sizes of 8 - 12 students, we provide students with education for the 21st century. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $14,500 per year
671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0

West Vancouver-Bowen Island
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]
  • Day & Homestay
  • Academic
  • 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • $13,000 per year
2735 Mount Baker Road, Mill Bay, British Columbia, V0R 2P1

Mill Bay
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]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Traditional
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,800 to $60,500 per year
Ask Me, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 2Y2

Vancouver
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,670 to $8,500 per year
660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2

Duncan
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. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Arts-intensive
  • 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • $4,800 to $43,100 per year
5520 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 1W5

Vancouver
A unique Vancouver Montessori school for students aged 2.5 to 9 years of age offering flexible hours to fit your family's schedule.We offer enrichment classes such as Kodaly Music, French, and yoga classes. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • $10 to $80 per day
204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3

Vancouver
Eaton Arrowsmith School offers programs to help students with learning disabilities and runs from grade K to 12. Tuition starts $4,090. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6

North Vancouver
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]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • $9,400 to $12,250 per year
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8

North Vancouver
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [view profile]
  • Day
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,950 to $22,950 per year
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1

Vancouver
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,960 per year
2050 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2B3
215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, , V6K 2G3

Vancouver
Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for grades one to nine with an average class size of six to 14 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Academic
  • K to 9 (Coed)
  • $16,000 per year
1975 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W1

Shawnigan Lake
Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to more than 450 young men and women in grades 8-12. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Sports
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,800 to $42,500 per year
#204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3

Vancouver
Magnussen School focuses on the social and emotional health and well-being of K through Grade 7 students, in order to then ensure academic and social success. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $18,400 to $25,150 per year
1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 1J3

North Vancouver
North Star Montessori Elementary School offers programs from nursery to grade seven in Vancouver. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 7 (Coed)
  • $5,800 to $9,200 per year
2420 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 2Y1

North Vancouver
The Westside School is a private academic and boarding school in North Vancouver, British Columbia. A holistic grade 8 - 12 program prepares students for higher educational opportunities. Emphasis is placed on effortful learning, personal responsibility, moral and ethical behaviour, physical and psychological health and positive inter-personal relationships. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,000 to $37,795 per year
3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 3E4

Vancouver
Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to kids aged 2.5 to Grade 5. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • $4,950 to $10,600 per year
20451 Westminster Highway North, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 1B3

Richmond
Choice School is BC's top school for gifted and exceptional students. Choice provides a nurturing environment of like-minded children with small class sizes, customized programming and extensive enrichment opportunities. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Academic
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $13,200 to $13,950 per year
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
3450 Boundary Road, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5M 4A4

Langley
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]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1

Kelowna
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]
  • & Homestay
  • Special Needs
  • Troubled Teens
  • 8 to 12 (Boys)
  • $8,800 to $10,500 per program
788 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2M1

Vancouver
Westside exercises the unique approach in teaching which combines the best practices of Canadian and European methodology. Westside Preparatory School welcomes new students and accepts applications year-round. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $6,000 per year
550 Thompson Avenue, Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3J 3Z8

Coquitlam
The Mediated Learning Academy is a private special needs day school for students in grades K-12 in Coquitlam, B.C.. The provincial curriculum is taught, modified and adapted as necessary by certified teachers and supported by Speech-Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physiotherapists, and Counsellors. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,000 to $12,000 per year
1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $12,800 to $49,300 per year
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2371 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • International School
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,500 to $54,500 per year
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12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1
  • Day
  • IB School
  • International School
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $18,600 to $25,100 per year
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3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,610 to $69,590 per year
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955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,945 to $44,845 per year
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801 Bank Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 4A8
1701 Beach Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8R 6H9
  • Day & Homestay
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,480 to $39,910 per year
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2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 2R6
3220 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria , British Columbia, V8P 3Y3
  • Day
  • Arts-intensive
  • Arts
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • $4,750 to $5,500 per year
view profile
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,050 to $17,900 per year
view profile
101 Third Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 2P9
601 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2
  • Day
  • Arts
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $8,100 to $13,000 per year
view profile
#200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $14,500 per year
view profile
671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0
  • Day & Homestay
  • Academic
  • 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • $13,000 per year
view profile
2735 Mount Baker Road, Mill Bay, British Columbia, V0R 2P1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Traditional
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,800 to $60,500 per year
view profile
Ask Me, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 2Y2
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,670 to $8,500 per year
view profile
660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2
  • Day & Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Arts-intensive
  • 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • $4,800 to $43,100 per year
view profile
5520 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 1W5
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • $10 to $80 per day
view profile
204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • $9,400 to $12,250 per year
view profile
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
  • Day
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,950 to $22,950 per year
view profile
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,960 per year
view profile
2050 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2B3
215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, , V6K 2G3
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Academic
  • K to 9 (Coed)
  • $16,000 per year
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1975 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Sports
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,800 to $42,500 per year
view profile
#204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $18,400 to $25,150 per year
view profile
1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 1J3
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 7 (Coed)
  • $5,800 to $9,200 per year
view profile
2420 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 2Y1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,000 to $37,795 per year
view profile
3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 3E4
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • $4,950 to $10,600 per year
view profile
20451 Westminster Highway North, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 1B3
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Academic
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $13,200 to $13,950 per year
view profile
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
3450 Boundary Road, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5M 4A4
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1
  • & Homestay
  • Special Needs
  • Troubled Teens
  • 8 to 12 (Boys)
  • $8,800 to $10,500 per program
view profile
788 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2M1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $6,000 per year
view profile
550 Thompson Avenue, Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3J 3Z8
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,000 to $12,000 per year
view profile

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