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BC Private Schools

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.

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.

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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:

  • What is the school’s educational philosophy? Many private schools have unique educational philosophies. You should find out whether those approaches are suited to your child’s educational needs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What do other students and their parents say about the school? Get as much feedback from school parents as possible.
  • 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.

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List of Private Schools in BC

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St. Margaret's School

1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7
St. Margaret's School offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 in Victoria. Its average class size is 18 students.
Traditional / Academic, AP School
Day & Boarding
$8,000 to $49,000
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St. Michaels University School

3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5
St. Michaels University School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Victoria. Its average class size is 18 to 20 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding
$15,290 to $46,120
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Brentwood College School

2735 Mount Baker Road, Mill Bay, British Columbia, V0R 2P1
Brentwood College School is a secondary school in Mill Bay, BC with both day and boarding students. Tuition cost from $19,900 to $48,360.
Traditional / Academic, Sports
Day & Boarding
$23,300 to $57,500
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Dwight School Canada

2371 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5
Dwight International School, a traditional private school in Shawnigan Lake, BC offers grades 6 to 12, including both day and boarding students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding
$1 to $39,500
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Southridge School

2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3S 0B7
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 / Academic, Co-educational
Day
$14,350 to $17,150
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Urban Academy

101 Third Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 2P9
Urban Academy is a reggio-inspired school that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in New Westminster. Its average class size is 12 to 17 students.
Arts, Reggio-inspired
Day
$7,900 to $13,000
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Island Pacific School

671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0
Island Pacific School offers distinctly different programs for middle school students on Bowen Island, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students.
Traditional / Academic, IB School
Day & Homestay
$12,500
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St. George's School

4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1V1
St. George's School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 to 22 students.
Traditional / Academic, Alternative
Day & Boarding
$18,140 to $53,500
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Crofton House School

3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$17,825
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Glen Eden Multimodal Centre

#190 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 2J1
Our goal is to successfully treat, as well as teach, children and adolescents who, because of complex combinations of medical, psychiatric, and developmental problems are not functioning well in school based programs.
Special Needs, Gifted
Day
Cost varies
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Eaton Arrowsmith School

204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
Eaton Arrowsmith School offers programs to help students with learning disabilities and runs from grade K to 12. Tuition starts $4,090.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$7,675 to $28,800
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Bodwell High School

955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver, BC enrols 200 day and 240 boarding students. Tuition starts at $12,560, with scholarships available.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding
$12,560 to $27,460
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Madrona School Society

215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2G3
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.
Gifted, Traditional / Academic
Day
$16,000
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Alexander Academy

688 West Hastings Street, Suite 200, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1
Centrally located in downtown Vancouver, Alexander Academy offers a culturally rich and an academically challenging curriculum for students in Gr. 10 - 12 preparing for higher education at a college or university.
Traditional / Academic, Co-educational
Day
$15,500 to $19,500
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Avenir School

Suite 207 - 877 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 3Y1
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding.
Gifted, Alternative
Day
$2,000 to $8,500
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Queen Margaret's School

660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2
Queen Margaret's School offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Duncan. Its average class size is 16 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding
$8,075 to $41,100
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Roots and Wings Montessori School

982 200th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W2
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,
Day
$4,600 to $7,200
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
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.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
Cost varies
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Brockton School

3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3E8
Brockton School, a traditional private school in North Vancouver, BC offers K to grade 10. Tuition ranges from $12,825 to $14,200.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$14,140 to $15,656
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North Star Montessori Elementary School

1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 1J3
North Star Montessori Elementary School offers programs from nursery to grade seven in Vancouver.
Montessori,
Day
Cost varies
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Glenlyon Norfolk School

801 Bank Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 4A8
Glenlyon Norfolk School in Victoria offers programs for kindergarten through grade five. Its average class size is 18 to 20 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding & Homestay
$14,095 to $17,430
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Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver

3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6
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 / Academic
Day
$9,100 to $11,600
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Venture Academy for Troubled Teens

101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1
Venture Academy for Troubled Teens offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Kelowna.
Troubled Teens, Alternative
Boarding & Homestay
Cost varies
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Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
Our school specializes in educating and growing the confidence of students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in Grades 2 through 9.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$19,950
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Magnussen School

#204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
Magnussen School employs the use of individual education planning, small classroom sizes, and access to regular physical activity.
Alternative
Day
$17,400
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Purpose Independent Secondary School

40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 3L9
Purpose challenges students to achieve their potential, to take responsibility for their lives and to develop a strong set of learning and life skills.
Alternative
Day
$100
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Shawnigan Lake School

1975 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W1
Shawnigan Lake School offers programs from grades eight to 12. Its average class size is 14 to 15 students.
Traditional / Academic, Sports
Day & Boarding
$21,500 to $41,300
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Stratford Hall

3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2
Stratford Hall offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Victoria. Its average class size is 16 to 22 students.
Traditional / Academic, IB School
Day
$15,225 to $17,900
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The Westside School

788 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2M1
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.
Traditional / Academic
Day
$9,000
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Fraser Valley Elementary School

20317 - 67 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V2Y 1P6
Teaching beyond the regular BC Curriculum. We are a non-denominational independent school in the heart of Langley.
Traditional / Academic
Day
$8,000
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Choice School For Gifted Children

20451 Westminster Highway North, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 1B3
Choice School is BC's top school for gifted and exceptional students.
Gifted, Traditional / Academic
Day
$8,000 to $10,050
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St. John's School

2215 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2J1
St. John's School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 14 to 22 students.
IB School,
Day
$7,000 to $18,700
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Collingwood School

70 Morven Drive, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 1B2
Collingwood School is a private school in West Vancouver, BC from JK to grade 12. Tuition starts at $7,900. The school is a member of Round Square.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$16,000 to $19,000
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