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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.

Consider boarding school! Our sister site, Experience Boarding lets you get a feel for what life is like inside a boarding school. Take a closer look at Vancouver boarding schools!

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

1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7
Victoria
St. Margaret's School offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 in Victoria. Its average class size is 18 students.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • AP School
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $12,400 - $47,400
3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5
Victoria
St. Michaels University School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Victoria. Its average class size is 18 to 20 students.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,930 - $66,910
801 Bank Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 4A8
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.
  • Day & Homestay
  • Academic
  • IB School
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,025 - $38,095
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.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Sports
  • Gr: 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,300 - $57,500
2371 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5
Shawnigan Lake
Dwight International School, a traditional private school in Shawnigan Lake, BC offers grades 6 to 12, including both day and boarding students.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
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.
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Gr: PS to 7 (Coed)
  • $4,800 - $8,725
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3S 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.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,750 - $17,750
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
North Vancouver
Our school specializes in educating and growing the confidence of students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in Grades 2 through 9.
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • $20,950
101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1
Kelowna
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment program for troubled teens and struggling students. Locations in the Barrie area of Ontario and in Kelowna, British Colubmia offer programs for youth in grades seven to 12.
  • Boarding & Homestay
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1V1
Vancouver
St. George's School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 to 22 students.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 1 to 12 (Boys)
  • $18,140 - $53,500
#190 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 2J1
Richmond
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.
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Gifted
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
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.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Sports
  • Gr: 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $42,500
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.
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
70 Morven Drive, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 1B2
West Vancouver
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.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,000 - $19,000
(Please contact school for details), 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.
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,670 - $8,500
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.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • $4,475 - $41,100
20317 - 67 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V2Y 1P6
Langley
Teaching beyond the regular BC Curriculum. We are a non-denominational independent school in the heart of Langley.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: K to 7 (Coed)
  • $6,500
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.
  • Day & Homestay
  • Academic
  • IB School
  • Gr: 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • $12,500
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.
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Academic
  • Gr: K to 7 (Coed)
  • $13,200 - $13,950
955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4
North Vancouver
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver, BC enrols 200 day and 240 boarding students. Tuition starts at $12,560, with scholarships available.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Gr: 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,945 - $44,845
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.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: PS to 8 (Coed)
  • $9,100 - $11,600
215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, 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.
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Academic
  • Gr: 1 to 7 (Coed)
  • $16,000
101 Third Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 2P9
New Westminster
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.
  • Day
  • Arts
  • Reggio Inspired
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $7,900 - $13,000
2215 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2J1
Vancouver
St. John's School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 14 to 22 students.
  • Day
  • IB School
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $7,000 - $18,700
#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.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Gr: K to 7 (Coed)
  • $18,400 - $25,150
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.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: K to 7 (Coed)
  • $6,000
3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3E8
North Vancouver
Brockton School, a traditional private school in North Vancouver, BC offers K to grade 10. Tuition ranges from $12,825 to $14,200.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,140 - $15,656
#200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1
Vancouver
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.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 - $14,500
3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2
Vancouver
Stratford Hall offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Victoria. Its average class size is 16 to 22 students.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • IB School
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,225 - $17,900
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
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.
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
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.
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Gr: Nursery to 7 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
982 200th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W2
Langley
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.
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Gr: Nursery to 9 (Coed)
  • $4,600 - $7,200
40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 3L9
New Westminster
Purpose challenges students to achieve their potential, to take responsibility for their lives and to develop a strong set of learning and life skills.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • $100
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.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,360
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.
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Gr: PS to 3 (Coed)
  • $10 - $80
 
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