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Alberta boarding schools

A titan in the Canadian landscape.

On this page we cover boarding schools in the province of Alberta. For a complete guide to boarding in Canada, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.

Table of contents

  1. List of boarding schools in Alberta

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in Alberta
  6. Further resources


Boarding schools

  • Prairie Christian Academy

School NameTypePaceCost

Prairie Christian Academy (est. 1938)

  • Three Hills, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
We offer a distinctive evangelical Christ-centered program that begins in the classroom and extends throughout all aspects of the school community. The school boasts a strong Preschool through Grade 12 program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$325 to $24,500

Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools in Canada. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options) we recommend you review our hub on choosing a school.

Private school expos

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. All expos are held in the fall at a number of centres across Canada. There are three expos hosted in Ontario, one in Toronto, one in Halton-Peel, and one in Ottawa. Expos are also held each fall in Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. All are opportunities to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools within the regions in which the expos are held.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids private school discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics around gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and schools to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses is obviously a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to boarding programs, refer to our main boarding school hub.

Broadly speaking, the cost of boarding reflects the cost private school tuition in general, though with premiums added to cover housing and meals.

Many schools offer financial aid, including scholarships and bursaries. Financial aid is needs-based, and financial aid programs are created as a means of broadening the student base and attracting students, independent of means, who will contribute most to the culture of the school. Generally speaking, the larger and more expensive schools provide the most aid.

You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide.

Below you'll find the range of costs at Alberta boarding schools:

Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Prairie Christian Academy$12,750 to $24,5005%K - 12$500

 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Prairie Christian Academy193895%29518

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Prairie Christian AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 35LimitedLight integration



Learning disorders:
 Auditory processing disorder
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical

 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Prairie Christian AcademyDay: Sep 25, 2015
Boarding: Sep 25, 2015
Homestay: Sep 25, 2015
9 - 1295%

Prairie Christian Academy

Prairie Christian Academy

 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Prairie Christian AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance

Student council
School newspaper
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Prairie Christian Academy

Ice Hockey
Track and Field
Prairie Christian Academy

When people think of Canada their thoughts turn, in a sense, to Alberta. The province is home to Banff and Jasper, two resort towns nestled within the vast sweep of the Canadian Rockies. They were two of the first international resort destinations in Canada, a reputation that they retain to this day. Also here is a wealth of UNESCO heritage sites, including Dinosaur Provincial Park, home to some of the most important fossil discoveries ever made as well as the highest concentration of dinosaur remains in the world. Alberta is also home to some of the richest fossil fuel deposits in the world, representing an important aspect of both the provincial and the national economy.

Private schools in Alberta have been officially recognized since 1946 and have received provincial financial support since 1967. Private schooling in Alberta has enjoyed the highest level of consistent public support of any of the provinces. Alberta's accredited private and independent schools receive 60 per cent of the basic instruction per-pupil grant given to public and separate schools. Extra funding is also available to them for special needs students, materials and transportation costs. That support is reflected in the range and the quality of the private and independent schools operating in the province today, and a robust, integrated education system throughout the province

Graduation Requirements

High school graduation requirements are set by the Alberta Ministry of Education, not the federal government. To earn a high school graduation diploma in Alberta students are required to complete a minimum of 100 credits in grades 10 through 12, where each credit represents 25 of in-class instruction or workplace learning. Required credits include those given for completion of the core curriculum: English, social studies, math, science, physical education, and career and life management. Remaining credits are discretionary.