Many parents feel that Catholic schools, like other Christian schools, offer some advantages over public schools. But if you want the best education for your child is Catholic school or private school better? And what are the advantages of each, in a final analysis?
Catholic schools are an appealing alternative to public schools, especially as many of these have been built new in the last ten years, with excellent facilities featuring the latest technology and very up-to-date features. And (for example) in the province of Ontario, the government funds Catholics schools and thus free, as opposed to the high tuition required by private schools.
Private schools have more variety of exciting options for students than ever before. Private schools give children a solid educational foundation with greater involvement in academics and extracurricular activities. In addition, parents are encouraged to participate within the school community and also help with learning at home.
To compare specific schools one-to-one, visit our compare hub. You can also check out our list of private Catholic schools in Toronto, Mississauga, Ottawa, Ontario, Montreal, and Quebec. And if you want to learn about the difference between Catholic and other Christian schools, read our guide.
Catholic schools participate in the mission of the Church, integrating religious education as a core subject in their curriculum. In many Canadian provinces, Catholic schools are funded by the province and may offer free education.
Catholic schools, whether private or public, profess different educational affiliations while encouraging students' growth in the life of the Church as well as study of doctrine and theology.
It is rare that (public or private) Catholic schools require students or their parents to profess the Roman Catholic faith these days. It is usually enough that schools are allowed to teach Roman Catholic doctrine to children.
Arguably, some Catholic schools do not have the resources that private schools have. Also, many of these schools have larger class sizes. In general, private schools focus on smaller class sizes offering a distinct academic advantage. Many private schools focus on academics in a way that is not possible in publicly funded schools. Private schools are able to turn away applicants. This makes them harder to get into, of course, and also results in an improved classroom environment.
While this is true, investing in a good education reaps lifelong rewards for children.
Most private schools have smaller class sizes and teachers have more time with students. In many cases, private schools offer IB, AP, gifted, or international exchange programs (although there are also Catholic schools offering these courses and programs). Surveys show that private school students have better advancement in their career. The high standard of discipline in private schools is understood.
The community concept in private schools also discourages unacceptable behaviors among the students. The admission process in private schools is strict. This ensures that the standard of students admitted to such schools is high. Today, private schools are a way of life for students who get the opportunity to have new academic and life experiences. Many of the best private schools pride themselves on the diversity and excellent caliber of their students.
There are many private Catholic schools offering all the advantages of both private and Catholic schools. We list them below.
Hawthorn School (est. 1989)
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
|$12,500 to $36,500
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Homestay Day Girls Coed||12500|
Northmount School (est. 1990)
Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
|$16,000 to $19,900
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys||16000|
|$18,000 to $19,500
|MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||18000|
Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)
Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||9500|
|$14,550 to $14,650
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||14550|
|US $27,540 to US $33,950
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys||27540|
Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa, that exceeds Quebec curriculum guidelines & ensures our students grow through different spheres: arts, sports, community service & science. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
|$4,700 to $35,000
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed||4700|
Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)
Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12 offering an enriched university preparatory programme. The average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
|$17,250 to $17,550
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||17250|
Academie Providence (est. 2002)
Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
|$8,800 to $10,300
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||8800|
St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
|$8,900 to $27,400
||Elementary MiddleSchools Boarding Day Boys||8900|
|$16,475 to $17,920
|Elementary Day Coed||16475|
|$6,800 to $11,500
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed||6800|
Clear Water Academy (est. 1994)
Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
|$12,475 to $13,700
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||12475|
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||19500|
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1920)
Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community. [View profile]
|$10,100 to $49,900
||HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||10100|
|$16,795 to $52,814
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls||16795|