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British Columbia girls' schools

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While BC may not have a wealth of girls' schools, the province is nevertheless is home to some of the best in the country. As well, they are part of a thriving community of innovative education that benefits, as well, from having a front seat within the communities of the pacific rim. 

The benefits of gender-based education

Gender-based environments receive a lot of attention among parents and in the national media, and it’s understandably one of the top questions on parents’ minds when choosing a private school. For girls, that’s especially true, and often for good reason. Despite the advances in the rights of women, traditional gender roles nevertheless are often unwittingly reinforced in academic and extra-curricular settings. Science and technology are more likely to be promoted to boys than to girls; English and the arts are more likely to be promoted to girls than to boys. Athletics, the prom, and many other aspects of student life can reinforce traditional roles and expectations.

New opportunities 

Girls’ schools have been shown to have a role in disrupting the patterns and the messages that accrete around an understanding of gender, ability, and possibility. Studies by the National Association for Choice in Education (NACE) and others have shown that girls in a single-sex environment are more likely to explore non-traditional subjects and activities. Absent from boys, girls perceive new areas of opportunity, something that is encouraged by the presence of female mentors and role models.

An environment of possibility

In other ways, participation is the result of little more than the environment itself. To be the best hockey player in the school—rather than the best female hockey player in the school—can provide an added motivation. Girls are more likely to join a robotics club, for example, when they don’t run risk being the only girl in the room, or when participation won’t be read as an act of defiance to a perceived status quo. Certainly, that’s the tradition that girls’ schools in Canada continue to this day. It’s not about isolation, it's about providing a space for a greater freedom of interest, engagement, and identity.

Below is a list of girls' schools in British Columbia. 

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List of British Columbia girls' schools


  • Name
  • Cost
  • St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)   1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7

    • JK to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (220 students)
    • Boarding school (130 students)
    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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $9,500 to $49,300 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls 9500 3-17 Victoria

    Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)   660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2
    (Brownsey Avenue / Government Street)

    • Gr. 8 to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Preschool to Gr. 7 (Coed)
    • Day school (254 students)
    • Boarding school (94 students)
    Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding Senior School for girls in Grades 8-12 and co-ed Junior School from Preschool to Grade 7 in Duncan, BC.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $5,325 to $53,600 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls Coed 5325 2-17 Duncan

    York House School (est. 1932)   4176 Alexandra Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2V6

    • JK to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 16 to 20 students.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,600 to $23,100 /year
    Day Girls 19600 3-17 Vancouver

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)   Joe Riche Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1P 1G7

    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Homestay school
    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.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    • Special needs , Troubled Teens
    $1 /day
    & Homestay Boys Girls 1 12-17 Kelowna

    Crofton House School (est. 1898)   3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1

    • JK to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (885 students)
    Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,960 /year
    Day Girls 18960 3-17 Vancouver

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