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Schools in Prairie Provinces

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Prairies Private Schools

Private Schools in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Private and independent schools vary greatly across the prairies. There is everything from small rural faith-based schools to an academy in the Canadian Rockies geared to elite athletes seeking adventures in snowboarding and backcountry skiing. There are a multitude of choices along the continuum, whether parents are seeking enriched academics, religious instruction or other alternative education programs.

There is also diversity as far as the guidelines and regulations that impact private and independent schools in these provinces.

Private schools in Alberta have been officially recognized since 1946 and have received some form of public funding since 1967. About 25,000 students attend private and independent schools in Alberta or about 4.6 per cent of the province's students (According to Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education, a report released by the Fraser Institute in February, 2014). The majority of students enrolled in private and independent schools in Alberta attend a denominational school. Seventy per cent go to religious schools, including Hebrew, Mennonite, Muslim, Christian and various other denominations. The other 30 per cent of students in Alberta's private and independent schools are enrolled in programs that focus on enriched academics or alternative programs, including First Nations, Montessori, Waldorf or those catering to students with special needs.

Alberta's Department of Education website states that it "recognizes that parents have a choice as to how and where education is provided to their children". To ensure students have access to a certain level of instruction, private and independent schools receiving provincial grants in Alberta must meet provincial curriculum guidelines and other requirements. 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. The vast majority of private and independents schools operating in Alberta have provincial accreditation.

In Saskatchewan, the provincial government provides partial funding, as of the 2011-12 school year. In order to receive funding, independent schools must meet certain criteria: follow provincial curriculum and policies, employ only certified teachers, and take part in student assessments and inspections (among other conditions). Meeting these criteria entitles schools to receive half of the per-student average provincial funding. Read the announcement as covered on our blog: Saskatchewan announces private school funding.

Both funded and non-funded independent schools operate in Manitoba. According to Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education, published by the Fraser Institute in February, 2014, enrollment in Manitoba private schools is approximately 7.4% of the total student population.

To receive funding, schools must meet the provincial standard curriculum and hire Manitoba certified teachers. Funded independent schools in Manitoba receive 60 per cent of the basic public school per-pupil grant. Manitoba private and independent schools classified as non-funded still receive an annual grant of $50 per student annually for textbooks.

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List of Schools in Prairie Provinces

330 4th Avenue North, Box 68, Three Hills, Alberta, T0M 2A0
Three Hills
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.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Faith Based
  • Alternative
  • Gr: PS to 12 (Coed)
  • $630 - $24,000
RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2
Okotoks
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Okotoks. Its average class size is 16 to 20 students.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,650 - $19,530
16520 - 24th Street Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 4W2
Calgary
Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a dynamic alternative school in Calgary with specialist educators in the liberal arts, sciences, fine arts, languages and physical education. Find out how your child can excel at GCA.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Faith Based
  • Gr: K to 9 (Coed)
  • $2,610 - $5,945
3127 Bowwood Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2E7
Calgary
River Valley School is a montessori school that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade six in Calgary. Its average class size is 14 to 18 students.
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Gr: PS to 6 (Coed)
  • $6,200 - $11,800
13212 106 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 1A3
Edmonton
Progressive Academy offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Edmonton. Its average class size is 12 to 16 students.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Alternative
  • Gr: JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
B4 2452 Battleford Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7K9
Calgary
Challenging students to think outside the box, create change, be comfortable with their final decision, receive critique and be able to appropriately verbalize their thoughts.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Academic
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $2,000 - $10,000
4099 Garrison Blvd SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6G2
Calgary
Lycée Louis Pasteur - The International French School- offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Calgary. Its average class size is 17 students.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Alternative
  • Gr: PK to 12 (Coed)
  • $11,400 - $13,500
P.O. Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0
Wilcox
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan offers grades 9 to 12, with 50 day and 275 boarding students, and an average class size of 16.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Gr: 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
1500 Royal Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4T 5A5
Regina
Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Gr: 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,760 - $14,345
414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3
Calgary
Our connectedness provides a stimulating and interactive learning context to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving and greater achievement.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,100 - $16,300
Numerous Campuses/Business Office located at 4411 , Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4B9
Calgary
Rundle College is a university preparatory school from JK-Grade 12 in Calgary, Alberta. Our small class sizes of 12-16 students, gives our students the advantage of and enriched and personalized education.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $8,700 - $15,200
400 South Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 3K5
Winnipeg
St. John's-Ravenscourt School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Winnipeg. Its average class size is 20 students.
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,380 - $46,710
7410 Blackfoot Trail Southeast, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1M5
Calgary
West Island College offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Calgary. Its average class size is 15 to 20 students.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,000
700 77 Street Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 5R1
Calgary
Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students.
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Alternative
  • Gr: PS to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,500 - $12,700
2521 Dieppe Avenue Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7J9
Calgary
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.
  • Day
  • Faith Based
  • Academic
  • Gr: JK to 3 (Coed)
  • $5,700 - $11,900
201-2451 Dieppe Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7K1
Calgary
Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL.
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • Gr: JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $8,000 - $10,000
 
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