Prairie Private Schools

Prairie Private Schools

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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 Prairie Private Schools


  • Name
  • Cost
  • Luther College High School (est. 1913)   1500 Royal Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4T 5A5

    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (370 students)
    • Boarding school (100 students)
    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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $6,590 to $26,620 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 6590 14-17 Regina

    Edge School (est. 1999)   33055 Township Road 250, Calgary, Alberta, T3Z 1L4

    • 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (320 students)
    At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Sports-intensive
    $15,600 to $16,640 /year
    Day Coed 15600 9-17 Calgary

    Foothills Academy (est. 1979)   745 37th Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4T1

    • 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (285 students)
    Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Special needs
    $15,000 /year
    Day Coed 15000 8-17 Calgary

    Prairie Christian Academy (est. 1938)   1025 4 Street North, Box 68, Three Hills, Alberta, T0M 2A0
    (2nd Street North / 5th Ave North)

    • 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $325 to $24,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 325 2-17 Three Hills

    West Island College (est. 1982)   7410 Blackfoot Trail Southeast, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1M5
    (Blackfoot Trail S.E / Glenmore Trail)

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (550 students)
    West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • French immersion
    $15,200 to $20,200 /year
    Day Coed 15200 12-17 Calgary

    River Valley School (est. 1983)   3127 Bowwood Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2E7
    (Bowness Rd NW / Bow Crescent NW)

    • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (323 students)
    RVS offers programs for the Early Learning & Elementary years in Progressive, Montessori & Arrowsmith environments. Specialists teach fine arts, physical education and French language.  
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    • Standard- enriched
    $7,400 to $13,100 /year
    Day Coed 7400 2-11 Calgary

    Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)   178003 112 St W, Foothills, Alberta, T1S 0V8
    (Highway 22X / 53 St SW)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (54 students)
    An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $8,500 to $10,500 /year
    Day Coed 8500 3-17 Foothills

    Delta West Academy (est. 1993)   414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (145 students)
    Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students! Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and greater achievement for everyone.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $9,900 to $17,550 /year
    Day Coed 9900 3-17 Calgary

    Montessori Alberta   1407 7th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 0Z3
    (7th Avenue NW / 14st Street NW)

    • Preschool to K (Coed)
    • Day school (60 students)
    Montessori Alberta is a Montessori pre-school/kindergarten for 3 to 6 year old children located in a bright and spacious facility with easy access to downtown Calgary.  
    • Student- paced
    $3,250 to $4,500 /year
    Day Coed 3250 2-5 Calgary

    Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1927)   P.O. Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0
    (Railway Ave / Rouleau St)

    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Boarding school (275 students)
    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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $9,250 to $45,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 9250 14-17 Wilcox

    St. John's-Ravenscourt School (est. 1820)   400 South Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 3K5
    (South Dr / North Dr)

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (790 students)
    • Boarding school (40 students)
    SJR is the world’s leading school in Debating and Public Speaking. It has produced 18 Rhodes scholars and three math olympiads. The School's graduates average a 98% university acceptance rate.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Accelerated
    $16,890 to $49,440 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 16890 5-17 Winnipeg

    Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)   201-2451 Dieppe Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7K1
    (Crowchild Trail / Flanders Ave)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (90 students)
    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.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $9,000 to $13,000 /year
    Day Coed 9000 3-17 Calgary

    Rundle College (est. 1985)   Business Office - 4411 Manitoba Road SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4B9

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (1080 students)
    Rundle College is a university preparatory school from Preschool-Grade 12 in Calgary, Alberta. Our small class sizes of 12-16 students, gives our students the advantage of and enriched and personalized education.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $11,700 to $16,000 /year
    Day Coed 11700 5-17 Calgary

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)   RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2
    (Range Road 12 / 306 Ave W)

    • 1 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (670 students)
    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational day school for Grades K-12 close to Calgary, AB.  
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,780 to $21,660 /year
    Day Coed 18780 5-17 Okotoks,close to Calgary

    Bearspaw Christian School (est. 1998)   15001 - 69 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3R 1C5
    (144 Avenue NW / 69 Street NW)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (635 students)
    As a leader in Christian Education in Canada, Bearspaw Christian School offers a fully-integrated discipleship-infused education in Calgary.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    • Sports-intensive
    $2,210 to $6,885 /year
    Day Coed 2210 3-17 Calgary

    Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)   16520 - 24th Street Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 4W2
    (162 Ave SW / 24 St SW)

    • K to 9 (Coed)
    • Day school (810 students)
    Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a dynamic private 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $2,650 to $6,260 /year
    Day Coed 2650 5-14 Calgary

    Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)   4099 Garrison Blvd SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6G2
    (Garrison Blvd SW / 33 Ave SW)

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (400 students)
    • Homestay school
    LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR - The International French School - offers programs from full-time pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Calgary. Its average class size is 15 students.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Student- paced
    • French immersion
    $11,400 to $13,400 /year
    Day Coed 11400 2-17 Calgary

    North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)   2445 23rd Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0W3
    (17th Ave SW / Richmond Road SW)

    • K to 9 (Boys)
    • Day school (40 students)
    North Point provides boys with an alternative learning environment to the traditional, outdated factory-style model that has been in place in our North American schools for the past 100 years.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $6,000 /year
    Day Boys 6000 5-14 Calgary

    V.I.K. Academy Ltd   15426 Bannister Rd SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2X 2X7
    (Bannister Rd SE / Midlake Blvd SE)

    • Preschool to K (Coed)
    • Day school (44 students)
    V.I.K. Academy offers French Immersion programs from Preschool to Kindergarten. It offers small group sizes, large bright spaces, meals & snacks are included, and has two fenced yards with a brand new playground.  
    • Standard- enriched
    $5,000 to $10,000 /year
    Day Coed 5000 2-5 Calgary

    Progressive Academy (est. 1983)   13212 106 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 1A3

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    Progressive Academy offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Students are not restricted to their grade level, but encouraged to work ahead.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $8,100 to $16,400 /year
    Day Coed 8100 3-17 Edmonton

    Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)   700 - 77th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 5R1

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (800 students)
    Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    • French immersion
    $10,810 to $12,720 /year
    Day Coed 10810 2-17 Calgary