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Private Catholic Schools

Private Roman Catholic schools do not receive public funding and benefit from the freedom to teach with fewer constraints and offer other advantages such as smaller class sizes. Instructors can use alternative and creative teaching styles. Among the private Catholic schools that Our Kids lists, you can find boarding, all-girls, all-boys, and other types of Catholic schools. Although school curriculum varies, all private Catholic schools share a common affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church and encourage students to grow in the Catholic faith.

Schools combine the study of the Catholic religion with secular subjects (such as math, science, English, French, social studies, etc.) They are also known to provide a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and programs.

If you would like to meet face to face with administrators or representatives from schools, attend a private school expo.

Distinct Advantages of Private Catholic Schools

Private Catholic schools come with many unique benefits. These include:

  • Enriched Academics: Because private Catholic institutions have two types of courses (religious and academic), they have a more intensive curriculum than do most other types of schools. This rigorous, disciplined environment helps prepare your son or daughter for the next level of education.
  • Safety and Security: Many parents claim they feel more safe and secure with their children at private Catholic schools because of their community atmospheres and on-site security services.
  • Character Building: Learning about scripture and receiving training, advice, and counseling in the Roman Catholic tradition goes beyond what a regular school entails. A private Catholic education is focused on developing mature citizens.
  • Extra-help: Private schools have a strong capacity to offer out-of-class assistance. Your son or daughter need not fall behind because his or her teachers will be available to talk before or after hours.
  • Identity: A Catholic private school will assist your child in finding his or her Catholic identity. Students, especially in high school, are highly inquisitive about important questions in their lives. What is my purpose in life? Why should I be religious or spiritual? A Catholic education will work with your child to navigate these difficult, yet key issues.

Paying for a Catholic Private Schools

There are plenty of resources to help you pay for a Catholic private school for your child. Financial aid is quite common, with Catholic schools offering a high number of scholarships and grants. If your son or daughter is accomplished or involved in a particular area (i.e. academics, art, community service, physical education), then he or she may be eligible for a scholarship or financial aid. Be sure to apply early for both scholarships and bursaries.

In many provinces, paying for a religious school counts as a charitable donation for which you will receive a tax break. Contact a provincial government official for more information or read more about tax deductions for private school education.

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List of Private Catholic Schools

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St. Michael's College School

1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4
St. Michael's College School offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 23 students.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$17,950 to $18,550
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Northmount School

26 Mallard Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1S3
Northmount School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 12 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$15,000 to $17,700
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Hawthorn School for Girls

101 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R2
Hawthorn School for Girls is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12. Its average class size is 8 to 15 students.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$11,800 to $20,000
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St. Francis High School

4129 Lake Shore Road, Athol Springs, New York, 14010
Located in Athol Springs, New York, a small suburban community in the town of Hamburg just 10 miles south of the city of Buffalo. The 65 acre campus is located directly on the shores of Lake Erie. Just thirteen miles from the Canadian border.
Faith Based, Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$18,895 to $27,780
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Kilgraston School

Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, Scotland, PH2 9BQ
Boarding School for Girls in Scotland, UK, Perth & Kinross. Set within 45 acres of Perthshire parkland and just 45 minutes from Edinburgh.
Overseas, Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$5,600
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The Priory School

3120 The Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H3Y 1R9
The Priory School offers programs from kindergarten to grade six in Montreal. Its average class size is 12 to 14 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$12,990 to $14,320
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Villa Sainte-Marcellines & College International des Marcellines

815 Upper Belmont, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1K5
Villa Sainte-Marcellines & College International des Marcellines offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is five to 32 students.
Traditional / Academic
Day
Cost varies
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Clear Water Academy

2521 Dieppe Avenue Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7J9
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.
Faith Based, Traditional / Academic
Day
$5,700 to $11,900
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Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School

2246 Camilla Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 2J6
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School offers programs for various grades in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten to 15 students.
Montessori, Faith Based
Day
$5,250 to $10,000
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De La Salle College

131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7
De La Salle College is a traditional private school in Toronto from grade five to 12, with average class sizes of 22 students and tuition at $11,950.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$12,600
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Villa Maria

4245 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3K4
Villa Maria offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Montreal. Its average class size is 28 to 32 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
Cost varies
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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

P.O. Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0
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 / Academic,
Day & Boarding
$17,500 to $36,562
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4
As part of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we offer a first class education and graduate women of action with a sound moral compass.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$12,952 to $13,152
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Queen of Angels Academy

100 Bouchard Boulevard, Dorval, Quebec, H9S 1A7
Queen of Angels Academy will be closing it's doors June 2014. We are happy to help you find another school for your daughter.
Arts, Traditional / Academic
Day
$9,255 to $9,585
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Peoples Christian Academy (PCA)

245 Renfrew Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 6G3
Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 in Markham. Its average class size is 20 students.
Faith Based, Traditional / Academic
Day
$7,470 to $9,970
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Villanova College

P.O. Box 133, King City, Ontario, L7B 1A4
Villanova College offers programs from grades five to 12 in King City, Ontario. Its average class size is 20 students.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$15,400 to $16,400
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