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Private schools are a well-established aspect of British Columbia's education system. This province provides many strong private schools that offer a wide-range of choice, such as boarding, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, special needs, giftedpreschool, and alternative. For more information about B.C.'s independent schools, you could visit Our Kids' Vancouver Private School Expo. Here, you can meet administrators and instructors from some of the best private schools from across B.C. (Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Langley, Coquitlam, and more), the rest of Canada, and abroad.

Private school funding and oversight in B.C.

British Columbia recognizes the distinct advantages of private schools and therefore funds many of them. The provincial government partially funds private schools according to the quality of education that they provide. To receive funding, a school must meet clearly identified criteria, such as employing only provincially certified teachers. More than 85% of B.C.'s private schools receive some provincial funding, thereby increasing their affordability.

The British Columbia Ministry of Education inspects and regulates private schools in the province. All schools in B.C. are accountable to the School Act which identifies their responsibilities and requirements. The Ministry of Education also educates teachers about their classroom duties and boundaries.

Find the right school in British Columbia

Whether you enjoy lively cities, like Vancouver and Victoria, or you prefer living in beautiful natural scenery in British Columbia, you will find a city or town that suits your family's needs and wants. B.C. is simply a wonderful place in which to raise a family! Finding the right school is a little more work, but we have resources to help.

Things to consider when enrolling in a private school

You should begin searching for a private school for your child well before your expected time of enrolment (some parents begin looking for a preschool or daycare when their child is still a baby). Such promptness will give you sufficient time to consider a multitude of necessary factors. Here are some considerations:

1. Educational philosophy

Many private schools have unique educational philosophies. For instance, there are language-immersion, Christian, CatholicAP, and IB schools. You should find out whether those approaches are suited to your child's educational needs.

2. Tuition

Will the school help you fund your child's tuition? Private school need not be beyond your financial means, as many institutions allocate funds to scholarships and bursaries. To find out more about paying for private school, you may consult our list of 18 tips for paying private school tuition.

4. Location and commute

How far is the school from your home? Distance can be important if your children are young or there is limited public transportation. If you want your child to experience a private school's diverse programs (i.e., extracurricular activities), you might need to drive him or her to school at hours that do not fit your schedule.

5. Testimonials

What do other students and their parents say about the school? Get as much feedback from school parents as possible.

6. Reputation

What is the school's reputation? You could contact a Ministry representative to learn about a given school's reputation. You can also check its ranking by the Fraser Institute.

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    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • JK to 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$9,500/program to $49,300Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day9500

    St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$17,235 to $61,590Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day17235

    Brookes Shawnigan Lake

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$5,544 to $47,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day5544

    Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS to 7 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.5 to Grade 7. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$5,050 to $10,750Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day5050

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)

    • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (560 students)
    Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. See for yourself and join us for a tour every Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$20,400 to $30,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day20400

    Island Pacific School (est. 1995)

    • West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia
    • 6 to 9 Coed
    • Day school (65 students)
    Island Pacific School offers distinctly different programs for middle school students on Bowen Island, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$14,250 to $19,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14250

    Urban Academy (est. 2001)

    • New Westminster, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (180 students)
    A premier private school for students from JK - Grade 12, Urban Academy develops the innovators and leaders of the future by linking their classroom learning to real life experiences. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$8,500 to $12,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day8500

    Bodwell High School (est. 1991)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (145 students)
    • Boarding school (450 students)
    Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,000. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$18,150 to $34,200HighSchools Coed Boarding Day18150

    Brentwood College School (est. 1923)

    • Mill Bay, British Columbia
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (108 students)
    • Boarding school (408 students)
    Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive boarding school for Grades 9 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $23,300 to $57,500. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$23,800 to $60,500HighSchools Coed Boarding Day23800

    Crofton House School (est. 1898)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$18,960Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day18960

    Mulgrave School (est. 1993)

    • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (900 students)
    Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$17,195 to $21,370Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17195

    Stratford Hall (est. 2000)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (520 students)
    Stratford Hall is an IB world school offering programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver, BC. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$17,090 to $19,960Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17090

    Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • NS to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (330 students)
    Vancouver Waldorf School offers programs from pre-school through to grade 12 in North Vancouver, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 25 students. [View profile]
    • Waldorf
    Standard-enriched$1,100 to $14,760 /semesterPreschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay1100

    Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (70 students)
    • Boarding school (430 students)
    Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$26,000 to $64,900HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000

    Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)

    • Duncan, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Girls/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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$5,325 to $53,600Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Boarding Day5325

    Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (est. 2005)

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (630 students)
    Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School in Kelowna, British Columbia offers programmes for grades Preschool to Grade 12 with enrollment of 560 day students and class sizes that range from 16-22 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$4,500 to $21,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay4500

    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$22,950 to $23,950Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Pattison High School (est. 2003)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Pattison High School offers day programs for grades 8 to 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 15 students. Curriculum: Traditional Grades: 8 to 12 Gender: Coed Tuition: $14, 000 - $23,000 per year [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$16,680 to $23,280HighSchools Coed Day Homestay16680

    Fraser Academy (est. 1982)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of Grade 1-12 students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$26,250 to $31,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Brockton School (est. 2004)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Brockton is a co-ed, JK to Grade 12, IB Continuum World School located in beautiful North Vancouver. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$16,400 to $23,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS to 9 Coed
    • Day school (182 students)
    Cousteau school is a unique French language school in BC, #1 in the last Fraser Institute ranking. We provide academic excellence from Preschool to Grade 8. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$10,700 to $13,700Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10700

    CEFA Early Learning (Core Education & Fine Arts™) (est. 1998)

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • NS to K Coed
    • Day school
    This alternative and arts-oriented private school with locations throughout the Vancouver, BC area offers tuition costs to suit your family. [View profile]
      Standard-enriched$6,450 to $18,420Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

      Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)

      • Langley, British Columbia
      • NS to 9 Coed
      • Day school (120 students)
      We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth. [View profile]
      • Montessori
      Student-paced$4,830 to $12,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day4830

      York House School (est. 1932)

      • Vancouver, British Columbia
      • JK to 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. [View profile]
      • Liberal Arts
      • Reggio Emilia
      Standard-enriched$19,600 to $20,300Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day9999999999

      Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)

      • Kelowna, British Columbia
      • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
      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. [View profile]
      • Traditional
      Student-paced$1MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

      Madrona School Society (est. 1993)

      • Vancouver, British Columbia
      • K to 10 Coed
      • Day school (100 students)
      Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for kindergarten to grade nine with an average class size of six to 14 students. [View profile]
      • Progressive
      Student-paced$18,000 to $21,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day18000

      Southridge School (est. 1995)

      • Surrey, British Columbia
      • K to 12 Coed
      • Day school (680 students)
      We place equal value on the development of academics and character. Our program is built around authentic, experience-based learning that develops the mind, body and spirit. [View profile]
      • Traditional
      • International Baccalaureate
      Standard-enriched$14,750 to $25,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14750

      The Westside School (est. 2004)

      • Vancouver, British Columbia
      • K to 12 Coed/Coed
      • Day school (225 students)
      Westside's unique approach combines the best practices of Canadian and European education. Students are known, valued and understood as they prepare for admission to the top 50 universities and contributing lives beyond. [View profile]
      • Progressive
      Student-paced$9,000 to $55,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay9000

      Pear Tree Elementary (est. 2015)

      • Vancouver, British Columbia
      • K to 7 Coed
      • Day school (45 students)
      Small and intimate by design, progressive by choice, and innovative by necessity, Pear Tree Elementary is redefining what it is to teach and learn in the modern world. [View profile]
      • Progressive
      Standard-enriched$15,500 to $18,600Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day15500

      Alexander Academy (est. 2013)

      • Vancouver, British Columbia
      • 8 to 12 Coed
      • Day school (50 students)
      Alexander Academy is a private secondary school approved to offer the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12. [View profile]
      • Traditional
      Standard-enriched$13,500 to $16,800HighSchools Coed Day13500

      ArtsCalibre Academy (est. 2011)

      • Victoria, British Columbia
      • PS to 8 Coed
      • Day school (160 students)
      ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer Preschool to Grade Eight in 2017/2018, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12. [View profile]
      • Progressive
      • Reggio Emilia
      Standard-enriched$4,750 to $5,850Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day4750

      Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori (est. 2007)

      • Vancouver, British Columbia
      • PS to SK Coed
      • Day school (40 students)
      We have offered high quality programs for children ages 2.5-6 since 2007 in Vancouver, B.C. Our students graduate with a solid academic foundation, good problem solving skills, pro-social behaviour and a love of school. [View profile]
      • Montessori
      Student-paced$4,500 to $7,500Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day4500

      CEFA Vancouver - Commercial Drive

      • Vancouver, British Columbia
      • NS to JK Coed
      • Day school (60 students)
      CEFA Vancouver is located in the heart of the Commercial Drive Community and offers a curriculum that exceeds national standards for preschool education. [View profile]
        Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

        CEFA Burnaby - Kingsway

        • Burnaby, British Columbia
        • NS to JK Coed
        • Day school (60 students)
        The enriched curriculum at CEFA Burnaby Kingsway features a unique partnership of core subjects of math and reading with arts, drama and yoga. [View profile]
          Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

          CEFA Burnaby - Canada Way

          • Burnaby, British Columbia
          • NS to JK Coed
          • Day school (60 students)
          A world leader in educating children aged 1-5. The CEFA Burnaby program is designed to meet the developmental needs of children during their most formative years. [View profile]
            Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

            CEFA Vancouver - Cambie

            • Vancouver, British Columbia
            • NS to JK Coed
            • Day school (60 students)
            CEFA Vancouver is located at the corner of Cambie and SW Marine Drive. The school offers dedicated programs for children aged 1 to 5. [View profile]
              Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

              CEFA North Vancouver

              • North Vancouver, British Columbia
              • NS to JK Coed
              • Day school (60 students)
              CEFA North Vancouver teachers are both ECE trained and CEFA teacher trained, this sets the school apart from all daycare centres in North Vancouver. The school is located on the 4th floor of Capilano Mall. [View profile]
                Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

                CEFA Richmond - Crestwood

                • Richmond, British Columbia
                • NS to JK Coed
                • Day school (60 students)
                CEFA Richmond Crestwood is located by the Green Acres Golf Course on International Place – easily accessible by Westminister Highway, the Knight Street Bridge and No. 6 Road. [View profile]
                  Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

                  CEFA New Westminster

                  • New Westminster, British Columbia
                  • NS to JK Coed
                  • Day school (60 students)
                  CEFA New Westminster supports each child's curiosity and imagination, and challenge them to test their intellectual and physical abilities. This school has Panaboard technology. [View profile]
                    Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

                    CEFA Richmond

                    • Richmond, British Columbia
                    • NS to JK Coed
                    • Day school (60 students)
                    CEFA Richmond has been awarded the “Best Daycare in Richmond” for four consecutive years! Drop by for a tour and discover the difference a specialized private preschool and kindergarten can offer your child. [View profile]
                      Student-paced$16,440 to $18,420Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day16440

                      CEFA Surrey - Guildford

                      • Surrey, British Columbia
                      • NS to JK Coed
                      • Day school (60 students)
                      CEFA Guildford is located in the heart of the Surrey Guildford Community and open from 7:45am to 5:30pm. [View profile]
                        Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

                        CEFA Surrey - Fleetwood

                        • Surrey , British Columbia
                        • NS to JK Coed
                        • Day school (60 students)
                        CEFA Surrey Fleetwood is now in a brand new 8,000 square foot school equipped with six classrooms, a nap room, cinema, art room, parent room plus 5,000 square foot outdoor playground. [View profile]
                          Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

                          CEFA Coquitlam

                          • Coquitlam, British Columbia
                          • NS to JK Coed
                          • Day school (60 students)
                          State of the art facilities at CEFA Coquitlam offer your children bright classrooms and two outdoor playgounds. [View profile]
                            Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

                            CEFA South Surrey/Panorama

                            • Surrey, British Columbia
                            • NS to JK Coed
                            • Day school (60 students)
                            At CEFA South Surrey near Panorama, each child is enrolled in a classroom based on their year of birth to allow programming to be specific to your child's learning and development. [View profile]
                              Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

                              CEFA Langley - Walnut Grove

                              • Langley, British Columbia
                              • NS to JK Coed
                              • Day school (60 students)
                              CEFA Walnut Grove embraces your child’s innate curiosity by creating a stimulating and nurturing academic environment that encourages young learners to confidently and independently pursue their inquisitiveness. [View profile]
                                Student-paced$6,450 to $13,450Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

                                CEFA Langley - Willowbrook (est. 2014)

                                • Langley, British Columbia
                                • NS to JK Coed
                                • Day school (112 students)
                                CEFA Langley Willowbrook is located on the Langley bypass, ideal for commuting parents. We specialize in education for children aged 1-5. Come in for a tour and meet with our staff, teachers and in-house chef. [View profile]
                                  Student-paced$13,920 to $15,600Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day13920

                                  Avante School (est. 2009)

                                  • Vancouver, British Columbia
                                  • 2 to 12 Coed
                                  • Day school
                                  Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
                                  • Liberal Arts
                                  Student-paced$6,500 to $13,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day6500

                                  CEFA Kelowna - McKay (est. 2016)

                                  • Kelowna, British Columbia
                                  • NS to JK Coed
                                  • Day school (30 students)
                                  Kelowna's first and only specialized early learning school for children aged 1-5. A proven project based curriculum founded on Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio inspired philosophies. [View profile]
                                    Student-paced$13,000 to $15,000Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day13000

                                    Coast Mountain Academy (est. 2013)

                                    • Squamish, British Columbia
                                    • 7 to 12 Coed
                                    • Day school (96 students)
                                    Our highly engaging classrooms take full advantage of our rich natural environment, while fostering sound academic skills in written and oral communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. [View profile]
                                    • Progressive
                                    Standard-enriched$13,550 to $15,650MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13550

                                    Claren Academy (est. 2017)

                                    • Vancouver, British Columbia
                                    • K to 3 Coed
                                    • Day school (25 students)
                                    Claren Academy is a technology & creativity focused independent school located in the heart of Vancouver. [View profile]
                                    • Progressive
                                    Standard-enriched$14,985Elementary Coed Day14985

                                    UWC Canada (est. 1974)

                                    • Victoria, British Columbia
                                    • 12 to 12 Coed
                                    • Boarding school (200 students)
                                    The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
                                    • Progressive
                                    • International Baccalaureate
                                    Standard-enriched$1 to $58,000Coed Boarding1

                                    The Maria Montessori School Ltd. (est. 1991)

                                    • Surrey, British Columbia
                                    • PS to K Coed
                                    • Day school (20 students)
                                    Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. Montessori balances academics, exploration and skills guided by the child's natural interests. [View profile]
                                    • Montessori
                                    Student-paced$3,500 to $3,900Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day3500

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