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Schools in Vancouver

Vancouver Private Schools

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Independent or private schools in Vancouver come with a set of unique considerations. To help you with your search for the best school, compare schools by browsing our listings below, including private schools in North Vancouver and West Vancouver, as well as other local suburbs.

In addition, as an important part of your research, you can meet the schools at private school expos, or schedule visits during their open houses. Our Kids has been hosting school fairs in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, serving as a resource on private schools in Canada since 1999.

Vancouver private schools typically have a good reputation for strong programs and academic performance. They usually do well in the Fraser Institute school rankings, including York House School repeatedly earning the top spot.

How to Find the Best Private School in Vancouver

When you are looking for a private school in Vancouver, find out whether the school is registered with the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Inquire about the reputation of the school, its principal or headmaster, and its teachers. Here are other simple tips to follow or questions to ask:

  • What does the school need to do to convince you that it is the right Vancouver-area private school for your child? In other words, when you speak to the school's staff and students' parents, know the criteria that must be met to show you that their school is the best choice for your child.
  • Meet with teachers to find out their philosophies and their commitment to children.
  • Consider whether the school has up-to-date facilities (e.g., sports, technology).
  • Attend the Vancouver Private School Expo, where you can meet leading local day schools and boarding schools from B.C., across Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

Financial Considerations

The British Columbia government funds more than 85 per cent of its province's private schools. In Canada's westernmost province, independent and private schools receive more than $150 million in funding per year. For a private school to receive one of these grants (which will lower your tuition costs), it must hire only certified teachers and meet the provincial curriculum.

British Columbia may also help you pay for private school through tax breaks. Two particular types of schools are noteworthy here. First, if you send your child to a faith-based school, paying for its tuition may count as charitable donation for which you will receive a tax credit. Similarly, enrolling your child in a school for students with special needs may allow you to claim medical tax benefits.

Private schools in British Columbia might also assist you in funding your child's education through scholarships and bursaries. Consult these tips on how to make private school affordable.

Meet with Vancouver's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Vancouver Private School Expo in November. This one day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.

Click on the links below to learn more about any or each of the Vancouver private schools that we have listed.

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  • Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)   3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 3E4

    • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to kids aged 2.5 to Grade 7.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Montessori
    • Student- paced
    $5,050 to $10,750 /year
    Day Coed 5050 2-12 Vancouver

    Island Pacific School (est. 1995)   671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0

    • 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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $14,250 to $19,500 /year
    Day & Homestay Coed 14250 11-14 West Vancouver-Bowen Island

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)   12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1
    (240th Street / Dewdney Trunk Road)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (540 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.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,400 to $25,900 /year
    Day Coed 19400 3-17 Maple Ridge

    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)   420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (175 students)
    KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $22,450 to $23,450 /year
    Day Coed 22450 5-17 North Vancouver

    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)   3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6
    (Wellington Dr / Fromme Rd)

    • Preschool 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $10,560 to $12,955 /year
    Day Coed 10560 2-14 North Vancouver

    Alexander Academy (est. 2013)   #200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $13,500 to $15,800 /year
    Day Coed 13500 13-17 Vancouver

    Avante School (est. 2009)   Suite 202 - 2830 Grandview Hwy , Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 2C9
    (Grandview / Renfrew)

    • 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (26 students)
    • Homestay school (2 students)
    Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $6,500 to $13,500 /year
    Day Coed 6500 8-17 Vancouver

    CEFA Burnaby - Canada Way   4970 Canada Way, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 1M4

    • Nursery/Toddler 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.  
       
    • Student- paced
    $6,450 to $13,450 /year
    Day Coed 6450 1-3 Burnaby

    CEFA Vancouver - Cambie   8685/8687 Yukon Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5X 4V1

    • Nursery/Toddler 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.  
       
    • Student- paced
    $6,450 to $13,450 /year
    Day Coed 6450 1-3 Vancouver

    Mulgrave School (est. 1993)   2330 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 3H9
    (Upper Levels Highway / Cypress Bowl exit)

    • Preschool 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 1:11.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $17,195 to $21,370 /year
    Day Coed 17195 2-17 West Vancouver

    CEFA Burnaby - Kingsway   4021 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5H 1Y9

    • Nursery/Toddler 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.  
       
    • Student- paced
    $6,450 to $13,450 /year
    Day Coed 6450 1-3 Burnaby

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

    • 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.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,960 /year
    Day Girls 18960 3-17 Vancouver

    Bodwell High School (est. 1991)   955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4

    • 8 to 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school (378 students)
    • Homestay school (162 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."  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,150 to $34,200 /year
    Boarding Coed 18150 13-17 North Vancouver

    Madrona School Society (est. 1993)   2040 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2B3

    • K to 10 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for grades one to nine with an average class size of six to 14 students.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $16,000 to $19,000 /year
    Day Coed 16000 5-15 Vancouver

    CEFA North Vancouver   402-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 1S3

    • Nursery/Toddler 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.  
       
    • Student- paced
    $6,450 to $13,450 /year
    Day Coed 6450 1-3 North Vancouver

    Stratford Hall (est. 2000)   3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2

    • 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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $17,090 to $19,960 /year
    Day Coed 17090 5-17 Vancouver

    Pear Tree Elementary (est. 2015)   215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2G3
    (West Broadway / Stephens Street)

    • 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.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $15,000 to $18,000 /year
    Day Coed 15000 5-12 Vancouver

    Westside School (est. 2004)   788 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2M1

    • K to 9 (Coed)
    • 10 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (225 students)
    • Homestay school (50 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $9,000 to $55,000 /year
    Day Coed Coed 9000 5-17 Vancouver

    CEFA Vancouver - Commercial Drive   2946 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4C9

    • Nursery/Toddler 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.  
       
    • Student- paced
    $6,450 to $13,450 /year
    Day Coed 6450 1-3 Vancouver

    Pattison High School (est. 2003)   981 Nelson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 3B6
    (Nelson / Hornby)

    • 8 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Homestay 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  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $16,680 to $23,280 /year
    Day & Homestay Coed 16680 13-17 Vancouver

    Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)   2725 St. Christophers Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2B6

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (250 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Waldorf
    • Standard- enriched
    $1,100 to $14,760 /semester
    Day Coed 1100 2-17 North Vancouver

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

    • 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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,600 to $23,100 /year
    Day Girls 19600 3-17 Vancouver

    Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori (est. 2007)   3525 W. 24th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1L5
    (Dunbar / King Edward St.)

    • Preschool 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.  
       
    • Student- paced
    $4,500 to $7,500 /year
    Day Coed 4500 2-4 Vancouver