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Private School Basics

Is private schooling right for your family?

Should you send your kids to private school? And how does the private system work in Canada and the provinces?

This guide covers the basics: the debate between private and public schools, the purported benefits of private education -- and the common criticisms -- and what it’s like inside a private school community as a student, parent, and alumni.


Must Read: Benefits of private schools


To teach their children the necessary skills for an ever-changing world, many parents are choosing private school education. With options ranging from boarding schools to alternative schoolsto preschools, there is almost certainly a school to suit each and every child. Here are the reasons why parents are choosing to g... [Read More]


Criticisms of private education


Myth or fact? Private schools are insular places only for the privileged. If that were true, U.S. President Barack Obama, his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, and other notable alumni who won scholarships may not have had the opportunity to get a solid private school education. With help from education experts and industry lead... [Read More]


Private vs. independent schools: what's the difference?


Though often confused, independent schools and private schools are two distinct alternatives to public education.

Both address the needs of students who desire something different than what public education offers. However, there is a key difference between what institutions are designated private or independent. This d... [Read More]


Accreditation of private schools in Canada


Accreditation is important but it is not a be-all and end-all concerning whether or not a school is a "good school." Below are some important accrediting bodies for private schools in Canada and a discussion of the issue of accreditation.In Canada, private schools are accredited by bodies such as the Canadian... [Read More]


Why do parents consider private schooling?


“The common school ideal is the source of one of the oldest educational debates … The movement in favour of greater educational choice is the source of one of the most recent”

—Rob Reich[1]

Education in public schools remainsthe dominant form of education in Canada,though given the findings of a... [Read More]


Why Canadian parents send their kids to private school


"He's a totally different person. He's into his schoolwork. It's absolutely great to see." — Father of a Grade 8 student, wrapping up his first year in private school

Every family has a different reason for considering a private school education, but nearly all agree that private schools prov... [Read More]


The changing face of private education


Education in public schools remains the dominant form of education in Canada, though given the findings of a recent study, that's changing. “The data indicates," writes Deani van Pelt, "parents are increasingly looking to independent schools for more choice in how their children are educated.”... [Read More]


The Canadian education system


If you are searching an education in Canada and you want the very best for your child, you've come to the right place. Our Kids offers comprehensive listings of private schools from across Canada. Sending a child to get an education in Canada is often similarly priced for many private or boarding schools as it is f... [Read More]


Canadian education: grade levels


The education system in Canada is an interesting one. And it continues to evolve.

Below, we outline the different grade levels, and years of compulsory education, in Canada. We also compare the Canadian grade level system to that of five other countries—Poland, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany.... [Read More]


Canadian provincial grade levels


The education system in Canada is an interesting one. And it continues to evolve.

Below, we look attwomain features of this system. First, we describe the main levels of education in Canada. We then compare the grade structure of all provinces and territories.Each province in Canada has its own grade structure. Below, w... [Read More]


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