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Vancouver Private Schools

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.

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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Bodwell High School

955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver, BC enrols 200 day and 240 boarding students. Tuition starts at $12,560, with scholarships available.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding
Cost varies
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Alexander Academy

688 West Hastings Street, Suite 200, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1
Centrally located in downtown Vancouver, Alexander Academy offers a culturally rich and an academically challenging curriculum for students in Gr. 10 - 12 preparing for higher education at a college or university.
Traditional / Academic, Co-educational
Day
$15,500 to $19,500
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Island Pacific School

671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0
Island Pacific School offers distinctly different programs for middle school students on Bowen Island, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students.
Traditional / Academic, IB School
Day & Homestay
$12,500
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Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
Our school specializes in educating and growing the confidence of students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in Grades 2 through 9.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$19,950
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Collingwood School

70 Morven Drive, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 1B2
Collingwood School is a private school in West Vancouver, BC from JK to grade 12. Tuition starts at $7,900. The school is a member of Round Square.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$16,000 to $19,000
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Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver

3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6
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.
Traditional / Academic
Day
$9,100 to $11,600
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St. George's School

4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1V1
St. George's School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 to 22 students.
Traditional / Academic, Alternative
Day & Boarding
$18,140 to $53,500
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Brockton School

3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3E8
Brockton School, a traditional private school in North Vancouver, BC offers K to grade 10. Tuition ranges from $12,825 to $14,200.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$14,140 to $15,656
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St. John's School

2215 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2J1
St. John's School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 14 to 22 students.
IB School,
Day
$7,000 to $18,700
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Magnussen School

#204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
Magnussen School employs the use of individual education planning, small classroom sizes, and access to regular physical activity.
Alternative
Day
$17,400
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The Westside School

788 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2M1
Westside exercises the unique approach in teaching which combines the best practices of Canadian and European methodology. Westside Preparatory School welcomes new students and accepts applications year-round.
Traditional / Academic
Day
$9,000
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Madrona School Society

215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2G3
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.
Gifted, Traditional / Academic
Day
$16,000
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North Star Montessori Elementary School

1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 1J3
North Star Montessori Elementary School offers programs from nursery to grade seven in Vancouver.
Montessori,
Day
Cost varies
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Crofton House School

3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$17,825
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Stratford Hall

3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2
Stratford Hall offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Victoria. Its average class size is 16 to 22 students.
Traditional / Academic, IB School
Day
$15,225 to $17,900
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Eaton Arrowsmith School

204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
Eaton Arrowsmith School offers programs to help students with learning disabilities and runs from grade K to 12. Tuition starts $4,090.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$7,675 to $28,800
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Avenir School

Suite 207 - 877 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 3Y1
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding.
Gifted, Alternative
Day
$2,000 to $8,500
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