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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.

Schools in Vancouver

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.


955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4

North Vancouver
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver, BC enrols 300 day and 240 boarding students. Tuition starts at $12,560. We provide Education for a Changing World. School motto is "Strength in Diversity." [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,945 to $44,845 per year
12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1

Maple Ridge
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]
  • Day
  • IB School
  • International School
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $18,600 to $25,100 per year
671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0

West Vancouver-Bowen Island
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]
  • Day & Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
  • IB School
  • 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • $13,000 per year
#200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1

Vancouver
Alexander Academy is a grade 8 - 12 private school in Downtown Vancouver. With class sizes of 8 - 12 students, we provide students with education for the 21st century. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $14,500 per year
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8

North Vancouver
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,950 to $22,950 per year
215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2G3

Vancouver
Pear Tree Elementary is a K-7 elementary school located in Kitsilano, Vancouver. Pear Tree offers a whole-child approach that develops well-rounded children who can be happy and successful in all aspects of life. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $15,000 per year
3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6

North Vancouver
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]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • $9,400 to $12,250 per year
#204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3

Vancouver
Magnussen School focuses on the social and emotional health and well-being of K through Grade 7 students, in order to then ensure academic and social success. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $18,400 to $25,150 per year
4021 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5H 1Y9

Burnaby
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]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
2050 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2B3
215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, , V6K 2G3

Vancouver
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. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Academic
  • K to 9 (Coed)
  • $16,000 per year
788 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2M1

Vancouver
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. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,000 per year
2420 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 2Y1

North Vancouver
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $27,000 per year
204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3

Vancouver
Eaton Arrowsmith School offers programs to help students with learning disabilities and runs from grade K to 12. Tuition starts $4,090. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
402-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 1S3

North Vancouver
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]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
4970 Canada Way, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 1M4

Burnaby
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]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1

Vancouver
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,960 per year
8685/8687 Yukon Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5X 4V1

Vancouver
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]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
5520 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 1W5

Vancouver
A unique Vancouver Montessori school for students aged 2.5 to 9 years of age offering flexible hours to fit your family's schedule.We offer enrichment classes such as Kodaly Music, French, and yoga classes. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • $10 to $80 per day
1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 1J3

North Vancouver
North Star Montessori Elementary School offers programs from nursery to grade seven in Vancouver. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 7 (Coed)
  • $5,800 to $9,200 per year
3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2

Vancouver
Stratford Hall is an IB world school offering programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver, BC. [view profile]
  • Day
  • IB School
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $17,090 to $19,960 per year
2946 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4C9

Vancouver
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]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 3E4

Vancouver
Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to kids aged 2.5 to Grade 5. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • $4,950 to $10,600 per year
955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,945 to $44,845 per year
view profile
12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1
  • Day
  • IB School
  • International School
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $18,600 to $25,100 per year
view profile
671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0
  • Day & Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
  • IB School
  • 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • $13,000 per year
view profile
#200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $14,500 per year
view profile
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,950 to $22,950 per year
view profile
215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2G3
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $15,000 per year
view profile
3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • $9,400 to $12,250 per year
view profile
#204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • K to 7 (Coed)
  • $18,400 to $25,150 per year
view profile
4021 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5H 1Y9
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
view profile
2050 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2B3
215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, , V6K 2G3
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Academic
  • K to 9 (Coed)
  • $16,000 per year
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788 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2M1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,000 per year
view profile
2420 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 2Y1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $27,000 per year
view profile
204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
402-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 1S3
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
view profile
4970 Canada Way, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 1M4
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
view profile
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,960 per year
view profile
8685/8687 Yukon Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5X 4V1
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
view profile
5520 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 1W5
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • $10 to $80 per day
view profile
1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 1J3
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 7 (Coed)
  • $5,800 to $9,200 per year
view profile
3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2
  • Day
  • IB School
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $17,090 to $19,960 per year
view profile
2946 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4C9
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to JK (Coed)
  • $6,450 to $13,450 per year
view profile
3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 3E4
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • $4,950 to $10,600 per year
view profile

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