Whether you’re 99% sure of your school choice, or just starting out, parents agree attending the Expo saved them time and provided the answers they were looking for.
Private schools in Vancouver come with a set of unique features. To help you with your search for the best school, compare schools by browsing our listings below, including private schools in North, West, and Downtown Vancouver, as well as Gastown, West End, Chinatown, Killarney, and Oakridge.
This also includes schools in greater Vancouver (or the Metro Vancouver Area). For instance, there are top private schools in Delta, Surrey, Richmond, Langley, Maple Ridge, White Rock, the Lower Mainland, and the Tri-Cities (i.e., Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody).
In addition, as an important part of your research, you can meet Vancouver schools at private school expos, or schedule visits during their open houses. Our Kids has been hosting a school expo in Vancouver since 1999. It also has school expos in other locations in Canada, such as Toronto and Montreal.
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.
When you are looking for a private or independent 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:
The British Columbia government funds more than 85 percent of its province's private schools (including private schools in Vancouver). 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 (such as Christian, Catholic, or Jewish), 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.
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.
St. George's School (est. 1930)
St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary, Toronto
|$22,450 to $68,085
||HighSchools Boarding Boys||22450|
Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)
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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
|$5,175 to $11,000
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||5175|
|$14,965 to $29,560
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||14965|
|$21,300 to $31,300
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||21300|
|$8,500 to $13,500
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||8500|
Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
|$14,800 to $27,800
||HighSchools Day Homestay Coed||14800|
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
|$2,700 to $4,500
||HighSchools Day Homestay Coed||2700|
|$15,500 to $18,600
||Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||15500|
British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)
BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future. [View profile]
|$4,000 to $14,750
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed||4000|
|$17,195 to $21,370
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||17195|
Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori (est. 2007)
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]
|$4,500 to $7,500
|Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed||4500|
Bodwell High School (est. 1991)
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
|$19,150 to $38,450
||HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed||19150|
|$23,950 to $24,950
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||23950|
Newbridge Academy (South Surrey) (est. 2017)
Newbridge Academy is a school for academic excellence and global mindedness. With small class sizes and personalized attention, the needs of the whole child are met, with emphasis on language, mathematics and thinking. [View profile]
||Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed||12000|
Madrona School Society (est. 1993)
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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||20000|
The Maria Montessori School (est. 1991)
Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests. [View profile]
|$2,500 to $4,000
||Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed||2500|
|$8,500 to $14,170
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed||8500|
|$15,000 to $16,000
||Elementary Day Coed||15000|
Brockton School (est. 2004)
Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
|$18,000 to $21,100
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||18000|