Independent or 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 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.
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:
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 (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.
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]
|Student-paced||$5,050 to $10,750||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day||5050|
Meadowridge School (est. 1985)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$20,400 to $30,400||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||20400|
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 9. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$10,700 to $13,700||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||10700|
Pear Tree Elementary (est. 2015)
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. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$15,500 to $18,600||Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day||15500|
Bodwell High School (est. 1991)
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." [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$19,150 to $38,450||HighSchools Coed Boarding Day Homestay||19150|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$16,400 to $23,700||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||16400|
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]
|Student-paced||$18,000 to $21,000||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||18000|
Mulgrave School (est. 1993)
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 1:8. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$17,195 to $21,370||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||17195|
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$22,950 to $23,950||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||9999999999|
Fraser Academy (est. 1982)
Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of Grade 1-12 students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$26,250 to $31,250||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||9999999999|
Avante School (est. 2009)
Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$6,500 to $13,500||MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||6500|
Claren Academy (est. 2017)
Claren Academy is a technology & creativity focused independent school located in the heart of Vancouver. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$15,450||Elementary Coed Day||15450|
York House School (est. 1932)
York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$20,600 to $21,400||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||20600|
Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)
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. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$1,100 to $14,760 /semester||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay||1100|