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Victoria Private Schools

Find schools in Victoria BC listed below.

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If you are searching for private schools in Victoria, British Columbia, you will find a plethora of diverse options, including Montessori schools, faith-based schools, preschools (and nursery schools) and alternative schools.

Meet with British Columbia'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.

Provincial Grants for Private School Tuition

B.C., in part, provides grants to many of the province's best private schools. Indeed, 85 per cent of British Columbia's private schools receive some provincial funding, which totals over $150 million in yearly spending.

There are ways to make private school affordable in British Columbia. B.C. may give you tax credits in two specific situations. First, if you send your child to a religious or faith-based school, its tuition may count as a charitable donation that you will receive a tax break for. Likewise, if you enroll your child in a school for students with special needs, you may be able to claim a medical tax benefit.

Other Ways to Pay for Private School

  • B.C.'s private schools will also help you fund your child's education through scholarships and bursaries. These grants usually have strict deadlines.
  • If you live in a community that could not adequately serve your child, local organizations, such as the Rotary Club, may help pay part of your child's tuition.
  • Many corporations allocate funds for education-based causes.
  • Learn how government support, scholarships, bursaries and other savings strategies can help you pay for private school tuition.

Searching for a Private School in Victoria

As you would in any city in British Columbia, it is best to find schools registered with the British Columbia Board of Education. You may also follow these tips:

  • Be sure to talk to a school's teachers, administrators, students and their parents.
  • Create a list of what you look for in a school. Is distance a concern for you? What is your ideal class size? What is the school's guiding educational philosophy?
  • Visit various schools. Compare and contrast different private schools in your area, especially regarding their education and facilities.

Benefits of Private School

Victoria's private schools offer numerous unique benefits. Some of these include:

  • Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, was named the best place to live in Canada in 2009, with its beautiful weather, low unemployment rate and reasonable cost of living
  • Small class sizes
  • Many opportunities for extra help
  • A capacity to provide your child with a variety of extracurricular activities.

Click on the links below to learn more about private schools in Victoria.

Private School Expos

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List of Victoria Private Schools

      School Name Type Cost

    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (220 students)
    • Boarding school (130 students)
    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $9,500 to $49,300

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    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day9500

    St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $18,500 to $66,100

    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day18500

    ArtsCalibre Academy (est. 2011)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (160 students)
    ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer Preschool to Grade Eight in 2017/2018, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Reggio Emilia
    $4,750 to $5,850

    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day4750

    UWC Canada (est. 1974)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $1 to $58,000

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