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Southwestern Ontario Private Schools

Southwestern Ontario Private Schools

Find schools from London to Waterloo & Guelph listed below.

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Private schools in South Central Ontario (including London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and other parts of southwestern Ontario) offer a unique range of programs. Boarding schools in the region offer superior university preparation, while other private schools include Christian schools, schools with other religious instruction and many Montessori schools.

Choosing a Private School

When you explore a private school, be sure that it has a good reputation. Here are some methods that could help you with this pursuit:

  • Find out if it is accredited by the Canadian Association of Independent Schools and/or other respected accrediting bodies.
  • Consult the Fraser Institute's annual rankings and ratings of schools. While theses evaluations are far from exhaustive and don't account for your child's individual needs, they are a great way to ensure that a given school has a strong reputation.
  • Is it recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Education? If you are looking for a private high school, you must identify whether it has the proper Ministry recognition allowing it to give out high school diploma-eligible credits.

You can find out a lot more about private schools from London to Kitchener who exhibit at the Toronto Private School Expo or the Oakville Private School Expo

Living in the Waterloo Region

The region of Waterloo offers many of the amenities of a big city, while still keeping some of its small town atmosphere. More importantly, Waterloo is known for its technology companies, as many top corporations are based in this region (i.e. Google, Microsoft, and others). Several private schools have sprung up in the Waterloo region in the last several years to better serve the area's burgeoning economy. The region has experienced exponential growth, thanks to its facilitation of growth in the technology sector as well as its continued commitment to the several universities in the area.

Paying for Private School

Here are some helpful tips for making private school as affordable as it could possibly be:

  • Look for any freebees. Find out whether a school that you are applying to has scholarships or bursaries available. Research appropriate charitable organizations. Many of them offer financial aid for families in need or scholarships for gifted students. In Ontario, you will find plenty of essay writing competitions through which your child can earn some extra money to put toward his or her education.
  • Explore provincial tax breaks. If you send your child to a religious institution or to a private school for students with special needs, you may be eligible for tax credits or deductions for charitable donations.
  • Check out Our Kids' 18 tips for paying for private school for additional information. If you have more than one child, many private schools offer sibling discounts.

Contact the schools listed below to learn about their facilities and acceptance requirements.

Private School Expos

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List of Southwestern Ontario Private Schools

      School Name Type Cost

    St. John's-Kilmarnock School (est. 1972)  

    • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (375 students)
    St. John's-Kilmarnock School, in Waterloo, offers enriched educational programming for students from JK – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Its average class size is 17. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $15,860 to $52,685

    Our Kids

    • Our Kids Review
    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay15860

    London Waldorf School (est. 1980)  

    • London, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (170 students)
    London Waldorf School offers a vibrant learning experience where the curriculum is designed to meet each child at their stage of development, from preschool to Grade Eight, through varied and dynamic teaching techniques. [View profile]
    • Waldorf
    • Waldorf
    $6,330 to $13,780

    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day6330

    Blyth Academy Waterloo (est. 2016)  

    • Kitchener, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (18 students)
    At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are building an active and dynamic school community. We offer not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle school program and facilities for students in Grades 7–8. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts

    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2195

    Montessori House of Children (est. 1974)  

    • Brantford, Ontario
    • NS to SK Coed
    • Day school
    Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $6,200 to $9,500

    Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day9999999999

    Montessori School of Wellington (est. 1996)  

    • Guelph, Ontario
    • JK to 1 Coed
    • Day school (47 students)
    Montessori School of Wellington in Guelph is the only CCMA accredited school in Guelph and the number one choice for children's education and life skill [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $5,750 to $12,500

    Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day9999999999

    London International Academy (est. 2002)  

    • London, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school (350 students)
    A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $9,200 to $18,400

    HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9200

    Rockway Mennonite Collegiate (est. 1945)  

    • Kitchener, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (265 students)
    Incorporating academic excellence, service and peacemaking, Rockway is a diverse learning community of 265 students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $15,580 to $32,500

    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay15580

    Woodland Christian High School (est. 1976)  

    • Breslau, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (330 students)
    Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    $15,425 to $16,360

    HighSchools Coed Day Homestay15425

    Braemar House School (est. 1996)  

    • Brantford, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (117 students)
    Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment that offers personalized attention. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • Montessori

    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day12167

    Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)  

    • London, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (64 students)
    • Boarding school (5 students)
    We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    $1,895 to $18,795

    HighSchools Coed Boarding Day Homestay1895

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