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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.

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List of Southwestern Ontario Private Schools


  • Name
  • Cost
  • St. John's-Kilmarnock School (est. 1972)   2201 Shantz Station Road, Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario, N0B 1M0

    • JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (375 students)
    • Homestay school
    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.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $15,860 to $52,685 /year
    Day & Homestay Coed 15860 3-17 Waterloo Region (Breslau)

    Montessori House of Children (est. 1974)   85 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario, N3T 2X2
    (Charlotte St / Chatham St)

    • Nursery/Toddler 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.  
    • Montessori
    • Standard- enriched
    • French immersion
    $5,400 to $8,850 /year
    Day Coed 5400 1-4 Brantford

    London International Academy (est. 2002)   361 - 365 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3C2
    (Richmond Street / King Street)

    • Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Boarding school (375 students)
    • Homestay school (5 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).  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $2,300 to $2,400 /2 Weeks
    Day & Boarding Coed 2300 14-17 London

    Woodland Christian High School (est. 1976)   1058 Spitzig Road, Breslau, Ontario, N0B 1M0

    • Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (312 students)
    • Homestay school (20 students)
    Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $15,425 to $16,360 /year
    Day Coed 15425 14-17 Breslau

    Rockway Mennonite Collegiate (est. 1945)   110 Doon Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 3C8

    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (235 students)
    • Homestay school (30 students)
    Incorporating academic excellence, service and peacemaking, Rockway is a diverse learning community of 300 students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $15,120 to $30,500 /year
    Day & Homestay Coed 15120 12-17 Kitchener

    Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)   441 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario, N6A 2P6
    (Ridout / Queen)

    • Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (64 students)
    • Boarding school (5 students)
    • Homestay school (13 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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $1,895 to $18,795 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed Coed 1895 14-17 London

    Braemar House School (est. 1996)   36 Baxter Street, Brantford, Ontario, N3R 2V8
    (Fairview Drive / North Park Street)

    • Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (113 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. Class cap size is 16.  
    • Traditional
    • Montessori
    • Standard- enriched
    $11,813 /year
    Day Coed 11813 2-13 Brantford

    Blyth Academy Waterloo (est. 2016)   260 King Street W., Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4Z9
    (King St W / Francis St S)

    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $2,195 /course
    Day Coed 2195 12-17 Kitchener

    Montessori School of Wellington (est. 1996)   68 Suffolk Street West, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 2J2

    • JK to Gr. 1 (Coed)
    • Day school (47 students)
    Montessori School of Wellington is a faith-based school in Guelph. It offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade one.  
    • Montessori
    $5,750 to $12,500 /year
    Day Coed 5750 3-6 Guelph

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