Alberta Private Schools

Find Alberta schools listed below.

Our Kids lists numerous schools from across Alberta, including in Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, and Red Deer. There are several private and independent options in these cities, including Montessori, boarding, Christian, Waldorf, traditional, preschoolsspecial needs schools, and others. Read more


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Banbury Crossroads School


Calgary, Alberta
Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave
 
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"Choose to Succeed, at Banbury Crossroads School. We offer a truly unique learning experience, with self-directed, collaborative, tutorial-style classrooms that average 10:1 students per teacher.

  1. Exceptionally small class sizes averaging 10:1
  2. Learning to mastery
  3. Founded on mutual respect and communication
  4. Individualized instruction based on interest and pace

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $16,800 to $18,800
 
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Banbury Crossroads School 16800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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"Calgary French & International School's immersive language learning environment and enriched curriculum inspires a deep curiosity, respect and exploration of the world for children aged 19 months to 18 years." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $9,200 to $19,600
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Calgary French & International School 9200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
17 Avenue SW/69 Street SW
 
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"Rundle students enter their post-secondary schools of choice thanks to our enriched academics and character, leadership, and wellness pillars. We proudly live by our values, Together: Be Kind, Be Curious, Be Well." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,800 to $21,800
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Rundle College 16800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Our Academy (in-person) and Studio (online) personalized programs are designed for students with a diagnosed learning disability to achieve their potential through outstanding support within and outside the classroom." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,100 to $21,400
  • Day, eSchool
  • 325 students
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Rundle Academy & Rundle Studio 12100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
Calgary, Alberta
17th Ave SW/Richmond Road SW
 
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"In addition to academics, our focus on mentorship, hands-on learning in and outside the classroom, and character development, will allow our students to thrive academically and personally as they discover who they are." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed/Boys/Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $14,000 to $16,000
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North Point School 14000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Coed Boys Girls
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"Academy is strengths-based and remediation-focused. Collegiate is for those learning at or above grade-level. Blended+ is personalized for Grades 9-12 that empowers them to learn in-person, hybrid, and off-campus." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,600 to $18,980
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Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate 14600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave. SW
 
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"Clear Water Academy is the only private Catholic school in Alberta. We offer a rigorous academic program from Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 12 for students of all faiths. 100% of our students pursue post-secondary education." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed/Boys/Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $15,700 to $17,400
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Clear Water Academy 15700 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Day Coed Boys Girls
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Calgary Waldorf School’s rich and engaging curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $3,890 to $14,850
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Calgary Waldorf School 3890 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
Bowness Rd NW/Bow Crescent NW
 
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"River Valley is a Pre-K to Gr. 6 school bolsters the natural curiosities and wonder of childhood to ensure that every student will flourish academically and socially." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 6 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $9,280 to $17,590
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River Valley School 9280 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
Garrison Blvd SW/33 Ave SW
 
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"The only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Preschool to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds are welcome. Small class sizes. Study abroad network." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,150 to $18,310
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Lycée international de Calgary 16150 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
Edmonton, Alberta
Groat Road/107 Avenue
 
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"Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $8,700 to $19,500
  • Day school
  • 340 students
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Progressive Academy 8700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
Blackfoot Trail S.E/Glenmore Trail
 
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"With 100% post-secondary acceptance, WIC empowers students to follow their passions, be creative and embrace challenges. A rigorous curriculum along with hands-on learning ensures a well-rounded experience for students." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $21,596
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West Island College (Calgary) 21596 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
37 Street NW/Bowness Rd NW
 
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"Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment." —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,900
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Foothills Academy 15900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"We offer a specialized, student-paced program for children with diverse learning needs, so that they can thrive! With ample academic support and an inclusive school culture, you can Become Your Best!" —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $18,800
  • Day school
  • 40 students
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Banbury Crossroads Academy 18800 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
162 Ave SW/24 St SW
 
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"Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a private school in Calgary with specialist educators in academics, arts, and athletics. Our mission is to Teach Truth, Inspire Excellence, Experience Christ and Serve through Love." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $3,330 to $7,970
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Glenmore Christian Academy 3330 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Foothills, Alberta
Range Road 12/306 Ave W
 
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"Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational, continuum IB (primary, middle, and diploma programme) day school for Kindergarten - Grade 12, located just outside of Calgary, AB." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $21,000 to $27,000
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Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School 21000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Find out about Alberta private school rankings.

 

Finding a private school in Alberta

Be sure that all schools you research are registered with the Alberta Board of Education. Research all the web resources you can find. You can find video tours of some Alberta private schools linked to the profiles below. Learn all you can about the school's reputation and check parent references.

Alberta's private schools, especially private elementary schools, typically score very high on the Fraser Institute's Alberta rankings. In 2011, several private schools scored top spots out of 665 schools. Although the Institute's ranking system is far from perfect, rankings nonetheless are a useful introduction to the quality of private schools in this province. Our Kids also hesitantly offers some Alberta school rankings based on specific, verifiable factors including admission rate, cost, age and other factors.

Registered private schools vs. accredited private schools

Before you choose a private school for your child, you should fully understand Alberta's distinction between registered private schools and accredited private schools.

Registered private schools meet some essential provincial requirements such as code of conduct and property requirements but in most cases, private schools exceed government standards. Private schools offer more parental control in the classroom and schools exert more control over the student body. Graduates of private schools are more likely to feel greater accountability to their education, be better citizens, and score better on aptitude tests than they would at other types of schools.

Alberta's Accredited Private Schools are accredited under section 28(2) of the School Act. This category includes publicly funded private schools that must meet the requirements of the province that go beyond basic registration.

In addition, Designated Special Education Private Schools provide special education programs for qualified students. These two latter schools must follow the same standards as public schools in order to get public funding.

One further category is Heritage Language Schools. These are private schools that offer specialized language and cultural instruction. Such schools are not publicly funded, but may be funded under the Credit Enrollment Unit (CEU) funding system of Alberta.

Financial Concerns in Alberta

Alberta's private schools have a broad range in tuition rates, from as low as $5,000 per year and up to $50,000 or higher. We offer a list of schools that provide you with scholarships and financial aid (i.e. bursaries). Some schools will cover a portion of your child's tuition, while others have scholarships and bursaries that cover 100% of the costs. However, when you are searching for an affordable school, you should be sure to inquire about hidden costs like textbooks, uniforms, and even information technology equipment, such as laptops.

If you're not from Alberta but are thinking of sending your son or daughter to a school in this nature-filled province, you will be happy to know that Alberta does not have provincial sales taxes.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many Alberta private schools are there?
There are 16 Alberta private schools that are Our Kids trusted members.

How much is tuition at Alberta private schools?
Tuition fees for Alberta private schools range from $3,210 to $28,186 per year with an average tuition of $16,073 per year.

What’s the largest school?
Of the Alberta private schools, the largest is Glenmore Christian Academy with 1030 students in Grades JK to 9.

Are Alberta private schools good?
We interviewed both parents and students. You can read reviews about Alberta private schools on this page.

Is there a private school expo where I can meet with Alberta private schools?
Yes. You can meet with private schools and education experts at the Our Kids Private School Expos held every year in September and October. These events are designed for both parents and students. Find event details and ticket info here.

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