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, preschools, special needs schools, and others.
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.
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 likley 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 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.
Alberta's private schools have a broad range in tuition rates, from as low as $5000 per year and up to $50000 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 are 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.
|$15,450 to $22,930
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||15450|
|$7,830 to $13,900
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed||7830|
Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)
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. [View profile]
|$2,650 to $6,260
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||2650|
Clear Water Academy (est. 1994)
Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world. [View profile]
|$6,775 to $20,000
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||6775|
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||15300|
|$10,000 to $15,000
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||10000|
|$8,280 to $13,500
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed||8280|
West Island College (est. 1982)
West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program [View profile]
|$16,120 to $21,120
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||16120|
|$7,000 to $12,000
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||7000|
Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)
Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students at or above grade level and looking for new challenges. [View profile]
|$12,610 to $18,885
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||12610|
Rundle College (est. 1985)
Rundle College is a university preparatory school from Kindergarten-Grade 12 in Calgary, Alberta. Our small class sizes of 12-16 students, gives our students the advantage of and enriched and personalized education. [View profile]
|$12,300 to $17,625
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||12300|
Progressive Academy (est. 1983)
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. [View profile]
|$8,550 to $9,750
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||8550|
Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)
Calgary French & International School graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education. [View profile]
|$7,900 to $15,100
|Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||7900|
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) (est. 2000)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed||9999999999|
Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)
Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL. [View profile]
|$9,000 to $13,000
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||9000|
Delta West Academy (est. 1993)
Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone. [View profile]
|$9,900 to $17,550
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||9900|
Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)
Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. [View profile]
|$12,700 to $14,350
|Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed||12700|
Bearspaw Christian School (est. 1998)
Bearspaw Christian School is proud to be a top choice for Christian families in the Calgary area. BCS offers a fully-integrated discipleship-based education from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. [View profile]
|$2,400 to $7,450
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||2400|
Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)
An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
|$8,925 to $10,750
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||8925|
|$13,000 to $18,270
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||13000|