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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.

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 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.

Financial Concerns in 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.

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West Island College (est. 1982)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (570 students)
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]
  • Liberal Arts
$18,026


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18026

Third Academy (est. 1997)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (450 students)
Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$10,000 to $15,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10000

Clear Water Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (440 students)
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]
  • Liberal Arts
$13,300 to $15,100


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 13300

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)  

  • Okotoks, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (675 students)
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational, full IB (primary, middle, and diploma programme) day school for Kindergarten - Grade 12 close to Calgary, AB. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,100 to $23,580


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16100

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 Boys
  • Day school (80 students)
North Point School for Boys is a Kindergarten to Grade 9 independent school in which curious and energetic boys are challenged and motivated, developing into young men of integrity with a genuine love of learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,000 to $12,000

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 7000

Bearspaw Christian School (est. 1998)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (700 students)
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]
  • Traditional
$2,400 to $7,450


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2400

Montessori School of Calgary   

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (85 students)
The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,440 to $14,250


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8440

Edge School (est. 1999)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$17,220 to $18,270


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 17220

Foothills Academy (est. 1979)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 3 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (289 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$15,600


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 15600

Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (90 students)
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]
  • Progressive
$8,000 to $10,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8000

Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (780 students)
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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,900 to $15,100

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7900

Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 9 Coed
  • Day school (938 students)
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]
  • Traditional
$2,950 to $6,980


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2950

Rundle College (est. 1985)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1080 students)
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]
  • Traditional
$12,900 to $18,500


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12900

River Valley School (est. 1983)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
River Valley is an inclusive independent school in the heart of NW Calgary that provides exceptional education for 3-year-olds to grade 6 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$4,850 to $14,320


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 4850

Delta West Academy (est. 1993)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school
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]
  • Liberal Arts
$10,200 to $18,250


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10200

Progressive Academy (est. 1983)  

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
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]
  • Progressive
$8,950 to $10,150


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8950

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) (est. 2000)  

  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (1 students)
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]
  • Traditional
$1 /program


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 1

Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (10 students)
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]
  • Traditional
$13,600 to $15,200

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 13600

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (55 students)
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]
  • Progressive
$9,250 to $10,975

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 9250

Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (540 students)
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]
  • Traditional
$12,610 to $18,885


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12610

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