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Private schools are "alternative" when they diverge from traditional or mainstream practices in the interest of progressive education. Schools with particular educational philosophies, like, Montessori schoolsschools for special needs, specialty schools, and Waldorf schools would all qualify as alternative.

In many cases, especially in the United States, alternative schools offer more accommodation to students. Many alternative schools, including micro schools and forest schools, have very specific focuses. Whereas other types of schools might offer theatre programs, for example, a specialty arts school would emphasize that aspect of your child’s education.

Alternative high schools could be a wonderful opportunity for your son or daughter, as his or her high school years are an important time for self-exploration and finding his or her passions. A school that caters to your child's needs and interests would thus be ideal.

Moreover, some alternative schools are known for helping teenagers who have fallen behind in their academics. Indeed, they commonly have small class sizes and a plethora of available extra-help sessions between the students and teachers. More broadly, private alternative high schools will offer innovative means to serve your child. They do not pigeonhole themselves into a customary approach.

Choosing the Right Alternative High School

You may be wondering how to choose a private alternative school for your kid. While there are not any universal rules, here are some handy tips that you may wish to follow.

  • Visit more than one school and do so early. Because you are looking for an alternative school, each one you visit will probably be very different than the last one.
  • If your child is adequately mature, he or she should have a say in the decision, for a student who has the chance to choose a school may be more motivated than one who does not. What type of education does your kid think he or she would do best in?
  • Recognize your child’s strengths and weaknesses and find out whether the school and its alternative approach is appropriate for them.
  • Make a list of things that you look for in a school and ask plenty of questions. Do you care about how far it is from your home? What do you look for in terms of class sizes? Is it close to public transit? Does it offer music classes? What is its educational philosophy? Are there things about the school that you would like to change?
  • You can read more from OurKids.net about what to expect during and how to prepare for the private school application process.
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Lynn-Rose Heights School (est. 1997)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (600 students)
Lynn-Rose Heights Private School offers challenging academic programming from three years old to grade twelve in Mississauga. Lynn-Rose Heights school is an official International Baccalaureate World School. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,970 to $16,970

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14970

Upper Canada College (est. 1829)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (88 students)
  • Day school (1072 students)
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$32,650 to $64,205

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys 32650

The Element High School (est. 2003)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
The Element nurtures focused, engaged and internally motivated students who strive to do their best. The Element High School provides conditions that will put youth ‘in their element,’ in school and beyond. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$16,608 to $18,288


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16608

Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • Day school (375 students)
Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$13,500 to $25,660


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 13500

St. Jude's Academy (est. 2006)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (450 students)
St. Jude's Academy is an IB World School that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 16 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$9,265 to $13,695

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 9265

OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School (The Element High School). [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,480 to $20,760


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12480

TMS (est. 1961)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (780 students)
Internationally recognized since 1961,TMS is the leading university preparatory school in Richmond Hill with Montessori & IB frameworks that provide students with the foundation for a life of goodness & excellence. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,750 to $29,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16750

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

  • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (45 students)
  • Day school (345 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
$16,990 to $62,300

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 16990

Branksome Hall (est. 1903)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (66 students)
  • Day school (900 students)
Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$32,570 to $64,305


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 32570

The York School (est. 1965)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (715 students)
The York School is a JK to Grade 12 co-ed, independent, International Baccalaureate school in midtown Toronto. The school is accredited by CAIS, IBO, and CIS. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$24,100 to $31,100

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 24100

Century Private School (est. 1994)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school
Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,245 to $26,800


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 9245

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (605 students)
Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$21,300 to $31,300


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 21300

Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
Académie de la Capitale, an IB World School in Ottawa, offers programmes in both English and French, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$11,760 to $18,128


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11760

Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)  

  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 14 to 16 students and an outstanding supportive community. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$20,110 to $54,090


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 20110

Trillium School (est. 1991)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,900 to $44,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 6900

Glenlyon Norfolk School (est. 1913)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (50 students)
  • Day school (650 students)
Glenlyon Norfolk School, an independent school in Victoria, BC, provides International Baccalaureate programs from JK to Grade 12. GNS offers 5- and 7-day Family Boarding for students who are not residents of Victoria. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,165 to $47,500


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 16165

Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,200 to $25,900


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 7200

Halton Waldorf School (est. 1984)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (180 students)
Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario offers a licensed preschool, kindergarten and grades 1 to 12. It’s average class size is 15 to 21 students. [View profile]
  • Waldorf
$12,000 to $14,620


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12000

Toronto Waldorf School (est. 1968)  

  • Thornhill, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (280 students)
Toronto Waldorf School offers a curriculum that integrates academics,arts & movement, and addresses the intellectual, physical, emotional & social aspects of child development. Preschool to gr. 12. [View profile]
  • Waldorf
$4,100 to $21,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 4100

Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
Vancouver Waldorf School offers programs from pre-school through to grade 12 in North Vancouver, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 25 students. [View profile]
  • Waldorf
$8,500 to $14,170


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 8500

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Boarding school (60 students)
  • Day school (1150 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$4,500 to $10,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 4500

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