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British Columbia private high schools

Find high schools in British Columbia listed below.

British Columbia offers a wide variety of highly regarded private and independent high schools. Because private schools offer numerous distinct advantages, such as smaller class sizes, they will prepare your child for the world beyond high school.

In British Columbia, private and independent schools are a popular choice for parents. Approximately 12.1% of the province's student population attend a private or independent school (source: Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education, the Fraser Institute, February 27, 2014).

Some popular schools in BC include boarding, special needs, boys, girls, and faith-based (such as Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic). BC also has schools featuring an alternative curriculum, such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.

Enrichment Programs

Many British Columbia private high schools offer enrichment programs including Advanced Placement (AP) International Baccalaureate (IB), and gifted programs. AP refers to courses administered by the College Board. If your child scores a 4/5 or a 5/5 on an AP exam, he or she may receive a university course credit that applies to their university transcript. IB is a comprehensive program that is more challenging than the regular high school curriculum. The IB diploma program requires students to take courses in six subject areas and complete more community service than the province mandates. The schools seek to foster citizens of the world, rather than mere students.

Many private schools exceed the requirements of the provincial curriculum, as they try to make high school as much like university as they possibly can. Many BC private high school listed below have superb track records in university placement.

Extracurricular Activities and Extra Help

Extracurricular activities are an important part of learning outside of the classroom. Many universities and employees look for well-rounded students. British Columbia's private and independent secondary schools offer diverse extracurricular options.

High school is a big jump from middle and elementary school. To avoid falling behind, your child might need special assistance outside of the classroom. Private schools in British Columbia are known to have dedicated teachers who will spend extra time with your child to ensure that he or she understands the material.

Provincial Funding for Private High Schools in B.C.

If British Columbia's government determines that a private school has substantially contributed to the province, it will receive a provincial grant. Schools collect grants according to the number of enrolled students. The province pays full grants for students who are "enrolled for a minimum of 600 hours from July 1 to May 15 of the school year." Schools qualify for partial grants for students who "receive less than 600 hours of instruction."

B.C. also offers special education grants to aid schools in "meeting the expenses associated with adapting or modifying the educational programs for students who qualify for special education grants." BC Education has additional information about independent school funding classifications.

Independent School Regulation

In British Columbia, the Office of the Inspector of Independent schools enforces all aspects of the province's School Act, which establishes every school's duties. Even if a private school is not funded, it is still subject to strict regulations and inspections. However, the more a school is funded, the more requirements it must meet. While independent schools have freedom in their teaching styles, educational philosophies, and curricula, they are still required to meet provincial standards, such as educating students in English language, math, science, social studies, and French. Of course, private schools are very likely to greatly exceed standards set by the province.

Meet with British Columbia's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Vancouver Private School Expo in November. Learn about schools in VancouverVictoriaKelownaSurreyBurnaby, Richmond, and elsewhere. This one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.

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St. George's School (est. 1930)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$52,570 to $71,490


HighSchools Boarding Boarding Boys 52570

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • Day school (266 students)
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,180 to $65,490

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Brookes Westshore (est. 2009)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • Day school (150 students)
Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 6 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,400 to $52,550


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 14400

St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (255 students)
  • Day school (733 students)
Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$19,260 to $68,810

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 19260

Southpointe Academy (est. 2000)  

  • Delta, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school
Southpoint Academy offers enriched curriculum for grades K-12. We provide the IB PYP curriculum and is a candidate school for the IB MYP. College board AP course are available for grades 10-12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,965 to $29,560


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14965

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (660 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
$22,500 to $32,500


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 22500

Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • Day school (70 students)
Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$28,500 to $71,300


HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 28500

Glenlyon Norfolk School (est. 1913)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (650 students)
  • Homestay school (50 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
$17,135 to $49,635


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 17135

Bodwell High School (est. 1991)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (25 students)
  • Day school (145 students)
  • Boarding school (450 students)
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a boarding school that enrolls 650 students. Tuition starts at $26,575. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
  • Progressive
$22,500 to $49,375


HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed 22500

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

Brentwood College School (est. 1923)  

  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (408 students)
  • Day school (151 students)
Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive boarding school for Grades 9 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $25,700 to $66,000. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$28,000 to $73,300

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HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 28000

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   

  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 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

Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)  

  • Duncan, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (90 students)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$4,800 to $49,300

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British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)  

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (360 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$4,200 to $13,150


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 4200

Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (80 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,800 to $27,800


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 14800

Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (280 students)
Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$19,100 to $22,200


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19100

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (206 students)
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$25,150 to $26,200


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 25150

Kelowna Christian School (est. 1978)  

  • Kelowna, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (775 students)
Established in 1978, our passion is to provide families with transformative, excellent education that equips and inspires students to be disciples who are world changers that love and serve God and others. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$4,750 to $6,550


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 4750

ArtsCalibre Academy (est. 2011)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • Day school (170 students)
ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer Preschool to Grade Eight in 2017/2018, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$1,600 to $6,250


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 1600

Avante School (est. 2009)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (25 students)
Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$8,500 to $13,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8500

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$2,700 to $4,500


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 2700

UWC Canada (est. 1974)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (200 students)
The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$1 to $58,000

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Mediated Learning Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (95 students)
The Mediated Learning Academy is a special need school for students K-12 with certified teachers, supported by Speech-Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physiotherapists, and Counsellors [View profile]
  • Progressive
$16,000 to $18,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16000

Mulgrave School (est. 1993)  

  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1000 students)
Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$19,980 to $24,820


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19980

Whistler Waldorf School (est. 2000)  

  • Whistler, British Columbia
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
WWS is a dedicated Waldorf school in Whistler, B.C. offering early years education all the way up to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Waldorf
$8,938 to $16,423


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8938

Madrona School Society (est. 1993)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 9 Coed
  • Day school (80 students)
Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for kindergarten to grade nine with an average class size of six to 14 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$20,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 20000

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