British Columbia offers a wide variety of highly regarded private 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.
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 are an important part of learning outside of the classroom. Many universities and employees look for well-rounded students. British Columbia's private 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.
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.
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 Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, and elsewhere. This one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.
St. George's School (est. 1930)
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]
|$22,450 to $68,085
||HighSchools Boarding Boys||22450|
Brookes School Canada (est. 2009)
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]
|$14,400 to $52,550
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed||14400|
|$18,500 to $77,490
|Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||18500|
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)
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]
|$14,180 to $65,490
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||14180|
|$14,965 to $29,560
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||14965|
|$21,300 to $31,300
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||21300|
Brentwood College School (est. 1923)
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]
|$27,000 to $69,600
|HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||27000|
British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)
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]
|$4,000 to $14,750
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed||4000|
|$17,195 to $21,370
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||17195|
Bodwell High School (est. 1991)
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
|$19,150 to $38,450
||HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed||19150|
|$23,950 to $24,950
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||23950|
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||20000|
|$8,938 to $16,423
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||8938|
Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)
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]
|$14,800 to $27,800
||HighSchools Homestay Day Coed||14800|
Glenlyon Norfolk School (est. 1913)
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]
|$16,165 to $47,500
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed||16165|
Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)
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]
|$27,200 to $67,900
||HighSchools Day Boarding Coed||27200|
Kelowna Christian School (est. 1978)
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]
|$4,750 to $6,550
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||4750|
|$8,500 to $14,170
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed||8500|
Brockton School (est. 2004)
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]
|$18,000 to $21,100
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||18000|
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|
|$6,250 to $46,700
|Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed Girls||6250|
Mediated Learning Academy (est. 2013)
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]
|$11,000 to $13,000
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||11000|
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)
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]
|$2,700 to $4,500
||HighSchools Homestay Day Coed||2700|
|$8,500 to $13,500
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||8500|