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British Columbia private schools

Find the top BC schools listed below

Private schools are a well-established aspect of British Columbia's education system. This province provides many strong private schools that offer a wide-range of choice, such as boarding, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, special needs, giftedpreschool, and alternative. Read more


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  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    240th Street/Dewdney Trunk Road
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $23,500 to $33,500

Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Meadowridge School 23500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Langley, British Columbia
    Glover/Logan
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $4,900

Whytecliff is a warm & welcoming place for teens with a diverse range of learning/personal challenges. Youth experience a high-growth environment and positive community that pulls each child up to be their very best.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 4900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $20,090 to $82,770

Independent Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university and life preparation. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
St. Michaels University School 20090 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $51,500

UNISUS was founded by the leaders of the top Private Schools in BC. Based on IB Education/Innovation/Technology, Entrepreneurship/ Outdoor Education. Boarding, Sports Academies and Global Partnerships/Opportunities.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 12500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $15,980 to $65,125

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
St. Margaret's School 15980 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $9,500 to $52,550

Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 4 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brookes Westshore 9500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    Cambie/Nelson
  • K to 6 Coed
  • $15,500 to $17,500

Claren Academy is a technology & creativity focused independent school located in the heart of Vancouver.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Claren Academy 15500 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Duncan, British Columbia
    Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $61,750

Queen Margaret's School is a co-ed independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Queen Margaret's School 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $21,780 to $23,490

West Point Grey Academy is a leading JK-12 coeducational day school on Vancouver's west side. In our supportive, family environment, students cultivate a passion for learning that extends beyond the school day.

  • Day
  • Traditional
West Point Grey Academy 21780 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $15,950 to $46,350

At The Westside Schools students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 gain a solid foundation for their future. Every student is known, cared about, and understood by Westside’s dedicated and passionate teachers.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
The Westside School 15950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $78,000

Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive day/boarding school for Grades 8 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $30,000 to $78,000.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Brentwood College School 30000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    152 Street/Highway 10
  • K to 5 Coed
  • $16,500 to $18,000

We understand the importance of developing a full, well rounded individual. Our Sport and Art Expert Streams are integrated with the Academic curriculum to amplify our students’ growth into capable and confident adults.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Glarea Elevated Learning 16500 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    West Hastings St./Granville St.
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $22,800

Alexander Academy is a private World IB School offering the Diploma Programme and the BC Dogwood Diploma in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Alexander Academy 16500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $29,780 to $77,850

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Shawnigan Lake School 29780 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,000 to $25,000

Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver to all genders. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 17000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    86th Avenue/156th Street
  • PS to K Coed
  • $2,500 to $4,000

Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Maria Montessori School 2500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 Coed
  • $1 to $58,000

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.

  • Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
UWC Canada 1 Boarding Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
    Lansdowne Road/Kwantlen Street
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $22,950 to $38,750

MLWS offers a unique university school model - a high school located on a university campus. We offer university pathway with “Dual acceptance” opportunity, and students share the state-of-the-art university facilities.

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22950 Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    West Broadway/Stephens Street
  • K to 7 Coed
  • $16,932 to $22,000

Small and intimate by design, progressive by choice, and innovative by necessity, Pear Tree Elementary is redefining what it is to teach and learn in the modern world.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Pear Tree Elementary 16932 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    West Georgia Street/Robson Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,900 to $37,900

We aim to create the opportunity for students to achieve their learning goals. In collaborative learning spaces, students explore content, ideas and perspectives to better understand the world around them.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Lowell High School 18900 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Coquitlam, British Columbia
    David Ave/Coast Meridian
  • NS to JK
  • $6,450 to $13,450

State of the art facilities at CEFA Coquitlam offer your children bright classrooms and two outdoor playgounds.

CEFA Coquitlam 6450 Preschool Kindergarten
  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
    Cedar Drive/Lincoln Avenue
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $4,200 to $13,150

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.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
British Columbia Christian Academy 4200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $25,200

With over 120 years of excellence in all-girls’ education, our rigorous academic program is complemented by strong arts, design technology and athletic programs. Financial assistance is available.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Crofton House School 25200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $17,500

Our rigorous, personalized programme and strong teacher-student relationships enable us to cultivate each student's talents, helping them build on strengths and discover the joy of learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Alcuin College 17500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,165 to $51,775

GNS is an independent JK-12 International Baccalaureate day-school in Victoria, BC, that challenges and supports each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 18165 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    Renfrew Street/Grandview Hwy
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $7,200 to $8,800 /semester

LCV High School is a unique place to learn. With a deep history of creative arts education, we have an enhanced modern curriculum that prepares students for success in post secondary education.

  • Day
  • Traditional
LaSalle College 7200 Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Boys
  • $52,570 to $71,490

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.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
St. George's School 52570 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Boys
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $22,250 to $26,500

Collingwood creates infinite opportunities for our students to excel. Our four Strand approach is delivered through university preparatory programs that are collaborative, interdisciplinary, relevant and pioneering.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Collingwood School 22250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Harbourside Drive/
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $25,250 to $47,725

Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a boarding school that enrolls 650 students. Tuition starts at $23,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity."

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 25250 HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • NS to JK
  • $6,450 to $13,450

CEFA North Vancouver teachers are both ECE trained and CEFA teacher trained, this sets the school apart from all daycare centres in North Vancouver. The school is located on the 4th floor of Capilano Mall.

CEFA North Vancouver 6450 Preschool Kindergarten
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $20,400 to $23,800

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brockton School 20400 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • NS to JK
  • $6,450 to $13,450

CEFA Vancouver is located at the corner of Cambie and SW Marine Drive. The school offers dedicated programs for children aged 1 to 5.

CEFA Vancouver - Cambie 6450 Preschool Kindergarten
  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • NS to JK
  • $6,450 to $13,450

A world leader in educating children aged 1-5. The CEFA Burnaby program is designed to meet the developmental needs of children during their most formative years.

CEFA Burnaby - Canada Way 6450 Preschool Kindergarten
  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • NS to JK
  • $6,450 to $13,450

The enriched curriculum at CEFA Burnaby Kingsway features a unique partnership of core subjects of math and reading with arts, drama and yoga.

CEFA Burnaby - Kingsway 6450 Preschool Kindergarten
  • Kelowna, British Columbia
  • NS to JK
  • $13,000 to $15,000

Kelowna's first and only specialized early learning school for children aged 1-5. A proven project based curriculum founded on Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio inspired philosophies.

CEFA Kelowna - McKay 13000 Preschool Kindergarten
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $25,600 to $26,600

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is a centre of excellence in developmentally informed instruction that empowers children with learning disabilities in a passionate, progressive and inspiring learning environment.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School 25600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Feltham/Tyndall
  • PS to 10 Coed
  • $1,600 to $6,250

ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We are offering Preschool through Grade 10 programs in 2020/2021, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
ArtsCalibre Academy 1600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    W 8th Ave/Laurel Street
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $7,800 to $19,200

We are an arts-based, hands-on, creative high school in Vancouver (grades 08 to 12) that has already established a record of excellence in getting students admitted to some of the best arts universities in North America.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Canada Royal Arts High School 7800 HighSchools Day Coed


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This includes schools in Vancouver, including the Greater Vancouver Area (GVA), Lower Mainland, and Tri-Cities (i.e., Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody). It also includes the cities of Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Kelowna, DeltaLangley, White Rock, Maple Ridge, Summerland, and more.

Private school funding and oversight in BC

British Columbia recognizes the distinct advantages of private and independent schools and therefore funds many of them. The provincial government partially funds private schools according to the quality of education that they provide. To receive funding, a school must meet clearly identified criteria, such as employing only provincially certified teachers. More than 85% of BC's private schools receive some provincial funding, thereby increasing their affordability.

The British Columbia Ministry of Education inspects and regulates private schools in the province. All schools in B.C. are accountable to the School Act which identifies their responsibilities and requirements. The Ministry of Education also educates teachers about their classroom duties and boundaries.

Types of BC private schools

British Columbia has many private and independent schools, so you'll have plenty of options to choose from. Below, we describe some of the main types of private and independent schools you’ll find in BC.

Find the right school in British Columbia

Whether you enjoy lively cities, like Vancouver, Victoria, or Kelowna or you prefer living in beautiful natural scenery in British Columbia, you will find a city or town that suits your family's needs and wants. BC is simply a wonderful place  to raise a family! Finding the right school is a little more work, but we have resources to help.

Things to consider when enrolling in a BC private school

You should begin searching for a private school for your child well before your expected time of enrolment (some parents begin looking for a preschool or daycare when their child is still a baby). Such promptness will give you sufficient time to consider a multitude of necessary factors. Here are some considerations:

1. Educational philosophy

Many private and independent schools in BC have unique educational philosophies. For instance, there are language-immersion, special needsChristian, CatholicAP, and IB schools. You should find out whether those approaches are suited to your child's educational needs.

2. Tuition

Will the school help you fund your child's tuition? Private and independent school need not be beyond your financial means, as many institutions allocate funds to scholarships and bursaries. To find out more about paying for private school, you may consult our list of 18 tips for paying private school tuition.

4. Location and commute

How far is the school from your home? Distance can be important if your children are young or there is limited public transportation. If you want your child to experience a private school's diverse programs (i.e., extracurricular activities), you might need to drive him or her to school at hours that do not fit your schedule.

5. Testimonials

What do other students and their parents say about the school? Get as much feedback from school parents as possible.

6. Reputation

What is the school's reputation? You could contact a Ministry representative to learn about a given school's reputation. Our Kids also tenuously offers BC private school rankings based on verifiable factors like admission rate, cost and foundation date.

To learn more, read our step-by-step choosing guide as well as our guide to private school questions. You can also read our comprehensive schools profiles on OurKids.net.

On this page, we list the top private schools in BC (British Columbia). Click on a link to learn all about a school, including its location, cost, programs, and curriculum.

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