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British Columbia private schools

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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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  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $16,150 to $51,500

The Unisus School is the Okanagan’s most innovative independent school, offering a pre-K through 12, inquiry-based education that is tailored to each student’s unique abilities and interests.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 16150 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $19,260 to $68,810

Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
St. Michaels University School 19260 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $14,400 to $52,550

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brookes Westshore 14400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    240th Street/Dewdney Trunk Road
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $22,500 to $32,500

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 22500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $13,950 to $42,800

Westside's unique approach combines the best practices of Canadian and European education. Students are known, valued and understood as they prepare for admission to the top 50 universities and contributing lives beyond.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
The Westside School 13950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    Cambie/Nelson
  • K to 5 Coed
  • $15,500 to $16,500

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

  • Day
  • Progressive
Claren Academy 15500 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $19,100 to $22,200

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 19100 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $28,500 to $71,300

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 28500 HighSchools 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
  • Duncan, British Columbia
    Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $4,800 to $49,300

Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Queen Margaret's School 4800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding 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
  • 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
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $22,900

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 22900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    West Broadway/Stephens Street
  • K to 7 Coed
  • $16,125 to $19,350

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 16125 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Feltham/Tyndall
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $1,600 to $6,250

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
ArtsCalibre Academy 1600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $22,800

Alexander Academy is a private World IB School offering the Diploma Programme and approved to offer the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Alexander Academy 16500 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $19,980 to $24,820

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 19980 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Harbourside Drive/
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $22,500 to $49,375

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."

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 22500 HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $17,135 to $49,635

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.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 17135 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • 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.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
British Columbia Christian Academy 4200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay 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
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $21,780 to $23,490


  • Day
  • Traditional
West Point Grey Academy 21780 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $2,700 to $4,500

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.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 2700 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $28,000 to $73,300

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Brentwood College School 28000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $14,180 to $65,490

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
St. Margaret's School 14180 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $25,150 to $26,200

KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School 25150 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed


For more information about BC's private and independent schools, visit the Our Kids' Vancouver Private School Expo. Here, you can meet administrators and instructors from some of the best private schools from across BC.

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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