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Private school spotlight: the Christian school

Education at any school should be a partnership between the family and the school, and the same holds true at a Christian school, whether it's fully private or alternative in nature.

Christian private schools
At a private Christian school education is a partnership between the school and family

A Christian school's purpose is to include spiritual training aligned with teaching children the academic curriculum. A Christian education shows students how they are complete as a person—spiritually, mentally and physically. For many Christian schools, the goal is to help students understand who Jesus is, why and how they can have a relationship with Him and how as future leaders, their passion for Jesus Christ can impact the world around them.

The main difference between Christian schools and regular public schools is the teaching approach. While the academic standards are the same, the values for the Christian school are determined by Biblical truths. As well, the staff typically subscribe to the same beliefs and values, basing their classroom teachings on that faith system. Prayer is encouraged, as are Bible readings, devotionals, chapels and other opportunities to help students understand how the Christian faith fits in with bigger picture ideas and society's view on many subjects.

Many parents often wonder how Catholic and Christian schools are different. Christian and Catholic schools are similar in that they both teach children values and morals central to the core of their faith. Christian schools vary as they would with any faith-focused school.

Each school's approach to teaching depends on their faith values, purpose and mission. For some schools, the faith teaching is more outwardly evident. Parents should understand the school's vision and values and ensure they line up with their own personal values. This way, they can support the school as the core of their faith component is included in their child's education. To read about the differences between Christian and Catholic schools, check out our guide.

Before choosing the Christian school, parents should ensure they have arranged a tour, talked with the principal, interviewed families who attend the school and looked over the faith statement, purpose and values. Some Christian schools require that the students and their families are practicing Christians, while others do not. Just as parents would consider the academic standards of a school, in the case of Christian schools (or any faith-based schools), the spiritual teachings should also be in line with their overall educational vision for their children.

Aligning the spiritual and academic components of the Christian school brings great value when building an educational community and encouraging the growth and development of each child.

—Brenda Giroux, Executive Director of the Glenmore Christian Academy Educational Society,  a Christian school, in Calgary, Alberta
When it comes to finding the right school for your child, the school visit is critical. Watch our video for tips on arranging a school tour or visit.
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Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • Stouffville, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (60 students)
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,620 to $15,704

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed 7620

Hawthorn School (est. 1989)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls/Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$12,500 to $36,500


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Homestay Girls Coed 12500

Westminster Classical Christian Academy (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 9 Coed
  • Day school (82 students)
Westminster Classical Christian Academy (JK to Grade 10) is a private Christian school in the High Park neighbourhood in Toronto, for families seeking a rigorous, time-tested Christian education in the Classical model. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$6,200 to $10,000


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 6200

Mississauga Christian Academy (est. 1977)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (140 students)
We are proud to offer families a superior elementary school education where God and His Word are central to the curriculum. Our faculty of qualified teachers is committed to loving and teaching each child. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,110 to $17,850

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 12110

Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$9,500

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9500

Olivet School (est. 1893)  

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • PS to 5 Coed
  • Day school (45 students)
Founded in 1893, Olivet School is a Christian private school in Etobicoke, offering PS-Gr5. Olivet School combines quality teaching with individual attention to help each child achieve their personal potential. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$4,300 to $10,455

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 4300

Holy Trinity School (est. 1981)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (759 students)
HTS offers a remarkable opportunity for students from JK-12 to shape their own experience through our comprehensive academic and co-curricular programming, lead by our incredible faculty and staff. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$28,075


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 28075

Villanova College (est. 1999)  

  • King City, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (550 students)
Villanova College is York Region's only independent Catholic school offering Grades 4 to 12 in King City, Ontario. Average class size is 18 students. Specialty programs include STEM and AP. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$18,000 to $19,500

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MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18000

Northmount School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Boys
  • Day school (115 students)
Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$16,000 to $29,900


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys 16000

Academie Providence (est. 2002)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$9,000 to $10,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9000

Toronto District Christian High School (est. 1963)  

  • Woodbridge, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (355 students)
  • Homestay school (50 students)
We believe in project-based learning, enfolding, engaging and empowering students, and fantastic parent-teacher communication. We offer family friendly tuition with transportation included. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$15,050

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HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 15050

College Bourget   

  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa, that exceeds Quebec curriculum guidelines & ensures our students grow through different spheres: arts, sports, community service & science. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$4,700 to $35,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 4700

Bearspaw Christian School (est. 1998)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (700 students)
Bearspaw Christian School is proud to be a top choice for Christian families in the Calgary area. BCS offers a fully-integrated discipleship-based education from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,400 to $7,450


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2400

Hamilton District Christian High (est. 1956)  

  • Ancaster, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (425 students)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
At Hamilton District Christian High we believe exceptional learning is for every student. Our aim is to differentiate learning so that each student can reach their full potential through Project-Based learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$12,200 to $16,800


HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 12200

Emmanuel Christian School (est. 1975)  

  • Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
  • K to 11 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
Emmanuel Christian School offers a bilingual program in both Elementary and High School. Our caring, Christ-centered environment enables students to thrive and reach their full potential through a variety of activities. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$7,780 to $15,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7780

Burlington Christian Academy (est. 1975)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
BCA is Burlington’s leading Christian Elementary school. Over 160 students in grades JK through 8 partake in one of the most progressive educational programs in Southern Ontario. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$8,300 to $13,100

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8300

Oakville Christian School (OCS) (est. 1982)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
Oakville Christian School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Oakville. Its average class size is 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,260 to $13,080

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 3260

Briercrest Christian Academy (est. 1946)  

  • Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (85 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
BCA combines a private Christian school experience with the best of public education and Saskatchewan curriculum. Our small school shares facilities with Briercrest College and Seminary on a campus of 900 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,075 to $32,155

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HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 3075

Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Girls
  • Day school
Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12 offering an enriched university preparatory programme. The average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$17,250


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 17250

Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS) (est. 2008)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (63 students)
Mississauga Christian French School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 15 students. Offering an Olympic-sized Gym. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,000 to $9,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 7000

Brampton Christian School (est. 1977)  

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (550 students)
Brampton Christian School in Caledon, Ontario, offers JK to Grade 12, with average class sizes from 17 to 19 students and a one-student tuition cost of $10,290. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,868


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10868

British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)  

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (358 students)
  • Homestay school (42 students)
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
$4,000 to $14,750


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 4000

Woodland Christian High School (est. 1976)  

  • Breslau, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (330 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$15,425 to $16,360


HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 15425

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1920)  

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,100 to $49,900


HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 10100

John Knox Christian School - Brampton (est. 1959)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Our exceptional staff, excellent programs, and first-rate curriculum have helped us earn a reputation for turning out graduates who are "rooted in faith" and "growing in knowledge." [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,550 to $17,100

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 7550

Rosthern Junior College (est. 1905)  

  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (38 students)
  • Day school (36 students)
  • Homestay school (3 students)
RJC is a grades 10-12 private, boarding school accredited by the SK Ministry of Education. RJC’s International Student Program focuses on English language immersion, educational excellence, and cultural experience. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,435 to $25,350

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Boarding Day Homestay Coed 7435

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate (est. 1945)  

  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (265 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
Incorporating academic excellence, service and peacemaking, Rockway is a diverse learning community of 265 students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,050 to $34,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 16050

Signet Christian School (est. 1975)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (45 students)
Signet Christian School offers academic programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in North York. Its classes give teachers easy access to each student, because at Signet, "small is beautiful". [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,000 to $12,000


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7000

Clear Water Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (440 students)
Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$6,775 to $20,000


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 6775

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,550 to $14,990


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8550

North Toronto Christian School (est. 1981)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (385 students)
  • Homestay school (8 students)
North Toronto Christian School offers a full day program from junior kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,512


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 10512

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Day school
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. Grade 12 will be offered beginning in 2019-2020. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,795 to $52,814


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Girls 16795

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,315 to $16,170

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9315

De La Salle College (est. 1851)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (670 students)
De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from grade five to 12, with average class sizes of 22 students and tuition at $14,575. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$14,575 to $14,875

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MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14575

Philopateer Christian College (est. 1999)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (350 students)
Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,000 to $10,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7000

Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 9 Coed
  • Day school (919 students)
Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a private school in Calgary with specialist educators in academics, arts, and athletics. Our mission is to Teach Truth, Inspire Excellence, Experience Christ and Serve through Love. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,650 to $6,260


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2650

Niagara Christian Collegiate (est. 1932)  

  • Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school
  • Homestay school
Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,672 to $24,120


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Coed 9672

The Priory School (est. 1947)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 6 Coed
  • Day school (168 students)
The Priory School offers programs from kindergarten to grade six in Montreal. Its average class size is 12 to 14 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$16,475 to $17,920

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Elementary Day Coed 16475

The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Day school (825 students)
  • Boarding school (75 students)
Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$32,860 to $62,250

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 32860

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

Maranatha Christian Academy (est. 1996)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
Maranatha Christian Academy is a private Christian School located in Brampton. MCA utilizes the ACE curriculum that focuses on individualized instruction. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$5,500 to $6,500

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5500

St. Michael's College School (est. 1852)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Boys
  • Day school (1035 students)
St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$19,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 19500

Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) (est. 1971)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (590 students)
Bussing from Toronto (Bayview and Sheppard) available. Early Learning Centre to Grade 12. Discipline. Character. Respect. Complete your child's academic and spiritual foundation. Discover why PCA students excel! [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,950 to $18,910


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10950

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)  

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (312 students)
There is a power within you. The power to soar above self-imposed limitations, to create something new, to become a leader. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $14,350 to US $40,525


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Coed 14350

Great Lakes Christian High School (est. 1952)  

  • Beamsville, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed/Boys
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (52 students)
  • Homestay school (16 students)
  • Day school (62 students)
Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$5,750 to $39,300


HighSchools Boarding Boarding Homestay Day Coed Boys 5750

Wesley Christian Academy (est. 1988)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (350 students)
Wesley Christian Academy offers programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Markham. As we are a Christian school, we share our beliefs with all our students but we warmly welcome families from ALL faiths and backgrounds! [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,975 to $12,800

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9975

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (est. 2000)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 1 Coed
  • Day school (24 students)
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School offers programs for various grades in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,800 to $11,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 6800

Luther College High School (est. 1913)  

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (355 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,550 to $32,310

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HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 7550

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$13,750 to $24,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 13750

Trinity Christian School (est. 1964)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (240 students)
At Trinity Christian School, your child will be taught Christian values in a safe, caring environment, while receiving excellent instruction in all subject areas by fully qualified teachers. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$8,000 to $20,000


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8000

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