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Alberta private school rankings

Tools to help you choose


We discourage all Alberta parents from over-determining or over-emphasizing rankings in their school decision. Any focus on rankings deters attention from unquantifiable things that are often much more important, namely how well your child fits in at the school or how much he or she will like the school. We urge families to engage in an immersive school search process, following the best advice, understanding the full scope of their options, working toward finding a school that will help their child(ren) thrive.

Other sources who profess to list "best schools" might mislead parents into making the wrong choice for their child(ren). Along with Alberta schools that list with us, Our Kids believes that a proper choice should focus on matching schools with your own values, not someone else's. Families need to investigate every aspect important to them, whether that is academicspedagogical philosophy, extracurricular acitivitiesspecial needs support and/or gifted programming.

That said, rankings can have their place, as presented below (albeit reluctantly). We hope parents use lists like these with a view toward discovery. Hopefully, you'll find great private schools below that you may not have considered, and which in fact meet some of your top concerns. We have worked closely with Alberta private schools for many years, helping them elaborate their unique value, with the intention of helping parents find the school that most closely matches their needs. Please use these lists with that in mind: one aid in a much fuller process focused on finding a school that is best for your family.

Alberta private schools with the lowest admission rates

A low admission rate might seem a simple, straightforward measure of which private schools are the best. However, other mitigating factors affect schools' acceptance rates. Some Alberta private schools simply have better marketing; others have a perceived prestige that may be based on a long history. No matter, be assured that many excellent schools have a 100% acceptance rate and will help your child(ren) thrive. As said above, we encourage you to focus your school search efforts on finding the school that matches the needs of your child(ren).

School Location Grades Acceptance rate
1 Glenmore Christian Academy Calgary, AB JK to 9 50%
2 Summit West Independent School Foothills, AB JK to 12 70%
3 Calgary French & International School Calgary, AB PS to 12 75%
4 Clear Water Academy Calgary, AB JK to 12 75%
5 Delta West Academy Calgary, AB JK to 12 75%
6 North Point School For Boys Calgary, AB K to 9 75%
7 Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Okotoks, AB K to 12 80%
8 West Island College Calgary, AB 7 to 12 80%
9 Foothills Academy Calgary, AB 3 to 12 80%
10 Lycée Louis Pasteur Calgary, AB PS to 12 85%


Ten most expensive Alberta private schools

It can seem easy (even simplistic) to equate cost with quality. It may seem implicit that schools charging the highest tuition offer the best education, being able to provide the best facilities, hire the most qualified teachers, and facilitate the best sports programs, etc. However, other factors affect the overall school environment, of course.

More importantly, many students will not fare well in an environment chosen by their parents solely on the basis of expense. We encourage parents to use common sense and focus on choosing a school where their child(ren) will thrive personally, academically, spiritually and socially. Many Alberta private schools with very reasonable tuition rates will offer your child(ren) the ideal learning environment that will propel them to success.

School Location Grades Tuition
1 Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Okotoks, AB K to 12 $16,100 to $23,580
2 Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate Calgary, AB K to 12 $12,610 to $18,885
3 Rundle College Calgary, AB K to 12 $12,900 to $18,425
4 Edge School Calgary, AB 4 to 12 $13,000 to $18,270
5 Delta West Academy Calgary, AB JK to 12 $10,200 to $18,250
6 West Island College Calgary, AB 7 to 12 $16,120
7 Foothills Academy Calgary, AB 3 to 12 $15,600
8 Lycée Louis Pasteur Calgary, AB PS to 12 $13,600 to $15,200
9 Calgary French & International School Calgary, AB PS to 12 $12,830 to $15,100
10 River Valley School Calgary, AB PS to 6 $13,900

Oldest Alberta private schools

Below is a list of Alberta private schools ranked by their date of foundation. Parents may view the age of a school as a sign of its prestige, but many other factors should be part of your school decision process. Please review cautions against focus on ranking, above.

School Location Grades Founded
1 Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Okotoks, AB K to 12 1905
2 Lycée Louis Pasteur Calgary, AB PS to 12 1966
3 Calgary French & International School Calgary, AB PS to 12 1969
4 Banbury Crossroads School Calgary, AB PS to 12 1979
5 Foothills Academy Calgary, AB 3 to 12 1979
6 Glenmore Christian Academy Calgary, AB JK to 9 1980
7 Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate Calgary, AB K to 12 1981
8 West Island College Calgary, AB 7 to 12 1982
9 Progressive Academy Edmonton, AB JK to 12 1983
10 River Valley School Calgary, AB PS to 6 1983

Schools with the most notable alumni

Listed below find Alberta schools ranked by the most notable alumni. Parents choosing a private school might be understandably swayed by this factor. However, many other factors should take precedence over this, if you are indeed looking for the best school for your child. The list below ranks private schools by how many graduates have Wikipedia entries. Although there is doubt about its consistent reliability, we consider biographical entries that meet Wikipedia’s notability criteria a reasonable measure of influence.

School Location Grades Notable alumni
1 West Island College Calgary, AB 7 to 12 1
2 Banbury Crossroads School Calgary, AB PS to 12 1
3 Summit West Independent School Foothills, AB JK to 12 1

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