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Calgary private school rankings

How to find the best school for your child


Throughout our website we caution against any focus on rankings.  Schools themselves, even when they are ranked well by the Fraser Institute (for example), will express aversion to school rankings. However, parents still ask us for rankings at the Calgary private school expo and elsewhere.

We can see how some rankings lists can be helpful for parents, if used properly and with a healthy level of skepticism. That means:

Your ultimate school decision should be well-advised, richly informed (fully investigate school profiles that interest you) and fully considered (we suggest that you use tools such as our school comparison and more). When consulting rankings, parents always risk over-determining the value of simplistic data, giving it too significant a role in the school decision process.

Bear that in mind, as you review these Calgary school rankings, which do indeed highlight advantages offered by private schools.

Calgary private schools with the lowest admission rates

Low acceptance rates might indicate that the school has a high number of applicants, and turns away potential students on the basis of an academic assessment. However, there are other factors that affect admission rates.

In any case, it's far more important for parents to focus on how well a school meets the distinct needs of their child(ren). Rankings list (and academic assessments, for that matter) are not going to tell you how well your child is going to fit in and like a school. This list can be helpful to parents who want a glance at their children's chances of getting into some local private schools.


Top ten most expensive private schools Calgary

Some parents view the cost of private school tuition as a measure of how good the school is. Of course, this is oversimplified thinking. Many excellent private schools in Calgary charge very reasoanable tuition rates. In any case, many other aspects should have a higher priority for you, in your search for the best school for your children. For interest's sake, below is a list of Calgary's most expensive private elementary and secondary schools.

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 private schools in Calgary

The age of a school is a sign of prestige by some parents. However, this is not a credible indicator of whether a school is right for your child. For interest’s sake, we provide this list as some measure of the stability of specific schools.

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

Most notable alumni

Listed below are Calgary private schools that have produced the most notable alumni. Influence is measured by whether alumni have been granted a Wikipedia page. We consider this a credible indicator of achievement, today. We also urge parents to put the needs of their children first and take many other factors into consideration as they choose a school.

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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