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.
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.
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.
|1||West Island College||Calgary, AB||7 to 12||$18,560 to $24,560|
|2||Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School||Okotoks, AB||K to 12||$16,548 to $24,028|
|3||Alberta Ballet School||Calgary, AB||7 to 12||$15,250 to $22,200|
|4||Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate||Calgary, AB||K to 12||$13,900 to $18,885|
|5||Rundle: Academy, College & Studio||Calgary, AB||K to 12||$12,900 to $18,425|
|6||Delta West Academy||Calgary, AB||JK to 12||$10,300 to $18,350|
|7||Lycée Louis Pasteur||Calgary, AB||PS to 12||$14,660 to $16,630|
|8||Clear Water Academy||Calgary, AB||JK to 12||$13,950 to $16,000|
|9||Foothills Academy||Calgary, AB||3 to 12||$15,600|
|10||Calgary French & International School||Calgary, AB||PS to 12||$12,830 to $15,100|
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.
|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|
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.