Despite concerns over the future of Canada's private schools' enrollment numbers, parent interest in private education has risen over the past few years despite economic concerns. Building upon record-breaking attendance, Our Kids Media is continuing its annual tour of Private School Expos across Canada in the fall of 2017, bringing together curious families with school representatives for a one-on-one exchange of information.
"Last year we were amazed by the enthusiastic reception to our Expos. We knew the benefits were still there, but weren't sure if families considered private school as a real option," says Agatha Stawicki, Publisher of Our Kids Media. "It just proves that even in tough times, the quality of a child's education will always be a priority."
The number of attending parents and children in the past has exceeded expectations by about thirty per cent for four of the events, located in Montreal, Calgary , Halton-Peel, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. Many families travel from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to research their private school options and take advantage of popular information seminars at each Expo, covering topics such as financing tuition, how to choose a school, and an inside look at boarding schools.
It saved us time in terms of things to concentrate on as we search for the right school. It's helped us narrow our search," said Sanjeev Motwani, a parent at the Oakville event.
We learned so much at once, it's a one-stop shop," said Leann Hill, who traveled to the Vancouver Expo from Seattle, Washington with her husband and infant son, "I found out about schools I didn't even know existed. It's a must-do for parents, for sure."
Issues such as class sizes, educational standards, public school closures, and bullying have reignited the public vs. private debate over the past year. In the meantime, private schools are increasing their student populations across all income levels through financial aid and scholarships programs, dispelling the myth of the "private school elite".
As economic times continue to improve, Our Kids Media is confident that the benefits of a private school education, such as small class sizes, enriched academics, and close parent-teacher partnerships, will make the upcoming 2016 Expos in Montreal, Calgary, Halton-Peel, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver an even greater success.
Media interviews with parents, schools, students and speakers can be arranged before or during the events with Our Kids Media. For more information and interview requests please contact:
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