An information day for students and parents researching private schools
The 14th annual Vancouver Private School Expo

The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre | 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Nov 2019
12:00 - 4:00 pm

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Everything you need to know about choosing, applying, getting in, and paying for school.

Whether you’re interested in learning about the differences between private and public schools, considering a fantastic Vancouver Island boarding school, or are ready to apply and want to gain some insider advice on how to get into some of the most competitive schools, you’ll want to make time to visit the Our Kids Private School Expo and Information Day in Vancouver.


  • Expo opens
  • Overview of BC Independent Schools

    Discover the ins and outs of each of the private schools, how they differ, why parents choose them and the strengths of each school.

  • How to choose the right school

    Learn a step-by-step approach to choosing the right school for your child. There are many factors to consider when choosing a school, and what may be a great school for your neighbour's child may not be the best fit for yours. Gain insider information on how to assess your child's learning style against your families 'wants' and 'needs', and get advice on where to start, research tips and must-ask questions.

  • Applying & getting into your top school

    Choosing the right schools to apply to is step one, but getting into your top choice is not always easy. Get insider tips and advice on what schools look for and how to prepare yourself and your child for a successful application, testing and school interview process.

  • Tuition, financial aid and tax breaks

    A seminar you cannot afford to miss! Join our panel of experts as they unravel the mysteries of educational financing and paying for private school. Learn how to work education costs into your budget while gathering details about incentives such as scholarships, bursaries and financial aid.

  • Expo closes

Why Attend?

  • Gain insider tips from education and admissions experts
  • Learn about school rankings and how to find the right private school for your child
  • Get exclusive access to students' and parents' school reviews
  • Find out about the admissions process, when to apply, and what schools really look for in applicants
  • Understand what you’ll need to budget, receive information about scholarships and bursaries, and learn creative ways to save thousands of dollars using tax credits
  • Network with education leaders from the best Montessori, STEM, gifted, and boarding schools in the area
The expo is excellent. We can now rank schools based on which one will be best for our son.

Meet our Presenters and Panelists

Maureen McDermid

Education Consultant, Education Consultant

Topic: How to choose the right school

Maureen is an educator who has worked across the K-12 system in 4 school districts in British Columbia, and has also taught university courses in critical thinking. She has designed and implemented the integration of English and Social Studies into a Humanities curriculum and was part of a team that designed and delivered a curriculum for gifted students.
Maureen has served on the Council of the BC College of Teachers (now the Teacher Regulation Branch), Vice-Chair and Chair of the Teacher Education Committee and currently sits on the Board of Governors for a BC private school. She currently works as an education consultant across Canada focusing on curriculum designed for critical thinking, makes presentations and provides in-service on curriculum planning, literacy, social studies, and programming for gifted learners with both public and independent schools. In response to the increasing options for choice in education, she advises and supports families seeking assistance with appropriate school or program placement for their children and offers parent education sessions.

Glen Herbert

Editor , Our Kids Media

Topic: Moderator

Our Kids Media has been covering private schools and Canadian education trends for 20 years. Glen speaks with both schools and families and has a strong understanding of the diversity of options you have to choose from. Glen brings his insight and the 20 years of research and data Our Kids has gathered when it comes to choosing, applying and paying for private school.

Paula Howell, B.ed., Avd Dipl.,ECE

CEO, Howell Academics

Topic: Applying & getting into your top school

Paula Howell is an early childhood and family education specialist. In addition to her academic portfolio, Paula has over fifteen years of experience in early learning curriculum development across Canada, the United States, and Australia. She has worked with admissions intake teams at many top local independent schools and will share with you the keys to applying and getting into your top-choice school. From K-12 tutoring to interview prep and school admissions guidance, Paula has the insight and know-how that will ensure you achieve your desired results.

James Shi

Marketing Manager, Our Kids Media

Topic: Moderator


Franco Caligiuri

Partner, Capital Core Financial Inc.

Topic: Tuition Payment Options & Tax Breaks

Father of three, Franco Caligiuri is the co-founding partner of Capital Core Financial Inc., and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his 19 years of industry experience. Franco is a nationally recognized financial educator and consultant, who will share his personal and professional experience about how to best pay for school tuition. As a long-standing member of the Million Dollar Round Table, he currently holds the highest designation of 'Top of the Table,' which recognizes successful advisors in the financial industry, and is often quoted in “Money Sense,” “Business in Vancouver,” and "Wealth Professional Magazine.” Learn creative strategies that will save you thousands of dollars when it comes to budgeting for and paying private school tuition fees.

Kathryn Clark

Co-founder and Executive Director, Claren Academy

Topic: How to choose the right school

Kathryn Clark is co-founder and executive director of Claren Acadmey. She is also a Registered Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working with and advising non-profit organizations. As a mother to two boys, Kathryn compared the education that her children were receiving to the skills that will actually be needed in the workforce of the future and founded Claren Academy. She is committed to providing students with a forward-thinking, world class education.

Dr. Sherri Frohlick

Registered Psychologist, Vancouver Psychology Centre

Topic: How to choose the right school

Dr. Sherri Frohlick specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, youth and families. Sherri earned her Ph.D from Simon Fraser University with an emphasis on child clinical-developmental psychology where she studied the influence of parenting perspectives and parent-child relationships on the development of children’s social thinking. Sherri has a passion for working with young children, parents and families as well as providing psycho-educational and comprehensive mental health assessments for children and youth.

Sarah Gatiss-Brown

Co-founder and Head of School, Westside Montessori Academy

Topic: How to choose the right school

Ms. Sarah is the Head Directress of WMA Casa Dei Bambini and the Principal/Licensee of the program. Sarah directs both the morning and afternoon classes. Sarah holds her St. Nicholas Montessori Teaching Diploma (0-6) and her Early Childhood Education Certificate as well as her Montessori Teaching Certification for Elementary 6-9 years. Sarah has also completed her certificate in Leadership, Administration and Management for Early Childhood Administrators. In an earlier life in the UK she worked in Local Government and gained a HND in Public Administration at Brighton University. Ms. Sarah is a member in good standing of ECEBC and BCMA. Ms. Sarah has been teaching group care and Kindergarten for 24 years and believes that every child can work towards achieving their full potential at WMA. She is committed to providing each child a warm, nurturing and inspiring environment, where they feel happy, secure and are keen to learn and experience positive social interactions. Ms. Sarah opened WMA with her partners Andrea Nardi and Lee-Ann Mulrooney in 2008.

2018 exhibiting private schools and partners

Westside Montessori Academy
Vancouver, British Columbia
Grades PS to 7 (Coed)

Brentwood College School
Mill Bay, British Columbia
Grades 9 to 12 (Coed)

Claren Academy
Vancouver, British Columbia
Grades K to 4 (Coed)

Niagara Christian Collegiate
Fort Erie, Ontario
Grades 6 to 12 (Coed)

Meadowridge School
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Grades JK to 12 (Coed)

St. Margaret's School
Victoria, British Columbia
Grades JK to 12 (Girls)

Bodwell High School
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Grades 8 to 12 (Coed)

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
New York, New York
Grades K to 12 (Coed)

About the Private School Expo in Vancouver

The Vancouver Private School Expo and Information Day offers you the opportunity to learn about education choice and meet with leading local private and independent schools as well as some of the best boarding schools throughout Canada and abroad. Give your child an education and experience that will help them become whoever they want to be.

  • Confused about the difference between Montessori and preschools?
  • Looking for a school for your gifted child or a child with special needs?
  • What are the benefits of a girls’ private school?
  • Do you want a french or bilingual school?

Explore your private education options at the Vancouver Private School Expo and Information Day—a must for every parent. We invite you to speak with private school education experts and school representatives on a one-to-one basis and learn about the most important questions parents ask, all in one day, at one location.

School Programs & Types:

  • Private elementary and high schools
  • Montessori schools and preschools
  • Troubled teens
  • Schools for ADHD
  • Gifted kids' programs
  • All-girls' and All-boys' private schools

2018 Sponsors

Beckmann of Norway
Howell Academics
Geox Respira

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