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Private Schools in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.



Private and independent schools vary greatly across the prairies. There is everything from small rural faith-based schools to an academy in the Canadian Rockies geared to elite athletes seeking adventures in snowboarding and backcountry skiing. There are a multitude of choices along the continuum, whether parents are seeking enriched academics, religious instruction or other alternative education programs.

There is also diversity as far as the guidelines and regulations that impact private and independent schools in these provinces.

Private schools in Alberta have been officially recognized since 1946 and have received some form of public funding since 1967. About 25,000 students attend private and independent schools in Alberta or about 4.6 per cent of the province's students (According to Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education, a report released by the Fraser Institute in February, 2014). The majority of students enrolled in private and independent schools in Alberta attend a denominational school. Seventy percent go to religious schools, including Hebrew, Mennonite, Muslim, Christian and various other denominations. The other 30 per cent of students in Alberta's private and independent schools are enrolled in programs that focus on enriched academics or alternative programs, including First Nations, Montessori, Waldorf or those catering to students with special needs.

Alberta's Department of Education website states that it "recognizes that parents have a choice as to how and where education is provided to their children". To ensure students have access to a certain level of instruction, private and independent schools receiving provincial grants in Alberta must meet provincial curriculum guidelines and other requirements. Alberta's accredited private and independent schools receive 60 percent of the basic instruction per-pupil grant given to public and separate schools. Extra funding is also available to them for special needs students, materials and transportation costs. The vast majority of private and independents schools operating in Alberta have provincial accreditation.

In Saskatchewan, the provincial government provides partial funding, as of the 2011-12 school year. In order to receive funding, independent schools must meet certain criteria: follow provincial curriculum and policies, employ only certified teachers, and take part in student assessments and inspections (among other conditions). Meeting these criteria entitles schools to receive half of the per-student average provincial funding. Read the announcement as covered on our blog: Saskatchewan announces private school funding.

Both funded and non-funded independent schools operate in Manitoba. According to Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education, published by the Fraser Institute in February, 2014, enrollment in Manitoba private schools is approximately 7.4% of the total student population.

To receive funding, schools must meet the provincial standard curriculum and hire Manitoba certified teachers. Funded independent schools in Manitoba receive 60 percent of the basic public school per-pupil grant. Manitoba private and independent schools classified as non-funded still receive an annual grant of $50 per student annually for textbooks.

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Briercrest Christian Academy (est. 1946)  

  • Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (90 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
BCA combines a private Christian school experience with the best of public education and Saskatchewan curriculum. Our small school shares facilities with Briercrest College and Seminary on a campus of 900 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,135 to $33,061

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HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 3135

Clear Water Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (440 students)
Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$13,300 to $15,100


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 13300

Rundle College (est. 1985)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1080 students)
Rundle College is a university preparatory school from Kindergarten-Grade 12 in Calgary, Alberta. Our small class sizes of 12-16 students, gives our students the advantage of and enriched and personalized education. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,900 to $18,500


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12900

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) (est. 2000)  

  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (1 students)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$1 /program


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 1

West Island College (est. 1982)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (570 students)
West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$18,026


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18026

Montessori School of Calgary   

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (85 students)
The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,440 to $14,250


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8440

Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (540 students)
Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students at or above grade level and looking for new challenges. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,610 to $18,885


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12610

Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (90 students)
Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$8,000 to $10,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8000

Delta West Academy (est. 1993)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school
Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$10,200 to $18,250


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10200

River Valley School (est. 1983)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
River Valley is an inclusive independent school in the heart of NW Calgary that provides exceptional education for 3-year-olds to grade 6 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$4,850 to $14,320


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 4850

Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (10 students)
Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,600 to $15,200

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 13600

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (55 students)
An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$9,250 to $10,975

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 9250

Progressive Academy (est. 1983)  

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$8,950 to $10,150


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8950

Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (780 students)
Calgary French & International School graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,900 to $15,100

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7900

Edge School (est. 1999)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$17,220 to $18,270


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 17220

Bearspaw Christian School (est. 1998)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (700 students)
Bearspaw Christian School is proud to be a top choice for Christian families in the Calgary area. BCS offers a fully-integrated discipleship-based education from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,400 to $7,450


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2400

Foothills Academy (est. 1979)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 3 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (289 students)
Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$15,600


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 15600

Glenmore Christian Academy (est. 1980)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 9 Coed
  • Day school (938 students)
Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a private school in Calgary with specialist educators in academics, arts, and athletics. Our mission is to Teach Truth, Inspire Excellence, Experience Christ and Serve through Love. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,950 to $6,980


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2950

Rosthern Junior College (est. 1905)  

  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (3 students)
  • Day school (29 students)
  • Boarding school (38 students)
RJC is a grades 10-12 private, boarding school accredited by the SK Ministry of Education. RJC’s International Student Program focuses on English language immersion, educational excellence, and cultural experience. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,500 to $26,000

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Homestay Day Boarding Coed 7500

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)  

  • Okotoks, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (675 students)
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational, full IB (primary, middle, and diploma programme) day school for Kindergarten - Grade 12 close to Calgary, AB. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,100 to $23,580


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16100

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (est. 1920)  

  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (275 students)
Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$11,100 to $54,600


HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 11100

Third Academy (est. 1997)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (450 students)
Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$10,000 to $15,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10000

Luther College High School (est. 1913)  

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (330 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$8,040 to $37,590

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HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 8040

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 Boys
  • Day school (80 students)
North Point School for Boys is a Kindergarten to Grade 9 independent school in which curious and energetic boys are challenged and motivated, developing into young men of integrity with a genuine love of learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,000 to $12,000

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 7000

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