Private School Information
There are numerous types of private school and preschool in Quebec, including boarding, day, language immersion, gifted, boys, girls, and special needs. And some of these schools offer a unique curriculum, such as Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and IB schools.
One reason is cultural, based in the traditions and the values of the population. Another is because the province provides subsidies to schools based on enrolment. That support is reflected in the quality of the schools found within the province. It has also encouraged the growth of a student population that is one of the most varied in North America and the world, drawing from a broad swath of the socio-economic, academic, and cultural spectra.
The official language of Quebec is French, and Quebec is also the only province in Canada that has just one official language. In other provinces, students can study in either of the country’s official languages—English and French—though authentic French-language instruction is limited and, for the most part, schools operate within an anglophone cultural context to which French instruction is ancillary.
In Quebec, the opposite is true: most schools provide instruction in French, and English language instruction is limited and ancillary within the public education system. As such, the private schools in Quebec comprise some academic opportunities unique in North America, including that of living and studying in an authentic French cultural and linguistic context. Many families are drawn to schools in Quebec for precisely that reason.
September Private School Expo: Montreal
Families in the Montreal area are invited to attend the annual Our Kids Private School Expo in Montreal to meet with local day schools. The Expo is also a great opportunity for students considering a boarding school in other areas of Quebec, Canada, the USA, or Europe to get a real sense of the environment and culture of each school.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Quebec private schools are there?
There are 16 Quebec private schools that are Our Kids trusted members.
How much is tuition at Quebec private schools?
Tuition fees for Quebec private schools range from $5,075 to $79,770 per year with an average tuition of $26,682 per year.
What’s the largest school?
Of the Quebec private schools, the largest is College Bourget with 2010 students in Grades PS to 12.
Are Quebec private schools good?
We interviewed both parents and students. You can read reviews about Quebec private schools on this page.
Is there a private school expo where I can meet with Quebec private schools?
Yes. You can meet with private schools and education experts at the Our Kids Private School Expos held every year in September and October. These events are designed for both parents and students. Find event details and ticket info here.