Faith Based Schools: Benefits and features. Q and A with Barb Bierman

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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame


Wilcox, Saskatchewan
Railway Ave/Rouleau St
 
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"No other high school in the world has developed more Elite, Junior, Collegiate, USPORT, NCAA, National, Olympic or Pro athletes with over 215 in the NHL alone. ND graduates attend the top ranked universities worldwide.

  1. Private, independent, co-educational boarding high school, on 50 acres of land, founded in 1920
  2. Home to 300 students, grades 8 - 12, with 90% boarding from up to 20 different countries
  3. Exceptional academic standards, offering Honours & AP Stream or Advanced Courses
  4. 80% of all students are on Honour Roll with 100% graduation rate

—From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $3,530 to $61,950
 
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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame 3530 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed

Holy Name of Mary College School


Mississauga, Ontario
Mississauga Rd/QEW
 
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"We strive to take the best aspects of Catholic teaching & interpret it in a modern context for the confident young woman of today. They are imbued with a strong work ethic, sense of purpose & a desire to change the world

  1. University preparatory school
  2. Catholic academic tradition
  3. Academic Excellence
  4. Mini-Medical School

—From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $25,300 to $26,200
 
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Holy Name of Mary College School 25300 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
King City, Ontario
Keele St./King Rd.
 
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"Villanova College is York Region's only independent Catholic school offering Grades 4 to 12 in King City, Ontario. Average class size is 18 students. Specialty programs include STEM, AP and Domestic ESL." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $23,600
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Villanova College 23600 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
York Mills Road/Don Mills Road
 
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"We value partnership with parents, creating a genuinely warm and friendly community. We raise the academic bar on academic excellence, and expectations of character, helping the boys become the best that they can be." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $21,500 to $25,850
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Northmount School 21500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys
Toronto, Ontario
Spadina/St Clair Ave W
 
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"The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $2 million available in financial assistance." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $39,800 to $78,200
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The Bishop Strachan School 39800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
Fort Erie, Ontario
Townline Rd./Niagara Parkway
 
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"Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,315 to $59,395
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Niagara Christian Collegiate 13315 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Markham, Ontario
McCowan Road/Highway 7
 
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"Wesley Christian Academy offers programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Markham. As we are a Christian school, we share our beliefs with all our students but we warmly welcome families from ALL faiths and backgrounds!" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,500 to $16,000
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Wesley Christian Academy 13500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
404/DVP/Sheppard Avenue
 
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"North Toronto Christian School offers a full day, co-educational program from junior kindergarten to grade 12." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,672
  • Day school
  • 400 students
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North Toronto Christian School 12672 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario/Queensway
 
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"Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School in Mississauga offers Casa Montessori programs for children a ged 2.5 to 6. Before- and after-school care and summer camps also available." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $7,800 to $12,800
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Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School 7800 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
Gretna, Manitoba
 
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"Faith is at the center of all we do at MCI- from the court, to the stage, to the classroom. We work to provide a safe space for students to ask questions, dig deeper, grow into who God is calling them to be." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $6,800 to $30,500
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Mennonite Collegiate Institute 6800 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Oakville, Ontario
Burnhamthorpe Rd. W/Neyagawa Blvd.
 
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"King’s Christian Collegiate is an independent Christian high school providing superb instruction in a safe, stimulating academic environment. Caring staff set the tone for a positive, up-beat culture." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $18,600
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King's Christian Collegiate 18600 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Bayview Avenue/Weldrick Road
 
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"Christ is the center of Richmond Hill Christian Academy. To know Him and to make Him known is our mission while at the same time, preparing the next generation for academic excellence in His service is our goal!" —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $10,200 to $12,800
  • Day school
  • 300 students
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Richmond Hill Christian Academy 10200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
 
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"Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, a not-for-profit independent school in Ottawa, provides an authentic Christian Montessori approach for children 3 months to 14 years." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $6,183 to $22,970
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Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 6183 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Donald St/Frances St
 
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"Promote academic excellence that stimulates the acquisition of language skills, the development of scientific and artistic competencies as well as the formation of a critical mind, in a multicultural environment." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,670 to $12,320
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Academie Providence 10670 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Avenue Road/St. Clair Ave.
 
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"De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from Grade 5 to 12, with an average class size of 20 students and tuition at $17,550 - $18,500." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $17,000 to $19,000
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De La Salle College 17000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Victoria, British Columbia
Quadra Street/Burdett Avenue
 
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"Our students learn in a progressive, authentic, inspiring, welcoming, nurturing and in a safe, child-centred environment. Our small size, with one class for each grade, gives a sense of being part of a close-knit family." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $8,196 to $16,950
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Christ Church Cathedral School 8196 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Whitchurch-stouffville, Ontario
Ninth Line/Main Street
 
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"Toronto French Montessori offers French and English programs from pre-school to grade 8 in North York, and Toddler programs in Stouffville. Its average class size is 15 students." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,000 to $18,000
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Toronto French Montessori 10000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $13,000
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Guiding Light Academy 13000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Halifax, Nova Scotia
 
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"With a global network of schools around the world, a rich and proud history, and a strong and unique set of core values, Sacred Heart offers not just an education but an experience that is unparalleled in Nova Scotia." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Boys/Girls/Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,230 to $21,340
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Sacred Heart School of Halifax 15230 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Boys Girls Coed
Brantford, Ontario
Colborne/Clarence
 
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"At Haven, we equip our students with critical thinking skills, a global perspective, and a respect for core values of honesty, loyalty, perseverance, and compassion." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $7,700 to $26,500
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Haven International School 7700 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Boarding Day Coed
Oakville, Ontario
Lakeshore/Third Line
 
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"Oakville Christian School is committed to instilling confidence in young lives during their formative years, and cultivating in its students solid Christian character traits and values." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,368
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Oakville Christian School (OCS) 16368 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Etobicoke, Ontario
 
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"Quo Vadis, through a Polish-English bilingual program, aims to assist in the formation of well-rounded, responsible individuals, promotes academic excellence and encourages self-esteem within a Catholic environment." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,500
  • Day school
  • 40 students
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Quo Vadis Elementary School 13500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Kitchener, Ontario
 
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"Carmel New Church School provides a loving, peaceful place with indoor and outdoor classrooms where students are taught to become productive and caring people, both in this life and the next." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $2,000 to $5,000
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Carmel New Church School 2000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Woodbridge, Ontario
Kipling/Highway 7
 
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"Each student is unique. Why be just a number when you can be valued for who you are? We enfold, engage and empower every student in a safe, friendly, and supportive learning community. You belong here!" —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $19,340
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Toronto District Christian High School 19340 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
Calgary, Alberta
Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave. SW
 
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"Clear Water Academy is the only private Catholic school in Alberta. We offer a rigorous academic program from Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 12 for students of all faiths. 100% of our students pursue post-secondary education." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls/Coed/Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $15,700 to $17,400
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Clear Water Academy 15700 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Day Girls Coed Boys
Regina, Saskatchewan
 
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"Luther College prepares students to be compassionate, creative, and critical thinkers who go on to create a more grace-filled, just, and joyful world. Luther College is the only IB World School in southern Saskatchewan." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $10,500 to $42,910
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Luther College High School 10500 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Sudbury, Ontario
Attlee Street/Dublin Street
 
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"Total student growth -- academically, athletically, spiritually, and with a heart for community." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $4,950 to $7,950
  • Day school
  • 150 students
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Sudbury Christian Academy 4950 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./St. Clair West
 
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"Canada’s only independent, Catholic school for boys in Grades 7-12, taught in the Basilian tradition of forming the mind, body, and soul. Since 1852, we have educated students in goodness, discipline, and knowledge." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $24,250
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St. Michael's College School 24250 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
Montreal, Quebec
Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
 
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"Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all-girls English Catholic high school, has been preparing girls to change the world. We offer grades 7 to 12, day school and boarding." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $21,790 to $47,559
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 21790 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Girls
Markham, Ontario
Woodbine Ave/Hooper Rd
 
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"Early Learning Centre to Grade 12. Discipline. Character. Respect. Complete your child's academic and spiritual foundation. Discover why PCA students excel!" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,124 to $24,388
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Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) 14124 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
The Boulevard/Côte-des-Neiges Road
 
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"The Priory School specializes in early childhood education, a place where childhood is cherished, and where meaningful learning takes place in an enriched and nurturing learning environment." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 6 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,810 to $23,685
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The Priory School 21810 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Orleans, Ontario
 
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"Ottawa Victory Christian Academy becomes an extension of your family. Staff and teachers know each child and work with students and their family to achieve success academically, socially, physically, and spiritually." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $7,250 to $7,750
  • Day school
  • 50 students
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Ottawa Victory Christian Academy 7250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Etobicoke, Ontario
Burnhamthorpe Road/Kipling Avenue
 
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"We have a Christian-based perspective that builds the whole child. We teach them how to ask questions about the world around them while encouraging interest in bettering themselves and their community." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 5 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $7,880 to $13,240
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Olivet School 7880 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
 
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"We welcome children from all families, Christians, or non-Christians. We tailor make k-12 curriculum to fit each kid’s unique characteristics. our teachers are professional with truthful love & highly responsible." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $2,000 to $34,700
  • Day, Homestay
  • 77 students
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Community Life Christian School 2000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"Meadow Green Academy provides a strong Christian education in a nurturing environment. Strong academics combined with sports, enriched music, visual arts, and dramatic arts programs provide a well-rounded experience" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $10,300 to $18,490
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Meadow Green Academy 10300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
North York, Ontario
Finch Ave. W./Bathurst St.
 
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"CAA has been serving the GTA for 70 years. Our students learn through a strong academic curriculum, community engagement and alumni mentorship – with a 98% acceptance rate to the University of their first choice." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $10,250 to $16,000
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Crawford Adventist Academy 10250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
Richmond Hill, Ontario
 
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"HTS offers a remarkable opportunity for students from JK-12 to shape their own experience through our comprehensive academic and co-curricular programming, led by our incredible faculty and staff." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $33,825
  • Day school
  • 830 students
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Holy Trinity School 33825 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Breslau, Ontario
 
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"Woodland combines academic excellence, spiritual growth, and community engagement. With a Christ-centered education, diverse curriculum, dedicated faculty, and supportive culture, it's an ideal choice for families." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $10,760 to $29,850
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Woodland Christian High School 10760 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
Burlington, Ontario
 
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"Redefining high school education: A micro-school that merges the best of homeschooling and private school. Developing wisdom, wonder and well-being. Classical & experiential, conservative, experiences, nature & God." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; Waldorf
  • $16,000 to $20,000
  • Day school
  • 60 students
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Willowbrook Heights 16000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Caledon, Ontario
 
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"Brampton Christian School in Caledon, Ontario, offers an academic-based, JK to Grade 12 program, with average class sizes from 18 to 24 students and a one-student tuition cost of $12, 650." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,650
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Brampton Christian School 12650 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Caledon, Ontario
 
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"JJCS' globally-promoted curriculum is designed to help students perform and accelerate at their level and pace. Students are not held back nor passed through the school system beyond their skill level." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $4,000
  • Day school
  • 7 students
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Jehovah Jireh Christian School 4000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Kitchener, Ontario
 
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"Incorporating academic excellence, service and peace-making, Rockway is a diverse learning community of students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $20,500 to $42,650
  • Day, Homestay
  • 327 students
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Rockway Mennonite Collegiate 20500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
Rosthern, Saskatchewan
 
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"RJC is a Grades 10-12 boarding school accredited by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. RJC is student and community-focused all while offering excellent academics and exceptional athletic and fine arts programs." —From the school

  • Gr. 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $4,750 to $21,750
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Rosthern Junior College High School 4750 Boarding Day Coed

Q: What are the unique features of a faith-based school?

A: All of the learning is influenced by faith, whether it’s Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or Sikhism or something else. Also, because many people from different countries and backgrounds tend to associate with each other, these schools tend to be culture-based as well as faith-based. With all subject areas, schools infuse the faith perspective and the cultural background into everything students do.

Q: What are the benefits of a faith-based school?

A: For families where faith is a priority, the school becomes a partner in helping your child develop an intimate understanding of and connection to their faith. But what’s also important and valuable is that it’s not about indoctrination—different theories, world views and ideologies are introduced and framed next to the student’s belief system. It’s important to do this in a country as diverse as this one, so that kids learn to become free thinkers and respectful of other faiths.

Q: How do I know if a faith-based school is a good fit for my child?

A: Parents have to look for what best matches the environment in their home. That may be a cultural, religious or pedagogical decision. They should be asking themselves, How does my child learn best? What sort of schools match up to our faith system? Parents also need to consider the spectrum of different religious orders. For instance, Christianity has several denominations, so they need to look into that detail when considering faith-based schools.

—Barbara Bierman, Executive director of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools

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