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Experts discuss the widespread appeal of day schools. To many it might be an obvious choice but there are more reasons than immediately apparent.


Parents seeking a quality education for their child often find this and more at an independent or private day school.

Stay-at-home kids

Because attending a day school doesn't require a child to be physically separated from his or her family—outside regular school hours, that is—most parents enjoy the fact that they can remain actively involved in their child's daily life. No homesickness (or "kidsickness") or missed occasions required.

"There's a significant group of parents who like to have their children educated in their communities and have brought forward a bulk of new independent day schools," says Robin Hinnell, Executive Director of the Independent Schools Association of BC. "Parents these days don't want to send their child away. They want them to be closer to their homes."

While some parents choose day schools to keep kids nearby, others take their commutes into consideration.

"Some parents choose our day schools because it's closer to where they work, rather than where they live," says Katherine Poyntz, Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators, which has 160 day schools as members. "That allows them to come and see their children at lunch and be close to them."

A school for every child

Under the day school umbrella, parents can pursue nearly every type of education model—academic, specialty, alternative, or faith-based.

In addition, day school programs would suit the majority of students.

"It would be a rare and extreme case for a day school to not work for a child," says Poyntz.

Whether or not students pursue boarding school as they grow older, day schools remain an obvious choice for the very young. "Our schools begin with very young students—a few of them are 18 months [old]," says Poyntz. "The day school environment answers the needs of very young children in that age group."

First-class education

George Briggs, Executive Director of the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario, says that parents can be confident that their child will receive a high quality, university preparatory education in an environment with dedicated teachers and excellent resources.

"Our schools control class sizes to ensure that all students are known by their teachers and are supported in their learning" he says.

He points out out that day schools also offer students a wide range of co-curricular activities in the arts, athletics and social service opportunities.

"Given the current economic situation, I believe parents will continue to seek the best learning environments for their children," he says.

Hinnell also notes that parents value the variety of program options offered at day schools, such as the International Baccalaureate Programme and Advanced Placement courses.

"Parents find them very attractive for academics, the arts and athletics," he says. "They are a lot more selective these days. The key is to choose a school that best suits their child."

Poyntz agrees that parents select day schools primarily because of the type of education they want for their children.

"Even if it means longer drives and fiscal sacrifices," she says.

Cheques and balances

Many parents select day schools as a more economical alternative. When it comes to private education, day schools are generally less expensive than the costs of sending a child away.

"Especially with families of three kids," Hinnell says. "When you start comparing the cash total of day schools versus boarding, for some families, the cost of boarding can be prohibitive."

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Langley, British Columbia — Whytecliff is a safe, empathetic & supportive place for teens with a diverse range of learning needs / personal challenges. Our positive community & high-growth environment pulls each child up to be their very best! View School Profile.


  • Safe, empathetic, supportive community for students with a diverse range of learning needs
  • Low student-to-educator ratio of less than 5:1 lets us really get to know you
  • Each child gets a personalized program tailored to their unique gifts, strengths, and talents
  • Dual-accredited as both an independent school and a Positive Youth Development program
  • Kids love it here! On average, student attendance doubles (vs. previous learning environment)
Grades:
8 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive
Tuition:
$8,900 to $19,500
Living:
Homestay/Day
Enrollment:
47
Avg. Class:
3 to 6
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 8900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,500 to $52,000

Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering academic programs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Hillfield Strathallan College 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • NS to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $15,000 to $40,000

Hawthorn School is located in Toronto. We offer a co-ed toddler-SK program and an all girls program for grade 1- grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to help students reach their full potential.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Hawthorn School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Day Girls Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,500 to $21,500

We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Toronto STEM School 13500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Townline Rd./Niagara Parkway
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $42,425 to $50,425

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.

  • Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Niagara Christian Collegiate 42425 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Breslau, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,760 to $27,680

Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Woodland Christian High School 10760 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Adelaide St E
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $550 to $31,150

Keystone students become internationally-minded inquirers, who ask questions and seek their own answers from both local and global perspectives. By nurturing students’ natural curiosity, we foster a love for learning.

  • Homestay/eSchool/Day
  • Progressive
Keystone School 550 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay eSchool Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Garrison Blvd SW/33 Ave SW
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,390 to $20,000

Lycée international de Calgary is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. 3-years-old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds are welcome. Small class sizes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Lycée international de Calgary 15390 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Thetford, Vermont(USA)
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • US $17,998 to US $46,891

TA’s award-winning faculty are recognized for their innovative teaching practices, learners are engaged, and diversity is celebrated. TA students work collaboratively and independently to reach their full potential.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Thetford Academy 17998 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Harbourside Drive/
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $25,250 to $47,725

Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a boarding school that enrolls 650 students. Tuition starts at $21,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity."

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 25250 HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/Newpark Blvd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $8,100 to $25,900

Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Montessori
Country Garden Montessori Academy 8100 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Oshawa, Ontario
    Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $1,000 to $11,500

At G.B.MS, D.E.P.S and Durham Academy Secondary school focus is on each individual student and helping them meet their unique potential and goals. We believe in excellent customer service and families have a voice. Throughout the year we enhance our programs through program enhancement and enrichment.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 1000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Coed
  • St Catharines, Ontario
    Ontario St./Welland Ave.
  • NS to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $350 to $5,200

Heuristic & autodidactic, inspired by Sudbury & democratic models. Students are self-directed, holistically empowered. Voluntary attendance, year-round calendar, agency, & consent inspire free learning.

  • Boarding/Homestay/eSchool/Day
  • Progressive
Agate Private School 350 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay eSchool eSchool Day Girls Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Kipling/Highway 7
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,600 to $24,000

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. It's where you belong!

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Toronto District Christian High School 18600 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    College/Spadina
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,800 to $30,000

Braemar College offers a warm environment in downtown Toronto for students with high academic ambitions. Flexible terms allow students to join anytime, providing fast and focused pathways into Canada’s top universities.

  • Day/eSchool/Homestay
  • Progressive
Braemar College 13800 HighSchools Day eSchool Homestay Coed
  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Ancaster, Ontario
    Rymal Road West/Glancaster Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,125

HDCH, founded in 1956, is imaginative, innovative & interwoven with our essential Biblical identity. Our programs are designed to challenge a wide range of learners. We welcome local and international students!

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Hamilton District Christian High 18125 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $30,585 to $71,720

This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $30,585 to $71,720.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 30585 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $12,000

Enriched spaces to explore and innovate, students are eager each day to learn and grow. With direct access to teachers, success is within reach. Local and global students all embrace Signet as a home away from home.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Signet Christian School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    152nd Street/24th Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $7,500 to $10,500

WRCA exists to inspire and cultivate citizens of Godly character who transform their world for Christ. We do this through integrated faith based teaching and the International Baccalaureate programme for JK - grade 12.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
White Rock Christian Academy 7500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Franklin Ave/Yonge St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,900 to $13,200

Don Valley Academy is a private high school whose primary aim is to prepare our students for post-secondary studies. We are dedicated to providing educational programs that meet the individual needs of each student.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Don Valley Academy 9900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Burnhamthorpe Rd. W/Neyagawa Blvd.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,600

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.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
King's Christian Collegiate 17600 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    West Hastings St./Granville St.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $22,800

Alexander Academy is a private high school offering the BC Dogwood High School Diploma and a unique University Transfer Program in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Alexander Academy 16500 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $11,000 to $14,000

At Vaughan College instructions are embedded with strategies appropriate to the students' unique needs. We develop students' confidence and their urge to do better, which results in a high university acceptance rate.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Vaughan College Private School 11000 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Keele St/Dundas St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $1,200 to $27,120

Reputed Diverse Traditional Day School. 100% of students graduate and move on to excel in their Post Secondary Education and life. Extremely positive, caring, and knowledgeable teaching staff.

  • Day/eSchool/Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Great Lakes College of Toronto 1200 HighSchools Day eSchool Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    De Maisonneuve West/Park Row West
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $22,550 to $43,550

At Kells, flexibility is the key. We develop programs allowing students to work within their comfort zone, which may be above, below or at grade level. The result is students who outperform even their own expectations.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Kells Academy 22550 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Neuchâtel, Other
  • 12 Coed
  • SF 30,500 to SF 57,000

Neuchâtel Junior College students study Canadian Grade 12 curriculum, while living in Switzerland immersed in an authentic French language and Swiss cultural experience, they learn about the world and themselves.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Neuchâtel Junior College 30500 Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Dixon/Martin Grove
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $25,000

We are proud of our student-centered approach, enriched curricula, computer labs, committed teachers, and motivated students. Come to Queen's Collegiate to excel and prosper!

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Queen's Collegiate 8000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $3,950 to $27,500

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.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College High School 3950 Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Caledon, Ontario
    The Gore Road/Old Church
  • 2 to 12 Coed
  • $19,000 to $33,000

The King's College experience develops in students responsibility, accountability, and ownership of their own learning and a passion for making a difference. Students can attend in person or synchronously online.

  • Day/eSchool/Homestay
  • Traditional
King's College School for Bright and Gifted Children 19000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Homestay Coed
  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,000 to $16,449

LCH is the only full-service independent high school in London. Through a Christian worldview, we offer the OSSD, OFSAA sports, extracurriculars, travel opportunities, and authentic learning experiences.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
London Christian High 9000 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $18,400 to $39,500

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.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate 18400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,345 to $73,145

GNS is an independent JK-12 International Baccalaureate boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, that empowers and supports each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 9345 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Leslie St/401
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $14,000 to $35,000

Webtree offers individualized education programs which fully support a student’s academic needs, and helps them achieve educational and personal goals. Small class sizes are designed to inspire and engage students.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Webtree Academy 14000 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed

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