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Private School Basics

Is private schooling right for your family?

Should you send your kids to private school? And how does the private system work in Canada and the provinces?

This guide covers the basics: the debate between private and public schools, the purported benefits of private education—and the common criticisms—and what it’s like inside a private school community as a student, parent, and alumni.


2020-2021 Return to school


By Glen Herbert

"It is now exactly eight weeks, eight short weeks until the first of September," Robert Mitchell, a PEI Liberal MLA, said in mid-July when pressing the provincial minister of education, Brad Trivers. "Minister, why are you waiting until late August to give parents and students the kind of... [Read More]


Private schools' response to COVID-19


As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, schools across Canada have shut down. Yet, for many of the 328,000 private school students across the country, learning hasn't stopped.

How have private schools responded to COVID-19?

Pivoting on a dime, independent educators have put the academic lives of their entire communities onli... [Read More]


Must Read: Private schools vs. public schools


You want to give your child the best, but you also have income constraints to think of. So how do you choose between private schools versus public schools? Put another way, how do you decide private education is really worth it? Here's a rundown of issues pertaining to private schools vs. public schools in North Am... [Read More]


Must Read: Benefits of private schools


To teach their children the necessary skills for an ever-changing world, many parents are choosing private school education. With options ranging from boarding schools to alternative schoolsto preschools, there is almost certainly a school to suit each and every child. Here are the reasons why parents are choosing to g... [Read More]


Criticisms of private education


Myth or fact? Private schools are insular places only for the privileged. If that were true, US president Barack Obama, his sisterMaya Soetoro-Ng, and other notable alumni who won may not have had the opportunity to get a solid private school education. With help from education experts and industry leaders, we debunk t... [Read More]


Private vs. independent schools: what's the difference?


Though often confused, independent schools and private schools are two distinct alternatives to public education.

Both address the needs of students who desire something different than what public education offers. However, there is a key difference between what institutions are designated private or independent. This d... [Read More]


The Canadian education system


If you are searching an education in Canada and you want the very best for your child, you've come to the right place. Our Kids offers comprehensive listings of private schools from across Canada. Sending a child to get an education in Canada is often similarly priced for many private or boarding schools as it is f... [Read More]


Accreditation of private schools in Canada


Accreditation is important but it is not a be-all and end-all concerning whether or not a school is a "good school." Below, are some important accrediting bodies for private schools in Canada and a discussion of the issue of accreditation.In Canada, private schools are accredited by bodies such as the Canadia... [Read More]


Canadian education: grade levels


The education system in Canada is an interesting one. And it continues to evolve.

Below, we outline the different grade levels, and years of compulsory education, in Canada. We also compare the Canadian grade level system to that of five other countries—Poland, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany.... [Read More]


The changing face of private education


Education in public schools remains the dominant form of education in Canada, though given the findings of a recent study, that's changing. “The data indicates," writes Deani van Pelt, "parents are increasingly looking to independent schools for more choice in how their children are educated.”... [Read More]


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