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 distinction lies in their structure and their acquisition of funding.
Private schools are generally understood to be for-profit organizations established and controlled by one or more persons.
Independent most often signifies a not-for-profit school that is accountable to a board of trustees, which operates at arm’s length from the administration. As well, schools referred to as independent often point to their accreditation by a peer review body.
Five provinces where independent schools receive public funding require that they be recognized as accredited by a government body. But in Ontario, for example, independent schools share no across-the-board accreditation. Most independent schools are affiliated with associations that demand specific standards of their members.
Most independent schools are affiliated with associations that demand specific standards of their members.
According to recent statistics, around 119,000 students in Ontario alone attend independent schools and about 349,000 students across Canada. Some of these schools have even been around since the early 1800’s.
Manitoba private schools
Find a list of private schools in Manitoba here (December 16, 2022)
Saskatchewan private schools
Find a list of private schools in Saskatchewan here (December 16, 2022)
Saskatoon private schools
Find a list of private schools in Saskatoon here (December 16, 2022)
Online schools and distance learning
Schools that are fully online versus schools that offer part-time online learning (December 14, 2022)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
What the IB Programme is and what it offers (December 14, 2022)