Types of schools on Vancouver Island
There is a broad scope of independent schools in Vancouver Island, B.C. Here are some of the main ones you’ll have to choose from:
- Alternative: Alternative schools have a curricular approach that departs from that of mainstream schools. For example, many offer plenty of student-centred, with small classes and tailored instruction. Four types of alternative schools in Vancouver Island are International Baccalaureate, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia schools.
- Special needs: Special needs schools in Vancouver Island offer lots of personalized learning and one-on-one support. They provide accommodations for students, such as extra time for assignments, separate rooms to write tests, and the use of assistive technology This includes schools supporting learning, developmental, behavioural, and physical challenges.
- Faith-based: Some of the main faith-based schools in Vancouver Island are Catholic, Christian, Jewish, and Islamic schools. These schools offer a challenging dual-track curriculum with a special focus on values and character development.
Choosing an independent school on Vancouver Island
When choosing an independent school on Vancouver Island, you’ll need to look at the big picture. First, take a look at your child and consider their interests, learning styles and preferences, and social and physical tendencies. You should also consider factors that may affect your whole family, such as school cost, location, size, community, and culture.
After reflecting on your child’s and family’s needs, create a shortlist of, say, two to eight schools. Make sure you research these schools extensively and visit them, ideally in person but virtually if necessary. Ask school representatives lots of questions. You should also speak with school parents, students, and alumni. And depending on the age and maturity of your child, you may want to make them an integral part of the decision-making process (though the final decision should be yours).
To learn more about finding the right school, read our choosing guide. You can also read what education experts have to say about choosing the right school.
Benefits of Vancouver Island schools
Vancouver Island independent schools have many benefits. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, these include:
- Smaller classes
- Low student-to-teacher ratios
- More personalized attention and support
- Tight-knit communities
- More emphasis on social and emotional growth
- A wide range of extracurriculars
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Vancouver Island private schools are there?
There are 11 Vancouver Island private schools that are Our Kids trusted members.
How much is tuition at Vancouver Island private schools?
Tuition fees for Vancouver Island private schools range from $4,750 to $90,000 per year with an average tuition of $31,513 per year.
What’s the largest school?
Of the Vancouver Island private schools, the largest is St. Michaels University School with 1003 students in Grades K to 12.
Are Vancouver Island private schools good?
We interviewed both parents and students. You can read reviews about Vancouver Island private schools on this page.
Is there a private school expo where I can meet with Vancouver Island 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.