Around 12.1% of BC's student population attend a private or independent school (source: Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education, the Fraser Institute, February 27, 2014). The percentage may be higher in Vancouver.
Many Vancouver private and independent high schools offer enrichment programs, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and gifted education.
AP courses are administered by the College Board. If your child scores a 4/5 or a 5/5 on an AP exam, they may receive a university course credit that applies to their university transcript.
IB is a comprehensive program that offers a more challenging curriculum than regular high schools. The IB diploma program requires students to take courses in six subject areas, and complete more community service than the province requires. IB schools aim to develop citizens of the world, rather than mere students.
Many private high schools in Vancouver surpass the BC curriculum standards, as they try to as they try to prepare students for post-secondary education. Many of these schools have superb track records in university placement.
On this page, we list private and independent high schools in Vancouver and the Greater Metropolitan Area. Find a Vancouver high school near you.
Read our guide on questions to ask high schools you're considering.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many private high schools in Vancouver are there?
There are 12 private high schools in Vancouver that are Our Kids trusted members.
How much is tuition at private high schools in Vancouver?
Tuition fees for private high schools in Vancouver range from $12,500 to $51,500 per year with an average tuition of $25,184 per year.
What’s the largest school?
Of the private high schools in Vancouver, the largest is Collingwood School with 1256 students in Grades JK to 12.
Are private high schools in Vancouver good?
We interviewed both parents and students. You can read reviews about private high schools in Vancouver on this page.
Is there a private school expo where I can meet with private high schools in Vancouver?
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.