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Schools in Vancouver

Schools in Vancouver

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Private schools in Vancouver come with a set of unique features. To help you with your search for the best school, compare schools by browsing our listings below, including private schools in North, West, and Downtown Vancouver, as well as Gastown, West End, Chinatown, Killarney, and Oakridge.



This also includes schools in greater Vancouver (or the Metro Vancouver Area). For instance, there are top private schools in DeltaSurreyRichmondLangleyMaple RidgeWhite Rock, the Lower Mainland, and the Tri-Cities  (i.e., Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody).

In addition, as an important part of your research, you can meet Vancouver schools at private school expos, or schedule visits during their open houses. Our Kids has been hosting a school expo in Vancouver since 1999. It also has school expos in other locations in Canada, such as Toronto and Montreal.

Vancouver private schools typically have a good reputation for strong programs and academic performance. They usually do well in the Fraser Institute school rankings, including York House School repeatedly earning the top spot.

How to find the best private school in Vancouver

When you are looking for a private or independent school in Vancouver, find out whether the school is registered with the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Inquire about the reputation of the school, its principal or headmaster, and its teachers. Here are other simple tips to follow or questions to ask:

  • What does the school need to do to convince you that it is the right Vancouver-area private school for your child? In other words, when you speak to the school's staff and students' parents, know the criteria that must be met to show you that their school is the best choice for your child.
  • Meet with teachers at Vancouver schools to find out their philosophies and their commitment to children.
  • Consider whether the school has up-to-date facilities (e.g., sports, technology).
  • Attend the Vancouver Private School Expo, where you can meet leading local day schools and boarding schools from BC, across Canada, the US, and overseas. These include Montessori, special needs, Waldorfgifted, APIB, and preschools.

Financial considerations

The British Columbia government funds more than 85 percent of its province's private schools (including private schools in Vancouver). In Canada's westernmost province, independent and private schools receive more than $150 million in funding per year. For a private school to receive one of these grants (which will lower your tuition costs), it must hire only certified teachers and meet the provincial curriculum.

British Columbia may also help you pay for private school through tax breaks. Two particular types of schools are noteworthy here. First, if you send your child to a faith-based school (such as Christian, Catholic, or Jewish), paying for its tuition may count as charitable donation for which you will receive a tax credit. Similarly, enrolling your child in a school for students with special needs may allow you to claim medical tax benefits.

Private schools in British Columbia might also assist you in funding your child's education through scholarships and bursaries. Consult these tips on how to make private school affordable.

Meet with Vancouver's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Vancouver Private School Expo in November. This one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.

Click on the links below to learn more about any or each of the Vancouver private schools that we have listed.

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List of Vancouver private schools

 
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Southpointe Academy (est. 2000)  

  • Delta, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school
Southpoint Academy offers enriched curriculum for grades K-12. We provide the IB PYP curriculum and is a candidate school for the IB MYP. College board AP course are available for grades 10-12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,965 to $29,560


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14965

Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.5 to Grade 7. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$5,175 to $11,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5175

St. George's School (est. 1930)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (110 students)
St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$22,450 to $68,085


HighSchools Boarding Boys 22450

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (605 students)
Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$21,300 to $31,300


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 21300

Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori (est. 2007)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to SK Coed
  • Day school (40 students)
We have offered high quality programs for children ages 2.5-6 since 2007 in Vancouver, B.C. Our students graduate with a solid academic foundation, good problem solving skills, pro-social behaviour and a love of school. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$4,500 to $7,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 4500

Pear Tree Elementary (est. 2015)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 7 Coed
  • Day school (45 students)
Small and intimate by design, progressive by choice, and innovative by necessity, Pear Tree Elementary is redefining what it is to teach and learn in the modern world. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$15,810 to $18,972


Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 15810

Bodwell High School (est. 1991)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (145 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • Boarding school (450 students)
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
  • Traditional
$19,150 to $38,450


HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed 19150

Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
Vancouver Waldorf School offers programs from pre-school through to grade 12 in North Vancouver, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 25 students. [View profile]
  • Waldorf
$8,500 to $14,170


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 8500

Madrona School Society (est. 1993)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 9 Coed
  • Day school (80 students)
Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for kindergarten to grade nine with an average class size of six to 14 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$20,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 20000

Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (260 students)
Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$18,000 to $21,100


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18000

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$2,700 to $4,500


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 2700

Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (80 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,800 to $27,800


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 14800

British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)  

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (358 students)
  • Homestay school (42 students)
BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$4,000 to $14,750


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 4000

Claren Academy (est. 2017)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 4 Coed
  • Day school (35 students)
Claren Academy is a technology & creativity focused independent school located in the heart of Vancouver. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$15,000 to $16,000


Elementary Day Coed 15000

The Maria Montessori School (est. 1991)  

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • PS to K Coed
  • Day school (20 students)
Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$2,500 to $4,000


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 2500

Mulgrave School (est. 1993)  

  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (900 students)
Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$17,195 to $21,370


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 17195

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (210 students)
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$23,950 to $24,950


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 23950

Newbridge Academy (South Surrey) (est. 2017)  

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • JK to 5 Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
Newbridge Academy is a school for academic excellence and global mindedness. With small class sizes and personalized attention, the needs of the whole child are met, with emphasis on language, mathematics and thinking. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$12,000


Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 12000

Avante School (est. 2009)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (25 students)
Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$8,500 to $13,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8500

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