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Why parents choose private school
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Why parents choose private school

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Every family has a different reason for considering a private school education, but nearly all agree that private schools provide their children with:

  • Smaller classes and more structure
  • Preparation for post-secondary studies
  • A shared philosophy and approach to education
  • Enriched and focused academic setting
  • More emphasis on specialities like art, music, athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Many chances for parents to get involved and more accountability to parents

Students who attend private schools can be more academically challenged, exposed to clearer value systems, given greater access to teachers, and may simply feel safer. Some features parents look for when they turn to the private system include a specific educational approach, such as Montessori or Waldorf; a particular religious or cultural setting; a strong academic setting or a program for children who are gifted; the ability to accommodate special needs; the flexibility to accommodate special scheduling required by art, music or sports training.

6 amazing private schools to consider

Alexander Academy
#100 – 602 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1P2
Alexander Academy is a grade 8-12 independent high school located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. They recognize that each student has their own academic goals, learning style, passion, and talent. Their teachers are committed to ensuring that their students have the opportunity to challenge themselves academically, enabling them to reach their personal level of academic excellence. Perhaps they are the perfect school for your child!

On Friday, November 23, 2021, they will offer small group, guided tours at specific times. Each tour will offer families the opportunity to visit the campus. Please contact to arrange a visit. 

Why parents choose private school - BC Parent Newsmagazine
Alexander Academy

Collingwood School
70 Morven Drive, West Vancouver, BC, V7S 1B2
Collingwood School is a coeducational day school located in West Vancouver.  Our purpose is to teach, model, inspire and encourage students to become successful global citizens. With an innovative, evolving approach to teaching, the totality of our curriculum and programming provides students with a wealth of diverse and meaningful transformative experiences.

Prospective families are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for a conversation or view one of our virtual Open Houses here.

Why parents choose private school - BC Parent Newsmagazine
Collingwood School

North Star Montessori
1325 Keith Rd E, North Vancouver, BC, V7J 1J3
North Star offers an authentic Montessori program from Infancy-Grade 6. Committed to meeting the developmental needs of each child, we foster a love of learning, independence, and respect. Practical experiences build confidence and inspire an intrinsic motivation to ‘learn’ and ‘do’ that students carry with them throughout their lives.

Why parents choose private school - BC Parent Newsmagazine
North Star Montessori

Urban Academy
466 Rousseau Street, New Westminster, BC, V3L 3R3
Urban Academy offers a truly engaging learning experience for students from JK to Grade 12. By bringing core academics to life through technology, the arts, and outdoor education, students achieve high academic standards and thrive in their personal development.

Open House Dates:
All of our Open House events run from 4-6 pm, and registration is required. The Open House is a self-directed tour of our campus, with an opportunity to meet some of our teachers and students along the way. For more detailed information about Urban Academy’s academic program and how the admissions process works, please register for an Admissions Information Webinar.

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021
  • Monday, November 8, 2021
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
  • Monday, February 28, 2022
  • Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2022
Why parents choose private school - BC Parent Newsmagazine
Urban Academy

Vancouver Waldorf School
2725 St Christophers Road North Vancouver BC
Cultivating compassionate, free-thinking individuals able to act with purpose and contribute to the betterment of the world. We provide an experiential, age-appropriate approach to education while supporting the development of the whole child by integrating academics, movement and arts.

Waldorf Welcome Information Session – Tuesday, December 7 

  • virtual presentation
  • live Q&A via Zoom
  • personalized in-house tours

Register for the open house here.

Why parents choose private school - BC Parent Newsmagazine
Vancouver Waldorf School

Westside Montessori Academy
3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4
(at the Italian Culture Centre)
WMA’s multi-teacher classrooms encourage students to acquire the academic and social skills to become independent thinkers and develop an appreciation for the world around them. Sign up online for open houses: Elementary (K-7) on Dec. 2; Casa (ages 3-5) on Jan. 22.

Why parents choose private school - BC Parent Newsmagazine
Westside Montessori Academy


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