Searching for an independent school for your child?

We at P.A.F.E. thought it would be useful for parents across Canada to have a source of information on independent schools for their children drawn from our large network of parents.

We know that P.A.F.E. parents are trying to avoid their children’s indoctrination into ideological views such as gender ideology or critical race theory at school, and it stands to reason that schooling options that are not fully funded by the Canadian provinces –such as independent schools and homeschooling– are a good place to start. 

To assist parents in researching individual independent schools in their province, P.A.F.E. has provided this NATIONAL listing of independent school associations. We hope that by reaching out to these ASSOCIATIONS to find out more details about their member schools, parents may locate the right scholastic fit for their children.

The listing below represents a variety of Canadian schooling options. The school associations represent privately funded schools as well as independent schools that receive some government funding, as long as they are not owned and operated by the Canadian provincial governments. Alberta's charter schools have not been included even though they are independently operated, because they are funded solely through provincial funding. 

Independent and private schools are preferred by some parents because they offer a range of educational benefits including higher academic standards and smaller class sizes. They also can provide students an immersion in cultural, religious or linguistic formation and can help connect students to a broader cultural/religious community.

Some of the reasons that parents choose individual independent schools include:

  • overall mission of the school
  • academic rigour
  • language offerings
  • curricular approach
  • religious denomination 
  • ethical framework 
  • teaching style
  • safety
  • service opportunities
  • sports teams
  • extracurriculars
  • single-sex or co-ed student body

Inclusion in our list does not equal an endorsement of the ideological “purity” of individual schools or groups. We encourage you, when making your inquiries with schools, to ask questions that will test their views on gender ideology and critical race theory, such as:

  • do they have single-sex or unisex bathrooms?
  • what kind of bathroom and changeroom access is provided for transgendered students?
  • is gender fluidity taught at the school?
  • do they have a pronoun policy at the school that requires teachers or students to routinely state their pronouns?
  • what would the school do if a student came to them and notified them that they wished to gender transition?
  • do they teach about white privilege at the school?

For a database of individual school profiles, you can consult Our Kids Media. Our Kids also hosts private school expos every September in cities across Canada. Visit their website for more information.

Legal disclaimer: Inclusion of any organization or resource on the P.A.F.E. site does not constitute endorsement by P.A.F.E. 

L'agence pour l'enseignement français a l'étranger BC, AB, ON, QC Nondenominational
Association des écoles privés
du Québec
QC Nondenominational
Association of Independent Schools & Colleges in Alberta AB Nondenominational
Association of Christian Schools International BC, AB, SK, MB  Christian
Association of Christian Schools Eastern Canada ON, NB, PE, NS, NL Christian
Association of Jewish Day Schools - Montreal QC Jewish
Association Montessori Internationale BC, AB, ON Nondenominational
Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the United States ON Nondenominational
Calgary Jewish Federation AB Jewish
Canadian Accredited Independent Schools  BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS, NL Nondenominational 
Canadian and American Reformed Churches BC, AB, MB, ON Christian
Canadian Christian Education Movement BC Christian
Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators ON Nondenominational
Catholic Independent Schools (Diocese of Kamloops) BC Catholic
Catholic Independent Schools (Diocese of Nelson) BC Catholic
Catholic Independent Schools (Diocese of Prince George) BC Catholic
Catholic Independent Schools (Diocese of Vancouver) BC Catholic
Chesterton Schools Network  AB, ON  Catholic
Christian Schools Canada BC, AB, ON        Christian 
Christian Schools International BC, AB, MB, ON, PE Christian 
Communauté Hellénique du Grand Montréal QC Nondenominational
Compass Community Learning Centres BC Christian
Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario  ON Nondenominational
Consortium of Independent Ontario Catholic
ON Catholic
Edvance Christian Schools Association ON, PE  Christian & Catholic
La fédération des établissements
d'enseignement privées

QC Nondenominational 
Federation of Independent Schools BC BC    Nondenominational 
Greek Orthodox Diocese of Canada ON Greek Orthodox
Hamilton Jewish Federation ON Jewish
Independent School Association of BC BC    Nondenominational 
Island Catholic Schools (Diocese of Victoria) BC Catholic
Jewish Federation of Edmonton AB Jewish
Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver BC Jewish
Jewish Federation of Ottawa ON Jewish
Jewish Federation of Winnipeg MB Jewish
The League of Canadian Reformed School
ON, PE  Christian
Manitoba Catholic Schools MB Catholic
Oakville Independent Schools ON Nondenominational
Ontario Federation of Independent Schools ON      Nondenominational 
Refound Ed ON Nondenominational


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  • Teresa Pierre
    published this page in BLOG 2023-08-16 23:21:36 -0400