Private Schools in Canada are relatively popular among both local and international students. Even though private schools require locals to pay the school fees, it is still a widely favoured option among parents because of the advantages they offer that public schools do not.
Firstly, the curriculum in private schools do not follow the curriculum set by the Canada provincial government but adopt an international curriculum such as the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB). These curriculums are widely recognized in other parts of the world and would therefore provide students a broader educational pathway upon completion. This is also a good option for international students who are unsure of where to pursue their higher education in the future. Furthermore, the education offered in these private schools are designed so that international students of different education background would be able to pick up and understand easily, whereas the curriculum offered by Canadian public schools are specially customised according to each provincial conditions.
Secondly, tuition fees of these international schools will be used to constantly improve and upgrade school facilities; hence providing quality educational resources to students. Additionally, parents have the option of enrolling their child into the day school or boarding school in these pre-tertiary private institutes.
Class sizes in private schools are also fairly controlled in order to ensure a balanced teacher-to-student ratio. A typical class size in these schools is one teacher to 16 students. Unlike public schools, this controlled class size allows teachers to allocate adequate attention to every individual student.
In addition, private schools usually have frequent school intakes throughout the year. International students graduating at differing times can enter a private school in Canada immediately and the schools will strive to best allocate the student into a suitable grade level. In contrast, public schools only offer 1-2 intakes in an academic year.
Lastly, as most private schools offer boarding for students, they are able to stay in the accommodation provided school instead of looking for an external place, and these boarding schools usually adhere to safety and security measures.