Top Private Elementary Schools in Vancouver

If you’ve crossed sourcing the perfect home off your list, next might be finding a top-rated elementary school for your child. Vancouver is exceptional in the rankings of its private schools. Posted by the Fraser Institute, Vancouver has numerous private elementary schools ranking at or near, the top of the list – a measure reflecting their academic performance. Schools ranked by the Fraser Institute were measured in the areas of reading, numeracy, and writing – as these are indicative of the schools overall performance.

Here are Vancouver’s Top 5 Private Elementary Schools.

Crofton House
Location: 3200 41st Ave W
Neighbourhood: Kerrisdale
2015-16 Rank: 1/956

Located on Vancouver’s Westside, Crofton House (or CH), is situated on 10 acres and was established in 1898. CH is known for educating girls from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and consistently ranking among British Columbia’s most prominent and academically successful elementary schools. Learning is tailored to girls specifically as CH believes that girls learn differently, therefore maximizing the chances that each student will reach their full potential. CH is proud to have dedicated teachers, involved parents and inspired students. The approach at CH is based on the values of courage, creativity and citizenship.

St George's School
Location: 4175 W 29th Ave
Neighbourhood: Dunbar-Southlands
2015-16 Rank: 1/956

St. George’s School is an all-boys prep school, educating young men from grades one through twelve, and offering to board for the student in grades eight through twelve. Roughly 109 of its 1150 students come from over 20 countries worldwide. St. George’s School aspires to develop young men who exhibit integrity, humility, empathy and respect while offering service in their communities and acting as leaders. The school aspires to ensure that each student will develop to be everything they’re capable of. As research suggests boys learn differently than girls, St. George’s tailors it’s teaching to the learning of boys. St. George students are known to excel in academics, the arts, and athletics.

Vancouver College
Location: 5400 Cartier St.
Neighbourhood: Kerrisdale
2015-16 Rank: 1/956

Looking to educate young men using a foundation of faith, Vancouver College is “served by the Congregation of Christian Brothers”. Founded in 1922, the mission of Vancouver College is to educate boys of diverse background assisting them in achievement, leadership and service to the church and community. 1060 students have enrolled in Vancouver College in grades Kindergarten through grade twelve. While having a strong foundation in academics, VC is well known for athletics too. VC has many provincial championship titles in basketball, football, badminton, lacrosse and track and field with national titles in rowing. Choral, theatre, band, fine arts, debate and public speaking are also available to students.

West Point Grey Academy
Location: 4125 8th Ave W
Neighbourhood: West Point Grey
2015-16 Rank: 1/956

Lacking the rich history of other Vancouver Private Elementary schools, West Point Grey Academy was founded in 1996, helping to educate 940 young men and women from junior kindergarten to grade twelve. With a focus on developing the “whole child”, West Point Grey Academy seeks to enhance its’ students academically, emotionally, physically and socially. Educational efforts are tailored to students unique learning styles with the goal of developing confident learners, caring citizens, with the ability to impact change in their local and global community. WPGA provides an opportunity for athletics including cross country running, swimming, volleyball, soccer, basketball, track and field, and golf too. The arts programs offer opportunity in art and design, drama and acting, in addition to music and band.

York House School
Location: 4176 Alexandra St.
Neighbourhood: Shaughnessy
2015-16 Rank: 1/956

York House School is an all-girls school educating individuals from Kindergarten through grade twelve. York House School was founded in 1932 by seven women who looked to develop active and responsible citizens. Perhaps rare, 100% of YHS students are accepted into the university of their choice. Small class sizes are sure to develop confidence and individual attention. While it’s academic programs are “rigorous and innovative”, there is more emphasis placed on having students develop the ability to think, reason and create – not just understanding existing information but having the ability to develop new information. Also offering an opportunity for the arts and athletics. Finally, those graduating from YHS have the opportunity to join the existing 4,000 alumnae.

Looking for more community engagement and more involvement as a parent? Check out our article showcasing the top public elementary schools in the city.