For families moving to a different city or neighbourhood, proximity to top schools can be a major deciding factor. And when selecting the appropriate school for your child or children, class size can especially matter. Typically, private schools have more resources and facilities to offer smaller class sizes, while fostering a strong sense of community, pride, and leadership.
Below is a list of some of the top private schools in Calgary by neighbourhood, selected based on their most recent ratings by the respected Fraser Institute.
Webber Academy: Elementary and Secondary
Aspen Woods is a family-orientated community and is home to Calgary’s top-ranking private schools, including Webber Academy. For students in Kindergarten through to Grade 12, Webber Academy offers an impressive list of facilities. The school comprises a Kindercentre, a main campus with two large gymnasiums, a High School Science Centre and a Performing Arts Centre with a 500-seat theatre, a running track, soccer field, and cross-country trails through the Aspens.
Rundle College: Elementary and Secondary
Also located in Aspen Woods is top-ranking Rundle College. The school is made up of Rundle College Primary (Preschool to Grade 3), Rundle College Elementary (Grades 4 to 6), Rundle College Jr. Sr. High (Grades 7 to 12) and Rundle Academy (for students with a diagnosed learning disability; Grades 4 to 12). Each is operated on a separate campus, providing tailored education and a small school community feel. The school focuses on character development, leadership training, and good citizenship.
Clear Water Academy: Elementary and Secondary
Transformed from a former military base, Currie Barracks is an innovative urban village that is home to top-ranking Clear Water Academy. Clear Water Academy operates in a cooperative relationship with Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools and provides education for Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12. The school aims to develop knowledge, character, and faith.
West Island College: Secondary School
One of Calgary’s top-ranking secondary schools is West Island College in Fairview. The school serves students from Grades 7 through 12, and is divided into two schools: the Junior School (Grades 7–9) and the Senior School (Grades 10–12). West Island College offers a wide range of advanced programs including a French Immersion program.
Lycée Louis Pasteur: Elementary School
Lycée Louis Pasteur is a private international French school in Calgary’s Altadore neighbourhood. The school offers full-day immersion Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1–12. With a focus on bilingual education, the school provides a multidisciplinary and multicultural learning environment.
Calgary Jewish Academy: Elementary School
Home to a small residential community, Mayfair’s top-ranking private school is the Calgary Jewish Academy. The school houses students from Nursery through to Grade 9, with an emphasis on students excelling academically and developing a strong sense of identity.
Their approach to education is based on the morals and values set forth by Jewish heritage and tradition: teaching, learning, respect, leadership, and cooperation.