Types of Schools in B.C. (Public and Independent)

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Schools in B.C. provide world-class teachers and curriculum. All K-12 schools are regulated by the B.C. Ministry of Education.

Most B.C. K-12 schools are public schools located within the province’s 60 school districts. Students who live permanently in B.C. attend these schools free of charge.

See a map of B.C. school districts.

Some B.C. families prefer to have their children attend independent (or private) schools. Independent schools may charge tuition for students who live in B.C., offer religious programs or use teaching methods that are different from those in public schools.

Read more about B.C.’s independent schools or find an independent school in the province.