Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck
Really? Within a half hour from my house there are 3 public schools and 4 private (and more home schooled kids than I care to count)
Yes really. It sounds like you live in the middle of an educational hotbed, especially as there are only a few dozen private schools in all of Alberta. Currently only about 4% of children in Alberta attend private schools.
You may be confusing public schools that have taken out a charter with private schools. It is a common misconception that Charter schools are private; they are not. They are staffed by members of the Alberta Teachers' Association and teach a basic curriculum identical to other schools. In fact any school in Alberta can declare itself a Charter School simply by issuing a charter in which it promises to work toward some goal. For example a school could declare itself in favour of educational excellence and write a charter to that effect. As for home schooling there are less than 16000 students out of a total student population of almost 600,000. As I said, negligible.
If you compare home school numbers and the number of private schools in Canada with those in the USA it is obvious that Canada in general is doing a much better job of satisfying parents than is the case in the US where up to 40% of all schools are private.
Growth of Home Schooling in Alberta (external - login to view)
https://osi.alberta.ca/osi-content/P...choolYear.aspx (external - login to view)
If you are actually interested in private schools in Alberta I have provided a list below. If you check them out a look at their tuition fees might explain why they are so rare. BTW these schools are also required by law to teach a common Alberta curriculum. You might also note that many of these schools are religious or ethnic in nature, which goes far to explaining their existence.
education.alberta.ca/apps/eir...s1007pbody.pdf (external - login to view)
BTW, be prepared for disappointment in some of these schools. Although they are listed they are sometimes dead links.
I have also provided a locator for public Charter Schools. If you bother to check each one you will probably note that they differ from regular private schools only in having a stated goal. Most of them charge no special fees other than for special equipment (for example hockey gear in a school Chartered to focus on athletics with hockey as its main sport).
www.taapcs.ca/members.html (external - login to view)