Our Kids Canada's Private School Guide

19th Annual

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58 Our Kids C anada's Private School Guide – 19th Annual Edition U nderstandably, a primary concern for parents con- sidering private school education is cost. Independent schools have become more ac- cessible as they have recognized the importance of financial aid to meet the needs of deserving students and enrich their com- munities with diversity. More than ever, independent or private schools are within reach of the average family. LOW-TUITION SCHOOLS These schools typically focus on the basics and forgo the expenses on new resources and equipment. Extracurricular opportunities may not be as significant, but the quality of instruction inside the classroom can be high. Tuition doesn't always correlate with school expenses: some- times a school can keep its fees low because of income from a healthy en- dowment and/or fundraising culture. PAYING FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL The Junior Academy – Photograph by Peter Power for Our Kids HIGH-TUITION SCHOOLS These schools often have higher expenses when it comes to capital improvements and property taxes. They may also spend more in provid- ing financial aid for families that need it. This is done to raise the quality of students admitted to the school. High- tuition schools can be large or small, though most tend to be large. Older and more established schools are mod- erately correlated with higher tuitions.

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