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The Best Kelowna Private Schools | 2022-2023 Rankings K-12

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The Best Kelowna Private Schools | K-12 Rankings for 2022-2023

This article shows you the best Kelowna private schools including faith-based schools rooted in Christian traditions, non-denominational schools, and independent schools.

We all want our kids to get a great education, find intellectual challenges, and develop into their own personal character to prepare them for post-secondary school and life in the real world. With Canadian math scores on the decline since 2003 and education become slightly political, it’s important to find a school with strong academic credentials, great learning environments, and values you believe in.

Private schools are known for having smaller class sizes, students who are more engaged, less disruptive classrooms – and as a result, teachers who feel less stressed and more devoted to helping students thrive. According to the rankings, Kelowna BC independent schools perform great on standardized tests.

Kelowna Private School Rankings 2022-2023 | Fraser Institute Scorecard

Kelowna Elementary School Rankings & Kelowna High School Rankings

These are our Top 10 Private Schools in Kelowna, British Columbia for Kindergarten through Grade 12. We based our rankings on school reputations and scores by the Fraser Institute, an independent research and educational organization that measures performance in reading, writing, and numeracy.

Independent School Fraser Institute Rank      Grades
Aberdeen Hall 9.4 K to 12
Kelowna Christian 8.6 K to 12
Immaculata Catholic 7.9 8 to 12
Heritage Christian 7.4 Pre-K to 12
Okanagan Christian School n/a Pre-K to 12
Studio9 School of The Arts n/a K to 12
Our Lady of Lourdes 8.1 K to 7
St Joseph Catholic Elementary School 7.0 K to 7
Willowstone Academy (First Lutheran)      6.3 Pre-K to 9
Okanagan Montessori n/a Ages 6 to 12


Best Private Schools in Kelowna, British Columbia 2022-2023

Aberdeen Hall Kelowna school building

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (9.4/10)

Aberdeen Hall is a non-denominational independent school that knocks the Fraser Institute rankings out of the park with a 9.4 out of 10.

Embracing the values of resilience, responsibility, integrity, optimism, curiosity, and kindness, Aberdeen Hall’s mission is to “empower students to lead meaningful lives as compassionate, contributing citizens, and inspire their success in learning and life.”

Aberdeen Hall offers a full range of academic, athletic, and creative programs for kids of all ages at their Montessori-based Preschool, Junior, Middle, and Senior High.

Grades K to 12

Phone: (250) 491-1270



Kelowna Christian School building Kelowna BC

Kelowna Christian School (8.6/10)

Kelowna Christian School is an independent preschool, elementary, middle, and high school in Kelowna, BC that’s committed to academic excellence through individual, project-based learning. 

At Kelowna Christian, students are encouraged to discover their own passions and identity through leadership, service, and faith. Beyond academics, Kelowna Christian School offers programs in athletics, music and creative arts.

With an 8.6 Fraser Institute score, this centrally located Kelowna school gets some of the highest standardized testing scores in the Province of British Columbia.

Grades K to 12

2870 Benvoulin Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 2E3

Phone: (250) 861-3238



Immaculata high school Kelowna

Immaculata Regional Catholic High School (7.9/10)

Immaculata is a regional Roman Catholic high school in Kelowna, BC that was first established in 1960 with the school motto: “A family that fosters excellence.”

With faith-based instruction centred around The Gospel Message of Love, Immaculata Regional High School teaches 250 students from grades 8 to 12. As a family-oriented school, Immaculata supports individual learning styles in academic, spiritual, and athletic endeavors – Go Mustangs!

Grades 8 to 12

Phone: (250) 762-2730


1493 K. L. O. Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 3N8


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Heritage Christian School & Heritage Christian Preschool (7.4/10)

Heritage Christian School is an independent Kelowna school focused on academic and spiritual growth through Christ-centered relationships that teach kids to be peaceful, confident, and loving.

The Heritage curriculum was designed by BC Certified teachers to prepare students to influence the world around them through creativity and integrity.

Beyond academics, Heritage Christian School offers a program in Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies Program from grade 4 to 12 that teaches skills in computers, digital literacy, media arts, drafting, and woodworking.

Pre-K to 12

907 Badke Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 5Z5


Phone: (250) 862-2377


OCS Kelowna campus

Okanagan Christian School

Okanagan Christian School is a private, faith-based school for Preschool to Grade 12 students in Kelowna, BC, Canada that’s been serving the community since 1917. OCS is focused on both academics and helping students with”shaping character” and “discovering purpose” in their lives through education, service activities, and learning about Biblical concepts.

Okanagan Christian School logo

Preschool, K to 12

1035 Hollywood Rd S, Kelowna, BC V1X 4N3

Phone: (250) 860-5305


Best Elementary Schools in Kelowna, BC | Private Elementary Schools in Kelowna

Our Lady of Lourdes Kelowna Private School

Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, West Kelowna (8.1/10)

Our Lady of Lourdes is a Catholic School in West Kelowna with over 130 students and classes from grades K through 7. As a Christ-centered school in the Nelson Diocese , Our Lady of Lourdes promotes formation of the whole person by embracing intellectual, physical, emotional, moral, and spiritual growth. 

Our Lady of Lourdes has athletic teams in volleyball, basketball, track & field, and fine arts programs in drama & music. Their International Program enhances cultural education by hosting students from abroad with carefully-chosen homestay families. Our Lady of Lourdes also offers a preschool, daycare, and out-of-school care program.

K to 7

2547 Hebert Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2J6


Phone: (250) 768-9008


St Joseph Catholic School (7.0/10)

St Joseph Catholic is an independent Kelowna school for elementary students in kindergarten to grade 7 that was first established in 1938.

Today, St Joseph’s mission is “to foster the development of the total child in spirit, mind, and body,” by pursuing excellence in a community of love and respect. In addition to the BC academic curriculum, St Joseph offers programs in sports and athletics, the outdoors, and fine arts for over 250 students.

K to 7

839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5X4


Phone: (250) 763-3371


Willowstone Academy / First Lutheran Christian School (6.3/10)

Willowstone Academy is an independent Private Christian School for elementary students in kindergarten through grade 9.

With a fundamental belief that curiosity is a cornerstone of inspiration, Willowstone inspires children to be brave, take risks, and be catalysts for positive change. Willowstone is committed to fostering relationships between school and home to create a strong community, celebrate faith, and encourage student excellence. Willowstone offers summer camps, before and after school care for infants, toddlers, and kids.

K to 9

4091 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 1V6


Phone: 250.764.3111


Alternative Options

Okanagan Montessori

Okanagan Montessori offers a unique educational experience for children aged 3 to 12 in daycare (ages 3 to 5), preschool (3 to 6), and elementary school (6 to 12).

Montessori is a child-centered method of education where kids are encouraged to cultivate creativity and a love of learning utilizing the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Montessori schools are designed for hands-on learning where students can independently choose what they learn, what they work on, and where they work within the classroom environment.

Okanagan Montessori school classroom interior

Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, helped fund the very first Montessori school in Canada in 1912. Since then, Montessori schools have become famous for producing some of the world’s leading thinkers and business people like Sergey Brin and Larry Page – founders of Google, and Jeff Bezos – the founder of

Okanagan Montessori has two locations:

  • West Kelowna Campus – Preschool and Daycare
    1162 Hudson Road, West Kelowna, BC, V1Z 1J3
    (250) 469-4266
  • East Kelowna Campus
    3439 E Kelowna Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 4H1
    (250) 860-1165


Studio9 School Of The Arts, Kelowna BC

Studio9 is a kindergarten to Grade 12 school that focuses on teaching through the arts.

Emphasizing project-based learning, Studio9 students are asked to make an inquiry into a problem and come up with their own creative solution. Studio9 covers the BC educational curriculum in math, science, social studies, and languages up to grade 12, but places emphasis on fostering talent through theatre, band, dance, digital art, visual art, creative writing, and the culinary arts.

K to 12

1180 Houghton Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 2C9

(250) 868-8816


See our full list of Kelowna’s Best Schools – including some excellent Kelowna public schools that outrank their independent competition.

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