Calgary Private Schools – what does their future look like?
Are you looking for Calgary private schools?
Kids have gone back to school and classes are full-time and in-person, the first time in some time! Parents feel they are not being heard and both they and their children are frustrated.
Calgary private schools may be different than the Calgary public schools; however, they are still funded and mandated by Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services. Children are back in class and even though there may be new health guidelines, there may be significant risks as well. With the growing number of Alberta students and teachers at home sick with flu, COVID-19 and RSV cases; with education cutbacks, fewer teachers and classes perhaps being combined, the future of the public system appears bleak.
How Did We Get Here?
Over the past couple of years, COVID-19 has affected us all. The pandemic has impacted everyone, but without question, parents have been affected significantly. As the health crisis evolved, many things that were part of our daily norms have also changed, and with it, we entered a new normal.
How did it affect you?
If you are reading this, there is an excellent chance that the most significant effect on you had been on your family. Your kids had been home from school, your work/life balance had been significantly challenged, and you were beginning to ask questions as you headed into the new school year. The government of Alberta had announced it will send children back to school under scenario one guidelines, a full-time in-person school with adjusted health and safety measures.
Are you comfortable with this? Or are you looking for an alternative?
Aren’t Private Schools Just More Expensive than Public Schools?
You could argue that Alberta Education still governs private schools. Because of this, they must adhere to the same rules and expectations in public schools.
Are there differences, though?
Yes, there are. The private school can adjust the student/teacher ratio, the types of programming, and the extracurricular activities students can access. A private school is still partially government-funded, something a lot of parents don’t realize, and they must follow some of the guidelines outlined by Alberta Education. The classes are basically the same, the education delivery is basically the same, and for certain students, the ability to fall through the cracks is still also a risk.
Has COVID made you Re-Consider your Child’s Education?
This is a statement we hear a lot from parents, especially those parents who already felt the traditional school was not the best environment for their child. Parents were able to watch with a closer eye on the education their children were receiving while they were home during COVID. They had begun to question what to do this past fall. Students have been back to school for several months and are entering the winter months.
‘Private schools Calgary’, as a search on Google has gone up 40% in the past couple of months alone.
Parents are looking for alternatives.
How Much Do Private Schools Cost in Calgary?
The private school system in Calgary has a significant range. Generally speaking, you can look to pay between $3,100 and $26,000, with the average being in the $14,500 range. Each school has different perks and benefits that come with tuition, so it is important to do your research.
Private school education for your child is a significant investment; sometimes you don’t get what you are looking for or need. Suppose you are looking for additional one-on-one education for a child who needs specific instruction delivery. In that case, you probably won’t find it in just any private school. They look just like public schools with all the kids in a classroom listening to a teacher teach.
Are you looking for something different?
UP Academy is different
Alberta has the ability to have a hybrid system consisting of a combination of home-schooling and regular schooling. Parents can now be more involved in the education of their children.
UP Academy believes in individualized education, daily report cards, and support for the student and the parent. We also believe kids need to be in an environment that is environmentally conscious, carbon-neutral, and socially aware. We are creating amazing human beings who need to be mindful of all the issues facing their future.
UP Academy is a 100% independent academy that receives no government funding. We use innovative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking to create a unique educational experience. Which, in turn, creates a different type of student. Our students are engaged in learning, creating, and making a positive, significant difference to themselves and the community. This is a game-changer!
At UP Academy, we realize every child is a unique individual. We love and honour that! Up Academy considers these differences in all programming. We meet kids at their skill level and take them to where they need to go in the way that serves them best.