This is how our tax dollars support independent schools which have different standards to public education in BC. Learn what is required to become a teacher in BC for public schools versus independent schools. Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.
A school that is maintained and operated in British Columbia by an authority that provides an educational program to 10 or more school-aged students as outlined in the Independent School Act. All independent schools must hold a valid Certificate of Group Classification issued by the Inspector of Independent Schools.
Classification of independent schools is based on the school’s ability to meet the requirements for Group Classifications in the Independent School Act.
Group 1 – funded at 50% of the per-student operating grant of the district in which the school resides
Group 2 – funded at 35% of the per-student operating grant of the district in which the school resides
Group 3 – unfunded. Note: All independent schools are classified as Group 3 for the first year that they apply for Ministry certification
Group 4 – unfunded. Note: Must comply with bonding requirements