How do we keep tuition affordable?

Bearspaw Christian School is one of Alberta’s top independent Christian schools. It is also one of the least expensive independent schools in Calgary. BCS relies on important tools to help keep tuition rates down: generous support from stakeholders, capital fee, and a variety of ongoing revenue streams.

Generous Donations
God has blessed many people financially, and these people in turn provide financial support to Bearspaw Christian School through tax-receipted donations.
Capital Fee
Bearspaw Christian School collects a $5,000 Capital Fee as part of its admissions process. This fee is divided into a $2,500 Refundable Bond and a $2,500 non refundable Capital Fee. This money is used to assist BCS with capital costs associated with buildings and facilities.
Development Team
Bearspaw Christian School employs a team of development staff that focuses on generating revenue through donations and business initiatives in order to fund education.
Revenue Streams
Bearspaw Christian School generates significant revenue through facility rentals, summer camps, concessions, sponsorship, advertising, and other initiatives designed to augment the funding to education.


Kindergarten Elementary (Gr 1 to 4) Middle School (Gr 5 to 9) Senior High (Gr 10 to 12)
Tuition $3,400 $7,600 $7,600 $8,600
Large Family Discount:  At BCS we provide large families with a discount to their tuition rate.  The 2 oldest children in a family that attend BCS pay full tuition.  The 3rd child receives a 50% discount, any subsequent children receive a 100% discount.  Children that are enrolled in Kindergarten at BCS do not qualify for the discounted tuition rate.

New Family Capital Bond and Fee

Families new to BCS who enroll in any grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are required to pay a one-time $2,500 refundable Capital Bond and a $2,500 non-refundable Capital Fee.  The Capital Bond and Fee are vital for funding essential capital costs and are payable upon enrollment.  BCS invites families to donate the $2,500 refundable bond so they may receive a charitable tax receipt in the year of the donation.

Capital Bond and Fee
for families new to BCS
(per family)
$2,500 Refundable Capital Bond $2,500 Non-refundable Capital Fee

Additional Fees

Activity Fee

As a convenience to families we capture the majority of smaller, incidental fees that would be charged to parents over the course of the year in one payment.  Expenses for school supplies in grade 6 and below, subject workbooks, study guides, gym clothes, yearbooks, most options, student council events and field trip costs are covered by a single fee.

$300 for Kindergarten

$450 for Grade 1 to 12

Field Trip Fee

When classes go on a larger, more substantial field trip, an additional fee may be charged to recover expenses.  For example:  the annual Grade 6 overnight campout has a $250 charge.

Middle and Senior High School Option Fee

There are a few options that may have extra costs associated with student consumables (ie. foods, outdoor education, etc).

Extracurricular Athletic Fee

Cost to participate in extracurricular athletics (cost varies per team and sport, $25 to $350).

Spiritual Formation Trips in Senior High

Students have an opportunity to participate in several trips intended to develop their personal relationships with Jesus.  Costs will be on a per trip basis and will be due prior to the trip.

Graduation Fee

Students in grade 12 are charged a fee related to graduation expenses.

Capital Fee

Families new to BCS are required to pay a $5,000 Capital Fee. This one-time fee is charged to each BCS family with one or more children enrolled from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 12. This fee is separate from any tuition and school fees. The Capital Fee is used to assist BCS with capital costs associated with buildings and facilities.  The fee is divided into a $2,500 Refundable Bond (Which will be refunded after the student graduates or withdraws from the school) and a $2,500 non refundable Capital Fee. BCS invites families to donate the $2,500 refundable bond to BCS as a tax receiptable, charitable donation.

The Capital Fee is required at the time of acceptance. We ask that a separate cheque be made payable to Bearspaw Christian School in the amount of $5,000.

Ways to Participate


Provide the $2,500 from a family’s available funds. Refunded at graduation or withdrawal.


Provide a $2,500 donation to Bearspaw Christian School and receive a charitable tax-receipt.

Contact Us

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