Federation of Independent School Associations
British Columbia

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How to Register a School

Government Requirements for Registering a School

A school must be governed by an authority which registers the school with the Office of the Inspector of Independent Schools of the Ministry of Education, and operates it in accordance with the provisions of the Independent School Act under one of the four group classifications. A school must also meet zoning, fire, health, and building code requirements in force in the municipality.

All schools are entitled to receive provincial Integrated Resource Packages (IRP). Schools must offer an organized list of learning activities, but may not have programs which promote racial or ethnic superiority, religious intolerance or persecution, social change through violent action, or sedition.

Schools that meet the criteria for classification 1 receive a grant that is 50% of the average operating grant per student in the public school district in which the school is located. Schools in classification 2 receive 35%. Schools in classification 3 and 4 receive no grants. Students from foreign countries constitute the majority enrollment in classification 4 schools. Classification 1, 2 and 4 may issue the Provincial graduation diploma. For further details please download the following: Requirements For Schools

FISA BC Requirements for Membership in FISA BC:

  1. agree with the objects and principles of the Federation found in Parts 2 and 3 of the FISA Constitution
  2. operate in accordance with the Independent School Act
  3. agree to maintain responsible educational standards
  4. be located in British Columbia
  5. agree to a two-year probationary period
  6. agree to pay the annual fees.

The application process will include a visit to the school by FISA BC representatives.
To obtain a membership application form click on "Forms/Applications" at the top right portion of this page.

Quick Facts

Independent school enrolment increased by 876 students from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016, a 1% increase over the previous year.