It’s back to class for B.C. students, though fewer of them will be in public schools.
Enrollment is down by about 30-thousand from last year, to 521-thousand.
It caps a 15-year trend that’s seen public schools shed about about 77-thousand students.
Sonja Kennedy is the admissions director of the Urban Academy, a New Westminster private school, and says she sees more parents than ever weighing their options.
“More people are curious about private schools, they might come for tours, they might come for meetings, to the open houses, those have for sure gotten busier as the years have passed.”
“There’s just more information, there’s more – you know you can access the information more easily. So I think that spurs parents on to say well what else is out there, let me be informed, let me make an informed decision.”
Numbers for private school enrollment won’t be available until the end of the month – but have been on an upward trend – growing by about 30-percent since 2001.