Prospective Domestic Students

Admission Process

Since 1979, Banbury Crossroads School has offered a caring, positive and individualized learning experience in a safe family atmosphere for children from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12.  To achieve this unique learning environment, our student: teacher ratio is 8:1.  We know that our developmentally appropriate and personalized experiences are second to none.

Admission to Banbury Crossroads Private School requires a careful discernment and matching procedure between the philosophical goals and expectations of the School, and those of the prospective students and their parents.  It is a mutual process.

We invite interested parents and students to arrange a visit to our school and meet with our staff. This visual experience and discussion with school members are invaluable for clarifying the philosophical and practical applications of the School. During the school term, we also offer a free two-day trial period. This allows children the opportunity to observe their comfort level with other students, teachers and the academic process.  It also allows teachers and students to participate in the decision-making procedure along with the administration and parents.  


Fee Schedule 2024-25

Registration Fee (each year): $500

Tuition Fee (Full Academic Year)

Grades Jr. K, K, 1: $16,800

Grades 2 – 6: $17,800

Grades 7 – 12: $18,800

See our full 2024-25 BCS Domestic Fees Policy here. Please contact [email protected] or call 403-270-7787 for more information about applying, registration, or fees.

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Banbury Crossroads School was founded by Diane Swiatek in 1979 with just two students and a dream. Her vision was to create a school where children could be themselves and learn in a way that best suited their needs. Located on the top floors of a former Canadian Forces Barracks at CFB Currie, now a heritage building, the school’s unconventional setting has been a perfect fit for its unique, self-directed approach to education. The school has grown significantly from its humble beginnings, now welcoming more than 100 students from all backgrounds. Swiatek remained the head of the school to her last day, when she passed in the spring of 2023.

Banbury Crossroads School remains a family affair. Leading the school’s operations today is Diane’s son, Liam Cummings, who serves as the executive director. Cummings is deeply invested in carrying forward his mother’s legacy and upholding her passion for personalized education. Alongside Cummings, Karen Harrison serves as the school’s long-standing principal. As one of Diane’s first teachers, Harrison brings extensive experience and a profound understanding of Banbury Crossroads’ educational philosophy. Her dedication to the students and commitment to fostering a nurturing learning environment make her an invaluable and inspiring leader within the school’s tight-knit community. The school’s two vice-principals have each been with the school for more than 10 years, as well.

Despite its growth to over 100 students and the expansion of its teaching and leadership team, Banbury Crossroads has managed to maintain its comfortable atmosphere, which has always been a core feature of the school. The school’s unwavering commitment to providing a personalized learning experience for each student remains at the forefront of its mission. No matter whether it was one or two early learners in Swiatek’s living room or 100 students in a growing space with dozens of classrooms and offices and lockers, an intimate atmosphere has remained a core feature of Banbury Crossroads…