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Comparing the Family Income of Students in British Columbia's Independent and Public Schools

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Comparing the Family Income of Students in BC

Summary

  • On average, families with children in independent schools earned $88,367 in income (after taxes) compared to $77,396, on average, for families with children in public schools, which represents a gap of 14.2 percent.
  • If the families with children attending elite independent schools are removed, the average income (after tax) for the remaining families with children attending independent schools falls to $78,894, which is only 1.9 percent above the average income for families with children in public schools.
  • Only 8.2 percent of independent schools in British Columbia were categorized as elite as of 2016.
  • Families with children in elite independent schools maintained an average income (after tax) of $119,242, which is 54.1 percent higher than the average income for families with children in public schools.
  • Increasing the coverage ratio to 80 percent or decreasing it to 50 percent does not materially change the results. Families with children attending non-elite independent schools maintain roughly the same level of total after-tax income as families with children attending public schools.

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