Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School
Bodwell High School
Brentwood College School
B.C. Christian Academy
Brookes Shawnigan Lake
Choice School For Gifted Children
Coast Mountain Academy
Cousteau, The French International School
Crofton House School
Deer Lake School
Elite Montessori Academy
Family Montessori School Society
Fraser Valley Elementary School
Glen Eden Multimodal Centre
Glenlyon Norfolk School
Island Pacific School
Kelowna Waldorf School
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
Kiddy Junction Academy
Kiddy Junction Academy
King David High School
Madrona School Society
Mediated Learning Academy
Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori
North Star Montessori Elementary
Pattison High School
Pear Tree Elementary
Purpose Independent Secondary School
Queen Margaret’s School
Roots and Wings Montessori School
Shawnigan Lake School
St. George’s School
St. John’s School
St. Margaret’s School
St. Michaels University School
The Westside Schools
Vancouver Talmud Torah
Vancouver Waldorf School
Westside Montessori Academy
York House School
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Education System in B.C.
British Columbia Education System
In Canada elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education is a provincial responsibility and there are many variations between the provinces. As education is within provincial jurisdiction the curriculum is overseen by the province. British Columbia is one of the world’s most popular destinations for international students because of their world-renowned education.
Private / Independent Schools:
In B.C., children between the ages of 5 and 18 attend Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs at either an elementary or secondary school. Parents can choose to enrol their child in either a public or independent school that offers these programs – there are approximately 350 independent schools and about 1600 public schools. Many schools provide support services for students whose first language is not English. There are both short and long-term program options.
B.C. has many independent schools that offer a wide-range of choice: co-ed, boys, girls, gifted, special needs, boarding, alternative, etc.
B.C. boarding schools are either co-ed or single-gender, serving all boys or all girls. Boarding schools are well known to boast distinguished teachers and an education derived from a top-notch curriculum. Boarding schools better prepare students for life as young adults at college or university.
An option of housing accommodations in a home with a family in residence.
The B.C.school system is divided into 12 grade levels and two school categories (elementary and secondary):
Some schools may group together the higher elementary and lower secondary, referred to as Middle School or Jr. Secondary School.
Elementary: K to 8
Secondary: 9 to 12
Higher education in British Columbia is delivered by 25 publicly funded institutions that are composed of eleven universities, eleven colleges, and three institutes. This is in addition to three private universities, five private colleges, and six theological colleges. There are also an extensive number of private career institutes and colleges.
Teaching and research universities offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs at both the Masters and PhD levels. Some also offer diplomas and certificates in professional fields, as well as continuing education programs.
Colleges and Institutes – Colleges provide courses and programs in trades, vocational, career technical and academic studies leading to certificates, diplomas, associate degrees and applied degrees. They also offer programs that prepare adult learners for post-secondary studies. Some college programs allow you to transfer into university programs to complete an undergraduate degree. Institutes are organized according to career, vocational and technical specialties, covering a variety of occupations. They may offer credentials from certificates to degrees.
Association of Independent Schools & Colleges in British Columbis
“The Independent Schools Association, BC, is a family of outstanding schools distinguished by their provision of exceptional educational experiences, opportunities and preparation for university and 21st century global citizenship. The ISABC links teachers and leaders to promote the sharing of the best educational and leadership practices and ideas.”
“FISA BC is a non-profit society registered with the Corporate and Personal Property Registries office, Ministry of Finance of BC, Victoria, British Columbia. Approximately 300 of the 350 independent schools in BC are voluntary members of FISA BC, representing 94% of the total independent school enrolment (2016/2017)”
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