At West Vancouver Education Academy, our goal is to ensure your child gets the best possible education. With a focus on self-regulation, inquiry, community-based literacy initiatives and athletics, we help kids maintain the right balance in social, emotional and cognitive states to achieve optimal learning results.
We also offer a number of specialized programs for students with diverse learning needs, such as those who are gifted or who have a learning disability.
What We Offer
At West Vancouver Education Academy, we aim to provide an exceptional, world-class educational experience. With an emphasis on curiosity and exploration, our rigorous academic program offers students the chance to make their own discoveries, find their voice, and connect their learning across subjects and beyond.
At our international high school in West Vancouver, BC Canada, we have designed a curriculum that enables students to pursue the advanced courses that interest them most. Our accelerated curriculum is designed to ensure that students have the time to take their passions to the next level and develop a strong foundation in math, science, and English.
We believe that learning should be fun and exciting, which is why we have developed a diverse range of programs for our international students. These include our Homestay program, which places international students with families that have been prearranged and vetted to meet the needs of each student.
Our school also hosts a number of extracurricular activities and sports clubs that encourage socialization and fitness. These clubs offer opportunities to learn and grow as individuals, and build friendships with others from all over the world.
For our international secondary students, we offer a wide variety of AP courses and IB options. Our comprehensive program allows our students to prepare for post-secondary education with confidence and ease.
In addition to our excellent academic programs, we also offer a number of unique student extracurricular activities. These programs keep our students engaged and energized, and help them to learn about their innate talents and strengths.
The West Vancouver Art Museum has partnered with our school district to create innovative school programming, which engages students in the art of creating their own work. Through a series of classroom and museum workshops, students explore different art movements, historical figures, and local Indigenous culture.
Our school is a leading centre for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. With a strong focus on innovation, our faculty are dedicated to inspiring our students to be leaders in their fields and fostering a greater understanding of the world around them.
Located in West Vancouver’s storied downtown core, this free half-day inclusive preschool has two certificated teachers and two paraeducators — it’s the perfect way to jump start your child’s learning career. The program focuses on active, engaging learning and social interaction among students of all abilities.
The most important part is a healthy dose of play. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities boast a full-sized gym, an excellent plethora of science and technology labs, and a dedicated library. There’s a reason why this is a favourite of both locals and expats alike.
Aside from the above mentioned top-of-the-line facilities, WVED also provides a wide range of programs to meet the needs of each individual student. The main campus has one of the best reputations in the business. It is also home to a number of prestigious tertiary and postsecondary institutions, including a number of universities and colleges.
We’ve been around for a while and are proud to be part of a larger organization that is dedicated to promoting and supporting public education. Our mission is to be an educator’s organization, partnering with parents, teachers and the community to provide an outstanding educational experience for our students.
Grades 1 to 6
In Grades 1-6, students are introduced to the basics of reading, writing, numeracy and scientific literacy. They also learn how to work together and be responsible for themselves. In addition, they have opportunities to develop their music and arts skills and exhibit their work on stage.
The School’s state-of-the-art facilities are a magnet for a wide range of learners and teachers from all over the region, including Vancouver Island. It’s no surprise then that students regularly produce top grades in academics, athletics and the arts.
As a Waldorf School, the curriculum is designed to foster creativity and problem-solving. The best way to accomplish this is through a unique approach that draws upon traditional Waldorf teaching methods and contemporary educational research.
One of the highlights of the school is its internationally acclaimed, award-winning arts program. A new, CAD-funded performing arts centre features a large main theatre and a smaller, flexible black box studio theater.
The school also tries its hand at innovative teaching and learning, with a focus on the latest technological advances to improve student engagement. For example, the new computer lab is designed to make science and math easier to understand and apply to real-world problems.
High schoolers pursuing their post-secondary dreams are well served by the University and Career Counselling Centre, which guides them through strategic course selection to ensure they have all the required courses on their transcripts. They also have opportunities to meet with representatives from local universities and colleges to learn more about their programs, campus life and residence choices.
WVSS is also home to the world’s first “green” public secondary school, which aims to use as many natural resources as possible to save money and resources for future generations. The school is also one of three on the North Shore to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, which includes courses in subjects such as English, French, Geography, History, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Spanish.
The West Vancouver Education Academy offers a rigorous pre-college path that is designed to help students become successful in college and in their chosen careers. Its signature program, the IB World Continuum, is among the most extensive in Canada. It is designed to be an interdisciplinary, collaborative, international and experiential learning experience that fosters a sense of discovery and innovation.
Grades 7 to 12
West Vancouver Education Academy is proud to offer a range of grades 7 to 12 in the beautiful city of Vancouver. The school provides an educational experience that is not only exceptional but also affordable for families living in the area.
Our Grades 7 to 12 curriculum is designed to be comprehensive and supportive of students’ learning goals and interests. In addition, we have a strong commitment to promoting critical thinking, community engagement and leadership.
In addition to the traditional core subjects, students in grades 11 and 12 can take advantage of WPGA’s highly popular Work Experience Program. This provides students with the opportunity to explore their interests and gain practical work experience in a wide range of fields, including business, finance, technology, engineering, medicine, marketing and graphic design.
Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a WPGA certificate of achievement. They may also choose to continue their education at UBC or other post-secondary institutions.
A key part of the WPGA experience is the University and Career Counselling Centre (UCCC). This centre offers a variety of workshops and sessions throughout the year, allowing students to explore their course options and prepare for university admission in grade 12. It also helps students make strategic choices about what they want to study, where they want to live, and which clubs or athletics they would like to participate in.
The UCCC has excellent relationships with a number of universities in Canada and the US, and can help students secure placement in programs that are most likely to appeal to them. In Grade 10, we also have an annual fair for students, which gives them the chance to meet with representatives of a large number of universities and colleges.
If your child has been accepted to a university, they will be required to provide official transcripts from their previous schools. Transcripts must be sent directly to the University of British Columbia, and should not be submitted through other channels such as photocopies or faxed copies.
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