Top 5 Public Schools In Metro Vancouver
One of the first things a family looks for before moving into a new home are nearby schools – the proximity and academic rank of schools play a large part in a family’s daily routine and can influence purchasing factors. The Fraser Institute measures school performance on seven indicators, including exam marks, exams failed and graduation rate.
In the spirit of free quality education, we’ve rounded up the top public schools in Metro Vancouver.
Location: 2896 Acadia Road
Neighbourhood: University Endowment Lands
2013-14 Rank: 19/289
Located in UBC’s Wesbrook Village, University Hill prides itself on its small class sizes and holds a capacity of only 1,000 students. A well-rounded curriculum based on co-operation and social responsibility provides students with the opportunity to reach their intellectual, social, physical, and creative potential. University Hill provides Advanced Placement courses and supports trades programs, such as an Auto Collision Repair Technician course, Carpentry, Plumbing and even Hairdressing and Fashion Design. It has ranked as the number one secondary school in BC since 1995, with notable alumni including the Former Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell.
Location: 3939 West 16th Avenue
Neighbourhood: West Point Grey
2013-14 Rank: 24/289
Established in 1925, Lord Byng Secondary is named in honour of Julian Hedworth George Byng. The school is well-known for its Byng Arts Mini School program and their wide range of sports and music programs. Some alumni have carried successful careers in the arts, including Chris Haddock, a screenwriter best known for popular television series such as MacGyver and Da Vinci’s Inquest, as well as installation artist Stan Douglas, whose work can be seen in the Woodward’s building on Hastings Street.
Location: 5350 East Boulevard
2013-14 Rank: 52/289
Built in 1929 in a Collegiate Gothic style, Point Grey Secondary welcomes all types of learners to their well-rounded curriculum incorporating arts and sports, along with strong academic programs. With Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Physics, and Psychology, it’s no surprise that eighty-five per cent of graduates continue with post-secondary education. Interesting fact: popular comedians Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg both attended Point Grey Secondary and wrote the movie Superbad based on their experiences at the school and even named their company Point Grey Productions.
(Point Grey Secondary)
Prince of Wales
Location: 2250 Eddington Drive
2013-14 Rank: 65/289
Prince of Wales is all about tradition. Its name is in honour of the Prince of Wales, the heir apparent to the Canadian Throne. The crest of Prince of Wales dates back over 600 years – three ostrich feathers and crown with the inscription of “Ich Dien” (meaning “I Serve”) are identical to its namesake. Primarily focused in academics, the school harnesses co-operative, self-motivated and well-rounded students who demonstrate above average academic achievement and involvement in community. Notable alumni include Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada, and Deborah Grey, First Reform Party member of Parliament.
Location: 6360 Maple Street
2013-14 Rank: 65/289
Magee Secondary School was one of the first public high schools located in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood. Rebuilt in 2000, it’s one the newest facilities among public high schools in Vancouver. Inviting learners of all types, Magee is well-known for its SPARTS program, by which students can attend school and still practice their sport, music or art. The school is also known for an award-winning music department – senior music students have an opportunity to tour internationally every two years, with past students having toured Hawaii, Thailand and Russia. Graduates from Magee include media and real estate mogul Thomas Fung, as well as actors Gary Basaraba and Bernie Coulson.
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