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: 3939 West 16th Avenue
Neighbourhood: West Point Grey
2015-16 Rank: 19/293
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: 2896 Acadia Road
Neighbourhood: University Endowment Lands
2015-16 Rank: 30/293
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: 5350 East Boulevard
2015-16 Rank: 46/293
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.
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Sir Winston Churchill
Location: 7055 Heather Street
2015-16 Rank: 46/293
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School first opened in 1956 and since the 1980s has been internationally recognized for its International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The school has students with birthplaces listed in over 50 countries. The curriculum, supported by the integration of technology, focuses on individualized learning for each student with the belief that given support and caring, all students are able to achieve high levels in one or more areas. Since the school’s 50th anniversary in 2007, a sense of community has continued to grow from a community celebration that was held for the momentous anniversary.
Prince of Wales
Location: 2250 Eddington Drive
2015-16 Rank: 50/293
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.
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