Top 5 Public Schools on Vancouver Island

Before purchasing a new home and relocating your family to a different neighbourhood, it’s important to assess the quality of nearby schools. Will the school in your desired neighbourhood match the individual needs of your children? How well does the school rank in comparison to neighbouring towns? We’ve assembled the answers to these questions by compiling this list of the top public schools on Vancouver Island.

Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School (Courtenay)

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Rating (2014-2015): 7.9/10

Rank (2014-2015): 33/294

Rank in the most recent five years: 28/262

Mark R. Isfeld strives to create an innovative learning community focused on academics, citizenship, arts and athletics. A dual-track school with focus on bilingualism, over forty percent of students are currently enrolled in their French Immersion program.

In an athletics program spanning over 30 competitive teams, the most interesting is their competitive skiing and snowboarding program. Perhaps this is just another perk of being located at the base of Vancouver Island’s premiere ski resort.

Mount Douglas Secondary School (Victoria)

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Photo Credit: Mark Townsend

Rating (2014-2015): 7.0/10

Rank (2014-2015): 79/294

Rank in the most recent five years: 61/262

Mount Douglas has a program for every student, whether their interest lies in athletics, arts or even business. Through a unique collaboration with the University of Victoria, Mount Douglas offers high-achieving students the opportunity to enroll in select university-level courses for dual-credit during their senior year.

Students also have access to career programs in marketing, entrepreneurship or computer assisted drafting; Advanced Placement classes in chemistry, calculus or English literature; and endeavours like concert band, football or model United Nations.

Oak Bay High School (Victoria)

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Photo Credit: Darren Stone

Rating (2014-2015): 6.9/10

Rank (2014-2015): 86/294

Rank in the most recent five years: 61/262

The philosophy at Oak Bay is based on four pillars of excellence: academics, athletics, fine arts, and community leadership and philanthropy. High-achieving seniors can access to University of Victoria’s uStart program, where they can tackle first-year coursework while completing their high-school graduation requirements.

Oak Bay is one of the only schools in British Columbia that has a full-time dance teacher qualified to teach multiple levels of expertise. Dance is only a part of Oak Bay’s highly successful performing arts program, which also boasts an award-winning men’s choir and orchestra.

Dover Bay Secondary School (Nanaimo)

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Rating (2014-2015): 6.6/10

Rank (2014-2015): 106/294

Rank in the most recent five years: 68/262

Students at Dover Bay are encouraged to explore their intellectual, social and career development through an impressive repertoire of available courses spanning arts, athletics and applied skills. From culinary arts to power mechanics, students can build their competency in fields beyond the required academic syllabus.

Highlighted programs are Applied Business Education, where students learn relevant skills in financial responsibility and independence, and the newly-added Baseball Academy, which focuses on preparing aspiring baseball players for collegiate-level athletics.

Timberline Secondary School (Campbell River)

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Rating (2014-2015): 6.6/10

Rank (2014-2015): 106/294

Rank in the most recent five years: 111/262

Timberline Secondary offers many programs for all types of students from arts to beach volleyball to computer programming. Staff and Teachers at Timberline Secondary are collaborative and are continually on the lookout for trends for successful learning, it’s adapted in their teaching methods moving forward.

Students have access to a unique program called Stream to Sea which studies marine biology, with most of the learning performed outside. They study three main components: forests, streams, and marine biology, and receive hands-on experience in Campbell River’s natural environment.

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