School District 36 Surrey
|Board office location||Surrey|
|Communities served||Surrey, White Rock, Barnston Island|
|Number of schools||123 (K-12)|
|School District 36 Website|
School District 36 Surrey operates schools in Surrey, White Rock, and Barnston Island, British Columbia. It is the largest school district in British Columbia with 71,974 students during the 2012/2013 school year. District 36 includes 101 elementary schools, 19 secondary schools, and 5 learning centres. The first school in Surrey opened in 1882. The district is Surrey’s largest employer, with 9,653 employees, including almost 5,500 teachers.
- 1 School board
- 2 Administration
- 3 Schools
- 4 Budget
- 5 In the news
- 6 Gallery
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The current school board was elected in November 2011 for a three-year term.
- Shawn Wilson (Chair)
- Laurie Larsen (Vice-Chair)
- Terry Allen
- Charlene Dobie
- Pam Glass
- Reni Masi
- Laurae McNally
The Surrey School District's administration hub is the District Education Centre and was officially opened on September 11, 2011.
|A H P Matthew Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|A J McLellan Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Anniedale Traditional School||Surrey||K-7||closed in 2010|
|Bayridge Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Bear Creek Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Opened 1964. As of 2009, the Principal is Christoper Zimich.|
|Beaver Creek Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Principal: Mr. Hart Schnee|
|Berkshire Park Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Opened 21 March 1989. Expanded 2000. Principal is Janice Charlton.|
|Betty Huff Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Opened 1976.|
|Bonaccord Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Bothwell Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Boundary Park Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Bridgeview Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Brookside Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Their mascot is the Bobcat.|
|Cambridge Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Cedar Hills Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Chantrell Creek Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Chimney Hill Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Chimney Hill Elementary|
|Cindrich Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Clayton Elementary School||Surrey||4-7|
|Cloverdale Traditional School||Surrey||K-7|
|Coast Meridian Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Colebrook Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Cougar Creek Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Coyote Creek Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Creekside Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Crescent Park Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|David Brankin Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Discovery Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Dogwood Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Don Christian Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Dr F D Sinclair Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|East Clayton Elementary School||Surrey||K-3|
|East Kensington Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Ecole Riverdale Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Ellendale Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Erma Stephenson Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Fleetwood Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Forsyth Road Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Fraser Wood Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Frost Road Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|George Greenaway Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Grandview Heights Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Green Timbers Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Founded 1994. Enrollment 787. Principal is Glen Hilder.|
|H T Thrift Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Founded by Henry Thomas Thrift. Principal is Shaun Nelson|
|Halls Prairie Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Harold Bishop Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Hazelgrove Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Opened in 2009.|
|École Henry Bose Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Hillcrest Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Hillcrest Elementary opened in 2000 with approximately 400 students. That number has increased by 222 in the past eight years by 2008, although Hazelgrove Elementary took a few students out of the school. The principal was D. White, who retired in 2009. The school is currently in its tenth year.|
|Hjorth Road Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Hyland Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|J T Brown Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|James Ardiel Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Approximately 500 students enrolled to James Ardiel.|
|Janice Churchill Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Enrolls approximately 400 students.The principal of Janice Churchill is Ms. Ixchel Bradley-Buick. Janice Churchill Elementary School is located in the centre of Surrey, BC. Janice Churchill Elementary is named after a highly respected teacher who lost her battle to skin cancer at a young age. Their mascot is a Cheetah.|
|Jessie Lee Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|K B Woodward Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Katzie Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Kennedy Trail Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Kensington Prairie Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Kirkbride Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Laronde Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||French Immersion School; Principal: Peggy Lee|
|Latimer Road Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Lena Shaw Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|M B Sanford Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Maple Green Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Martha Currie Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Martha Jane Norris Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Mary Jane Shannon Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|McLeod Road Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Morgan Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Mountainview Montessori School||Surrey||K-7|
|Newton Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|North Ridge Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Ocean Cliff Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||School opened in September, 1990.|
|Old Yale Road Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Pacific Heights Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Opened in 2006. Their mascot is a phoenix.|
|Panorama Park Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Peace Arch Elementary School||White Rock||K-7|
|Port Kells Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Prince Charles Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Their mascot is the Griffin.|
|Ray Shepherd Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Riverdale Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||French Immersion Program as well as English school|
|Rosemary Heights Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Royal Heights Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Founded in 1966 by anthropologist and vocalist Adam R. Knowles. The principal is R. Holman and enrolment about 250. Their mascot is the lion.|
|Semiahmoo Trail Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Their mascot is a coyote.|
|Senator Reid Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Founded 1961, principal is H Schnee. Also, lead singer for the band Hedley Jacob Hoggard attended Senator Reid when he was in Elementary School. He graduated from L.A Matheson in 2002.|
|Serpentine Heights Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Located in Fleetwood. Their mascot is the hawk.|
|Simon Cunningham Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||French Immersion Program as well as English School|
|South Meridian Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Strawberry Hill Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Strawberry Hill Elementary is a learning community with 570 students, 378 families and 58 staff members.Over the past years, the community has evolved into one consisting largely of Indo-Canadian and Pak -Canadian families. Most of the students speak Punjabi, English, Urdu or Hindi, with the others remaining students speaking a variety of other different languages. strawberry hill elementary opened in 1983 and still is open this recent year|
|Sullivan Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Sunnyside Elementary||Surrey||K-7||Sunnyside Elementary is a dual-track school that offers a Montessori program and a neighbourhood program in South Surrey.|
|Sunrise Ridge Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Surrey Centre Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Surrey Traditional School||Surrey||K-7|
|T E Scott Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|W E Kinvig Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Walnut Road Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Westerman Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|White Rock Elementary School||White Rock||K-7|
|William F. Davidson Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|William Watson Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Woodward Hill Elementary School||Surrey||K-7|
|Woodland Park Elementary School||Surrey||K-7||Principal Ms. E. Harrison, Vice-Principal, Mr W. Caley. Their mascot is a wolf.|
Chimney Hill Elementary School
Chimney Hill Elementary School, at 14755 74 Avenue is a K-7 school. As of September 20, 2011, the school has 708 students, with 29 divisions, out of which 25 are from Grade 1 to 7; and 4 are Kindergarten classes. The Principal is Mr. C. S. Baldry, and Vice Principal is Ms. K. Addie.
Chimney Hill was built in 2000 as a result of the development in the area.
Discovery Elementary School
Discovery Elementary School, at 13104 109 Ave was a K-7 school with 133 students as of 16 January 2006. The Principal was Ms. C. Graham.
Discovery was founded about forty years ago by parents and teachers and was based on the Adlarian philosophy. In its early days, the school had a strong parent involvement in learning and students often learned in alternative environments including field-trips and museums, and doctoral-level educators were sometimes brought in. The classroom setting at Discovery had no desks, instead students sat in a circle on the floor, to give a sense of equality and to facilitate eye-contact and communication. There were, however, chairs in the computer room and sofas in the library.
Secondary schools and other programs
The Surrey School District balanced its budget for the 2013/14 school year. A $600 million preliminary operating budget was approved for the 2013/2014 school year. It comprises $573 million in provincial government grants and $15 million from district revenue. An additional $12.3 million was found in unspent funds and another $4 million will come through reducing expenditures and some job reductions; an overall decrease in 45 positions, including 25 teachers and 17 support staff mainly through attrition. The Surrey School District is one of few districts in the province experiencing an increase in enrollment.
In the news
The Surrey School District was reported in the national news numerous times during the 1990s and 2000s, most notably for its stand on social issues.
The District School Board was the focus of major media attention from 1997 to 2002 over its stand on allowing books dealing with families where both parents were of the same sex not be included as optional learning resources. These books were requested by James Chamberlain, a kindergarten teacher, to reflect on the realities of today's families and to teach his pupils about diversity and tolerance.
A legal battle to overturn the decision to ban the three books went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, where the school board's decision was overturned. The judgment, Chamberlain v. Surrey School District No. 36, cited the need for families headed by same-sex couples to be respected. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin dismissed the Board's concerns that children would be confused or misled by classroom information about same-sex parents. She pointed out that the children of same-sex parents are rubbing shoulders with children from more traditional families and wrote: "Tolerance is always age-appropriate, children cannot learn unless they are exposed to views that differ from those they are taught at home." The legal fees ended up costing Surrey taxpayers over $1,200,000.
In 2005, the Surrey School District made national news for canceling production of The Laramie Project, a play that deals with the murder of a gay university student, in Elgin Park Secondary. Advocates for the play noted that it is designed to teach tolerance toward LGBT persons. The school district's administration said the play contains sex, violence and foul language and is not appropriate as family entertainment. The decision met with outrage from LGBT advocacy organization Egale Canada. A school in neighbouring Vancouver, Lord Byng Secondary School, subsequently chose to stage the play.
In May 2007, the Surrey School Board made national news when it voted to instruct teachers not to show Al Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary on Climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, until trustees are able to review the film. On the issue of climate change, Board Trustee and social activist Heather Stilwell stated: "I am not sure. I mean I see evidence. I think there is climate change, there's no question about that. Whether what Al Gore says about it is the truth, I have questions."
In early November, 2009, a Cloverdale father, Paul Jubenvill, requested an extra-curricular non-instructional, voluntarily-attended, Bible club be established during lunch-hour at his sons' school, Colebrook Elementary. The school would not permit the club on their property, and the Surrey School District supported the school's position. The father argued that this ban violated the provincial BC Human Rights Code by disallowing a normally available service on the grounds of discrimination against religion. The School District was concerned that permitting the club may have given the appearance of the school endorsing a particular religious ideology. Mr. Jubenvill argued that there is a difference between endorsing a faith versus "accommodating" spiritual needs.
A complaint was filed with the BC Human Rights Tribunal; however, Mr. Jubenvill withdrew the complaint because he felt that the resulting media attention and the reaction it generated did not accurately represent his intentions and he preferred to address the matter with the school district out of the public eye.
Some secondary schools in the School District have, or have had, overtly Christian clubs (for example, LA Matheson has a prayer club titled "PUSH", Semiahmoo Secondary had a Crossroad Christian club in 2008 and earlier years, and Fraser Heights Secondary had a Bible Club in 2007).
At Colebrook Elementary in July 2010, a 75-foot portion of a roof over an exterior walkway collapsed, with no injuries reported. In 2011 the school District initiated legal action against the contractor and architect involved in the design and construction of the roof, which was built in 1987.
In November 2013 the School Board adopted an anti-discrimination code to provide protection for students and staff against homophobic and other forms of bullying. Approximately one third of all school districts in the province have policies against homophobic bullying.
- http://www.surreyleader.com/news/212557861.html Balancing Surrey school budget 'trying,' says trustee BC Local News June 22, 2013
- http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Spending+restraints+threaten+public+schooling+trustees+warn/2933026/story.html Spending restraints threaten public schooling, trustees warn The Vancouver Sun May 8, 2010
- Sudbury stages the play Surrey shunned, The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2005. Retrieved 2014-01-21
- "Egale calls on B.C. government to stop censorship, ensure safe schools". Egale Canada. September 23, 2005. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12.
- "B.C. school stages controversial 'Laramie Project'". CBC Arts. January 11, 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12.
- "Inconvenient Truth raises questions in B.C. school district". CBC News. May 14, 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12.
- "Surrey parent fights school over thwarted Bible study group". December 8, 2009.
- "Dad files human rights complaint against Surrey School District". December 5, 2009.
- "Surrey parent backs away from fight over school Bible group". December 9, 2009.
- "Clubs". November 30, 2009.
- "L. A. Matheson Secondary". November 30, 2009.
- L.A. Matheson Secondary School Back To School Newsletter, August 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-21
- "september 2009 newsletter" (PDF). November 30, 2009.
- "Fraser Heights Focus newsletter" (PDF). November 30, 2009.
- "Portion of school's roof collapses". July 12, 2010.
- Janet Steffenhagen (January 25, 2011). "Surrey school district suing over collapsed elementary-school roof". The Vancouver Sun..Retrieved 2014-01-21
- Surrey School Board adopts anti-homophobia policy, News1130.com, November 15, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-21
- Official website
- BC Ministry of Education - School Information webpage
- SCC decision--Chamberlain v. Surrey School District No. 36.
- Supreme Court says B.C. school board wrong to ban same-sex books
- Affidavit used in Chamberlain case.
- Book banning in Surrey, What happened?.