St. John's School (Vancouver)

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St. John's School
2215 West 10 Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates 49°15′46.9″N 123°9′20.4″W / 49.263028°N 123.155667°W / 49.263028; -123.155667 (St. John's School)Coordinates: 49°15′46.9″N 123°9′20.4″W / 49.263028°N 123.155667°W / 49.263028; -123.155667 (St. John's School)
Religious affiliation None
Head of School Stephen Hutchison
Faculty 70
School type Independent
Grades JK-12
Campus Urban
Motto "Ad Futura Cum Spe"
To the Future with Hope
Mascot Bald eagle
Colours Black and Burgundy         
Established 1986
Enrollment 535
St. John's School ~ Vancouver, BC

St. John's School, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an independent, IB World School for boys and girls Grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

St. John's School is accredited by the British Columbia Ministry of Education and is a member of the Federation of Independent Schools Association (FISA). St. John's offers the International Baccalaureate's Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme.

History and Future Expansion[edit]

St. John’s was founded in 1986 as St. Andrew’s School Society with fewer than 100 students from Grades 3-10. In 1996, St. John’s School purchased the present school facility in Kitsilano and, as part of the school's growth and expansion, land adjacent to the current location has been acquired and developed. The building of a new Senior School facility was completed in September 2011. The building includes 11 classrooms and the largest gym of any independent school in the Lower Mainland,[citation needed] in addition to the older gym next door. The school eventually plans to build a connecting building for the junior and senior school.

The Students[edit]

The student body at St. John's School has nearly 550 students in Grades Junior Kindergarten to 12, with the Junior School running from Grades JK-5 and the Senior School from Grades 6-12.


St. John’s is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (Grades 6 to 10) and the Diploma Programme (Grades 11 & 12). As of September 2013, St. John’s School is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme.*

St. John's is a university preparatory school. A full-time university counsellor provides students with support as they apply to university.

  • Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate).


Basketball in the Gunn Gymnasium

St. John's athletics teams compete in the Greater Vancouver Independent Schools Athletic Association (GVISAA), which is recognized by BC School Sports, the Independent Schools Association (ISA), the Independent Schools Elementary Association (ISEA), the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and provincially at the Single A level.

St. John's has a variety of sports teams including:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country running
  • Golf (team and recreational)
  • Soccer
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

St Johns also has academic clubs such as debate, model UN, and math club.


The school year runs September through June and is composed of three terms. Most courses are linear (year-long) in nature. The first term begins in early September and ends at the end of November, the second term from the beginning of December until Spring Break, and the third term from the first day after spring break until mid-June.

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