Meadowridge School

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Meadowridge School
12224 240th St, Maple Ridge
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Coordinates41°54′10.4″N 12°27′12.2″E / 41.902889°N 12.453389°E / 41.902889; 12.453389Coordinates: 41°54′10.4″N 12°27′12.2″E / 41.902889°N 12.453389°E / 41.902889; 12.453389
School typeIndependent
MottoLabore et Virtute
(Work and Virtue)
HeadmasterHugh Burke
GradesJunior Kindergarten to Grade 12
Enrollment605 (September, 2017)
Campus size27 Acres
AreaBritish Columbia, Canada
Colour(s)Navy Blue & Maroon
MascotGryph the Gryphon
Team nameGryphons
AffiliationsIndependent Schools Association of BC, Council of International Schools, International Baccalaureate Organization, Canadian Accreditation Independent Schools

Meadowridge School (also known as MDG), located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, is a coeducational, independent school teaching Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12[1].

Meadowridge is one of only two schools in to be accredited by the Council of International Schools (COIS)[2]. Meadowridge School’s mission is “learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community”. Although consistently placing within the top three schools according to the Fraser Report, Meadowridge School Headmaster has publicly denounced the Fraser Report rankings[3]. Meadowridge School received the 2014 Maple Ridge Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award[4].


Meadowridge School is on 27 acres of land in east Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, approximately 45 minutes from Vancouver, BC and 20 minutes from Golden Ears Park. The Meadowridge Campus consists of 125,000 square feet of indoor learning space as well as a variety of outdoor learning spaces[5].

Indoor and outdoor learning spaces include:

  • Exploration forest with a creek, trails, and bridges
  • Garden area with plots for students and staff to use for a variety of subjects
  • Primary Years Greenhouse
  • Senior Greenhouse outfitted with variable lighting, watering system, and temperature control
  • Beehives
  • Two main playgrounds and one fenced playground
  • Two playing fields, including a lighted Olympic sized soccer pitch
  • Rubberized starting track
  • Shot-Put pit
  • Library with over 40,000 resources
  • Double gymnasium
  • Indoor bouldering wall
  • Two music rooms
  • Two art rooms, one with a kiln
  • Fitness facility
  • Five science laboratories
  • Design Lab with a 3D printer, laser engraver, multiple carpentry tools, and robotics kits
  • Purposely built Early Learning Centre for Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten

The creek on Meadowridge land is Latimer Creek, which the school has worked at restoring to its natural space and encouraging growth of indigenous plants and animals. With help from local agencies the Alouette River Management Society, Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership, and the South Coast Conservation Program students and staff removed invasive plants, created a special frog pond habitat to support the endangered red-legged-frogs found in the area, and planted indigenous plants like Douglas Fir, big leaf maple, and red elderberry[6].


Meadowridge School abides by the British Columbia Ministry of Education curriculum while offering the International Baccalaureate program at all grade levels. The International Baccalaureate focuses “on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic”[7]

Meadowridge was first authorized for the Primary Years Programme (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5) on February 19, 2007. The Middle Years Programme (Grade 6 to Grade 10) authorization happened shortly after on March 6, 2007. The Diploma Program (Grade 11 and 12) was authorized on March 1, 2012.

As of September 2017 the Diploma Course offerings for students are[8]:

  • Biology: SL & HL
  • Chemistry: SL & HL
  • Physics: SL & HL
  • English: Language & Literature SL & HL
  • French: SL & HL
  • Spanish: SL, HL & Ab-Initio
  • Business Management: SL & HL
  • History: SL & HL
  • Human Geography: SL & HL
  • Mathematics: SL & HL
  • Mathematical Studies: SL
  • Theatre Arts: SL & HL
  • Visual Arts: SL & HL

The first IB Diploma Program Cohort graduated in 2014.

University Acceptances[edit]

Meadowridge School frequently places its graduates in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States, and United Kingdom. The Class of 2017 had 4.5 acceptance offers per student with 100% of applicants receiving offers from a post-secondary institution[9].


Students at all levels are required to wear a school uniform. The school believes that uniforms provide a sense of inclusion, equality, and school pride and that students must identify and distinguish themselves through their behaviour rather than their appearance. There is a formal uniform, referred to as the #1, for Mondays, Fridays and special occasions. There is also an informal uniform, referred to as the #2 uniform, for general wear on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.

There is a Physical Education uniform for Physical and Health Education classes as well as athletics and clubs. On Wednesdays all of the Primary Years students wear their PE for uniform the entire day to provide a full day of activity without taking time to change uniforms. Each athletic team wears a uniform and jersey appropriate for the sport being played. In 2017 a hooded sweatshirt was added to the #2 uniform option.

Students have options within the uniform so that they can select a combination that meets their comfort and personal style[10].


Meadowridge offers a variety of athletic teams and clubs. Athletics clubs are offered for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 and athletic teams are offered for students in Grade 4 to Grade 12. Meadowridge offers one of the largest fencing clubs in British Columbia and hosts an annual tournament that draws players from all over British Columbia and the northwest United States[11].

Meadowridge has earned provincial titles in Soccer[12], Water-Polo[13], Basketball[14], Volleyball[15], and Track & Field[16].

Athletic Teams & Clubs Offered:[17]

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Badminton
  • Golf
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Club
  • Running Club

Athletic Leagues:

  • Independent Schools Association (ISA)
  • Independent Schools Elementary Association (ISEA)
  • Greater Vancouver Independent Schools Athletics Association (GVISAA)
  • Fraser Valley Secondary Schools Athletics Association (FVSSAA)
  • Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Secondary Schools Athletics Association (MRPMSSAA)
  • British Columbia School Sports (BCSS)

Student Life[18][edit]

Meadowridge offers a wide range of co-curricular activities to meet the interests of every student believing that inclusion of the arts and athletics plays an important role in a liberal education.

In athletics, Meadowridge offers a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, not only as team members, but also as officials, support staff, and community coaches. All students at Meadowridge are supported in the attainment of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students in Grade 9 and 10 participate in the adventurous journey component of the award through the Outdoor Education Program. They optionally complete the other three components: service, skill development, and community service. Every student at Meadowridge is required to earn their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

House System[edit]

Meadowridge School is made up of four houses: Alouette (Blue), Kanaka (Red), Fraser (Green), and Whonnock (Orange). Each student, parent, and staff member belongs to one house. Competitions are held throughout the year for house points with two major Spirit Days happening at the beginning and end of the year.

The House with the most spirit points wins the House Cup at the end of the year.

Community Service[edit]

Community service and outreach is an integral part of being a student at Meadowridge School[19]. Service is encouraged at every grade and supports a number of local and international organizations including Cops for Cancer, Covenant House Vancouver, Matthew’s House, Florida Wild Horse Rescue, Free the Children, and the Terry Fox Foundation[20].

Students organize and manage a number of events, volunteer projects, and fundraisers throughout the year including a benefit concert, food hamper sorting, movie night, and awareness campaigns[20].

Clubs and Activities[edit]

Meadowridge offers a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs[21]:

  • Art
  • Business Club
  • Camping Skills
  • Chess
  • DELE (Spanish) Bootcamp
  • Colouring & Meditation
  • Genius Hour
  • Governance & Civic Mirror
  • Knitting
  • Math Challengers
  • Model United Nations
  • Poi & Juggling
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Silver-Smithing
  • Teaching Drawing Skills
  • Appreciation & Gratitude Writing
  • Festival Choir
  • Garden Club
  • Global Citizenship
  • Greenhouse Service
  • Robot Minions
  • Lego League Robotics
  • Student-Initiated Service
  • Yearbook
  • Barre
  • Basketball Skills
  • Field Games
  • Fitness Club
  • Girls Basketball 8-10
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Junior Boys Basketball
  • Martial Arts
  • Running
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga
  • Reading Link
  • Ready to Lead
  • Musical
  • Young Moviemakers
  • Marimba
  • Bricks for Kids
  • Math Edge
  • Tennis
  • Toastminors
  • Soccer Skills
  • Sewing
  • Storytelling Spelling

Notable People[edit]

Jan Elsted and Crispin Elsted, Founders of Barbarian Press Former teachers at Meadowridge School. Jan Elsted and 'Crispin Elsted founded Barbarian Press, a nationally awarded printing press company[22]. They both retired from teaching at Meadowridge School to focus on Barbarian Press[23].

Greg Moore, Race Car Driver Alumni of Meadowridge School 1985 to 1991. Greg Moore and his family were one of the founding families of Meadowridge School. He attended Meadowridge until Grade 10, which was the highest grade available at the time. The Greg Moore Foundation funds a scholarship at Meadowridge School, awarded to a graduating student each year[24].

A banner hangs in the school gymnasium in Moore’s honour[25].


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