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Vancouver School Board
Vancouver School Board logo.jpg
1580 West Broadway, Vancouver
Vancouver, University Endowment Lands in Metro/Coast
District information
Superintendent Scott Robinson
Schools 119
Budget CA$392.0 million
Students and staff
Students 56,567
Teachers 10
Other information

The Vancouver School Board (VSB; officially School District 39 Vancouver) is a school district based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A board of nine trustees normally manages this district that serves the city of Vancouver and the University Endowment Lands.


Vancouver School Board headquarters

The Vancouver school district is a large, urban and multicultural school district providing programs to 56,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12, over 3,000 adults in adult education programs and over 40,000 in continuing education. On Oct 17, 2016 BC Liberal Party government's Education Minister, Mike Bernier, dismissed the publicly-elected School Board for "failing to balance" the district budget,[1].

In 2014, there were 1,473 international students in Vancouver public schools.[2]

Seismic upgrading[edit]

The Ministry of Education launched a seismic upgrading program in March 2005 to upgrade schools all over British Columbia. The program is quoted to cost a total of $1.5 billion. The following schools in the Vancouver School Board are supported to proceed with seismic mitigation in 2015: Killarney Secondary, David Thompson Secondary, Maple Grove Elementary, Lord Tennyson Elementary, Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary, Eric Hamber Secondary, Point Grey Secondary, Renfrew Community Elementary, Sir Alexander MacKenzie Elementary, Waverley Elementary, Edith Cavell Elementary, Prince of Wales Secondary, Templeton Secondary, General Wolf Elementary, David Lloyd George Elementary, and Bayview Community Elementary.[3]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Admiral Seymour
  • Bayview
  • Britannia Elementary
  • Captain James Cook
  • Carnarvon
  • Champlain Heights
  • Charles Dickens
  • Chief Maquinna
  • David Livingstone
  • David Lloyd George
  • David Oppenheimer
  • Dr. A.R. Lord
  • Dr. Annie B. Jamieson
  • Dr. George M. Weir
  • Dr. H.N. MacCorkindale
  • Dr. R.E. McKechnie
  • Edith Cavell
  • Elsie Roy
  • Emily Carr
  • False Creek
  • Florence Nightingale
  • General Brock
  • General Gordon Elementary School
  • General Wolfe
  • George T. Cunningham
  • Graham D Bruce
  • Grandview
  • Hastings
  • Henry Hudson
  • J.W. Sexsmith
  • John Henderson
  • John Norquay
  • Jules Quesnel
  • Kerrisdale
  • L'Ecole Bilingue
  • Laura Secord
  • Lord Beaconsfield
  • Lord Kitchener
  • Lord Nelson
  • Lord Roberts
  • Lord Selkirk
  • Lord Strathcona
  • Lord Tennyson
  • Maple Grove
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Nootka
  • Norma Rose Point School
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau
  • Queen Alexandra
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Queen Mary
  • Quilchena
  • Renfrew
  • Shaughnessy
  • Simon Fraser
  • Sir Alexander Mackenzie
  • Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith
  • Sir Guy Carleton
  • Sir James Douglas
  • Sir John Franklin
  • Sir Matthew Begbie
  • Sir Richard McBride
  • Sir Sandford Fleming
  • Sir Wilfred Grenfell
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier
  • Sir William Osler
  • Sir William Van Horne
  • Southlands
  • Tecumseh
  • Thunderbird
  • Trafalgar
  • Tyee
  • University Hill Elementary
  • Vancouver Learning Network Elementary
  • Walter Moberly
  • Waverley
  • Xpey’ Elementary (formerly named Sir William MacDonald from 1906-2017)

David Lloyd George Elementary School[edit]

David Lloyd George Elementary School is an elementary school in the Marpole neighbourhood.[4] It holds approximately 427 students in grades K through 7.[5] The school opened in 1921 and was named after David Lloyd George, the British prime minister from 1916 to 1922. The sports teams are called the DLG Hornets and wear Blue and White. The school motto is "Remember the Four B's. Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Ready to Learn, Be Respectful."

David Oppenheimer Elementary School[edit]

David Oppenheimer Elementary School opened in 1959 and was named after one of the early mayors of the city, David Oppenheimer.[6] It is located at 2421 Scarboro Avenue, at the intersection with Nanaimo Street in the Victoria-Fraserview neighbourhood. As of 2016, the current school principal is Rosie Finch; the school's sports teams are called the Orcas.[7]

Lord Tennyson Elementary School[edit]

Lord Tennyson Elementary School is a French immersion school opened in 1912, and was named after 19th-century British poet Alfred Tennyson, The 1st Baron Tennyson. It is located at 1936 West 10th Avenue, near Broadway and Burrard Street. As of 2015, the current school principal is Claudette Alain. Lord Tennyson is a feeder school for the nearby Kitsilano Secondary School, where graduates can continue their education in French Immersion.

Nootka Elementary School[edit]

Nootka Elementary School opened in 1959 as Lord Beaconsfield Annex, but a growing student population led to school status being granted in 1963.[8][9] It is located at 3375 Nootka Street, near Renfrew Street. As of 2016, the current school principal is Monika Sanft and the Vice-principal is Megan Davies.[10]

Queen Alexandra Elementary School[edit]

Queen Alexandra Elementary School opened in 1909 and was named for Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII. It is located at 1300 East Broadway, at the intersection with Clark Drive.[11] It is near Vancouver Community College's Broadway campus, and is easily accessible from VCC–Clark station and Commercial–Broadway station on the SkyTrain. As of 2018, the current school principal is John MacCormack. TransLink BC has 3 routes servicing the school. The 9, the 22, and the 99 B-Line. The school has a population of 180 students from Grades K to 7. The school has been on the chopping block twice. The first time being in 2010 due to low enrolment levels. The second time being in late 2015-2016 due to the VSBs funding shortfall.

Queen Mary Elementary School[edit]

Queen Mary Elementary School opened in 1915. It is located at 2000 Trimble Street, at the intersection with 4th Avenue in the West Point Grey neighbourhood. As of 2017, the current school principal is Hugh Blackman. The school has a population of about 450 students from grade K-7. Queen Mary Elementary School is located close to the beach and is upon a hill. It has two buildings, a gravel field and two playgrounds (one for upper school and one for lower school.) The main red building was a former Town Hall for the city of Vancouver. It is named for Queen Mary, the wife of George V.

Elsie Roy Elementary School[edit]

Elsie Roy Elementary School was opened in 2005. It is located at 150 Drake Street, beside the Roundhouse Community Centre. Starting from 2015, the current school principal is Jenny Chin Petersen. They have about 400+ students from k-7. The school's teams are nicknamed the "Orcas". In 2016, their grade 6 boys' and girls' volleyball team reached the city finals.

Xpey' Elementary School[edit]

Xpey’ Elementary opened in 1906 as Sir William Macdonald Elementary School in honor of the Canadian tobacco manufacturer and major education philanthropist. Macdonald was unofficially rechristened "Xpey'" on October 24, 2017 following a 2-year VSB-initiative to rename the School to better reflect 'the Indigenous heritage and education history of the area' as well as 'the District Aboriginal Focus School program.'[12][13][14] The name, which means "cedar" in the henqeminem dialect of the Musqueam nation, was nominated by Chief Wayne Sparrow and Musqueam council members.[13] The change became official following a Musqueam renaming ceremony on June 1, 2018.[15] Because of its low enrollment and high seismic risk, Xpey’ was shortlisted for closure in 2015, but Vancouver City Council elected to keep it open until at least 2020.[16] Xpey' is located at 1959 East Hastings Street in East Vancouver's Grandview-Woodland area, but since becoming a First Nations focus school in 2012, its catchment area has switched from local to district.[15]

List of elementary annexes[edit]

  • Champlain Heights Annex
  • Charles Dickens Annex
  • Collingwood Neighbourhood (Bruce Annex)
  • Garibaldi Annex (Nelson Annex)
  • Henderson Annex (not enrolling since September 2016.)
  • Kerrisdale Annex
  • Maquinna Annex (not enrolling since September 2015.)
  • McBride Annex
  • Queen Elizabeth Annex (Jules Quesnel Annex)
  • Queen Victoria (Secord Annex)
  • Roberts Annex
  • Selkirk Annex
  • Sir James Douglas Annex
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Annex (not enrolling since September 2016.)
  • Tecumseh Annex
  • Tillicum Annex (Hastings Annex)

Secondary schools[edit]

Alternative program education sites[edit]

  • 8J/9J Program
  • Aries Program
  • Byng Satellite Program (closed 2010)
  • Cedar Walk Program
  • East Side Program
  • Epic Program
  • Foundations program
  • Genesis Broadway
  • Genesis North East
  • Genesis South
  • Hamber House Adolescent Day Treatment program
  • Outreach Program
  • Pinnacle Program
  • Streetfront Program
  • Sunrise East Program
  • Take A Hike Program
  • The West Program
  • Total Education Program
  • Tupper Young Parents Alternative Program
  • Vinery Program
  • Waverley Annex Learning Hub - Spectrum
  • West Coast Alternative Program


Special programs[edit]


Mini schools are enriched programs for highly motivated students. Each year over 1300 students apply for approximately 600 grade 8 spots. Admission is based on admission test marks, grade 7 report cards, applications, and interviews.[19]

Mini schools in Vancouver include Britannia Venture Program, Britannia Hockey Academy, Byng Arts Mini School, David Thompson Odyssey Program, Gladstone Mini School, Hamber Challenge Program, Ideal Mini School, John Oliver Digital Immersion Mini School, Killarney Mini School, King George Technology Immersion, Point Grey Mini School, Prince of Wales Mini School, Synergy at Churchill, Templeton Mini School, Tupper Mini, Vancouver Technical Flex Humanities Program, Vancouver Technical Summit Program, Windermere Leadership, and Windermere Athena Arts Program.[20]

Transgender policy[edit]

In June 2014, the Vancouver School Board adopted a new policy regarding transgender children. It intends to support transgender and LGBTQ in allowing them be called by the name they identify with. They will also be able to use whichever washroom that they feel most comfortable in.[21]


Trustees of the Vancouver School Board are elected under an at-large system. All positions on the board were vacated on October 17, 2016 when the elected board was removed by provincial Education Minister Mike Bernier for failing to pass a balanced budget.[22]

A by-election was held on October 14, 2017 for all trustee seats. The current elected trustees, listed by number of votes received, are:

Name Party
  Janet Fraser Green
  Judy Zaichkowsky Green
  Estrellita Gonzalez Green
  Joy Alexander Vision
  Allan Wong Vision
  Lisa Dominato NPA
  Fraser Ballantyne NPA
Carrie Bercic OneCity
  Ken Clement Vision


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