School District 36 Surrey

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School District 36 Surrey
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Surrey, White Rock, Barnston Island in Metro/Coast
District information
Superintendent Jordan Tinney[1]
Schools 123 (K-12)
Budget CA$600 million
Students and staff
Students 71,974
Other information

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.[2] 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.[3]


The Surrey School District's administration hub is the District Education Centre and was officially opened on September 11, 2011.[4]


Elementary schools[edit]

School Location Grades Notes
Adams Road Elementary School Surrey K-7 Adams Road is a new school opened in January 2011 located in the Cloverdale/Clayton area of Surrey. Current enrollment is approximately 550 students. School Website
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 is Karen Greaux. School webpage
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 The School's Mascot is a Lion
Brookside Elementary School Surrey K-7 The school's 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
École Henry Bose 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
Georges Vanier Surrey K-7
Grandview Heights Elementary School Surrey K-7 Closed in 2006.
Green Timbers Elementary School Surrey K-7 Enrollment 787. Principal is Glen Hilder. First opened in 1930 Rebuilt in 1955 [5]
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. Principal is Michael Hurt. Sports teams are the Hazelgrove Hurricanes.
Hillcrest Elementary School Surrey K-7 Hillcrest Elementary opened in 2000 with approximately 400 students. That number increased by 222 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 Opened in 1910. Celebrating 107 years as of 2017
Holly Elementary 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 are enrolled.
Janice Churchill Elementary School Surrey K-7 Enrolls approximately 400 students.The principal of Janice Churchill is Ixchel Bradley-Buick. Janice Churchill Elementary School is located in the centre of Surrey, BC. It is named after a highly respected teacher who lost her battle to skin cancer at a young age. The school's 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 Opened in 2013. The school's mascot is the Eagles. Principal is Ross Brennan.
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 is Johane Fortin.
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. The school's 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 The school's mascot is a Panther.
Prince Charles Elementary School Surrey K-7 The school's mascot is a 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 is about 250. The school's mascot is the lion.
Semiahmoo Trail Elementary School Surrey K-7 The school's mascot is a coyote.
Senator Reid Elementary School Surrey K-7 Founded 1961. Principal is H. Schnee. The lead singer for the band Hedley, Jacob Hoggard, attended Senator Reid. He graduated from L.A. Matheson in 2002.
Serpentine Heights Elementary School Surrey K-7 Located in Fleetwood. The school's mascot is the hawk.
Simon Cunningham Elementary School Surrey K-7 French immersion program as well as English school. Also Simon Cunningham Was Ranked Number 1 In Elementary Schools In Surrey By The FIOL(Fraser Institue Of Learning) In 2016-2017
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. 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.
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 is E. Harrison; Vice-Principal is W. Caley. The school's mascot is a wolf. School website

Chimney Hill Elementary School[edit]

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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 C. S. Baldry, and Vice Principal is K. Addie.

Chimney Hill was built in 2000 as a result of the development in the area.

Discovery Elementary School[edit]

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Discovery Elementary School, at 13104 109 Avenue, was a K-7 school with 133 students as of 16 January 2006. The Principal was 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 strong parent involvement in learning, and students often learned in alternative environments including field trips and museums. 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[edit]

School Location Grades Founded
Adolescent Psychiatric Unit Program Surrey
City Central Learning Centre Surrey 10-12
Clayton Heights Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Cloverdale Learning Centre Surrey 10-12
Continuing Ed SD 36 School Surrey 11-12
Daughters and Sisters (PLEA) Program Surrey
Earl Marriott Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Elgin Park Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Enver Creek Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Fleetwood Park Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Frank Hurt Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Fraser Heights Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Guildford Learning Centre Surrey 10-12
Guildford Park Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Invergarry Learning Centre Surrey 10
Johnston Heights Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Kwantlen Park Secondary School (Inter-A) Surrey 7-12
L A Matheson Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Surrey 8-12
North Surrey Learning Centre Surrey 10-12
North Surrey Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Panorama Ridge Secondary School Surrey 8-12 2006
Princess Margaret Secondary School Surrey 8-12 1958
Queen Elizabeth Secondary School Surrey 8-12
Semiahmoo Secondary School Surrey 8-12 1940
South Fraser Adolescent Day Treatment Program Surrey
South Surrey White Rock Learning Centre Surrey 10-12
Student Support Centre Surrey 6-12
Sullivan Heights Secondary Surrey 8-12 2000
Surrey Connect Online School Surrey K-12
Tamanawis Secondary School Surrey 8-12 1994
TREES Centre Surrey 8-10
Waypoint Substance Abuse House Surrey


The Surrey School District balanced its budget for the 2013-14 school year.[6] 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 was to come through reducing expenditures and some job reductions. There was an overall decrease of 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.[7]

The district has 273 portables to address overcapacity. In May 2016, the provincial government announced contributing $100 million to fund six projects to add 2,700 new student spaces by the end of 2020.[8]

In the news[edit]

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.

Book banning[edit]

The District School Board was the focus of major media attention from 1997 to 2002 over its stand on not allowing books about families with same-sex parents to 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.

Drama production[edit]

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 people. The school district's administration said that the play contains sex, violence and foul language and is not appropriate as family entertainment.[9] The decision met with outrage from LGBT advocacy organization Egale Canada.[10] A school in neighbouring Vancouver, Lord Byng Secondary School, subsequently chose to stage the play.[11]

Climate change[edit]

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 were 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."[12]

Bible study[edit]

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,[13][14] 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. 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, 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.[15]

Some secondary schools in the School District have, or have had, overtly Christian clubs (for example, LA Matheson has a prayer club titled "PUSH",[16][17][18] Semiahmoo Secondary had a Crossroad Christian club in 2008 and earlier years,[19] and Fraser Heights Secondary had a Bible Club in 2007[20]).

Roof collapse[edit]

At Colebrook Elementary in July 2010, a 75-foot portion of a roof over an exterior walkway collapsed, with no injuries reported.[21] In 2011 the school district initiated legal action against the contractor and architect involved in the design and construction of the roof, which had been built in 1987.[22]

Anti-discrimination code[edit]

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.[23]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Superintendent's Department - Superintendent's Department". 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "Contact Us - Surrey Schools". 
  5. ^ "Surrey Schools from 1901 to 1939". 
  6. ^ Balancing Surrey school budget 'trying,' says trustee BC Local News June 22, 2013
  7. ^ "Spending restraints threaten public schooling, trustees warn", The Vancouver Sun, May 8, 2010
  8. ^ Saltman, Jennifer (2016-08-30). "NDP leader John Horgan offers fix to Surrey school district's portable problem". The Province. The Vancouver Sun. 
  9. ^ Sudbury stages the play Surrey shunned, The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2005. Retrieved 2014-01-21
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "B.C. school stages controversial 'Laramie Project'". CBC Arts. January 11, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-01-13. 
  12. ^ "Inconvenient Truth raises questions in B.C. school district". CBC News. May 14, 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. 
  13. ^ "Surrey parent fights school over thwarted Bible study group". December 8, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Dad files human rights complaint against Surrey School District". December 5, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Surrey parent backs away from fight over school Bible group". December 9, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Clubs". November 30, 2009. 
  17. ^ "L. A. Matheson Secondary". November 30, 2009. 
  18. ^ L.A. Matheson Secondary School Back To School Newsletter, August 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-21
  19. ^ "september 2009 newsletter" (PDF). November 30, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Fraser Heights Focus newsletter" (PDF). November 30, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Portion of school's roof collapses". July 12, 2010. 
  22. ^ Janet Steffenhagen (January 25, 2011). "Surrey school district suing over collapsed elementary-school roof". The Vancouver Sun. .Retrieved 2014-01-21
  23. ^ Surrey School Board adopts anti-homophobia policy,, November 15, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-21

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