Vancouver School Board

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This article is about the public school district in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the public school district in Vancouver, Washington, see Vancouver Public Schools.
School District 39 Vancouver
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

Vancouver School Board (VSB, also School District #39) 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.


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] ironic since the BC Liberal government's own crown corporations' budgets' "deferrals" constitute billions of dollars of BC government provincial deficit.[2]

In 2014 there were 1,473 international students in Vancouver public schools.[3]

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, Bayview Community Elementary.[4]

Elementary Schools[edit]

Elementary Annex Schools[edit]

  • Champlain Heights Annex
  • Charles Dickens Annex
  • Collingwood Neighbourhood (Bruce Annex)
  • Garibaldi Annex (Nelson Annex)
  • Henderson Annex (Not enrolling any students or classes as of September 2016.)
  • Kerrisdale Annex
  • Maquinna Annex (Not enrolling any students or classes as of 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 any students or classes as of September 2016.)
  • Tecumseh Annex
  • Tillicum Annex (Hastings Annex)

Secondary Schools[edit]

Alternative Program Education Sites[edit]

  • 8J/9J Program
  • Aries Program
  • Byng Satellite Program
  • 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[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.[7]

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.[8]



In June 2014 the Vancouver School Board adopted a new policy regarding transgender children. The update in the policy 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 they feel most comfortable in.[9]


Trustees of the Vancouver School Board are elected under an at-large system. All positions on the board have been vacant since October 17, 2016 when the elected board was removed by Education Minister Mike Bernier for failing to pass a balanced budget.[10]


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