What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?

Some expatriates opt for private schooling, and some choose public schools for their children. The quality of education is good in both. It is recommended that you contact the school of your choice as soon as you arrive, to get as much information as possible in order to make your decision.
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What are some examples of these schools?

There are many well-established public and private schools in the area. According to the Vancouver school board, there are approximately:

  • Seventy-five public elementary schools

  • Sixteen elementary annexes and

  • Eighteen Secondary Schools

Here is a list of private and independent schools in B.C.
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

Not usually for public schools. In contrast, private schools often require that you fill out an application. Some might also conduct an interview with the parent, the child and the school's head reviewing the child's portfolio prior to enrolment. Because many private schools have waiting lists, it is recommended that you contact the school of your choice as soon as you arrive so you are able to secure a place on the list.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?

Yes, private and public elementary schools are widely available. Private preschools for younger children are also available. For further assistance you may contact Crown Vancouver.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?

There are several options for parents:

  • School buses -- funded by the government with tax revenue.

  • Public transportation -- bus (BRT), streetcar, or train (LRT).

  • Walking or biking -- for students in close proximity to the institution.

  • Parents/private --some parents choose to drive their children to school or form car pools with other parents.

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When does the typical school year start and end?

The typical school year is from September to mid-June. School hours are typically between 8:30 or 9:00 a.m., to 3:30 or 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please contact your child's school for specific hours.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

If you need more information about schools, please contact Crown with any questions or to arrange for school search assistance.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.