North Vancouver School District
the natural place to learn©
Our people, Our community

Who We Are…

We build strong, trusting relationships that develop the confidence and sensitivity needed to share ideas and create solutions within our schools, families of schools and school district.

Our Vision, Values and Goals

Our VISION is to provide world-class instruction and a rich diversity of engaging programs to inspire success for every student and bring communities together to learn, share and grow.

Our shared VALUES of trust, respect, responsibility and collaboration set the tone of how we relate to one another in pursuing our common goals. 

Our six high-level GOALS are to:

  • Expand -  the availability of best instructional practices and enriched curriculum
  • Encourage - the growth of collaborative, adaptive and personalized learning environments
  • Develop -  and promote innovative and sustainable programs
  • Provide leadership  - in environmental education and sustainability practices
  • Strengthen - and expand reciprocal community relations
  • Nurture - an inspiring and healthy work environment

Our vision, values and goals take us above and beyond our mandate in the pursuit of the highest level of service we can provide to students and the community.

As part of our heritage we acknowledge and honour the history of culture of the Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Nations upon whose unceded traditional territory we reside.

Our Diverse Programs
​The North Vancouver School District is a vibrant learning community where expertise is developed and shared across school sites. This expertise includes the development of universal classroom practice through to more targeted and intensive instructional support. Key to the ongoing initiatives are the Pillars of Educational Practice (curriculum, instruction, assessment, and social emotional learning) and Universal Design (universal practices, targeted practices and intensive practices of student supports).  Some of the programs offered within this framework include:

Outdoor Learning – Cheakamus Centre
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Cheakamus Centre (Outdoor School) for K-12 students includes field studies, youth leadership, outdoor recreation, and other direct experiences in nature intended to instill in young learners a sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world.
Indigenous Education
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The Skwxwú7mesh Nation, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and Métis Nation of British Columbia are key partners in ensuring success for students of Indigenous ancestry.  Indigenous Education Program delivers culturally-appropriate educational programs and services to support the academic and personal success of students who self-identify as being of Indigenous ancestry.
International Baccalaureate
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Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
Distributed Learning
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A partnership with mainstream schools to provide students with flexible, innovative and personalized pathways to graduation through interactive and engaging online experiences. A combination of online and face-to-face interactions to create a blended approach to learning.
Band and Strings
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The Elementary Band and Strings program is a unique instrumental music program that is distinct to the North Vancouver School District. It is one of the finest instrumental programs in British Columbia and complements the BC Ministry of Education's Arts Education curriculum. The Program provides school-based instrumental instruction to students in the intermediate grades (Grades 5 - 7 for Band and Grades 4 - 7 for Strings).The Elementary Band and Strings program
Artists for Kids
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Artists for Kids is a unique, self-sustaining art education venture operated by the North Vancouver School District in British Columbia. Our innovative partnership with more than 50 of Canada's most prominent artists, art educators and the community at large, provides inspiring, highly relevant educational experiences for thousands of young people annually. We have enhanced art education in schools, encouraged students to pursue their own artistic abilities, have helped more people discover great Canadian art.
Academies
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Our highly specialized academies enhance the curriculum for students by providing learning environments that concentrate on a focal skill set. Students work towards graduation while accelerating their knowledge and development in an area of interest that can form a foundation for future lifestyles and careers.
​ ​More information about the various programs in the North Vancouver School District is available HERE.