An independent co-ed IB school (JK to Grade 12) in North Vancouver, Canada

FAQ

WHAT MAKES BROCKTON DIFFERENT?

Brockton School is nothing short of magical! Nestled in the vibrant and natural surroundings of North Vancouver (BC, Canada), students, parents, families, faculty, and staff come together to create a unique, diverse, and welcoming place to learn and grow. Brockton was founded in 2004 by a group of visionary and committed parents and today is recognized internationally as a prominent and highly respected Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 International Baccalaureate Continuum school. 

  • Brockton offers outstanding programs within an IB framework/philosophy in the: 
    • Early Learning Years (4 years old by December 31st)
    • Primary Years (Kindergarten to Grade 5)
    • Middle Years (Grade 6 to Grade 10)
    • Senior Program (Grade 11 & 12) with the Three Pathways to Graduation: full IB Diploma, BC Dogwood, and a Dogwood/IB hybrid pathway. 
  • Brockton’s rigorous academic program is supported by extensive resources/staffing and is balanced by enrichment programs in athletics, arts, outdoor education, community service, leadership, and numerous other activities/areas. 
  • Brockton is a welcoming and community-oriented school. There is a warm sense of belonging for every person who walks through the doors. The community is engaged in a manner that fosters the development of meaningful, positive, and life-long relationships.
  • Brockton is an authentic school, where the genuine focus is on the students and their growth. 
  • Brockton is a school offering an outstanding teacher to student ratio where students and families receive personalized attention. Brockton is a school where every student and every family is known, acknowledged, and supported. Connections and relationships are paramount. 
  • Brockton is a diverse school, where students and families of various backgrounds are welcomed and embraced. For example:
    • Socio-economic differences are welcomed with the structures of a robust financial aid program and a growing advancement (giving) program.
    • Cultural diversity is welcomed and embraced. While (at present) approximately 95% of our population is of Canadian Citizenship (or permanent residency or work visa), the school celebrates a true international make-up of diverse cultural backgrounds.
    • Learning diversity is welcomed with a program that supports high standards and expectations, while recognizing and supporting the challenges, gifts, and learning differences that every individual possesses.
  • Brockton is an innovative school. Brockton faculty and staff are truly committed to - and are passionate about - their work. Brockton educators are leaders in their practice, are dedicated to continual improvement, and are driven to engage strategies and approaches that will optimally benefit their students both today and in their futures.
  • Brockton is a school where learning is made meaningful and where learning for life matters. Students graduate with an outstanding preparation for the next steps in learning/life. Among many other things, students graduate with excellent preparation for post-secondary studies, a sense of self-awareness, a sense of international-mindedness, and a sense of purpose.

WHEN SHOULD YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO BROCKTON SCHOOL?

Brockton School supports specific application deadlines for respective grade levels. Application deadlines can be found on Important Dates and Deadline

Admissions applications received after deadlines will be considered within a rolling admissions model as per any available spaces.

DOES BROCKTON HAVE INTAKE YEARS?

Brockton School has main intake years at Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Given the school is strategically adding sections at specific grade levels, applications will be accepted across all grades. 


How many students per class?

Brockton School has the following target class sections and sizes: 

  • Junior Kindergarten: 2-3 sections of 6-8 students for a target of 16 or 24 students
  • Kindergarten: two sections of 14 - 16 students
  • Grade 1-3: two sections of 18 - 20 students
  • Grade 4-6: two sections of 20 - 22 students
  • Grade 7: two sections of 22 - 24 students
  • Grade 8-12: two sections of 22 - 24 students

A target class size does not mean a maximum class size, although the school does recognize the value of a small class compared to a large class.  

Class sizes may vary depending on the candidate pool and the composition needs/desires of the respective class. 

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO ADMIT TO BROCKTON SCHOOL?

Admission to Brockton School is competitive and is based upon the strength of the application, space availability, and the composition of the cohort. Interviews, assessments, school records, and recommendations are used to select students.

Brockton aims to select students and families for admissions who:

  • have potential to succeed within the high standards and broad supports of the school
  • will be able to contribute their own unique gifts to the school community
  • understand and are interested in participating within the school program and all that it provides/demands
  • are interested in the many benefits of the school environment where each student and family with their respective needs are acknowledged
  • are interested in an authentic school environment where the focus on the student and on learning is priority
  • appreciate the essence of an inclusive school environment where the diversity of the community (socio-economic, cultural, and much more) is welcomed and supported

WHAT DOES THE ASSESSMENT ENTAIL AND HOW CAN WE PREPARE?


Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten: Students will meet with the early learning teachers in a small group, individual or virtual setting. The assessments typically includes a series of developmentally-appropriate activities and an observation period as students interact with those around them. Teachers are looking for developmental milestones, social-emotional readiness, and a good fit with the school/programme.

Grades 1-5: Students will meet with a member of the admissions team in either an individual, small group, or virtual setting to engage in a school-based assessment (primarily assessing age-appropriate social-emotional maturity, literacy, and numeracy skills). 

Grades 6-12: Students will meet with a member of the admissions team in either an individual, small group, or virtual setting to engage in a personal interview, a writing sample with prompt, and an assessment of thinking skills.

 

DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO TAKE THE SSAT?

No, Brockton does not require students to take the SSAT.

DO YOU ADMIT INTERNATIONAL STUDENT?

Yes.  Due to academic demands, applicants must be proficient in English. We do not offer a separate ELL Programme but provide language support to accommodate limited needs of our English language learners.

As Brockton is a day school, students must live with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

An International Student fee of $6500.00 will be charged to cover the cost of education not funded by the Province of BC. This fee applies if a student or parent is in Canada on a student or visitor visa. Students with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and parents with work visas are eligible for regular tuition fees.

International Student Documentation Required: International students are required to provide a valid student visa from Immigration Canada. The School will issue the enrolment letter required for your visa application only after having accepted an offer of admissions and fees are paid in full.

DO SIBLINGS HAVE PRIORITY AT BROCKTON SCHOOL?

Provided the sibling fully meets the requirements of the Brockton Admissions process, we warmly welcome applications from siblings and are committed to keeping families together. Brockton offers tuition discounts for siblings.

ARE PARENTS WELCOMED/INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL?

Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be involved in the life of the school. The Brockton Parent Community (BPC) is an integral and significant part of the school community and its success. Brockton was founded by parents and benefits greatly from the dedicated parent community.

DO YOU WORK WITH AGRENTS AND EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS?

We consider the partnership of parent/guardian, student, and school to be integral to the success of the Brockton student. Families are encouraged to connect directly with our Admissions department for expectations, requirements and processes. 

DOES BROCKTON ADMIT STUDENTS PART-WAY THROUGH THE YEAR?

Dependent on space we do admit students part-way through the year if the circumstances are right.

 

 

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