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WHAT MAKES BROCKTON DIFFERENT?

Brockton offers something uniquely different and special!

Brockton School is a purpose driven, authentic, diverse, welcoming, community-oriented, personalized, inspirational, and innovative school where you and your child matter - both today and in the years to come.

Brockton is a JK-Grade 12, co-educational, non-denominational, IB World Continuum School, and the only ISABC in North Vancouver.

  • Brockton is an authentic school, where the focus of energy is on the students and teaching and learning.
  • 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 a welcoming school. There is a sense of belonging and a sense of significance for every person who walks through the school doors. Brockton is a community-oriented school that invites engagement and that fosters the development of meaningful, positive, and life-long relationships.
  • Brockton offers an outstanding teacher to student ratio that supports personalized attention for students and for families. Brockton is a school where every student and family is known, acknowledged, and supported. At Brockton, your child matters and you matter, both today and in the years to come! The Brockton doors always remain open to our families and the benefits of the Brockton network will continue well into the years after graduation.
  • Brockton is an innovative and inspirational school. Brockton faculty and staff are truly committed to, and are passionate about, their work. Innovative and inquiry based teaching/learning approaches are mobilized to inspire students to want to learn. Learning is made meaningful and extends to the development of the whole child. Students graduate with an outstanding preparation for the next steps in learning/life which includes, among many other things, a sense of self-awareness, a sense of international-mindedness, and a sense of purpose.
  • Brockton enjoys the opportunity to share membership with the outstanding peer ISABC schools. Brockton School is the only ISABC school in North Vancouver, serving families from North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Vancouver, Richmond, Bowen Island, and elsewhere in the Lower Mainland. Students/Families having relocated from various parts of the globe have joined the Brockton community. Brockton School proudly enjoys the opportunity to learn from and give to the local North Vancouver community, whilst taking a responsible role in the greater and global community.
  • As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World Continuum School (one of a few hundred in the world) Brockton is fully committed to the Programme and lives an internationally-minded and inquiry-based existence anchored by the values of the IB Learner Profile. Brockton offers the Primary Years Programme (grades JK-5), the Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10), and in grades 11-12 students have a choice of graduating from the Diploma Programme, BC Dogwood Program, or a hybrid of the two, with IBDP Course Certificates complemented by BC curriculum. There is much research on the benefits of an IB education, particularly as it serves students in post-secondary life and beyond. Here is additional information from the IB about all the programs.

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 the website LINK. (Important Dates and Deadline)

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

Please refer to the website dates and deadlines LINK for specific dates and details.

DOES BROCKTON HAVE A JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM?

Yes! Students aged 4 by December 31st of the school year are welcomed to apply. Junior Kindergarten at Brockton is a play-based educational program that supports inquiry, creativity, and exploratory learning in a healthy and age-appropriate environment.

DOES BROCKTON HAVE INTAKE YEARS?

Given the school is strategically adding sections at specific grade levels, applications will be accepted across all grades. Generally, Brockton School has intake years at Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 4, and Grade 8.

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. Due to academic rigour, Brockton students 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.

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?

Grades 1-12: Students will meet with a member of the admissions team in either an individual or group setting to engage in a school-based assessment (primarily assessing age-appropriate social-emotional maturity, literacy, and numeracy skills). Pending the results of the assessment with the admissions team, students will be invited to spend a period of time (e.g., day) within the school in order to allow both the student and the school to consider the fit.

JK and K: Students will meet with the admissions team and with the early learning teachers in a group setting. The assessments typically include a series of developmentally-appropriate activities and an observation period as students interact with the other children in the group and are permitted some personal exploration. Teachers are looking for developmental milestones, social-emotional readiness, and a good fit with the school/programme.

Students cannot ‘study’ for the assessment and should make an effort to get a good rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and feel as at ease as possible. Should a student not be well on an assessment date, then the family should contact admissions@brocktonschool.com to reschedule.

DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO TAKE THE SSAT?

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

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE BROCKTON CAMPUS AND FACILITY?

Brockton School is at an exciting stage of its evolution as it relates to many facets of development, including that of the campus and facility plan. At present, Brockton School holds a lease on the existing (3467 Duval) site, with an expiry of that lease in July of 2020. For the past several years, Brockton has been strategically exploring options for a long term campus/home. In June of 2017, Brockton was excited to announce that the School has made significant progress in its efforts. While completion of an agreement is still in process, Brockton was able to share details about one potential school location within the proposed Innovation District of North Vancouver (2420 – 2468 Dollarton Highway) and was able to provide updates on the potential of the existing (3467 Duval) site. The site within the Innovation District would allow Brockton School to enjoy the continuation of a campus amidst the North Vancouver greenery, while potentially connecting the school to outstanding recreation facilities, innovative industries, post-secondary programming, and other exceptional opportunities for learning. Further announcements regarding progress in securing a long term home are anticipated later in 2017.

In the meantime and in service to the students of today, Brockton continues to grow the school and enhance the existing campus and facility. In recent years Brockton has welcomed a new music room, a new Senior School modular wing with expansive science lab and learning commons, renovated classrooms and spaces within the Junior School, an upgraded playspace complete with natural elements of play, and more. The school also continues to engage even greater access to local facilities, such as the North Shore Winter Club and various other recreational facilities, as a means of enhancing our already robust program offerings. The Brockton community can expect continued progress each and every year as Brockton builds for today and the future.

DOES BROCKTON HAVE ANY FINANCIAL AID (BURSARIES OR SCHOLARSHIPS) AVAILABLE?

Yes, Brockton School offers financial aid.

There a healthy bursary program available to new and existing families. Brockton School uses a third party consultant (Apple Financial) to support the bursary candidate selection.

Yes, Brockton School offers a healthy Entrance Scholarship program to grades 6 through 12.

DOES BROCKTON HAVE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE?

Brockton works collaboratively with a local child-care organization in order to support a caring and connected before and after-school care program.  Click here for more info.

WHEN DO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEES APPLY?

If a student or parent is in Canada on a student or visitor visa, the international student fee applies. Students with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and parents with work visas are eligible for regular tuition fees.

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.

DOES BROCKTON ACCEPT HOMESTAY OR BOARDING STUDENTS?

We do not have boarding facilities; however, we will consider working with students in a homestay arrangement (pending appropriate and sufficient parental/guardian engagement). We consider the partnership of parent/guardian, student, and teacher/school to be integral to the success of the Brockton student.

DOES BROCKTON ADMIT STUDENTS PART-WAY THROUGH THE YEAR?

We do admit students part-way through the year if the circumstances are right.

WHAT DOES THE BROCKTON GRADUATE LOOK LIKE?

Students graduating from Brockton School are each unique in their individuality, but share common elements of character, knowledge, and skill development that we like to think has evolved from their experience within Brockton School.

Since the first year of graduates, Brockton graduates have felt a strong sense of success.

  • Brockton students have been accepted to highly reputable post-secondary institutions world-wide (Canada, US, UK), with opportunities to select from several offers.
  • Brockton students have been successful in securing impressive scholarship and award recognition for entry into post-secondary.
  • Brockton students have chosen diverse paths to pursue - in the arts, sciences, business, engineering, and more.
  • ABOVE and BEYOND the academic opportunities afforded them, Brockton students have graduated with life-long skills and appreciations that have invited them to be difference-makers in the world. They have spent time learning… how to learn… and being inspired to learn. They have spent time learning how to make a difference in all aspects of life. They have learned about themselves… about others… and about life around them. They are self aware individuals with a sense of international-mindedness and purpose.

We welcome you to view our graduate speeches (written and spoken from the heart) 

 

 

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