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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 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). 


JK and K: Students will meet 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. 


Age-dependent: A family and/or student interview may take place.

 

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 from the North Vancouver School District (NVSD) on the existing (3467 Duval) site. For the past several years, Brockton has been strategically exploring options for a long term campus/home. In September 2018, Brockton’s Chair of the Board and Head of School announced that: 

  • the school had a lease renewal in hand and would be signing this fall 
  • the school has been working with agents to support the exploration for and eventual procurement of the future home of Brockton School; indeed, many promising opportunities are being explored! 

In the meantime and in service to the students of today, Brockton continues to grow the school and enhance the existing campus and facility. Over the past six years, Brockton has welcomed a new music room, a new Senior School modular wing with an 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. 
Once the new lease is signed, the community can expect an announcement regarding next steps with campus and facility planning on the existing site and plans for the future home of Brockton School. Confidently, Brockton is building on the past, as it builds for the needs of today and our future. 

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

Brockton School proudly upholds its status as an authentic and inclusive school (within its capacity/scope). In support of socio-economic inclusivity, Brockton seeks to offer healthy financial assistance supports/systems where possible. Financial Assistance at Brockton School presents in the following manners:

  1. Tuition and/or Entry Bond Bursaries
  2. Tuition discounts (e.g., sibling discounts)
  3. Entrance Scholarships
  4. Extraordinary Purposes Bursaries

These opportunities are available to families with children at all grade levels. For more information please contact admissions@brocktonschool.com.

 

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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