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WHAT MAKES BROCKTON DIFFERENT?

Brockton school acknowledges peer independent and public schools while offering something uniquely different to its community.

Brockton School is an authentic, inclusive, small, personalized, community-oriented, ISABC and IB school located in North Vancouver.

  • Brockton is an authentic school, where the focus of energies is on the students and teaching and learning.

  • Brockton is an inclusive school, where students and families of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and embraced. For example:

    • Socio-economic differences are welcomed with the structures of a healthy bursary programme and a growing advancement (giving) programme.

    • Cultural diversity is welcomed and embraced with families from a variety of backgrounds contributing to the community.

    • Learning diversity is welcomed with a programme that supports high standards and expectations, while recognizing and supporting the challenges, gifts, and learning differences that each child possesses.

  • Brockton is a small school. While peer independent schools boast similarly small class sizes, few can boast of the small school school environment. This small school environment (with a target capacity growth of 500) allows for a truly personalized approach within a close knit community. Every student and family is known, acknowledged and supported.

  • Brockton enjoys the opportunity to share membership with the outstanding peer ISABC schools.

  • Brockton is fully committed to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and lives an internationally-minded, inquiry-based, and learner profile driven existence.  

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.

WHEN SHOULD YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO BROCKTON SCHOOL?

Brockton School has a rolling admissions process, meaning that the school accepts applications throughout the year. Seats for Brockton-ready students are filled progressively (generally as of December 1st and onwards).  For classes that are/become full, Brockton-ready students will be placed in a wait-pool for future consideration (should seats/sections open up).

For Senior Kindergarten (5 as of December 31st) and Junior Kindergarten (4 as of December 31st), specific group assessment sessions are scheduled in December, January and space allowing, February. Please contact admissions@brocktonschool.com for specific dates and details.
 

DOES BROCKTON HAVE A JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMME?

Yes. Brockton is welcoming its first Junior Kindergarten class in September 2016. Students aged 4 by December 31st, 2016 are welcomed to apply. Please contact admissions@brocktonschool.com.

DOES BROCKTON HAVE INTAKE YEARS?

Brockton School admits two sections of 8 students at the Junior Kindergarten level (age 4 by December 31st). The majority of our Junior Kindergarten students are expected to progress to the Senior Kindergarten Programme. Brockton offers two sections of 16 spaces to the Senior Kindergarten Programme (age 5 by December 31st). In grades 1 through 12, Brockton supports two sections of 20 students per grade level.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO ADMIT TO BROCKTON SCHOOL?

Admission to Brockton School is competitive and is based upon the strength 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 IB programme and all that it provides/demands

  • are interested in the many benefits of the small 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 be scheduled to meet with a member of the admissions team to engage in a school-based assessment (primarily assessing age-appropriate literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional maturity). The assessments typically involve a series of developmentally appropriate tasks and observations. 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.

WILL BROCKTON CONTINUE TO EXIST ON THIS CAMPUS & IS IT EXPANDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE?

Brockton holds a lease on the existing site until July of 2020. Brockton School is actively pursuing a purchase option for the site. At the same time, Brockton School is pursuing other exciting campus development opportunities nearby in North Vancouver. Brockton School anticipates confirming the future long-term campus location by the summer of 2016. In the meantime, Brockton is continuing to grow the school and better the facility. September of 2016 will welcome a new Senior School modular wing, with expansive science lab and learning commons ,and will see the Junior School (with Junior Kindergarten programme included) grow within a gently renovated existing building.

DOES BROCKTON HAVE ANY BURSARIES OR SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

Yes, Brockton School offers a healthy bursary programme to new and existing families. Brockton School uses a third party consultant to support the bursary candidate selection. Please contact admissions@brocktonschool.com for more information.

The Brockton Parent Committee also generously provides scholarships to existing students who meet the selection criteria.

DOES BROCKTON HAVE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE?

Brockton works with collaboratively with a local child-care organization, Bee-Haven, in order to support a caring and connected before and after-school care program. Please refer to the Bee-Haven website for more detail of pricing.

WHAT INDICATES THE STATUS AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT?

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. We also offer a 5% family tuition discount for the first sibling and a 10% tuition discount for each of additional family member enrolled at our school.

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.

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. Please contact admissions@brocktonschool.com.

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 in 2014, 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.  

We welcome you to view our 2015 graduate speeches (written and spoken from the heart) as posted on our website.

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