Vancouver, British Columbia Tutoring Programs
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Vancouver District and Curriculum
The curriculum used in Vancouver was developed at the provincial level to ensure that all students have access to the same high quality standards of learning. The standards are referred to as the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and outline what knowledge and skills a students should acquire in each subject. Core academic learning is enhanced by the district through its programs for students of all ages, including programs in the fine arts, outdoor education, language immersion, and specialized career programs, which all follow curriculum that integrate classroom and hands-on learning experiences.
We currently cover the following Vancouver-area school district: Vancouver School Board, Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese.
Schools in Vancouver include:
John Norquay Elementary School is located on 4710 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5R 2A1, John Norquay Elementary School covers grades PreK-7 and can be contacted at 604-713-4666. The mission of of Norquay Elementary School is to enable students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. The school was originally opened in 1913 as more and more people moved to South Vancouver. John Norquay Elementary School offers a Mandarin Bilingual Program where 50% of subjects are taught in Mandarin and 50% of subjects are taught in English. Like other students in British Columbia, students at John Norquay Elementary School are taught a curriculum that includes British Columbia’s New Curriculum. In grade 2 mathematics, students focus on learning the foundations of math. They learn about numbers up to 100, and how they can be broken down into groups of 10s and 1s. They also learn about addition and subtraction, in the context of place value. They learn to make identify and generate patterns, and learn about the characteristics and attributes of shapes and objects. In graphing, they learn how quantities can be represented with pictographs. At John Norquay Elementary School, the importance of mathematics is emphasized through their commitment to math proficiency and the tracking of math fluency through their math rubric. For more information on the mathematics tutoring SchoolTutoring academy offers, please contact us.
Magee Secondary School is located on 6360 Maple St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4M2, Magee Secondary School covers grades 8-12 and can be contacted at 604-713-8200. Originally founded in 1914, Magee Secondary School was rebuilt in 2000. The school offers a SPARTS program for its students, who are given an opportunity to attend school while also pursuing and practicing their sport, music or art. Students attend school for half the day, and then spend the rest of their school day at somewhere like a gymnasium, concert hall or even golf course.The school offers a well developed Fine Arts Department. More than 500 students are involved in the award winning Music Department, which includes band, choir, and the new Symphony Orchestra. In grade 12, students have the opportunity to take more specified math courses. These include pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, geometry, and computer science. In calculus, students are expected to know about limit, differentiation, and integration. They learn about the concept of a limit and how it is foundational to calculus, they also learn about instantaneous rates of change, and how derivatives and integrals are inversely related. For more information on the calculus tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.
Britannia Secondary School is located on 1001 Cotton Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3T4, Britannia Secondary School covers grades 8-12 and can be contacted at 604-713-8266. Found on the east side of Vancouver, Britannia Secondary School uses a block schedule program that alternates four blocks every 2 days to teach its student. The school is the oldest remaining secondary school in Vancouver, having being founded in 1908. The school is also situated on a community site which also includes an elementary school, public library, skating rink, swimming pool, and fitness facility. Students attending Britannia Secondary School have the opportunity to participate in an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, where students can take college level courses while in high school. At the end of these courses, students are then able to take an exam, which can qualify them for college credit. In addition, the school ha a Hockey Canada Skills Academy. Notable alumni of Britannia Secondary School include a former Premier of British Columbia, a former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, and an Order of Canada Recipient. The mission statement of the school is to nurture students who are responsible citizens, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for lifelong success. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child succeed with one-on-one tutoring, please contact us.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Vancouver District Curriculum
In English language arts, students acquire their reading, writing, communication, and research skills which serve them well in all subjects. Reading comprehension includes both fiction and non-fiction and students are expected to develop critical, analytic responses to their reading. They are expected to recognize voice, intent, and craft of writing and then translate these lessons into their own written work. Students learn how to organize and draft essays and stories, and then learn techniques to edit and revise their work.
The social studies and history curriculum requires that students learn about a number of major concepts from politics and economics to sociology and culture. The study of how individuals contribute to changes in society is emphasized. Students look at the manners in which humans adapt and modify their environment to make them more suitable for living as well. Both positive and negative aspects of the changes humans make to the environment are examined. Students learn how geography both facilitates communication between peoples and cuts areas off from the outside world and how people have adapted to such a reality.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Vancouver Educational News
- Strong Start - Families in the Vancouver District can use one of 18 Early Learning Centres that are open in local elementary schools. These centres provide a place for playtime, reading, social interaction and language development for children birth to 5. The centres are free to families though a parent/caregiver must be with their child while attending.
- Mini Schools - The District has developed a series of Mini Schools for high school age students. These schools provide specific education in the Arts, Technology, Athletics and other academic programs. The Mini Schools offer accelerated learning experiences in fields that students are considering for their future academic and career pursuits. Students enjoy hands-on, experiential and collaborative learning experiences in a field of particular personal interest.
- Mandarin Bilingual Education - Students at Jamieson Elementary School have the unique opportunity to receive a bilingual education in Mandarin. The core curriculum is delivered in English and then there is a Mandarin Language Arts component. Students are not expected to have any knowledge of Mandarin to enroll in this program. The program begins for students in grade 4.
Vancouver Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed
SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.
About Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is located on the coast of British Columbia. The city is often named as one of the top cities worldwide in the categories of livability and quality of life. The city of Vancouver is also known for being surrounded by nature, making tourism, the second largest industry in the city. Nicknames for Vancouver include “Hollywood North”, due to major film production studios being located in the city and nearby Burnaby. Historically, the city has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Expo 86, and the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
When Vancouver was first settled, it was originally called Gastown. It was renamed to Vancouver in 1886, when it became the railhead of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The city’s location close to the Pacific Ocean helped it become a vital link in the trade route between East Asia, Eastern Canada and Europe. Today, the city is still a major port city, and as of 2014, Port Metro Vancouver is the busiest and largest port in Canada.
In 2016, the population of Vancouver was 631,490, making it the most populated city in the province of British Columbia. According to a 2016 census by Statistics Canada, the average age of the population in Vancouver was 41.0 years old. The median household income in the city in 2015 was $72,662 in 2015.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches across the Capilano River. Spanning 450 feet or 137 m across and 230 feet or 70m above the river, the bridge was originally built in 1889 and completely rebuilt in 1956. It is located in a forested park. Since then, millions of people have crossed the bridge, and the site attracts over 800,000 visitors a year. In addition, the park area also includes rainforest eco tours, gardens, nature trails, and the largest private collection of First Nations totem poles in North America. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy seasonal musical entertainment and First Nations Culture through the performances held at the park, involving traditional ceremonial dresses, masks, dancing, and storytelling.
Stanley Park is the first and largest urban park in Vancouver. Located on the borders of downtown Vancouver, surrounded by Vancouver Harbour and English Bay, Stanley park overs 405 hectares (1001 acres). In 1988, the park was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. The park’s long history began long before British Columbia was colonized by British explorers in 1858, as the land was originally used by First Nations people for thousands of years. After colonization, the park was home to European settlers, and later turned into the city’s first park in 1856. Today, visitors to Stanley park can explore the area, and enjoy natural West Coast rainforest, scenic views of water, mountains, sky and trees, and walk along kilometres of trail
The Neighborhood of Gastown was the original settlement that would become the core of Vancouver. The area was named after “Gassy” Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain and barkeep from Yorkshire, England who opened the first saloon in the area. Today, visitors to Gastown can enjoy a thriving fashion district, one-of-a-kind art galleries, unique food with flavours to suit every taste, and a bustling nightlife. In 2012, the neighborhood of Gastown was named the fourth most stylish neighborhood in the world. One of the popular landmarks in Gastown is the Gastown steam clock, located at the corner of Cambie and Water street. It was built in 1977 on top over a steam grate. It used this steam to power itself, and prevented street people from sleeping on the steam grate in the cold weather. Today, the clock’s steam mechanism has been completely restored, and it was one of the tourist attractions in Gastown.
- After Los Angeles and New York City, Vancouver is the largest film production center in North America.
- Stanley Park is 10% larger than New York City’s Central Park!
- 65% of downtown Vancouver is residential space.
- Vancouver aquarium is among the top 5 aquariums worldwide!
- Every year, approximately 15-million tourists visit Vancouver!
- Vancouver is also a popular cruise ship destination, and it is the fourth largest cruise ship port in the world! Many ships stop by the city en route to Alaska.
Chalk Talk: What the Arts Curriculum Offers
Art students have the opportunity to study many forms of art, from instrumental and vocal music to theatre and dance to the visual arts. The visual arts component allows children to explore various mediums, including paint, clay, and charcoal. Students in the middle grades learn basic design elements that improve aesthetics. This is done by studying seminal art works and identifying their common characteristics. Students also gain the ability to critically evaluate their work and the work of others. Young artists are challenged to test the limits of their abilities by using new materials and processes to design and create new art. There is a connection to the world of work as well. Students identify various careers that require artistic abilities, and evaluate those careers based on future availability and income potential.