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BC Christian Academy

Message from the Head Principal, Ian Jarvie

For 25 years, British Columbia Christian Academy has been educating young people in the Tri-City area from the Greater Vancouver region, as well as students that come to us from around the world.  We serve students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 from a very diverse background that have their history stemming from over 40 countries.

Our mission is to assist the family by providing a Christ-centered, Bible-based education that inspires each student to pursue excellence in spiritual growth, moral character, academics, fine arts, physical fitness and service to others.  We do all of these in an environment with a strong community that has compassion for one another.

Our students are taught to be intentional—striving for mastery in everything they do.  In order to do this, the students are taught to take ownership of their learning and to set goals which will allow them to excel in all areas, according to their gifting.

BC Christian Academy has put in place opportunities for students to obtain high academic training through Advance Placement (AP) courses being offered at the senior level.  This allows our students to get dual credits for their AP courses, receiving credit at the high school and university level.

BC Christian Academy is renowned for its strong community where there is truly a partnership between the home and school.   Our families will say that BC Christian Academy is like their second home because the faculty and staff truly care for all the children and families in the school, and are there to help them through life’s challenges as they arise.

Take some time to visit our website at www.bcchristianacademy.ca to learn more about our school community.  You will find a detailed description of what we do and will see many testimonies provided by our families.  Come and join us too for our Open House this February 4!

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Cornerstone Christian Academy

Cornerstone Christian Academy strives to provide Academic Excellence, Biblical Discipleship and Character Building from a Christ-centered worldview.  It is a true model of the gospel in action, and God is blessing this school community!

The positive school environment speaks of the way God is at work in the hearts of the students, helping them to understand and respond to what it means to be image bearers of Christ.  There is a genuine understanding and care for students’ individual needs and development, educationally and spiritually.  Active involvement in community programs enhances student experiences, while building their confidence and social responsibility as global citizens.

In being good stewards of the Great Commandments (Mark 12:30-31), Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), and what is entrusted to them, teachers continuously and collaboratively seek better ways to effectively teach the students as a unified body of Christ.  Praise the Lord for His goodness!

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Fraser Valley Adventist Academy

Fraser Valley Adventist Academy opened its doors in September of 1971. It started with Grades 1 to 9 and within a few years expanded to a kindergarten through Grade 12 school.  For 45 years, FVAA has welcomed students from various religious backgrounds to become a part of a growing family that supports and encourages each other.

Engaging and stimulating lessons keep students focused on learning.  Interwoven into the curriculum are life skills, Christian values, and personalization.  Grade 11 students experienced this as they studied world history.  When learning about WWII, students were eagerly digging into the who, why, when, where and how of the times.  They questioned, researched, analyzed and built connections.  Not only did they develop a new love of history, but they learned so much about the past and how their choices affect others and the future.  At FVAA, students transform lessons into life skills and values.

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MEI Schools

Teaching the Next Generation

It’s hard to imagine what the world will be like when the students who entered kindergarten in 2016 graduate from MEI Secondary in the year 2019.

MEI Schools will produce learners. These exceptional men and women will be equipped with the skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century. First and foremost, our graduates will have learned how to learn in a real world context.  When challenged they will be able to assess, adjust, and make ethical decisions.  These qualities will make them valuable assets to any organization.

MEI Schools will produce leaders.  Our graduates will be exceptional women and men who are prepared to lead in an ever-changing world.  They will be equipped with character competence, and confidence.  Most importantly MEI graduates will have gained an understanding of what it means to have an authentic relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ.

MEI isn’t just a school from kindergarten to Grade 12; MEI is so much more than that. It is a way of life and is something that you will carry with you long after you graduate. “What you learn here will impact not just your academic future but the way you lead yourself and the way you lead others.” Georgia, Grade 5.

Please pray for us as we work to make MEI an engaging learning experience for all in classes, through extra-curricular opportunities, and in our worship.

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Maple Ridge Christian School

Helping students connect to the stories they love.  That is what drew Shelia Puchalski to work in the library program at Maple Ridge Christian School.

Puchalski, whose children attend the school, is a Library Technician.  She graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Diploma in Library and Information Technology.

“My vision is not only to help get our students reading but to make reading relevant,” Puchalski says.  “That is why we have developed a formal library program to run from preschool all the way to Grade 9.”

The high school program, which is unique to MRCS, helps prepare Grade 8 and Grade 9 students for the rigors of their senior years and for post-secondary education.  It keeps their library skills sharp.

“We do a lot of lessons focused on projects,” Puchalski says.  “This might mean conducting an in-depth character analysis from a novel or discussing fact versus opinion bias in magazines and newspapers.  If we are studying graphic novels, we might review literary elements and symbolism.”

But at the foundation is the goal to create readers for life.  “By cultivating the interests of our students,” Puchalski says, “we help them to stay connected to the stories they love.”

For more information about Maple Ridge Christian School and their vision to provide innovative Christian education, please visit www.mrcs.ca

For more information about Maple Ridge Christian School and their vision to provide innovative Christian education, please visit www.mrcs.ca

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Regent Christian Academy

Training young people to develop a Christian worldview is a vital part of their future success.   For over 38 years, Regent Christian Academy has been training students to become critical thinkers that will positively impact our world.

Education is a three-way partnership between the home, the church and the school.  Teachers at RCA understand their role in this partnership to provide the guidance and support necessary for students’ success in their schooling and beyond.  All academic programs are designed to guide the next generation of leaders and influencers to develop a perspective of the world around them rooted in Biblical principles.

Many high school students make a global impact through international mission trips to disadvantaged areas of the world and come back stronger in their walk with God.  RCA provides an experiential and innovative foundation for success both academically and spiritually.

A spirit of community is noticeable at RCA, as high school students are often seen encouraging and working with younger ones while displaying a level of respect and decorum that brings honour to God.  The positive attributes seen in RCA graduates are the result of years of focused training and teaching —and by the blessing and grace of God.

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Surrey Christian School

At Surrey Christian school, we focus on students learning that is “Real work for a real need for real people.” Let’s hear an example from Grade 2:

“Tell me and I will forget. Teach me and I will remember. Involve me and I will learn.” –Benjamin Franklin

“This Fall my Grade 2 students and I embarked on a journey to discover and hopefully partner with an organization that is bringing restoration to our world. As a class we began the year by understanding the story of humanity and our relationship with God in the world through the four ideas of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. With respect to restoration we asked ourselves “Where can I help bring restoration to God’s world?” From there I gave students six examples of local organizations that were doing great things, and then gave them the opportunity to vote for the organizations that they felt personally connected to. When the vote was tallied by the students, 85 per cent of them had voted for the SPCA.

From the moment the results were announced it felt that my students completely took over the project in ways that surprised and inspired me. We decided that we needed to do some research into what the SPCA actually does. We wrote to them asking if they could visit us at Surrey Christian to tell us more about their work and ways we could partner with them. By the time Jeanine came to our class we had developed a strong idea of their work, and created posters that highlighted the four ways we thought the SPCA brought restoration to Surrey: 1. Adoptions 2. Investigations 3. Advocacy 4. Education. When the SPCA visited, she was able to not only tell us stories of how they have helped better the lives of many animals, but also how we could partner with them. She told us that they often need animal supplies for those animals they provide a temporary home for, as well as office supplies so they can use their money in other ways.

After a personal brainstorming session, the class came together and immediately a plan came together. They decided that they wanted to host a bake sale to raise money for animal supplies, which they wanted to purchase themselves. Secondly they wanted to ask local businesses for office supplies for the SPCA. After two weeks of writing letters to local businesses, surveying their Elementary peers on which treats they would buy at a bake sale, baking treats at home and school, along with advertising and organizing the bake sale we where able to donate over $550 worth of animal and office supplies to the SPCA.

Throughout this whole experience I was continually amazed with how engaged each and every student was. My vision for this little project was stretched by the enthusiasm of these 21 curious minds, and I will forever be grateful for their desire to be agents of restoration in our world!

surreychristian.com

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