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Spotlight: Education

Education Spotlight

Aldergrove Christian Academy
BC Christian Academy
Cornerstone Christian School
Delta Christian School
Fraser Valley Adventist Academy
Hope Lutheran School
Langley Christian School
Lions Gate Christian Academy
Maple Ridge Christian School
MEI Schools
Regent Christian Academy
Surrey Christian School
Vancouver Christian School
West Coast Christian School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aldergrove Christian Academy

 

Are you looking for a Christian school that will provide your child more personal teacher time?

Aldergrove Christian Academy is a Kindergarten to Grade 12, Group 3 (non-funded) independent school located in Aldergrove with classes Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday is a home learning day that provides time for family, hobbies and community involvements.

The curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 8 is by Bob Jones University Press. Grades 9-12 students enroll in DL courses that fulfill the B.C. Dogwood Graduation requirements. Multi-grade classes encourage healthy peer relationships and prepare students for the adult world.

ACA teaches a biblical worldview with in-class devotions, daily Bible classes and a weekly chapel for all of the students. ACA provides low student-to-teacher ratios with a maximum of 15 students per class. ACA has a very reasonable per student tuition rate with a portion income tax deductible for religious education.

For more information visit www.rosbc.com and select Aldergrove Christian Academy. Please call to arrange to visit the school with the ACA-for-A-Day program for guests.

www.rosbc.com

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BC Christian Academy

 

Many years ago, British Columbia Christian Academy determined that if we are going to be successful in our mandate of “Equipping students to impact the world for Jesus Christ,” then we would have to be intentional about setting an example of godly living to every single child who calls BCCA “home.”

So, since we believe that God has called us to love Him and love others wholeheartedly (as Moses famously commissioned the Israelites), it would be important that we should plant these commandments in the hearts and minds of our students, because school encompasses much more than academics, sports and music. We should actually tie them as symbols on their hands and write them on their foreheads (Deuteronomy 11:18,19) and talk about them in all sorts of places every chance we get.

Now, even if it’s for a good reason, we don’t encourage writing of notes on hands or foreheads but we do use our halls and walls and classroom instruction, our chapels and story times and morning devotions and even our conflict resolution opportunities to instill the 3-C’s – Community, Compassion and Christ – into the hearts and minds of our students.

Essentially, we invite each one to become part of a vibrant community that demonstrates the love of Christ to all people, respecting and honouring each one, made in God’s very image and therefore, treasured and valuable. Further, we practice compassion through creative local initiatives and international projects that reach out to others with the love of Christ, bringing hope to many who have lost it.

Finally, we dive into the Word of God every day in multiple ways to teach by Christ’s example, using every opportunity to proclaim the good news and to build a rock-solid faith in each one that will equip our students to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Join us on a tour or drop in to book your child’s spot for 2018-19. Like free hot chocolate at an outdoor skating rink, our seats are disappearing fast.

bcchristianacademy.ca

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Cornerstone Christian School

 

Cornerstone Christian School has been described by some of our families as the “best kept secret in Abbotsford.” A small, faith-based school with low teacher/student ratio, CCS is a warm, friendly environment that focuses on the individual needs of students.

Teachers and students are fully engaged, exploring the new BC curriculum from a biblical perspective.

We are a multicultural and inter-denominational community. We offer inclusive sports teams and music/drama classes.

Check us out at www.cornerstoneschool.ca and call today to book a personal tour.

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Delta Christian School

 

Delta Christian School is situated in the heart of Ladner, BC. With a rich, sixty-three year history, DCS is thriving as a vibrant learning community. Teachers and support staff walk alongside students, encouraging a partnership between home and school. Students graduate from DCS with a strong foundation in reading, writing, and math, but more importantly, an identity as image-bearers of Christ. In his second year as principal, Mr. Young  brings a fresh perspective.

Students are equipped as twenty-first century learners with the school’s implementation of inquiry-based approaches, a focus on technology and computational thinking, and shifts in how assessment and reporting of learning are taking place. DCS graduates have priority placement into Richmond Christian School for grade eight.

Prospective families are invited to visit the school to see all the great things taking place. The school is comprised of families from Delta and the surrounding communities. Transportation services are available to students from Richmond and Delta. Admissions applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now being accepted.

deltachristianschool.org

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Fraser Valley Adventist Academy

 

Forty-seven years ago, passionate parents came together to build a school where their children could not only learn their daily academic lessons, but also learn about the real and living God who loves them.  Today, children and grandchildren of those first students are walking the same halls.

The staff may have changed, but Fraser Valley Adventist Academy is still working to prepare minds and hearts for the many demands of an ever-changing world.

Students are given opportunities to develop new life-skills, learn about global communities and their diversities, expand upon ideas and concepts in new ways, and build the foundations for healthy spiritual, mental, physical and social living.

They put into action the many academic lessons and life-skills they are learning by providing volunteer services, visiting seniors’ homes, collecting money for victims of disasters, creating and building, and participating in academic endeavours.

At FVAA, we keep building the future.

www.fvaa.net

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Hope Lutheran School

 

One of the core values at Hope Lutheran Christian School is equipping our students to be lifelong learners. We intentionally create an educational environment built on an understanding of God’s word and encourage students to strive for academic excellence.  Across the curriculum, students learn about the love, power, and majesty of God.

In a science lesson about the human body, students are also taught to appreciate the creativity of God’s wonderful design.  In art classes, they recognize that God is the master artist through the glory of nature. Our students learn to look at the things around them through a Christian worldview; they see God in the massive and the mundane.

Our students have many opportunities to develop their God-given gifts and abilities.  Academically, we offer math and writing contests, inquiry based learning, and differentiation.  One of the ways we meet the needs of all learners is through the use of math platoons.  Instead of requiring all students of a certain grade to take the same math lesson, teachers at HLCS complete pre-assessments with their students before each unit.  Students are then grouped according to ability level.  This strategy allows all students to experience success and an appropriate level of challenge.

If you talk to the parents of the students at Hope Lutheran Christian School, many of them will tell you there is a feeling you get when you walk in the door.  It’s a sense of a caring community that will love and nurture children as they grow in their understanding of the world and their place in it, but most importantly, as they grow in their understanding of God and His love for them.

hopelcs.ca

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Langley Christian School

 

Leadership, Service and Community at Langley Christian Elementary by John van der Leek | LCS Elementary Assistant Principal

The intermediate students at Langley Christian Elementary play a special role as the older children on campus. For these enthusiastic and curious students opportunities abound to explore new learning experiences inside and outside the classroom.  The students enjoy leading and serving others in their school community while experiencing a rich learning environment, discovering truths about God’s world, their place in it, and how they are called to be faithful followers of Christ.  Expert BC certified teachers, music and PE specialists and teacher librarians all teach from a biblical perspective, engaging students in exciting curriculum, and authentic and meaningful learning experiences.

Serving and leading, the intermediates play a vital role in the school community. They are positive role models who enjoy learning how to serve as office helpers, referees, kinder-sitters and librarian assistants.  They complete these vital tasks joyfully, understanding that serving others is a rewarding privilege.  LCS intermediate students are invited to participate in a wide range of activities that include choir, cross country, basketball, volleyball, and track and field clubs, Shakespeare Club, Reading Link, intramurals, the spring musical, Peacemakers, Kilometre Club, and Photography Club. These rich experiences fit the developmental need of an age group that desires to try new activities in a safe and supportive environment.

langleychristian.com/elementaryschool/

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Lions Gate Christian Academy

 

Celebrating 25 years of Christian Education on the North Shore

Lions Gate Christian Academy, the only interdenominational Christian school on the North Shore, is excited to be celebrating our 25th year of working with families to provide a quality Christian education. Our positive school climate is largely influenced by the three key expectations we expect our learning community to adhere to: demonstrate mutual respect, always try your best, and have fun. These expectations have helped successfully guide our learners from Kindergarten all the way through to Grade 12 and beyond.

There are so many reasons why students enjoy studying at LGCA. The friendships they form here can last a lifetime as we hear from many of our returning alumni. Our students are afforded many unique learning opportunities by our devoted faculty. Our learning environment allows our students to achieve not only academic success represented in our Fraser Institute results, but a spiritual success that is also pleasing to the Lord. We strive to equip our students with the discernment that will allow them to make the right choices in this very perplexing world that we live in. Our chapels are great opportunities for our diverse learning community to come together and celebrate the many truths that we know and hold to be true in our faith. We look forward to seeing you at our official Open House on February 22. If that date doesn’t work for you, please give us a call and stop in as every day at LGCA is Open House. We look forward to meeting you soon.

LGCA is a community rooted in the teachings of Jesus where all students are loved, challenged, and equipped to be purposeful contributors in their communities.

lgca.ca

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Maple Ridge Christian School

 

Stacy Sowerby stands at the front of the classroom, greeting her students as they prepare for the day.

Sowerby teaches Humanities to Grade 8 and Grade 9 students at Maple Ridge Christian School.  A graduate of South Dakota State University, she has taught at schools in both Canada and the United States.

“I love teaching here, “she says.  “People are really cared for.  The staff cares for each other and in turn, they care for the students from preschool to Grade 12.  It’s something that I’ve never experienced before in the same way.”

Part of this care for students is facilitated by the structure of the courses in Grade 8 and Grade 9.  Humanities 8 and Humanities 9 is an integration of English, Social Studies and Bible.  By combining these subjects, students can learn writing skills and use them in their social studies project.  Layered into this teaching is a biblical worldview.  The students also collaborate in groups and present their work to parents and other students, sharpening their public speaking skills.

“The integration allows us the freedom and flexibility to really examine the material.  We get to work one-on-one with our students and build critical thinking skills,” Sowerby explains.  “We are able to have some amazing conversations and see our students at the cusp of who they are and who they are going to be. It’s a privilege to see them progress.”

For more information about Maple Ridge Christian School and their vision to see every student thrive, please visit www.mrcs.ca

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MEI Schools

 

“Dad…I love school”

My youngest daughter Tobyn started high school this year, but has been at MEI since preschool. She was part of the very first three year old group and will have spent 15 years at MEI when she graduates.  Mr. Burkinshaw’s team at the elementary school and Ms. Smith’s team at the middle school have been excellent in helping guide her through her formative school years.

One morning recently, as I was dropping Tobyn off at the high school, we saw the middle school teachers walking back to the school from the Monday morning meeting. Several of the teachers saw Tobyn and waved. Her teacher from grade 8, Mr. Jackson, stopped and asked her how things were going. He wanted to know about her adjustment to high school and how her swimming was going.  Little things like that mean a lot to a child, and a parent.

As Tobyn was getting out of the vehicle she looked back and said, “Dad…I love school”.

My sincere thanks to all the staff in the MEI family.

Stuart Smith

MEI Schools Parent

meischools.com/mei_schools/

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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 39 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.

regent.bc.ca

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Surrey Christian School

 

At Surrey Christian School, we are grappling with the question: “What does it mean to invite students into deeper learning experiences?”  In other words, what does ‘deeper learning’ mean within the context of Surrey Christian School?  And while this question represents a journey for us as a staff, we are being guided by the following working definition of ‘deeper learning’:  People of God’s story engaged in real work that forms self and shapes the world.

So, what does it mean to approach learning as participation in “God’s Story?” Learning in God’s story is not primarily about content, but about experience. Our participation is not only about what we think, but also about our deepest hopes for ourselves and the world in light of God’s story. Our role in God’s story is discovered by looking inward, realizing who we are as image bearers, and looking outward, as we explore our world and see where God is at work within it. Deeper learning in Christian education provides a way to learn content and skills, and to develop the character of Christ through aligning the unique gifts of the learner with the deep needs of the world.

For students and educators at Surrey Christian School, ‘Deeper Learning’ invites us to become engaged in God’s story, equips us to play our unique role, and empowers us to apply our knowledge and skills to produce real work that meets real needs for real people.

So, what does this look like?  This looks like our grade 2 students spending time with seniors every two weeks to build relationship and to write their life stories.  It looks like our grade 11 computers class building websites for non-profit organizations.  It looks like our grade 5 students partnering with new moms weekly in our learning commons.  It looks like our Secondary Campus biology classes teaching our grade 3 students about ecosystems in Tynehead Park.  Our students participating in work that matters – here and now – that forms self, and shapes the world.

Darryl deBoer, Director of Learning, Surrey Christian School

For more information on any of the Surrey Christian campuses, please visit www.surreychristian.com, or if you would like to arrange a tour, please contact Clara Atagi at catagi@surreychristian.com

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Vancouver Christian School

 

70 Years Strong: Christian Education in the City of Vancouver

Vancouver Christian School will be entering its 70th year of operation in the fall of 2018, with a K-12 program under one roof for the first time in its history.  Aside from its beautiful location and contemporary west coast architecture, the new building has been planned with 21st-century learning in mind, including moving walls and flexible learning spaces. Building on its history of incorporating the best of traditional and progressive methodology within the framework of a Christian worldview,  Vancouver Christian School will offer three divisions of learning–K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

The K-12 Advantage:

  • Purposeful spiritual formation starting in Kindergarten and culminating in Grade 12
  • Students are known by staff members from an early age through to graduation
  • Student profiles developed over time, ensuring unique needs are met; no falling through the cracks
  • Leadership opportunities within the school program
  • A consistent academic program, developing strong skills over time
  • Comprehensive, multi-year athletic skills development
  • Multi-age, real-life learning opportunities
  • Thoughtful and progressive IT skills and citizenship training
  • Mentoring and role modeling responsibilities
  • Cultural outreach and service training, beginning in primary grades and culminating in Grade 11
  • One site; one purpose

Vancouver Christian School’s core strengths are built on: a healthy parent/school partnership, meeting the needs of each unique learner, a vibrant and dynamic educational program, and a nurturing and welcoming environment.  70 years ago, the doors of Vancouver Christian School were opened by parents who wanted a school that was rooted in faith and God’s word; VCS is now poised to enter the next 70 years with the same purpose and mission.

vancs.org/index

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West Coast Christian School

 

WCCS is 25 years old! Though there have been many changes through the years, we’ve remained faithful to our commitment of building community. We believe that children learning in a connected community are more likely to thrive. The diversity of our community offers many unique opportunities for students, staff and parents to explore together the rich biblical practices of hospitality, friendship and grace.

Our High School Service Learning classes represent this focus well. Students serve in many ways, from helping at UGM, to organizing activities for younger classes, to preparing meals for families in need. As they serve, they learn about compassion for those who, at times, need extra encouragement.

Hear what some students have to say about our Service Learning Cooking  Class: “Cooking is actually a very therapeutic and nice way to end the week!” “It feels good knowing that the meals are helping and blessing other families.” “We work together, and it always comes out delicious! We cook and bake for fun but the fact that we can do something simple like this at school that has a great impact on others is awesome!”

www.westcoastchristianschool.ca

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