Striving as a school towards continual improvement, Queen Elizabeth Elementaryt welcomes new families and embraces them as part of a close knit community. The vast majority of its students meet or exceed Ministry of Education Learning Expectations. With a total of 402 students, 18% of which are ESL,the philosophy of this school is oriented toward student responsibility and a recognition that learning takes place in a supportive environment that understands, appreciates and respects the individual and unique learning styles of each child.
Queen Mary Elementary supports the learning needs of more than four hundred and forty students from a mainly residential corner of West Point Grey. First established in 1915, the school consists of three connected buildings including the landmark 'Red Building'. Parents are active supporters of the school and volunteer in many ways to support student safety, extra-curricular programs and classroom activities.The school maintains high expectations for student conduct based on principles of safety, respect and responsibility. These expectations are strongly supported by staff and parents who work together to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education and are given a good foundation for becoming knowledgeable and caring citizens.
L'Ecole Jules Quesnel opened its first French Immersion class in 1978. The building, erected in the 1920's, served both as an elementary school and as a wing of Lord Byng Secondary before it became home to Jules Quesnel in 1978. It continues to share a large property and physical plant with the secondary school and have access to the adjacent Lord Byng Pool & Fitness Centre which are operated by the Parks Board.
Although the majority of our 424 K-7 students come from English-speaking families, our community is enriched by a scattering of several other linguistic backgrounds. Most students live in the vicinity and many enjoy the stability of a full eight years in the same environment. Parents contribute to all aspects of our school's life as helpers in classrooms, in the library, and as coaches in extra-curricular sports.
Lord Byng is a comprehensive school with a population of 1,100 students in grades 8-12. It offers a full program, with high enrolment in both academic and elective areas. In 2002, 51 of Byng's Grade 12 students received Provincial Scholarships, and participation rates in Provincially examinable courses were well above district and provincial averages. Over 85% of Byng graduates continue to Post Secondary Education, while at least 60% go directly to university. Over 25 Career Preparation programs are available at the senior level, with an enrolment of approximately 225 students. Byng Arts Mini School (visual and performing) offers an outstanding program to students with a fine arts orientation. There is a large enrolment in extra curricular activities which include clubs, sports, drama and music. There are over 30 different primary languages spoken by Byng students, although about 70% speak English as their first language.
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