10 Reasons to Choose West Vancouver



A national leader: Our International Programs were the first in Canada to welcome global students into our country’s public schools. We’ve not only offered our courses since 1982, we have developed one of the best international education programs in British Columbia and Canada.


Excellent success rate: West Vancouver has one of the highest Dogwood Completion rates in the province. We graduate over 98% of our students each year.


Top university entry record: West Vancouver has the highest percentage of students taking the academic university entrance courses of any school district in the Vancouver area. Over 80% of our graduates go on to post-secondary education. We have a 70% success rate of entry into the University of British Columbia (UBC), an institution consistently ranked within the top 30 universities in the world.


Record scholarships awarded: West Vancouver students earn the highest percentage of Provincial Government Scholarships of any school district in the province. More than 14% of West Vancouver students are awarded government examination scholarships; in most school districts, the provincial average is only 10%.


Highest-rated schools: Our three secondary schools rank #3, #4, and #13 of 232 public schools in the Fraser Rankings of Academic Achievement of secondary school students (see the report at fraserinstitute.ca).


Top score results: West Vancouver students have scored the highest results in Grades 4 and 7 in our Ministry of Education’s Foundation Skills Assessments. Every year since the government began this testing program, West Vancouver students have had the highest scores in all three test categories: Reading and Writing inEnglish, and Mathematics. Over 95% of students in grades 4 to 7 meet or exceed expectations on government exams in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.


Spectacular location: West Vancouver is a beautiful community with the majestic Coast Mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south—and we are only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver!


Best technology: All 17 outstanding schools in our District—14 elementary and three high schools—have the most advanced technology and facilities of any in our province.


Outdoor fun: Want easy access to the best skiing and snowboarding in North America? World-class Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains—the village of Whistler co-hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics—are only a 90-minute drive from West Vancouver. Even closer, Cypress Mountain, which also hosted Olympic events, is a great place to ski, snowboard, and enjoy amazing city views—only 20 minutes from the hub of West Vancouver.


Stable and safe environment: West Vancouver not only enjoys Canada’s lowest crime rate for any urban centre, it has the nation’s highest average income per household. You’ll find the most expensive homes in the Vancouver area in the city of West Vancouver.