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Distributed for Pacific Educational Press

Insider’s Guide to K–12 Education in BC

Provides parents with the information they need to

  • Navigate the school system
  • Make informed decisions
  • Access available resources and support
  • Advocate for their child

Equips educators with the information they need to help parents make the right decisions for their child’s education

Key Questions Answered

  • How does the school system work?
  • What makes a good school good?
  • How do I choose the right school for my child?
  • What program options are available? Which one best suits my child?
  • What if my child needs additional support or interventions?
  • How is my child’s learning assessed and evaluated?
  • What are the requirements for graduation?
  • How can I support my child through school transitions?
  • How can I become involved in my child’s school?

133 pages

Table of Contents

Part 1: How the School System Works

Governance and Administration


How Schools Are Organized

How the School Year Is Organized

The Provincial Curriculum

Part 2: Choosing a School

What Makes a Good School Good?

How to Choose a Public School

How to Enroll Your Child into the Public School of Your Choice

How to Choose an Independent School

How to Enroll Your Child into an Independent School of Your Choice

Part 3: Program and Schooling Options

What Types of Program and Schooling Options Are Available?


Distributed Learning

Francophone School

French Immersion

Other Language Immersion Programs

Community Schools

Advanced Placement Program

International Baccalaureate Program

Aboriginal Education Programs

Arts Programs

Sports Programs

Montessori and Reggio Emilia Programs

Challenge Programs

Multi-Age Cluster Classes

Vocational Programs

Other Programs of Choice

Part 4: Learning Support and Behaviour Interventions

Would Your Child Benefit from Additional Learning Support?

Does Your Child Need English Language Support?

What Can You Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied?

Understanding Interventions or Supports for Behaviour Issues

Part 5: Assessment and Evaluation

The Difference Between Assessment and Evaluation



Parent-Teacher Interviews

Part 6: Frequently Asked Questions

How and When Will Your Child’s Class Placement Be Determined?

What Input Can You Have in Your Child’s Class Placement?

Why Do Schools Have Multi-Grade Classes?

What Makes an Effective Teacher?

What Happens on Professio

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