International students at the elementary level (ages 5 – 12 years) have the opportunity to study alongside Canadian students. Students are integrated into regular classrooms and study a variety of subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Fine Arts (Music, Art, Drama) and Physical Education. As well students participate in a number of extracurricular activities.

Armstrong Elementary
Aubrey Elementary
Brantford Elementary
Brentwood Park Elementary
Buckingham Elementary
Cameron Elementary
Capitol Hill Elementary
Cascade Heights Elementary
Chaffey-Burke Elementary
Clinton Elementary
Confederation Park Elementary
Douglas Road Elementary
Edmonds Community Elementary
Forest Grove Elementary
Gilmore Community Elementary
Gilpin Elementary
Glenwood Elementary
Inman Elementary
Kitchener Elementary
Lakeview Elementary
Lochdale Community Elementary
Lyndhurst Elementary
Marlborough Elementary
Maywood Community Elementary
Montecito Elementary
Morley Elementary
Nelson Elementary
Parkcrest Elementary
Rosser Elementary
Seaforth Elementary
Second Street Community Elementary
South Slope Elementary
Sperling Elementary
Stoney Creek Community Elementary
Stride Avenue Community Elementary
Suncrest Elementary
Taylor Park Elementary
Twelfth Avenue Elementary
University Highlands Elementary
Westridge Elementary
Windsor Elementary

International students receive additional intensive English language training when necessary and are provided with a specialized support program. This includes:

  • An intensive welcome orientation with free excursions to top tourist destinations;
  • International student parent meetings, with translators if required;
  • Medical insurance;
  • A pool of multilingual staff to provide assistance to students and parents;
  • Discounted English As A Second Language courses for parents;
  • Excursions throughout the school year for international students.

Burnaby elementary schools range in size from 100 to over 1,000 students. Each school is well-equipped with the latest technologies and have computer labs, library, music room, gymnasium and outdoor playing areas. Class size does not exceed 30; average class size is 23 – 26.

All of our teachers are certified by the BC Ministry of Education and many have won local and national awards for teaching excellence.

Schools provide a variety of support services for students:

  • School counsellor;
  • School nurse;
  • Youth worker to ease integration;
  • School meal program (in select schools)
  • Before and After-School child care (in select schools).

In addition to the student’s regular academic program, students may participate in:

  • Advanced Learning Program;
  • French Immersion Program (in select schools);
  • Learning Through The Arts Program (in select schools);
  • Extracurricular activities (leadership, sports, music, etc.).

International students may start their studies at an elementary school in September or late January.

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 must live with a parent while in Burnaby. Students in Grades 6 & 7 may live with a blood relative e.g. aunt, uncle, grandparent.