FAQs*: Elementary Schools

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How many elementary schools are there in Burnaby?

There are 41 elementary schools within the Burnaby School District.

What grades do elementary schools have?

Burnaby elementary schools include grades from Kindergarten to Grade 7.

Are students accepted into Kindergarten programs?


Can my elementary aged student live with my friend, relative?

Burnaby School District’s International Student Program maintains a strict policy when it comes to the accommodation arrangements of elementary-aged students. Students planning to enroll in grades Kindergarten to Grade 5 must live with at least 1 parent full time. Students enrolling in Grade 6 may live with any blood relative including parents, aunt, uncle or grandparents. Students enrolling in Grade 7 may live with either a blood relative or an appropriate homestay family.

Can elementary aged students live in a homestay?

Students planning to enroll in grades Kindergarten to Grade 6 are not permitted to live in a homestay. Students planning to enroll in Grade 7 are permitted to live in a homestay.

What time of day does school start and finish?

School day start and finish times are 9 am to 3 pm for elementary schools.

What school facilities do Burnaby School District schools offer at elementary schools?

Burnaby School District elementary schools are equipped with the latest technologies and have computer labs, a library, music room, gymnasium, playing fields, and more.

What support is offered at elementary schools for Burnaby School District international students?

Burnaby School District’s elementary schools offer a range of different support services including an intensive welcome orientation, international student parent meetings and multilingual cultural support to students and parents.

If my child graduates from an elementary school will they go to the high school in the local catchment area or can they choose?

International elementary students would normally go to the high school affiliated to their elementary school. However, as per local students, there is the option of requesting another Burnaby high school provided there is space available.

How do international students get to and from school?

Most elementary students walk to school accompanied by the parent(s) or an older sibling. Some parents may choose to drive their child(ren) to school. Burnaby School District does not provide a school bus service.

Why study in Burnaby?

With superior academic programs and modern facilities, all located within a city of vibrant green spaces, modern shopping malls, safe residential neighbourhoods, and state of the art public transit, choosing an education in Burnaby is the right choice.


Burnaby School District has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs in Canada.


Burnaby is located in the centre of Metro Vancouver. Its world-class SkyTrain public transit provides access to downtown Vancouver in just 30 minutes.


Burnaby schools feature modern facilities and state of the art technology.

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