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Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School

950 Academy Way, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 3A4

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$4,500 to 21,000/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 20
Day: 630 (Gr. PS - 12), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
950 Academy Way, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 3A4

About this school:


Aberdeen Hall offers a world class education with an enriched academic curriculum designed to achieve post-secondary acceptance. Our 44-acre campus provides exceptional facilities with science and robotic labs, recording and design studios, and fine arts and athletic amenities. Teaching excellence and character development in a supportive school community builds the foundation for success in university and beyond. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School

our take

The campus is pretty much universally described as stunning, and that’s because, frankly, it is. The school was established in 2006, and the entire infrastructure is new, and was designed with the Aberdeen Hall program in mind. And, um, it’s stunning. This in the way that only BC schools can be: there’s a view, the weather, and the community. The campus is on a 40-acre parcel of BC’s finest, though is also next-door to UBC’s Okanagan campus. Really, everywhere you look you find another strength. If you were to build a school from scratch, this is what you’d want it to be. The ideal student is one who is looking for a challenging yet supportive school environment. 

Principal's Message


Christopher Grieve, Head of School

HOS Welcome

There is nothing more important than the future of our children.

In order to experience optimal growth, children have two primary needs: The feeling that they are secure and loved, and the understanding that they have the ability to achieve. When these needs are met, our students develop a sense of confidence and positive self worth that empowers their potential.

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School is a special place and I would like to welcome you to our community. We have a great deal to offer and have built the school around the following:

Excellent Academics

Individual Attention

After School Clubs

Vibrant Community

Other features of Aberdeen Hall include strong communication with parents, specialty subject–specific teachers and a unique global curriculum. Starting in Kindergarten, our students receive daily core instruction, have specialized teachers for French, music and physical education. Our goal is to focus on and master the core skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, while at the same time, develop a true appreciation of the arts, health and character education.

We take pride in a community setting where we recognize and meet the student´s individual needs.

Our most valuable resource is our people, and the best means of measuring what we are about is to come for a visit, walk the halls, and to meet the students and staff. If you think that Aberdeen Hall may be a good fit for your child, I encourage you to call me personally for an interview and tour of the school.

I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you.

With warmest regards,

Christopher H. Grieve
Head of School


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Aberdeen Hall says: A broad, balanced and enriched curriculum. Through the expertise of our dedicated and talented teachers, students are extended beyond the basic learning objectives of the BC Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to teach an outstanding knowledge base and advanced skill set; preparing students to a high standard for the next stage in their academic careers. Specialist subject-specific teachers in Drama, Music, PE, Information Technology, Spanish and French further enrich our curriculum and allow the talents of individual students to flourish.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Aberdeen Hall says: The philosophy of our athletics department is to instill the lifelong value of commitment in each student and to foster integrity in each athlete.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics C: Mechanics
    • AP World History
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP French Language

    Sex and Health Education British Columbia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Aberdeen Hall says: Aberdeen Hall’s Preschool is an enhanced, modern Montessori based, instructional programme taught by certified Early Childhood Educators. Our dedicated teachers work diligently with our students to create a solid foundation of basic skills, foster a love of learning, and develop self-esteem. Our enriched, full-day Kindergarten programme provides students with a nurturing yet challenging environment, designed to develop strong primary literacy and numeracy skills – with specialist instruction in French, Drama, Music and P.E.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Aberdeen Hall says about flexible pacing: Not everyone learns the same way. At Aberdeen Hall our teachers are devoted to designing lessons that meet the individual needs of each student. This helps students gain confidence, and master course material.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Aberdeen Hall says: At Aberdeen Hall, students are a part of a community that is committed to excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. Students encourage and challenge each other in a supportive environment and are not afraid to put forth their best effort at school.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Aberdeen Hall says: Our goal is to guide our students to focus on and master the core skills of reading, writing and arithmetic along with developing a true appreciation of the arts, health and character education.

    Special Needs Support Resource Assistance

    Resource Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom from a qualified special education teacher.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • What Aberdeen Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: At Aberdeen Hall we offer personal attention to our students including... Enrichment: class differentiation to ensure each student meets their potential. Resource: support to learners who benefit from small group or one-on-one learning assistance. Flex: specialized timetable for students who wish to pursue high level athletics and arts. Independent Studies: support to students who have chosen to pursue courses outside the timetable.

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Aberdeen Hall does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 6, Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Aberdeen Hall15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins
    Site Average6 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 12
    Academic achievement reportingPreschool to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Aberdeen Hall says:
    • From Grades 4-12, students participate in a yearly Horizons Trip. The goal of the trips is to encourage personal growth, develop leadership skills and fellowship.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Cross-country skiing
      Martial Arts
      Mountain biking
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Homestay (International)
    Homestay (International)$21,000


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%
    4th child (sibling)all students15%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: K to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    April 01, 2017 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Application form as well as a summary of personal financial information including copies of notice of assessments and T4s.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 630
    Average enrollment per grade39
    Average class size18 to 20
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment4832363636404040404044444444
    Homestay Enrollment1353



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What Aberdeen Hall says:

    To begin the admissions process, students should submit the following documents: application form, past 2 years of report cards, teacher reference form (provided), copies of birth certificates/BC health numbers, parent birth certificates/BC drivers licenses, and application fees. For further admissions information including details about Preschool and International/Homestay applications, please visit our website.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School is looking for: At Aberdeen Hall we seek to admit well rounded students who choose to be at our school. We are looking for students who demonstrate leadership through academic performance, involvement in co-curricular actives and civic engagement. We care about our students and seek students who value education and are prepared to enrich our incredible school community.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size40
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements34
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): UBC, UBCO, UVic, SFU, UNBC, Vancouver Film School, Blanche Macdonald Centre, Okanagan College, UofA, UofC, USask, UOttawa, UofT, Queens, Ryerson, Western, McMaster, Liverpool (UK) Belmont Abbey College (US – North Carolina)
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): McGill, Several UK schools, Dalhousie, Mount Allison

    What Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School says:

  • Aberdeen Hall is committed to 100% university acceptance.

  • Stories & Testimonials



    “My 2 children just love attending school! I knew that Aberdeen Hall would be different, but I had no idea it would have such a positive impact on my children. They really enjoy the enriched academics, music, arts, stunning new campus – and many new friendships. It feels great to see my children achieving so much while they build their confidence and real world knowledge.” (Mother, Junior School)


    “If you care about your children’s education; this is the school for you. From top notch educators, to a wide variety of unique offerings, and individual classroom attention, your child is guaranteed excellent opportunities, self-discovery, and the best preparation for their future.” (Father, Senior School)


    “The Family Boarding programme for international students is great. My home stay has given me a great living and introduced me to Kelowna. They have taken good care of me and involved me in their family life.  I am so happy to have two little brothers to live with and I have great fun with them. I am also able to be more independent.”

    Larry, (Hong Kong) Gr. 11 



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