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Alexander Academy
Alexander Academy
#200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1
Contact name:
Cheryl Grenick

Phone number:
(604) 687-8832×
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Alexander Academy

Alexander Academy

#200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1

Grades (Gender):
8 to 12 (Coed)
$13,500 to 16,800/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
9 to 13
Day: 50 (Gr. 8 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Cheryl Grenick

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School Address
#200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1

About this school:


Centrally located in downtown Vancouver, Alexander Academy is a fully-accredited, independent, co-educational school. The Academy offers a culturally rich and an academically challenging university preparatory program for students in Grades 8 through 12, utilizing a variety of traditional and non-traditional approaches such as personalized learning, relevant out-of-classroom experiences, flexible scheduling, and the opportunity to earn advanced university transfer credits, while still in high school.

The Our Kids review of Alexander Academy

our takeIn many ways, Alexander is very much an expression of its context, namely the cultural and social life of Vancouver. The approach is international, drawing students from a range of cultural backgrounds, though also teaching with an eye to global communication and issues. The school is very forward looking, adapting programs to address 21st century literacies, and providing support for individual student success, including flexible scheduling. Academics are front and centre, just as they should be, but there is an attention to student life within the walls of the school and beyond. The location is proximate to a range of resources, including galleries and museums, arts venues, and transportation. The ideal student is one preparing for university studies.

Principal's Message


Berenice Lewis, Head of School

Welcome to Alexander Academy. We are delighted that you have found us and invite you to get to know us better. As you will see, at Alexander Academy, our lively classrooms celebrate the joy of learning and foster the quest for excellence and exploration. The first thing you will notice when you arrive at Alexander Academy is that the excitement is tangible: you will feel the energy and sense the vibrancy as soon as you enter our school. You will grasp the wonder of discovery in the classrooms as each student and faculty member engage in authentic critical thinking and learning. Our small classes provide the opportunity to challenge students to express themselves in an environment where teachers are a vital part of each student’s daily experience. Our personalized community also helps to build lifelong friendships among students and faculty.

We are a professional learning community following a holistic approach to education. We educate the whole person: academically, artistically, physically and socially as we put the student and their strengths and interests first. No two students or journeys are alike and we will go out of our way to find and nurture each student’ unique abilities. To help students on their path, we craft a unique program designed for each student. Ultimately, it is our goal is to shape 21st century leaders who have the courage to take intellectual risks as they work effectively with others. Our aim is that every student should leave Alexander Academy happy, fulfilled and prepared for the next stage of their life.

In navigating through the pages of this website, I hope that you will get a real sense of the richness and diversity of life at Alexander Academy. Above all else, I hope that you will gain a strong impression that, at Alexander Academy, the interest of our students comes first.

Please do come and visit Alexander Academy. You will be warmly welcome.

Ms. Berenice Lewis


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Alexander Academy says: Technology Enhanced Learning Alexander Academy embraces technology as a fundamental tool for enhancing learning in the 21st century. We provide access to the latest technological tools and digital learning resources. Classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment including, Apple TVs®, and Smart Boards®. Students are encouraged to utilize our state-of-the-art Mac® Computer lab. Personalized Learning Alexander Academy is dedicated to providing educational programs that inspire students to follow independent paths to success. We recognize that each student has their own academic goals, learning style, passion, and talent. Our teachers are committed to ensuring that each student has the opportunity to challenge themselves academically, enabling them to reach their personal level of academic excellence. Out-of-Classroom Learning Alexander Academy recognizes that students thrive in an environment that has relevance and context to their learning. Through authentic, out-of-classroom learning experiences, students are inspired and obtain in-depth knowledge of the curricular subjects they are studying through active and engaged learning, inquiry, real-world exploration, and challenges.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Alexander Academy 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.

    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 Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Alexander Academy 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 Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

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

    • What Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    What Alexander Academy 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 Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Alexander Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    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 Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    Alexander Academy offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Alexander Academy 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.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades8 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback8 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting8 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting8 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings8 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Alexander Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    What Alexander Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Day (International)
    Day (Domestic)$13,500
    Day (International)$16,800


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentall students1%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Alexander Academy Aspiring Leaders Scholarships
    Amount: $13,500
    Deadline: 05/31/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8 to 12—

    NEW – Alexander Academy is proud to announce the start of our Alexander Academy Aspiring Leaders Scholarships.

    The purpose of these scholarships is to reward students who make a significant contribution to the school and community. The scholarships are awarded based upon the following criteria:

    • Outstanding academic achievement
    • Strength of character and leadership
    • Athletic accomplishments
    • Artistic accomplishments
    • Community participation and contributions

    To be considered, candidates must submit the following:

    Contact us [email protected] for submission information. Submission Deadline is May 31st, 2016.

    For more details, visit: www.alexanderacademy.ca/admissions/scholarships-and-bursaries/


    Total enrollment 50
    Average enrollment per grade10
    Gender (grades)8 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview8 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    February 02, 2015

    What Alexander Academy says:

    Applicants are required to submit the completed application, supporting documents and fee; have an Admissions interview; and attend an intake assessment day at the Academy.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Alexander Academy is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type89101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size10
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **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): UofT, UBC, Western, SFU, BCIT, University of the Arts, London,

    Stories & Testimonials


    Marine Biologist

    "Being a student at Alexander Academy is such an awesome experience. I love how everyone is so close to each other and the teachers go out of their way to make learning fun and really get to know you. I want to be a marine biologist when I graduate, and work in Australia. The fact that the school has a University Transfer Program is cool as the teachers will help me achieve my goals faster."


    High Performance Program

    “We were looking for a school that was more involved with our son's needs.  Our son was in a school with over 3000 students and you could tell when you walked into the front door that he was just a number.  Our son is a high achiever academically, but also athletically.  We needed to find a school that would nurture his strengths, challenge his weaknesses, and encourage him to achieve the next level academically.  We also needed a school that would accommodate our son's athletic program.  Not only does Alexander Academy expect success at academic studies, they have an understanding for the needs of our son in his athletic program.   They make adjustments to his schedule at school to accommodate his demanding training program.  When you walk in the front door of Alexander Academy, you know the staff is interested in your children.  It is an energetic, upbeat, student centered learning environment.  



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