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Brockton School

3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3E8

Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$16,400 to 23,700/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 20
Day: Varies (Gr. JK - 12)

School Address
3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3E8



About this school:


Brockton is a co-ed, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, IB Continuum World School located in beautiful North Vancouver. Brockton embraces a uniquely authentic and inclusive culture in an inspired community where student learning and personal experience are paramount. The program is challenging, innovative, and holistic and integrates an array of co-curricular, leadership, service, and character-development opportunities. Brockton is a place where every student (and every family) is known, welcomed, respected, and valued.

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Our Take: Brockton School

our takeFamilies rightly turn to Brockton for strong academics, and it certainly has that, undergirded by the IB program. But families turn to private school for other reasons as well, prime among them an environment in which students enter a community of peers of a like mind, and who are academically inclined, and Brocton offers that as well. Even more importantly though is an aspect of the school that perhaps parents don’t think to first, though they should, and that’s the opportunity to have authentic experience with a range of endeavor that they wouldn’t otherwise. The community of the Brockton School is close-knit, while the course and extracurricular program is broad. No, it’s not always easy to try new things, and the school is cognizant of the barriers to participation, anticipates them, and seeks to provide a sympathetic introduction. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a vibrant, active, supportive yet challenging academic environment.

Principal's Message


Karen McCulla, Head of School

Head of School Welcome

Imagine a school where all students are excited about getting to class; where students are encouraged to be risk-takers and every opportunity is seen as one for learning. Imagine a school where parents, teachers and students collaborate to ensure that the students have the best possible educational adventure. Imagine Brockton!

As you look through our website I hope that you will get a sense of what it means to be part of the Brockton Community. Brockton is a safe, caring environment where students are challenged academically through a broad and balanced curriculum which surpasses the expectations of the International Baccalaureate and British Columbia Education Ministry requirements. The academic programme is complemented by our Exploration, Discovery and World Music Ensemble. Our students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of sporting, artistic and musical activities. These co-curricular programs embrace all aspects of school life and demonstrate our excellent links with our local and global communities.

As an International Baccalaureate World School we are able to embrace the concepts of 21st century learning. We provide challenging programs in a culture of inquiry and foster the importance of giving service to others. At Brockton we encourage all students to achieve their true potential by being active learners and global citizens.

Students at Brockton don’t simply come to school, they embark on an educational adventure where they are encouraged to take risks and inquire about the world around them. I am really proud to be the Head of Brockton School. It is an honour to lead a truly dedicated and highly trained staff and to serve the families of the Brockton Community. I would like you to be able to experience everything that is brilliant about Brockton. I welcome you all to come and see what makes our school so special.


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What Brockton School says: Brockton is an IB World Continuum School hosting the Primary Years Programme (JK-Gr.5), Middle Years Programme (Gr.5-Gr.10), and Diploma Programme (Gr.11&12). At Brockton, student learning and personal experience are paramount. Students are acknowledged as individuals and are supported according to their respective gifts and areas for growth. Brockton’s small class sizes and close knit community allow for the outstanding faculty and staff to guide students in a journey of inspired learning. The Brockton program is challenging, innovative, and holistic and integrates an array of co-curricular, leadership, service, and character-development opportunities. From the students entering as early as JK through to our Brockton Graduates (and Alumni), Brockton aims to nurture (among other things) self-awareness, resiliency, ingenuity, open-mindedness, internationally-mindedness, principled behaviours, social responsibility, and effective communication. Brockton students are guided on a journey of learning that provides them opportunities to chart a course for success during their school years, at their choice of post-secondary, and in life beyond.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Brockton School 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
    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    • 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

    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

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

              What Brockton School says: Sexual and Health Education is taught in multiple formats at Brockton School. Aspects of a healthy and balanced lifestyle are addressed regularly within the curriculum through an integrated approach and via multiple venues. Specifics of Sexual Health Education are approached with the guidance of an external expert consultant, who is able to deliver appropriate and age-sensitive curriculum to students, parents, and educators.

              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 Brockton School says: This information is not currently available.

              Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

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

              Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

              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 Brockton School says: Early Years Education at Brockton School emphasizes the facilitation of intentional, experiential learning opportunities and play-based inquiry. Our unique approach builds upon the framework and curricular requirements of both the updated BC Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate\'s Primary Years Programme. We believe that children learn through doing, and provide our students with opportunities to explore their own individual interests and passions in a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment.

              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 Brockton School says about flexible pacing: Brockton is an innovative school where creative opportunities for learning are optimized.

              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 Brockton School says: Please note: we would like to be listed in both rigorous and supportive categories. To define us in one and not the other would be misleading. \n\nBrockton provides a unique combination of a rigorous academic program within a supportive academic culture. Students are inspired to want to learn and to engage a life-long curiosity. This inspiration is nurtured within the challenging IB academic curricular program, a challenging program that is process based while preparing students for optimal post-secondary and future success. Brockton works with each student (and family) to establish goals for each student relative to their particular potential.

              Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

              Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
              Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

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

              What Brockton School says: Brockton attends to the whole child development. While there is a focus on intellectual growth, this is achieved through a balanced approach with attention paid to the multiple aspects that lead to a student\'s overall development. Brockton exists within a compassionate community where students are encouraged to explore their own growth in multiple dimensions. \n

              Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

              Withdrawal Assistance

              Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support 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 Brockton School says: Brockton’s Student Services Team is dedicated to meeting the needs of a wide variety of learners. The team collaborates with classroom teachers who employ a wide variety of strategies and tools, including technology, differentiation, and other adaptations and accommodations to address student needs.

              • 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: Brockton aims to guide the exploration and consolidation of learning strategies such that students will be enabled to achieve success. Support strategies are designed for (and with) students to develop self-knowledge, self-motivation, and a repertoire of personalized learning tools.

              Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

              Dedicated gifted programs:

              Program = offered
              Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
              Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

              Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

              In-class adaptations:
              Practice = offered
              Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
              Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
              Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
              Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
              Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
              Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
              Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
              Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
              Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

              What Brockton School says: Brockton provides an approach within the IB framework that allows students to engage learning to a significant depth. Enrichment of learning is a goal and is the norm. Acceleration of learning, while not necessarily a goal, may be an outcome. Students with specific learning gifts/differences that warrant additional unique attention are addressed with a specific learning plan (within the scope of the innovative practises of the school).

              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.

              Class Sizes Not available

              This information is not currently available.


              What Brockton School says:

              This information is not currently available.

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Cross-country skiing
                Downhill skiing
                Ice Hockey
                Martial Arts
                Mountain biking
                Track & Field
              • Clubs Offered
                Chess Club
                Community Service
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Foreign Language Club
                Math Club
                Outdoor Club
                Outdoor Education
                Robotics club
                Student Council

              Tuition & Financial Aid


              Day Day (International)
              Day (International)$21,500$23,700
              What Brockton School says: Sibling Discount (only available to BC Residents): The school provides a 5% discount on tuition fees for 1st sibling and 10% on 2nd younger sibling. This applies to BC Resident students only. New Student Fee: Each family (JK – Grade 12), upon admission to the school, is required to pay the one time New Student Fee of $2,000 for each BC Resident student & $3,500 for each International student.


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

              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
              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:

              More information:

              Application Details:

              Merit based Scholarships

              This information is not currently available.


              Total enrollment Varies
              Average enrollment per gradeVaries
              Average class size12 to 20
              Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offeredNo

              Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



              Admissions Assessments:

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

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:

              What Brockton School says:

              The Admission Process at Brockton School 

              1. Familiarize yourself by engaging with one or more of the following:   
              2. Complete the Online Application - Applicants must complete the online application and pay the $300 non-refundable application fee.
              3. Once our Admissions office has received a fully completed application: 
                • applications will be thoroughly reviewed by our admissions team and all applicants will be contacted
                • student applicants may be invited to attend either an individual or group assessment
                • parents may be invited to meet with a member of our admissions/leadership team
                • students may be invited to participate in a school visit/day


              Brockton’s Admissions Committee will consider:

              • evidence of the applicant’s potential for success within our program
              • the ‘fit’ of  child and family with the school
              • the availability of space and class composition at the particular grade level

              Brockton seeks to admit students and families who:

              • have potential to succeed within the high standards and broad supports of the school
              • will be able to contribute their own unique gifts to the school community
              • understand and are interested in participating within the school program and all that it provides/demands
              • are interested in the many benefits of the school environment where each student and family with their respective needs are acknowledged
              • are interested in an authentic school environment where the focus on the student and on learning is priority
              • appreciate the essence of an inclusive school environment where the diversity of the community (socio-economic, cultural, and much more) is welcomed and supported


              Related reading: Frequently Asked Questions


              Acceptance Rate:


              Type of student Brockton School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

              Student Entry Points

              Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)

              University Placement

              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class sizeN/A
              *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)


              • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
              • Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA) Associations
              • Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC) Associations

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