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Crofton House School
Crofton House School
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
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Crofton House School

3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1

Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Girls)
Tuition:
$18,960/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 20
Enrolment:
Day: 885 (Gr. JK - 12)

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Contact Name:
Richard Cohee

Phone Number:


School Address
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1

About this school:
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Inspiring girls discover and pursue their personal excellence. Established in 1898, Crofton House School is a university preparatory day school for girls. Crofton House is an inclusive, nurturing community of dedicated teachers, involved parents, and enthusiastic students built on four pillars: extraordinary girls; extraordinary learning; extraordinary teachers; and extraordinary community. The full articulation of a CHS education includes embracing three values: courage, creativity, and citizenship.


The Our Kids review of Crofton House School

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Crofton House was established in 1898 by two sisters, Miss Jessie Gordon and Miss Mary Gordon. If that doesn’t sound quaint enough, how about this: they started with just four students. In time Emily Carr would teach here. Improbably, Crofton House is also the alma mater to Dolores Claman, the composer of the theme song to Hockey Night in Canada.

Of course, the school has grown and changed over the years. If it wasn’t a vital aspect of the educational landscape of Vancouver in 1898, it certainly is now. Arts and athletics are strengths, as is an individual attention to each girls’ specific needs. The most important thing that girls leave with, however, is a sense of confidence and capability. Those are the things that the best girls’ schools offer, and Crofton is undeniably one of them. Girls leave with a clear sense of themselves, and an impressive introduction to civic life. The ideal student is a girl who intends to head to university and, in time, to grow into a position of leadership in her community, be it the city, the world, or anything in between.  



Principal's Message

principal

Dr. Pat Dawson, Head of School

I feel very privileged to be the eighth Head of Crofton House School at this wonderful time in the school's history - a time when girls' schools in North America have truly come into their own. Self-confidence, resilience, and creativity flourish in an all-girls’ environment. Crofton House girls think critically and communicate effectively. They care about the world and take responsibility for their place within it. Our girls are supported as they flourish and excel – in academics, the arts, athletics and in life.

I invite you to visit our campus to see first-hand our outstanding facilities and beautiful grounds, and meet some of our talented students, teachers, and staff. I look forward to meeting you when you visit.

Servabo fidem,

Pat Dawson


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Crofton House School says: Inspiring girls to discover and pursue their personal excellence. Established in 1898, Crofton House School is an exemplary university preparatory day school for girls from junior kindergarten to grade 12. Crofton House is an inclusive, nurturing community of dedicated teachers, involved parents, and enthusiastic students built on four pillars: extraordinary girls; extraordinary learning; extraordinary teachers; and extraordinary community. The full articulation of a CHS education includes embracing three values: courage, creativity, and citizenship.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a

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

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


    Writing
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a


    Science
    • Teaching approach: n/a

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a


    Social Studies
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a


    Foreign Languages
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a


    Computers and Technology
    • What Crofton House School says: Crofton House School has a networked environment of Apple and PC computers providing students with access to software, library resources, the Internet, and email from any computer in the school. Junior school students use computers located in various areas, including the computer lab, the Atrium areas, the classrooms, and the library. Senior School girls each have their own own Google Apps for Education account, which provides access to a multitude of online services which enable students to edit and collaborate on their work. Additional Google services include Google Earth, Sketchup, Calendar, and Blogger. All student documents and presentations are stored online and are accessible from home, school, and anywhere there is an internet connection.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Crofton House School says: n/a


    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 Crofton House 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.

    What Crofton House School says: The Early Childhood Education Centre program ensures girls experience the very best in education from their first day until their last day of school. Connecting play and creativity with foundational skills in literacy and numeracy, the junior and senior kindergarten programs enable each student to reach her potential within a supportive, nurturing community. We have a whole child focus - cognitive, social, emotional, creative and physical development with specialized dance and music programs, purposeful play and project based learning.


    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 Crofton House School 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 Crofton House School says: In several curricular areas, students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses as offered by the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey. Beyond Ministry requirements, all students in the school: complete their grade 12 English in their eleventh year (thus allowing them to pursue an enriched English course in their final year); French up to and including grade 11; a comprehensive planning and graduation transitions program; and a program that has an included balance of Fine Arts and Applied Skills.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Crofton House School says: Building upon a tradition of academic excellence within a supportive community, we enrich the learning experience of our students to foster self-confidence, resilience, and creativity to enable each student to reach her unique potential. We value character development, social responsibility, critical thinking, and effective communication.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Crofton House School can provide support for mild disablities. Crofton House School does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support

    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    Crofton House School offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    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: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    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 Crofton House School says: This information is not currently available.

    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.


    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Crofton House School says:
    • Co-curricular activities in the junior school embrace a whole child focus in areas such as fine arts, athletics and clubs.
    • Junior School Program Plus (grades 1-4) is designed to enhance our existing co-curricular program and is made possible by partnerships within the community.
    • Senior school offers a variety of co-curricular activities before school, during lunch hours, and after school. Every student is encouraged to participate in activities and to choose wisely so that she can participate fully.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Field Hockey
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Choir
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$18,960


    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:
    March 11, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:
    www.croftonhouse.ca/page.cfm?p=2545

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Crofton House School has a modest bursary program which assists families based on financial need. If a family should require financial assistance, they may apply for a bursary by submitting a bursary application to the Director of Business Administration. For further information, please contact the Director of Business Administration.



    Merit based Scholarships

    The Mr. Bong Pang Yee Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: $500
    Academic
    Deadline: 12/01/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 10—

    The Mr. Bong Pang Yee Entrance Scholarship was established in honour and in memory of Mr. Bong Pang Yee by his loving granddaughters, a mother and an aunt of both an alumna and a current student at Crofton House School. Mr. Bong was born and raised in Shanghai, China, where his family had a business background in Chinese herbal medicine—a business interest that he was to pursue passionately throughout his entire life. He became one of the earliest importers of Western pharmaceuticals into China.

    In almost every way, Mr. Bong was a typical family man, working conscientiously to support his family of one wife and eight children, five of whom were girls. Guided by his love for his children and wanting whatever was best for them, he supported and permitted all his children to continue on to higher education—sons and daughters alike— even though it was against the accepted norm of his social circle at that period of time. Mr. Bong was a visionary whose life was an inspiration to all and a testimony to the values of hard work, education, and dedication to family.

    The award recipient must clearly demonstrate academic excellence. One scholarship, valued at $500, is available to a new grade 10 student per academic year. This scholarship is tenable provided the recipient is enrolled at Crofton House School, her academic work remains at a high standard, and her contributions to the school community continue.

     

    Application Details:

     

    • Students interested in being considered for an entrance scholarship should submit a scholarship application along with a general admissions application prior to the December 1 deadline. 

    • The entrance scholarship admissions assessment will be based on the results of Crofton House School’s regular admissions requirements as well as an entrance scholarship examination to be written in early January. 

    • The SSAT must be completed prior to the end of January as results from this standardized test will be considered. 

    • Two confidential reference forms completed by a teacher, coach, or instructor must be mailed directly to the school. 

    • Scholarship recipients will be notified at the time of their offer of admission to the school. 

    For more details, visit: www.croftonhouse.ca/page.cfm?p=366
    Grade 8 Entrance Scholarship - The Crofton House School Parents’ Auxiliary Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: 50%
    Academic
    Deadline: 12/01/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8—

    The Parents’ Auxiliary is a vital and active part of Crofton House School. One of its primary purposes is to promote opportunities for parents to supportively and co-operatively contribute to the school community. The Parents’ Auxiliary Entrance Scholarship is awarded to a girl entering grade 8 who best exemplifies the qualities of an all- around student.

    The award recipient must clearly demonstrate academic excellence, school citizenship, community service, involvement in athletics and the arts, and leadership. One scholarship, valued at 50% of tuition costs, is available to a new grade 8 student per academic year. This scholarship is tenable provided the recipient is enrolled at Crofton House School, her academic work remains at a high standard, and her contributions to the school community continue. 

    Application Details:
    • Students interested in being considered for an entrance scholarship should submit a scholarship application along with a general admissions application prior to the December 1 deadline.

    • The entrance scholarship admissions assessment will be based on the results of Crofton House School’s regular admissions requirements as well as an entrance scholarship examination to be written in early January.

    • The SSAT must be completed prior to the end of January as results from this standardized test will be considered.

    • Two confidential reference forms completed by a teacher, coach, or instructor must be mailed directly to the school.

    • Scholarship recipients will be notified at the time of their offer of admission to the school. 

    Grade 8 Entrance Scholarship - The Rosalind W. Addison Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: 50%
    Academic
    Deadline: 12/01/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8—

    Established by the CHS Foundation in honour of the distinguished service of Crofton House School’s fifth Head of School, Miss Addison (1972–1990), this entrance scholarship is awarded to a girl entering grade 8 who embodies the school’s mission statement. 

    The award recipient must clearly demonstrate academic excellence and high standards of conduct and citizenship. One scholarship, valued at 50% of tuition costs, is available to a new grade 8 student per academic year. This scholarship is tenable provided the recipient is enrolled at Crofton House School, her academic work remains at a high standard, and her contributions to the school community continue. 

    Application Details:
    • Students interested in being considered for an entrance scholarship should submit a scholarship application along with a general admissions application prior to the December 1 deadline.

    • The entrance scholarship admissions assessment will be based on the results of Crofton House School’s regular admissions requirements as well as an entrance scholarship examination to be written in early January.

    • The SSAT must be completed prior to the end of January as results from this standardized test will be considered.

    • Two confidential reference forms completed by a teacher, coach, or instructor must be mailed directly to the school.

    • Scholarship recipients will be notified at the time of their offer of admission to the school. 

    For more details, visit: www.croftonhouse.ca/page.cfm?p=366
    Grade 8 Entrance Scholarship - The Norma West and Barbara (West) Gillanders Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: $500
    Academic
    Deadline: 12/01/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8—

    The Norma West and Barbara (West) Gillanders Entrance Scholarship was established in honour and in memory of Mrs. Norma West. Her bequest is a combination of her sincere appreciation and gratitude for the outstanding education that her daughter received while a student at Crofton House School, and her lifelong interest in the arts. CHS Alumna Barbara (West) Gillanders, who studied at Crofton House School from 1952 to 1963, was chair of the Crofton House School Board of Governors from 1994 to 1996, and shares her mother’s regard for the school and her interest in the arts.

    The award recipient must clearly demonstrate academic excellence and a particular interest in and commitment to the arts. One scholarship, valued at $500, is available each year to a new grade 8 student. This scholarship is tenable provided the recipient is enrolled at Crofton House School, her academic work remains at a high standard, and her contributions to the school community in the area of the arts continue. 

    Application Details:
    • Students interested in being considered for an entrance scholarship should submit a scholarship application along with a general admissions application prior to the December 1 deadline.

    • The entrance scholarship admissions assessment will be based on the results of Crofton House School’s regular admissions requirements as well as an entrance scholarship examination to be written in early January.

    • The SSAT must be completed prior to the end of January as results from this standardized test will be considered.

    • Two confidential reference forms completed by a teacher, coach, or instructor must be mailed directly to the school.

    • Scholarship recipients will be notified at the time of their offer of admission to the school. 

    For more details, visit: http://www.croftonhouse.ca/page.cfm?p=366
    Grade 8 Entrance Scholarship - The Khoja Family Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: $500
    Other
    Deadline: 12/01/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8—

    The Khoja Family Entrance Scholarship was established by Mrs. Shain Khoja and Mr. Karim Khoja in honour of their daughter, Noorissa Khoja’s entrance to Crofton House School. Noorissa Khoja commenced her Crofton House School educational experience upon entering grade 4 in September of 2002. Mr. and Mrs. Khoja are both proponents of providing inspirational educational opportunities to exceptional young women so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

    The scholarship recipient must be a well-rounded student that has clearly demonstrated commitment and dedication in at least three of the following areas: leadership, community service, involvement in athletics, involvement in the arts, and academic achievement. One scholarship, valued at $500, is available each year to a new grade 8 student. This scholarship is tenable provided the recipient is enrolled at Crofton House School and she demonstrates sustained excellence in at least three of the areas listed above. 

    Application Details:
    • Students interested in being considered for an entrance scholarship should submit a scholarship application along with a general admissions application prior to the December 1 deadline.

    • The entrance scholarship admissions assessment will be based on the results of Crofton House School’s regular admissions requirements as well as an entrance scholarship examination to be written in early January.

    • The SSAT must be completed prior to the end of January as results from this standardized test will be considered.

    • Two confidential reference forms completed by a teacher, coach, or instructor must be mailed directly to the school.

    • Scholarship recipients will be notified at the time of their offer of admission to the school. 

    For more details, visit: www.croftonhouse.ca/page.cfm?p=366

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 885
    Average enrollment per grade59
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewNS - 12
    SSAT6 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 01, 2016


    What Crofton House School says:

    Crofton House School is happy to accept applications for all grades: junior kindergarten, senior kindergarten and grades 1-12. Normal intake years are junior kindergarten (25 spaces), senior kindergarten (15 spaces), grade 6 (20 spaces) and grade 8 (40 spaces).

    For all other grades in the school, we can only admit new students once a space becomes available. Our current families must re-register in April, and we will contact the parents of short listed admission candidates for an interview as soon as a vacancy has been confirmed.

    Testing

    Junior and Senior Kindergarten: will be invited to the school for a group observation on one of two Saturday’s in January. This is mandatory for the applicants to attend to be considered.

    Grades 1-5: will be invited for an assessment at Crofton House School only if a space becomes available and the applicant has been shortlisted.

    Grade 6: will be invited to the school for a group assessment on one of two Saturday’s in January. For applicants from another country who cannot make the assessment in January we ask they sit the SSAT (ssat.org) and have the results sent directly to us.

    Grade 7 – 12: all applicants are required to sit the SSAT (ssat.org) and have the results sent directly to us. **grade 8 applicants are asked to write the test at their earliest convenience as we need their results by the end of January.


    Timeline

    The application deadline for all grades is December 1. First priority will be given to applications received by the deadline, however, applications for all grades are welcome at anytime and will be considered, subject to space availability. Please note, we encourage timely application as spaces do fill up quickly.

    In the senior school only, applications will be reviewed as they are received throughout the year. Early admission may be granted to outstanding candidates when applications are complete, all admissions requirements have been met and space is available.

    Testing and interviews will be conducted from January to March, and placements offered shortly thereafter for our intake years. For our non-intake years, testing will be completed by March but interviews will only be conducted once a place becomes available and the candidate is selected in our short-list.

    For further information on Crofton House School's admissions process, please contact our Admissions office at 604 266 5423 or by email [email protected]



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

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



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0 - 25 (100%)0 - 15 (100%)0000 - 4 (100%)00 - 20 (100%)00 - 40 (100%)0000

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    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)


    Notable Alumni

    highlights
    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Rebecca Marino 2008 Professional tennis player. Twice named Female Player of the Year by Tennis Canada.
    Samantha Lam 1996 Olympic equestrian show jumper, competing in Beijing 2008.
    Kit Pearson 1965 Governor General's Award- winning writer.
    Dolores Claman 1945 Composer and pianist. Composed the "Hockey Night in Canada" theme song.
    Kerry-Lynne Findlay 1973 Federal Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta--Richmond East.

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    Associations

    Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA) Associations
    • Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC) Associations


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