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Fraser Academy
Fraser Academy
2294 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2H8
Contact name:
Brooke Ellison

Phone number:
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Fraser Academy

Fraser Academy

2294 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2H8

Grades (Gender):
1 to 12 (Coed)
$26,250 to $31,250 /year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
7 to 10
Day: 250 (Gr. 1 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Brooke Ellison

Phone Number:

School Address
2294 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2H8

About this school:


Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school dedicated to helping students in grades 1-12 with language-based learning disabilities to become successful learners. We use only the most effective research-based instructional methods to optimize personalized learning, cognitive development, and post-secondary opportunities.

The Our Kids review of Fraser Academy

our takeThe very best private schools are those that support a specific set of learner, and do it exceptionally well. Within the boundaries of that definition, Fraser Academy is certainly one of the best. The faculty are here because of their experiences with language-based learning differences—they know what they are, and they know how to address them effectively in the classroom. Students arrive here because they need that level of expertise, and moreover because they choose not to be defined by their learning differences, but to work through them. Here, they are understood, they are supported within a community of peers. That’s the baseline, and the program builds from there, celebrating each student’s abilities, passions, and successes. For the students that enroll, the experience is transformative, in part because they can be special in the ways that they want to be, and not because of how they learn.


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What Fraser Academy says: Students often come to us from mainstream public and independent school environments in which they struggled because their potential was not recognized. Our students learn differently, and we offer them an education in a setting where they can thrive. Our school is fully accredited by the BC Ministry of Education. All students follow the BC curriculum, supported by personal learning plans tailored to their specific needs. All program features are incorporated into the daily schedule to ensure that students never miss out on opportunities in core and enriched curriculum. We focus on the development of thinking and inquiry skills and have school-wide programs for 3C (critical, creative, collaborative) Thinking and Executive Function (EF).

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs

  • 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 Fraser 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.

    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 Fraser Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

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

    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      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 Fraser Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What Fraser 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 Fraser Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What Fraser Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.

    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 Fraser Academy 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 Fraser Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

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

    Sex and Health Education British Columbia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in British Columbia
    Body parts K
    Nutrition K
    Human development K
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Contraception Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Consent Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Sexual orientation Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Gender identity Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Bias and stereotyping about sex
    Sexual harassment K
    Body image issues Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Mental illness Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Social justice and diversity

    What Fraser 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 Fraser 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 Fraser Academy says about flexible pacing: We teach to the individual, not to the average. Small class sizes and differentiated instruction allow us to personalize programming for our students while meeting the requirements of the new provincial curriculum.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

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

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Fraser Academy says: We believe in the value of Personalized Learning embodied through RAISE:\n\nResilience: Having the courage to persevere\n\nAcceptance: Demonstrating respect, empathy and openness in our community\n\nInnovation: In teaching and learning\n\nSelf-Reliance: Utilizing personal strengths and resources to become independent\n\nExcellence: In delivery and standards

    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    Fraser Academy is a full-time special needs school. All students at Fraser Academy are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • 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
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      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
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Moderate


    Fraser Academy offers gifted learner support in the form of inclusive practices -- special, custom arrangements made for advanced learners (who otherwise remain in the regular classroom).

    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 Fraser Academy 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.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades1 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback1 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings1 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 45 45 45 45 45 45 40 40
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 15 15

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

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    What Fraser Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    This information is not currently available.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 250
    Average enrollment per grade21
    Average class size7 to 10
    Grades (gender)1 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    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)


    • 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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