Island Pacific School

Island Pacific School

671 Carter Road, Box 128, West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0

School Type: Academic
Grades (Gender): 6 to 9 (Coed)
Tuition: $12,500 per year
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Island Pacific School - April 21, 2014

Tri4Ghana - Student-Made Fundraiser

On May 24, three IPS kids are doing a 55km relay (including a 3.4km ocean swim) to raise money for their African pen-pals to attend school.

Island Pacific School - March 10, 2014

Make The Princess Bride into a musical? Inconceivable!

This year's musical production is adapted from the movie "The Princess Bride"

Ted Spear



Island Pacific School is a small, independent, Grade 6-9 middle school that has operated on Bowen Island for over eighteen years.  Our students come from the local community, Vancouver, and around the world.

We operate on the basis of the following principles:

  • That “middle school matters most,” i.e. that during these crucial middle years, we can either lose students or set them up for the rest of their lives
  • That education encompasses both academics and the development of character
  • That teaching is, in part, a matter of initiating students into the great conversations of human inquiry
  • That schools must not insult students’ intelligence but must instead stretch and challenge them on all fronts
  • That students need specific opportunities to learn to take responsibility for themselves
  • That small schools are very powerful sites in which to create an intentional educational community
  • That our job as educators is to equip and inspire students to cultivate their humanity

The school expresses and realizes these principles by way of a number of core program elements including:

  • The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) which puts a premium on inquiry-based learning
  • Special classes in reasoning, philosophy and ethics
  • A Grade 9 Masterworks program that requires students to complete—and publicly defend—a 15-30 page piece of independent research
  • Hiking, sailing and kayaking expeditions (including a full “Discovery Week” in May)
  • Monthly afternoon excursions to the art galleries, museums, theatre, universities, and work sites of Vancouver
  • Monthly community service activities
  • A cross-grade mentor system where older students look out for, and support, younger ones
  • House system that requires, among other things, that students clean the school

Every year, a number of our alumni students return to the school’s “Rites of Passage” graduation ceremony because they have come to realize that IPS was a defining chapter in their lives. This is precisely our aim: to make a pivotal difference in the lives of our students, so that they might go on to make a difference in the world at large.

Thank you for taking the time to investigate our school. I would welcome and encourage you to set up an interview and a student visit to get an even better sense of who we are and what we do. I think you will be impressed and intrigued by what you find.

Meet the staff and students from
Island Pacific School
at the Private School Expo

Average Class Size:12 to 18
Enrolment: Day 65

Our distinctly different programs include classes in reasoning, philosophy and ethics; Masterworks, where Grade 9 students publicly defend an independent research project; monthly community service activities; a musical; and hiking, sailing and kayaking expeditions. With a mission to equip and inspire students to cultivate their humanity, IPS fosters critical inquiry, community engagement and leadership.

Island Pacific School is a private Academic day school in West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia. The school offers programs for grades 6 to 9 with enrolment of 65 day students. Island Pacific School has an average class size of 12 to 18 students and has a tuition cost of $12,500 per year. Founded in 1995, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

Island Pacific School is a member of:

Specialty Academics
Specialty Academics
Duke of Edinburgh's AwardIB middle years program
School Support
School Support
Private/Individual lessons
Special Needs
Special Needs
Learning study assistance
Courses and Programs
3-D DesignActing
Film & videoMusic Theatre/OperaPainting
Song writing
Humanities and Social Sciences
Independent studyPhilosophyPublic speaking
Clubs and Activities
Academic / Social Clubs
Community ServiceYearbook
Musical theatre/Opera
Camping/CanoeingCyclingOutdoor Club
Outdoor EducationRunningYoga
Moral Development
Moral Development
Character educationLeadershipSocial justice
Admissions & Finances
Admissions & Finances
BursariesFinancial aidInterview required
Religious Affiliation
Religious Affiliation
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