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Meadowridge School
Meadowridge School
12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1
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Meadowridge School

12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1

Curriculum:
Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$20,400 to 30,400/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 562 (Gr. JK - 12)
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Contact Name:
Natalie Blomly

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School Address
12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1

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About this school:
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Meadowridge creates a safe space for children to learn through imagination, emotion, and community building. The entire school, from classroom to natural woodland, is the setting for our program that challenges students to find out more about their own beliefs and society through striving for excellence in academics, arts, and service to the community. As students prepare to graduate there is the profound knowledge that in order to change the world, they must first be a part of it.


The Our Kids review of Meadowridge School

our takeMeadowridge is a school that intends to inspire and teach through direct, personal involvement. They don't just teach art, for example, they immerse students within it, including an on-site collection of works from an a-list of Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Lawren Harris. The campus includes a forest, so the links between art and the environment are profound. Likewise, gardens and greenhouses provide an entrée to ecology and biology, and a design lab provides an entrée into technology and engineering. Those, and other examples, provide a unique balance between traditional learning and experiential learning. The buildings, the 27-acre campus, the proximity to Vancouver as well as a range of natural environments—all of it would rightly be the envy of any school. The ideal student is one who is curious, engaging, and prone to make use of the range of programs and opportunities that Meadowridge provides.



Upcoming Events Next event: May 05, 2017

upcoming events
  • May 05, 2017Open House
    Meadowridge School, 12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    Join us Friday, May 05 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Visiting us is the best way to learn about Meadowridge.

    Explore our campus, discover our curriculum, and meet our community. Your family will be guided by a student ambassador who will provide a candid perspective about what it’s like to be a student at Meadowridge. You’ll pop into classrooms, speak with our teachers, and meet some of our current parents, all while the school day is happening around you.

    Register for an Open House: http://www.meadowridge.bc.ca/admissions/visit


  • June 02, 2017Open House
    Meadowridge School, 12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    Join us Friday, June 02 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Visiting us is the best way to learn about Meadowridge.

    Explore our campus, discover our curriculum, and meet our community. Your family will be guided by a student ambassador who will provide a candid perspective about what it’s like to be a student at Meadowridge. You’ll pop into classrooms, speak with our teachers, and meet some of our current parents, all while the school day is happening around you.

    Register for an Open House: http://www.meadowridge.bc.ca/admissions/visit



Principal's Message

principal

Hugh Burke, Headmaster

Often, we have people tour our school, thinking about investing in an education for their children. Such tours are conducted by our student ambassadors, and we often receive comments about how direct, polite, thoughtful, and friendly they are. Most parents want their children to be just like the students who conducted the tour. It is our best guide to how others see us: their delight in meeting our students.

The students behave the way they do, of course, because families and the school share values, because we come to know each other, because we insist on similar things, because we stay involved with each other, and because virtually everyone here is noticed and is important. We are attached, all of us: old and young, students, teachers, parents, and staff, joined in the common cause of education that will make a difference to our children, and a difference to the world they will inherit and will lead.

Our Mission Statement: Learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community.

We have a community of concern, and one that will help our children to grow into fine young adults. It is a pleasure to watch my children grow up within this fine community, and I know I share this pleasure with the parents of all of our students from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12.

 


Academics


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What Meadowridge School says: At Meadowridge our Mission, "learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community" is woven into our everyday actions and interactions, both at the school and in the community at large. It acknowledges the importance of positive interactions with others and in seeking to better the community as we better ourselves. It looks beyond gender, nationality, culture and class. It guides staff, administration, students and families to meet responsibilities and fulfill dreams. This atmosphere of respect combined with a challenging and enriched curriculum provides many opportunities for students to excel in the core academic subjects of reading, writing, math, science and areas of creative expression and original thought, such as performing and visual arts, athletics, clubs, computer science and drama - all of which foster a strong sense of personal and community pride and cause for celebration. We believe in the importance of celebrating our students’ individual and collective accomplishments as we strive for their highest level of performance, whatever their stage of development.

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


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    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
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Meadowridge School says: Students learn through creative expression: they learn to understand and to analyze, to problem solve and to self-express, and they learn about themselves and about the world around them. So while they strum, or stroke, or sing, or sculpt, they learn a new way to express themselves and to convey feelings; students learn to become active meaning-makers, not passive recipients. By learning from the entire symbolic range, students evolve as both artist and learner of the arts. Through language and art, dance and movement, photography, film and multimedia, students learn to understand the essence of things – of people, culture, art, business, sciences, politics – and the nuances within them.


    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 Meadowridge School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Meadowridge School says: In Physical and Health Education, students learn to appreciate the value of physical activity and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. PHE is taught so that students learn about and learn through physical activity. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which contribute to a healthy and balanced lifestyle: a balanced lifestyle which includes a healthy body, mind, and spirit. PHE is a critical element of a well-rounded learner. All students in the PYP and MYP participate in PHE, and have additional requirements for physical and activity outside of their courses.


    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 Meadowridge School says: This information is not currently available.


    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature SL
    • English Literature HL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • French SL
    • French HL
    • Spanish SL
    • Spanish HL
    • Spanish ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Business and Management SL
    • Business and Management HL
    • History SL
    • History HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematical Studies SL
    • Mathematics SL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Theatre SL
    • Theatre HL
    • Visual Arts SL
    • Visual Arts HL


    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 Meadowridge School says: Meadowridge’s Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs provide developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities for children to explore, socialize and grow in a safe and supportive environment. This takes place in a brand new, purpose built Early Childhood Education building. Children are active learners. In Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten children learn by exploration and problem-solving in a safe environment. Students learn through play and units of inquiry based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. This includes exploration into science, art, community, literacy, math, dance, athletics, technology, music, and more. Student develop skills through a hands-on activities where they can test, try, and engage.


    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 Meadowridge 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 Meadowridge School says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

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

    What Meadowridge School says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Meadowridge School 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

    Meadowridge School 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 gradesJK to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 12
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 12


    Extracurriculars

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    What Meadowridge School says:

    This information is not currently available.


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

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (International)
     
    JKSK123456789101112
    Day$20,400
    Day (International)$30,400


    Discounts

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


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 562
    Average enrollment per grade37
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT6 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)6 - 12
    Entrance Exam(s)K - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Meadowridge School says:

    Our admissions process is set-up specifically to determine if your child and family are the right fit for Meadowridge. From inquiry to assessment, we strive to get to know each family and the potential of each child.

    There are tests and assessments but what it really comes down to is the fit. If your child will flourish at Meadowridge and your family will be an active member of our community is one of the most important factors for admissions.

    Not all children and families are the right fit for our school. Meadowridge is a challenging school. We offer a rigorous curriculum and have high expectations of our students, not just academically but intellectually and emotionally. We expect them to take our Mission to heart, "Learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community".

    All Applicants:

    • Online Application Form completed 
    • Visit Us! Learn about our school and let us meet you at one of our Open Houses
    • Student Assessment/Observation
    • Family Meeting
    • Teacher Recommendation
    • Examples of student work/hobbies
    • Grade 1+ two report cards from previous years
    • Grade 6 to 11 SSAT

    Click here for a detailed list of requirements.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    N/A

    Type of student Meadowridge School is looking for: A Meadowridge student is one that seeks challenges in order to grow. We are not looking for perfect children, as they don't exist, but children who love to learn and explore the world. Children who are kind, willing to make mistakes and learn from them, and share their knowledge with others. From Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 our students call Meadowridge home.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000000000000

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size38
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements25
    **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): CANADA Acadia University Bishop’s University Brock University Carleton University Dalhousie University Emily Carr University of Art + Design George Brown College McGill University McMaster University Queen’s University Quest University Canada Simon Fraser University St. Thomas University Thompson Rivers University University of British Columbia University of British Columbia - Okanagan University of Guelph University of King’s College University of Ontario Institute of Technology University of Ottawa University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Waterloo Western University York University UNITED STATES Northwestern University The George Washington University University of California, Los Angeles The University of Chicago Whitman College INTERNATIONAL University of St Andrews University of the Arts, London
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): CANADA Acadia University Bishop’s University Brock University Carleton University Dalhousie University Emily Carr University of Art + Design George Brown College McGill University McMaster University Queen’s University Quest University Canada Simon Fraser University St. Thomas University Thompson Rivers University University of British Columbia University of British Columbia - Okanagan University of Guelph University of King’s College University of Ontario Institute of Technology University of Ottawa University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Waterloo Western University York University UNITED STATES Northwestern University The George Washington University University of California, Los Angeles The University of Chicago Whitman College INTERNATIONAL University of St Andrews University of the Arts, London

    In the News

    News

    January 19, 2017 - Meadowridge Earns Council of International Schools Accreditation

    Meadowridge School has just received news that the Council of International Schools (CIS) has granted a full accreditation to our school. ...


    September 3, 2014 - Meadowridge IB Diploma Results | 100% Success Rate

    Meadowridge School is proud to announce the results of our first IB Diploma and Course exams. The Class of 2014 achieved a 100% success rate ...



    Associations

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


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