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Mulgrave School

2330 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 3H9

Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$17,195 to 21,370/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
14 to 22
Day: 900 (Gr. K - 12)

School Address
2330 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 3H9



About this school:


Inspiring Excellence in Education and Life. Mulgrave is a co-ed, non-denominational Pre-K to 12 IB World School nestled in the forested slopes of West Vancouver. We inspire students to be self-motivated critical thinkers and young leaders who demonstrate meaningful action as responsible citizens in a global community. Mulgrave offers a wide range of enrichment activities in athletics, outdoor ed, service, and the arts. Our students are kind individuals who support one another as they strive to achieve their dreams. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Mulgrave School

our takeMulgrave was founded in 1993 on the grounds of the West Vancouver Montessori School, and has grown exponentially since then due to the strength of the program and the school’s earned reputation. Today Mulgrave is home to just over 900 students from pre-school through grade 12, housed within a 150,000 sq. ft. building that includes substantial upgrades completed with the senior school expansion in 2015. A new capital and development campaign will be complete in 2019, further augmenting the campus and the programs provided there. The school operates a centre for educational innovation, a clear expression of the administration’s desire to be a model to others, and to continue to evaluate and grow the programs the school offers. So, there's a lot going on, largely driven, as it was at the start, by the members of the community the school serves. The school rightly prides itself on maintaining a close, community feel throughout, while offering a strong academic foundation through the International Baccalaureate and an overall dedication to delivering the curriculum through a global lens. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a vibrant, challenging yet supportive academic environment.

Principal's Message


Mr. John Wray, Head of School

Growing up and learning at Mulgrave School is a very special experience indeed. Whether you join us at 4 or 16 years of age, we are committed to providing you with an outstanding and unique education that will prepare you to make the very best of the opportunities and challenges in your future lives. We understand that good learning and an excellent, rounded education are not only about you acquiring the best possible skills and academic qualifications, but also about enjoying school and following your interests and passions in a range of other activities, such as athletics, the arts, community commitment and much more. A Mulgrave education delivered via the programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organisation is unashamedly internationally focused and forward looking. It will enable you to develop the skills and attributes necessary to thrive in the international world of the 21st century. We are a caring and supportive school community with high standards and high expectations. We aim to inspire you and challenge you to fulfil your potential in a variety of contexts. Often described as a family, Mulgrave takes great pride in the quality of relationships that exist between staff, students and parents. We understand that this three-way partnership is the key to your success. If you are reading this as someone who doesn’t know Mulgrave, I would encourage you to come to the school to meet our community and to see us in action. It is a very special place. Warmest regards, John Wray Head of School


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What Mulgrave School says: At Mulgrave, our vision for learning is informed by our school's aims and values and is encapsulated within our learning model. We truly want students’ learning at Mulgrave to be personalised and very special. We want our students... to enjoy and be passionate about learning throughout their school career and beyond. to understand themselves and how they learn and be genuinely active and reflective in the learning process. to be increasingly independent in their learning whilst being able to collaborate and be genuine co-constructors of knowledge and understanding. to be confident, connected and informed digital citizens and self-directed, enquirers and risk takers. to be creative and innovative in the way they work and think. to be supported, challenged and cared for by their teachers and each other.

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

  • 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 Mulgrave 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 Mulgrave School says: This information is not currently available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Mulgrave 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 ab initio SL

    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 Mulgrave School 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 Mulgrave 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 Mulgrave School says: Our approach to pre-school and Kindergarten is in alignment with our approach to learning at all grade levels. Our IB curriculum extends into our PK3 and PK4 programmes and provides students with a strong inquiry-based foundation that sparks their curiosity and kicks off their journeys as life-long learners. While we generally classify our preschool as 'play-based' and Kindergarten as 'academic', in reality, we provide a balance of both, believing in each child's capacity to explore their potential in literacy and numeracy, as well as the importance of learning from the daily interactions they have with their natural and social surroundings.

          Curriculum Pace Accelerated

          • Standard-enriched
          • Accelerated
          • Student-paced

          The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

          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 Mulgrave School says about flexible pacing: We offer standard- and higher-level IB diploma courses, Mandarin language streams for native and non-native speakers, and online courses. As well, we have well-staffed learning support centres that serve as resources for our teachers as they work to provide differentiated and personalised instruction for all our students.

          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 Mulgrave School says: We want our students' learning to be experiential, relevant and authentic. All this so that they can achieve their personal best and, more importantly, take with them skills and qualities to live better lives as lifelong learners and stewards of our world. We want our students to have high expectations for themselves, and we provide the support they need to achieve their dreams.

          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 Mulgrave School says: We recognise that learning happens through the holistic educational experience of our students through the IB academic programmes of the formal curriculum, through the enormous range of curriculum enrichment that happens through co-curricular and other programmes and through what our students experience at home and outside school. We regard a Mulgrave education as an important part of their total education.

          Special Needs Support No support

          No support

          Mulgrave School offers no/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
          • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
            Support Type = offered
            Extra support
          • What Mulgrave School says: The majority of our students begin their Mulgrave journey when they are quite young, so we cannot know if they will develop learning difficulties as they grow. We have a learning support team in place to provide the guidance students with learning challenges may need to successfully earn an IB diploma at the end of their Mulgrave career. Our admissions process is very personalised, and through it, we hope to provide prospective families with a sense of our ability to meet their child's needs while determining if we have the resources in place to be able to meet those 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

          Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

          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: This information is not currently available.

          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 Mulgrave 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.

          Class Sizes Not available

          This information is not currently available.


          What Mulgrave School says:

          This information is not currently available.

          • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
            Field Hockey
            Ice Hockey
            Track & Field
            Cross-country skiing
            Downhill skiing
            Mountain biking
          • Clubs Offered
            Art Club
            Astronomy Club
            Audiovisual Club
            Chess Club
            Community Service
            Computer Club
            Dance Club
            Debate Club
            Drama Club
            Environmental Club
            Foreign Language Club
            Jazz Ensemble
            Math Club
            Musical theatre/Opera
            Outdoor Club
            Outdoor Education
            Poetry/Literature club
            Robotics club
            Science Club
            Student Council

          Tuition & Financial Aid


          Day (Domestic)$17,195$19,400$21,370
          What Mulgrave School says: ADDITIONAL CHARGES: Consolidated Extra Fees are additional fees charged on a grade by grade basis for technology, supplies, text books, yearbooks, curriculum-based field trips, grade camps, etc. Refundable Mulgrave Family Deposit (K-12 Requirement): All new families joining the School are required to deposit $20,000 per family in the form of a non-interest bearing loan to Mulgrave School.


          Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
          2nd child (sibling)Day (Domestic)$500

          Need-based financial aid

          Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 11 to 12
          Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid5%
          Average aid package size$10,000
          Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid5%
          Total aid available$30,000

          Application Deadline:
          Rolling deadline Repeats annually

          More information:

          Application Details:

          This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
          Please visit our Entrance Scholarship webpage for more information.

          Merit based Scholarships

          This information is not currently available.


          Total enrollment 900
          Average enrollment per grade56
          Average class size14 to 22
          Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
          Boarding offeredNo

          Student distribution:

          Day Enrollment5660596365636666657075727262



          Admissions Assessments:

          Assessment = requiredGrades
          Interview6 - 11
          SSAT6 - 11
          SSAT (out of province)
          Entrance Exam(s)PS - 11
          Entrance Essay
          Application Fee

          Application Deadlines:

          Day students:

          What Mulgrave School says:

          To learn more about our application process (which varies by grade), please visit our website here


          Acceptance Rate:


          Type of student Mulgrave School is looking for: Mulgrave looks for students who will profit from its enriched programme and who will be able to contribute their own special talents, abilities, imagination, and curiosity to the school community.

          Student Entry Points

          Student TypePSK123456789101112
          Day Acceptance
          (Acceptance rate)
          40 (30%)20 - 22 (30%)0000009 - 12 (21%)7 - 10 (25%)010 - 13 (21%)00

          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)

          Stories & Testimonials


          Mulgrave School

          Mulgrave School is a non-denominational, co-educational IB World School (Pre Kindergarten to Grade 12). A day school, Mulgrave is located on the forested slopes of Vancouver’s North Shore, overlooking the magnificent Burrard Inlet and the Pacific Ocean westward. Highly valued for its positive community spirit and for its vibrant atmosphere, the school encourages its students to reach their highest goals in a Renaissance approach to education. Academic rigour and breadth of educational experiences are fundamental to student success. Action, service, leadership and independence in learning are inherent to the school’s ethos, as is a culture of caring and intrinsic discipline. Celebrating cultural diversity, developing intellectual abilities, and promoting athletic and artistic promise underlie a Mulgrave education. To enhance the delivery of curricula, Mulgrave utilises wireless technology throughout the school. Smart Boards are used extensively through all grades to enable students to approach their learning in different ways. Students from Grades 6 to 12 benefit from a laptop programme, where they are encouraged to explore global perspectives and expand the boundaries of their learning. The school’s commitment to athletics, outdoor education, arts, leadership and co-curricular programmes provides a wide opportunity for students to find and develop their unique passions. Ethics, morals and principles are firmly entrenched in a Mulgrave education and our talented faculty model the qualities that we value for our students. Experienced teachers from around the world provide a comprehensive and challenging IB curriculum to an equally diverse student body of 750 young people. Within the framework of the three International Baccalaureate programmes, the teachers develop the unique skills required to succeed in our ever-changing human environment. Students are inspired to be creative problem-solvers, effective communicators and life-long learners. At Mulgrave School, we foster the development of young leaders who demonstrate international understanding and meaningful action as responsible citizens of the global community.


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          Since the earliest days of Mulgrave's young history, our school has been known for continually pushing the boundaries... ...


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          • Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC) Associations

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