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Pattison High School
Pattison High School
981 Nelson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 3B6
Contact name:
Azar Akbari

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Pattison High School

Pattison High School

981 Nelson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 3B6

Grades (Gender):
8 to 12 (Coed)
$16,680 to 23,280/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 15
Day: Varies (Gr. 8 - 12), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 8 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Azar Akbari

Phone Number:

School Address
981 Nelson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 3B6

About this school:


Set in the heart of beautiful downtown Vancouver, Pattison High School is a fully bonded independent high school accredited by the BC Ministry of Education. Pattison High School aims to inspire Canadian and International students to grow, learn, and reach their personal goals and to empower them with life-enriching experiences by delivering a quality secondary education that prepares them to achieve success and satisfaction in their lives. “We don't teach a class; we teach individual students in a class.”

The Our Kids review of Pattison High School

our takePattison was founded in 2003 to support a diversity of learners intending to advance to post-secondary studies in North America. The focus isn’t exclusively on international students, thought there are a wealth of programs in place to support students from away, including a multi-lingual staff and advisors able to address custodianship, medical coverage, and housing. For those arriving from overseas, the school is an entrée into both Canadian academics and Canadian life. For domestic students, the school provides an authentic introduction to the skills necessary for working and living effectively within a global context. Since 2005, Pattison has been located in the heart of the downtown, adjacent to the Wall Centre and proximate to a wealth of resources, including galleries, shops, transportation and the bustle of urban life. The ideal student is one able to thrive within an vibrant, diverse learning environment, and is preparing for success in post-secondary studies in Canada.

Principal's Message


Daniel Chowne, Principal

Welcome to Pattison High School where the standard of excellence provides a successful foundation for entrance into top ranked North American Universities.  PHS is the best choice for students who want to earn a Canadian High School Graduation Diploma in an accelerated time frame.

Our “student centered” programs are designed to support individual learning styles to provide students with a rewarding educational experience that allows them to reach their full potential. At Pattison High School students are immersed in a high quality learning environment where students and teachers work together in a caring, vibrant learning community that fosters personal and intellectual growth.   Our teachers, staff, counselors and administrators are professionals who are committed to understanding each student’s goals.

We take pride in the knowledge that students leave Pattison High School with the confidence, skills and responsibility to make their mark in divergent academic pursuits.

We look forward to having you join us as part of the Pattison tradition, and wish you every success at our school and your future post secondary and university aspirations.


Mr. Daniel Chowne


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Pattison High School says: Pattison High School is scheduled on a trimester system, with intakes in January, May, and September. Students can choose to complete up to three terms per year, unlike the public system, where students normally spend 3 to 4 years in school. At Pattison, students can complete 12 courses per year, allowing them to graduate within 2 years, depending on the student’s language ability.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Pattison High 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.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      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 Pattison High School 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 Pattison High School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Languages Offered: • ESL

    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 Pattison High School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Pattison High School says: This information is not currently available.

    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Pattison High 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 Pattison High School 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 Pattison High 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 Pattison High School says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Pattison High School says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    Pattison High 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

    Pattison High 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Pattison High School students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Pattison High School 60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins
    Site Average59 mins71 mins82 mins97 mins110 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades8 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback8 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings8 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Pattison High School says: This information is not currently available.


    What Pattison High School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Skating
      Racquet Ball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Day (International)
    Day (Domestic)$16,680
    Day (International)$23,280
    What Pattison High School says: The above fee is based on 3 semesters and 12 courses one year, including Winter semester Jan-April, Summer semester May - Aug and Fall semester Sep - Dec. Please refer to school website www.pattisonhighschool.ca for the detailed Fee Schedule.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Academic Excellence Scholarship 2016
    Amount: $100,000
    Deadline: 03/31/2016
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8 to 12—

    Pattison High School offers $100,000 worth of scholarships in 2016.

    To be eligible candidates must:

    • Be new to Pattison High School and register for 12 courses
    • Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement with a GPA of 4.0
    • Demonstrate leadership qualities in community service or
    • Demonstrate athletic and creative ability




    Application Details:

    The following information is required as a part of the application process:

    • Student Academic Information
    • Student Community Service Information
    • Students Interest and other Achievements Information
    For more details, visit: www.pattisonhighschool.ca


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size12 to 15
    Grades (gender)8 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment10606060
    Homestay Enrollment10606060



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview8 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)8 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What Pattison High School says:

    Before applying, we strongly recommend that you speak with one of our academic advisors available by phone at 604-608-8788 or e-mail at [email protected]  You are also welcome to come visit our school at any time.  Please arrange a meeting time with one of our advisors, and they will be happy to show you around.

    To apply, please prepare the following documents:

    1. Completed Student Application Form 
    2. Academic Transcripts from the past 3 years
    3. Copy of Passport ID Page 
    4. First year of tuition fees 
    5. Custodianship declaration
    6. Medical Insurance


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Pattison High School is looking for: We accept students from a wide-range of cultures and backgrounds who demonstrate an aptitude in academics, athletics, arts and leadership.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type89101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    15 - 20 (90%)15 - 20 (90%)15 - 20 (90%)15 - 20 (90%)15 - 20 (90%)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size25
    *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)

    What Pattison High School says:

  • Simon Fraser University
  • McGill University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • McMaster University
  • University of Alberta
  • Queen's University
  • University of the Arts London
  • New York State University
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Calgary
  • York University
  • Concordia University
  • Carleton University
  • Emily Carr University
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (USA)

  • Stories & Testimonials


    Testimonial 3

    The best thing about the Pattison community is how welcoming they are.  Within a week of arrival I knew almost all of the staff members and students.  Even though I was a new student in the school, I was elected President of Student Council.  The students did not hesitate to trust me.  Similarly, I did not hesitate to trust them, and I suddenly realized they were not only schoolmates but friends as well. Pattison is not only a school of knowledge but a school of life as it taught me the true meaning and value of friendship. This, I will never forget.

    Danilo Chiarlone, Grade 12


    Testimonial 2

    I am so pleased that my parents allowed me to attend Pattison High School. I have graduated from PHS and have been admitted to UBC Commerce Department. I have received a scholarship from the MOE and I appreciate all the efforts by the staff and faculty of PHS, especially the senior counselor. Thank you.

    Jacky Chen


    Testimonial 1

    I wanted you to know what fantastic teacher Miss Vo is. She is one of the best science eachers I have ever had. She as incredibly patient and was able to explain everything in so many different ways until I understood. She really knows her chemistry! Not only did she have the facts but she had passion for the subject and really wanted us to learn. She sincerely wanted her students to succeed and encouraged us all to ask questions. Without her encouragement I may not have been so outspoken and probably would not have achieved the marks that I have. I am not a brilliant chemistry student but I have succeeded to the best of my ability and I have Miss Vo to thank for that.

    Daylay Harper


    About Pattison High School

    Pattison High School is an independent high school that is accredited by the Ministry of Education of British Columbia. Pattison High School is a fully bonded institution which guarantees protection to students under the regulations of Ministry of Education of BC. The school offers full secondary education: Grades 8 to 12 and university preparation programs. Students who fulfill the graduation program (Grades 10-12) receive a Dogwood diploma - the high school diploma issued by the Ministry of Education. Students take the necessary English and required courses with electives to construct a course of study that best meets their personal interests and goals for university admission. Upon graduation, our students are then able to continue with their education, well equipped with the skills necessary to succeed.




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