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Southridge School
Southridge School
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7
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Southridge School

2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7

Curriculum:
Traditional,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
K to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$14,750 to 25,250/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 20
Enrolment:
Day: 680 (Gr. K - 12)

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Contact Name:
Kristine Mathiasen

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School Address
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7

About this school:

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Southridge develops well-rounded students with the knowledge, integrity, character and confidence to realize their full potential. We place equal value on the development of academics and character. Our program is built around authentic, experience-based learning. This means, we not only teach our students how to think, we also seek to teach them to know what is right and nurture the desire and courage to do it.


The Our Kids review of Southridge School

our takeSouthridge was founded in 1993 in part due to the teachers’ strike that year. Local families had been looking for an alternative to the public system, as well as perhaps some stability around program delivery. After an inspirational address from Alan Brown, then headmaster at St. George’s School, a plan to create Southridge was put into action. It was a nice, empowering moment, and there have been others along the way as well, such as the Great Trek in 1995 when the entire school population walked from the temporary home of the school to its permanent location. Truly, the Southridge story is a great one. The school was a very real expression of the community that it serves, something that it very actively and aggressively maintains today. The student population grew quickly, in part a result of expansions in the program. It’s a policy of the school, one that began with Brown, that only children who clearly want to attend are admitted. Brown also wrote the motto, “let every spirit soar.” Southridge is a wonderful example of a community coming forward and working toward a cause they believe in. Yes, time marches on, though that spirit created a legacy that the school works diligently to uphold. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a vibrant, diverse, and challenging academic environment.



Principal's Message

principal

Mr. Drew Stephens, Head of School

Central to our focus at Southridge is personal growth. To that extent, our students are not only immersed in a challenging academic environment, but they are also expected to make a contribution to the spirit of their school through their character. Opportunities in service, the arts, and athletics are requisite experiences in both the development and expression of character. As such, Southridge students welcome such opportunities and embrace the responsibility of complete engagement in school life. They learn to respond meaningfully and with integrity to the choices they face on a regular basis.

Through personal growth an understanding of interdependence is nourished amongst our students, and it is through interdependence that Southridge realizes its vision to Let Every Spirit Soar.

We believe that relationships are the means of attaining our vision and that it is in the extension of one’s self to others in the hopes of elevating their spirit that our own spirit soars. We also believe that spirit can be interpreted as conscience, which is a reflection of integrity, and that living with integrity makes a positive difference in the world and enlivens the spirits of others.

Southridge is a place of significance. It is a place where students journey in their growth academically and personally, exploring, embracing, and sharing their own unique qualities and gifts. It is a place of personal fulfillment and contribution to the greater good. It is a place where youth actively make an intentional positive difference in the world.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What Southridge School says: Southridge is committed to providing opportunities for authentic, experiential learning that nurtures the holistic growth of all our students. Our programs and culture foster the development of leadership, character and skills that enable our students to realize their full potential. We weight equally the development of academics with the development of character. In other words, we not only educate our students about knowledge and how to think in the 21st century, we also educate them about the importance of goodness and how to act ethically and morally. The teachers and administrative leadership team at Southridge do their best to balance the academic curriculum - or what happens in the classroom, with the "other" curriculum that takes place beyond the classroom in the arts, athletics, outdoor education and service learning.

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


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

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


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


    Science
    • 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 Southridge School says: This information is not currently available.


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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Southridge School says: This information is not currently available.


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


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

    Approach:
    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.

    Traditional

    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.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


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



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    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 Southridge School says: We offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 7.


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


    Developmental Priorities Social, Intellectual

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

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

    What Southridge School says: At Southridge, we develop well-rounded students with the knowledge, integrity, character and confidence to realize their full potential and to make a difference in the world. We place equal value on the development of academics and character. Our program is built around authentic, experience-based learning that develops the mind, body and spirit. This means, we not only teach our students how to think, we also seek to teach them to know what is right and nurture the desire and courage to do it.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Southridge 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

    Southridge 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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

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



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Southridge School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Field Hockey
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (International)
     
    K123456789101112
    Day$14,750$15,200$17,250$17,550
    Day (International)$22,450$22,900$24,950$25,250


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 8 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    www.southridge.bc.ca/page.cfm?p=977

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Southridge was built on the desire to create a school community that develops young people who contribute to each other’s success – and the betterment of the wider world – regardless of financial standing. We are proud to offer a limited amount of Financial Aid to a select number of new outstanding Senior School students (Grades 8-12) each year, who we believe will make a meaningful contribution to our school community. Please visit our website for Financial Aid Application Instructions, or contact Kristine Mathiasen (above) for more information.



    Merit based Scholarships

    Southridge School - Merit Scholarships
    Amount: $5,000
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8 to 12—

     

    Merit Scholarships, valued at $5000 each, are awarded each year to new Senior School students (Grades 8-12), who demonstrate a sincere dedication to one of the pillars of academics, arts, service or athletics. These Scholarships are awarded to remarkable kids who are committed to pursuing their passion – whether it’s a love of sport, a delight in art, an enthusiasm for academics, or a desire to give back through philanthropy.  

    Merit Scholarships require no demonstration of financial need; they are renewable annually, provided students remain in good standing, maintain high achievement in at least one of the school pillars, and continue to use their passion to contribute in a meaningful way to the Southridge community. 

    Application Details:

    To apply for a Merit Scholarship, students must complete and submit an Admissions Application Form (including fee and supporting documentation), as well as a Southridge Merit Scholarship Application Form - both can be found through the Financial Assistance Program page on our website.

    For more details, visit: www.southridge.bc.ca/page.cfm?p=977
    Southridge School - The Alan Brown Memorial Bursary
    Amount: 50%
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8 to 12—

     

    Our founding Headmaster Emeritus, Alan Brown, laid the foundation for Southridge School. It was his vision, and his outstanding reputation as an educator, that attracted many of the first families to the school. With three daughters of his own, and a career of educating only boys, Mr. Brown was instrumental in founding Southridge, in part, to realize his dream of educating girls.

    Mr. Brown was committed to supporting students through bursaries. In honour of his dedication to ensuring that all students, regardless of financial standing, might have the opportunity to receive an independent school education, Southridge School, with the generous support of his family and friends, have established the Alan Brown Memorial Bursary in his memory.

    The Alan Brown Memorial Bursary is a partial, renewable bursary covering up to a maximum of 50% of tuition, for an outstanding new female Senior School student (Grade 8-12). 

    Application Details:

    To apply, or find out more about Bursaries, visit our website or contact our Admissions Office at 604.542.2345.

    For more details, visit: www.southridge.bc.ca/page.cfm?p=977
    Southridge School - The Carol E. Levy Memorial Bursary
    Amount: 100%
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 10—

     

    The Carol E. Levy Memorial Bursary is offered in memory of Carol Levy, a founding parent of Southridge School, caring mother of Rachel, Rob, Victoria and Hilary and loving wife of Michael, who passed away suddenly in 2007. Mrs. Levy was a remarkable woman who gave countless hours to the community and was instrumental in the formation of Southridge. Her unwavering dedication to the school is sorely missed, but her commitment to all children will be felt through this generous endowment in her name.

    The Carol E. Levy Memorial Bursary is a full, renewable bursary covering up to 100% of tuition, awarded to an outstanding new Grade 10 student

    Application Details:

    To apply, or find out more about Bursaries, visit our website or contact our Admissions Office at 604.542.2345.

    For more details, visit: www.southridge.bc.ca/page.cfm?p=977

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 680
    Average enrollment per grade52
    Gender (grades)K to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewN/A
    SSATN/A
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 05, 2014


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


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Southridge School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    32 (100%)4 (100%)04 (100%)000028 (100%)0000

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    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

    News

    Jazz Band Trip to Cuba

    Many visitors to Cuba only have the chance to see Cuba through tourist-tinted glasses. However, when the Southridge senior jazz band visited Cuba this year, we were able to see an intimate side of the country. Cuba is world renowned for its fine musicians; the birthplace of the greats, an education system that continues the process, and a culture that nurtures and encourages musical development. Our musical journey began at an art school in Cienfuegos. At age eight, these children are streamed into the arts and spend their days focusing on music, art, and dance. Needless to say, they have a magical mixture of raw talent and fine-tuned technical abilities. Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting their impressive technical skills; I went into their performance thinking that they would be talented, but free-spirited jazz musicians. After witnessing some stunning classical music performances, I was to stand corrected. It turns out that jazz is the pastime of the students — classical music makes up their curriculum. Following their wonderful performance, most of us were worried that we wouldn't be received with much enthusiasm. We were to stand corrected: as soon as we began our opening tune of Boogie Lou the crowd, of all ages, came alive. The young students were, without exaggeration, screaming with excitement and the entire audience was dancing. This rare display of jazz in school was as thrilling to them as Jay-Z making a guest performance would be for us. We couldn’t help but feel like rock stars — this kind of recognition is rare in life. The memorable performance was only to get better; when we began to play Oyo Como Va, a classic Cuban song, the crowd joined in singing, and thanks to their help, the song took on a life of its own. The performance was emotionally moving. Other than making me feel like a rock star, the performance made me realize the sad disconnect that we have in our society; the music that our youth listen to has little in common with the music our seniors listen to. Music in Cuba provides a bridge between people of all ages yet in North America it only further separates generations. Seeing the audience of young students, teachers and parents all enjoying the performance together was a foreign sight. Teenage girls, having started an on-the-spot synchronized dance, got the entire audience on their feet and everyone was able to seamlessly join in the dancing; a dance that after a week in Cuba we never quite mastered. When we finished our set the audience was upset, and so was most of our band. Specifically, some of our band’s newly acquired groupies were devastated (but very excited when we returned that night for dancing lessons). At the time, I thought it was going to be the most amazing performance I would ever have the joy of being a part of, but Cuba would once again, prove me wrong.
    Lauren Bromage (Grade 11)



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    Memories of the Battlefields Tour

    In the summer of 2009, Dale Kurylyk led a small group of students on a tour of the Canadian Battlefields and Anne Boyle and I were invited to join them. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity as it enabled me to literally walk in the footsteps of my grandfather, who served in the Fourth Canadian Division during World War I.
    After spending a few glorious days in Paris, we drove out of the city to visit our first Commonwealth Cemetery. It seemed to be in a farmer’s field, in the middle of nowhere, but, as soon as we entered the gate and started to read the words on the gravestones - Vancouver, Red Deer, Flin Flon, Winnipeg, Halifax…  - we all began to realize the significance of this trip. More than the locals, we knew what these men had given up to fight and die here. The words from John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” never seemed more true. We must not break faith with them.
    I also have fond memories of driving under a canopy of maple leaves as we approached Vimy Ridge and finding a tiny perfect red maple leaf in a trench, in July. When you visit Canadian cemeteries in France, you are standing on soil that has been given to the people of Canada but nowhere does it seem truer than in this place, where hundreds of Canadian maple trees line roads and pathways. It really feels like it’s ours. Later in the trip, when we were crossing into England, a passport control officer asked me the purpose of our visit and, when I explained, he stamped my passport, looked me in the eye, and said, “All you had to do was say Vimy Ridge.”
    I could go on and on. In Dieppe, we visited a tiny run down museum that had been built by the locals to commemorate the Canadians who had landed there so many years ago. The building sagged, as if it had been hit by artillery during the war and never repaired, but the spirit of sincere gratitude in the displays and in the eyes of the elderly men who escorted us through their museum still brings tears to my eyes. And, who could forget, a group of our students climbing up a nearby cliff and singing “O Canada” in such loud voices that we could hear them all the way down in the village square.
    And, then, there was Menin Gate. At 8:00 every evening, the people of Ypres conduct a ceremony at Menin Gate to remember the lives that were lost liberating their city at the end of World War I. During the ceremony that we attended, a group of our students were invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the Southridge community.
    In our final reflections, as we prepared to return to Canada from London, it was evident that we had all been moved by the sacrifices and the achievements of the Canadians who fought in Europe during both world wars. It was really hard not to be proud of being Canadian on this trip. Every day, we met at least one person who thanked us for Canada’s contribution to both world wars. This was a trip that none of us would ever forget.
    Gail Robinson (Faculty)
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    Debating In Halifax

    In April of my Grade 12 year, I found myself on planes headed to debate tournaments more often than I was in the classroom. After about three weeks of competition I was going to my very last high school debate - Senior Nationals in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with my partner Kiran. On that final plane ride Kiran and I prepped our case on Israel, running through arguments with flight attendants and our very devoted mothers and coach who made the trip with us. We were both exhausted but ready to make our last tournament together our best. The opening ceremony the first night was wonderful. Friends we had made over the last five years were all together in one place, most of us for the last time. That’s what was so great about that tournament - even as the competition began we were all just happy to debate with our friends, and spend time together before we all split off to our next steps. But friendship was not the only thing that made that trip so memorable. Kiran and I had never debated so well in our entire debating career. Every round was strong, which made us feel like everything we had worked towards as partners had really paid off. We supported each other after each debate, and made sure that no matter what, we were enjoying every minute of it. After our rounds we were able to experience Halifax, and its fish and chips, quaint buildings, and friendly locals. The atmosphere was so positive and fun. I couldn’t have asked for more for my last tournament. As the weekend came to a close, we continued to keep up a strong calibre of debating, and spent as much time as we could with our colleagues from across the country.  Overall, the trip was one of my most memorable at Southridge, and I hope that the next generations of students are able to experience trips like this during their time in high school.
    Kristine Ramsbottom (2011 Grad)
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    Associations

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


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