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Stratford Hall
Stratford Hall
3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2
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Stratford Hall

3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2

Curriculum:
Liberal Arts,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
K to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$17,090 to 19,960/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
20 to 22
Enrolment:
Day: 520 (Gr. K - 12)

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3000 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4E2

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Through the world's foremost liberal arts program - the International Baccalaureate - Stratford Hall creates inquiring, critical thinkers equipped to pursue the post-secondary education of their choosing. Without exception, we are known for our pluralistic culture and our focus on character as well as curriculum. A Canadian school with an international mindset, we celebrate different perspectives and in doing so attract a unique community of K-12 students, parents and faculty who exemplify the IB Learner Profile.


The Our Kids review of Stratford Hall

our takeStratford Hall has grown phenomenally in its 15 years of life, from 40 students in its inaugural year to more than 500 today. It was begun by parents looking for a better option for their children, one that offered challenging academics as well as the full IB program, and those remain hallmarks of the school today. The IB program also provides the foundation for the physical plan, with three buildings housing the three aspects of the program, realized in 2014 with completion of the Middle Years building. Stratford Hall presents as modern, progressive, urban, and indeed, that’s precisely the intention—the architecture is inviting, while also referencing the surrouding neighbourhood. Jason McBride was appointed head of school in 2015, arriving from a like position at GEMS World Academy in Dubai, and underscoring the international perspective promoted across the curricular areas. The ideal student is one that will thrive in a vibrant, challenging, and intellectually active academic environment.



Principal's Message

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Jason McBride, Head of School

As Stratford Hall enters its 16th year, it is my honour and privilege to tell you little more about our school community. Having just joined Stratford Hall as the new Head of School in 2015 myself following a 15-year career overseas, I can sympathize with the decision ahead of your family. There is often a combination of excitement and anxiety that the process of choosing a school may entail, one I am personally familiar with as my eldest daughter also joined the school this year. Ethically and professionally as educators, we endeavor to do the best for, and with, your child; as a father of one of those students, you have my absolute word that we will uphold that promise!

As a potential new family, I look forward to welcoming you to one of our monthly admissions information sessions to meet some of our wonderful staff as well as to tour the school. We recognize that there are many options for education in Vancouver and we are both proud and grateful that you are considering us as the next step in your child’s education. Stratford Hall has a proud history and a wonderful feel to its culture and climate because of the wonderful students, families, faculty and staff that are here. Our aim is to continue to strengthen the areas in which the school excels, while addressing areas that could be further developed for the benefit of students. Our mission and vision will continue to drive who were are and who we aim to become as we educate students to the highest global standards through the rigour of the IB programs, all while helping them to reach for their own chosen goals. We welcome you to work towards that goal with us in the years ahead.

We hope you will consider joining the Stratford Hall community in that journey!


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What Stratford Hall says: Stratford Hall is a K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) World Continuum School. The IB forms the foundation of our pedagogical approach to teaching and learning and is divided into the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the two-year Diploma Programme in which students undertake university-level work. All three phases are inquiry-based – driven by questions the students and teachers generate together – in order to develop knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. Using best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula, the IB curriculum at Stratford Hall is then laid over a modified BC curriculum with a heavy emphasis on critical-thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity across all disciplines. All three programs are also linked through what is known as the IB Learner Profile. This is a set of 10 characteristics, such as being open-minded and caring, that are explicitly taught, reflected on, and encouraged. Our aim is to foster a community of internationally minded citizens who can build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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


  • 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 Stratford Hall says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Our teachers have the flexibility to use a variety of textbooks and materials to meet the needs of the class and the content being covered. There isn't one set of textbooks that is used across all grades.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What Stratford Hall says: Our IB Programming in the PYP (Primary Years Programme) allows for a balanced approach to early reading instruction. Through six interdisciplinary units of inquiry, students are exposed to both systematic-phonics programming and a whole language approach. Instructional methods include regular levelled Guided Reading sessions using fictional and non-fictional choices, and mini lessons structured around comprehension, decoding strategies and recognizing text features. Regular routines are established at the beginning of the school year including home reading, silent and partner reading, daily read-alouds and weekly library visits. Specialists provide a push-in model of support to provide additional one-to-one assistance for emerging readers. Directed Reading Assessments are administered three times per year to cater instruction to individual student reading levels and to track progress throughout the continuum.

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

    • What Stratford Hall says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Stratford Hall says: Students learning to write in the PYP (Primary Years Programme) receive age-appropriate direct instruction of written and grammar conventions along with consistent exposure to various styles of writing (narrative and expository) through the interdisciplinary units of inquiry. Students have opportunities to practice and apply their written convention skills through writing short or long stories, poetry, reading responses, essays, articles or research pieces. The use of planners to generate ideas and assist with the organization of a written piece are important areas of focus, along with the self-editing process. Citation skills are introduced in upper elementary, and carried on throughout the grades. Letter formation and handwriting are a focus in the early years. Assistive technology and specialist support is provided to students on individual education plans.


    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: Science at Stratford Hall is messy, fun, and rigorous. We guide our students into becoming scientific thinkers who ask questions beyond traditional textbook learning. Our students have an in-depth knowledge of scientific fact and theory, can design, engineer and investigate their own experimental questions in our state of the art, university-level laboratories and through our field study opportunities, and can maturely discuss the impact of science on society. A science specialist helps classroom teachers craft a meaningful, inquiry-based, exciting science sequence through the Primary Years Program, developing into more rigorous experiment and data analysis techniques throughout the Middle Years. Stratford Hall offers Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at the Diploma Programme Level, which fully prepare students for university-level science and beyond.

    • 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 Stratford Hall says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What Stratford Hall says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Stratford Hall says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Stratford Hall says: This information is not currently available.

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


    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      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 Stratford Hall says: This information is not currently available.


    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 Stratford Hall says: Rather than a stand-alone subject, information technology is used as a tool for learning and production. Exposure to computers and their uses will be appropriate to the grade level and the topics under investigation.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Stratford Hall says: At Stratford Hall we strive to develop intelligent athletes that are lifelong participants in physical activity. We focus on developing physically literate students that have an understanding of the fundamental movement skills which will allow them to participate in a variety of activities. We do this by using the “Teaching Games for Understanding” model combined with the Primary Years and Middle Years Program guides and the IRP's from the BC Ministry of Education. We also have a strong Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) program that starts in grade 4 and compliments the PE program. The OEE program focuses on water sports (kayaking, canoeing, sailing, stand up paddle boarding, dragon boating), winter activities (snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating), hiking, rock climbing, Circus, and a number of service opportunities. The OEE program runs through grade 10.

    • Stratford Hall 's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Religious Curriculum (percentage)

      We have no compulsory religion courses
      Up to 25% of our courses are religious courses
      More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • 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 Stratford Hall says: This information is not currently available.


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

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

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

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

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

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


    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 Stratford Hall says: The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for success. At Stratford Hall, these elements combine to create a transdisciplinary learning opportunity that is engaging, relevant and challenges each student to meet and exceed their own expectations. The PYP framework is organized into three distinct area of curriculum focus: - What students learn; - The way in which teachers will teach; and, - The practice of effective assessment which supports how we know what we know about student attainment.


    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 Stratford Hall says about flexible pacing: At Stratford Hall we know that no two children learn at the same pace. Our teachers are skilled in the art of differentiation and our small class sizes create an opportunity for our faculty to develop an in-depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by each of their 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 Stratford Hall says: The culmination of the PYP and MYP programmes is the Diploma Programme - a rigorous university preparatory programme. International research from the IBO shows that despite its challenge, "there are many benefits to choosing the DP over other 16-19 curricula including the fact that DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them."


    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 Stratford Hall says: The IB forms the foundation of our pedagogical approach to teaching and learning and is divided into the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the two-year Diploma Programme in which students undertake university-level work. All three phases are inquiry-based – driven by questions the students and teachers generate together – in order to develop knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Stratford Hall can provide support for mild disablities. Stratford Hall does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Stratford Hall 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, Stratford Hall students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Stratford Hall 0 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average8 mins15 mins17 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins54 mins59 mins72 mins83 mins98 mins112 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades4 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackK to 12


    Extracurriculars

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    What Stratford Hall says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cross-country skiing
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Sailing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day (Domestic)$17,090$17,460$17,725$19,960


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students1%
    2nd child (sibling)all students$850
    3rd child (sibling)all students$850
    4th child (sibling)all students$850


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 520
    Average enrollment per grade40
    Gender (grades)K to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    K123456789101112
    Day Enrollment32404040404044444443443435

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview6 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)K - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Stratford Hall says:

    All applicants must submit a completed application package with all of the following items:

    1. Application fee of $250
    2. Completed application form (available online)
    3. A copy of the student's proof of citizenship (ex. birth certificate)
    4. A copy of the student's Carecard (if student is a resident of BC)
    5. A copy of the student's most recent report card
    6. Completed referee form, sent directly to Stratford Hall (available online)


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    50%

    Type of student Stratford Hall is looking for: At Stratford Hall, we look for students who have a solid academic foundation, enjoy learning, have a variety of interests, and have a desire to contribute to our community. In addtion, the attributes of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile (characteristics such as being caring, open-minded, and reflective) are all an integral part of who we are at Stratford Hall, and we look for prospective students and families who embody these characteritics as well.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0 - 32 (50%)8 - 10 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)4 - 6 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)6 - 10 (50%)0 - 5 (50%)0 - 5 (50%)0 - 5 (50%)0

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size35
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements8
    **Ivy+ placements1

    *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): Bowdoin College (US) Dalhousie University Kwantlen Polytechnic University Ontario College of Art & Design Queen’s University Simon Fraser University Trinity Western University University of British Columbia McGill University University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario Oxford (post-graduate)
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Bowdoin College (US) Dalhousie University Kwantlen Polytechnic University Ontario College of Art & Design Queen’s University Simon Fraser University Trinity Western University University of British Columbia McGill University University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario Oxford (post-graduate)

    What Stratford Hall says:

  • Fion graduated from Stratford Hall in 2011 and is currently doing her Master's Degree in Internet Science, concentrating on Big Data Analytics and Technology Regulations at the University of Oxford, UK
  • Brittany from the Class of 2014 has been accepted to the École nationale de cirque. Congratulations.

  • Notable Alumni

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    Alumni Highlights

    • Katherine worked this summer with the Arthritis Association of Canada, BC Division, and did a study that will be presented at the American College of Rheumatology in San Fransisco in November. Katherine's study was about using administrative health data to see if there was a link between rheumatoid arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the population of BC. She did determine a link, which lends us to believe that proper control of inflammation and regular check-ups and screening for COpD is even more important for RA patients. In addition to her research, Katherine has been accepted to the UBC Ultimate team, which is ranked #2 in North America! Well done, Katherine
    • Saskia of the Class of 2010 is now a content strategist at the startup Undeveloped within the Rockstart accelerator in Amsterdam and a semi-professional rugby player.
    • Brittany from the Class of 2014 has been accepted to the École nationale de cirque. Congratulations.
    • Fion graduated from Stratford Hall in 2011 and is currently doing her Master's Degree in Internet Science, concentrating on Big Data Analytics and Technology Regulations at the University of Oxford, UK

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    Associations

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


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