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Claren Academy

Grades K TO Gr. 7 — Vancouver, BC (MAP)

Claren Academy:

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  • Grades
    K — Gr. 7
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    9 — 11 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    80 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 201- 1085 Homer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1J4 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Claren Academy

Claren Academy is one of those places that, in every way, was clearly created with the the learner foremost in mind. The teaching environment is bright, clean, and inviting, with lots of colour and natural light. It’s just a very comfortable place for young people to spend their days. Instruction is student-centred, building on the skills, interests, and needs that the students bring with them into the room. The intention is to deliver the attributes and knowledge they will need in the future as they move on to secondary and post-secondary education, and life. Administration references future-focused skills, though it says something about the school that creativity, empathy and kindness make that list. The school leadership is accessible, and assessment and progress reporting is consistent and detailed. So, yes, the school looks charming, and indeed it is, in all kinds of ways. Founded in 2017, Claren Academy has quickly become an important and valued educational offering within the city.

School's Perspective

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How Claren Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Claren Academy is a future-focused independent school located in downtown Vancouver. Claren Academy has a brand new campus and a vibrant middle years program for students in grades 7, 8, and 9. With individualized learning plans, dedicated educators, strong fundamentals, and real, hands-on learning, Claren Academy gives students the tools to be creative, competent, and happy in their changing world."

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"What sets Claren Academy apart from other schools?
Our dedicated staff, our school-wide focus on kindness, and our unique approach to levelled literacy and math.

- Our dedicated, passionate teachers focus on individualized learning to help each student achieve their best work, and be excited about the results.

- The most important focus to set our students apart from robots, which can never be automated, is kindness. Mindfulness, community, and service to each other are fundamental to the Claren Academy model, and it is a joy to see our students grow into individuals we are proud to care for and learn from in return.

- For the core foundational subjects of literacy and math, Claren uses a levelled program that fits students into their ‘just-right’ group, regardless of grade. This approach allows students to have more support as needed, and to advance to the next lesson only when mastery of previous lessons has been demonstrated."

What type of student is a good fit for your school?

"When Claren Academy was founded in 2017, our goal was to prepare our students for the future as it will actually be when they graduate around 2030. We boiled it down to skills that robots do not have, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and empathy. Along with strong academic foundations and access to the best resources and educators, these are the skills and tools that will help our children succeed and be happy in their future."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Backwards Design Approach

The Claren Academy Learner Profile is a framework that guides our students towards becoming independent, reflective, and curious learners.

We start by identifying the core attributes that we want our students to develop, such as creativity, critical thinking, empathy, and resilience. From there, we design learning experiences that help students develop and practice these skills.

This backwards design approach ensures that everything we do at Claren Academy is aligned with our ultimate goal of developing well-rounded learners. It's not just about memorizing facts and figures - it's about developing the transferrable skills and growth mindset that will enable students to succeed in all areas of life.

The Claren Academy Learner Profile is an integral part of our approach to education. It's a roadmap that guides our students towards becoming the best version of themselves, and it helps us ensure that every learning experience is purposeful and meaningful."

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Claren Academy

Video reviews of Claren Academy

Parent, Liz Wiebe (2023)

Watch our parent interview with Liz Wiebe to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Claren Academy.

Parent, Kathryn Sykes (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Kathryn Sykes to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Claren Academy.

Parent, Venecia Williams (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Venecia Williams to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Claren Academy.


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