Pear Tree Elementary is a progressive K-7 school located in Kitsilano. People learn by doing – that’s why we use active, hands-on learning that engages all learners. Taking a whole child approach means Pear Tree nurtures academic, socioemotional and physical development. Integral to this is our healthy lunch program and daily P.E. classes. With the help of our expert masters-qualified teachers, we offer a leading approach that develops well-rounded children who can be happy and successful in all aspects of life.
Theme and project-based learning approach
Integrated subjects and skills
Maximum class sizes of 15 students
B.C qualified educators with Masters Degrees
Implements B.C. curriculum
Seamless integration of technology
Healthy hot lunch program (included in tuition)
Our Take: Pear Tree Elementary
Pear Tree is young, and has all the attributes of youth: energetic, engaging, fun. The day program grew out of the Pear Tree education programs, and launched in 2016. So, it’s fresh, and indeed that’s an attraction. The feel is a great one, and that’s not to be underestimated—creating the right environment, the right feel, is important. With Pear Tree, it’s that vibrant feel that creates the first impression. The program is the definition of progressive, with small classes, hands-on instruction, and built around links across areas of the curriculum. Students are required to work collaboratively, solving problems together, and to engage creatively with each other and with technology. Activity is important, as is nutrition, which is just as it should be. The ideal learner is one who will thrive in an active, creative, small-group oriented environment.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at Pear Tree Elementary : Progressive
Pear Tree Elementary has a Progressive approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Progressive - 25%   Traditional - 43%   Liberal arts - 16%   Montessori - 15%   Reggio Emilia - 0%   Waldorf - 1%
What Pear Tree Elementary says: Pear Tree Elementary’s progressive model emphasizes hands-on, student-centered, theme and project-based learning. It includes a balanced mix of academics, integrated subjects, physical skills, socioemotional development and seamless integration of technology.
Taking a whole child approach means Pear Tree Elementary nurtures academic, social-emotional, and physical development. Integral to this is Pear Tree's healthy hot lunch program, cooking and food education, as well as its rigorous physical education program, which includes martial arts, swimming, yoga and ice skating.
We believe in and apply:
+ Integrated subjects (through theme-based learning and project-based learning)
+ Hands-on learning
+ Student-centered learning
+ Real-life application / Entrepreneurship
The methodologies delivered by Pear Tree's outstanding masters-qualified teachers offer an engaging approach to the B.C. curriculum that develops well-rounded children who can be happy and successful in all aspects of life.
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 66%   Traditional math - 27%   Discovery math - 7%
What Pear Tree Elementary says: This information is not currently available.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: We balance the use of calculators. It is important for students to have a conceptual understanding of math in order to know whether the data output from a calculator is logical, as well as to know what information to input.
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.
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.
Teaching approach: Like anything, you only learn something by actually doing it. Pear Tree Elementary is very creative in finding ways for its students to learn about science in a safe, engaging, hands-on approach. One way that we do this is through cooking and cooking science. At the higher grades, students will even be introduced to molecular gastronomy.
In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Social justice - 4%   Traditional - 23%   Equal balance - 73%
What Pear Tree Elementary says: At Pear Tree Elementary, we are constantly training our students to use critical thinking and critical literacy skills. As such, it is important for us to use a variety of texts that require such skills. We use a mixture of texts, such as picture books, graphic novels, poetry, short stories, and novels. These texts will also be chosen because of their relevance to the theme that were are studying.
Social Studies approach at Pear Tree Elementary : Expanding Communities
Pear Tree Elementary has an Expanding Communities approach to Social Studies (as opposed to Core Knowledge , Thematic approach).
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The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
What Pear Tree Elementary says: We use an integrated skills, theme-based approach to our programs. As such, we don't study social studies in isolation. At the same time, our themes are much more meaningful that such topics as 'food'. Overall, we follow a similar pattern to the B.C. curriculum in focusing on the individual student and their immediate environment, and then expanding to large communities as the students get older. This is a more meaningful and empowering way to learn about the world.
Humanities and Social Sciences approach at Pear Tree Elementary : Pragmatism
Pear Tree Elementary has a Pragmatism approach to Humanities and Social Sciences (as opposed to Perennialism , Equal Balance approach).
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Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.
Humanities and Social Sciences at schools on OurKids.net
The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
What Pear Tree Elementary says: Pear Tree Elementary introduces French studies from Grade 2 onwards. Our approach is to recognise that language and culture are one and the same thing. Language isn't a grammatical construct; it is a cultural construct. As such, we always study languages in cultural context. This helps our students to understand authentic language use, French-speaking cultures, and common body language.
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.
A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Heavy integration - 30%   Light integration - 23%   Medium integration - 47%
What Pear Tree Elementary says: Technology is seamlessly integrated into all of our programs. In grades K-1, students use iPads. From grades 2-4, we use a mixture of iPads and Surface Pros. From grades 5-7, we generally use Surface Pros only. We want our students to become adept at using technology in meaningful ways.
What Pear Tree Elementary says: At Pear Tree Elementary, our daily Physical Education Program is directly tied to our whole-child education approach. Through our Physical Education Program we develop your child's academic, social-emotional and physical performance every school day.
+ Improved physical fitness
+ Skill and motor skills development
+ Teaches self discipline
+ Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness
+ Influence moral development, leadership, cooperate with others
+ Stress reduction – an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety
+ Strengthened peer relationships
+ Improve self-confidence and self-esteem
+ Respect - for your body, classmates and teammates
+ Experience in setting goals
+ Subject integration (science, math, social studies)
+ Through sports, we study about physiology, psychology, nutrition, problem solving, and strategy
+ Exercise helps to strengthen and stimulate your brain. Increased fitness = improved academics
Sex and health education approach at Pear Tree Elementary : British Columbia curriculum
Pear Tree Elementary has a British Columbia curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 53%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 47%
Approach to sex and health education:
Pear Tree Elementary has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
Pear Tree Elementary 's approach to sex-ed: Child safety, welfare, and self-empowerment are our key reasons for teaching sex education from kindergarten. While the content of sex ed classes changes as students get older, they will learn about the human body, about tolerance, about STDs, about myths, about (in)appropriate body contact, and about responsible decision making.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at Pear Tree Elementary : Play-based
Pear Tree Elementary has a Play-based approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).
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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 Pear Tree Elementary says: Pear Tree Elementary’s Early Years Program sets the foundations not just of your child’s education, but their whole life. Our theme-based approach to the B.C. curriculum will nurture your child’s academic abilities, socioemotional development, and physical growth.
Each day will be one of wonder and enjoyment as they engage in new and exciting hands-on activities. Through play-based learning (guided play, dramatic play, and free play) your child will learn to process and make sense of what they are studying.
Delivered by Pear Tree’s passionate, masters-qualified teachers, you can be confident that you have given your child the best educational start.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at Pear Tree Elementary : Standard-enriched
Pear Tree Elementary has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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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.
What Pear Tree Elementary says: Pear Tree Elementary uses an integrated subjects, theme-based approach. This means that we can cover the requirements of the B.C. curriculum more efficiently and more meaningfully, while leaving greater time for broader and in-depth studies.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
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
What Pear Tree Elementary says about flexible pacing: Pear Tree Elementary’s combined-grade approach means that our students have access to a greater range of academic potential and influence.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at Pear Tree Elementary : Supportive
Pear Tree Elementary has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 54%   Rigorous - 46%
What Pear Tree Elementary says: We strive for our students to become exceptional, well-rounded individuals. This means that we work with our students on both their strengths and weaknesses. With the support of our masters-qualified teachers, we expect our students to continually try to do better, to become the best that they are capable of, and to take pride in the quality of the work that they create.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
What Pear Tree Elementary says: Pear Tree Elementary creates well-rounded individuals. We don't view one attribute as more important than another. Through our unique education method, we continuously develop our students academic, socio-emotional, and physical skills.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
Pear Tree Elementary offers No support
Pear Tree Elementary offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
What Pear Tree Elementary says about their special need support: At Pear Tree Elementary, we avoid the use of labels (e.g. \'gifted\', \'ADHD\', \'ESL\', etc). We find that labels generally have a negative, long-term impact on students. Our learning method engages all forms of learners, while also challenging them to try other approaches. Our teachers are not specialised or trained in special needs or \'giftedness\', nor do we qualify for funding for this.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 7, Pear Tree Elementary students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.
Pear Tree Elementary
What Pear Tree Elementary says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What Pear Tree Elementary says:
What other schools call 'extracurricular', Pear Tree Elementary embeds into its daily program.
We believe that your child's after-school time is better spent with family and friends.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
Day (Domestic)Day (International)
What Pear Tree Elementary says about their tuition: Annual fees are paid in 3 x instalments:
1st Payment due May 31, 2019: $5,375 ($6,450 international),
2nd Payment due September 30, 2019: $5,375 ($6,450 international),
3rd Payment due January 31, 2019: $5,375 ($6,450 international).
*Note that uniform and field trips (avg. $20/month) are charged on top of tuition.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrollment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrollment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrollment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrollment per grade.
K to Gr. 7
Average enrollment per grade
Average class size
K to Gr. 7 (Coed)
Percentage of students are international students
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
K - 7
SSAT (out of province)
Day students: Rolling
What Pear Tree Elementary says:
1. Apply online with a nonrefundable fee of $250 + GST
Pear Tree Elementary admits students on a rolling basis (subject to spaces available)
Applicants for our full-day Kindergarten program must be at least 5 years old on December 31st of the year of entry to Pear Tree Elementary.
2. Submit required documents:
For Kindergarten applicants: a reference letter from a preschool, daycare, or caregiver
For Grade 1 - 7 applicants: a copy of most recent report card
Proof of your child's citizenship or permanent residence (i.e. birth certificate, passport, PR card)
A copy of your child's CareCard (if applicable)
3. Student assessment and observation
Student assessment and observation will take place within one month of application.
4. Family interviews
Family interviews will take place will take place within one month of application.
Every student and family will have an interview with Pear Tree Elementary directors
Placement decisions will be announced within one month of application.
Acceptance Rate: 70%
Type of student Pear Tree Elementary is looking for:
Admissions are based on the number of spaces available, the child’s academic potential, as well as the synergy and compatibility between the school, family, and child. Our decision to (not) accept a student has as much to do with the child's family as the child her/himself.
Pear Tree Elementary is looking for Vancouver families that share and support our educational philosophy. This is essential to ensure that the approach we foster in our school is continued at home. Such things include healthy eating, an active lifestyle, etc. At the same time, we are looking for students that are well-behaved, kind, and receptive to our learning method.
Pear Tree was new to me when I first checked out their website. And what interested me was their philosophy. To teach the kids learn "how to learn".
I was not looking for a "private" school, but rather a school that fits my child's learning needs, learning style and personality. My son did a half day trial before applying to the school, and I know right away when I picked him up that this is the right learning environment for him.
The teachers are great, the kids are happy. Learning can be fun and creative, The school adapt different tools and use different means to help kids learn. Embrace things around us, discover places in our city, enjoy music and sports, and even better, healthy and balance diet. My son just love the chef!
I am very glad that we found the "right fit". Wish Pear Tree can grow and continue beyond elementary school in the near future so I don't have to worry about where to go next!
My son is in grade 7 this year at Pear Tree elementary school and he is having a wonderful year: he is very engaged and really loves going to school. The project base learning is helping him to connect learning with real life skills! He is improving his communication skills, his creative and critical thinking as well as his personal development and social responsibility. He has developed independence and responsibility which will help him next year in high school and later in life. His teacher helped him to look at high school options and even to apply. I am very impressed with the quality of teachers and staff. The small class size allows teachers to individualize her/his teaching. Pear Tree’s approach allows students to perform at their full potential in a very caring and warm environment (almost like home!). The music and sport programs are amazing! And the home made daily cook transformed my picky eater boy who is now willing to try and is liking everything! I would recommend this school to anyone!
Pear Tree's teaching approach to educating a child is brilliant. Through their whole child learning, teaching and community engagement approach, my daughter has thrived beautifully and is growing more each day into a well rounded, healthy and conscious minded individual!
After two months here, my daughter now loves school (she dreaded it before) and can't wait to go every day. She even complains on the weekend that she wants to go to school. I cannot say enough about how effective and unique this school is - they use cutting edge well-researched teaching styles here that make learning effortless and fun for the children. She also now brags about how much healthy food she eats, so that was an unexpected bonus.
Since joining Pear Tree, Max has been happily getting ready for school early, every morning. Pear Tree's flexibility and small classes have removed conflicts and stress that exist in other schools. The teachers and staff have created an environment that is universally happy and positive. Max has learned how to enjoy learning and how to work hard to accomplish a variety of tasks and projects. He is engaged in the learning and the activities, and proud of his projects. Our son has already created close bonds with boys and girls at each level of his class. He's becoming a relaxed, happy kids who is thriving at school, which is exactly what we were hoping for!
Switching to Pear Tree has been life-changing for Kloe. Her confidence has improved tremendously in such a short time. We're amazed at her enthusiasm. At Pear Tree, she genuinely loves learning. Her vocabulary is noticeably more eloquent. She is happier. I know the daily fitness is helping her feel better emotionally and physically. The kids are being encouraged out of their comfort zones with idea generation. They are really becoming bright, engaging, confident people in a very short time. At Pear Tree, the kids are being prepared for life in and out of the classroom.
Early, formative, positive school experiences set the foundation for lifelong intellectual and social growth.
The traditional approach to teaching places students in homogeneous age groups. All twelve year olds in this room. All eight year olds in this room. They sit in desks facing the front and learn the core subjects one at a time for a set period of time each day. 45 minutes of math, followed by 60 minutes of English, followed by a short break, and then 45 minutes of science. Everything is compartmentalized and isolated.
This, quite frankly, has nothing to do with how we best learn.
Pear Tree Elementary is Vancouver's most progressive school. We focus on developing strong academic, emotional, social, and physical skills in children. Our approach to the B.C. curriculum adopts a 21st century approach through meaningful integration of technology, student collaboration, learning through themes (rather than subject areas), public speaking, and project based learning.
Students work independently, with each other, and as a class in proportions expertly balanced by their teachers to provide each student with what they need. No cookie cutter solutions. No one-size-fits-all philosophies.