Alexis Birner, Principal
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.
That’s how we learn. So that’s how we teach.
That’s Pear Tree Elementary.
We invite you to experience the difference.