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What’s the best high school in Burnaby?

Last updated: July 28, 2020

Being in the right home for the right school

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How do we know which schools are best?

What’s best can definitely be a subjective question: it really depends on what’s important to you as a parent as well as what your child’s aspirations might be. Read more to find how the Fraser Institute rates each high school in British Columbia, as well as their rankings of the Burnaby high schools. You’ll also see the different programs that the Burnaby School Board offers, and how your child can apply to these programs.

Every year the Fraser Institute rates each high school out of 10, and creates a ranking called The Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools. This ranking is released publicly and can be viewed here. The Report Card helps parents compare schools in BC and facilitates school improvement.

The Report Card critiques BC high schools based on the following seven academic indicators. Then, the indicators are combined to create a weighted average summary. To see how The Report Card is made, and for further details, please visit here.

  1. The average exam mark in the Grade 12 language arts courses which include a mandatory provincial exam.
  2. The percent of Grade 12 language arts mandatory provincial examinations that were failed.
  3. The average difference between the school mark and the exam mark in the courses mentioned above in indicators 1 and 2.
  4. The average difference between female and male students in their exam mark in the school’s most popular grade twelve language arts course.
  5. The rate of graduation.
  6. The delayed advancement rate.
  7. Where there are no gender-gap results because they are either an only-boys or only-girls school, the school versus exam mentioned above in indicator 3 would be weighted higher. Where there is no delayed advancement rate, the graduation rate mentioned in indicator 6 would be weighted higher.

Here are the top Burnaby High Schools based off of The Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools (2016-2017 Rank)

  1. St. Thomas More Collegiate
    Rank out of BC: 18/251
    https://stthomasmorecollegiate.ca/
    Catholic Private School
    Grades: 8-12
    7450 12th Ave
    Burnaby, BC V3N 2K1
    604-521-1801
    Registration Fee: $175.00
    Tuition for Canadian Residents (2019-2020): $6,950.00
    Grade Fees (Varying by Grade): $215-250
    Technology Fee: $150.00
    Grade 12 Graduation Fee: $250.00
  2. Carver Christian High School
    Rank out of BC: 22/251
    http://carverchristian.org/
    Christian Private School
    Grades: 7-12
    7650 Sapperton Ave
    Burnaby, BC V3N 4E1
    604-523-1580
    Registration Fee: Please contact Carver Christian High School for more details.
  3. Moscrop Secondary
    Rank out of BC: 87/251 (Tied with Burnaby Mountain)
    https://moscrop.burnabyschools.ca/
    Public School
    4433 Moscrop St
    Burnaby, BC V5G 2G3
    604-664-8575
  4. Burnaby Central Secondary
    Rank out of BC: 99/251
    https://central.burnabyschools.ca/
    Public School
    4939 Canada Way
    Burnaby, BC V5G 1M1
    604-664-8542
  5. Cariboo Hill Secondary
    Rank out of BC: 136/251
    https://cariboohill.burnabyschools.ca/
    Public School
    8580 16th Ave
    Burnaby, BC V3N 1S6
    604-664-8568
  6. Burnaby Mountain Secondary
    Rank out of BC: 143/251
    https://mountain.burnabyschools.ca/
    Public School
    8800 Eastlake Dr
    Burnaby, BC V3J 7X5
    604-664-8552
  7. Alpha Secondary
    Rank out of BC: 167/251
    https://alpha.burnabyschools.ca/
    Public School
    4600 Parker St
    Burnaby, BC V5C 3E2
    604-664-8535
  8. Burnaby North Secondary
    Rank out of BC: 189/251
    https://north.burnabyschools.ca/
    Public School
    751 Hammarskjold Dr
    Burnaby, BC V5B 4A1
    604-664-8550
  9. Burnaby South Secondary
    Rank out of BC: 218/251
    https://south.burnabyschools.ca/
    Public School
    5455 Rumble St
    Burnaby, BC V5J 2B7
    604-664-8560
  10. Byrne Creek Secondary
    Rank out of BC: 226/251
    https://byrnecreek.burnabyschools.ca/
    Public School
    7777 18th St
    Burnaby, BC V3N 5E5
    604-664-8299

It’s important to note that Deer Lake School is another Christian private school in Burnaby that was not found on the 2017-2018’s Report Card, but was ranked 11/293 in 2010. For more information about this school please visit here.

French Immersion

The French Immersion program is a program that the Burnaby School Board offers that helps children to gain French as a second language.  Students graduating from the French Immersion program will receive a bilingual designation on their high school diploma; this may help enhance their employment and post-secondary learning opportunities. Please visit the Burnaby Board of Education’s website for more details.

One thing that’s important to note is that the French Immersion program starts in elementary school. More details about the French Immersion Program can be found here.

The following elementaries offer the Early French Immersion Program starting in kindergarten:

  • Aubrey Elementary
  • Brantford Elementary
  • Inman Elementary (K to 3)/ Cascade Heights (4-7)
  • Marlborough Elementary
  • Seaforth Elementary
  • Sperling Elementary
  • Westridge Elementary

The following elementaries offer the Late French Immersion Program starting in Grade 6:

  • Armstrong Elementary
  • Capitol Hill Elementary
  • Marlborough Elementary

Both the early and late programs enter the same Secondary Immersion program in Grade 8 in the following high schools:

  • Cariboo Hill Secondary
  • Moscrop Secondary
  • Alpha Secondary

Burnaby School’s Career Education Program

A program that the Burnaby School District offers is the Career Education Program. This program allows students to build knowledge and skills in a variety of careers and trades programs. Depending on the program, some can lead towards post-secondary credits, industry certifications, apprenticeships, scholarship opportunities and/or the development of portfolios. The programs can help students with post-secondary applications and/or with employment. Further information can be found here.

For some of the trades programs, students can start their apprenticeship and participate in 480 hours of paid work. Students can start to earn qualifications towards becoming a journeyperson. For more information on the Youth Work in Trades program can be found here.

These are some of the options for the Career Education Program:

  • Auto Collision Repair Technician
  • Auto Refinishing Prep Technician
  • Auto Service Technician
  • Baker (Pastry Arts)
  • Carpenter
  • Cisco Networking Academy
  • DigiPen Game Development Academy
  • Film & Broadcast
  • Construction Electrician
  • Graphics/Media Arts
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health Sciences
  • Hair Stylist
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Tourism and Event Management
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
  • Music Production and Technology
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Pipefitter
  • Palo Alto Cyber Security Academy
  • Professional Cook
  • Plumber
  • Robotics (Mechatronics)

We hope you find this useful, please reach out to us with any questions about Burnaby schooling, and buying and selling property here.

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