Squamish is an ideal community to raise a family and has a great variety schooling options for all. Many people moving to Squamish are coming with kids or have plans to add them to their family in the future.
When I meet people interested in buying real estate in Squamish, one of the first questions often pertains to schools. Luckily, we have great schools with passionate staff throughout the District of Squamish.
This post for all the parents and parents to be that are interested in moving to Squamish.
Squamish public schools fall within the Sea to Sky School District (District No. 48) which oversees schools in the Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton areas. There are 5 main public elementary (K-6) schools:
- Mamquam Elementary
- Valleycliffe Elementary
- Brackendale Elementary
- Garibaldi Highlands Elementary
- Ecole Les Aiglons
Students attend a school based on the catchment that they reside in. A map of the catchments and all schools in the District of Squamish is provided below:
From grades 7-9, all public school students across the District of Squamish attend Don Ross Middle School in Brackendale.
For high school, grades 10-12, all public school students attend Howe Sound Secondary in Squamish.
Sea to Sky Learning Connections
Sea to Sky Learning Connections also falls under school District 48 and offers First Peoples cultural programs and alternative learning programs in more intimate settings for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
French Language Schools
If parents are seeking to enroll their children in French language education, the catchments are more widespread since French programming is not available at all schools in the District of Squamish. All french language schools in the District of Squamish are public schools.
- Garibaldi Highlands Elementary offers French immersion for K-6.
- Squamish Elementary offers early French immersion for K-3 and late French immersion for grades 4-6.
- Ecole Les Aiglons is catered more specifically to Francophone families and offers all programming in French for students K-7.
There are a number of private school options available to parents in Squamish.
Squamish Montessori School
Squamish Montessori will have new school ready for fall 2019 in the Tantalus area. This institution offers programming for various age groups including:
- a toddler program for children 12-30 months old;
- a pre-school program;
- Kindergarten; and
- Elementary School for grades 1-6.
Squamish Waldorf School
Squamish Waldorf School is a pre-K to grade 8 school in Valleycliffe “providing a holistic education that addresses the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of the child. The school develops confident, independent thinkers who have a strong social and environmental conscience and who respond to the world with compassion and creativity. The school community honours the child, fosters harmonious relationships and celebrates the wonder of life.”
Coast Mountain Academy
Coast Mountain Academy is a university-preparatory school in the Highlands for students in grades 7 through 12, founded with the goal of “creating a culture of curiosity and wonder, while providing an education that is relevant in our modern world. CMA offers not only a rigorous academic program, but a well-rounded fine arts, athletics, and outdoor education program as well.” Their program aim to take “advantage of the rich natural environment, while fostering sound academic skills in written and oral communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.”
Squamish is home to Quest University, an innovate liberal arts and science post-secondary institution perched in a jaw-dropping location atop the Garibaldi Highlands in a newer neighborhood known as University Heights. The university was founded in 2007 and attracts students from across the globe.
The best source for child care / daycare options in Squamish is Sea to Sky Community Services. They have a current list of child care options that they can refer parents and guardians to.
Most of the providers will have wait lists so contact your preferred providers early to give yourself the best odds of getting a spot.
Thinking of moving to Squamish? Contact Nolan Rivers – Expert Real Estate Guide to find out what real estate options are available for your family near your preferred Squamish schools.