The public school system in Victoria is organized with elementary schools (kindergarden to grade five) middle schools (grades 6-8) and secondary schools (grades 9-12). Parents can choose from various program streams such as an early French-immersion program that begins in kindergarden or grade one, late French immersion that begins in grade six, or an English stream. Most schools in the Victoria area also offer English as a second language support.
The Greater Victoria area contains several public school districts. Visit their websites to locate the elementary, middle and high schools in your new neighbourhood and find out how to register your children for classes.
Students who are new to Canada
Each school district has its own procedures for registering students who are new to Canada. Please contact the school district directly to discuss the process. Most schools can be reached easily during the school year (September-June) but are difficult to reach over the summer months. If you have questions about the programs offered by individual schools, consult their websites and contact the school office. In most cases, the principal or vice-principal will be pleased to meet with you.
The BC Government website contains a very useful education and literacy section with links to the Kindergarten through Grade 12 curriculum.
Private and independent schools
St. Michael's University School
A co-educational day and boarding school from kindergarten to grade 12, located 3km from the UVic campus.
Co-educational junior, middle and senior schools at two campuses in Victoria.
St. Margaret's School
An all girls' day and boarding school from early childhood education (ECE) to grade 12.
Brentwood College School
A day and boarding school for students from grades 8 to 12, located 40km north of Victoria in Mill Bay.
Shawnigan Lake School
Located in Shawnigan Lake, between Victoria and Duncan. A co-educational day and boarding school from grades 8 to 12.
Queen Margaret's School
Located in Duncan, north of Victoria. A day and boarding school for girls from grades 8 to 12, and for boys and girls from kindergarten to grade 7. Also offers equestrian instruction.
The Federation of Independent School Associations provides a full listing of these and other private and independent schools. For schools and language programs offered by various ethno-cultural groups, please contact the groups directly.
Island Montessori House School
Preschool and Kindergarten for children starting at 30 months of age.
Selkirk Montessori School
Preschool, elementary and middle school.
Victoria Montessori Preschool and Childcare
Offers Montessori instruction in the mornings and "learning through play" in the afternoons.
Home schooling and other alternative programs
Oak and Orca Bioregional School
A small multi-age school teaching the BC curriculum in the context of bioregional studies and experiencial learning.
The BC Ministry of Education provides information on homeschooling options in the province.
Students with special needs
If your child has special needs, there are a variety of supports available through the school and government programs.
For further information on school programs, contact the school district directly or in the case of SD61, visit their website. The Ministry of Education also provides information for parents of children with special needs.
Additional programs can be located through the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Information for families whose children require support through educational technology can be found through Special Education Technology (SETBC). You may also want to look at the technologies developed through UVic's CanAssist organization. CanAssist is dedicated to developing and delivering technologies, programs and services that improve the quality of life of those with special needs.