What makes our school different?

We’re leading the way in innovative, student-centered private school education. At Pear Tree School, students will be inspired to excel beyond the normal parameters of traditional school systems through a truly progressive and enriched approach to education – one that cultivates their curiosity, confidence, independent thinking, and ability to authentically apply what they learn in life.

Education becomes meaningful and relevant by connecting it to real life in real ways. And, we do so in a vibrant and safe learning environment.

Whole-Child Approach

We cultivate solid academic, socio-emotional, and physical roots that will nourish students throughout their life. All three belong in education and shouldn’t be neglected. Our approaches empower children to be their most confident and authentic selves.

Theme & Project-Based Learning

Since we learn best when topics are interwoven — much like they are in life — themes and project-based learning allow students to blend knowledge together in a meaningful and holistic way, as well as apply critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and public speaking skills.

Life and Leadership Skills

From important executive and organizational to social-emotional skills, students will learn planning, focus, self-control, time management, perseverance, growth mindset, tech ability, public speaking, leadership, empathy, sympathy, ethics and morals, and self-esteem.

Healthy Hot Lunch Program

What food a child eats has a direct influence on their academic, emotional, and physical performance. Our program provides the nutrition each student needs while also incorporating cooking into our curriculum

Beyond the B.C. Curriculum

In addition to covering the requirements of the B.C. curriculum, we find ways to extend far past the curriculum in exciting and relevant ways. Consequently, our students reach higher benchmarks and standards!

Dynamic Fitness

Students receive a full hour of physical education each day, through traditional sports, as well as martial arts, yoga, swimming, sailing, and much more! Students will also learn about human kinetics, strategy, teamwork, leadership, and perseverance in this fully integrated approach.

Higher-Level Thinking

Critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity are central to our teaching philosophy and style. We find opportunities to include them in each instructional day.

Technology Integration

Our faculty, teachers, and students make use of modern technology to design, code, enhance, and expand learning and understanding.

Local First

Although we live in an interconnected world, we ensure that students can appreciate the world at large by knowing, understanding, and respecting the world on their doorstep.

Meaningful Learning

We strive to make learning immediately relevant and important by connecting it to the real world at every stage. Students’ education is not just theoretical; rather, it’s practical and useful in their current and future lives.

Learning How to Learn

We teach our students to move beyond simple memorization, to fully understand what they are learning and to be able to apply, critique, compare and synthesise knowledge.

B.C. Provincial Exams

Uniquely aligned with the new B.C. Provincial exams, our school’s educational approach best prepares students for the two exams:

  • Literacy (Grade 10/12)
  • Numeracy (Grade 10)

With employers, universities and colleges “looking for a new type of graduate — one with strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills”, these exams have been overhauled to put an emphasis on:

  • Interdisciplinary Knowledge
  • Application to Real Life
  • Critical thinking & Problem Solving Skills

These are the heart and soul of our progressive educational approach!

Because You Want the Best for Your Child

Choosing a school can be a daunting and monumental task. Come see for yourself why Pear Tree School is like no other school in Vancouver.