Our District

The Vancouver School Board is a large, urban and multicultural school district. We are committed to providing the highest quality learning experience for all students, helping them to reach their intellectual, social, and physical potential in a safe and inclusive environment.

LogoWe wish to acknowledge that we are on the shared traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples and acknowledge the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations; and for this we are thankful. It is with respectful consideration that the programs and services are provided to students and families to honour cultural protocols of these communities. (Learn more about our Indigenous Education programs). 

The Vancouver School District is among the most diverse public school systems in Canada with an annual enrolment of approximately 50,000 students in Kindergarten to grade 12. In addition, the Vancouver School District provides educational programs and services to full-time Adult Education students.

Our programs and services address the extraordinary and complex challenges associated with a diverse district. Our goal is to serve the needs and tap the potential of each of our students so that they may achieve their unique potential.

Vancouver schools are involved in a wide range of partnerships with cultural, arts, and service organizations. The district also offers a multitude of services and program options to meet student interests and needs.

Our Mission

To enable students to reach their intellectual, social, aesthetic and physical potential in challenging and stimulating settings which reflect the worth of each individual and promote mutual respect, cooperation and social responsibility.
EnrollmentDiversityOur Schools
  • 29,000 Elementary students


  • 21,000 Secondary students


  • Over 2,000 Adult Education students


  • Over 5,000 students in distributed learning programs
  • 10,000+ students take Summer school courses
  • 48% speak a language other than English at home
  • 160 languages have been identified in our schools
  • 10% of students are French Immersion learners
  • 16% of students participate in a school meal program
  • 2,000 self-identified Indigenous students representing 600 bands and nations attend Vancouver schools

  • 89 Elementary schools, including 12 elementary annexes
  • 18 Secondary schools
  • Two Adult Education centres 
  • Distributed Learning School - Vancouver Learning Network. The program is located at John Oliver Secondary
  • District programs include early and late French Immersion, Intensive French, Mandarin Bilingual, Fine Arts, Indigenous Focus School, IB and Montessori
  • 56 district programs connected to our secondary schools addressing a wide range of needs from remedial to enrichment
  • 12 Community school teams


A list of relevant departments within the VSB

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Board of Education

Board of Education

An elected body that oversees the type and quality of all levels of education

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Community Partners

The core of the VSB's commitment to student learning and parent participation

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Answers to frequently asked questions

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Plans & Reports

Charting the future for the VSB

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Planning and Facilities

Find out more about our long range facilities plan and our capital projects

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Advancing sustainability at the VSB

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