City School


City School is a program located in Vancouver’s West End that focuses on a unique and creative way of learning for students in Grades  10, 11 and 12. City School offers a strong focus on Arts based and life-skills courses in addition to a fun Environmental Science and basic Math program. We believe learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational.  We focus on connectedness, reciprocal relationships, leadership, and a sense of time and place. City School students grow and culture a sense of belonging to a larger community, as well as an authentic understanding of one’s sense of place in the world, its history, and its future story.

City School’s long standing model of “learn from the city” is achieved through a variety of fully funded morning, afternoon, or day trips throughout the year.  Locations include: the YMCA, West End Community Centre, Granville Island Arts Umbrella, Richmond Curling, UBC, SFU, Stanley Park, English Bay, Vancouver Art Gallery, and through outreach with individual guest speakers and teachers from recognized groups. 

Instruction is individualized for a maximum of 22 students. As an Alternative Program, City School participates Alternate and Alternative Education events such as Sports Days and the annual Arts Fair. City School students may also participate in clubs, events, and teams at King George Secondary.


Administering School:King George Secondary
Program Location:1755 Barclay St. Vancouver, BC V6G 1K6
Telephone:(604) 713-5816


City School supports students in Grades 11 and 12 who have had difficulty attending regular schools due to challenging experiences in school or needing a reset in academic and social life. Preference is given to students showing high academic aptitude in one or more courses, particularly in the arts. City school is an inclusive program that celebrates and welcomes all students. 

Academic Goal

Students can complete courses at the Grade 11 to 12 level in all core academic areas, in addition to a handful of electives according to the year. Student progress may also be managed through an Independently Directed Study upon approval. Adaptations are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students.  Students graduate from City with a Dogwood Diploma. Many City School graduates have earned scholarships and have successfully received entrance into Post-Secondary programs. 


Please complete the application form and attach all required documentation. 

All referrals are reviewed to determine program suitability relative to individual student needs. Successful applicants will be contacted by the Youth and Family Worker to arrange an intake interview with the student and their parent/guardian. 

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