Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary School is located just south of Oakridge, on the west side of Vancouver. The school enrolls approximately 500 students. 16 languages are spoken by families in the Jamieson community including: English, Tagalog, Cantonese, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Persian, Iranian, Somali and Romanian. The most dominating language (outside of English) reflected in the demographics of the Jamieson community is Mandarin. About 45% of the students have a home language that reflects usage other than or additional to English, with approximately 35% of students receiving English language support. In terms of gender representation the student population is divided into 241 boys and 234 girls.
There is strong parent support for school and Parent Advisory Council initiatives. The PAC leads fund-raising initiatives to support Jamieson’s diverse school programs and to enrich learning experiences for students, while maintaining opportunities in the area of fine arts, athletics and technology. Our PAC sponsored school lunch program that is held three times a week, focuses on food offerings that meet the provincial standards for healthy foods.
Currently, program offerings at Jamieson include the largest elementary Strings Program, as well as the only intermediate Mandarin Bilingual Program in the district. Approximately 260 intermediate students participate in the Strings Program. There is a strong performance component tied to the Strings program. Approximately 145 students participate in the intermediate Mandarin Bilingual Program. Students in the program who choose to continue their Mandarin studies, do so at Eric Hamber Secondary School.
Jamieson School offers a range of sports and extra-curricular activities. In addition to two regular physical education classes per week, extra-curricular sporting activities for intermediate students often includes: Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field and sometimes Badminton and Ultimate Frisbee.
Other extra-curricular opportunities are available for our senior students. These options focus on social responsibility and leadership and include: Playground Leaders (peer helpers), Spirit Team, Library Monitors and Student Announcers. Many students, particularly those in the early and middle grades, enjoy Choir offerings. Members of the choir tend to perform twice a year for the school and community. Students in grades 6/7 who play in the Advanced Strings Orchestra do so by audition. In addition to school based performances, these students compete in festival competitions. Additionally, after school programs are offered in a range of areas including solo instrument, cooking, science, athletics and art.