Frequently Asked Questions

Below are key questions families ask us when they visit our school. If you do not find the answer you are looking for below, please contact our Admissions team. We are happy to answer any of your questions.

 

What is the IB or an IB World School?
What is the governance model of the school?
Where does the money go?
Is there a specific date which my child must join the School?
How is grade level placement determined?
How does my child get to and from school?
Is financial aid available towards the cost of tuition fees?

Yes, scholarship funds have been allocated to the Westshore campus. We award scholarships based on academic achievement and on community-mindedness and ask that applicants write a short essay and submit a video that clearly demonstrates their activities in either area.

How long is the school day?
Is the application fee refundable in any circumstance?
My child has learning needs. How do I know whether these will be met?

We will have The Key Learning Centre, which offers extra options like tutoring and EAL support. Learning Centre programs are an added cost to the student and vary with the need. Boarding students also have daily study hall available, allowing them to complete homework in a quiet environment with a teacher present for questions or advice.

How will my non-English-speaking child manage in an English-language school?

We will have The Key Learning Centre, which offers extra options like tutoring and EAL support. Learning Centre programs are an added cost to the student and vary with the need. Boarding students also have daily study hall available, allowing them to complete homework in a quiet environment with a teacher present for questions or advice.

How will I get on with students from other countries?
What are the sports and activities like?
How much does it cost?
Can I get some help with payments?
Do students wear uniforms?

Yes, students are required to wear a uniform to class. The basic uniform includes grey pants or kilt, a white shirt, a cardigan or blazer depending on grade level, with black shoes. There is also a P.E. kit of a red practice tee with black shorts, track pants and a hoodie. Uniform pieces may be ordered online for day students or through the school for boarding students.

What is the maximum number of students to a class?

We expect to have between 14 to 18 students per class. Our teaching spaces are built to hold a maximum of 20 students—no class can be larger than this.

Can a student transfer from IB to BC Ministry and visa versa?

All our classes are taught within the IB framework with content that runs in line with the BC curriculum. This means that a student always has the option to forego the IB exams and take the BC Provincial exams instead, graduating with a Dogwood Diploma in lieu of the IB Diploma.

Testimonials
The IB at Brookes prepared me well to be organized and independent. My two years in the IB Diploma Programme were the first time I actually enjoyed studying!
— Sumika, Japan Class of 2016
[The IB] was the best thing I could have done to prepare me for university. Because of the IB, I was able to skip first-year university and go straight into second year.
— Madeleine, Victoria Class of 2015
I loved the international environment and the dorm life at Brookes. I never felt like I was the “international student” because everyone came from such diverse backgrounds.
—Henry, South Korea Class of 2015
Brookes is great for its support system. The staff and students are so inclusive that Brookes feels like a home away from home.
—Carol, Hong Kong Class of 2016
I attended two other private schools on Vancouver Island. What sets Brookes apart is the holistic approach to education. The arts were valued just as much as science and mathematics.
—Savannah, Canada Class of 2012