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School District #40, New Westminster - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 570
School Name: School District #40, New Westminster
School Type: School District
City: New Westminster
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Program offer: Grades 8 - 12
Other Information: Demographics: The City of New Westminster is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and is located in the region's geographic centre, along the north bank of the Fraser River. It has a population of approximately 59,000 people (city website, 2008) and is expected to grow to 84,000 by 2021. The New Westminster School District has a student enrolment of 6,095 in Kindergarten to grade 12. The District also includes 267 full-time equivalent adult students as well as students in Community and International Programs. The District's enrolment has grown over the past few years and is projected to continue to increase slightly. Click here to view information on schools in the New Westminster School District. Unique Characteristics: The student population is reflective of the city's population with a full range of social and cultural backgrounds which combine to form a rich and diverse presence in the schools. In the K-12 system, there are 6095 students, currently 406 Aboriginal students, 696 English as a Second Language (ESL) students, 823 French Immersion students and 256 students with special needs (i.e., levels one, two and three). These students are taught by over 400 teachers in the District (about 370 full time equivalents or FTEs). There are 12 schools in the District (nine elementary, two middle, and one secondary school). In addition, there are three Youth Alternate Programs, two Adult Learning Centres, and a Home Learners' Program in the District with a satellite Home Learners' Program on Bowen Island. The annual budget for the District is 55.2 million dollars. Of particular note, the District is currently in the process of planning to construct a new secondary school to replace the existing new Westminster Secondary School building, which would be the largest capital project of its kind every to be undertaken by the Ministry of Education in the history of the Province. A part of this capital project is the completion of the middle school model across the District, with the construction of a new middle school and a new elementary school on the site where St. Mary's Hospital previously stood on Royal Avenue. Overview of Programs In addition to the provincially prescribed curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12, School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is proud to offer a variety of Programs designed to meet the diverse needs for learners of all age levels and inspire success for every student. The Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is committed to ensuring that learners become self-assured, self-sufficient, caring, wise, flexible and able to live successfully in an ever-changing environment. New Westminster is a small city within the Greater Vancouver Regional District, situated between the British Columbia coast and the Fraser Valley. There is a broad mix of ethnic and socio-economic groups in the city, leading to a unique diversity and vibrancy within schools. District schools are, in general, fully subscribed and it is expected that there will be a modest increase in student population over the next few years. The New Westminster School District delivers a wide range of programs and services offering Kindergarten to Grade 12 instruction through classroom, home and virtual education programs. School District No. 40 has 1 secondary school, 9 elementary and 2 middle schools. Three capital projects are currently in process: an elementary school renewal, construction of a new middle school and the high school replacement, which, when completed, will significantly update school facilities in the district. School District No. 40 (New Westminster) has 9 Elementary Schools; 2 Middle Schools and 1 Secondary School, and also offers a variety of Alternate Programs including: POWER, RCAP, SIGMA, Homelearners' and Adult Continuing Education. The School District is undertaking a capital project that will result in a replacement elementary school, a new middle school, and a replacement secondary school.

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