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Education in British Columbia

Guide your way to a seamless school transition when you relocate your CAF family to British Columbia. Start your school search as soon as you receive your posting notice. Prepare to register for school once your House Hunting Trip is complete.

Schools at a glance

Provincially funded schools for children 

Non-funded Catholic schools, private and independent schools are also options.

Age groups

  • Kindergarten to Grade 6 – Elementary School 
  • Grades 7 to 9 – Junior High School
  • Grades 10 to 12 – Senior High School
    Grade groupings within schools vary from community to community.

Special Education Support

British Columbia offers an inclusive education environment. Special education resources are provided at the board level. 

Ease your transition from another province or school board by having the right documentation on hand.

  • Have professional assessments/diagnoses documentation ready
  • Include information on how the diagnosis directly affects your child’s learning
  • Provide your child’s existing Individual Education Plan (IEP), Individual Program Plan (IPP), or Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Share past report cards and samples of school work

See the School Transition Portfolio in the MFS Education Resource Guide for more helpful information.

High School Graduation Requirements 

The Secondary School diploma in British Columbia is based grade 10, 11 and 12. These are made up of required credit courses, which include a mandatory career education course. Gr. 12 (30-level) courses include a provincial exam that makes up 30% of the final grade. Non-credit requirements include Grade 10 Numeracy assessment, and Grade 10 and 12 Literacy assessments. Read about the high school graduation requirements depending on your pathway.

Starting in 2023/2024 school year all students pursuing a Diploma in BC must complete an Indigenous-Focused requirement. Visit Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement - Province of British Columbia ( for more details.

Virtual Learning Supports

Open School BC provides learning resources to support learning at home. These resources are not organized by grade.

Discover more learning supports in the MFS Education Resource Guide.

FAQs about schools in British Columbia