Note: The City of Pitt Meadows is not involved in the delivery, development, or funding of Education in Pitt Meadows. This information is provided for convenience purposes. Further information can be gained by contacting the noted contacts on this page directly.
School District No. 42 Kindergarten Registration Dates
February 9 - 12 for French Immersion, Alternate Calendar, Montessori
February 15 - 19 for English Kindergarten
For more information: www.sd42.ca
School District #42, which serves both Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, is one of the fastest growing school districts in British Columbia. There are over 15,000 students in the School District, with 25 elementary schools, five secondary schools, and two alternate schools.
In addition to the regular core curriculum offered in all schools, School District #42 offers a number of special programs and services. Some of these are:
- Special Needs Support Services
- Language Programs
- Career Education
- Community Education
- Thomas Haney Centre
Special Needs Support Services
Students with special challenges are educated in their neighbourhood school with their age-appropriate classmates.
At each school, a team of professionals works together to set goals and develop individual education plans for children with special challenges.
At the District level, specialists such as school psychologists, district resource teachers, counselors, speech and language pathologists, and teachers of the hearing or visually impaired are available to provide assistance to students, parents, and teachers.
School District #42 offers a variety of languages at both the elementary and secondary levels:
- French Immersion instruction is offered to students at seven schools in the District. Students enrolled in the French immersion program are taught the regular British Columbia school curriculum, but they receive their instruction in French instead of English. The District offers both Early Immersion, (beginning in kindergarten) and Late Immersion (starting in grade six).
- Japanese, Spanish, and German are offered by certain schools in the District, and at various levels of instruction.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is available for children whose mother tongue is not English and who require assistance to reach fluency.
Beginning in the primary grades and continuing on to graduation, students move through several stages of career education. These include career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation.
Students who are 15 years of age and older have the opportunity to try a variety of work environments through the work experience program. Over 800 businesses, industries, and services have participated in this program.
Specific training is offered to prepare senior secondary students for direct entry into business/industry, and special programs prepare some students for advanced placement at post-secondary institutions. Over 20 different career preparation programs are offered in the areas of business, communications, the performing arts, the service industry, trades, and technical fields.
In association with both Ridge Meadows Parks and Leisure Services and the Arts Council, School District #42 sponsors a variety of educational and recreational programs to help community members fulfill their educational needs.
Some of the services offered include:
- Secondary School Completion and Academic Upgrading Programs;
- Certificate Programs offered through the Business & Office Training Centre;
- Work Orientation Workshop Program;
- General Interest, Career/Vocational, and Community Education Courses.
Classes are offered in a variety of locations throughout Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. A community education and recreation brochure is published three times a year, listing course descriptions, fees, and locations.
Thomas Haney Centre
Representing a first in Canadian education, the Thomas Haney Centre has been built to house a secondary school and a college campus, all under one roof.
A joint project of School District #42, Douglas College, and the District of Maple Ridge, this state-of-the-art facility can accommodate up to 1,000 secondary and 450 college students. The union of secondary school and college allows students to progress uninterrupted from grade eight until the completion of a college diploma, university transfer courses, or other studies in the life-long learning continuum.
Secondary school students who are considering post-secondary education can enrich their programs by taking Douglas College courses at the same time as they work on their secondary program. Such an opportunity ensures a much easier transition from secondary school to college.