Island Parent Magazine


Arbutus Grove Children’s Centre (formerly Goosey Gander Kindergarten) has a long history of providing outstanding early learning programs to the Greater Victoria community. Our centre is a bright and engaging purpose-built preschool with a large, natural playground surrounded by urban forest. We offer half & full day programs for 3 & 4 year olds and an after school program for kindergarten/grade 1 students attending Frank Hobbs. Our educators facilitate stimulating and engaging experiences that nurture each child’s sense of wonder, curiosity and innate desire to learn through play, exploration, discovery and creative expression. UVIC/Cadboro Bay area. or 250 477-3731.

ArtsCalibre Academy. There’s a reason why the first years of a child’s life are considered “formative”—they truly form the person, and profoundly influence the path and quality of the rest of their life. We believe that Fine Arts are the perfect vehicle for this formative process. Through our structured but fun program of music, dance, theatre and visual arts, children not only absorb these and all academic subjects with enthusiasm and ease, but they also develop the creativity, confidence and social skills to successfully apply them throughout their future. It’s this philosophy and comprehensive program that sets us apart from every other preschool. It’s the Art of Preschool. 250-382-3533.

Babies to Big Kids Childcare. Licenced group childcare for children ages 1 to 12 years old. Offering before and after school care for Vic West Elementary school. Open 6:30am-5:30pm. 949 Fullerton Ave. 250-590-2722.

Emmanuel Preschool is a welcoming and inclusive Christian preschool, where students with special needs have the support of an additional teacher. Our morning classes are offered either two or three days per week. Both programs are for 3 and 4 year olds and include stories, games, singing, arts and crafts, science activities, free play (indoors and outdoors) and some field trips. Each class is licensed for a maximum of 20 children and has two licensed and experienced Early Childhood Educators. Our staff strive to teach and model Christian attitudes and values, and to maintain a warm, caring and safe environment.

Full o’Beans Preschool, operated by Saanich Neighbourhood Place (at Pearkes Rec. Centre), offers flexible and accessible early learning programs for children aged 3 and 4. Qualified Early Childhood Educators offer activities that encourage learning, exploration and growth through play. Our ‘Classic’ program offers classes on either Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thurs, from 9am to 11:30am, while our ‘Flex’ program offers more flexible classes from 9 am to 1pm Monday through Friday. Offering an outdoor learning experience in the park and woods nearby. Snacks included. Call 250-360-1148 for information and registration.

Lexie’s Little Bears Only seconds past luxurious Bear Mountain, our highly respected outdoor program will not disappoint. Our “Nurture through Nature” facility is rooted from the Reggio-Emilia philosophies, allowing the children to use their environment as the “third teacher”. Located on 2 acres of forest land, your child will learn and grow in a natural surrounding of trees and wildlife. Newly expanded, we now have more spaces available for your Infant/Toddlers and Pre-Kindergarten aged children. We use the trees from our own property to build the furniture and some of the toys in all three centres. The children enjoy yoga, music, Spanish, sign language and an outdoor classroom. In 2016, Lexie Biegun won the BC Provincial Gov’t award of Excellence for Child Care Providers. Please visit our facebook page for current info and pics. Visit us at and call for our wait list at 250-590-3603.

Victoria Montessori. Twenty-first century children are growing up in a crazy-paced world, with the stresses of busy home life and over-stimulating media and toys. At Victoria Montessori, we create harmony and the right balance. We try to cultivate self-awareness, confidence, and clam amid the “moving sea of chaos.” At Victoria Montessori, we build a strong foundation and strong values. The directoresses model respect for the environment, respect for others, and respect for oneself. These values build confidence, self-esteem and self-expression, vital for emotional and mental health. 250-380-0534.

West Shore Parks and Recreation’s Licensed preschool offers a variety of programs including Kinderprep, Nature Preschool, and multi-age classes with both small and larger class sizes. With flexible registration options and a play-based curriculum, our program is designed to help little ones grow and learn in a fun and safe environment. Visit or call 250-478-8384 for information. Follow us on Facebook;


ArtsCalibre Academy. Imagine a school… where music, dance, theatre and visual arts are infused into all aspects of an outstanding curriculum. The result is a learning process in which students experience, explore, exercise, and express themselves in order to truly understand and remember. Our structured but dynamic program consistently exceeds the B.C. Ministry of Education’s Curricula for Kindergarten to Grade 7. Dedicated, highly qualified educators, excellent facilities and safe Gordon Head location, which is also home to our Junior Kindergarten. We also offer Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds within the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre’s beautiful Fine Arts wing. 250-382-3533.

Christ Church Cathedral School (CCCS) is Victoria’s Anglican JK, Elementary and Middle School, welcoming students from all backgrounds. CCCS offers before and after school care, a wide range of extra-curricular programs, small class sizes, high calibre learning in math, science and technology, a strong focus on fine arts and progressive athletics programs. Weekly chapel service and seasonal performances are held in beautiful Christ Church Cathedral just a few steps away. Through focused encouragement of personal responsibility, self-discipline, community service and engaging learning opportunities with dedicated teachers, CCCS  helps children realize their true potential. 250-383-5125.

The Conseil scolair francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF), also known as BC’s Francophone School District (SD No 93) was created in 1995 to serve Francophones across the province. Since its creation in 1995, the CSF offers educational programs and services geared towards the growth and cultural promotion of the province’s Francophone learners. An active partner in the development of British Columbia’s francophone community, the Conseil has presently in its system, and distributed across 78 communities in the province, over 5,700 students in 40 schools, which includes 23 homogeneous schools For more information visit, call (604)-214-2600 or 1-888-715-2200, or email

Discovery School. Is your child bright, yet struggling in school? Would your child work best in a classroom of 10 students with a 1:3 staff to student support ratio? Perhaps your child requires an individual program with adaptations/ modifications. Are you looking for a quiet, nurturing school with a Christian atmosphere that encourages academic development, perseverance, responsibility, and organizational skills? Look no further! For over 39 years Discovery School has been providing these services for struggling students. Discovery follows B.C. curriculum, is Ministry inspected, and is providing this special education from the early grades to graduation. More information found at or call 250-595-7765.

Island Montessori House School Dr. Maria Montessori developed the Montessori method of education with the understanding that each child has a natural desire and ability to learn. The staff of Island Montessori is committed to providing a rich, safe, developmentally appropriate and caring environment, and to establishing rapport with each and every child. Our child-centred program promotes a sense of well-being, confidence and independence. Individual and group activities foster growth in all areas of development. We are proud to have children in our school from a variety of economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as a whole host of abilities and special needs. Our rural location at 5575 West Saanich Rd is beautiful. For more information call 250-592-4411 or visit

Lakeview Christian School (LCS) has successfully provided quality Christian education for over 25 years. Located across from beautiful Elk Lake, gives students proximity to the wonders of the natural world. Our school is open to all families who desire a Christian education and safe environment for their children. LCS offers daycare, preschool, kindergarten and grades 1 to 9 in multi-aged classrooms. Our LCS Family is growing in: Faith, Service and Wisdom. At LCS we desire to help students on their learning journey—to discover who they are and how they can change the world. Come grow with us at LCS!

Maria Montessori Academy. Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life. Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century. Maria Montessori Academy 250-479-4746.

Oak and Orca Bioregional School and Oak and Orca PrePrimary School offer BC-certified PrePrimary and K-12 education in a child-directed environment. This ungraded program provides students with structure, opportunities, and choice, allowing them to learn at their own pace and in their own way. As part of a community of learners students are able to practice effective communication, think and act creatively, and develop into responsible ecological citizens. Regular field trips encourage connections with the natural and cultural heritage of the larger community. Blended learning opportunities are available (space-permitting) to students in the Hands-On Home-Learning (DL) program.,, 250-383-6609.

Pacific Christian School nurtures students in Christ-like living, critical thinking and joyful service to be faithful citizens in God’s world. PCS is a pre-school through grade 12 Class 1 independent school serving the Greater Victoria region. With over 900 students, it is a dynamic learning community exploring the full provincial curriculum from a Christian worldview perspective. Students regularly excel in arts, athletics and academics. You are invited to come by our Agnes Street campus and see what it’s all about. 250-479-4532.

At St. Margaret’s School, we seek to empower each girl to set her own course and shape her own dreams. Tucked away on 22-acres in the Blenkinsop Valley in Victoria, SMS is an all-girls school where your daughter can be herself, build confidence, and be a leader. SMS teachers and our unique environment offer rich resources and challenges to support each girl’s development as a student, an individual and a citizen of the world. Our rigorous academic program emphasizes STEM learning and leadership at all levels from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, and is supported by experiential programs designed to engage students in learning beyond the classroom. Enjoy the benefits of a small school from high participation in athletics, to extensive extracurricular opportunities, to our tight-knit community where each girl is known and driven to achieve. or 250-479-7171

Victoria School for Ideal Education If you’ve felt that something was missing from your child’s education, you were probably right. This one-of-a-kind little school offers holistic education from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in a nurturing, stress-free environment. The twice daily children’s meditation, coupled with the study of nature and the laws that keep us in tune with the natural world, have attracted families from all over the Victoria area. Within this framework we cover the BC curriculum and all our teachers are BC certified. The Oct. 2013 Ministry of Education inspection report states, “The depth of care for each student, the level of personal support provided, and the degree of empathy displayed, all contribute to a family-like atmosphere and encouraging school setting for students.” Phone 250-383-6654 to arrange a tour. Website: or find us on Facebook.

Imagine a school where students are encouraged to challenge themselves across all their abilities, where they can find their balance and push their boundaries however they choose. Westmont Montessori School is a local community minded independent school committed to academic excellence in a caring, learning environment. Our family oriented environment takes an individual approach to learning where students are challenged to be the best they can be from early primary through Grade 8. At the heart of the Montessori philosophy is the belief that each person is a unique individual with strengths to contribute to society. It is a method designed to engage a child’s natural curiosity within an environment that is specially prepared to maximize learning opportunities. Westmont is open for tours every Thursday morning. Book a visit. 4075 Metchosin Rd. Victoria, BC V9C 4A4. 250.474.2626.

Distributed Learning

Under the new BC curriculum, inquiry and personalization are key to 21st century learning. Hands-On Home-Learning (DL) at Oak and Orca (K-12) offers an experience-based, individualized, and child-led approach. Families are supported in providing engaging opportunities so each student can follow their own learning path and build on their strengths and interests. All learning experiences are acknowledged and tied to BC learning standards or high school courses by a certified teacher. Original, multi-age, hands-on learning activities are provided to inspire inquiry. Blended learning opportunities are available (space-permitting) at Oak and Orca Bioregional School and Forest School. Special Education inquiries are welcome.,, 250-383-6619. 1-888-383-6619.

Navigate offers fully funded K-12 online learning programs for students on Vancouver Island and throughout BC. (Tuition fees apply for graduated adults.) Self-paced learning at home is a great option for students who don’t prefer a brick and mortar school environment, have busy schedules, or want to continue attending their current high school with more options for course selection. Choose from 30 international language courses through Rosetta Stone Foundations Gold. All Navigate courses are instructed by certified BC teachers. For more information, please visit

Mid-Island Schools/Education Services

Duncan Christian School The DCS experience encompasses faith, community and family with a Christ-centred, community focused education. The passions of DCS staff ensure our students are provided with excellent academic and fine arts programs, an inclusive support model, and opportunities to participate on athletic teams, work experiences, and much more. Students can look forward to the Grade 7 Leadership Retreat campout, Grade 11 West Coast Trail hike, and Grade 12 Mexico Mission Trip. DCS is about preparing youth for life beyond the school’s doors. At DCS staff strive to support all students as they discover their talents and develop those talents so that they can become positive difference-makers in our world. Call for a tour: 250-746-3654, 

Kool & Child is your complete resource store for educational toys and games. We carry a wide assortment of educational games, homework helper workbooks, brain teasers, science kits, jewelry, and much more! Teachers love our Kool School House full of everything they need to outfit their classroom in style, including an amazing selection of stickers. For homeschooling families, we carry grade appropriate resources for the elementary level. Preview some of our products online at or come in and explore our store for a much greater selection. We are always happy to answer questions, please call us at 1-888-390-1775.

Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization (NUKO) NUKO’s Learning Centre has a program for every type of learner, please visit our website for more information: NUKO’s Early Intervention Program supports students under six years of age on the Autism Spectrum through skill development 1:1 support. NUKO’s Early Learning Program is a special program designed for those on the autism spectrum who are older than 6, but would benefit from 2:1 learning ratios. Nanaimo Learning Centre offers learning for intermediate and advanced students in small classrooms and a low 3:1 student to adult ratio. 250-585-6856.

Register your child in our school where children learn to love and love to learn. Queen of Angels is a faith based Catholic school with affordable tuition, and a safe, family atmosphere. Maximize your child’s education with specialist teachers in PE, Band and French. Our students strive for excellence in all areas. We are accepting applications for September 2017 for levels K thru Grade 9. If your child is 3 or 4 years old, then register them in the Early Learning Centre. Visit to learn more. Queen of Angels…building our future leaders!

At Queen Margaret’s School we offer a university-preparatory education to 325 students in our co-ed Early Childhood Education Program, co-ed Junior School (Kindergarten-Grade 8) and all girls Senior School (9-12, boarding and day). Our picturesque 27-acre campus in the Cowichan Valley is also home to Canada’s only fully-integrated optional on-campus equestrian program. The equestrian centre provides training opportunities for recreational riders and elite equestrian athletes alike. The school’s rigorous academic program and extensive extra-curricular offerings provide opportunities for achievement and personal growth... empowering students to think critically, lead confidently and live honourably. Discover at QMS. Call 250-746-4185 or visit

St. Joseph’s Chemainus Nestled in a wooded landscape St. Joseph’s School in Chemainus offers faith-enriched education to children from preschool through Grade 7. Skilled educators provide a safe and caring environment, and nourish each student academically, physically, spiritually and artistically. St. Joseph’s offers music and band programming, specialist teachers for PE, and K-7 French instruction. On-site preschool and before and after school care is available. St. Joseph’s is an inclusive school, welcoming students of all backgrounds and abilities. Affordable tuition. Financial assistance is available. Please call 250-246-3191 for more information or to arrange for a tour.

Educational Services & Programs

1Up Single Parent. Our Parenting and Life Skills courses support you in raising happy healthy families by deepening your connections with your children, building family resilience and confidence, and offering practical solutions.” Courses include: Lighthouse Parent, Dads With Dads, Anatomy Of Anger, Navigating Systems, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen,  Relationships & Boundaries, and more… To register or for course details, email, visit, or call 250-385-1114.

Founded in 1883 in Paris, l’Alliance Française is a worldwide network of over 1000 independently run non-profit associations. L’Alliance Française de Victoria, dedicated to the promotion of the French language and culture, has been in operation in Victoria since 1910. We offer a variety of French language courses, for groups and individuals, adapted to the needs of learners. Group courses take place in community centres, or in the workplace for government or corporate clients. We also organize numerous cultural events for the Francophone community. Phone: 250-389-2962. Email: Website:

At Canucks Autism Network (CAN), we strive to inspire, teach and motivate others to be inclusive and accepting. In the school environment, we work to increase understanding and awareness of autism through We CAN Be Friends (WCBF). This curriculum-based program teaches students the values of friendship, empathy and inclusion by providing teachers with grade-appropriate lesson plans, autism-specific resources, and awareness-raising activities for the entire school. In addition to WCBF, we also provide autism training to teachers, special education assistants, administrators and any interested school staff members. To learn more about WCBF or our training opportunities, please visit

Journeys of the Heart Cultural Learning Program (JOH) is a 10-month program for Aboriginal children aged two to five years old and their families. The program nurtures a child’s cultural identity while preparing them for the education system. JOH will provide children and their caregivers the necessary skills and tools to promote a positive transition into the public school system. There are no other cultural learning programs in the Victoria area that address the needs of urban Aboriginal children ages 2, 3, 4, and 5 years and their families. Journeys of the Heart prepares Aboriginal children for kindergarten while fostering a strong sense of cultural identity. School readiness: fulfilling requirements for kindergarten participation using cultural curriculum designed specifically for Journeys of the Heart; Parent Support, for example: Role modeling, positive parenting techniques, discipline strategies and importance of establishing a routine; Socialization skills: Taking turns and sharing, respecting each other; Seeds of empathy teaching verbalize thoughts and feelings; Moe the Mouse speech and language program. Hulitan Family and Community Services Society. There are spaces available this coming Fall at Ruth King and Craigflower Elementary Schools. For more information call Sarah McDonald 250-384-9466 ex 251.

Sidney Mineral World’s Education Program offers earth science education for school and non-school groups. In alignment with BC’s New School Curriculum it provides a balance of hands-on experience and information. We offer three programs for you to choose from, with the flexibility of adaptations. Our newest Flexible Program offers individualized earth science or archaeology-based lessons. The Rock Cycle talk has an abundance of hands-on mineral and fossil specimens and participants also learn about minerals of BC while collecting samples to take home. Our Earth Processes program covers the connection between plate tectonics, earthquakes and tsunamis and also involves collecting gems to take home. 250-656-0791.;

Oak and Orca Bioregional Forest School is an outdoor, nature-based program at PKOLS and Mount Douglas Park. The program fosters an inclusive, caring community in which students learn by doing. Through an emergent curriculum, we offer students the opportunity to connect with plants and animals in the temperate rainforest and on the beach. Outdoor experiences include stories and drama, wood carving and sculptures, beach art, shelter-building, learning about wild edibles, hiking, and active games. This unique program is available to all students, including those in our Hands-On Home-Learning (DL) program. Tours are available by request.,, 250-383-6619. 1-888-383-6619.

What makes Smart Tutor Referrals unique in Victoria? Firstly, we were founded in 2002 in Victoria. Since then, we have tutored over 1,000 local students. Being local, we are familiar with the challenges local students face. Secondly our service is student-focused. Only the best matched tutor is selected; it’s always about suitability not availability. Thirdly, all our tutors have both experience and at least a Bachelor degree to work with us. Many have Masters as well as experience and qualifications in learning challenges. We are proud of our commitment to Victoria and our many, successful, long-term relationships with students and their families.

Start the school year off strong with Sylvan Learning! Transitioning to a new grade is made easier by Sylvan’s individualized programs in reading, writing and math. Sylvan can pinpoint and develop the skills your child needs for success. Staffed entirely by teachers, we know how to motivate and empower your child to confidently tackle the demands of the new academic year. We can help your child study more effectively and be better prepared when tests and quizzes come around. Sylvan has been serving Vancouver Island families for 35 years. Let Sylvan help your child build a strong foundation and have a successful school year. 1-800-Educate

Total Learning Services (TLS) is a unique tutoring service in Victoria. TLS is dedicated to improving quality of life through effective clinical reading programs for children, teens and adults (age of clients: 5-50). The reading process can be a frustrating struggle for my clients; most times it is affecting their daily lives. As a reading specialist, I use strategies that make the reading process fun and easy. Achievement testing is done to determine the areas of the reading process which are of the greatest concern. My programs have changed the lives of many. Pediatrician recommendation. For your free consultation, contact Brenda Osadchy, B.Ed. M.SpEd. 778-440-0997 or

The Victoria German School has provided meaningful German language and cultural education in the Victoria area for over 30 years. VGS offers a wide range of classes, including German language introduction for pre-school and elementary levels, provincial high school credits, assistance in meeting German university requirements, and various adult classes. VGS fosters a community spirit, and family and friends are welcomed at many special events such as Laternenfest, Weihnachtsfest Osterfest, and more. Our dedicated teachers actively participate in regular German language professional development opportunities, and are involved in a variety of German culture activities in the greater community. 250-886-1420.

Victoria Literacy Connection. Previously READ Society and Literacy Victoria, we continue to provide nationally recognized Literacy Assessments, individually designed Remedial Tutoring to reinforce school work and stimulate learning, sponsored literacy after school programming called Noisy Kids Reading Club, as well as our 1:1 Adult Literacy Tutoring. Proceeds from our remedial program subsidize our free programming. 250-385-0014.


Artistic Statement Gallery & School of Fine Art offers classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and cartooning for children & adults. We design portfolios for students ages 14 and up to prepare them for entrance into degree and diploma programs in a variety of disciplines. Younger children also benefit from our unique approach, learning specific techniques to further their skill and creativitiy. Our annual student art exhibit showcases the students' mastery of art at a level far above that produced by their peers.

The Listening Program is a music listening method, which is personalized to improve brain function at any age or level of ability. It is commonly used to facilitate changes in a wide range or areas to help with success in family, school, work and life. “I like to do my listening because the music is so pretty and it helps me not be so anxious. It helps me relax and keep calm.” Max, Age 8. (418) 951-9018. .

School House Teaching Supplies. For tots to teens and the parents and teachers who lovingly raise them, we are your one-stop shopping experience for educational materials to enhance and support child’s learning development. Language and math games, workbooks and posters, fiction and nonfiction books in English and French, fidgets and incentive charts, and resources for learning many different languages. Planning a trip or child’s birthday? Our knowledgeable staff will help you find a science kit, game, toy or puzzle. 2014 Douglas Street. 250-385-9030.•

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