Elizabeth Buckley School will close its doors after 30 years

Elizabeth Buckley School succumbs to the teacher shortage in BC

After 30 years, Elizabeth Buckley School, an independent elementary school in Victoria, will close its doors at the end of this school year. The closure is a direct result of the teacher shortage in BC, which has left schools across the province scrambling to maintain adequate levels of qualified staffing in their classrooms. Facing a staff shortfall for 2018-19, the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to recommend closure of the school at the end of June. On Wednesday 11 April, members of the Hands On Summer Camp Society, which runs Elizabeth Buckley School, voted for the closure.

Until the end of June, things will be business as usual for Elizabeth Buckley School. The staff will continue to maintain its excellent program for the remainder of the school year as the Board and Admin team move forward with the closure process.

“Our family is grateful for the three years our son had at this amazing school.  He has flourished and, as a result, he is a confident calm individual. The community was so welcoming and warm, it will be hard to say goodbye to the supportive staff and families. “  – Melissa Phillips Board of Directors, President

“EBS has provided an important service in the community for the past 30 years. We have made a life-changing difference in the lives of many children. I sincerely hope that others will be able to step up and continue to provide leadership in the area of special education, as there is a great need for inclusive education services in the community” – Roberta MacDonald Vice Principal/Former Principal

A Solid Educational Foundation Fosters a Life-Long Love of Learning

At EBS, learning is co-operative, engaging, exciting, and respectful of each child’s individual needs. Students enjoy a rich program that includes field trips, hands-on experiences, and expert mentors.

EBS offers an exceptional education based on the BC curriculum, and enrichment programs to enhance students’ learning opportunities. Our experienced teachers are certified by the BC Teacher Regulation Branch and skilled Education Assistants work to support each student on their individual journey to success.

Our close-knit community of families enjoy opportunities to connect at family picnics, movie nights, camping, and seasonal celebrations.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. We welcome you to become part of our “family”.

Elizabeth Buckley Elementary School is an independent K-5 school located at the Cridge Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. We offer a hands-on, experiential program that develops critical thinking skills, global citizenship, and literacy in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and the Arts.
Elizabeth Buckley Middle School is located in Victoria, British Columbia. Our unique location, close to the Royal BC Museum, Central Branch Library, YMCA and Beacon Hill Park, offers a rich variety of experiences for our learners. Our middle school program carries on from the elementary STEAM program with an increased emphasis on inquiry learning.
From the moment I first heard about EBS when my son was 3, I knew it was where I wanted my children to go to school. I love that it is an inclusive, welcoming space that encourages my children to learn and grow. I love the inquiry based learning model, the hands on experiential focus of the STEaM curriculum, and that my kids feel safe and supported in everything they do here.
Kate, parent of two EBS students

Some of the qualities that make EBS unique

  • Small classes
  • Culture of respect
  • Modeling of effective interpersonal skills, goal-setting and leadership
  • Innovative instruction methods
  • Professional and dedicated staff
  • Meaningful parent involvement
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