Our School Profile
Stratford Hall is a co-educational, non-denominational, university preparatory K-12 day school located in a vibrant, urban setting in East Vancouver, British Columbia. Students are admitted from a wide area within Metro Vancouver – a large number of Senior School students commute via public transportation. There are no ELL or special needs programs available at the school. Admission is selective and competitive, and based on a comprehensive admissions process.
Stratford Hall is a not-for-profit independent school, operating under the authority of the Ministry of Education of British Columbia. In September 2000, the school began with 40 students enrolled in K-6; in September, 2015 there are 516 students, enrolled in K-12.
Stratford Hall educates students to the highest global standards, through the three programs of the International Baccalaureate (IB): the Diploma Programme (grades 11-12), Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10), and Primary Years Programme (grades K-5). Excellence and confidence are developed in students through a challenging academic curriculum with further emphasis on creativity, action, and service. We foster a strong, pluralistic community built on integrity and respect.
Central to our philosophy is the IB Learner Profile that states, "all IB learners should strive to be knowledgeable, caring, reflective, communicators, principled, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, open-minded, and risk-takers."
Stratford Hall is one of the first schools in the world to be authorized exclusively in all three IB Programmes. Primary Years authorization was achieved in 2003, followed by Diploma in 2005, and Middle Years in 2009. The IB Diploma is the only program offered for grades 11 and 12, and all students are full IB Diploma candidates. This means they take courses from each of the six IB course groups, at least three of which are at the Higher Level (HL), and three at the Standard Level (SL). Students must also complete Theory of Knowledge, the 4000-word Extended Essay, and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) components to earn the IB Diploma; students do not have the option to take DP courses without doing these components.
The Diploma Programme Course Offerings
Group 1 Literature HL: English HL
Group 2 Spanish HL, SL or Ab Initio, French HL, SL or Ab Initio (online), Mandarin HL, SL or Ab Initio, Self-taught literature SL
Group 3 History (Americas) HL or SL, Geography HL or SL
Group 4 Chemistry HL or Biology HL
Group 5 Math HL (online), SL or Math Studies SL
Group 6 Art HL or SL, Physics SL, Chemistry SL, Theatre SL or other online options (Business & Management HL or SL, Economics HL or SL, ITGS HL or SL, Philosophy SL, Psychology SL, Film SL)
The full IB Diploma Programme meets all requirements of the British Columbia Ministry of Education, and all students graduate with the Provincial Dogwood Diploma, issued by the BC Ministry of Education.
All teachers possess British Columbia teaching certificates, and all have had specialized training in the International Baccalaureate. Several teachers are IB trainers. More than half of the teaching staff possesses Master’s degrees, and two have earned doctorates.
The school issues transcripts which report student progress in IB terms (on a 1-7 scale), and in Ministry of Education terms (in percentages). Our marking is reliable and accurate and conforms to the rigorous standards set forth by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). All assessments at the IB Diploma level are based on summative tasks that replicate the IB internal and external assessments. Predicted grades are based on a combination of formal mock exams and progress in the internal assessments. The mock exams take place in December and June of the grade 11 year, and in February of the grade 12 year.
Additionally, the transcript is created to meet the requirement of the Ministry. The subject names are from the Ministry catalogue, and all BC Ministry outcomes are achieved. A total of 80 credits are needed to graduate from a British Columbia high school - all Stratford Hall students have well over the 80 required credits: most have over 100 credits. The marks are converted from the IB scores, with a scale used by many IB schools:
At Stratford Hall, the IB Diploma is considered a full two-year program that is linear in structure - each course lasts two full school years providing students with concurrency of learning across all subject areas.
In the senior years, there are many opportunities for co-curricular activities — many of them student initiated and run such as Model United Nations, Global Humanitarian Club, Speech, Debate, LGBTQ, and Yoga. Stratford Hall offers school sports teams such as soccer, basketball, volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee which play an important role in school culture. We encourage our students to participate in as many co-curricular opportunities as possible as a well-rounded, balanced lifestyle is foundational to the IB learner.
There are nine Prefect (student government) positions available at the grade 12 level. Prefects are chosen by the Head of School and Senior School Director based on an exhaustive application process with input from a variety of teachers. Other leadership positions are available for our grade 12 class, including the Graduation Committee, athletics and club leadership.
In May 2016 Stratford Hall will graduate its tenth graduating class with 36 students. In total we have graduated approximately 130 students. 100% of our graduates have moved on to four-year post-secondary institutions all over the world.
Our students have been accepted to the following post-secondary institutions
CANADA Acadia | Capilano University | Carlton | Concordia | Dalhousie | Emily Carr University of Art + Design | Guelph | Kwantlen | Langara College | McGill | McMaster | Mount Alison | Nova Scotia College of Art & Design | Ontario College of Art + Design | Queens | Ryerson | St. Francis Xavier University | St. Mary’s Halifax | U of Alberta | UBC | U of Calgary | UNBC | U of Ottawa | U of Saskatchewan | U of Toronto | UVIC | U of Winnipeg | Waterloo | Western Ontario | York University
USA Arts Institute of Chicago | Bowdoin College | California College of the Arts | San Francisco Art Institute | University of Hawaii | University of Pennsylvania
UK King’s College, London | St. Andrews | Warwick
OTHER Hong Kong University | Maastricht University