Brentwood Park Elementary School is located in north Burnaby and has a population of approximately 485 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 7 and organized into 20 classes or divisions. Students leaving Brentwood Park after grade 7 usually attend Alpha Secondary School. The community is very stable, however, there is a great deal of development in the area that could affect the population at Brentwood Park.
A wide variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds are represented in the school community, with approximately 24% of students requiring English as a Second Language instruction. We offer support to our students of Aboriginal ancestry as well as provide learning opportunities to the students of Brentwood Park around Aboriginal heritage. We have a three students enrolled at Brentwood Park from the International Education program.
Approximately 4% of our student population are identified as having “low incidence” special needs including autism and dependent-handicapped, and an estimated 3% are identified as having “high incidence” special needs, including learning disabilities and mild intellectual disabilities. There are three teachers (3.0 full time equivalent) and eleven education assistants who support students with special needs, students who are learning the English language, and students who require learning assistance in the classroom. Students with special needs are integrated into classrooms of age-appropriate peers with the support of educational assistants. We have a wheelchair accessible playground which was made possible by the fundraising efforts of our Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
Our school offers a full range of curricular and extra-curricular programs than
thanks to a dedicated group of teachers and parent volunteers who add richness to the school culture. Students participate on school athletic teams, show their talents in musical, artistic, and dramatic presentations, succeed in local and national math and writing contests, and celebrate student learning during regular community gatherings. Students have several opportunities to challenge themselves, assume leadership roles within the school, and contribute to the wider community.