Our programs

Kindergarten

Pre K and K

Primary school

Grade 1 to 5

Middle school

Grade 6 to 8

High school

Grade 9 to 12

CURRICULUM DESCRIPTION

Primary School Planning

LEARNING SUPPORT

Technology
Additional Language Support
Character & Culture
Library
Technical literacy is an essential skill for the 21st century and as such BCA students utilize technology throughout the learning program appropriate to the grade level.
In Elementary classrooms students use tools such as: smart-boards, iPads, E-books, and desktops. While in the middle and high schools students will be required to use laptops in their daily school lives.

Students are encouraged to explore the use of technology throughout both the classroom and during extra-curricular activities for example primary school students are encouraged to join robotics courses, aero-modeling and video production for afterschool activities.
As BCA offers a Bilingual program we understand that students will be studying in a language that is not their native tongue and that students will enter BCA with varying needs for language support.

Our experience is that young English and Chinese language learners will make rapid advancement in their language abilities when placed in a “Sheltered Immersion Program” that is learned in the context of the classroom and extensive graded reading programs held daily at the Elementary school.

For students requiring additional language support supplementary classes are arranged as an extra-curricular activity.
The school also arranges Immersive English Camps over the summer to help students prepare for school entry.
BCA’s vision is to develop intellectually capable young people with creative minds, healthy bodies and ethical spirits needed to contribute wisdom, compassion and leadership to a global society.

As such BCA is committed to nurturing in our students: Self-esteem, self-reliance, responsibility, resilience, respect, maturity, empathy, community spirit and wisdom.

Structured character education is part of the BCA curriculum but is also inherent and supported as part of the learning community culture from the moment a student boards the school bus through to lunch hall and extra curricular events.

We believe that by teaching these characteristics from an early age young people will natural grow into them and will permeate everything they do through to adulthood.
The BCA library program boasts a growing collection of over 3,000 English and Chinese titles. Students are encouraged to borrow books for home reading as a means to improve language skills, instill a sense of discovery, and develop a passion for life long learning.

ACADEMIC FAQ

1. What are your class sizes?
We aim to limit our class sizes and currently the average enrolled class size is 15 students.
From Kindergarten and above each class as class has one dedicated expatriate teacher.
2. Where do your expatriate teachers come from?
Our expatriate teachers come from North America (Canada and the US) with other teachers from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. All of our expatriate teachers are licensed and qualified to teach in schools from their home countries.
3. How do you select my child’s teacher?
Our faculty works together with the principal to create balanced classrooms. Students are placed into groups based on their learning personalities, gender balance, class diversity and former teacher recommendations. Class composition may be adjusted during the first week of the school year in order to create the best learning environment for all children
4. What amount of homework should my children expect?
As a general rule of thumb students can expect 10 minutes of homework for each grade.
Grade 1: 10 minutes
Grade 2: 20 minutes
Grade 3: 30 minutes
5. What school supplies do we need to bring?
The school tuition fees cover all material and stationery required throughout the school year. Students are asked to provide their own water bottle and school bag.
6. What is BCA’s English as an Additional Language policy?
BCA offers a Sheltered Immersion Program for all Non-English Speaking students. Additional English language support will be offered to students based on assessment and may include specifically designed English class during regular class time or as an Extra-curricular activity
7. What is the curriculum?
BCA offers a Canadian Standard’s Based Curriculum combined with Chinese National Standards Based Curriculum for its Elementary Grades. The Canadian curriculum has been chosen for its high academic standards and international recognition.
8. How will my child be graded?
Students are assessed according to the Prescribed Learning Outcomes set forth for each subject area. Students’ learning progress is measured according to those benchmarks based on course work during the term. Report cards for students will be completed and sent home at the end of each term.