St. Francis Xavier School (a.k.a. S.F.X.) is an IndependentCatholic School of the Vancouver Archdiocese. S.F.X. has ranked number ONE in"Report Card on British Columbia’s Elementary Schools" by The Fraser Institute in the 2008 Edition. This school is a dual stream elementary school, established by St. Francis Xavier Parish in 1858, and it follows the policies and procedures recommended by the CISVA (Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese). The school enrolment consists of 326 students with a class size of approximately 25 students. St. Francis Xavier School offers education from Kindergarten through to Grade 7. St. Francis was originally located near Chinatown but is now located north of Mount Pleasant. The current principal is Brian Fader.
Independent school status
St. Francis Xavier School is classified as a Group 1 school under British Columbia's Independent School Act. Schools in this category receive partial funding from the Ministry of Education. As of 2006 that consists of 50% of their local school districts per student operating grant based on full-time equivalent (FTE) student basis. Under the Act, the school has the "freedom to approach the curriculum from their own perspectives." However, Group 1 schools must:<blockquote>"...employ BC certified teachers, have educational programs consistent with ministerial orders, provide a program that meets the learning outcomes of the British Columbia curriculum, meet...... Read More