Helping all kids succeed

For decades, the Burnaby Citizens Association school board has worked with teachers, parents and other partners in education to help all kids succeed.

We’ve shown the positive impact of responsible decision-making that puts students first.

Burnaby schools withstood the funding cuts of the previous provincial government better than most. We maintained teacher librarians who provide critical learning supports to our students and continued to provide a vibrant music and performing arts program. The continued strength of our unique partnership with the City, and opportunities to partner with a more education-focused provincial government, bode well for Burnaby’s young people.

We believe every child deserves to feel safe and welcome at school and be given the tools to succeed. We are fostering school cultures in which every child and young person feels safe and included, and is able to learn and grow.

Initiatives like our community schools, and programs like the city-funded crossing guards, childcare centres and access to City land for school use, are just a few of the ways the Burnaby Citizens Association has helped make our city a great place to learn.

Our Burnaby Citizens Association school board team proudly represents years of experience with our long-serving Trustees, and new candidates, with a fresh commitment to making every child welcome and successful.

A Track Record of Results...With More to Come!
Here’s what we’ve achieved with your support:

  • Implemented policies that build respect for human rights, and allow all students to feel safe and welcome in their school communities.
  • Enriched advanced learning, career programs, sports and tech academies.
  • Supported the creation of eight Community schools, funded in partnership with the City.
  • Byrne Creek is Burnaby’s first high school to become a community school.
  • Two new childcare programs.
  • Seismic upgrades completed for two schools.
  • 20 new classrooms built and additional space added at nine other schools.
  • Funded the installation of 16 new or upgraded playgrounds to lessen the burden on parents who fundraised to purchase the equipment.

With your continued support, we’ll keep getting results:

  • Building four new childcare centres in partnership with the City.
  • Completing seismic upgrades for seven more schools.
  • Expanding our Community Schools through a 'family of schools' model.
  • Continuing year-round adult learning with Community and Continuing Education programs and summer school.

Successful Partnerships
We’re working with teachers, parents and all partners in education to ensure Burnaby schools
keep putting students first.

  • We will make sure the new provincial government delivers the funding our kids and staff need and take advantage of new opportunities to collaborate.
  • We recognize that dedicated Burnaby teachers, education assistants, tradespersons, maintenance workers, administrators and other staff people, are key to Burnaby School District’s culture and success.
  • We believe in free and fair collective bargaining for our teachers and non-teaching staff and treating workers with respect.
  • We acknowledge and look forward to continuing the special partnership with the City of Burnaby in our Community Schools and other initiatives.

Engaging All Kids For Success

The achievements of our kids in academics, athletics, trades training, visual and performing arts, social responsibility and leadership, make us all proud. They impress us with their skills, effort and resilience as they learn and grow.

Together, we will help our students achieve and become strong and caring leaders of their communities. We will support and enhance our core and innovate programs, and ensure program growth is responsible and sustainable, including:

  • Early Childhood Education – Engaging pre-kindergarten and younger children and their caregivers at our 12 StrongStart BC Early Learning Centres with funding from the province.
  • Elementary Schools – Offering quality education and lifelong learning at Burnaby’s 41 elementary schools that provide both standard and novel approaches to learning. 
  • Success means being responsive to the needs or our kids developing at varying rates.
  • Career Education and Trades – Burnaby has 23 Youth Train in Trades (ACE-IT), Industry Certification and Industry Connect programs including new innovative digital-high tech and athletic academies with DigiPen Gaming Academy and Microsoft Office certification programs.
  • Advanced Learning – Burnaby has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs in Canada, providing high school students with the opportunity to earn university and college credit. Advanced learners are supported in the humanities, math and sciences in various programs, and courses at the elementary and secondary level.
  • Language and Arts – Mandarin language instruction, enhanced Indigenous education, and enviable dance and music programs.

Valuing Diversity, Human Rights and Reconciliation
We are advocates for the dignity and respect that all people fundamentally deserve, regardless of their personal characteristics. We will build on the spirit of inclusion, diversity and community-building that has become a hallmark of our schools.

  • We acknowledge that Burnaby schools are located on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, Katzie, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen. We recognize the role public institutions must play in meaningful reconciliation.
  • We will uphold the BC Human Rights Code and be leaders in the elimination of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, religion, disability and other protected grounds.
  • We will celebrate and be sensitive to the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that students and staff bring with them to school.