École Pauline Johnson
We at PJ are proud of the commitment by our staff to maintaining the integrity of learning in our 100 year-old heritage building. Additionally, our community garden and extensive outdoor classrooms and playground, and our commitment to enhancing and celebrating an inclusive and diverse school culture are highlights.
École Pauline Johnson has been a single-track French Immersion school for many years. Our programs aim to develop functional bilingualism in students whose dominant language is not French.
There are two distinct immersion programs at Pauline Johnson. The early French Immersion Program at École Pauline Johnson continues to enjoy broad support and steady enrolment. Intake at Kindergarten is managed by a lottery for determining admission and Grade 1 registration has a waitlist. The Late French Immersion Program (Grade 6 and 7) is also offered at École Pauline Johnson. Grade 6 entry to Late French Immersion (LFI) elicits a large interest and retention is high. The vast majority of our students continue in the French Immersion program at École Sentinel Secondary.
PJ’s students come from various parts of the North Shore, Lower Mainland, Canada and other countries. They represent an increasingly diverse array of cultural backgrounds. We are pleased to welcome a number of new students each year, which influences our enrolment. We currently have 418 students in Kindergarten through Grade Seven and have increased by two divisions in the last three years due to strategic planning and Board approval to increase enrolment through accepting more applications at the Kindergarten and LFI 6 entry points.
Almost 50% of PJ students are serviced as English Learners (ELL). Enrolling at Pauline Johnson even if your home language is not English is encouraged. On-site community services that operate out of PJ include Preschool, PJ Kids’ Club (before and after school care), and special programs offered by private operators, including the West Vancouver Community Centre.
For information on entering the early French Immersion program after Grade 1, please contact the school principal for further guidance on admission.