Quality public education has been a community expectation since the first meeting of the Burnaby School Board in 1906. The legacy of quality education and lifelong learning in Burnaby, which began with the amalgamation of early one-room schoolhouses continues today in 41 elementary schools and 8 secondary schools. (For more details of district history click here)
The district enrols 24,000 students (K-12) and employs 4,000 dedicated employees who are committed to providing all students with a wide variety of innovative, high-quality programs to ensure student achievement in areas that include academics, athletics, trades training, visual and performing arts, social responsibility and leadership. The District also provides lifelong learning opportunities to more than 16,000 adult learners through an established Community & Continuing Education Program.
Our schools reflect the increasingly global nature of the Burnaby community with 4,000 students enrolled in English Language Learning programs. A recent survey of languages spoken in Burnaby homes indicates that more than 75 languages (other than English) are spoken in the homes of Burnaby students. Such diversity has brought rich cultural benefits to Burnaby’s communities and schools. The district continues to promote the ideals of multi-culturalism through its policies and school-based initiatives which promote cultural respect and understanding.
We’re proud of our vibrant neighborhood schools, diverse programs and services and most importantly student achievement. Whether you are a parent with a child in the district, a district employee, a community member or partner or one of our district students, we invite you to take some time to learn what makes Burnaby schools unique with its numerous learning opportunities.
School District 41 celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2006. See a comprehensive historical overview.
To prepare and support an inclusive, caring community of learners for the challenges of a changing tomorrow.