Overview of School District No. 40 (New Westminster)

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 40 (NEW WESTMINSTER)

The New Westminster School Board office has moved to a new location on the corner of 8th Street and Royal Avenue.  Our new mailing address is:  811 Ontario Street, New Westminster, BC  V3M 0J7

School District No. 40 MISSION STATEMENT and VALUES

School District No. 40 CODE OF CONDUCT

 Demographics:  The City of New Westminster is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and is located in the region's geographic centre, along the north bank of the Fraser River.  It has a population of approximately 69,860 people (city website, 2014) and is expected to grow to 84,000 by 2021.

The New Westminster School District has a student enrolment of 6,095 in Kindergarten to grade 12. The District also includes 267 full-time equivalent adult students as well as students in Community and International Programs.  The District's enrolment has grown over the past few years and is projected to continue to increase slightly.  Click here to view information on schools in the New Westminster School District.

Unique Characteristics:  The student population is reflective of the city's population with a full range of social and cultural backgrounds which combine to form a rich and diverse presence in the schools.  In the K-12 system, there are 6095 students, currently 406 Aboriginal students, 696 English as a Second Language (ESL) students, 823 French Immersion students and 256 students with special needs (i.e., levels one, two and three). These students are taught by over 400 teachers in the District (about 370 full time equivalents or FTEs). There are 12 schools in the District (eight elementary, three middle, and one secondary school). In addition, there are three Youth Alternate Programs, two Adult Learning Centres, and a Home Learners' Program in the District with a satellite Home Learners' Program on Bowen Island.  The annual budget for the District is 55.2 million dollars.  Of particular note, the District is currently in the process of planning to construct a new secondary school to replace the existing new Westminster Secondary School building, which would be the largest capital project of its kind ever to be undertaken by the Ministry of Education in the history of the Province.