The parents and teachers of Evergreen Independent School are committed to developing the full potential of each child. This includes striving to meet the child’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, aesthetic and language development needs. We believe that an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect allows children to develop in different ways and at their own unique paces. We recognize there are inherent differences in each child and aim to instruct our students in ways that best ﬁt their individual learning styles. Because of this, small class sizes are integral to our school and multi-age groupings are encouraged whenever appropriate. The staff and parents of Evergreen Independent School work together to provide a school community where children can develop to their fullest potential; conﬁdence, cooperation, empathy, self-responsibility and positive self-esteem are all emphasized.
Evergreen Independent School was established in 1983 by a group of families looking for an alternative learning environment for their children. In the ﬁrst year there were seven students in kindergarten and grade one. The school now enrols students from Explorer to grade seven. Some of the founding teachers and parents are still involved with the school today. Evergreen’s growth has been slow and controlled from its beginning to present day and a commitment to the original philosophy has remained central to the school. Evergreen Independent School is a Group 1 funded independent school and functions by way of modest monthly tuition and commensurate provincial subsidy. The curriculum, goals and objectives established by the BC Ministry of Education are met and surpassed by our school.
THE FAMILY EXPERIENCE
While the Evergreen philosophy was developed for the benefit of our students, we recognize that education is fundamentally tied to the families and community that surrounds them. Our founders’ motivation to incorporate a community element into the school experience shines brightly more than three decades later. We believe that modelling a spirit of service is one of the best ways to deliver our common goals. Evergreen is a great place to build lasting friendships of all ages. For families new to the area, Evergreen provides a welcoming on-ramp to Cobble Hill and its surrounding communities; families native to the area will likely already be familiar with the school and its great reputation. Each spring, our families have come together to deliver the Children and Apple Pie fun fair to the greater community since 1984. This fair serves not only as a great fundraiser for our PAC, but also a chance for our society members to work together and showcase all the school has to offer. Past the philosophical reasons, there is also a practical need to intimately involve families in the day-to-day operation of our school. As a Class 1 Independent School, Evergreen is required to keep operational expenditures low in order to maintain our funding status. Consequently, many of the functions that would normally fall on paid staff at other private schools are instead the responsibility of family-run committees. While the time commitment and seasonal demands of each committee vary, families can expect to contribute
meaningfully throughout the year; the end result is an investment of time and energy that pays dividends not just in our children’s educational outcomes but in our own experiences and relationships as well.