Frequently Asked Questions
Agassiz Christian School is an interdenominational school, with our students coming from a wide variety of congregations and backgrounds. We also provide quality education for families who are not connected with a church family but who can actively support our mission and vision.
Yes, our teachers are not only committed, caring Christians, but are also professionally certified by the government of BC. Staff members are evaluated regularly and are committed and held accountable to on-going professional growth.
Our curriculum follows the BC Ministry of Education guidelines, and is taught from a Christian perspective, acknowledging that every part of our world belongs to God.
Every subject is taught from a Christian perspective. Bible is also taught as a subject. All students attend chapel and participate in daily class devotions.
We offer Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Bible, French, Music, Choir, Technology, Coding, and Physical Education. Students also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular athletic teams and drama productions.
Our learning support services are almost completely integrated into our classroom instruction. Teachers and our Educational Assistants, under the supervision of our principal, differentiate learning and provide supports and enrichment so that every child is supported and encouraged to grow and develop their academic abilities. For early literacy support we offer programs like Reading Recovery and Precision Reading and KeyMath. Children who require speech therapy are given individual support on a weekly basis.
Agassiz Christian School welcomes students with special needs. We believe that all children, including those with significant physical, academic, social or emotional disabilities, are equally valued by God and best nurtured in a Christian school community. Parents must provide the school with documentation related to the child’s needs. Final decisions regarding levels of integration, staffing and the student’s education program rests with the school.
ACS offers ESL to children within the classroom with the assistance of an Educational Assistant. We also have an International Student program. Students are integrated into the classroom as much as possible but do receive help in English instruction according to their assessed needs.
Because we want to give our students as many opportunities as possible to discover God’s world, field trips are a high priority for us. Classes go on individual field trips that help to solidify the curricular concepts that are being taught in the classroom. We also go on several all-school fields every year, spending time as a whole school discovering the beautiful creation that is in our local area, or driving to Vancouver to explore the Vancouver Aquarium or Science World.
We pride ourselves on having smaller than average class sizes, where staff can really get to know the strengths and needs of individual students and one-to-one attention. It is our policy that our Kindergarten and Grade One classes are capped at twenty students, and that within class composition guidelines, our Grade Two to Seven classes stay within the limits of 24 students.
Uniforms are not required; however, students are expected to dress modestly.
School begins at 8:20 and finishes at 2:40. Our Kindergarten program runs full days Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is also an option to attend Kindergarten five days per week with two specific start dates – determined at the start of the school year. Our preschool program for four years olds runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:30 – 11:30. Three year olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 – 11:00.
Yes, bus transportation is available within our current bus route. Although we do our best, we cannot guarantee that a school bus will be available in your area on a route that meets your needs. Your child may need to be driven to a stop closest to your home on an existing route.
Most graduates choose to attend Unity Christian School in Chilliwack for Grades 8 – 12.
Agassiz Christian School is a membership directed school. Through an elected board, association meetings, and committees, parents have an active and important voice in the mission and vision of our school. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents and supporters to be involved in throughout the year, from being part of committees that hold specific roles, or volunteering on field trips, athletics and special events. Parents can also add their gifts and abilities to our Parent Advisory Committee.
Parents are welcome to attend chapel, which are held on Friday mornings starting at 8:20 and finishing at 8:50.