The results from the Ministry of Education’s Report on Student Achievement are in and School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) has topped the Metro Vancouver charts for Six Year Completion Rates for all students. Coquitlam topped the provincial charts for completion rates of Aboriginal students, at a 90% completion rate.
Highlights from the report include:
- 90% 6-year completion rate for Aboriginal students – highest in B.C.
- 82% rate for Students with Special Needs – 3rd highest in B.C., highest in Metro
- 93% rate for All Students – 2nd highest in B.C., highest in Metro
- 96% rate for Female Students – 4th in B.C., highest in Metro
- 92% rate for Male Students – 2nd in B.C., highest in Metro
“These rates are the result of dedicated, smart and hard work for many years by numerous people,” said Melissa Hyndes, Board of Education Chair. “We look to provide learning without boundaries for all students in our system, no matter what their circumstance, and results this high show a dedication and commitment by everyone involved, including the students.”
Coquitlam is home to the unique Suwa’lkh school for Aboriginal youth, which enrolls Aboriginal youth in Grade 6-12 and embeds Aboriginal teachings into regular curriculum.
“Since I started in the position four years ago, our vision has been to embed Aboriginal teachings into the curriculum so Aboriginal children and youth feel a sense of pride and identity within the system, as opposed to feeling that they are working outside of the system. I’m so grateful for the support from all the administrators and teachers across our District as well as the District Leadership Team who have embraced the Aboriginal teachings in the regular curriculum, ” says Laurie Ebenal, principal of Aboriginal Education.