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1. Pear Tree Elementary - Vancouver

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2678 W Broadway #215, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G3, Canada

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Pear Tree Elementary: what do users think?
Vanja: Pear Tree School is a forefront leader in childhood education. Their innovative theme-based methodology coupled with real-life knowledge application sets Pear Tree apart from all other schools in Vancouver. Pear Tree equips students with the skills and confidence to understand the challenges of the world in which they live, recognizing their responsibility towards others, the environment, and themselves.Lead by an exceptional team of Masters prepared teachers, the school offers an outstanding breadth of educational experiences, encourages academic intrigue, and sets the stage for lifelong learning. Enthusiasm for academic endeavor lies at the heart of the school, stimulating students to think deeply and explore ideas beyond the curriculum. Every pupil is encouraged to be curious, creative, critically aware, and to develop their passion and talent to their fullest potential. Pear Tree provides students with an abundance of opportunities to discover, pursue, and develop their skills, talents, and interests while being empowered to flourish and build healthy relationships with others and with the community.Pear Tree has a holistic student approach which ensures every member of the school feels valued, supported and encouraged, and has the confidence and determination to respond to setbacks in a resilient manner. Children are nurtured into confident, outgoing, inquiring, and creative young people. The faculty, students, and parents recognize and celebrate the benefits of having a diverse school community, in which individuals value themselves, one another, and the different contributions that everyone can make in the classroom, our wider neighborhood, and the world.It has been an absolute privilege having my child attend Pear Tree; I recommend the school whole-heartedly to families.
Darrick Boyes: It was a delight to see such a bright, and positive environment. Healthy and happy children excited to learn. I know that we are lucky to have progressive learning schools like this, and it definitely gave me hope for a better way to bring the best out of our children. The staff and the children all smiling and the chef cooking healthy food for the children. This would have been a dream come true when I was a kid.
Bob Li: the chef is a very good chef and he makes good food too
Delaram Norani: We decided to look for a private school after the pandemic hit. First of all, they never disclosed the fact that they have a group three certificate which means they are considered a school that doesn't have follow BC's curriculum. I found out about that after I called the FISA.The co-owner is a very unprofessional person that obviously only cares about money. I sent an email notifying the school that my daughter wouldn't attend PT. Below is his exact response. Very disappointing response from a school that its main goal should be kids' education."Regardless of your decision, the 1st tuition payment of $5,757 is still due at the end of May, as per your contractual agreement. This can be paid by cheque or e-transfer."The principal listens to your concern, but never really takes action as she believes, the school knows what they are doing and we as parents shouldn't interfere in what happens at school.Overall, a very disappointing experience. I would rather send my child to a public school and hire tutors instead of sending my child to an incompetent school like Pear Tree.Below is my husband's review that keeps getting deleted:Positives;this is a small, 50 student school that escaped the distractions of Covid because of its size.the project based learning approach is an interesting way to educate – if executed properlyNegatives;This is a “group three” independent school (link below) that is not obligated to follow BC curriculum or test to it. In fact, they are very reluctant to do any substantive testing to reassure parents that they are educating appropriately. "Trust us" is the operative phrase they use. They are not rated by the Fraser Institute, nor would they want to be we suspect.This is somewhat disingenuous, as Pear Trees marketing material claims that they are a "top Private School" without any effort to substantiate this, and indeed a stated school aversion to ”testing”. In our opinion, the level of education provided is inferior to that of the private school our daughter is now attending.The school facilities are “Spartan”, to say the least.Pear Tree is a tenant in a class C (old), unsecured commercial building and has no gym, no change facilities, no library, no campus, no auditorium, no music rooms, no cafeteria, no computer lab -these would be considered basic amenities for a "Top Private School".There is administrative dysfunction - for both terms, report cards (which provide little in the way of progress information for your child) were provided several days later than promised, and for term 1 were lacking in any mention of term progress – in their words, the school needed to “remedy the oversight" with a revised report some days later still.The particular teacher for grades 5-7 we unfortunately rate as poor to mediocre based on our parent teacher meets, feedback from our daughter, and feedback from other parents. In addition, she was absent from class for in excess of a month of school, and the school was not capable of providing a suitable substitute replacement.We believe teacher quality is THE critical factor in education quality. When we communicated our specific concerns with the principal, she informed us that she was in a much better position to evaluate the quality of her staff as a "professional educator" and defensively and summarily dismissed our concerns.Conclusion;We decided to move our child to St. Johns, as did other parents, as she faced two more years with this teacher and an unresponsive school which sees fit to charge top dollar for a poor to mediocre educational experience.
Dylan D: Not recommended-there are many good reasons to have your child attend a private school in BC including seeking a superior education and facilities.And if you are paying $15-26,000 in tuition, you should, at a minimum, expect these benefits.Unfortunately, Pear Tree can only offer a hot lunch.
Zahra Hudani: We love Pear Tree. It truly has a community feel. We appreciate the regular communication channels available to us as parents and feel informed throughout the year. They are also really responsive to any concerns or feedback which is important for us as parents.The group of staff are wonderful, very smart and kind, and focused on each individual students’ needs. They have built an inclusive environment and their project-based learning approach is practical and impactful. Our daughter has grown so much, both socially and academically, since being there.We also love their focus on being active and healthy. Our daughter absolutely loves the healthy hot lunch program and it takes a huge load off us as parents with meal preparation. They have PE everyday and some fun programs too like skating, yoga and gymnastics.We highly recommend Pear Tree!
Kate Chase: Pear Tree has been a wonderful experience for our daughter.In terms of academics, the project based learning approach is implemented with an enormous amount of planning and thought, and it shows in the high quality of the children's work! Pear Tree kids are learning to think deeply and critically about the big issues of our day.Socially, Pear Tree is a warm, welcoming environment and teachers are focused on fostering positive relationships and an understanding of diversity.We feel so lucky as a family to have discovered Pear Tree, and are excited to see what high school brings!
Irina Mackay: If you are looking for a school that fosters children's love for learning and helps them grow as confident, responsible and kind people then look no further!Our son started attending Pear Tree in Kindergarten and is now finishing Grade 1. He started off as shy and introverted and has since blossomed with confidence and is a lot more comfortable with public speaking and interpersonal relations.The reading and math skills acquired at Pear Tree surpass those of many other kids his age. We believe that this is due to Pear Tree's approach to education through project based learning which keeps students engaged and allows to apply their skills to real life concepts.Our son is always coming home excited about the themes explored at school and has developed a love for learning at Pear Tree.One of the other amazing things about this school is that they have an in house kitchen and chef and serve daily fresh meals and snacks to the students! Our son used to be very picky when it came to eating but since attending Pear Tree he is a lot more open minded to trying a variety of foods. As parents this is also very convenient for us since we don't have to worry about packing a lunch or snacks and we know that he is eating healthy and fresh food while at school.All teachers and staff are amazing educators and really care about students as individuals. The communication is excellent and we are always updated about our son's daily activities through the Fresh Grade app.The school also places a strong emphasis on physical education, with daily PE time and different activities such as yoga, gymnastics as even parkour!Our middle son is joining Pear Tree next year and we will be also sending our daughter to this school when it comes time for her to join kindergarten.We are delighted to have found this amazing community and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this school as an overall excellent choice for both academic and personal growth.
Sandrine Espie: Our son joined PearTree last year. He is now in grade 3, and our decision to change school for PearTree was the best decision for his socio-emotional and intellectual development. Pear Tree offers project-based learning opportunities. Kids develop various hands-on experiences as well as creative, artistic, engaging, collaborative, and fun projects. The small classes and combined grades enhance leadership and a sense of cooperation and peer support between students.The themes that students worked on every semester address some of the most pressing issues that this generation will need to understand, i.e. exploring their natural environment by going on various field trips to study birds, bees, weather and landforms.Pear Tree curriculum includes daily PE, music classes, french (all the teachers are bright, responsive and engaging). The school has a fantastic chef who cooks hot lunch on site (which exposes students to different flavours, textures, cultures etc.). PearTree's learning environment is challenging (in a positive way), supportive, vibrant, creative. I've seen my child flourish, and I know he will thrive this year thanks to the dedicated, experienced, and professional staff.
Crystal Ehresman: Pear Tree is the best option in the city for busy parents. Their curriculum is well-rounded in arts and athletics which really takes the pressure off from finding extracurricular activities. The days are extended compared to public schools, and there is a before and/or after-school care option. This was a huge relief to me because my schedule requires flexibility. I love not having to pack lunches or provide snacks. The in-school chef saves me the time and mental energy that comes with meal prep and I can count on nutritious snacks and lunches. Most importantly, the faculty, staff and students are wonderful people, and I know my daughter is well-cared for.
Penny Chuang: Our daughter attended Pear Tree Elementary since kindergarten. Their project-based learning really showed a different approach compared to traditional education. The teachers, the staff, and the kids work collectively and really make up a warm and welcoming environment. Pear Tree does not just focus on academic results, but rather shaping our kid to be growing in all aspects of life, into becoming a better part of the community. In addition, their hot lunch program provides healthy and various choices everyday, shout out to chef Borja! We are more than satisfied of what our daughter has been able to achieve and learn here. Our second daughter will be graduating pre-school next year, and needless to say, Pear Tree is our one and only choice for her as well!
Ryusei Koyama: I was a student at pear tree, and this school was the best school I ever went in my life! The cook’s food is really healthy AND good!
Luna G: Pear tree elementary is a small but exceptional school in Vancouver.My son could adjust well thanks to their careful attention and full support when we moved to this new city. My son loves Pear Tree’s tailored approach to teaching and learning. He’s learning how to learn in PTE. In particular, I like this about the school. PTE offers a variety of activities and special classes, so children can have diverse experiences. One more thing I must tell you is the best teachers with passion and professionalism. I highly recommend PTE.
Cailin Broere: We recently moved to Vancouver from Hong Kong where our daughter attended a top international school. We really wanted to keep her level of learning consistent with what she had experienced in HK and hoped to find a school that shared our values and also provided a diverse and global outlook. We found Pear Tree in our search and have been truly impressed.Pear Tree is a small school but its founders are committed to educating the whole child. Social, emotional and dietary health are all considered and nurtured on a daily basis. The PE program and outdoor learning opportunities are fantastic. Borja, the school chef, ensures that my daughter is eating healthy, hot meals and saves me so much time and stress during the week. Picking up my daughter from school and having her excitedly show me the perfect seashell that she found on her morning trip to the beach is really just one of the many aspects that make Pear Tree so special.If you are familiar with the PYP curriculum and its values and principles, I really encourage you to consider Pear Tree in your search. Innovative, enquiry-based learning is alive and well here.
Ryan Liu: Pear Tree is an excellent elementary school. Even though, the school is small but it's packed with everything your children need to know. Their directors and teachers are very friendly. Their staff knows every single child's name. I can see that all the students are having fun learning at school.
Lynn Wang: We went to the school when my son was 3 and we really impressed the education environment. Although the school is small and located in an office building, the kids still have plenty of space here and there. what we like the best is the school using most updated social events as study case and make us feel like our son is communicating with the society. very good school and very nice teachers.
Qin Luo: It is the best school for us, our oldest child studies in community 3 and she likes everything in this place ,and we hope our second child and youngest child could study at Peartree in near future!
Qin Zhang: Fantastic! It has a very friendly and respectful environment, my daughter Eva started at Peartree in September 2018, she was very shy and speak a little English at that time, but now she is very confident and enjoy everyday in Peartree, moreover she loves every Peartree's staff and students!By the way, Louisa Chen is really amazing!
Line Aune: What an inspiring place Pear Tree is! Our daughter started at Pear Tree Elementary last fall after loosing motivation at her previous school. After just a short while, after school starting, she started to love school again and she doesn't even want to leave at pick-up time.My daughter enjoys being in a class with other grades, where it is most important to excel on your own level. All students are closely followed up by their enthusiastic teacher. The teacher continuously keeps the students eager to learn by using different tools ; visual, arts and crafts, field trips and new technology, as well as using interesting themes as background. And how cool isn't it to have snake or salmon eggs hatching in the classroom?We also love that the school focuses on nutritious food and physical education every day (during last half year they have had martial arts, skating, yoga, climbing, dance class and a lot of different activities outside with Mr M)!All the above makes an excellent foundation for our child and I strongly recommend the school.
Neda Shahbandian: Today I went to this school for privet tour , after half an hour delay its manager (Paul) was coming he behaved completely impolite toward us, without any sorry for delay. He didn't show us anythings and just asked "what is your question?" when I asked my question he said :"there are all answers in their website". On the other hand this school is so bad and really small like a small daycare , I never will register my daughter in horrible school.
Ivy Irem Dreger: Our daughter started Pear Tree in September (Grade 2). After 3 years in a very elite and popular co-educational private school, we wanted something less traditional and more creative and innovative for her. She was getting bored and losing her creative spark. Even though she had no academic or emotional issues, she wasn’t very happy and wanted to be challenged.Pear Tree is a breath of fresh air for her because she gets to create new things daily and there is no time for boredom. She gets so much attention thanks to the small class size. Lessons are always connected to real life and incorporate so many different subjects. Project based learning is very beneficial for sparking creativity and mimicking real life work environment. Kids need to work in groups frequently and complete tasks together in a timely manner. All work is always completed and accounted for. You don’t end up with piles of half completed work at the end of the term. Kids are always out and about and go to so many educational and fun field trips.The PE and music programs are amazing. Thanks to her encouraging PE teacher, she participated at a cross country race even though running is not her forte. After only one term she already plays songs with her ukulele!The hot food program is amazing. Their chef prepares everything from scratch and makes very creative, healthy dishes. No more packing lunches and worrying about her veggie consumption!Pear Tree is a very special school. It might look small from outside, but somehow manages to fit a much bigger and more creative world into its space compared to a lot of schools with elaborate campuses. Paul and Alexis put so much effort into creating an outstanding education experience for all. They hire top notch teachers and staff that are so dedicated to their craft. Pear Tree is what 21st century education should be.Our daughter loves her school and never wants to miss a day. We feel so fortunate to be a part of Pear Tree family.

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