As a parent, you probably have a pretty good understanding of the school system. This section of the Parent Information Network offers more details, explaining things like how funding works and how you can get a copy of your local district’s Achievement Contract (a document setting out its public commitment to improving student achievement).
The information here should be especially helpful to parents whose children are just starting school, or parents who are new to B.C.
For more information on how the system works, see the Learning Options - Schools web page.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Ministry
The B.C. Ministry of Education is responsible for Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) education in the province. It also oversees programs and services in the areas of literacy, early learning and public libraries.
The ministry’s role includes: providing funding, setting standards, developing legislation and policy, measuring performance and reporting results.
Public education services are delivered locally by boards of education and public schools. B.C. also has many independent schools, operated by independent school authorities, and band-run schools for First Nations students. For more details, see the Learning Options - Schools section of this website.
Literacy services are delivered in partnership with communities, public libraries, boards of education and schools.
Early learning services are delivered in collaboration with other ministries, including Children and Family Development and Health, and with a range of community-based agencies and organizations.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Boards of Education
Boards of Education – formerly known as school boards – design and provide educational programs to students in British Columbia. They are responsible for supporting student achievement and managing public schools, and accountable for meeting school and district needs. They also work with community partners to support early learning and literacy programs.
Each board operates according to the terms of an Achievement Contract with the Minister of Education.
Many districts also have Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements that support continual improvements in Aboriginal students’ academic achievement.
Education funding is provided by the province and flows from the Ministry of Education to boards of education (formerly known as school boards).
For more information, visit the K-12 Funding Allocation System website.