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Last Updated: 7/21/2024 10:13:07 PM EST

School Overview

Pear Tree School provides progressive, advanced and innovative education through theme-based learning and project-based learning, a whole-child approach, and meaningful integration of technology.

Pear Tree School student and teacher

Why Teach at Pear Tree School?

We believe that Pear Tree School is at the forefront of education. We firmly believe that our holistic approach enables our students to be truly amazing.

By integrating academics, physical skills, socio-emotional development, and technology, we offer well-rounded, inspired learning that cultivates each student’s academic and personal lifelong success.

Every student at Pear Tree can become their best authentic self.

Pear Tree School robotics projecct

Our Mission, Vision and Values

At Pear Tree School, we believe that education should be directly related to and applied to real-life and that learning should be hands-on and experiential. We recognize that everything is interconnected and that learning should reflect this.

Since opening in 2016, Pear Tree School has quickly grown and expanded. Its recent facility upgrade has allowed the school to offer from Kindergarten to Grade 9, with Grades 10-12 to follow.

Draw for Employees

There is a long list of reasons to work at Pear Tree School. Firstly, our progressive mission, values and approach should ring so strongly to you that there really isn’t another option for where you would want to teach.

Secondly, there are no ‘golden handcuffs’ here. Pear Tree’s directors are both educators and entrepreneurs; we foster a working environment in which we would want to be teachers. So, you’re hired because you bring expertise and leadership skills that enhance our school. Meet our team!

In addition to valuing staff’s opinions, we also encourage risk-taking. We provide staff with a healthy balance of autonomy and support.

And lastly, we offer one of the most competitive salaries and benefits packages, with guaranteed annual pay increases and transparent, equal pay for all.

Community & School Culture

Pear Tree School is a warm, supportive community where everyone strives to become their best selves and help make the world a better place.

Our school environment is modern, and reflects our values of fostering a strong sense of community and well as contact with the Vancouver community.

Pear Tree School showcasing urban design project

Our Unique Programming

At Pear Tree School, we teach through themes, rather than subjects. These themes are all directly related to our students’ real-world – starting locally and expanding universally. Project-based learning plays an integral approach in our learning, serving as an extension of our theme-based learning approach. By connecting education to real life, learning becomes meaningful, engaging, and challenging. Everything we do has an application, so there is never learning for the sake of learning.

Our approach values socio-emotional learning/life skills and physical development as much as academics. We also believe in holistic learning and nurturing the whole child. That is why we have daily PE, a mandatory hot lunch program, and seamlessly integrated socio-emotional mentoring.

Pear Tree School show and tell in class

School Community

Despite our qualifications and experience, we all realise that we don’t know everything, and need to work collaboratively to ensure that we provide our students with the most authentic, complete, and engaging educational experiences – ones where we, as educators, take risks and model the values and behaviours we expect our students to demonstrate.

The Community

Pear Tree School is located in the heart of the Kitsilano community in the City of Vancouver. Our central location is close to beautiful parks, fitness facilities, the beach, the forest, and urban gardens.

Application Requirements

All classroom teachers must have a minimum of a Masters in Education, demonstrate a growth mindset, and be educational leaders.

Salary and Benefits

Salaries start at $90,095 annually. Pear Tree offers a comprehensive benefits program, including dental, extended health, life insurance, long-term disability, and accidental death & dismemberment. We also provide professional development in-house and delivered through external facilitators. We believe that the more you learn, the better you’ll be able to help us!

We also offer excellent paid vacation time, including:

  • 3-week Winter Break
  • 2-week Spring Break
  • 9 to 10-week Summer Break
  • 3 paid personal days

Additional Perks

  • Company events
  • Free food (with our in-house hot lunch program)
  • On-site parking