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Why teach at Southpointe Academy?
Southpointe Academy is an independent university preparatory school for Grades K-12 that is characterized by passionate teaching, open-mindedness and a warm community atmosphere. In the classroom, our teachers provide the inspiration and support that enables our students to learn, lead and succeed. Our school was established in 2000 in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
We involve, instruct, and inspire our students to learn, lead, and succeed. The Southpointe community inspires lifelong learning.
Mission: Our mission is to develop outstanding citizens who are intellectually engaged, intrinsically motivated, and globally responsible. Our balanced approach produces confident, well-rounded students, who are creative, independent thinkers and communicators.
Vision: Our school community aspires to impart a love of learning. We nurture and develop students’ passion for learning, preparing them for a successful future.
Values: Our shared values reflect our goal to be people of character and substance.
- Kindness: We act with compassion and grace. We are empathetic. We help others.
- Integrity: We are honest. We have the courage to make the right choices. We take responsibility for our actions and their outcomes.
- Perseverance: We have the courage to overcome challenges. We stand committed in the pursuit of our goals.
- Respect: We honour the thoughts, experiences and perspectives of others. We treat others the way we expect to be treated.
- Responsibility: We are reliable and keep our word, seeing our commitments to completion. We seek to make a difference locally and globally.
Our Unique Programs
Southpointe is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Kindergarten to Grade 5, and the Middle Years Programme from Grades 6-9. IB World Schools share a common philosophy, which is a commitment to high-quality, challenging, and international education.
The IB provides a learning framework that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Students are intellectually challenged and encouraged to make connections between their studies and the global world.
Our Grade 10-12 students are offered the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma Programme. This programme gets students ready for college and beyond by focusing on critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and research skills.
Tsawwassen is a growing, vibrant community surrounded by beaches, farmland and the ocean. It offers an exceptional lifestyle with great shopping, recreation and community amenities.
The name Tsawwassen means land facing the sea and this town lives up to that name. Boasting expansive views of the North Shore Mountains, the Gulf of Georgia and the fertile Fraser Delta, the Southpointe Academy is set in a beautiful suburban community only 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver and five minutes to the ferry terminal. Tsawwassen offers incredible access to all the Lower Mainland, and Vancouver Island has to offer
We emphasize teacher collaboration and support to create the best learning environment for students and a world-class delivery of the IB and AP programmes. Collaboration, support and purpose define our workplace culture and environment. As a K-12 single-site school, Southpointe is able to ensure a strong sense of coherence and connectedness amongst students and staff.
Lifestyle and Recreational Opportunities
Touted as “sunny Tsawwassen,” this close-knit and family-friendly community features beaches and farmlands in the middle of the Metro Vancouver region. The weather in Tsawwassen lends itself to outdoor activity and recreation opportunities. This is the sunniest part of Metro Vancouver and receives up to 40% less rain than the city of Vancouver. On sunnier days staff and students can walk or bike to the school. Being south of the Fraser gives commuters who live south of the Fraser a more relaxed commute as they do not have to contend with either bridges or tunnels—providing more time to spend with family and friends.
Residents are frequently found near to the local beaches enjoying the sand and water or riding their bikes along the dyke. This seaside community is home to Boundary Bay Regional Park, a wildlife reserve that serves as a stopover for thousands of migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. The Park is laid beautifully across 23 km stretch consisting of Centennial Beach; walking trails with panoramic views of the ocean, and an 18 km bike trail in the scenic settings. Other Parks in the area include the Diefenbaker Park, named after Canadian Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker.
There are ample local businesses, restaurants, parks and community events that keep locals entertained all year-round.
Tsawwassen is a family-friendly community with good weather, outdoor activities and shopping!
Tsawwassn Mills outlet mall is a retail paradise and a shopper’s dream. With over 200 retailers and a 1,100 seat food court, the mall is the largest in BC. Nearby Tsawwassen Mills is the Tsawwassen Commons outdoor shopping centre, whose tenants include Cobs Bread, Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness, Tim Hortons and Walmart.
For foodies, Tsawwassen is a great place to enjoy fresh produce from local farms, some of which are organic. There numerous local farmers markets to enjoy as well.
If you like to getaway on the weekend, the Tsawwassen ferry terminal offers residents easy access to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island for a quick escape. Close to the border, you can also easily take a trip down to the seaside town of Point Roberts.
If you have an interest in ornithology it is a quick drive to Westham Island, to the north of the island is the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. With three recreation centres and two golf courses, Tsawwassen residents have a real interest in sports.
Draw for Employees
Teaching at Southpointe is a rewarding and professionally fulfilling calling. Teachers share and work in an environment with colleagues who are dedidicated to their craft, caring, talented, like-minded and committed to helping students learn, lead and succeed—this creates a synergy like no other.
Why you’ll love it here
We prioritize teachers’ professional development; it is a cornerstone peice of our faculty culture. We are a progressive, innovative school that strives to offer an extraordinary experience to our students and families, making a difference in the lives of our students each day. We have well-resourced and technology-rich classroom environments for our students. We also offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.