District Overview

“Through quality teaching and learning, we commit to engaging our students in their growth as individuals and in their development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to contribute to a healthy, democratic and diverse society.” Our mission statement reflects our understanding of the diverse needs of our learners, as well as our belief that fostering well-prepared and socially responsible members of our community is our most important goal.

Regional Diversity

Surrey is one of the youngest and most culturally diverse cities in Canada. More than 50% of Surrey’s residents speak another language other than English.

Surrey is home to high density urban areas, seaside communities, farmland and a wide range of suburban neighbourhoods. There are six distinct communities that make up Surrey including Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guilford, Newton, South Surrey, and Walley. Over the next 30 years, the city’s population is project to increase by over 300,000 people.

The city’s borders extend to the Pacific Ocean, the United States, the Fraser River and neighbouring communities such as Langley, Delta and New Westminster. A well developed highway and public transportation system makes travel from Surrey to other Greater Vancouver communities convenient.

Specialty Programs

We offer a wide variety of programs of choice that provide unique settings for students, as well as programs for children with special needs. These programs include full-day ESL and Aboriginal kindergarten, intensive fine arts and intensive core French, French immersion (early and late), Punjabi language, Montessori, traditional school, International Baccalaureate, Surrey Connect (Distributed Learning) and adult education.

Community Culture

Our students represent a mosaic of culture, with 42% coming from a household in which a language other than English is spoken. We strive to recognize and celebrate the many cultures that make up this vibrant school district in our buildings and programs, and our workforce reflects our community’s cultural diversity.

Draw for Employees

As a large district – and one of the few in BC with growing enrollment – we provide many opportunities for employment and career growth. We offer competitive salaries, professional development and an exciting and innovative workplace. Affordable housing and proximity to other Lower Mainland municipalities make our district a desirable place to work and live.

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, and extended health plans;
  • group life insurance benefits;
  • teachers’ pension;
  • extended health benefits for dependents of deceased employees;
  • accidental disability insurance;
  • salary indemnity plan benefit;
  • supplemental employment benefits on maternity leave;
  • employee and family assistance programs.


Teachers in positions with special responsibilities, e.g. department heads, teacher consultants, teacher coordinators, counsellors, psychologists, alternate school teachers, speech pathologists, may receive a financial allowance of $2,000-$4,000 annually.

Teachers working in remote and rural schools may also receive a recruitment allowance, and an annual retention allowance. Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

For specific details about Surrey’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

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