Why Claren Academy?

Claren Academy is a unique Vancouver school, focused on preparing its students for the future as it will be when they graduate from the 12th grade around the year 2030.

Our high student to teacher ratios, cutting edge technology, and emphasis on entrepreneurship and creativity will give our students the tools they need to respond to the challenges that await them in the future.

How to apply

Online Form

Complete our Inquiry Form, below.

Document Collection

We will contact you within 2 business days with an application form, and instructions to submit supporting documents, and the $100 application fee.

Interview & Evaluation

Visit us for your family interview and play-based evaluation.

Inquiry Form

Please complete this form the begin the admissions process.
We will contact you within two business days of your submission.


What is your COVID-19 return to school plan?

Claren Academy is excited to welcome our students back to full time in-person learning on September 8th. For families who are not ready to send their children back full time on September 8th, we are making use of the recent flexibility of the Ministry of Education, and offering a transitional learning plan for enrolled students, aiming to have them back in the classroom by October 19th. For in-person learning starting September 8th, we are benefiting from our small size and pro-active family community. Our full student body and teaching staff fit under the 60 person cohort limit. Within that cohort we will operate in smaller groups as much as possible, and use PPE to protect our students and staff when our ability-based groupings, inquiry projects, and other enrichment requires mixing across grades. We have gone above and beyond the safety requirements of the Ministry of Education in order to deliver the enrichment and individualization that make Claren Academy exceptional. For example, all Claren students and staff will wear masks when indoors, we have moveable clear barriers, and our ventilation has been upgraded.

To learn more about our safety protocols, please view our Stage 2 Restart Plan. The best way to see our plan is to let our students show you! Watch our restart videos for Titan (grades four and five), Europa (grades two and three) and Luna (kindergarten and grade one).

What grades are you offering for September 2020?

We are welcoming applications for kindergarten to grade five, meaning children born between 2010 and 2015. We will continue to add a grade each year, up to grade twelve.

Do you have an application deadline?

Claren Academy accepts applications at all times. Interviews and play evaluations are held throughout the year, and offers of admission are made shortly after those assessments. We consider space availability in each grade, and we adhere to the admissions criteria listed below. If a particular grade is full, the applicant may be eligible for a position on our waitlist.

Do you require an entrance bond or new student fee?

Many of Vancouver’s independent schools require a large bond (up to $35,000) as well as assorted “new student fees.” Claren Academy has been well capitalized by its founders and as such does not require you to pay new student fees or bonds.

What are your tuition fees?

Claren Academy is operated by the non-profit Claren Academy Society. We believe that all students deserve a world class education, and we are working hard to keep our tuition as low as possible while still adequately funding the top notch resources, facilities, and staff that our school requires to fulfill its mandate.

The fee for our 2020/2021 school year is $15,950. This fee covers tuition, field trips, tech supplies, art supplies, and music supplies.

International students, and students not eligible for the provincial grant pay a tuition of $22,080.

Is there a discount for siblings?

Yes. Younger siblings will receive a 5% discount off of the year’s tuition.

What do your families say about the school?”

We work hard to ensure that all of our families are excited about the education that their children receive at our school. Testimonials like the one below show that we are succeeding, and we are proud to share even more parent feedback with you on our testimonials page.

“Since starting at Claren we have seen a shift in our daughter, who is energized and excited to go to school each day. She comes home bursting with things to tell us and we have been blown away by the breadth of exposure and opportunity she has received. The arts, music and math programming as well as the continual activity out of school and in the community have been a particular highlight. The integration of technology into education at Claren has been seamless and mirrors real-life application. We could not be more thrilled with our decision to enroll at Claren Academy.” – Claren Parent

Where is the school located?

Claren Academy is located in downtown Vancouver’s Yaletown district. We are three blocks from the Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain station, a short walk to great parks and recreation centres, and right in the midst of many of Vancouver’s technology companies.

What field trips do you take?

We venture out of our school and into the “classroom” of the surrounding city multiple times each month. Our students have learned to use transit, navigate Vancouver, and appreciate public space, furthering our curriculum and learning along the way. For a list of the field trips we have taken, from skating to snowshoeing, the Pan Pacific kitchens to the Microsoft Garage, please visit our “About” page.

How much time do your students spend on screens?

To say that we are simply a “technology” school is a misnomer. Our students do use the latest tools, including iPads, 3D printers, and electronic art and music materials, but they also use paper and pencils, clay and glue, and all kinds of other resources to build, create, and explore. The goal in our use of technology is to create rather than simply consume, and discover new ways to solve problems, foster curiosity, and most importantly, connect with others. When our students use our iPads they use them mindfully. Examples include completing worksheets electronically to save paper, playing cooperative quiz games, photo documenting their own work, or coding in Scratch and Scratch Jr. We focus on quality of screen time, rather than quantity.

What is your school calendar?

Claren Academy follows the calendar used by most independent schools in Vancouver, allowing for a 3 week winter holiday and a 2 week spring break. Our school day runs from 8:45am to 3:15pm, and families have the option to drop their children off as early as 8:30am.

Do you have uniforms?

Yes. Our uniforms are provided by Top Marks Uniforms. The cost will be around $300, with some variation depending on the quantities and options you select.

How do you provide physical education?

We are well aware that children need to move! Our classrooms are spacious, and we engage in daily physical education through group play, yoga, dance, and other activities. We take advantage of our enviable location in Yaletown by enjoying walks to parks, rec centres, and other cultural landmarks. Our students also partake in additional external activities such as swimming, skating, and gymnastics.

Do you teach the arts?

Although we may seem to be focused heavily on science and technology, we feel strongly that creative fields will provide great careers for many children of this generation. Some of our students may want to play the piano, while others might want to take it apart to see how it works, and both of these inclinations are celebrated. We teach fine arts such as music, visual arts, drama, and dance.

Do you teach a second language?

Our second language offering is Mandarin. Mandarin instruction begins in grade four, and is a graded subject as of grade five.

What is your approach to teaching?

At Claren Academy we employ research-based, proven teaching strategies such as inquiry and project-based learning that are shown to improve confidence, creativity, and autonomy. Our staff of dedicated, passionate teachers focus on individualized learning to help each student achieve their best work, and to be excited about the results. To learn more, please contact us, or visit our About page.

What is your admissions process?

Claren Academy is offering spaces for children entering kindergarten to grade five for the 2020/2021 school year. (Only children born in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 will be eligible for September 2020.) We will add one grade each subsequent year, up to grade twelve.

Application steps:

  1. Complete our Inquiry Form, above.
  2. We will contact you within two business days with an application form, and instructions to submit supporting documents and the $100 application fee.
  3. Visit us for a family interview and play-based evaluation.

Successful applicants will then be asked for a deposit to secure enrolment.

What are you looking for in your admissions?

Admission to grades K-5 at Claren Academy is based on:

  1. The candidate’s social, emotional, and developmental readiness
  2. The family’s interview
  3. The candidate’s actions during the play-based observation
  4. The school’s assessment of references and past academic records

The following may also be considered:

  1. Availability of space in the year to which the candidate is applying
  2. Diversity and gender balance
  3. Siblings of students already enrolled

We do not use standardized tests for admission.

Admission is carried out on a rolling basis.

Further questions?

If you have questions that were not addressed in this FAQ, please do not hesitate to contact us.