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Bowen Island provides some of the best opportunities for education in Greater Vancouver.

Early Childhood Education

  • Bowen Children’s Centre offers preschool programmes for 2- and 3-year-old children and for  3- and 4-year-old children. The Centre also offers daycare and after-school care.
  • Bowen Island Montessori School offers integrated preschool and kindergarten programs in the Montessori method.
Bowen Island Preschool & Daycare Facility

Public Schools

Bowen Island is within West Vancouver School District #45, one of the best school districts in British Columbia with a longstanding tradition of excellence. Living on Bowen affords the opportunity for children to have a West Vancouver education at a fraction what it costs to live in West Vancouver.

  • Bowen Island Community School. Started in 1893. Offers Kindergarten through Grade 7. A “community” school, so its facilities (including gym) can be used by the community in late afternoons and evenings, and the playground is open to the community as well.
Bowen Island Community School

Private Middle School

Island Pacific School. Founded in 1995, this independent school has focused exclusively on meeting the educational needs of adolescents in Grades 6-9. Small by design, IPS is a community of 66 students exploring enriched programming that fosters critical inquiry, community engagement, and leadership.

Home-Based Learning

Island Discovery Learning Community supports parents looking for an alternative to traditional, full-time schooling. It offers publicly funded part-time classroom schooling as well as support for full-time home-based learning.

Take advantage of some of the best educational opportunities in Greater Vancouver.

Bowen has lots of arts opportunities.

Adult & Community Education

Varied recreation, education, and arts programming for all ages is coordinated jointly by Bowen Island Municipality Community Recreation, Bowen Island Community School, and Bowen Island Arts Council.

Tir-na-nOg Theatre School has provided stage training to young people since 1988. Its annual Festival of Plays gives opportunity for the community to watch young people perform.

Bowen Island Museum and Archives collects information about the history of people and places on Bowen Island. Two buildings contain museum displays and the archival collection.

Bowen Island Public Library “promotes lifelong learning, the love of reading, and the exploration of ideas, culture and knowledge in a welcoming, lively atmosphere.”

Private music and art lessons are available from on-island teachers.