James Cameron School
Frequently Asked Questions
What academic programs are available at the school?
We follow the BC Curriculum as required by the BC Ministry of Education. Students also spend one block per day working one-to-one with an Orton-Gillingham tutor for remediation of language-based learning disabilities. The whole grade is scheduled at the same time for Orton-Gillingham tutoring, so that individual students are not pulled out of class.
What size are the classes?
The classes vary, but are no larger than fourteen. In addition to the teacher, all classrooms have a teacher’s aide, so there is a great deal of individual support for the students.
Do students need a psycho educational assessment prior to enrolling?
Yes. All children must have a current Psycho Educational Assessment giving a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder (learning disability).
What are the tuition fees?
This current school year the tuition fees are $16,000 for the year (2017-2018), which is approximately 40% less expensive than similar schools in the Lower Mainland.
Are the school tuition fees tax deductible?
The school issues a tuition receipt in February for all families. Tuition expenses can be claimed on your Income Tax return as a medical expense, or as a Disability Tax Credit, depending on your status. You will need a letter from your family doctor or the person providing the diagnosis, stating why your child needs to attend James Cameron School, to accompany the claim.
Every year about 10% of these claims are rejected by Revenue Canada. The claim is completely legal and is embedded in tax law.
Does the school provide bus transportation?
The school does not provide bus transportation, however many families carpool. We have students attending from all over the Lower Mainland, so we can try to put you in touch with a family that lives near you.
Is it possible to get a tour of the school?
Yes. Please call or email Principal, Penny Shepherd-Hill, to schedule a time.
The Beauty of Generosity
“THANK YOU” seems so inadequate to express the depth of our gratitude for the generous giving James Cameron School received on Saturday evening! Over $40,000 was raised at our first Gala. There are many who deserve our thanks, and so it is with a heart full of gratitude that I pen this expression of deep thanks to everyone who helped make our Gala the roaring success that it was.To those who contributed talent, to those who contributed donations and time or money thank you! Your generosity is truly beautiful. To everyone who attended the Gala, thank you! For those of you that could not attend I have included a link to a video of our guest speaker, Greg Epp. Greg attended JCS in the 90s and gave an inspiring speech. Warm regards, Penny Shepherd-Hill, Principal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8HMF639UiU