Alcuin College is a progressive, independent K-12 school rooted in curiosity-led learning. Skillful teachers adapt the course of study to how each student best learns, thinks and inquires. We produce well-rounded graduates equipped for university and lifelong learning.

We specialize in providing an innovative, hands-on education based on the Liberal Arts (that is, the fundamental Arts, Mathematics and Sciences, together with the skill of philosophic dialogue). As an independent school on the North Shore, Alcuin attracts students who are coping in their current schools, but are not necessarily thriving, or who are uninspired. We provide students with very small class sizes, personal attention and a challenging curriculum enriched by the resources and expertise available in our local community.

Why do we call ourselves a college rather than a school?

We do so because of the nature of the relationship between our teachers and our students. Historically, in a school, there was a scholar and his disciples. In a college, there is a community of scholars, some of whom are teaching, and all of whom are learning. That is why we, both teacher and student, wear the school uniform; and that is why we are called a college: because we are all companions together in learning.


Established in 2012, Alcuin College was founded upon the desire for a successful model of education that focuses on the long-term growth and development of the student. We want our children to become true life-long learners, striving to be the best that they can be, inspired by teachers, parents and experts who themselves are scholars. Smaller tutorial groups of students, under the personal and expert guidance of a master teacher, develop analytic and creative skills and are challenged to think critically, to reflect, to speak and to write with logic and concision. The unique and fundamental relationship between student and teacher is central to successful learning.  This is our project.


Welcome to Alcuin College, where each child’s unique curiosity is recognized as the key to unlock learning. Our liberal arts curriculum focuses on a broad base of learning within the languages, humanities, sciences and mathematics. Not only is such a program rigorous, it is a course of study that promotes personal growth and development while refining critical-thinking and communication skills.

As our classes are small, every child is known, understood and has the space to be an individual.  We collaborate closely with parents so we always have the insights that help us understand and adapt to their child’s changing needs. Classes are led by educators who are experts in their field; not only teachers but also community leaders from various disciplines. Authentic hands-on learning is a cornerstone of our curriculum, and community partnerships are key in the personalization of each student’s program of studies.

We are more a college than a school. A school is where a group of students listens and learns from the teacher. A college is an active community of scholars – some of whom are teaching, all of whom are learning. This is why you’ll see both teacher and student wearing the Alcuin uniform; to reflect that together we’re pursuing the quest for knowledge.

We offer your child an education like no other: authentic learning for the 21st century.

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200-1046 St Georges Avenue North Vancouver BC V7L 3H6
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© 2023 by Alcuin College. All rights reserved.