The community of Fleetwood is served by School District 36 Surrey. This is the largest school district in all of British Columbia and serves nearly 72,000 students each year. The district includes 101 elementary schools, 19 secondary schools and 5 other alternative learning centers. The district forms the largest employer in Surrey with almost 10,000 employees and nearly 5,500 teachers.
The Fleetwood neighborhood is specifically served by The Following Elementary schools of high repute:
- Berkshire Park Elementary
- William Watson
- Coast Meridian Elementary
- Frost Road Elementary School
- Coyote Creek Elementary
- Walnut Road Elementary
- Serpentine Heights Elementary School
- Fleetwood Park Secondary School
Fleetwood Park ranked consistently as one of the top schools on Surrey School District Public schools surveyed in the region and boasts a 97% graduation rate. Both my kids are students of this excellent school.
Fleetwood Park Secondary School
Fleetwood Park’s schedule runs from 8:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. This includes four periods and lunch at 11:15 am. During lunch, students are allowed to leave campus. Each period is broken into four numbered blocks, during which various classes occur, on a fixed rotating schedule from Monday through Thursday, with alternating options on Fridays.
Students have five minutes to get from one class to the next and get an early dismissal every third Monday of each month. On these days, school ends at 1:05; these are called “flex days.”
The curriculum at Fleetwood Park includes:
- Three years of history
- Four years of English
- Three years of science
- Three years of mathematics
- Two years of applied skills or fine arts
- Three years of physical education
- One year of enterprise studies
- Elective courses totaling 32 credits, with each elective giving four credits
Elective Offerings and AP Courses
There are a number of offerings for electives available to students. These include carpentry, cooking, drafting, computers, sewing, automotive, dance, engineering, music and drama.
For those interested in carpentry and cooking tracks, a joinery program is offered. Two foreign language options are available: French and Spanish.
Advanced Placement, or AP courses, are offered in the areas of chemistry, physics and calculus; these permit the student to earn post-secondary education credits that can be applied to later university studies.
Traditionally the school has offered classes in its single, three-story building. Recently, however, the school has found the need to add portable buildings to the lot in the rear of the school. This is because the district continues to grow and more classrooms were needed to serve the growing number of students.
Extracurricular activities in the form of clubs, publications and sports are available. The student council hosts many regular events such as Fleetwood Thursday, school dances and Spirit Week.
A club called ReachOut is dedicated to promote diversity and raise awareness to issues both locally and globally. This club and its associated publication raised $8,500 that was applied towards building a school in Sierra Leone.
The school is renowned for its athletic program, which has a long tradition of instilling winning values and pride in its students. The program has won three provincial championships in various sports — the most recent was a boys AAA basketball championship that the school holds with pride.
Fleetwood Secondary School Sports
If you have children, schools will likely be a big factor in determining where you move. In Fleetwood secondary schools, sports are major extracurricular activities. Students actively participate in many different sports throughout the school year.
Sports offered vary from season to season. Some of them are intramural, and others involve competition with other schools. Sports encourage students to grow athletically and socially.
BC School Sports is an association that organizes school sports throughout British Columbia. It represents about 440 member schools with more than 94,000 student athletes each year. The organization’s Legislative Assembly, which includes representatives from every member school, decides on rules, regulations, operating policies and fees.
Fleetwood Park Secondary School
The Fleetwood Park Dragons compete in league play against Surrey schools as well as other schools in Lower Fraser Valley at the Senior Level. League champions go on to compete again Upper Fraser Valley champions in the Fraser Valley Championship. These top competitors then compete in the Provincial Championships.
The following sports are offered at Fleetwood Park:
- Cross Country
- Girls’ Field Hockey
- Swim Team
- Ice Hockey
- Track & Field
The field hockey season runs from the beginning of September to the end of October. The British Columbia Secondary Schools Rugby Union promotes the game in the province and aims to improve the standard of play amongst schools.
Surrey Christian School
Surrey Christian School also offers athletic program, with the falcon as its mascot. The school values “Excellence Through Wholeness” when it comes to sports. The coaches encourage progress and are dedicated to helping student athletes reach their full potential.
Sports at Surrey Christian School emphasize the importance of students working as a team and uplifting others while still performing to high standards.
The school also encourages student athletes to become leaders in all areas of life, not just sports. As they move through secondary school, they are expected to take on more responsibility and represent the school well in public. Some of their leadership roles include running camps and passing their team spirit on to younger athletes.
The goal is for these leadership skills to transfer from the field to the school’s classrooms and hallways. Surrey Christian School promotes growth in athletics, which encourages all kinds of personal growth and affects students’ lives in a positive way.
Holy Cross Regional High School
Holy Cross Regional High School is also in the Fleetwood area. The secondary school provides religious and academic curriculum that focuses on religious education, service, academic achievement, athletics and performing arts. The Holy Cross Crusaders participate in the following sports:
- Track & Field
- Field Lacrosse
- Cheer Team
- Dance Squad
More than 300 students participate in these sports each year. It is also competes in Fraser Valley Championships and Provincial Championships. The current athletic director is Lance Hurtubise.
The school hopes to provide a competitive yet fun and caring athletic environment. Fleetwood secondary schools provide students with well-rounded and nurturing educational environments. For more information about living in Fleetwood, be sure to contact me today!