Everything You Need to Know

Here are just a few of the questions that are most frequently asked by parents who are interested in enrolling their child or children at the Fawkes Academy.

Our tuition cost is kept as low as possible for our students.  Different programs have different tuition costs associated with them, please inquire with your program of choice and the tuition cost will be explained to you over the phone.  We do have a tuition waiver for parents who have difficulty paying the tuition amount and the business manager assists parents in applying for grants to cover tuition amounts.  We feel that all children have a right to high quality education regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

The schedule for our students is different based upon student needs.  We have students who attend our centre based programs as little as 3 hours per day 5 days per week and as much as 6 hours per day 5 days per week.  The schedule for distributed learning programs is far more flexible and is set by the parents and teacher in collaboration.  Parents of students in distributed learning programs can expect a minimum of 1 hour of teacher contact per week.  Fawkes Academy sets one professional development day per month, is not open on statutory holidays, takes a two week break in December, takes a one week break in March, and runs from the beginning of September through to June 30th every year.  A schedule with exact closure dates will be provided to parents during the intake process.

We like to have the intake process started a minimum of one month prior to a student’s start time.  June, July, and December are the best times to start the process.

Yes. Once a completed intake form is received, a student is placed on our wait list for our DL program or the campus you prefer.

For the 2021-2022 school year in our Burnaby campus there is no space for our:

  • GABA/PreK, K-1 classroom
  • 1 to 1 support classroom
  • moderate support classroom (primary/intermediate/secondary)
  • minimal support secondary classroom

We have limited space in our:

  • minimal support intermediate classroom.

For the 2021-2022 school year in our Richmond campus:

  • There is limited space in our In-Clinic PreK/K-1 classroom
  • In our 9am-12pm intermediate/secondary classroom

For the 2021-2022 school year in our Distributed Learning Program:

  • We are currently accepting students from our wait list

There are varying levels of parent expectation in Fawkes depending upon the program.  At minimum it is a requirement that parents show up to the two IEP meetings per year, ensure their child is doing the assigned homework, communicate any changes in their child’s sleep, eating, health, or medication, and ensure their child is getting 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

Intake for all new students is done on a case by case basis.  Generally, for Fawkes to run the high quality educational program we have developed we require level 2 ministry of education special education funding.  Fawkes Academy is not set up to handle any aggressive or destructive behaviours in our students, so for the safety of staff and students in the school currently we do not accept students who exhibit these behaviours.  At Fawkes Academy we also feel that we are the right educational fit for some complex students, and not for others.  As we get to know a student’s unique needs we will be able to determine if our teaching approaches will best meet those needs.  Fawkes Academy does not want to accept students who could be more academically successful elsewhere.

At Fawkes Academy we are committed to spending the full amount of Special Education Funding on a student.  Our preference for the use of this money is to pay for the teacher’s time and any time that a support worker or tutor would be with a student.  Fawkes Academy will pay for some consumable materials if they are important to the program.  Fawkes Academy may also pay for subcontracted services to meet a child’s educational goals or other support services outlined in the IEP.  Fawkes Academy may loan more expensive materials kits, textbooks, or electronics needed for a program but those items need to be returned to Fawkes Academy and remain the property of Fawkes Academy.  Fawkes Academy does not sell electronic devices to families after their value is amortized to zero.  Fawkes Academy does not pay for a family’s internet connection in full or in part.  Fawkes Academy does not pay for any services, therapies, or educational programs that we do not believe will be beneficial for a child’s education.

Yes there is.  We have a few key, dedicated parents who give up their valuable time to fundraise for the school.  PAC money is usually spent on fun, educational activities for the students, or much needed materials.  Every year the PAC supports a fun trip to Playland for all our Fawkes students to celebrate a successful year of school.  Parents are given a copy of the PAC Constitution at enrollment and asked if they would like to be a part of the PAC mailing list.  The PAC can be contacted at gabafawkesparents@gmail.com.  We are extremely appreciative of all our PAC does and look forward to more parent involvement and more fundraising as our school grows!

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Fawkes Academy currently serves students who are legal residents of British Columbia. We do accept International Students, however the tuition rate for these students would be substantially higher.

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