Our Story

The Richmond School District (SD38) is a vibrant learning community that fosters students’ engagement, creativity, and well-being in inclusive learning environments. Our motto - “Our Focus is on the Learner” - speaks to the central purpose that informs all that we do for our students, our employees, and our educational community.

…teachers in particular have a sacred responsibility to ensure that all their children, regardless of their heritage, are able to think about four key questions throughout their education: where do I come from, where am I going, why am I here, and most importantly, who am I?

Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair

Our home. Richmond BC, Canada.

Our school district lies within the boundaries of the City of Richmond located on an island at the mouth of the Fraser River. Our community’s shared history began thousands of years ago as a place where the First Peoples gathered and lived. Today Richmond is a community of over 200,000 people who have chosen to live here from all over the world.

Richmond Video, 'The Focus is on Me'

Engaged, Creative, and Inclusive

Our district has 20,000 students who learn in 38 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools and other educational settings. All of our schools provide instruction based on provincial curriculum and assessment requirements. We also offer a variety of programs within our schools ranging from French Immersion and Montessori to International Baccalaureate.

Transforming Learning

As life in the 21st century continues to evolve so do the frameworks for what learning looks like and how we share the learning journeys in our schools. Provincially, the Ministry of Education has designed the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) which means that we have a system-wide focus on Intellectual, Human and Social, and Career Development, as we value the development of all learners.