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Learning. To make a difference.

Teaching at IPS

Island Pacific School (IPS) focuses exclusively on meeting the educational needs of adolescents in Grades 6 – 9. Our IB Middle Years Programme, outdoor challenges and community service experiences set students up for the rest of their lives. Housed in a purpose-built, student-friendly facility, IPS is located in the safe community of Bowen Island and offers an enriched curriculum that includes philosophy, reasoning and ethics classes, monthly community service activities and multi-day outdoor expeditions.

With small classes of 12-18 and a total school population of 65, our teachers enjoy getting to know our students and discovering how best to motivate and inspire them. We work with a close-knit team of IB teachers in a highly collaborative environment and many of our teachers expand their practice beyond the school’s walls by taking advantage of nearby forest trails, professional community members and local organizations.

If you have a valid BC teaching certificate and are prepared to contribute to the total culture of the school by participating in outdoor expeditions, serving as a homeroom teacher, coaching Ultimate, and becoming a Masterworks advisor, we’d love to hear from you!

Although the commute from West Vancouver by ferry is only 20 minutes, our roles are ideally suited to someone who lives on, or would be willing to relocate to, Bowen Island.


If you are passionate about helping middle school students think critically about the subject you love to teach and hold a valid BC Ministry of Education Teaching Certificate,  please consider applying to IPS.
> Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education

IB-MYP Trained Teachers

If you are an IB-MYP trained educator at Level 1, 2 or 3 and have (or are eligible for) a BC Ministry of Education teaching certificate, please consider submitting your resumé.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply as a teacher, or teacher on call, please submit your resume and cover letter to Barb Bingham, Operations Manager at

IPS is an equal opportunity employer.

No Current Job Opportunities

WANTED - Middle School Superhero

From time to time we hire creative, committed and cool Middle School Teachers.

Island Pacific School is a unique grade 6-9 micro school on Bowen Island that is changing the way we think about middle school education. Now in its 21st year of operation, the school has earned a reputation for helping young students express the very best of who they are. Not content to sit on our laurels, we now want to do even more — to be a leader in reconfiguring middle school education to best develop and encourage the tremendous potential of young people.

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  • Are you a great fit for IPS? Put your resume on file with us by sending to . Please send two pages and a cover letter that summarizes your experience and explains why you think you would be a good fit at the school. Candidates must hold a Bachelor of Education Degree (or higher) and a valid BC Teacher Certificate. Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications. We expect to conduct interviews late January and early February, with hiring completed by February 24, 2017.

We are not currently hiring. Best of luck with your job search and keep in touch with us on social media an by joining our mailing list. Links are in the footer.

I felt at home at IPS right away. The school feels like a home with small colourful classrooms and lots of common spaces. Each day starts with a student led morning stretch and announcements before running off to their classes. I have had the opportunity to observe some of the wonderful teachers teach. There are very cool projects underway that I am looking forward to helping with in the next few weeks. Almost every student at IPS plays Ultimate Frisbee, they have spirit! One of the students has offered to teach me to throw a Frisbee and in return I am teaching her to draw horses. Good trade I think!

– Meghan Leeburn, teacher candidate from UBC on her first day of observation, April 29, 2014

The teachers are definitely committed to increasing their knowledge and keeping up to date with what is new in the world of teaching. They understand that their methods determine student success. They examine their own practices, and confer with colleagues constantly to make sure that they are doing what is best for the students.

– Jesse Symons’ (SFU student teacher) journal reflection after visiting IPS on September 25th, 2008.

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