Ted Spear, IPS Head of SchoolWelcome!  Thank you for taking the time to investigate our school. We are a small by design, independent, Grades 6-9 middle school that has operated on Bowen Island for two decades. Our students come from the local community, Vancouver, and around the world.

I  encourage you to set up an interview and a student visit and get to know us. Come and  get an even better sense of who we are and what we do and, especially, why we do it. I think you will be impressed and intrigued by what you find. – Ted

Guiding Principles

We operate on the basis of the following principles:

  • That “middle school matters most,” i.e., that during these crucial middle years, we can either lose students or set them up for the rest of their lives
  • That education encompasses both academics and the development of character
  • That teaching is, in part, a matter of initiating students into the great conversations of human inquiry
  • That schools must not insult students’ intelligence but must instead stretch and challenge them on all fronts
  • That students need specific opportunities to learn to take responsibility for themselves
  • That small schools are very powerful sites in which to create an intentional educational community
  • That our job as educators is to equip and inspire students to cultivate their humanity

Core Program Elements

The school expresses and realizes these principles by way of a number of core program elements including:

Every year, a number of our alumni students return to the school’s “Rites of Passage” graduation ceremony because they have come to realize that IPS was a defining chapter in their lives. This is precisely our aim: to make a pivotal difference in the lives of our students, so that they might go on to make a difference in the world at large.

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