Ministry of Education

The purpose of the British Columbia school system is to enable the approximately 553,000 public school students, 81,000 independent school students, and over 2,200 home-schooled children enrolled each school year, to develop their individual potential and to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to contribute to a healthy society and a prosperous and sustainable economy. Read more... (PDF)

Featured Topics

  • Transcripts & Certificates
    A transcript is an official listing of your secondary school (high school) marks and credits received specific to a B.C. Graduation Program.
  • Graduation
    Every student is unique and there are several ways to earn credit toward completing a K-12 education – consider some of the flexible options.
  • Scholarships & Awards
    Get help with post-secondary tuition and fees. Learn about the scholarships available to Grade 12 students graduating high school.
  • Exams
    Province-wide examinations, held in April, May, June, August, November and January (in BC), for students between the grades of 10 to 12.
  • BC Training & Education Savings Grant
    Families in British Columbia are encouraged to start planning and saving early for their children’s post-secondary education or training programs. 
  • Legislation & Policies
    See how laws and regulations are used to govern administration, partnerships and operation of B.C.’s education system.
  • Seismic Mitigation Program
    A comprehensive school seismic upgrading program is underway to make schools safer in the event of an earthquake by minimizing the probability of structural collapse.
  • French Programs
    Experience French language and culture – learn the language, study in French or find out about exchange programs, bursaries and program funding.
  • Teacher Certification
    The Teacher Regulation Branch provides operational support to the regulatory structure for the teaching profession in British Columbia
  • Independent Schools
    Information on independent schools for B.C. school administrators.

Featured Services

  • StrongStart BC
    Participate with your young child (aged birth to five) in play-based early learning activities – including stories, music and art.
  • BC OneCard
    Don’t leave home without your library card – you can use it to access and borrow from any participating public library in the province.

The Minister

The Deputy Minister