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Saltus approved to deliver British Columbia curriculum

Lisa DeSilva, left, leader of Education Reform Unit; Grant Sheppard, executive director of independent schools and international education, BC Ministry of Education; Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education; Alan Schroeder, director of international education, BC Ministry of Education; Julie Rousseau, Saltus head of school; Jasmin Smith, permanent secretary for the Ministry of Education; and Jesse Sheppard, Saltus director of curriculum (Photograph by Alex Masters)

Saltus has been approved to become a British Columbia Offshore School and is set to begin offering the curriculum in September.

The decision was announced in April 2023 after a review of international curricula.

Representatives from the British Columbia Ministry of Education recently visited Saltus, where they evaluated the school’s operations and confirmed that it met requirements.

Along with Julie Rousseau, the Saltus head of school, officials met Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, who offered Saltus his congratulations.

A spokeswoman for Saltus said: “Alan Schroeder, director of international education from the BC Ministry of Education, shared that the ministry is pleased to welcome Saltus into the global network of BC offshore schools.

“Coming to Bermuda to visit Saltus has allowed them to verify curricular programming, see the breadth of the facilities, witness the school operations first-hand and meet with various stakeholders in the community.

“Of particular note was the strong alignment of the school’s educational approach to the BC curriculum.

“The team recognised Saltus for its ongoing commitment to instilling in its students the confidence that they can become responsible citizens of the world and empowering students to develop future-ready skills including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and character.”

Grant Sheppard, executive director of independent schools and international education also visited Saltus for the assessment.

BC ministry officials will return to Saltus this autumn to begin an annual cycle of school inspection.

Ms Rousseau called it “an exciting time for Saltus”, with faculty and staff preparing over the past year, and accreditation finished in February for Canadian Accredited Independent Schools and the New England Accredited Schools and Colleges.

The BC seal of approval from the BC Ministry of Education brings the school to triple accreditation status.

Ms Rosseau said each authority held the school to “exacting standards”, with regular reviews.

She added: “We are confident that Saltus and its students will benefit from the rigour of the academic programming that the BC curriculum offers and the assurance that its graduates are accepted to prestigious universities in the UK, Canada, the United States and throughout the world.”

The BC curriculum is internationally recognised programme consistently ranked among the top ten curricula offered globally.

It has been adopted by 35 offshore schools in 12 countries worldwide.

Saltus will join international and independent schools around the world in offering BC certificate of graduation, known as the Dogwood Diploma.

Details on the curriculum are available on the BC website, curriculum.gov.bc.ca

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Published April 16, 2024 at 2:15 pm (Updated April 16, 2024 at 6:27 pm)

Saltus approved to deliver British Columbia curriculum

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