Magnussen School
Enriched Academics for Children

Elementary School Vancouver

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We teach the British Columbia curriculum, but our students have the freedom to nurture their unique talents and skills through small classes (no more than 10 children), individualized learning plans, emotionally supportive teachers, guided independent learning and an emphasis on physical activity.

Does your child feel pressure to conform to a specific way of learning to fit in at school?

At Magnussen, students fit in by standing out. We understand that children learn in different ways, so we don’t use a cookie-cutter approach to education.

Howard Eaton and Kristin Harbut founded Magnussen with the vision of creating a school to educate and nurture each child as an individual. By fostering strong, attached student/teacher relationships and creating a community where social engagement is valued and encouraged, students feel confident in their ability to explore the curriculum in ways that spark a love of learning. Attachment, in our minds, leads to excellence.

Magnussen School is for children who:

  • are in kindergarten through grade seven
  • are at or above grade level in most academic subjects
  • feel passionate about their individual interests
  • enjoy a school environment that fosters the freedom to learn in a self-directed manner
  • benefit from a lot of movement throughout the day
  • prefer individual sports and activities
  • periodically display anxiety in academic or social environments
  • embrace creativity
  • like flexibility when it comes to task completion schedules
  • thrive in an environment where they feel emotionally safe, attached and connected to their teachers

Magnussen is for children who are of average to superior intelligence. Students must also be at or above grade level in most subjects, but can have specific social-emotional sensitivities that don’t make public school an ideal learning environment.

Every school day starts with one hour of outdoor activities. Students then return to their homerooms for a snack and three 45-minute core academic blocks, including math, language arts and science. Between 12pm and 1pm, students spend a half hour outside before having lunch. In the afternoon, they break into groups that focus on social thinking, social studies and skills enhancement.


*Magnussen is not the right choice for students with behaviour challenges


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Magnussen is a community where every child’s opinion matters; where idiosyncrasies are not just tolerated, but celebrated. The teachers bring humour, faith and enjoyment to the classroom. I can’t think of a better environment for a child who ‘marches to the beat of his own drum.’
Patti Drobot, Magnussen parent

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News & Events
September 23, 2020

Online instruction has been a huge challenge for children with learning difficulties. This is even more so during this pandemic, as schools and programs designed for in-person instruction quickly adapt to offer remote learning. Children with learning difficulties are being left behind as having them engage online is proving to…  Read More »

July 28, 2020

Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s July 22nd 2020 virtual tour presentation is now available for viewing! Along with Barbara Arrowsmith Young and the other Arrowsmith educators who spoke, we are thankful to our wonderful Eaton Arrowsmith Vancouver parent, Barb Silverthorn, for her beautiful thoughts regarding her daughter and family’s journey with us…  Read More »