Welcome to Elizabeth Buckley School

What is a STE(A)M school?

STEM is an acronym for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. At Elizabeth Buckley School, we believe that the arts are an integral part of every child's learning, and we have added the "A" to create STE(A)M. By "Arts" we mean Visual Arts, Music, Dramatic Play, social responsibility, global citizenship and meaningful contributions in our community. Our STE(A)M school provides an emphasis on discovery and exploration, with STEM subjects interwoven with literacy, humanities, and physical activity.

Link to the Hands On Summer Camp web page.

Click here to listen to Dr. Laurie Waye talk about our STE(A)M summer camps and school program on the CFAX "Real Parenting" show.

Story about the EBS STEaM project from Shaw Go!Island:


Elizabeth Buckley School is an independent K-6 school located at the Cridge Centre for the Family on Hillside in Victoria, BC. EBS offers an exceptional education based on the BC curriculum, and enrichment programs to enhance students' learning opportunities. Learning at EBS is co-operative, engaging, exciting, and respectful of each child's individual needs. At EBS, experienced BC Teacher Regulation Branch-certified educators and skilled Education Assistants work to support each student on his or her individual journey to success. The school provides a solid educational foundation and nurtures a life-long love of learning. Students enjoy a fulsome program including field trips, extra-curricular activities and sports programs. Our close-knit community of families enjoy time together for all-school potlucks, movie nights, camping, picnics, talent shows and more. We welcome you to become part of our "family".
We are excited to offer Canada's first STE(A)M school program.

Why STE(A)M?

Children are born scientists. They spend the first few years of their lives observing, experimenting, trying, failing, and trying again. The result is incredible development in the areas of language, perception and problem-solving. When children enter a traditional school program, the focus often shifts away from independent thinking, problem-solving and experiential learning in context to paper-and-pencil tasks that focus on finding the "right" answer. This inhibits risk-taking and independent thinking because children don't want to be "wrong." Children who are taught concepts in isolation find it difficult to engage in learning because they don't see the relevance to their own lives. They learn "procedures" for skills like math, but don't recognize how to apply them in real-world situations. The result is that many children find math intimidating, eventually dismissing the subject because they don't consider themselves a "math person." And this is often accepted. However we would not accept if our children said the same about reading! With our increasing reliance on technology, technical literacy, critical thinking and the ability to problem-solve are skills that play a crucial role in a child's long-term success. The most effective way to develop these skills is to engage children in real-world activities that allow them to build their understanding in meaningful contexts. The children love this type of learning and... (sshh!) often don't see it as work!

Enter STE(A)M...

We use STE(A)M in every part of our lives. It surrounds us in technology like WIFI, smart phones and GPS systems for our cars. It helps us in daily activities like microwaving our meals, Googling concepts to help our children with their homework, and understanding feats of engineering. In addition, STE(A)M helps students learn how to be responsible citizens by contributing meaningfully to relationships with our elders, with people of all abilities, and with different cultures as we come together in the pursuit of education and community. STE(A)M lends itself to this and other elements of responsible stewardship, such as caring for the environment in activities such as growing our own food, recycling and using found objects in the creation of art projects.

Where is Elizabeth Buckley School located?

EBS is located in Victoria, in the Oaklands neighbourhood. We are thrilled to share a campus with the Cridge Centre for the Family and their beautiful grounds at 1309 Hillside Avenue. Our partnership with the Cridge offers many unique benefits, including having a licensed before- and after-school care facility on site.

History of the School

Elizabeth Buckley School was originally founded in 1987 as a school for the deaf and hard of hearing in Victoria. Today EBS serves a much more diverse student population. Our classrooms are warm, nurturing environments where "typical" children and those with special needs learn side by side in an inclusive setting. We practise Universal Design for Learning - a philosophy of delivering curriculum that allows for a range of learning styles. This approach allows all students - from those who are gifted to those who need extra support - to experience success in an environment that provides meaningful opportunities for challenge and growth.

Who is Elizabeth Buckley?

Nancy Bourey, a teacher and a Speech and Language Pathologist, founded Elizabeth Buckley School in 1986 to provide educational opportunities for the deaf and hard of hearing. The name Elizabeth Buckley was chosen to honour Bourey's grandmother, an inspirational teacher in New York. As a struggling young widow, Buckley opened a school in her home, and provided a valuable service to many.

Contact us:
1309 Hillside Avenue, Victoria BC, V8T 2B3
E: ebssec[at]live[dot]ca
P: 250.995.6425