Mandarin / English Bilingual Program
HongDe Elementary School is a BC Ministry of Education registered Not-For-Profit Kindergarten — Grade 5 Independent School, offering a Mandarin / English bilingual program.
Throughout K-5 grades, 40% of the curriculum will be taught in Chinese (Mandarin), and the other 60% will be taught in English.
The Name HongDe can be translated as “Promoting virtue through learning traditional culture.”
School Bus Pick Up and Drop-Off
We provide two school buses that cover three cities:
Why Choose HongDe Bilingual School
The earlier a child is introduced to a language, the greater the chance a child will become truly proficient in it.
Curriculum Taught in Mandarin
Chinese Language Arts, Arts Education (Dance, Music, Visual Arts and Drama), Physical Education and Health Education.
Core Curriculum Taught in English
English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Career Education, and Applied Design, Skills and Technologies.
HongDe School teachers have BC Teaching Certificates, and develop good relationships with the children. They are warm, animated, and lively, which helps create an effective learning environment.
See detail about our teachers, please click here.
Josephine Wong, Mother of Leona
I am the mother of Leona, a student of Kindergarten in HongDe Elementary School.
I highly recommend HongDe as an excellent Mandarin bilingual elementary school. The school’s program provides students with the opportunity to become fluent in both Mandarin and English, and the emphasis on character development is impressive.
The teachers at HongDe are highly qualified and genuinely caring, and they create a positive environment that encourages students to thrive. Overall, HongDe is a great choice for families seeking a top-quality education that prioritizes both language and character development.
Lucy Huang, Mother of Eve Huang (Year 1)
Hello to all, I am the mother of Eve Huang, a student of grade 1 in Hong De elementary. When my daughter first attended Hong De, she did not speak English very well and it was her first time very excited and somewhat anxious about all the new things to discover and experience at school. All teachers and staff are very helpful and well prepared to help children and families. My daughter has always come back home with a smile and has enjoyed going to school. After one year studying in Hong De , my daughter can speak both English and Mandarin very well.
In Hong De, all parents and staff work closely together to make the children’s experience fun, creative and meaningful during the school year. The teachers are very supportive and flexible in their approach in regard to teaching. The class sizes are small and not oversized. Moreover, they have a great Mandarin class with fabulous teachers who are very patient with my daughter.
I would like to express my appreciation that as a parent I am very happy with the support and efforts the teachers in Hong De elementary are taking for my daughter. I appreciate it and thank all the teachers and Principle for making the class work out very well.
To everyone in Hong De, to all the staff: thank you for everything!!!
Roksolana Prudyus, Zlata’s mom
My daughter Zlata is already a 4th grader. It’s her second school year at HongDe Elementary. And I cannot express how happy I am with our school.
Zlata was born in Ukraine, and we moved to Canada when she was five. She didn’t know English, not to mention Chinese. So I am impressed with how fast she started using English fluently and her progress in Mandarin.
What I appreciate most is the kindness and professionalism of the school staff and teachers. They pay attention to every little detail in the kids’ personalities, helping them to succeed in the best way, and guiding them through new knowledge and social interactions.
Thank you, HongDe!
Alva Li, Mother of Henry Leong
I am the mother of Henry Leong, a student of Kindergarten in HongDe Elementary School.
Henry was born in Calgary and we moved to Vancouver last year for the purpose of Henry’s Chinese development. My husband doesn’t speak any Chinese, and learning Chinese is important to our family. Surprisingly we are very impressed by the school, not just for how excellent Henry’s reading and speaking skills are now. But most importantly, all teachers and administrative staff are very loving and passionate about their work. Henry is very fortunate to be able to grow in such a loving and caring environment. Within a year in HongDe Elementary School, Henry has developed his self-confidence and competency. Academically, Henry is supported by professional teachers, interactive workshops such as baking and cooking classes; arts & music, as well as a lot of outdoor activities. School board is also very supportive about teaching Chinese virtues which I personally think is very important for a child to learn to be kind, respectful and polite. I will continue to recommend HongDe Elementary School to all of my friends and family.
Rose Pham, Mother of Stephen Duong Nguyen
I am the mother of Stephen Duong Nguyen, a student of grade 1 in HongDe Elementary School.
Everything about school are amazing. Stephen loves this school. He loves all teachers and I am so happy about that.
Every morning he was excited to go to school to learn new things, play with friends.
He is so proud of himself that he can learn Mandarin and is super interested in reading, math and dance!
Communicable Disease Prevention Plan
HongDe School is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment.
To see details about our Communicable Disease Prevention Plan, please click here.
We are a well-rounded not-for-profit independent school offering additional services.
We are certified to operate by the Ministry of Independent Schools.
After School Program
After School Teachers supervise students from 3:15pm to 6:15pm during the school day.
Coursework focuses on the application of language to real life situations and also on deepening an understanding of the cultural and spiritual aspects inherent in the language.
Food and Nutrition
We provide nutritional hot lunches for the students. Please send your child with a healthy, nut-free morning snack.
We believe in a whole school approach to health and wellness. We focus on the following four areas: healthy eating; healthy relationships; physical activity; and positive mental health.
Students learn the functions and benefits of Physical Education to support character strengths.