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Downtown Vancouver Bilingual School Admission for the School Year 2024-2025

Admission for the School Year 2024-2025

We are excited to announce that HongDe Elementary is still accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year! Discover the steps to enroll your child in our unique Mandarin/English Bilingual Program and Fine Arts Program, the only elementary school in Downtown Vancouver offering such a comprehensive bilingual education.

Downtown Vancouver Bilingual School Admission for the School Year 2024-2025

Key Dates

We accept students until September. Although the early grant is no longer available, we can admit students during the school year under certain circumstances. Please get in touch with our school admission team to learn more about these opportunities.


There are no specific eligibility requirements for admission to HongDe Elementary. We interview prospective students to determine their level, but no previous Mandarin language experience is required.

Application Process

  1. Please book an Appointment. Schedule a meeting with our admission team to determine a personalized plan for your child.
  2. Fill Out the Application Form. Complete the application form and include the following documents:
    • Passport or Birth Certificate
    • Latest year’s Report Card
    • Immunization Records
  3. Student Interview is an informal family conversation with our Principal and Head Teacher. This is an opportunity for students and parents to ask questions and learn more about our curriculum and programs.
  4. Acceptance. After acceptance, students will be contacted to build their “Pathway to Success” study plan.

For more information, visit our Admissions Page. You can also tour our campus – Schedule Campus Tour. Or apply right now through our form – Apply Online.

Tuition and Fees

For detailed information on tuition and fees for the 2024-2025 school year, please visit our Tuition Page.

  • Application Fee: $200 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition Fee: $16,800 for domestic students, $19,800 for international students
  • Student Service Fee: $950
  • School Bus Fee (Round-trip): $950
  • School Uniform: Approximately $400 – $500, ordered from Cambridge Uniforms
  • Medical Insurance:
    • BC MSP: $75 per month for international students
    • Private Insurance: Approximately $44 per month

Programs Offered

HongDe Elementary offers a comprehensive curriculum through our:

  • Mandarin/English Bilingual Program: The only elementary school in Downtown Vancouver offering this program. Learn more here.
  • Fine Arts Program: Enriching cultural experiences through dance, music, visual arts, and drama. More details here.
Mandarin/English Bilingual Program in Downtown Vancouver

Contact Information

For any questions or to begin the registration process, please contact us at:

  • Email: info@hongdeschool.ca
  • Phone: 604-416-0386
  • Address: 100-688 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1P1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a bilingual school?

A bilingual school provides instruction in two different languages. At HongDe Elementary, students learn in both Mandarin and English, gaining proficiency in both languages while also developing a deep understanding of their associated cultures.

Does HongDe offer Early Mandarin Bilingual?

Yes, HongDe Elementary offers an Early Mandarin Bilingual program starting from kindergarten and continuing through grade 5. This early start helps young learners develop strong language skills in both Mandarin and English.

Is HongDe a Dual Language Bilingual School?

Yes, HongDe Elementary is a dual-language bilingual school, with 40% of instructional time dedicated to Mandarin and 60% to English.

What is the Mandarin program in the Vancouver School Board?

The Mandarin program in the Vancouver School Board focuses on Mandarin Language Arts, developing oral communication skills along with reading and writing skills using Chinese characters. The program emphasizes practical language application and cultural understanding.

We look forward to welcoming new students and families to HongDe Elementary for the 2024-2025 school year.

Join us in empowering tomorrow’s global leaders through bilingual education and cultural appreciation!

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