Why are we unique?

We aim to develop future citizens who are critical thinkers, who have intellectual curiosity and a predilection for initiative and openness; citizens able to understand, value, and share the principles of solidarity, respect, and responsibility for everyone and for the environment.

Our bilingual education provides a creative and stimulating environment for this project. The parents, the staff and the students, together we uphold the values of an international community, respectful of differences, open to the exchange of ideas, languages and cultures.

Dual Curriculum

Cousteau is the only school in British Columbia with a dual curriculum (curriculum from France + BC) approved by both the French National Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Ministry of Education.

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Bilingual Education

The instruction in English represents 10% in Pre-K and reaches 25% in Middle School. In addition, a third language, Spanish, is taught from Grade 4.

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Multicultural & Small class

Our school celebrates a diverse community and includes multicultural backgrounds from over 30 different nationalities! Our classes are intimate, with an average of 15 students per class, ensuring personalized instruction and greater individual attention.

Our Journey

A group of parents decided in 1997 to create a school offering a different program than anything else available in Vancouver. With the help of the French Embassy in Canada, they created a small school mixing the French and British Columbian curricula with 25 students. They had no idea the French International School of Vancouver would become a popular formula to reach 250 students nowadays, with children from over 30 different nationalities, on a beautiful 6-acre property.

In 2013, an ecological orientation was added to its curriculum and “Cousteau” was added to the name of the school, in tribute to a famous French ocean explorer who became a great advocate for environment protection. This orientation was confirmed by joining the network of Eco-Schools accredited by the Foundation for Environmental Education, and we proudly wave their “green flag” on our mast.

Experience Cousteau’s academic excellence and bilingual education

Cousteau offers a unique academic experience through the teaching of a rigorous bilingual education from Pre-K to Grade 9.