Deer Lake School

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Deer Lake School
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5550 Gilpin St

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V5G 2H6

Coordinates49°14′29″N 122°59′00″W / 49.241364°N 122.983388°W / 49.241364; -122.983388Coordinates: 49°14′29″N 122°59′00″W / 49.241364°N 122.983388°W / 49.241364; -122.983388
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School typeIndependent K–12 School
Religious affiliation(s)Seventh-day Adventist Church
School number604-434-5844
PrincipalEmily Brousson
GradesK to 12
AreaGreater Vancouver
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Team nameFalcons

Deer Lake School (DLS) is an independent Christian school located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, that is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Deer Lake School originates from two Adventist schools that had operated in the Greater Vancouver Area, the first of which was founded in 1926 in the basement of a Seventh-day Adventist church in Vancouver. This first school eventually outgrew the church basement and moved to a larger property with three classrooms, also in Vancouver. This school offered K-10 education. A second school was founded in the basement of the New Westminster Seventh-day Adventist church in 1947; this school also eventually outgrew its original building and moved into a property with three classrooms, offering K-10 education.[2]

In 1965, the decision was made to merge these two schools into one larger school. This new school was located in Burnaby, about halfway between the two old school properties. The school was located a few hundred metres away from the shores of Deer Lake, so it was named Deer Lake School. The school has been located at the same campus near Deer Lake ever since. In its first year of classes, K-10 education was offered to 85 students in four classrooms.[2]

In 1986, the school building was expanded, adding a gym, three classrooms, and new offices.[3]

In 2010, Deer Lake School expanded to add grade 11 and 12, becoming a full K-12 school. DLS's high school program, despite being new, was highly ranked by the Fraser Institute in its first year of eligibility, receiving the highest ranking in the City of Burnaby.[2][4]


Deer Lake School is a full K-12 academy, owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. It is governed by a school board consisting of members of the 12 Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Greater Vancouver area that support the school. It is certified as a Group 1 Independent School by the Province of British Columbia, and it is also accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools. It is also a member of the British Columbia Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA BC).[2][5][6][7]

For the 2017-18 school year, DLS had 286 students, 21 faculty, and 16 staff, for a student-teacher ratio of 13.6:1. DLS uses the curriculum provided by the British Columbia Ministry of Education, and students graduating from Deer Lake School receive the Dogwood Diploma. Students attending Deer Lake come from the Greater Vancouver Area, as well as internationally. Classes offered at DLS include english, math, science, biology, chemistry, physics, socials, history, bible, physical education, foods, choir, band, art, and carpentry. Deer Lake School has a school uniform which students are required to wear.[4][7][8]


The Deer Lake Falcons compete in the Greater Vancouver Independent Schools Athletic Association, a single-A school sports association that serves the independent schools of the Greater Vancouver Area. The Falcons compete in boys and girls volleyball, basketball, boys soccer, co-ed badminton, and track and field. DLS is also a member of Canadian Adventist Schools Athletics, competing in flag football and volleyball tournaments; Deer Lake hosts CASA's anuual junior volleyball tournament every February. The Falcons also regularly attend sports tournaments hosted by Burman University and Walla Walla University. In addition to its competitive sports programs, DLS also runs a junior and senior gymnastics team, which put on public performances throughout the year. Deer Lake's current athletic director is Esmon Emmons.[9][10][11]

As Deer Lake is a Seventh-day Adventist school, its sports teams do not play games on the Sabbath. This has led to some publicity for the school in recent years, as their basketball teams reached the provincial finals; tournament organizers ensured that the Falcons would not have to play on their Sabbath.[12]


Deer Lake students frequently go on mission trips. One recent mission trip was in 2015, when some grade 11 and 12 students from DLS went to the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Deer Lake students are also active in their community, helping build a house for a needy family and providing meals to homeless people.[13][14][15]

Deer Lake also has a number of choirs which go out to local churches and the community for performances.[8][16]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Schools : The Orbis School, Kitengela Mixed Secondary School, New York Academy, Al Jazeera Academy, Hampton International Preschool, Amanit school, Marine Creek Collegiate High School

Other articles of the topic Canada : Index of Canada-related articles, Brazilian Canadians, Lucky Prophet, Janette Ewen, Alexandre Da Costa, David J. McIntyre, Nicola Ercolino
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  1. "Deer Lake Seventh-day Adventist School". Adventist Yearbook. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Our History". Deer Lake School. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. "Metro Adventist Community Centre Ground-Breaking Ceremony" (PDF). Canadian Adventist Messenger. 55 (7): 13. July 1986. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "About Us". Deer Lake School. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  5. "Our Accreditation". Deer Lake School. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  6. "Deer Lake SDA School". FISA BC. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Student Handbook". Deer Lake School. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Classes". Deer Lake School. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  9. "Sports". Deer Lake School. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  10. "Deer Lake Falcons". GVISAA. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  11. "Teachers receive awards". Facebook. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  12. Tsumura, Howard (27 Feb 2016). "For Burnaby's Deer Lake Falcons, no religious compromises necessary on road to Saturday night". The Province. Pacific Newspaper Group. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  13. "Service". Deer Lake School. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  14. Guillen, Aaron (July 2015). "Love Dine: Deer Lake School Mission Trip to the Navajo Nation". Canadian Adventist Messenger. 84 (7): 36. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  15. Knopp, Loretta. "Deer Lake School: The Light of Service". BC Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  16. "Choir performs at Cornerstone church". Facebook. Retrieved 29 July 2018.

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