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Our School Story

School Context – who are we?

J.N. Burnett Secondary School is a comprehensive grade 8-12 secondary school located on the west side of Richmond.  We are one of three semester schools in Richmond.  We offer a partial linear timetable to our incoming Grade 8s and semestered courses for our Grade 9-12s.  At Burnett, our timetable rotates with 4 daily blocks.  In 2019, we implemented our Burnett Learning Time to allow for students to learn in various ways, seek extra help, provide for enrichment opportunities and optional class extensions. Burnett Learning Time will provide students the opportunity to organize and manage their time between their work and interests with the support of our teachers and educational assistants.

Who attends our school?

As of September 2019, 885 students are enrolled at Burnett in Grades 8-12; including 108 from the Richmond International Education Program.  The school has a diverse population with 23% ELL for 66% of our students, English is not the first language spoken at home.   80 students were identified as having “special needs”, involving all categories defined by the Ministry of Education, including gifted students.  The most recent community context data reports that for more than 70% of our students, English is not the primary language spoken at home.  There are 51 teachers, 7 educational assistants, 4 clerical staff, 3 lunch hour supervisors, a library technician, a lab technician, a career advisor and 5 custodians.

Today we live in a state of constant change. It is a technology-rich world, where communication is instant and information is immediately accessible. The way we interact with each other personally, socially, and at work has changed forever. Knowledge is growing and information is changing extremely quickly, creating new possibilities. This is the world our students are entering.

At J.N. Burnett we provide an enriching environment that respects, values, and celebrates diversity, promotes individual growth, and prepares the learner to be a well-rounded and responsible member of the larger community.

Our school’s strengths include: enhancing academic success rates, encouraging students to be compassionate and responsible citizens, promoting student voice and incorporating their views into our planning, welcoming new students to our school by providing support for all learners, and developing students’ critical thinking skills.