I received a warm welcome to the school from both staff and students. The small ratio of students to teachers creates a school environment in which everyone knows each other, which I find very comforting. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Pattison High School so far, as the students are pleasant and hardworking. It is nice to see students working hard to improve their English while at the same time setting short and long term goals for themselves. I have already learned so much about the students’ various cultures, and I look forward to continuing my conversation about culture with more students in the future.
Carole Moran, Academic Readiness department
I have never felt more welcomed than I have teaching at Pattison High School. The incredibly knowledgeable and friendly teachers and members of staff really provide a sense of community. I have had an excellent experience with the students at Pattison who are hardworking and enthusiastic about their learning. I feel privileged to be one of the many mentors guiding them in the formative years of their education. Located in Downtown Vancouver, I find the school well-placed in the cultural centre of Vancouver with access to a wide diversity of facilities and programs for teachers and students alike. The beauty found in the natural environment and surroundings beckons the inhabitants to venture in and lose oneself in its wonders.
Eric Joel, STEM department
After graduating from Pattison High School, I have started a new chapter of my life in UBC.
I have always had a passion for mathematics so, being one week into the university, I was already eager to find a research position where I would get support to explore all the ideas I had regarding the subject. Luckily, I got the job and, still during my first-year, I was awarded an office. This, being usually a privilege of graduate students, makes me the only undergraduate out of eight thousand to have an office.
Currently, I am working on a new project, which I consider even more challenging. I am starting my own company – Prime Fern. My purpose doing so is to combine my creativity and coding expertise and contribute to the community by making apps, games, and websites for customers. I am really proud of what I have achieved so far but I am far from done. This is just the beginning of my journey that started at Pattison High School.
Danilo Chiarlone, Alumnus – Brazilian
My two years in Pattison High School were among the best years of my life. Teachers are really kind and they want to help the students improve. The atmosphere is very friendly and the staffs and students are really supportive. Meeting people from other countries is another thing that I like about PHS. I have learned a lot about different cultures and languages. I made new friends, and I created lots of beautiful memories with them. When I first came to PHS, I was worried about the new environment, but my teachers and friends helped me to be strong and confident. PHS made me ready for my future. Thanks PHS for everything.
Salehzadeh Namin Shirin, Student – Iranian
Pattison High School is a great school for someone who is looking for a unique high school experience in Canada. We have students and teachers from all over the world. There are new faces every semester, giving a new vibe every four months. Each semester is shorter than public schools, and you have the option of taking three full semesters a year. This accelerated my learning speed by 50%. Therefore, I was able the finish 24 months worth of studying in less than 16 months. Teachers here are extremely friendly and easy to talk to. I feel really comfortable being their student. There are a ton of extracurricular activities within the school as well. Apart from all the normal Canadian events, we also celebrate events from different regions of the world. International students bring to the table lots of new things, making Pattison such a unique experience for me.
Tran Tu Chau (Joe), Student - Vienamese
Pattison High school provides me strong support so that I can spend the least time to adapt myself to Canada. As an international student, it is hard for me to adapt to the All-English environment. However, because of the Trimester System, it took me less than 2 years to complete my high school courses. Especially all the teachers are here to help me learn English with great patience. With their encouragement, my English language skill is more proficient. I really appreciate the help and support that Pattison High School provided.
Wang Zhenyu (Steven), Student - Chinese
Pattison High School has given me wonderful experiences which have helped me completing myself. I highly appreciate the help from all the teachers and staffs of Pattison. They are so friendly and kind who always support and assist students dedicatedly. Moreover, since Pattison High School is an international high school, I was able to make great friends from other countries. Thanks to that, my language skills have been improved significantly, and I have also learned more about other cultures. Pattison High School has well prepared me for my next journey, and I am always thankful for that.
Tran, Nhu Quynh (Rosy), Student
My experience at Pattison High School was truly transforming. The teachers are extremely sophisticated and friendly, and as an international student, I’ve never felt so welcomed. I will miss everyone who has guided me through the high school experience, and I am grateful for having met them.
Kimia Mansouri, Student
During my time in Pattison high school, I have found an amazing community and supporting teachers. I have had considerable personal growth. I had the opportunity to bond with students from all over the world. The student community managed to share their cultures with one another and that is what made going to Pattison high school one of the best experiences I have ever had.