About Us

Ecole George Jay Elementary is an urban dual track school with a total population of approximately 410 students.  It is home to an energetic, multicultural community of learners.  The majority of our students live in the catchment areas of Fernwood and Quadra.

Ecole George Jay  Elementary was once the largest elementary school in the province.  Built in 1909 on the rural fields of a dairy farm, it is now an urban school, only blocks from downtown Victoria.   The school’s first principal was H.B. MacLean, who designed the H.B. MacLean Method of handwriting!   Even though the outside of the original building is still much the same, what happens on the inside is dramatically different!  In 2014-15, the school was seismically upgraded and many new changes have occurred inside our walls.  If you take a look outside, our school has three new playgrounds, one of them being a natural playground.  We are proud of the many accomplishments and successes both inside and outside our walls…

Our school motto, ‘Learning to Care…. Caring to Learn’ is alive in all we do.    It is a magical place where the community and school work together to provide programs to support our students and their families.   We have committed knowledgeable educators who provide a caring, supportive learning environment to meet the needs of every student in our school community.   In addition to a learning curriculum in English and French supported by technology,  students are offered opportunities in sports and fine arts.  George Jay is also home to a strong learning support team, Aboriginal Education programs, and English as A Second Language programming.  Other partners in our building include Strong Start which services our pre-school community members.  We look forward to welcoming you to George Jay and an opportunity to experience the magic first hand…
Terri Smith, Principal