How it All Began


Opening of Aspengrove School, September 2003

In 2002 a handful of parents started talking about the need for an independent school in Nanaimo. Some had attended independent schools themselves and wanted to give their children the same opportunity. Others were looking for an alternative to the public system.

Early in 2003 these founding directors began gathering support and the necessary approvals for a new school. They leased two acres of land on Portsmouth Road, built a 6,500-square-foot classroom building with modular components, and fenced in the property’s playground and grassy field.

Aspengrove’s doors opened to 38 students for the very first day of school September 8, 2003. Enrollment more than doubled in Aspengrove’s second year. Families in the community had found what they were looking for: high academic standards, small class sizes and individual attention.


A small crop of five aspen trees sits to the left of the main drive as you enter the Aspengrove School campus in honour of our five founding families.

Why The Aspen?

The aspen is one of the world’s strongest trees and is one of the first to re-establish in a major disaster such as a wildfire. The aspen has an extensive root structure and their nutrients come through the parent tree’s root system into the immature saplings. This allows the sapling to grow very quickly and to grow apart from the parent tree while maintaining an unseen attachment that promotes the new tree’s strength and vigour. It is this symbol to which we aspire as a community.

Like the aspen we, at Aspengrove, are committed to providing our children with the roots to thrive through a strong, nurturing environment. We will support them in their growth and development and endeavour to provide them with an unseen but internalized moral code of conduct which will promote community awareness, respect for their environment, and the beings the live within that environment, and a love of learning and exploration.

Also, like the aspen, we are committed to taking this journey as a community. We recognize that the interconnectedness of our school family, the greater community we live in, and the world community as a whole is a great source of resources and potential that can benefit everyone. We have created a system of families, teachers, students, and a community who working together, will support each child to achieve her or her full potential, and provide them with the roots to ground them in security and well-being and the wings to achieve their dreams.

This our Dream

The is our Commitment

This is Aspengrove.

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