Education Resources


Learn about low cost education programs in Surrey.

Child & Teen Education

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Find early childhood education, tutoring, alternative high schools and more.

Early Years Hub

204 - 7327 137 Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Early Years Centre)
A free, friendly, welcoming setting where children (birth to 6 years old) and their parent/caregiver can come play, read, socialize and make new friends. Helps families find support, resources, and programs to fit their needs related to parenting, child development, or the health and safety of children.
Learn more about the Early Years Hub.

Family Resource Programs

Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years. Offers a welcoming, fun, child friendly space for families to play, socialize, share information. receive support, access resources and learn from Early Childhood Educators. Some locations also offer the Parent Education and Peer Support (PEAPS) program.
Cloverdale: 6188 176 Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Clovervalley Family Resource Program)
Mondays and Wednesdays: 12-2pm
Guildford: 10310 154th Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Guildford Family Resource Program)
Tues to Sat: 9:30-11:30am, plus Thurs: 1-3pm
Newton: 100 - 6846 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC (get directions to the Newton Family Resource Program)
604-572-8032 ext. 31550
Thursdays and Fridays 9:30-11:30am 
Whalley: 12740 102 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to the Whalley Family Resource Program)
Mon to Wed: 9:30-11:30am
Learn more about the Family Resource Program.   

First Steps Early Years Refugee Settlement

Supports refugee families and their children 0-6 years. Includes drop-in programs, parenting support, nutrition and health information. Also orientation to parenting in the Canada and short term mental health counseling.
Newton Location:
DIVERSEcity: 201 – 7380 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC (enter from 137 Street door) (get directions to DIVERSEcity)
North Surrey Location:
Umoja: 208 – 14888 104 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Umoja)
Learn more about First Steps Early Years Refugee Settlement.

Learning Centers in Surrey

Caring, and flexible environment encourages students with varied needs to achieve success. The school offers a continuous entry. Features a variety of schedules: morning, afternoon or all day classes. Students can complete Grade 10, 11 and 12 courses leading to graduation with either a Dogwood Diploma or an Adult Dogwood Diploma.

City Centre Learning Centre: 13104 109 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to the City Centre Learning Centre)
Learn more about the City Centre Learning Centre

Cloverdale Learning Centre:  200 - 5658 176th Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Cloverdale Learning Centre)
Learn more about the Cloverdale Learning Centre

Guildford Learning Centre: 300 - 10183 152A Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Guildford Learning Centre)
Learn more about the Guildford Learning Centre

North Surrey Learning Centre:  9260 140th Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the North Surrey Learning Centre)
604-583-4040  Learn more about the North Surrey Learning Centre

White Rock/South Surrey Learning Centre: 13 - 2320 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC (get directions to the White Rock/South Surrey Learning Centre)
Learn more about the White Rock/South Surrey Learning Centre

Learning Disabilities Association-Fraser South Chapter

101 – 14225 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC (get directions to the Learning Disabilities Association)
One-to-one tutoring for children and youth in reading and math. Seminars for parents and professionals. Some funding for tutoring through the CKNW Kid’s fund.
Learn more about the Learning Disabilities Association - Fraser South Chapter.


After school program for children ages 8-12. Make new friends, work on homework and play sports. Must register initially then drop-in. Offered at many schools and recreation centres. Ask at your local recreation centre.
Learn more about Myzone.

Reading Buddies

Children grades 2-4 practice reading with a supportive teen volunteer.
Learn more about Reading Buddies.

Semiahmoo Family Place

Kensington Prairie Community Centre 16824 32 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to the Semiahmoo Family Place)
Safe and fun semi-structured space for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to play together, and for parents and caregivers to have the opportunity to build skills, and learn from each other. Support from on-site early childhood facilitators. Drop-in fee is $5 per family.
Learn more about Semiahmoo Family Place.

Support for Parents of Young Children

Early Years Centre 100 - 6846 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC (get directions to the Early Years Centre)
604-583-1017 ext 1
Our program provides education and support for parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years old. This program offers support based on the science of child development and attachment theory which will encourage the development of healthy families and deeper connections within the community.  Services are available through one to one support or an eight week parenting education group (Parenting Through the Child's Eyes). 
Learn more about Support for Parents of Young Children.

Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL)

8555 142A Street, Surrey BC (Elementary) (get directions to the SAIL Elementary)
14033 92 Avenue, Surrey BC (Secondary) (get directions to SAIL Secondary)
Offers blended learning programs that integrate classroom face-to-face learning with on-line learning experiences. Also offers exclusively online courses for grades 8 to 12. Also offers K-7 STEAM based program.
Learn more about Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL).

Surrey Youth Hubs @ PCRS

City Centre: 10453 Whalley Blvd Surrey BC (get directions to City Centre Youth Hub)
Newton: 114 - 13479 76th Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to the Newton Youth Hub)
Provides one-stop access for youth and families to access drop-in resource rooms for support, food, laundry, showers as well as programming for social, health, education, housing, substance use support, employment, and life skills services.
Learn more about the Surrey Youth Hubs.

Storytimes @ Surrey Libraries

We have lots of fun at library storytime! Staff will show parents and caregivers ways they can encourage love of reading.
Learn more about Storytimes @ Surrey Libraries.

Strong Start

Offered at most elementary schools. It is a free early learning program for preschool-aged children and their parent or caregiver. Offers learning activities to help children get ready for success in kindergarten.
Learn more about Strong Start.

Tutoring, Homework and English Support Program with Friends of Simon Tutoring

10350 University Drive, Surrey BC (get directions to City Centre Branch)
Free homework help for students in grades 4 to 7 who are newcomers to Canada, or whose parents are newcomers.  Offered in partnership with SFU’s Friends of Simon Tutoring at the City Centre branch.  Friends of Simon provides tutoring at a variety of sites around the Lower Mainland.
Learn more about Friends of Simon.

United Way School's Out Umoja Program

208 – 14888 104 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Umoja)
Afterschool program to support newcomer children. Celebrates the diverse cultural background while introducing Canadian culture through interaction with Canadian born mentors. Offers homework help, tutoring, communication and social skills, and recreation.
Learn more about United Way School's Out Umoja Program.

Adult Education

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Find high school upgrade courses, parenting classes and tutoring.

Academic & Career Preparation @ Kwantlen

Flexible, no tuition upgrading courses for English. Also offers upgrading for Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics for permanent residents, Canadian citizens and convention refugees. A free assessment is required to determine starting level. Offered at Surrey, Richmond and Langley. Small class sizes; one-to-one help. Low student fees can be covered with an Adult Upgrading Grant.
Learn more about Academic & Career Preparation @ Kwantlen.

Ebus Academy

Offers adult upgrading and graduation online. Core classes are free. Also have flexible, online K-12 programs, and a summer school program.
Learn more about Ebus Academy.

Invergarry Adult Education Centre

12772 88th Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Invergarry Adult Education Centre)
Adult learning, high school academic classes, and foundations. $20 student resource fee. All classes are free except for international students.
Learn more about the Invergarry Adult Education Centre.

Online Learning @ Surrey Libraries

Learning Express: High school review, college and GED preparation as well as computer classes. All available online from home, when it works for you.
LinkedIn Learning: Online learning with courses taught by world experts. Learn new software, business strategies, algebra and more.
Mango Languages:  A great online language learning tool.
Learn more about Online Learning @ Surrey Libraries.

Partners - Adult Literacy Tutoring

778-242-READ (7323)
Free one-to-one tutoring program for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, or math skills. Open to adults living or working in Surrey or White Rock, fluent in English, and reading or writing at less than a grade 8 level. We help with comprehension, grammar, spelling, beginner math, and more. Tutoring is offered both remotely and in-person. Volunteer inquiries welcome.
Learn more about Partners - Adult Literacy Tutoring.

Queen Elizabeth Adult Education Centre

9457 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC (get directions to the Queen Elizabeth Adult Education Centre)
Offering late afternoon and night courses to adults for high school completion and upgrading. Also offers tuition-free classes to graduated adults. Offers academic as well as hands-on trades courses.
Learn more about Queen Elizabeth Adult Education Centre.

Computer Classes

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Find free or low cost computer classes, both in person and online. 

Basic Computer Training for Newcomer Women

Free basic computer training for racialized newcomer women. Gain basic digital literacy and employment skills. Get resume help and interview training, and 2 weeks of unpaid work placement.
Learn more about Basic Computer Training for Newcomer Women.

Cloverdale Seniors Computer Club

6188 176th Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Cloverdale Seniors Computer Club)
Club hosts their own tutorials and brings in outside speakers. Wide range of expertise among members. Must have a senior’s centre membership ($25 per year). Ages 55+.
Learn more about Cloverdale Seniors Computer Club.

Computer Classes at Surrey Libraries

Most branches of Surrey Libraries offer technology help. Bring your device, or use one of ours, and sit down with staff to learn new skills or explore a new device. Also have other classes, books, and online tools to help you learn new technology skills.
Learn more about Computer Classes at Surrey Libraries.

Computer Comfort at Neil Squire Society

400 - 3999 Henning Drive, Burnaby BC (get directions to the Neil Squire Society)
One-on-one computer training for people with disabilities in a supportive, environment. Areas of training include word processing, email, and the internet. This program is also available online as Distance Computer Comfort; contact Gordon Watt at for information. Neil Squire also offers a range of free programs, including Working Together, which helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment; and Makers Making Change, which connects local makers with people with disabilities who need assistive technologies.
Learn more about Computer Comfort at Neil Squire Society.

Online Computer Classes at LinkedIn Learning

Free online tutorials for learning popular software titles from Microsoft and Adobe. Learn at your own pace. Requires library card to login. 
Learn more about Online Computer Classes at LinkedIn Learning.

Tech Buddies & Computer Lessons at Brella

15008 26 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Brella)
604-531-9400 ext 220 
Computer classes taught by volunteer seniors. Teaches basic Internet and computer skills. Pre-registration required.
Learn more about Tech Buddies & Computer Lessons at Brella.

Typing Club

Free online typing lessons.
Learn more about Typing Club.

White Rock Senior’s Computer Club

1475 Kent Street, White Rock BC (get directions to the White Rock Senior's Computer Club)
Lectures on a variety of topics for all skill levels. Meetings on Wednesdays at 12:30pm.
Learn more about the White Rock Senior's Computer Club.

Financial Assistance

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Find information on grants, scholarships, and bursaries.

For high school students, the best place to start looking for scholarships is often the guidance counselors at your school. Many schools will keep lists or information on local scholarships and bursaries

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (Service Canada)

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person. It is available to registered apprentices in a Red Seal trade once they have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent). There is also a Apprenticeship Completion Grant available once you have finished.
Learn more about Apprenticeship Incentive Grants.

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

551 Chatham Street, Victoria BC (get directions to the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres)
Provides eligible First Nations students with funding to access education opportunities at the post-secondary level, including university and college entrance preparation programs.
Learn more about the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

Canada Learning Bond & RESP

Start your child’s education savings with money from the government of Canada. The Canada Learning Bond is a grant of up to $2,000 deposited into the RESP of an eligible child.  Children born January 1, 2004 and after are eligible.  Some other eligibility requirements apply.
Learn more about the Canada Learning Bond.

Guide to Canadian Scholarships
Learn about scholarships available for university or college. This book is available at Surrey Libraries and covers a wide range of scholarship options.

You can apply for student loans through Student Aid BC, but they also have information on a number of grants, and scholarships.

Youth Futures Educational Fund
Provides financial assistance to help with basic living expenses for youth who have aged out of the foster care system and are attending any public post-secondary institution in BC on a tuition waiver. You can find more information on the provincial tuition waiver program and the related Youth Educational Assistance Fund on the StudentAidBC website listed above.

English Language Learning

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Find English learning classes and resources.

Learning English with Surrey Libraries

We have programs, online tools, and study materials to help.

Programs to Learn English

ESL Book Clubs - practice reading, speaking, and listening in English. Book clubs are free, fun, and friendly. Readers are welcome at any level from beginners to advanced.

ESL Conversation Circles - You can meet new people, play games, and practice your English in a fun and casual group setting.

Online Tools to Learn English

Clear Pronunciation - Learn to recognize and pronounce the 43 sounds of English. 
Learning Express - Practice tests and tutorial courses. TOEFL, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and a wide range of other subjects. 
Mango Languages - Learn English or other languages online! 
Road to IELTS - A practice resource for the IELTS exams.

Study Materials to Learn English

We have study materials for tests like IELTS and CELPIP. We also have books and kits for grammar, vocabulary, idioms and more.

Community Programs

English Classes at DIVERSEcity

Offers a range of English classes in Surrey.  Currently offering online versions of their classes. This includes conversation circles, reading and writing classes, and LINC classes. Call or check their website for the latest classes.
Learn more about English Classes at DIVERSEcity.

English Classes at Mosaic

7134 King George Blvd, Surrey BC (get directions to the Mosaic Surrey Newcomers’ Centre & Migrant Worker’s Hub)
Variety of free and paid English classes.
Learn more about the English Classes at Mosaic.

English Classes at Options

Offers a wide range of social services including English classes to newcomers.
Learn more about ESL Classes at Options Community Services.

English Conversation Circle at Alex House

2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Alex House)
Free, online conversation group from newcomers.
Learn more about English Conversation Circle at Alex House.

English Conversation Programs at Surrey Recreation

604-501-5100 (register)
Free programs offered by Surrey Parks and Recreation.  For more information call or ask at your local recreation centre.
Learn more about English Conversation programs and newcomer information with the City of Surrey.

English Language Studies at KPU

12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Kwantlen Polytechnic University)
Prepares students for academic university courses.  Permanent residents and domestic students can apply for tuition free status. Some student fees apply.
Learn more about ESL Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Surrey School District’s Literacy Foundations

Invergarry Adult Education: 12772 88 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Invergarry Adult Education Centre)
For students (PR and Canadian citizens) wishing to attain their high school completion and whose first language is not English. Provides English instruction to prepare for academic courses. For adult students who need to upgrade skills for grade 10, 11 and 12 courses.
Learn more about Surrey School District’s Literacy Foundations.

Umoja Adult Literacy and Life Skills

208 - 14888 104 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Umoja)
New arrivals to Canada and individuals who have been in Canada for years and want to take the first step in learning how to speak, read and write English are welcome. Life skills workshops. 
Learn more about Umoja Adult Literacy and Life Skills.

LINC – Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

Free English classes for permanent resident or a protected person, funded by the federal government.

The following do not qualify: Canadian citizens, temporary visitors, temporary foreign workers and refugee claimants who have not yet received a positive decision on their refugee status claim.

Apply at:
Surrey Language Assessment Centre: 408 – 7337 137th Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Surrey Language Assessment Centre)
604-507-4150     Fax: 604-507-4155

Once you have been accepted you will also go here for an assessment test. After that the LINC classes are offered at a number of locations in Surrey and across the Lower Mainland and they will help you find the one closest to home.
Learn more about the LINC program.

Citizenship Exam Preparation

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Find classes or practice materials for the Canadian citizenship exam.

Citizenship Information at

Website has the current information you need to study for Surrey.
Learn more about Citizenship Information at Surrey Libraries.

DIVERSEcity Citizenship Classes

13455 76 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to DIVERSEcity)
Hosts periodic citizenship exam classes.
Learn DIVERSEcity's citizenship classes.

Mosaic Surrey Newcomers’ Centre

7134 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC (get directions to Mosaic Surrey Newcomers’ Centre)
Host periodic citizenship exam classes.
Learn more about the Mosaic Surrey Newcomers’ Centre.

Practice Citizenship test at Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public Library has created their own practice test.
Learn more about the Practice Citizenship test at Richmond Public Library

Child Care

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Learn about funding available to help pay for child care.

Affordable Child Care Benefit

Monthly payment to help eligible families with the cost of child care. Factors like income, family size, and type of care determine how much support families can get. You can find the application forms online, and use an online calculator to estimate your funding. Funding will be directed to childcare providers where parents have enrolled their children.
Learn more about the Affordable Child Care Benefit.

Child Care Options Resource & Referral Program

100 - 6846 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC (get directions to the Child Care Options Resource and Referral Program)
Child Care Options links families and child care providers in the communities of Delta, Surrey and White Rock. We provide consultation, support, child care referrals, assistance with the Affordable Child Care Benefit application, access to lending libraries, workshops and training and drop-in programs for both parents and the child care community. 
Learn more about the Child Care Options Resource & Referral Program.

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