Our History - MEI Schools in Abbotsford, BC

Changing lives since 1944

MEI’s history is one that is characterized by tradition, perseverance and resilience. In May 1944, representatives of fourteen Mennonite churches in Abbotsford met to discuss the idea of starting a Mennonite high school. The mission was to establish a school that would focus on evangelical Anabaptist values while providing strong academics. Limited resources and wartime restrictions created several challenging obstacles in pursuit of this mission but the committee persisted. In the fall of 1944, MEI Secondary School saw its first class of students walk through its doors – 44 individuals ranging from grades 9 to 12.

In 1997, MEI expanded to include an elementary school, completing MEI’s offering of education for students from kindergarten through grade 12. MEI Middle School opened its doors in 2004 in accordance with the BC Ministry of Education’s movement to create a distinct educational experience for students in grades 6 through 8.

Today, MEI Schools stand on a foundation of tradition and excellence – maintaining a commitment to its founding mission of delivering high quality education encompassing distinct Christian values.