Ideal Mini School
Ideal School is a small, academic alternative school within the Vancouver School Board system. We offer a complete grade 8 to grade 12 academic program in an enriched, small group-learning environment. There are six teachers, one alternative program worker, and approximately 120 students. We emphasize personal responsibility and the development of independence and self-confidence.
One of our major strengths lies in the cooperative atmosphere we create. The school is a community effort. There are frequent school activities, animated conversations, and weekly school meetings. These, and other informal events, are the roots from which school involvement and spirit grow.
Our curriculum stresses academic excellence and current social issues. We want Ideal students to develop the skills necessary to enter a post-secondary institution, to pursue chosen careers, and to deal effectively with the complexities of contemporary society.
It is our goal to recognize the individuality and creative potential of each person in the school. We encourage cooperative and sensitive interaction. Class format varies: lectures, group discussions, individualized programs, science labs, etc.
We offer a well-rounded program, which includes the following courses:
The visual and performing arts are a vital aspect of the Ideal School, reflecting the enthusiasm and talents of the students and staff. The school offers additional courses to students through the school's online learning component.
In addition to formal courses, we are involved in numerous projects and events. If they wish, students have the opportunity to participate in music and sports programs at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.
Why Choose Ideal?
Students choose Ideal School for various reasons. Some want greater academic challenge and stimulation. Others benefit from the extra attention possible in smaller classes. In many instances, students desire a personal and supportive environment where informal counselling and friendships are possible. A large number of our students are active in the school recycling program and in various environmental groups.
We expect students to make a personal commitment to the school. This includes involvement not only in academic work but also in social and personal activities. For all students, Ideal can mean participation in a positive educational experience. Here, it is possible for students to develop initiative and confidence while improving educational and social skills.
Students must have a minimum C+ average, be interested in an academically rich program and be able to work independently. As well, they must maintain regular attendance, be punctual and demonstrate co-operative social skills.
Ideal School is a district alternative program and accepts qualified students residing anywhere in the city of Vancouver. If you are interested in our program, contact the school at 604 713-5842 for application forms.
Location: 855 W. 59th Ave., V6P 6H7
Tel: (604) 713-5842 Fax: (604) 713-5841
Administering School: Sir Winston Churchill Secondary