John Oliver Mini School

Mini Schools
Student Group:
Secondary Students

John Oliver Mini School is seeking students who are entering Grade 8 and have a keen interest in computer technology, are highly motivated, creative, able to think critically and who have a strong desire to become well-rounded global digital citizens.

John Oliver Mini School is seeking students who are entering Grade 8 and have a keen interest in computer technology, are highly motivated, creative, able to think critically and who have a strong desire to become well-rounded global digital citizens. 

The Mini School offers accelerated academic learning for academically gifted students and endeavours to provide students with a technology supported and enhanced learning environment with the aim of nurturing students in their goal of becoming global digital citizens equipped to learn, adapt, and thrive in our new technology rich world.

Each incoming student will work with a laptop in which he/she will be able to learn, build, and improve upon their skills and knowledge by learning through rich media and web-based delivered content in a wireless classroom. Computer technology will be integrated into the core academic areas and grade 8 students will also receive a block of Information Technology to support their learning. 

In the third year of the Mini School, students will have the option to pursue an area of interest or passion in a year long course of their own design – an opportunity to explore an area of technological interest or produce an original work in their field of choice. 

Field trips, outdoor education and leadership are also integral components of this program. In grade 9 students are registered in a leadership course in which service to the school and community are required.  As well as enriching and enhancing student learning, the outdoor education and leadership components are part of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program in which every Mini School student is registered. 

For more detailed information about the John Oliver Mini School, please refer to our website at

http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/blogs/jo/mini/